Magazines & The New York Times

Nov 14

Zak Pelaccio of Fish & Game

A portrait I did of Zak Pelaccio of Fish & Game Restaurant in Hudson, NY, for the New York Times. The story – about several chefs’ fantasy Thanksgiving Dinners – is here.

Zak Pelaccio photographed by Jennifer May

Feb 14


Dumplings! The tastiest dumplings, and they are hand made in a small kitchen at the back of Palace Dumplings in Wappingers Falls, NY. Here are some shots that ran in Hudson Valley magazine:


Jan 14

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

For the winter 2013/2014 issue of Edible Hudson Valley magazine, I visited the Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. Here are some shots that were published, and some outtakes.

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Jan 14

Winter Edible Hudson Valley cover

A recent cover of Edible Hudson Valley magazine. The shoot was at Hillrock Estate distillery in Ancram, NY… outtakes in a post below.

Edible Hudson Valley magazine cover

Dec 13


A cover shoot of pancakes for the January 2014 cover of Hudson Valley magazine. Pancakes cooked at Dolce, in Kingston, NY, and styled by the multi-talented Patrick Decker.

pancakes on the cover of hudson valley magazine

Dec 13

Hillrock Estate Distillery

I photographed the Hillrock Estate distillery in Ancram, NY for the winter issue of Edible Hudson Valley. Here is the owner, Jeff Baker, in the malt house with farm-grown barley drying on the floor. Below, a tasting with a father and four sons I happened upon.

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Sep 13

Hawthorne Valley Farm

For the fall issue of Edible Hudson Valley, I visited the Hawthorne Valley Farm. This is one of the good places in the world. Here, bread is baked from grain grown on the surrounding fields. Sauerkraut ferments naturally in a cellar. Cheese is made by hand using milk from cows that live on the farm. To spend an afternoon speaking with Martin Ping is to feel inspired for a great future.

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Sep 13

Best of Hudson Valley magazine 2013

The annual “Best Of” Hudson Valley magazine is out, featuring a single burger from Poppy’s in Beacon, which I photographed. Lots of jalapenos, very spicy. And, on 10.28.13 this cover was chosen as a Cover of the Day, by the Society of Publication Designers!

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Jul 13

Breweries in the Hudson Valley

This spring I visited a bunch of breweries for a cover story for Hudson Valley magazine. A shot from Kingston’s Keegan Ales made the cover, and here are a few extras and outtakes:

Beer for Hudson Valley magazine

Jul 13

100 Years Old

Again, I’m not always photographing food! This spring I photographed a whole bunch of centenarians for Hudson Valley magazine. Here are a bunch of the ladies. Katharine, on the opening page, is 108 years old.

Jul 13

Field Herb Farm & Apothecary

I visited Dana and Michael Eudy of Field Apothecary and Herb Farm in Germantown this spring to photograph them for Edible Hudson Valley magazine. Read the article here.

Field Herb Farm couple and barn

Mar 13

Edible Hudson Valley Cover

The winter cover of Edible Hudson Valley with one of my photos from a visit to Damon Baehrel’s restaurant and gardens.

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Mar 13

Bocuse @ The CIA

Recently, I visited the new Bocuse Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America and photographed a slide show’s worth of images for Chronogram magazine. Play the slide show on this page.

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Jan 13

First We Feast – Slideshow

I was asked to share 10 of my favorite food images that I have shot for First We Feast. They did an interview with me, and made a slideshow on their website. Unsurprisingly, when asked for my favorite food images, I chose mostly story-driven pictures: ice fishing; running around eastern Canada with the Joe Beef chefs; a foie gras factory, and more. Link to story here.

Dec 12

Food + Wine Travel Story

For the November 2012 issue of Food + Wine magazine, I traveled to Cooperstown, NY to visit some eating and drinking destinations. Here are some outtakes from the shoot.

Feb 12

Mindful Eating for the NYTimes

Recently I spent the morning with some monks on a mountaintop and photographed this slide show for the New York Times.

Jan 12

Bon Appetit New Year’s Day Brunch

A shoot I did for Bon Appetit magazine: New Year’s Day New Orlean’s-inspired holiday brunch ideas, for the January 2012 issue.

Dec 11

Grass-fed Road Food

On assignment last month, I visited a diner in Hudson, NY that is worth a stop on any road trip through the area. Grazin’ is Animal Welfare Approved and sources all of its meat, dairy, and as much fruit and veg as possible, from local & AWA-certified farms – usually no more than 12 miles away. The hamburgers are juicy and fresh, and the milkshakes are out of this world. See Peter Barrett’s story in the December Chronogram for more.

Grazin Diner Hudson NY photographed by Jennifer May

Oct 11

Bon Appetit Magazine: Thanksgiving

My first feature photo shoot for Bon Appetit magazine: A story on Thanksgiving Brunch ideas. Let me be the first to report – everything here was delicious, and most especially that brown butter, ginger, and sour cream coffee cake. Recipe here.

Aug 11

Cookbooks & Bon Appetit

Last week was a hectic week amidst a hectic summer: Three trips to NYC in 5 days, twice to shoot popsicles for the Brooklyn based company, People’s Pops, and on Friday I shot my first feature for Bon Appetit magazine. Bon Appetit! What a great experience working with food stylist Simon Andrews, prop stylist Stella Yoon, and the amazing Bon Appetit creative team.

I probably shouldn’t take photos while driving, but what a dramatic entrance to the city – and totally inappropriate weather for the last day of shooting popsicles – I couldn’t help myself on the GW Bridge at 8 in the morning.

And finally, a scene from the apartment where we set up an impromptu studio for the People’s Pops recipe shots. For me, there is nothing better than their plum/sour cherry pop, although apricot/orange blossom is out of this world. Seasonal fruit + sugar + freeze: look for the cookbook in Spring, 2012, to be published by Ten Speed Press.

It takes 3 tables worth of props to photograph 10 popsicle recipe shots.