05 / 2014

Grilling Guide for Fine Cooking

Meat! Sometime it amazes me that I was vegetarian for 10 years.. i love the stuff so much. A few months back I shot this A-Z grilling guide with Chef Parke Ulrich for Fine Cooking magazine and it’s out now in their June issue. Of course our shot day fell on one of the 3 rainy days we had last season… just our luck. Fortunately it didn’t seem to hold us back much, and the grill was fired up on the lawn right outside Parke’s restaurant Waterbar which over looks the bay. Literally just minutes before the down poor started we switched to our make sift studio set, under the eves and no steaks were lost during this production. In fact our luck only seemed to improve.. the perfect medium rare slabs of delicious meat where all cooked, and photographed just in time for us to devour them for lunch!

Grilling Guide | Fine Cooking Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Grilling Guide | Fine Cooking Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Grilling Guide | Fine Cooking Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Grilling Guide | Fine Cooking Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Grilling Guide | Fine Cooking Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Grilling Guide | Fine Cooking Magazine | Eva Kolenko Photography

Big thanks to Glenn Jenkins for all the lovely props and Merilee Bordin for help food styling. Love this series!

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(not so) patiently waiting to eat these suckers.. slathered in miso butter

Behind The Scenes | Fine cooking | #theregoesamber | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
such an iconic view for our background #theregoseamber wrapping up the day

05 / 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES

for Williams-Sonoma

Had a really fun time back in the Weldon Owen studio shooting a new slow cooker book, this time with designer and AD Ali Ziegler and editor Jen Newens . During the second week of the shoot we had the pleasure of meeting the ladies behind Williams-Sonoma’s blog Taste on set. Olivia, one of the blog’s authors asked me a few questions off the cuff that ended up on their behind the scenes blog post from this shoot… so if your interested in going a little deeper, check that out here.

Looking forward to getting my hands on this book myself. Traditionally I’ve never been a huge fan of slow cookers or stewed food, but after seeing and tasting these recipes I’m coming around. The reality is I don’t get to make home made meals as often as I’d like to. Slow cooking is such a practical cooking style for busy working mom’s like myself, so I’m feeling really inspired by this one.

Here are some of my fav moments on set…

Ingredients | Behind the Scenes | Williams Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
Ali’s concept for the book included a bunch of these really beautiful super graphic visual recipes which were sort of like fun little puzzles

Diggin In | Behind the Scenes | Williams Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
digging into to some lamb.. cause why not?!

Pork Fennel Meatballs | Williams-Sonoma | Eva Kolenko Photography
created a few animated gifs in-between shots just for fun!

Behind the Scenes | #theregoesamber | Williams Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
my lovely assistant Amber hauling one of my fav surfaces courtsey of prop stylist Glenn Jenkins

Behind the Scenes | Williams Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram

Behind the Scenes | Williams Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram

Behind the Scenes | Williams Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
a collection of some of my favorites shots after day 8

Lamb Ragu for Two | Williams-Sonoma | Eva Kolenko Photography
ragu for two!

Celebrating day 8 of 8 | Behind the Scenes | Williams Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
Just a little celebration margarita to kick of the wrap party. Thanks to Lillan Kang, our food stylist for schooling me on how to make a proper margarita, (I’ll never revert to using a mix again!) and to my assistant Brian for squeezing 8 lbs of limes for us! Boozy rewards are the best…
speaking of… it’s friday and minutes away from happy hour. Cheers!

05 / 2014

Spring Inspired Recipes for Yoga Journal

The June issue of Yoga Journal is out featuring my backyard potluck recipe shoot with AD Ali Zeigler, food stylist Katie Christ and prop stylist Glenn Jenkins. Thanks so much Kaite for hosting us at your Glen Ellen pad. It was perfection!

Backyard Feast | Yoga Journal | Eva Kolenko Photography

Gluten Free Plum Crumble | Yoga Journal | Eva Kolenko Photography
Gluten Free Plum Crumble

Recipe Shoot| Yoga Journal | Eva Kolenko Photography

Pickling |Recipe Shoot| Yoga Journal | Eva Kolenko Photography

05 / 2014

AS OF LATE

March & April

Another fun and delicious couple months have come and gone faster than I’d like to admit. I always love putting together these posts because it gives me a rare chance to slow down and reflect on recent past events, and a place to come back so I remember it all! Ha!

Behind The Scenes | Fine cooking | #theregoesamber | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
shot a grilling feature by the bay with chef Parke Ulrich for fine cooking magazine’s June issue

As Of Late | Fern | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
some pretty greenery spotted outside the SF academy of sciences

As Of Late | Hikes with Parker | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
loving my weekly hikes with these two! feeling so fortunate to live so close to all this natural beauty.. this is practically right in my back yard … What?!?

As Of Late | Cover Story for Weekend Almanac | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
a recent lifestyle shoot of mine landed the cover of Weekend Almanac Magazine! styling by Lisa Moir and hair and makeup by Tricia Turner

As Of Late | Cover Story for Weekend Almanac | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
visit my people portfolio to see the rest of the photos from this oyster shoot at Tomales Bay. I’m taking the whole fam back for a little weekend get-a-way in Tomales this weekend. Yum!

As Of Late | Ocean Beach | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
a moment of zen by the beach, taking a break before a big day

As Of Late | Dogs and Babbies | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
bub getting tackled

Behind The Scenes | Proper Food | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
one big fish… on set with Proper Food shooting fresh ingredients for their upcoming SF store launch. See all the final images on their site here!

Behind the Scenes | Williams Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
food stylist Lillian Kang painting with pasta sauce for Williams-Sonoma at the Weldon Owen studio

As Of Late | Parker June | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
already way cooler than me… oi

Behind The Scenes | Food and Wine Mag | Portland OR | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
blood sausage and a runny egg.. the perfect brunch in Portland at Ataula before heading back to SF after a great shoot for Food and Wine Magazine

Behind The Scenes | Food and Wine Mag | Portland OR | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
deserving of a close up…

As Of Late | Food and Wine Mag | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
shooting and eating at Boxer Ramen in Portland in a perfect rainy day

As Of Late | Food and Wine Mag | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
wish you could taste it…

Behind The Scenes | Food and Wine Mag | Portland OR | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
totally crushing on these murals at Boxer Ramen by Trisha Grantham. I’d love to have some of her art for Parkers room someday.

As Of Late | Upside-down PJ  | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
upside-down P

As Of Late | Fuse Box | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
Sf magazine’s next issue is all about Oakland and I was more than happy to hang in my old stomping ground, photograph some 6 restaurants for the issue
and try some of this killer home made kimchee at Fuse Box
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As Of Late | Home Brew Cider | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
made the most of our prolific apple tree last season by making a case of home brew hard cider.. very boozy cider as it turns out ; )

As Of Late | Backyard Corn Toss | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
a neighborly game of corn toss (to go along with cider drink in or course)

Behind The Scenes | Food and Wine Mag | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
20th Century Cafe table top, post shot for Food and Wine

As Of Late | Parker On the Back Porch | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
home sweet home

Press Check! Poster | #kolenkopromo2014 | Portland OR | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog | via @evakolenko instagram
been woking on a big promo project for the past few months with friend and graphic designer Emma Robertson… here is a little preview of the poster that comes with!