04 / 2014

Cooking Good Food with William Sonoma

I’ve had the great pleasure of working on a handful of cookbooks as of late, and I’m exited to share the release of my first project with Weldon Owen Publishing and Williams Sonoma. Cook Good Food is the first book in a series of instructional cook books that are geared toward getting beginner cooks up to speed in the kitchen.

Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

These cookbooks tend to be fairly long projects, shooting over the course of a couple weeks, so having a really talented and fun team is essential! I loved collaborating with talented designer Ashley Lima on this project. She wanted to bring a young fresh edge to the book, which was in my opinion a total success. I’m really digging the hand stamped quality of all the title pages! Editor Jen Newens, was also on set and a pleasure to work with, keeping us on track and being a much needed guide when it came to all the recipe details. Lillian Kang was our stellar food stylist whom at the time was oh so prego! We have since worked together a handful of times and she is simply one of the best, plus we get to decompress, chatting about all the hardships (and joys) of being a new working mom in between shots.

Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Fried Chicken | Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

French Fries | Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Mussels  | Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Mussels With Lemon & Ale | Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Pork Chops | Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Tacos | Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Kale & chickpeas | Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Onion Rings | Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Linguine & Clams | Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Steamed Salmon | Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

Fun fact! My right hand on this shoot, photo assistant Brian Lackey, also started in a ton of the how-to photos as hand model! That anchor tat really made a lot of the shots. Thanks Brian!

Cook Good Food | William Sonoma Recipe Book | Eva Kolenko Photograhpy

If you are interested, the book is available here.
I’m sure it’s the first of many, thanks for having me on the team Weldon Owen!

03 / 2014

Google Impact Challenge: The Video

I recently had the most amazing opportunity to shoot a video for Google in conjunction with the launch of a really exciting program called The Bay Area Impact Challenge. This initiative is all about supporting the non-profits that are already in place working to solve issues the Bay area faces… violent crime, homeless vets, affordable housing, just to name a few. Google is inviting these non-profits to submit their ideas on how they plan to improve the bay area for the public to vote on. The Four non-profits that receive the most votes will receive a $500,000 grant from google to actualize their ideas.

Armed with one question, a few cameras and a mic, my crew and I along with the creatives at AKQA hit the streets of SF, Oakland, Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose to find out what folks thought could be done to make the Bay Area and even better place to live.

Google Impact Challenge | Video by Eva Kolenko Photography

As you can imagine, the issues folks were concerned about were as diverse as the communities we visited, but there was one thread.. one common sentiment that almost everyone shared.. The Bay Area is RAD! I love love loved that after meeting and talking to some 80 different people, from all walks of life about the hardships they face directly in their lives, or witness in their neighborhoods that this ultra positive mantra became the backbone of the project.

If you know of a non-profit that could benefit from a google grant, please spread the word! The application deadline is March 31.

We truly had a blast on this production! Here are some behind the scenes snaps…

Behind The Scenes | Video Shoot for Google| Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

#theregoesamber | Behind The Scenes |Google Impact Challenge Video |  Eva Kolenko Photography
#theregoesamber

Behind The Scenes | Video Shoot for Google | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Crew Shot! From left to right, Carmel Cottingham (producer), Ian (Camera Assist), Joe Lindsay (DP), Me!!! (Director + DP), Chris Cottingham (Audio) and Stian Rasmussen (Assist)

Behind the Scenes | Google | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
So many beautiful people… I’m so lucky to have met you all. Thanks for your heartfelt participation. Polaroid shot by the lovely Michelle Stauffer.

Behind the Scenes | Google | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog

I heart this project! Grateful to AKQA and Lisa Goodfriend for inviting me to be a part of this. Loved working with you guys! Huge thanks to my producer Carmel Cottingham. You alway make me look (as feel) like a super hero. xo

03 / 2014

AS OF LATE

January & February 2014

2014 Kicked off with a running start, so the first couple months have gone by like a blur! It’s been a really awesome mix of work and play though and I’ve been feeling really fortunate for the balance. I still have so much catching up to do on the blog… so many exiting things coming up that I have yet to share! For now here is a glimpse of what I’ve got cooking.

Cook Good Food | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Excited to announce the first of a series of cook books I shot with Weldon Owen Publishing for William Sonoma has been released and is available here

Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Since I missed last year snowboarding due to having a baby, I was a little too eager for this season and bought the whole fam season passes before it was clear the west cost winter was a total bust. Oh well! Forced us up to the mountains despite the lack of pow and we still had a blast. Duh.

