Lail Ceramics

I spent a day with Lail Ceramics, a potter based in Woodstock, NY. In the morning, I drove over to the Kingston Farmer’s Market and picked up beautiful in-season produce. Then, we photographed the new color lines and plates. These dishes feel so good in the hands, and absolutely everything looks beautiful in them.

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No. 6 Depot Cafe

Part two of the shoot for No. 6 Depot Cafe involved a day on site, photographing the vibe of the place. It was a good challenge, considering the cafe was not yet officially open. But the owners were terrific to work with, it is a beautiful place with great attention to every detail, the food and coffee are delicious, and a bunch of their friends were happy to stop by before the grand opening to sample sandwiches, cake, and coffee.

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Tea & Salt Product Photography

This weekend I photographed 27 teas & exotic salts for No. 9 Depot, a new cafe & merchant opening later this month in the Berkshires. We were a small team: just an owner of the cafe and myself. What could have been a hectic day – with so many shots to get – turned out to be lots of fun in a country studio, matching the textures of the products to the surfaces & vessels.

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I was in the studio this week with food stylist Jessica Bard, photographing tarts for a dessert maker. My fridge and freezer are filled with the spoils, and I am eating a slice of tart three times a day: chocolate, raspberry, peach raspberry, apple. Oh, they are good. If you are in the Hudson Valley you can find these tarts at farm stands and gourmet food shops. And soon, you will be able to find them in the frozen section in the new, photo-filled, boxes.

Food stories in New York's Hudson Valley and beyond from photographer Jennifer May