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We are off on assignment to Brewster – yep – Cape Cod! I was pretty excited about this Foodies Magazine assignment. July – on the Cape, it’s going to be awesome! We’ll get up early, head to the town beach in Brewster, hang out until our meeting with Chef Toby Hill at the Brewster Fish House….
But alas – the weather did not cooperate. No beach time for us. But, we went early anyway and I am glad we did! We had a very cape cod lunch. Fresh sweet steamers for me. (I had a hard time deciding between mussels or steamers… Turns out the steamers did not disappoint.)

Meeting the Chef at the Brewster Fish House was just as excellent as the food. Chef Toby, winner of a Boston Lamb Jam, once voted Best Chef on Cape Cod, and blue cheese lover greeted us with a big warm handshake.

He was all smiles as he talked about the dish he was making for us to photograph and that was contagious. We were all smiles through the whole photo shoot. I couldn’t help but think about how we would definitely be back to this restaurant again….soon.

Stay tuned for photos from this photo shoot!

Yummy Sushi

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We have a wonderful client who has created a yummy new snack food. Chickpeas. That’s right, and they come in several yummy flavors. Check out this article that appeared in the Boston Globe recently.

Want to read the whole article? http://articles.boston.com/2012-07-17/food-dining/32696013_1_chickpeas-crunch-test-south-boston We loved that one of our photos got to accompany the article. We made chick peas look good…from every angle.

Biena Chickpeas

Biena Chickpeas

Just the Chickpeas

Just the Chickpeas

Art and Ideas

Lou and Sue Swinand produce great interesting videos to show off local artists. This one is about Erb Photo. I’m not sure why they asked us- but… just kidding– we’d do anything for these guys! They are wonderful artists themselves. You should check out their other videos by going to You tube and looking for Art and Ideas with Susan Swinand. You’ll see quite an assortment of artist and events.

We spent the afternoon over at Nstar with some very willing models who demonstrated some important stretches workers need to do before they do their jobs. Working at Nstar can be a pretty physical job. These brochures are going to be passed around to the workers so they can stay fit and be reminded to take care of themselves. Safety and health are top of mind for these Nstar folks.

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We loved being out on the farm with the Ziemba family who own the Broadlawn farm in Adam’s MA. We where helping the New England Dairy Council make some cool photos for the ” Must be the Milk” campaign. Hopefully we’ll be seeing some of these photos on billboards a long the Mass Pike and Rt 91 and Rt 291. The family was awesome and we loved working with them…

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He thinks about this one from Evo in Worcester, MA. They are juicy and thick. But don’t take our word for it. Take a peek and see what you think. For Donna – she likes the pizza’s. Which would you choose?

Evo Burger

Evo Burger

Tangy Chicken Pizza

Tangy Chicken Pizza

Ryan Maloney has over 20 years of experience in the “spirits” industry. He’s been on covers of international whiskey trade publications. He is the founder of the Loch & Key Society. And he is right in our back yard at Julio Liquors in Westborough, MA. Do you like whiskey? Take a trek over to Julio’s to see some of their amazing and diverse offerings and learn about their tasting events. We did. It was quite the experience. We had no idea there were so many flavors and styles of whiskey.

Is he pouring whiskey over ice? Yep...

Is he pouring whiskey over ice? Yep...

Ryan at the Locke and Key at Julio Liquors

Ryan at the Loche and Key at Julio Liquors

It is when you are dining at The Common Man and the food looks like this…

 

Post Roast with peas and carrots

Post Roast with peas and carrots

But I loved the signage that reminded us just how important dessert is…I agree with each of these statements. We love ourselves some desserts…

Eat Dessert First

Eat Dessert First

We do! And we got to try some really spicy sausey gooey goodness over at the Cedar Street Grille in Sturbridge MA… Check out this dish…

 

Spicy Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Spicy Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Or maybe you like less cheese and a little tasty burger(s)?

Sliders with Cheese

Sliders with Cheese

Homemade Bison Chili

We love our friends who love to cook. So when Rick invited us over for some of their homemade Bison Chili. We were all in… We had not had a whole lot of Bison before, so this is was going to be fun! Want to make some? Check out the Creamery Brook Bison Farm.

Bison Chili

Bison Chili

Bison

Bison

Photographing at the Beacon Grille was a truly fun experience. The crew there is very organized and talented. The best part about our time there was learning all about the ways the restaurant runs very green. Energy star appliances, LED lights, rain water collections, and solar panels on the roof. But – oh… it is the food that really was – all yum.

