I am always excited when one of the cookbooks I work on gets published. Looking through the freshly printed pages is like looking through a yearbook-bringing back the memories of each shot. Since Homemade Liqueurs and Infused Spirits by Andrew Schloss is a book for the "home mixologist" we wanted to be approachable and inspirational with the photography. That allowed for playfulness with color, presentation, ingredients and packaging. Bringing the idea of gifting into the shots added another dimension to the project. I like to take that idea and treat it in an elegant way, supporting rather than downplaying the recipe. With all the array of interesting bottles and jars out there we had some great choices to support this without getting too cluttered or too craftsie. In the end it was a project that was enjoyable to do and to give as a gift itself. And no- we didn't sit around drinking the liquers all day during the shoot- as tempting as it was!
An award-winning commercial photographer specializing in food and still life. Leigh's work has been featured in numerous cookbooks and magazines, national advertising, packaging and catalogs. Her personal work includes a series of abstract landscapes. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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