07 / 2014

AS OF LATE

May & June

My as of late post, comes in late…. again. Busy on the adventures that create the images that go into these posts!

A 16 Pizza shot for Fine Cooking Magazine | As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
images of Chef Rocky Maselli’s fried pizza at A16 came out in Fine Cooking Magazine

Behind the Scenes in Sac Town with Amber and Brian | As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
Amber and Brian hard at work on set with GMMB in Sacramento

Shooting Preeti Mistry for Weekend Almanac Magazine |   As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
got to meet and photograph Chef Preeti Mistry in her home garden and taste her yummy tomato chutney. Yum!

Shooting The Coachman for SF Magazine |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
photographed The Coachman for SF magazine … blood sausage, bone marrow, beef tartar, no complaints here

Beet wreath at The Coachman |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
beet wreath at The Coachman

Parker Meets Grizzly |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
Parkers first Zoo visit and face to face with a Grizzly

My Garden Radish Sprouts |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
my radishes are up!

 Garden Progress | As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
my baby garden

Shooting Recipe Cards with Stout SF |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
Lillian Kang styling a color wheel of nutrition for a series of recipe cards designed by Stout SF

Oh nuts |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog

The Crew | Behind the Scenes |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
post shoot beers with this stellar crew and Ryan of Stout SF

As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog

Oakland Food for SF mag | As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
photographed some of the best restaurants and food spots in Oakland for SF magazine.. always love a reason to visit my old hood… it tastes so god damn good

Auntie Tosh and PJ | As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
Auntie Tosh with PJ on a walkabout at the SF zoo

Water mellon Baby |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
PJ loving up some summer and her favorite food… watermelon

Behind the Scenes | Vegan Pantry Recipe book for Ten Speed Press |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
food stylist Lillian Kang going for a dip on set for new Ten Speed Press Book, art directed and designed by the fabulous Ashley Lima

Behind the Scenes | Vegan Pantry Recipe book for Ten Speed Press | As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
buckwheat pappardelle

Behind the Scenes | Vegan Pantry Recipe book for Ten Speed Press | As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
oh all the tough choices to be made when you prop stylist brings too much good stuff, thanks Glenn Jenkins! You always kill it.

Behind the Scenes | Vegan Pantry Recipe book for Ten Speed Press | As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
is there a better place to shoot a vegan pantry book… ? than an actual pantry? not when the light is this good!

My Promo Mailer | Anchor Tattoo |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
anchor on anchor, brian basking in the glory of his tattoo cameo in in my promo book

Parker in Portland | As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
bring your kid to work day? well.. maybe bring your kid after work to eat all the yummy pastry that was photographed all day

Shooting Maurice in Portland for Bon Appetit Magazine | As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
EK in Portland shooting Maurice for Bon Appetit magazine

Maurice French Pastry for Bon Appetit Magazine | As Of Late | May & June | Kolenko Photography Blog
Maurice for Bon Appetit magazine … issue is out next month!

Portland Flora | As Of Late | May & June | Kolenko Photography Blog
PDX flora

Portland Japanese Garden | As Of Late | May & June | Kolenko Photography Blog
while in town shooting for Bon Appetit, I had to check out the Portland Japanese garden .. so stunning. I want my backyard to look just like it

Portland Japanese Garden | As Of Late | May & June | Kolenko Photography Blog

Portland Japanese Garden | As Of Late | May & June | Kolenko Photography Blog

Eating my Garden Radishes |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
Ah!the first grab of radishes form my garden, finally tasting the fruit of all our labor and it’s so rewarding. I’m addicted. (to gardening and radishes straight form the earth)

Indian Springs |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
a little get-a-way to Indian Springs in celebration of my 32nd Bday

Indian Springs |  As Of Late | May & June 2014 | Kolenko Photography Blog
It has been the most amazing year of my life (no exaggeration).. really enjoyed kicking back, soaking up all the minerals and taking a sec to really reflect on all that I have a accomplished thus far and all the goals I have achieved. A day to be thankful.

07 / 2014

Kolenko Promo Book 2014

Months and months in the making, my biggest promo mailer to date!

Kolenko Photography Promo Book

You may have caught wind of this project from my instagrams, or perhaps you have even received one of these bad boys in the mail, but I’ve been so thrilled with the results of months of hard work… or even more accurately, years of hard work that have gone into the making of this promo piece, that I’m stoked to finally be sharing this on my blog. To help with the design on this project I teamed up with the ever so talented Emma Robertson, whom has also become a close friend in the last year or so. I can’t thank her enough for all the thoughtfulness behind her design, and also all the creative ideas she brought to the table. Emma you rock!

The Book ended up being 38 pages, perfect bound, featuring a cross section of all my latest lifestyle and food photography. Included is my favorite family recipe (a pasta dish photographed specifically for this book) with perforated recipe card, and poster-insert that showcases a ton of behind the scenes moments, travels and adventures.

Kolenko Photography Promo Book

Kolenko Photography Promo Book - Poster

Of course, I wish I had one of these for everyone to give away but unfortunately my leftover supply of these is running low. Thankfully I do have a few left, and I’m eager to share them with any creatives who think my work is a good fit for their clients and the type of projects they produce. If that sounds like you and you and are dying to have a Kolenko Promo 2014 hit me up!

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!