Talented Beacon Grille Crew

Talented Beacon Grille Crew

Beacon Grille Steak

Beacon Grille Steak

Need a little comfort food? Why not try a yummy bread pudding with a little homemade whip cream? Better yet, pair that with a Dogfish Head beer and really take your mouth on a tasty journey…. We did! We went to Sweet on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester to find this one…

Bread pudding

Bread pudding

Dogfish head Beer and bread Pudding from Sweet

Dogfish head Beer and bread Pudding from Sweet

Worcester’s Best Chef Competition is one big event that gets a chef’s creative juices flowing freely and actively. The kinds of dishes – and the amazing creativity of the chef’s – get to really shine this night. But the best part is – we all get to come along for the ride… Yippee! We won’t go into all the details of every dish, we just want to share a few photos from the evening. If you want to learn more please check out WBC on facebook. We uploaded a ton of images from the event: The Crowd, The Paparazzi Photos, The Competition, the Judging, and of course the Winners.

Rovezzi's Homemade Pasta

Rovezzi's Homemade Pasta

Pepe's Stuff Calimari

Pepe's Stuff Calamari

Cere's Scallop

Cere's Scallop

Surf and Turf

Surf and Turf

When our friend Elaine told us about her latest room reinvention we just had to see it for ourselves. She’s the kind of woman that can walk into a room that maybe a little drab and little boring and make it into something stunningly beautiful. The best part of it is she looks at what you already have in your space and just reinvents your stuff to make it look like a million dollars. Let me share some of the spaces with you and you’ll see what I mean… these before shots she took and the after shots we took really do speak for themselves. By the way, what do you think about the after shots? Do you need great after shots?

 

Need a lift in your own spaces? Check out Elaine on her blog Domestic By Design or on Etsy.

After Elaine got to sprucing up this room and fireplace.

After Elaine got to sprucing up this room and fireplace.

Boring old Fireplace before Elaine got her hands on it...

Boring old Fireplace before Elaine got her hands on it...

After Shot with Elaine's Reinvention

After Shot with Elaine's Reinvention

Before Elaine took over the room

Before Elaine took over the room

The Student Prince restaurant in Springfield MA, has been around for 75 years and it is still going strong. It’s a place rich with history, rich in decor, and they serve very rich foods… rich German food. If you are ever in the Springfield area, you should eat here and enjoy the good service, the yummy breads, and oh- don’t forget the beer.

The Standard Fair at the Student Prince

The Standard Fair at the Student Prince

Pot Pies fresh from the oven...

Pot Pies fresh from the oven...

Chef at the Student Prince

Chef at the Student Prince

Once again this year, we got the chance to photograph the extraordinary show of A Christmas Carol – my all time favorite holiday story. It was quite the elaborate production- flying Marley’s and all… If you have not seen this show, I highly recommend you make this a new holiday tradition. We went to the show on opening night with some good friends and the entire place was buzzing with holiday spirit!

Marley at the Hanover's Christmas Carol

Marley at the Hanover's Christmas Carol

Christmas Present

Christmas Present

Ghost of Christmas Future

Ghost of Christmas Future

I got an email from a friend of ours who is an amazing designer. In his email he asked us if the photography in these “Foodies News” email newsletters is work we have done for this client of ours. (By the way, These newsletters are fun and informative – every time I read one, I learn something new about food- so if you are a foodie these newsletters are a perfect fit for you!)

So our friend wanted to know if the photography that was being used in the newsletters was ours? It is! and so I shared that info with him and he wrote back saying he just loved it. There is nothing like having custom photography work to make things look personal and beautiful. But we know it takes a great designer to make the photos we take look amazing and relevant in the marketing. We think this is a perfect example of that…

This post is from the Worcester Magazine Issue of Krave from 9.28.11

Behind the lens of Erb Photography

Scott Erb and Donna Dufault are not restaurant owners. They don’t work in a local kitchen, create stunning menus or put on chef’s whites – yet they have been instrumental in bringing the Worcester dining scene into the public limelight. They are Erb Photography, whose imagery has showcased the work of area restaurants through billboards, marketing, advertising, menus and more throughout the city. Those delectable and drool-inducing photos are products of a craft that takes years of experience, talent and drive to produce. We took some time in between shutter clicks with the photographic king and queen of Worcester to discover a little about their recent food niche and who the folks are behind the lens.

When did you come to Worcester – and why? Donna: We came to Worcester 13 years ago. We moved here from Rochester, N.Y. I grew up in Charlton, but went away to college in Rochester and stayed there a few years after college to work. That’s when and where I meet Scott. I came back to the area and specifically to Worcester 13 years ago. I came back here to be near family, but I wanted to be in a city. Scott came along for the ride.

When did you start your own business as Erb Photography? Donna: In 1998. Scott started it then, but he was mostly assisting other photographers and doing fine-art photography. That was the best way to learn the business. We highly recommend assisting if you want to get into photography. Learning from established photographers was invaluable and you get to learn all the things they don’t teach you in college.

