12 / 2014

Fast Easy Fresh | December | Bon Appetit

Happy to share a bit of new work today that I photographed for this month’s Bon Appétit magazine. Loved finally being able to work with photo editor Rachel Tomlinson in person, she has a great eye! It was a treat to collaborate with her and the rest of the styling team, including food stylist Rebecca Jurkevich and prop stylist Kalen Kaminski. Thanks for the fun shoot ladies!

Beef and Squash Chili | Bon Appétit | Eva Kolenko Photography

Salt and Pepper Shrimp | Bon Appétit | Eva Kolenko Photography

Radicchio Salad | Bon Appétit | Eva Kolenko Photography

Skillet Roast Chicken with Fennel | Bon Appétit | Eva Kolenko Photography

Beef and Squash Chili | Bon Appétit | Eva Kolenko Photography

You can find all these delicious recipes here!

11 / 2014

AS OF LATE

September | October 2014

Lots of travel and location shoots to report on this installment of As of Late, including trips to Cape Cod, Maine, Prince Edward Island in Canada, New York and the Catskills. It all started with a little vacation in New England…

Cape Cod | |  Via @evakolenko instagram
we found this dreamy little fresh water lake on Cape Cod, the perfect place to relax and let P do her beach thing

Cape Cod | |  Via @evakolenko instagram

Provincetown | Canteen's Backyard |  Via @evakolenko instagram
the backyard at The Canteen in Provincetown

Provincetown | Lobster Pot | Canteen's Backyard |  Via @evakolenko instagram
the obligatory Lobster Pot

Portland Maine |  Via @evakolenko instagram
Portland, Maine.. lots to love here

Central Provisions | Portland Maine |  Via @evakolenko instagram
Featured along side Maurice (a restaurant in Portland, Maine which I photographed for Bon Appétit’s Top 10 New Restaurants Issue) was a yummy looking place called Central Provisions. Needless to say it was a must try while we were in town..

Casco Bay | Portland Maine |  Via @evakolenko instagram

| Portland Maine |  Via @evakolenko instagram
dinner at Eventide Oyster Co., one of the best meals on our trip

Rockland Maine  |  Via @evakolenko instagram

The Primo Restaurant Farm | Rockland Maine  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
before dinner at Primo in Rockland Maine, we took a long stroll around the farm

The Primo Restaurant Farm | Rockland Maine  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
happy and lazy ass pigs at the Primo farm

The Primo Restaurant Farm | Rockland Maine  |  Via @evakolenko instagram

Conte's 1894 Restaurant | Rockland Maine  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
Conte’s 1894, super charming place, don’t miss it

Lobster in Kennebunkport Maine   Via @evakolenko instagram
wish I put something in this shot to show scale.. he was HUGE

Shooting On Prince Edward Island Canada  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
from vacation in New England, then home for a 24 hr “layover” and all the way back to PEI Canada to start a 3 part shooting tour for Air Canada’s EnRoute magazine and Bon Appetit magazine

Shooting On Prince Edward Island Canada  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
this trip to PEI deserves a huge behind the scenes blog post all it’s own, but I was too busy shooting for real on this crazy adventure, sadly I only have a few images..

Shooting On Prince Edward Island Canada  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
Dark and stormy seas and sky, shooting on a remote island with only this one boat to shuttle crew, equip, models, and wardrobe back to the mother boat.. when it hailed on us (2xs!) all we could do was huddle, duck and wait it out. We looked like penguins in the arctic.

Prince Edward Island Canada  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
Can’t say enough good about this guy.. Perry our Captain, owner of Tranquility Cove Adventures and host for the day. Kept us safe and warm in the unseasonable weather and me smiling through it all. We both agreed, our jobs kick ass.

Prince Edward Island Canada  |  Via @evakolenko instagram PEI Steamers on the beach seasoned with nothing but seawater.. mmmmm

Shooting On Prince Edward Island Canada  |  Via @evakolenko instagram

Prince Edward Island Canada  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
sunset on PEI, the end to one of the most epic days of shooting.. off to have some beers with the cap

Prince Edward Island Canada  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
Perry’s home on PEI

Prince Edward Island Canada  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
location scouting the harbors of PEI at dusk in the rain

On Set For Bon Appetit Magazine |  Via @evakolenko instagram
in studio shooting December’s Fast Easy Fresh section for Bon Appétit magazine with prop stylist Kalen Kamanski, pictured above

On Set For Bon Appetit Magazine |  Via @evakolenko instagram
dreamiest location ever! shooting a feature for Bon Appétit in the Catskills

On Set For Bon Appetit Magazine |  Via @evakolenko instagram

On Set For Bon Appetit Magazine |  Via @evakolenko instagram
skulls and bones, Catskills

On Set For Bon Appetit Magazine |  Via @evakolenko instagram
artist retreat in the mountains, shoot location for Bon Appétit

On Set For Bon Appetit Magazine |  Via @evakolenko instagram

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back from the east coast and straight to set for Sunset magazine in the west

Rodeo Beach |  Via @evakolenko instagram
beach day back home with the fam

San Francisco Bay Sailing |  Via @evakolenko instagram

Behind the Scenes | Via @evakolenko instagram
on set shooting a passion project for Weekend Almanac magazine with my sis Natasha Kolenko

Behind the Scenes | |  Via @evakolenko instagram

Behind the Scenes | |  Via @evakolenko instagram

My set family Behind the Scenes | |  Via @evakolenko instagram
these guys brought my vision to life! THANKS!!! from left to right: Brian Lackey, photo assistant; Natasha Kolenko prop and floral stylist; Jillian Leiber, Model from Stars; Jenn Bonnett, wardrobe stylist; Tricia Turner, hair and make-up stylist

On set For Starbucks Behind the Scenes |  Via @evakolenko instagram
shooting Starbucks with prop stylist Kelly Allen

watercolors  |  Via @evakolenko instagram
my fav way to end the day.. ? water colors on the deck with the fam

In the spirt of this week of thanks I’d like to round out this post with a few high fives.

