Hello, world! I'm Eva, photographer by day, food blogger by night. Originally from Hillsboro, Oregon, I moved to Los Angeles when I was 18 to study film production at University. Why leave such a beautiful state for such a metropolitan city, you ask? Why the Mexican food, of course. Also, the urban sprawl.
...Okay, not really.
But still. The Mexican food here is awesome.
In my ideal life, I'd live on a big ranch out in the Oregon countryside, freelancing as a photographer and making documentaries on the side. They'd a hard look at important issues like human trafficking and the global collapse of bee colonies, and then I'd go make cupcakes and take pictures of them. I'd have a Jersey cow, named Henrietta, and she would look like this:
and have a calf that looks like this:
I'd have a garden filled with flowers and heirloom fruits and vegetables, along with a special plot dedicated to the plants whose seeds I received from my parents, who have been carefully selecting, harvesting and drying only the most prized seeds from their immense garden for the past 30 years, and those plants would make the other plants look bad if they were all up on them.
There would also be olive trees, too. The cold Oregon winter would most likely destroy them, but I would plant them anyway on the off chance that they would survive. My Greek side won't let me listen to things like reason. And this is my dream, after all.
The house would, of course, be a true-to-life recreation of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello because A) It is incredibly beautiful, and B) I am a huge nerd for the founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson in particular.
But alas, I am instead living in the city with my
He doesn't always look so serious. Only when he is hiking.
Gabel is kind of neurotic, even for a cat. But he does weird things that make me laugh, and he does kind of look like a Jersey cow, so at least there's that.
I currently reside in a 1940's bungalow in North Hollywood with hardwood floors and one of those cute little metal mail flaps in the walls in place of a mail box. This also means that there is almost no insulation in the house, so it is always very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter. Almost like camping!
And I am lucky enough to have a little kitchen with a decent amount of countertop space, which is where I spend a lot of my time, and also why there is so much food on this blog. The counter is also tile, which means that I can cut things on it and put hot pans on top of it without a care in the world.
What kind of camera & lenses do you use? I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark II, a 50mm 1.8, a 35mm 1.4, and a 100mm 2.8 macro lens.
How do you get the lighting so moody? I shoot using only natural lighting and have a reflector disc with a black side that I sometimes use as a background if I want an image to be especially dark. Otherwise I just use the white wall of my kitchen as the backdrop and let the shadows do their work.
How did you learn photography & food styling? I took my first photography class at 16 years old and went to university for film production, which has a lot of similar elements to photography. But applying that to food takes a lot of practice. I taught myself food styling by pouring over my favorite inspirational food photographers' work, like What Katie Ate and Call Me Cupcake.
Where do you take your pictures? I currently take them in my kitchen at home by a lovely little window, but later this year we're planning on moving up to Oregon and hoping to build a studio on the property we find up there.
Do you eat everything you make? Of course!!! Now, I will say that I do not eat the entirety of what I make (i.e. no, I do not eat a whole cake by myself. I'm only 5' and that would end up making me wider than I am tall!) But I do enjoy a little bit of everything, and I'd say that's my general feeling towards eating. Just try a bit of everything and you'll be fine! Unless you're allergic. Then you definitely won't be fine. But yes, I do try to have friends over when I make something particularly decadent to spread the wealth a bit :)
Do you teach food photography or styling courses? I actually have some in the works right now for this year that I will be sharing soon, and I could not be more excited about them! Stay tuned, my friends :)
I hope you enjoy my corner of the internet! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much for visiting!