How did your interest in food photography grow? Donna: Food photography was an accident. We were eating at our favorite sushi place and realized the marketing of that restaurant just did not reflect the high quality of the food we were being served. In fact, the food was outstanding and the marketing was awful, amateurish, and the photos were just snap shots. We talked the owner into letting us shoot three dishes for him, just to show him the difference professional photography can make. When we showed up to do the shoot, he gave us the smallest space down in the basement to do the shots. It almost wasn’t possible, but somehow we managed, through holding lights and a contortionist balancing act. We pulled it off. Out of curiosity, the chefs came down to see what we were doing and they all started smiling and laughing. They were surprised at what we had managed to pull off. They are the ones who got the owner down there to see the images. He was impressed and hired us to come back to do more. Needless to say he gave us the whole restaurant to work in the next time we came back to shoot. He was really, really happy with what we did, and he’s hired us several times over the years to come back and shoot new things for him. About a week after those first shots, an ad agency in Norwood called us asking to see any food work we had done. We showed them the sushi images and they hired us on the spot. The rest fell into place after that. We realized just how much we loved working with these talented chefs. They felt about their food like we felt about our photography. Passionate.

What are the challenges of photographing food? Donna: Time is the big challenge; we don’t “doctor” the food in any inedible ways. So it’s only unsullied for a short span of time. We need to work fast to make sure we get it while it is fresh and beautiful. Also, there are some food items that aren’t very photogenic or very colorful, such as some soups. It’s our job to find a way to style it in such a way that doesn’t change the integrity of the chef’s presentation, but looks good for the camera too.

Tell us about your Worcester centric work. Donna: We LOVE the Worcester dining scene! We’ve had some of our favorite shoots here locally. Clients like Michael Covino at the Niche Group really “get” what we are doing and he lets us “do our thing” creatively. One of our all-time favorite shoots was done at The Peoples Kitchen. They gave us all access to the chefs in the kitchen there for four full hours. What came out of that is the very personal art imagery that adorns the walls at The Peoples Kitchen restaurant, and it’s some of our favorite work of all time. There are really amazing chefs in Worcester, with so much talent. They are gems in this city. The fact that we get to spend time documenting and crafting images for them is such a pleasure.

What is your most visible piece of work that Worcesterites might recognize? Donna: We have had some of our images on billboards along Rt. 290, so my guess is that many folks have seen those. But if you visit any local restaurant from the Beechwood Hotel to the Broadway Diner you’ll see images we’ve made over the years.

Tell us how important it is for restaurants/caterers/food related businesses to have good, quality photos in their marketing? Scott: We know that having great photos is an enormous way to do justice to the chefs, owners, and staff (anyone who puts their heart into a business), who should understand that it’s an investment and an asset to have beautiful images to be able to show off what they have created. And the goal should be to do it in the best possible way. Professional photographers can really make the difference when it comes to lighting, composition and positioning a business’ best features.
Donna: Look, food photography is hard. We have this goal to create images that capture a passionate chef’s creations. We have to know how to make that look delicious. We need to make someone look at that image and want to go to the restaurant and order that food for themselves. We have to do that chef’s work justice. Anything less than that goal – anything else – is not worthy. And it takes time, knowledge and experience to be able to make images that get someone’s mouth watering. Let’s be truthful here, a snap shot from a cell phone is not going to make that happen…

How do the both of you work together when on assignment? Donna: We consider ourselves a team. It’s one thing that sets us apart of other photographers out there. When folks hire us they get the benefits and expertise of two trained photographers instead of one. Scott is really the technical expert- -the gear and lighting expert–as well as having Photoshop skills.
Scott: Donna is all about the details. She makes sure we have everything we need to make a shoot run smoothly. She is the manager of production. Together we do the creative work. We discuss angles, light, composition, color, contrast…etc. There have been occasions when we each have an assignment and go off on our own, but it is rare. We love working together on projects and feel we rely on one another to make great images happen.

We love working with the Folks over at LHQ Dance Force. They are very high energy dance teachers and spend a great deal of time building their students self esteem as well as challenging them to do the best they can. This year we photographed all the teachers from both locations. We did do several standard head shots and they all look friendly and approachable. But we envisioned something a little more dynamic. So we went to task asking the teachers to show off some of their best dance moves for the camera. With a little flare and a lot of personality we came out with this final shot.

 

LHQ Teachers Group Final

LHQ Teachers Group Final

We have seen a real up swing in folks requesting to be photographed in their work spaces. I personally like these kinds of environmental portraits and think that where people work tells a lot about them. In this case it was a working lab. Lots of work was getting done all around us and we were happy to move out of the way of the folks working. We didn’t have a lot of time to photograph or set up a lot of lighting. There really was not much room in there. But I can tell you that this scientist felt right at home in this space, and I think that comes through in the image. Getting folks comfortable is half the battle when doing portraits and the fact he liked where he was made my job a lot more productive. And he was happy with the results… Success!

Portrait in Lab

Portrait in Lab

Sweet!

Yes, I said it- it’s fun!

SWEET!

