10 / 2014

The Crush

Last month I headed up to Napa for an editorial shoot revolving around the grape harvest and crush season. Here is where I went:

The Crush | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

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Cadet Wine & Beer, an impeccably designed space tucked back in an alley in downtown Napa

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The Fatted Calf at the OxBow market

The Crush | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

Oxbow Market | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Hog Island Oyster Co at the OxBow market

The Crush | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

10 / 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES

On Set with Agency/Rx

Sometimes life is pretty dreamy. When I get the opportunity to shoot jobs like this at crazy fun locations with the most amazing clients and a tight knit crew that knows how to work super hard and play even harder while having my back the whole way… well, I just simply feel lucky. Not every moment was a waking dream of corse. Big productions with a million moving pieces always require a little problem solving on the fly. There is always an element of stress (usually the good kind.. the kind that motivates one to kick ass), and on this shoot we endured crazy long 20 hr days (because the photographer insisted on shooting at sunset.. haha) resulting in a fair amount of sleep depravation, but thanks to my amazing producer Carmel Cottingham everything came together 100% and we even had a little chill time to get our nails done. Here a little taste of what went down…

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location scout day #1 – learned Amber is less than thrilled about being licked by a butterfly

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butterfly snacks

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

Behind The Scenes | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
at the track scouting our race location, couldn’t help getting a shot with the Terrordactyl!

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Amber’s truck hat

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around the black from our hotel, Russ & Daughters.. a new favorite without question and amazing menu design by Kelli Anderson

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making ugly faces with these beautiful models

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montauk beers for lunch after an early call time in montauk

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a round of crab rolls for this kick ass team

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roof top celebrations

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bubbly and mani petis pool side for my hard working ladies

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meet up with my very dear friend and Annika Vogt with her man (on left) and Carmel and I (on right)

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mud warrior

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Jazzy our sassy wardrobe stylist

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anything for the shot…

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war paint!

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post mud wresting hose down

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last night in NY had the pleasure of my first home made meal in a week.. I brought the booze

Search hashtag #kolenkorx on instagram to see more BTS adventures from the rest of the crew.

10 / 2014

Bon Appetit | The Hot 10 2014: Måurice

If you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed I was recently shooting up in Portland Oregon… well, I’m excited to share this new work out now in the September issue of Bon Appetit. It’s a beautiful issue featuring their top 10 favorite new restaurants, all of which I am now dying to try, at least I can tick Maurice off the list! One down, 9 to go.. actually I’ve done Tosca in SF so that leaves me with 8.

Maurice | Bon Appetit | Top 10 New Restaurants |Eva Kolenko Photography

Maurice | Bon Appetit | Top 10 New Restaurants |Eva Kolenko Photography

Maurice | Bon Appetit | Top 10 New Restaurants |Eva Kolenko Photography

Maurice | Bon Appetit | Top 10 New Restaurants |Eva Kolenko Photography

Maurice | Bon Appetit | Top 10 New Restaurants |Eva Kolenko Photography

Maurice | Bon Appetit | Top 10 New Restaurants |Eva Kolenko Photography

08 / 2014

Portland, Oregon for Food & Wine Magazine

A few months ago I took on a super fun and ultra delicious assignment shooting the Portland Food scene for Food and Wine Magazine.

One of my favorite stops on the tour was Angel Face. Owner John Taboada whom also owns the neighboring restaurant Navarre was super gracious, and spent a good few hours walking us through the menu and giving us the low down on each dish, encouraging us to taste everything. Hard to pick a favorite bite or sip here, everything was top notch but if I had to pick one dish the Steak Tartare sticks in my mine the most.

Angel Face | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
The Meat Board at Angel Face

Angel Face | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
On the right, Steak Tartare

Angel Face | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography

Angel Face | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
on the left, Boudin Blanc

Angel Face | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
Owner of Angel Face, John Taboada

Angel Face | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
On the right, hand painted wall paper by local artist Michael Paulus

Davenport | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
The interior of Davenport

Davenport | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
crudo at Davenport

Another favorite moment form the trip was driving out toward wine country and meeting wine maker Maggie Harrison, of Antica terra Wish we could have more time to hang with her, as she was super bad ass, and I won’t have minded spending more time with her wine either.

Maggie Harrison | Antica Terra | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
Maggie Harrison

The next stop: Roman Candle Backing co.. I really enjoyed the decor her.. huge walls of white subway tile, with dark grout and warm woods.

Roman Candle | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography

Roman Candle | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography

Roman Candle | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography

Roman Candle | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography

Roman Candle | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
Roman Candle Baking co.

And then, for our sugar fix, there was Sugar Cube, a super cute little bakery in the heart of the Alberta Arts District. Pastry chef Kir, transitioned to this brick and mortar bakery shop in 2013 after huge success serving pastry and desserts from a food cart.

Sugar Cube | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography

Sugar Cube | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
on the right, Kir, pastry chef and owner of The Sugar Cube>

Sweedeedee | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
Sweedeedee

Ataula | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
sunday brunch shoot at Ataula, Left: Huevos al Plato, farm soft eggs, blood sausage, sanfaina, catalan beans, Right: Chef Jose Chesa

Ataula | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography
Nuestras Bravas

Ataula | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography

Ok, last stop on this marathon of food shooting… Boxer Ramen. I totally fell in love with this restaurant at first sight. With the walls covered murals and menus adorned with illustrations by Portland artist Trish Grantham plus hot bowls of noodles and extra EXTRA large cans of beer… there was a lot to love about this place.

Boxer Ramen | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography

Boxer Ramen | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography

Boxer Ramen | Food & Wine Magazine | Portland | Eva Kolenko Photography

Thanks to Food & Wine for having me on this one, and big shout out for all the restaurants included for accomodating our photo shoot on such short notice, it was much appreciated.