Parker's First Snow Trip | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Might be man made snow… but it was good enough for parkers first snow angel!

Snowboard Tahoe | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Spring time boarding conditions in January… not so bad. Sick view.

Parker June | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
PJ

Lagunitas Brewing Co | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Snacks with auntie Tina, a.k.a Tuna, Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Behind the Scenes | Rubio's | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
On set for Rubio’s.. menu boards featuring all EK images coming soon..

Behind the Scenes | Weekend Almanac | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Oysters and good company! Shot a rad cover story for Weekend Almanac with Lisa Moir and Trica
Turner
. It’s on pre-order now.. check it!

Lake Tahoe | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe, no snow…

Lake Tahoe | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Lake Tahoe Zen garden

Lake Tahoe | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Walkin on water

Parker and Bub | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Parker and Bub, evening walk down Sun lane

Behind the Scenes | Recipe shoot | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Tomatoes and I… shooting a recipe for my promo mailer! Thanks Katie Christ for you mad food styling skills.

Behind the Scenes | Recipe shoot | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
By some miracle Katie found these beauties despite it being the dead of winter

Behind the Scenes | Yoga Journal Photoshoot | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
A little tablescape minus the food, on set shooting recipes for Yoga Journal with prop stylist Glenn Jenkins, food stylist Katie Christ and Art Director Ali Zeigler

My Home | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Moved in September.. but the house is still coming together. I love when moments like this happen.

Indian Springs | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
The ultimate date night (date day) at Indian Springs! Always best in the rain. Let it pore!

Behind The Scenes | 10 Speed Press Cook Book Shoot | Eva Kolenko Photography BlogBlog
On set with Ten Speed press and food stylist Lillian Kang for a new book of yumminess. My ultimate comfort food.. Indian!

Behind The Scenes | 10 Speed Press Cook Book Shoot | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Home made Paneer, behind the scenes with Ten Speed

Behind The Scenes | 10 Speed Press Cook Book Shoot | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Props I love and would like to see in my kitchen.. thanks Ethel, you killed it!

Behind the Scenes | Git-Hub Interior Shoot for Studio Hatch | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Behind the scenes and napping in the T-pee.. on set for an interior shoot at the Git-Hub headquarters for Studio Hatch. See the final shoot here.

Behind The Scenes | Video Shoot for Google| Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Got the video rig out shooting a piece for Google.. more details soon!

Mom/Daughter Van's | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Like mother like daughter

Parker Goes Tahoe | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
Auntie Kate and PJ in the mountains!

Lake Tahoe | Eva Kolenko Photography Blog
The Lake.

02 / 2014

SF Mex

On news stands this month, San Francisco magazine features some killer mexican joints from all over the bay area.. north, south east, and of course the city it’s self. I had so much fun photographing (and sampling) some of these best bites and the chefs that craft them and contributing to the story. Eight restaurants in 2 days.. it was a bit of a marathon and I could not get enough. As a native californian, I have huge love for mexican cuisine. I literally don’t think I could live without and after 2 days in a row eating tacos for breakfast, lunch and dinner you’d think I’d need a little time off… I thought I’d need a little break, but NO.. after tasting some of the best mex in the bay I just crave harder and more often! Here are some of my favs…

San Francisco Magazine | Mexican Restaurant Guide | Eva Kolenko Photography
cover shot at Copita in Sausolito

San Francisco Magazine | Mexican Restaurant Guide | Eva Kolenko Photography
Left: the open flame rotisserie at Copita Right: Ana Maria Campos at Taqueria Campos in East Oakland

San Francisco Magazine | Mexican Restaurant Guide | Eva Kolenko Photography
a personal favorite – Cosecha in Old Oakland

San Francisco Magazine | Mexican Restaurant Guide | Eva Kolenko Photography
super talented + gorgeous chef/owner of Cosecha, Dominica Rice-Cisneros

San Francisco Magazine | Mexican Restaurant Guide | Eva Kolenko Photography
Left: the spread at Padrecito in SF Right: Cosecha Tacos… the grilled chicken tacos are not to be missed!

San Francisco Magazine | Mexican Restaurant Guide | Eva Kolenko Photography
best michelada of my life at Cosecha

San Francisco Magazine | Mexican Restaurant Guide | Eva Kolenko Photography

Thanks to San Francisco magazine for having me on such a delicious and fun shoot!