That’s the name of the dessert shoppe we spent a little bit of time photographing cakes at, they are on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester. And man o man-  Talk about a busy place! There were a lot of folks involved with making these extraordinary cakes. And there are lots of folks ordering fun treats as well. They make really really wonderful cup cakes and other treats. So after a show, spend a little time at Sweet and have yourself a yummy dessert!

Sweets cakes

Sweets cakes

Morbid Enterprises has fun new products for their 2011 line up. We got to photograph a bunch of them recently and if you are looking forward to Halloween – you may enjoy adding one of these to your parties… It was a really cool challenge to photograph these labels that glow in the dark.

Glowing Kiss of Death Label

Glowing Kiss of Death Label

Kiss of death Wine Bottle Label

Kiss of death Wine Bottle Label

We were very excited to hear from Kevin over at The Citizen that their fabulous bartender Dave Delaney won the Imbibe Cover Cocktail Contest! They sent us the link to the blog post with the announcement and it was very exciting to get the sneak peek. We will be looking for the magazine and the full article in thier May June Issue.

While in the conversation with the management over at The Citizen, they mentioned that the Imbibe blog post had one of our images posted on the blog along with the article. The image posted was from a photo shoot we did with Dave a few months back. It was my client that suggested we should write to Imbibe and request that a photo credit be given to us for the shot. We thought that was a great idea as well. Being professional photographers and artists, we are very adamant about protecting our copyright. The best part of the whole conversation was – that so were our clients, and we truly appreciated that they took the time to share all of this with us.

Imbibe Magazine Blog About Winner Dave Delaney

Imbibe Magazine Blog About Winner Dave Delaney

So–Today, we sent a very kind email off to Imbibe’s staff with the humble request for the photo credit. Let’s see what happens next…I am now wondering how long it will take for them to respond to our request…What do you think will happen?

 

UPDATE! As of 2:45pm the same day I emailed Imbibe I got a lovely note back from Karen apologizing for not knowing about the Photo Credit and she placed it up there for us with a link to our web site. Thumbs up to the folks over there at Imbibe- they are a real class act.

We had fun taking on a referral from another photographer to do a photo shoot for a University in New Zealand called Massey. Everything was done through email. Price negotiations. Answering questions. Setting up the dates, place, time location. Doing work for clients you’ve never meet is really interesting. I was emailed the final version of their magazine highlighting all the amazing folks who are working there and also stories on alumni. When I looked through the digital version they sent me, I noticed several things.

First, that these digital versions of magazines are easily shared and becoming very popular. I am finding some fun places online to check out amazing new magazines and have really enjoyed looking through all the different ones currently available. I particularly like Issuu.

and Secondly, I saw they ended up using two images we did from the photo shoot. One image was used on the cover. That made me happy!

Massey Cover: Defining

Massey Cover: Defining

Massey Story On Carl

Massey Story On Carl

I heard from two different sources that one of my images was going to be on the cover of Inside Worcester Magazine. Which if you have not heard of Inside Worcester you should take a peek at them. (http://www.insideworc.com) I finally got to see it the other day and thought I’d share.

Inside Worcester is a one-of-a-kind full-color journal of observation and opinion on life in Worcester, Massachusetts: New England’s second-largest and most interesting city. The magazine’s content includes hard news stories, feature articles, commentary, historical pieces, photographs, poetry and more.

Inside Worcester Magazine Cover

Inside Worcester Magazine Cover

Its a great magazine and Rod Lee is the head guru. I hope you get to enjoy it!

Sign Talent.com

Sign Talent.com

Sign Talent is a start up website for creative professionals (www.signtalent.com). Julie, one of their resident bloggers, said they wanted to interview Erb Photography for their blog. They pitched the interview to us saying they would be asking questions about us, what our backgrounds were, our work/inspiration and any advice we’d have for budding photographers out there.

We of course said “Sure!” so they interviewed us via SKYPE. Which was excellent.

And today I got the link to the interview.

We were really impressed with the whole interview process, but then we realized it had grown into a two part piece. While that surprised us, we was also pretty happy about it.

We invite you will take a look at the blog and read the interview here: SignTalent part 1

and see the rest here: SignTalent part 2

 

All comments and critiques welcome!

By Scott Erb

Special to the Worcester Business Journal

Published Today in the Worcester Business Journal


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Your image matters and there are some strategic things you can do to make sure you succeed in conveying your brand through photographs. The key is knowing that using powerful images can easily convey what you are advertising, maximizing your profit. So when you are using photography to showcase your work, product, or service, here are some important considerations.

Great lighting. Light will enhance the subject and help showcase your message. If the image appears dark or poorly lit, your product or service will be easily overlooked and forgettable. Great lighting is achieved in many different ways, from natural light to professional studio lighting set ups.

Professional camera. Today’s professional equipment has multifaceted functions that allow the user to manipulate the camera’s aperture, depth of field and shutter speed to complement almost any subject. Learning how to use a camera’s settings will help you in any picture-making situation.

