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Cinemagraphs food Libby Vision

 

I’ve been wanting to get a little bit more into video lately but I want it to be video that falls in line with what I do photographically. I’m not interested in putting together really boring "this is how you make a chicken cordon bleu” video for instance.

Actually, I did that for over a year when I was a newspaper photographer. And while it was always fun, it was never artistic. And it certainly wasn’t visionary.

Enter cinemagraphs food photograpy libby vision south florida cinemagraphs.

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I love them. They’re quirky, they’re cute, they possess the ability to show a styled scene and moody lighting. I’m totally into them.

I've also taught myself stop motion videos - which are even more quirky and fun. I'm slowly populating my instagram page with these and will be adding these to my web site soonish.

If you’d like some fun videos created for your restaurant or your brand, inquire here.

 

Test Kitchen at Social House Lake Worth

 

Last month, we hosted a pop-up dinner at my beloved coworking studio, Social House, in Lake Worth. 
This was originally a dream of Laura McGlynn’s (owner of Social House and person who makes dreams come true). The plan came to light when my favorite sommelier Mariya Kovacheva asked me about three months ago “Libby, what are we going to do next…” And it got me thinking, yes, what indeed?

Social house Chefs Event Lobby Vision Food Photography South Florida
Social house Chefs Event Lobby Vision Food Photography South Florida
Social house Chefs Event Lobby Vision Food Photography South Florida

So Laura and I started talking and we had an idea of bringing in chefs for one brilliant night of cooking at Social House. The idea was to bring our community together and allow some of our favorite chefs a chance to experiment, test drive new menus, new concepts, play around in the kitchen – or, in the case of Chef Aaron Black from PB Catch and Pastry Chef Sarah Sipe, the chance to collaborate across kitchens. It can be many things to many different people.

So our first one was held on August 3. It was intimate, filled with warmth and love and entirely gluten-free. I swear I didn’t make them do it…).

Mariya Kovacheva, sommelier and brand ambassador from Pernod-Ricard, brought delicious wines that complimented each course perfectly, picking up each nuance and matching it with a delicate to robust wine as the night played out . Aaron and Sarah worked their kitchen magic, popping out before each course to share with us about the menu until finally, they were just greeted with applause. And throughout the night, old friends reconnected while new friends sparked across the table. A portion of our ticket sales went to No Kid Hungry.

There’s something so special about events like this at Social House – even though I’m tucked into the wooden tables quite often during the week making my business magic happen, during the evening surrounded by your loving community while the candles flicker around and the smell of lovingly prepared meals wafts over the table – well, it’s beyond magic. It’s perfection.

Test Kitchen Sarah Sipe Aaron Black Social House Libby Vision Photography South Florida

 

Here’s the menu…

 

Menu

welcome cocktail + amuse bouche

hamachi crudo, avocado crema, aquachili

octopus poke, mizuna, pickled piquillo peppers, hearts of palm, shaved button mushrooms

lamb and clam bolognese, zucchini noodles, preserved lemon, parmesan

pan roasted parser duck, black cherry gastric, broccolini, kuri squash pave

vanilla bean pavlova, mango curd, coconut lime sorbet, caramelized bananas

The next event will be held October 5 with Chef Pushkar Marathe, formerly of Meat Market. It will be an Indian feast of modernized Indian gourmet food. It’s also my birthday, so please come and party with me!

 

We will sell out so snag your tickets today! We can't wait!!

 

Hilton West Palm Beach - these people do it right

 

When the Hilton West Palm Beach opened about 18 months ago, guess who got to do their food photos. (I’ll give you a clue, she drinks too much coffee and is addicted to pottery.) This girl. Since then, I’ve been known to frequent their Saturday pool parties and had a few drinks at the fancy bourbon bar and might even have gone to a fateful tennis table tournament.

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Salmon

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Avocado Toast

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton octopus

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Poke Bowl

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Hamburger

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Tomahawk

 

In a word, the Hilton is a local’s place. It’s a $10 uber ride from my house. While it’s a magnificent hotel (MAGNIFICENT) it also does something that I don’t see a lot of other hotels doing. It caters to locals. Like, rolls out the red-carpet and ushers you to your own beach cabana while your favorite DJ plays a ridiculously awesome pool party on Saturday during the summer – MADE FOR LOCALS because who else spends summer in Florida except us? I appreciate that so much. During season, we can’t get a table at our favorite restaurants and the roads become clogged with New York license plates. It’s cool. It funds our roads and our schools. But a destination that LOVES us? Wins my hears every damn time.

