A Day With Matthew Collins

A week ago today I had the ultimate privilege of having one of Kansas City’s most talented photographers over for a day of food styling, food photography, and, well – food eating.

Matthew Collins is good. He’s really good. And he was so patient with my constant yappings of, “Okay so what setting is that? Oh I like that angle. Is your ISO high or low? Wait, don’t we need back light here? Should we use a reflector? Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro?”

You get the point.

We had so much fun that we’re set up for another session next week! And I’m taking suggestions on what to cook. Help a girl out, y’all.

You can read about the day here, from Matt’s point of view.

Here’s Matt, setting up the first shot.

We moved over to the window to take advantage of the natural light.

This is blurry, yes. Forgive me. I was trying to watch him and shoot him and look at the shrimp that I was about to eat and I got too excited and shook the camera.

These suckers are about to get grilled.

I might like shrimp. And prosciutto.

Ahh, the finished product. Grilled prosciutto-wrapped shrimp on a simple pesto crostini.


Look at that little baby.

Then I made the main course, which was the homemade pesto swirled into orecchiette with cherry tomatoes.


I ate like 4 pounds of this after Matt left. SHHH.

Such a fun day. Can’t wait for next week’s session!

And I’m serious – what should I cook?


7 Responses to A Day With Matthew Collins

  1. Kay @ The Church Cook July 22, 2011 at 6:54 pm #
    Oh, Bev! Wish I can join you for the tutorial! What a great time it must have been to have a private teacher! Can't wait until next week. :)
    • Bev Weidner July 22, 2011 at 8:13 pm #
      Wish you could too, Kay! Thanks for dropping by!
  2. Elisabeth July 23, 2011 at 2:29 am #
    Colorful veggies!!! Our farmers market has some gorgeous purple bell peppers... they are just beautiful and could be great in pictures. I know that you have already done stuffed peppers... so maybe you could think of something else to do with them. They would photograph well! Salmon? Something with mushrooms?
    • Bev Weidner July 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm #
      Wonderful suggestions! And I agree, something colorful with veggies. Salmon - great idea! Mushrooms - stop me now, LOVE. Thank you!
  3. Joanna @ Southern Daisy July 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm #
    Oh dear Lord! These look amazing!!! Feel free to send me some of that pasta. I could eat an entire pot full! :-) ~Joanna Southerndaisy.com Puresmoker.com
    • Bev Weidner July 23, 2011 at 11:10 pm #
      I'm right there with ya! Thanks for dropping by!
  4. Roxanne March 7, 2013 at 10:36 am #
    Hi Bev, I absolutely love your photography and recipes. I am just starting out, and trying to learn more about food staging and photgraphy. Do you have any other post like this one/tips to share with your readers regarding food photography? Thanks in advance, Roxanne @The ROXX Box

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