Professional quality lenses. Lenses with technically crafted glass hold the key to sharpness. Quality lenses allow the subject to be captured clearly and accurately in your photographs. A crisp, well-focused image will make your product or service stand out.

Images should be visually structured. Layout or composition within the frame of the photo is extremely important. You do not want your images to come across as cluttered. Make sure that what you choose to photograph is laid out in such a way that it guides the viewer’s eye to the important parts and feels organized and put together.

Create interest and awareness. What are you photographing and why? Does your choice of subject matter make sense for your customer? Be sure to pick something that leaves a lasting impression with the viewers in the demographic you want to reach. Photographing a subject that fits into your marketing and advertising strategy is essential.

Fresh, creative and intriguing. Stock photography is great for some things, but if it works for one company it will work for others. Set yourself apart from your competition and pick visuals that are uniquely yours. Create images using your own products or people and you will have something that no one else has. Choose to go beyond predictable by using unique perspectives that no one else has done before.

Make honest claims. Showing off your best work should be at the heart of your business. But be wary of too much photo editing.

Go ahead and remove a scratch on the surface of your product or a pimple on someone’s forehead — these are very acceptable changes. But don’t double the size of a portion of French fries for a photo and expect to have happy customers when they get less than what was shown in your images. Stay true to your brand, and let the photos speak for you.

The next time you are looking through your favorite magazine, take note of the images that appeal to you. Are they bright and colorful or dark and dramatic?

You’ll immediately notice that there are no dark or fuzzy images, because they really don’t add value and can hurt the professionalism of your brand.

Well-lit, sharp and organized images will always be at the foundation of a great commercial or advertising photograph.

Scott Erb is the owner of Erb Photo in Worcester.
He can be reached at
scott@erbphoto.com.

The Panera Men

We recently did a photo shot for a PR firm who needed to show case two of the owners of Panera Bread in Natick and Framingham MA. We tried several locations in and around the store, but they all agreed and settled on loving this shot taken inside the store.

Men of Panera

Men of Panera

The beautiful thing about this shot- it was all natural light from the big shiny windows you see in the front of most Panera Bread stores…. I love working with natural light. These men are huge sponsors of the UMass Cancer Walk taking place on Sept 26th, 2010. Erb Photography will also be at the Cancer Walk again this year. Come on out and join in the walking. It s a great day with lots of activities.

Just got news from a client of our that she submitted some photos we did of her practice to a magazine and they ran them! I really enjoy seeing the places the work we do for folks end up. I was thrilled she sent along a like to the magazine so I could check out what the article looked like. ours are in the middle of the page on the left.

Wise Mom Magazine

Wise Mom Magazine

Musicians

Hat on Drinking Wine

Hat on Drinking Wine

Hat on Drinking Wine Version 2

Hat on Drinking Wine Version 2

Blind Tiger

Blind Tiger

Blind Tiger ver 2

Blind Tiger ver 2

Sleepless Knights

Sleepless Knights

Nana's Garden Lazy Perogie

Nana's Garden Lazy Perogie

Nana's Garden Bread, Honey and Butter

Nana's Garden Bread, Honey and Butter

Nana's Garden Potatoes Perogies

Nana's Garden Potatoes Perogies

Each image needs it’s own special look and feel. Each image must show the food as yummy and delicious.

Women and Fitness

Ellen

Ellen

Tianna

Tianna

Jenn

Jenn

Lisa

Lisa

Hanover Theater Organ

Hanover Theater Organ Poster

Hanover Theater Organ Poster

We had the opportunity to walk through the catwalks and crawl spaces to see all the inner workings of the Hanover Theater organ. We took a lot of images the Hanover is currently using for marketing and for recognizing the men who helped get the organ to the theater and spent many, many, many, hours installing it.

We have read a lot about the organ on the Hanover Website but here are the parts we find most fascinating: “The Wurlitzer pipe organ was donated to Hanover Theatre by Donald Phipps, 76, of New Bedford. Originally this organ was used to accompany silent films, the organ has been arriving at the theater in pieces from Mr. Phipps’ shop in New Bedford since January 2008. Installation of the instrument is completed, and the Hanover Theatre is now the home to the largest Wurlitzer organ in New England. Of the 6,000 Wurlitzer organs originally produced by The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. in the early 1900s, the organ is one of 200 still in existence today. Other plans for the organ are in development, including the possibility of a silent film series and organ recital.”

Hanover Theater Organ on Stage

Hanover Theater Organ on Stage

We can’t wait to see a silent film with the organ accompaniment. That’s going to be very very cool.

Donald Phipps

Donald Phipps

With the help, patience, and numerous talents of Cold Spring Design, www.coldspringdesign.com, we have launched the new Erb Photography Website.