To all my amazing clients that trust my eyes and provide me with such amazing opportunities to see the world a thousand ways. To my rep John Sharpe who is always looking forward but also has my back. To my hubby who steps up as super dad when I am away on assignment without a single complaint. To my family (mom you especially and sisters Kristina and Natasha) for always being down to hang with P which allows me to continue to follow my passion. To my bestie Kate for all the love and moral support.. I love you neighbor. To my super amazing photo assistants Brian Lackey and Amber Mckee whom I am lucky enough to also call friends.. and working with friends hardly feels like work. To Carmel Cottingham, my super star producer, whom every client I have ever had loves, which makes me love her even more. This list could go on and on… but you guys are my core holding down the fort at home and keeping my ship afloat on location and I just wanted to take this opportunity and shout it out loud… THANKS!!!

It’s taken many years to craft this life, but I truly feel like I am living the dream and it’s all thanks to you! Much love.

11 / 2014

Slow Cooked Recipe Shoot for Williams Sonoma

So inspired by the recipes from shooting this book, I broke down and bought a slow cooker. I had been kind of rebelling against the idea my entire adult life, swearing I don’t like stew or soup and especially turned off by the texture of slow cooked meat. Well… I was wrong. I like it all! These recipes by Kim Laidlaw are delicous and it’s a HUGE bonus that this style of cooking is something I can easily fit into my life. Which recipe will I cook tonight??

Aside from the recipes being delicious, the other fun part of this shoot was collaborating with Art Director Ali Zeigler whom had this really fun concept of doing lots of very organized ingredient shots throughout the book. Lillian Kang our food stylist got super pro at putting together these food puzzles. I have worked with Lillian more than a hand full of times, but her eye for composition really shined on this project. Shooting the graphic visual recipes was a really smart solution adding a super fresh quality to the book.

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

Quick Slow Cooking | Photography by Eva Kolenko

A few more shout outs.. Big thanks to Weldon Owen Publishing for having me back in the studio. It’s always a pleasure working with Jen Newens (publisher/editor) and Emma Rudolph (associate editor) and when you are talking about spending 8 days in a studio together you want it to be with good peeps, which these ladies certainly are. Glenn Jenkins as usual rocked us with his amazing prop collection and stellar style. Thanks Glenn! Also got to meet Olivia Terenzio, one of the writers behind Williams Sonomas blog Taste during the shoot when she popped by the studio. Olivia casually interviewed myself, Jen and Ali and put together a behind the scenes blog post on the making of this book which you can find here.

11 / 2014

Chef Preeti Mistry for Weekend Almanac Magazine

I’m not sure how it happened.. I grew up in a pretty classic american meat and potatoes sort of family kitchen, and I never even tried Indian food until my twenties, but some how Indian became comfort food of choice. I’ll take it over mac and cheese, spaghetti and meat balls, mashed potatoes and gravy.. any of the usual suspects most any day. Of course my mother’s home cooked dinners will always retain a certain nostalgia that no other food can replicate, but there is just something so completely soul satisfying to me about indian cuisine. On those days I have a void in my stomach, mind or heart or any combination of the three a good Indian meal is a sure cure. It must be the spices! Who knows! I actually know very little (beyond a few miserably failed attempts to make chana masala) about Indian food so when the opportunity to meet and photograph Preeti Mistry came along I got pretty excited. Preeti is a alum of Bravo TVs Top Chef and the the chef behind the Indian Street food restaurant Juhu Beach Club in Oakland. My bud Tricia Turner interviewed Preeti for the story as we shot her in her garden planting tomatoes and following her to the kitchen where she showed us how to make a tomato chutney. Oh my god it was so good! I loved hearing all about Preeti’s style as a chef, her inspirations and background where it all began. I hope our paths cross again sometime! Until then, you better believe I’ll be whipping up her tomato chutney recipe whenever tomatoes are in season (and maybe a few times in winter as well)!

Chef Preeti Mistry | Eva Kolenko Photography

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Chef Preeti Mistry's Kitchen Garden| Eva Kolenko Photography

Chef Preeti Mistry's Kitchen Garden| Eva Kolenko Photography

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Chef Preeti Mistry's Tomato Chutney | Eva Kolenko Photography

This recipe is so easy you have to try it!

Preeti’s Tomato Chutney
(Makes 1 Quart)

2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
¼ cup neutral oil (such as rice bran oil or sunflower oil)
1 tablespoon onion seeds
1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 tablespoon indian red chili powder
1 cup white wine vinegar
Salt

1. Heat medium saucepan on high heat for one minute. Add oil, onion and cumin
seeds. Let seeds sizzle but not burn for about one minute.

2. Add ginger and stir to cook without burning. A little bit of ginger will stick to
the bottom of the pan and that is ok. Add cherry tomatoes and stir to release
ginger stuck on the bottom of the pan. Let come up to a simmer, add chili
powder and vinegar.

3. Let simmer until cherry tomatoes begin to wilt but still hold their shape.

Season with salt to taste and remove from heat.

Chef Preeti Mistry's Tomato Chutney | Eva Kolen

This issue of Weekend Almanac can be found here.