Kitchen Goddess No. 4 is the incomparable Jan Jones! A colleague and a friend. One of the many reasons that keep me in Dallas is the people I have had the good fortune to associate with and Jan Jones is definitely one of those amazing Texans that make you feel right at home. She is sophisticated and graceful yet she can get down, dirty, and party with the rest of us! This is why when I talk about Jan to someone who doesn't know her, I always use the words glamour and graffiti in my description of her. A close friend of Jan says it best: "Like she always says about a house, if it has great bone structure that's all you need. Jan has exquisite bone structure so whether she is in couture or down and dirty jeans and a tee, she looks elegant! Plus that girl can wolf down corny dogs like it's no one's business!!"
To top it all off, the girl can cook! She brings to the kitchen the passion she puts into everything else she does. She uses the finest ingredients she can find, and prepares her meals with skill and love, and will serve it all up on a beautiful table that would make Martha Stewart jealous. Jan is a fabulous interior decorator and you can check out her website here.
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Yes, I ate most of it, and I don't even like mushrooms, for the shot of course. Jan wanted to see the art on her Ginori china.
We wanted to make this shot look like we were under a porch at dusk. I had a strobe bouncing off of an 8' x 8' white foam core, directly behind the table, slightly to camera left. Bare bulb, so that the light would spill all over the studio, hence giving me a open sky feel with blue shadows. I achieved this by letting the strobe/white balance go blue, and warmed up the food with light from the single candle on the table. Exposure was 1/10 of a second, at f/4, with an ISO of 250. Strobe setting was approx. 1000 w/s at about 10 feet away from the flowers that you see on the table.