We invite you to please take a look and share your feedback:http://www.erbphoto.com/

We know the format is very different for other web sites. But we wanted to stand out and –  well – be different. You’ll be scrolling to the right instead of scrolling down. Check it out- It’s fun to click the navigation at the top of the page and be suddenly pushed to the chosen page in a whirl. Our site is about showing you the cool photos we’ve made for folks, making great photos for you all, and having fun creating them in the process.

Even Cold Spring Design themselves posted this on thier Facebook page:

Cold Spring Design We’ve just launched a creative, horizontal, single-page website for our good friends and favorite photographers at Erb Photo. If you think every website looks the same, please check this one out – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Jeff and Chris of CSD said “Coming up with a website creative enough to match Scott & Donna was a challenge – we think we succeeded but always appreciate the feedback – good or bad!” That’s what we love about these guys- they really do want to hear your thoughts and insights. Design is so subjective, yet so fun to play!

Frankly, We think they did succeed! We love our new web site. We’ve added new photos throughout and kept a bunch of our old favorites. We want folks to enjoy looking and pick up the phone and call us when they have a project that needs photos.

If you need a web site or even a face lift on your current site- we can not recommend Cold Spring Design enough… Go ahead and “like” them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/coldspringdesign

You won’t be sorry you did.

Cheers!

The Walkways are Lined with Glowing Carved Pumpkins!

The Walkways are Lined with Glowing Carved Pumpkins!

If you walk along the rows, you'll see...

If you walk along the rows, you'll see...

Beautifully carved and creative Pumpkins!

Beautifully carved and creative Pumpkins!

Maybe even a ghost!

Maybe even a ghost!

Professional Fire Eaters who twist and sculpt fire for your amusement.

Professional Fire Eaters who twist and sculpt fire for your amusement.

They told the Kids "Don't try this at home!"

They told the Kids "Don't try this at home!"

Great balls of fire!

Great balls of fire!

Beautiful fall colors.

Beautiful fall colors.

Make for a fun night!

Make for a fun night!

Michael O'Brien at his desk in City Hall

Michael O'Brien at his desk in City Hall

Sometimes you need an updated portrait. Then you get to make all kinds of fun decisions about how you want to do it. These guys didn’t like the first one we did which was done standard style old school. Back drop set up with portrait lighting… so we went into the office and made this shot where  Mr. O’Brien seemed a lot more comfortable. He could easily work at his desk while we were setting up and getting things ready to go. Then when we were ready, we asked him to look up and smile. He looked at home and comfortable and that was what we were looking for. They were all happy with this portrait.

But Scott got to looking around and once everyone was happy with the formal shot, Scott requested just a few mins for something a little different…

He came up with this one, which made him happy -er!

Michael O'Brien in City Hall Office Environment

Michael O'Brien in City Hall Office Environment

Using available light and a reflector, then incorporating in the architecture of the massive windows on the back wall of the City Hall Building, Scott composed this image. He used great care as to where Mr. O’Brien stood in front of the carefully maneuvered blinds behind him. Who knows if they will ever use this images for anything ever- but it’s one for his personal portfolio.

Super Hero Magnets

Nothing is more fun then adding a new line of products to an already successful line. And with Super Heros you really can’t go wrong. Pop Fun Merchandising has a entertaining line of Toon Tumblers – glasses with all your favorite super heros on them. We got to see and photograph their new line of rich and colorful magnets. These things have some heft to them, some serious depth and I will say it- artistry. They are just cool. Here is Spider Man, one magnet from the line of heros – maybe coming to a store near you??

Spider Man Magnet by Pop Fun Merchandising

Spider Man Magnet by Pop Fun Merchandising

Fresh Oysters

Fresh Oysters

Presentation of Sushi at Baba

Presentation of Sushi at Baba
3 Fishes

3 Fishes

Salting the Steak

Salting the Steak

When Mike said, “We want you to spend several hours photographing in the kitchen with the chefs preparing the foods.” I knew it was a dream job. After the initial chat about want kind of images he was looking for, we got to work. And let me tell you these guys work hard in the kitchen. There is a lot of prep, a lot of chopping, cutting, slicing, and there are a lot of decisions.

Slicing and trimming of the aged meat

Slicing and trimming of the aged meat

Chopping of ingredients

Chopping of ingredients

Inspecting and deciding

Inspecting and deciding

We were also asked to spend some time with the talented bar staff. They wanted to capture some unique drink concoctions and expert pours.

Interesting Drink Concoctions

Interesting Drink Concoctions

Perfect pours

Perfect pours

Donna worked on capturing some of the details that are easily overlooked in a busy work space. Hand written recipes and perfectly weighed portions.