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Chocolate Chip Cookie

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Nutella French Toast

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Nutella French Toast

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Hilton Waffles

Hilton West Palm Beach Photo shoot Cuba Libre cocktail

So of course I was giddy when the Hilton called up again and asked me to come back for another photo shoot. There menu’s changed a bit in those 18 months. They’re already renovating Manor. They’ve got adorable new chefs for me to do a portrait shoot.

Speaking of chefs, I want to talk about the camaraderie here. I love chefs, I don’t try to hide that. But watching these guys I had this overwhelming feeling of La Familia. Undeniable. I like seeing that.

We photographed mostly food, a few cocktails (including the Prosecco Popsicle made with Mom’s Pops!) and then did the coolest portraits of Ricky the Chef. Again – I LOVE creative chef portraiture. And finally finished with a group portrait of the chefs.

Good stuff. And they kept me fed both days of the shoot with GIANT bowls of raw tuna for my gluten-free tuna-ravaging self during my Hilton West Palm Beach photo shoot. These people do it right…

 

Creative chef portraiture in Delray Beach

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I love shooting portraits. I love getting to know the chef, trying to incorporate their personality into the shot, working with the environment. I think portraits are an integral part of a comprehensive photo shoot, pertinent for media kits and press releases and I encourage every restaurant to have a creative chef portrait on hand to send the food writers and out with press releases. (Trust me…people want to know what the chef looks like!)

 

I was excited to work with my clients Salt 7 on a recent chef portrait photo shoot to welcome their new Executive Chef, Paul.

Salt7 Chef portrait food photography libby vision south florida

 

From smashing salt blocks to the flour toss to portrait shoots that involved tossing 40 pound fish over Paul’s shoulder we had SUCH a fun shoot.

 

And I’m thrilled with these photos. I hope we can do more creative, fun shoots like this at each of my next restaurants.

 

 

What fun ideas do you have that you’ve been dreaming of? Drop me an email and let me know!! Let’s see what we can figure out!

 

Best food blog winner

 

Recently, I woke up to the very best kind of email – the sort that tells you that without even entering, I won Top 50 food blogs and web sites!

Top 50 Food Photography Blogs & Websites for Food Photographers

 

Number 32 to be precise (I’ll save you the suspense of scrolling down to find me). Though you definitely should scroll down, as there’s some awesome people on this list who are way more worthy than I am, including Betty Liu, Cannelle Et Vanille, Two Loves Studio and one of my favorite presences on Instagram, TermiNatetor Kitchen.

 

I’m in excellent company and I’m not sure exactly how I’ve landed on this top 50 food blogs and web sites list but I know better than to look a gift horse in the eye! I’m extremely humbled and only more motivated to do better and better work in the future.

 

Onward!

Lynora's Restaurant is winning the clients hearts

Lynora

 

Last month, I teamed up with old clients and one of my husband’s favorite restaurant to capture more beautiful food photography at Lynora’s Restaurant as well as their new market on Dixie Highway.

Lynora’s has a lot to celebrate right now. Their flagship Lynora's Restaurant restaurant on Clematis Street has navigated almost four years (a hallmark number in this transient nature). Last year, they opened a second location in Jupiter – wildly successful, always a party, exactly what Jupiter needs.

 

Lynora

And this summer, they opened Lynora’s Market on Dixie Highway, just around the corner from my house! A totally different concept with the same beloved Lynora’s items, this, too is already successful, charming and winning the hearts of neighbors and tourists.

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Lynora

Equipped with a pizza kitchen, deli counter and groceries, it’s a place to grab dinner when you don’t know what to make, a spot to sit down for a bottle of wine and dinner out or simply a place to duck into and grab provisions to make your own dinner!

They make the pasta fresh at the Market daily, a process I witnessed myself (which only made me wish I could eat pasta on a very, very deep level.)

To go with that pasta, pick up some of their homemade pasta sauce – tomato, Bolognese or al a vodka.

Lynora

Lynora’s is co-owned by Angelo Abbenante, whose parents owned and cooked in the original Lynora’s Italian Restaurant in Lake Worth. Today, you’ll often find Maria in the kitchen at Clematis or Angelo’s father Ralph tweaking some detail. And Angelo is always in one of the restaurant’s ensuring that each detail is perfect.

For this shoot, we wanted to get close-up photos of the food, styled photos of the meatballs for billboards around the county, portraits and lifestyle shots at the market.

Check them out and then swing by Lynora’s for some delicious meatballs!

Lynora’s: 207 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach

Lynora’s Market: 3301 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33405