Sort of Secret Recipe

Sort of Secret Recipe

Weighing the portions

Weighing the portions

This was a dream job for both of us for so many reasons. They guys welcomed us into the kitchen and shared their talents. When we returned for dinner a few weeks later, it was really satisfying to see these images donning the walls of the restaurant. Bringing a little slice of the kitchen on to the restaurant floor. You get a small peek at the hard work they put in and we have a wonderful appreciation for the work they do. Be sure to visit The People’s Kitchen over at 1 Exchange Place, Worcester, MA – it’s right behind the DCU center. Eat a glorious meal and check out the art on the walls… We had a wonderful time making it!

Kareem Abdul Jabbar at the Hanover Theater

Kareem Abdul Jabbar at the Hanover Theater

Kareem standing on stage at the Hanover Theater. Yes once again a unique opportunity to see and hear someone talk about something I never would have come into contact with unless I was a professional photographer. Loving this job more and more everyday. So what was Kareem the famous basketball player talking about up there on stage? History of course! Want to read more about his lecture? Check out this link: http://www.thehanovertheatre.org/news/pressRelease.php?releaseID=414

Kareen Abdul Jabbar and Senator Harriette Chandler

Kareen Abdul Jabbar and Senator Harriette Chandler

Kareem also has his own blog and has written several books on the history of black troops roles in the history of America. For those history buffs out there you can check this all out at http://kareemabduljabbar.com

 

The Players This awesome photo was taken by our good friend and excellent photographer, Steve Iadarola, at the Things We Project one night only show. It shows all 6 photographers in front of the 9×12 screen where their images were project all night long. This show was a stunning showc … Read More

via Things We Project

Opening night at a restaurant is all about making a strong first impression. The atmosphere at Ceres was buzzing the night of the opening. The staff was right on, the food looked and tasted wonderful, and the place was decked out in a wonderful simplicity. And we were right smack in the middle of it all taking photos. Mostly we were trying to get good shots and stay out of the busy staffs way. Our task was to take several photos of the food, the interior and get some striking exterior images, all for promotional usage.

An Interior Image of Ceres

An Interior Image of Ceres

How They Do Tuna at Ceres

How They Do Tuna at Ceres

Enter Here

Enter Here

It was packed opening night

It was packed opening night

Staff on the Move

Staff on the Move

Magazine Cover Photo

Restaurant Week is almost over here in Worcester, but at least this year it did not pass with out us getting involved a little bit! We got one of our photos published on the cover of Pulse Magazine – a magazine that is know as the “Lifestyle and Entertainment Magazine for Central Massachusetts.”

Erb Photography Pulse Cover

Erb Photography Pulse Cover

Photographers Take Over Worcester Gallery For A One-Night Show

Things We Project

Things We Project

Photographers can be real control freaks.

From behind the camera, they crop the composition, manipulate the lighting and adjust the focus. But that’s just the beginning. Now they’re taking control of a Worcester gallery for a one-night show.

“I have my own ideas about what I want to show, and how to show it,” said Jeff Haynes, one of the exhibiting photographers and the show’s organizer. “And while this area definitely has lots of great galleries and talented curators, I just don’t have the patience to wait for one of them to get on board with my vision.”

As a result, Haynes is organizing Things We Project with five other Massachusetts photographers. The show, set for Saturday Sept. 18, 2010 at the Sprinkler Factory, will feature photographers Nicole Chan, Scott Erb, Jeff Haynes, Dana Lane, Steve Stearns and Cynthia Woehrle.

“As the name suggests, this event is designed specifically for each photographer to showcase what he or she aims to achieve as an artist,” Haynes said.

Each photographer has selected 10 images to represent one cohesive body of work for the show. The six collections vary widely in scope, including figurative, narrative, travel and painterly style photos. Worcester photographer, Scott Erb, has chosen to highlight ten portraits from his Red Room Project for display. “I’m excited about this show. It’s an opportunity for me to showcase some of my favorite images from a year long project.” Erb said.

“This is a chance for the photographers to talk about how they view the world through their respective lenses,” Haynes said. “I didn’t want a show constrained by a single theme – I wanted an honest presentation from each photographer of what he or she likes to shoot.”

The 60 photos will be presented through a combination of computer displays and digital projectors. The move was made, in part, to save on the costs in printing, matting and framing 60 images. But there were other considerations, too.

“The projectors certainly add a theatrical element, which I like,” Haynes said. “And the computer displays provide a relatable interface for viewers. Most of us see a steady stream of images on our computer screens, thanks to the Internet. So the show will feature a variation on a format we have come to accept for viewing photos.”

The show is scheduled to run from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 at the Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St., Worcester, Mass. The show is free and open to the public.

High resolution copies of sample photos are available to media upon request. Things We Project is a special, one-night-only event happening on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 7:30 to 10 at the Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St. in Worcester, Mass. The show is free and open to the public.

http://ThingsWeProject.wordpress.com

Things We Project

Things We Project

Please join us at the show!

When we arrived to photography at Willy’s SteakHouse in Shrewsbury MA, we felt that old heartstring tugging. Willy’s was one of the first places in the area that my wife and I visited on a date night.

Willy's Steakhouse - A view from the square

Willy's Steakhouse - A view from the square

In fact, it may have been our very first date night after being married. The menu then was as the menu is now. Everything is delicious. Willy’s has an amazing Chef, Ken Novotny.

Chef Ken Novotny

Chef Ken Novotny

We spent some time with his favorite dishes creating some photographs that show off this food.

Lobster and Steak

Lobster and Steak

The one thing we did not know about Willy’s is there is a sweet spot in the restaurant that everyone who is a regular requests. It’s called the Commissioner’s Booth. And it has an interesting story behind it… No spoilers here- you’ll have to ask about it the next time you have dinner at Willy’s. But good luck getting that table! It’s very popular…

Salad at Willy's

Salad at Willy's

Eggs come in different sizes

Eggs come in different sizes

We were hired to photograph at The Country Hen in Hubbardston MA. One of the very first organic egg farms and wow I have to tell you – we were really impressed. The eggs come in many different sizes and the chickens were very – very friendly. We had a blast photographing that day at the farm, and just wanted to share a few photos with you…

Eggs being cleaned and sorted

Eggs being cleaned and sorted

Rhode Island Red Chickens are social birds

Rhode Island Red Chickens are social birds

I’ll say it again, We loved working with the folks at this farm everyone was fun and friendly. We also got to take some of these fabulous eggs home and made a nice meal out of them. They were outstanding! Yum… We can not recommend the Country Hen’s eggs enough- trust me -you will taste the difference! We are looking forward to more opportunities to work with other local organic farms.

The Country Hen Farm

The Country Hen Farm

Nyne West

Nyne West Singer Sam

NYNE West Singer Sam

NYNE West Singer Sam

Armsby Abbey Restaurant

When the wait staff at the Abbey asks us if have ever been there before – I almost feel guilty about saying that we haven’t- but what comes after the answer is so great- I like hearing it over and over again. So we lie every time and say- “…nope never been here before.” Then we are told all about how the food comes from local sources- Fresh sources. Yes- local- as in places like Crystal Brook Farm in Sterling, MA and Berberian Farm in Northboro, MA. Sometimes it so local its right next door- from Dr. Gonzos.

The this summer the menu boasted that weeks best: “Ready for the picking in Northboro this week: Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Peaches & Nectarines at Tougas Farm! Fresh Scallions, Radishes, Peas, Beans, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, all kinds of Herbs & Greens at Berberian Farm!

Goodness- those raspberries were just amazing. WE love this… Take a look and you’ll see why we love this…

New England Slate

New England Slate

 

New England Slate
Bridgid’s Abbey from Cato Corner Farm (Colchester, CT), Westfield Farms Blue Chevre (Hubbardston, MA) and Shy Brother’s Hannahbells (Westport, MA) with Artisan Salami, Candied Almonds, local seasonal fruit, Wildflower Honey from Honey Etc. (Princeton, MA), Dr. Gonzo’s Black Fly Mustard (Worcester, MA), our Homemade Seasonal Preserves made with fresh local fruit and our House Baked Breads

Raspberry & Spinach - Fresh picked Raspberries from Tougas Farms (Northboro, MA), Spinach from Berberian Farm (Northboro, MA), sliced Almonds and Chevre from Crystal Brook Farm (Sterling, MA) with our Balsamic-Stout Vinaigrette

Raspberry & Spinach - Fresh picked Raspberries from Tougas Farms (Northboro, MA), Spinach from Berberian Farm (Northboro, MA), sliced Almonds and Chevre from Crystal Brook Farm (Sterling, MA) with our Balsamic-Stout Vinaigrette

Beer on Tap

Beer on Tap

If you like beer, you have yet another reason to join folks at the Abbey. They have a HUGE selection. The staff never steers us wrong when we are looking to try something new and different.

The Space at the Abbey

The Space at the Abbey

Our favorite corner of the place to rest and eat is not actually pictured here. We love the front windows with their seating. We can watch the world go by… But this is a very good look at the rest of the Abbey space. All warm woods with cushy seats…


Thank you to all the folks who voted for us! We really appreciate your votes and send good wishes your way!- Scott and Donna

Best of Worcester Living

By Laura Porter Photography by Tom Rettig

On the pages that follow, check out The Best — more than 70 winners in our third annual Best of Worcester Living contest

It’s the biggest contest so far, with new ideas for places to visit, eat, shop or relax. We added several new categories — where to have a picnic, take a scenic drive or eat ice cream, to name a few. We listed honorable mentions when the tally was close (5 votes or less) to give you more suggestions of the favorite haunts of Worcester Living readers.

Our rules: We counted one ballot per person and asked readers to vote in at least 20 categories. Businesses and venues had to be located in Central Massachusetts. You’ll see some favorites from past years in our winners’ circle, and some new names, too.
Enjoy — and to the winners — congratulations!

Photography studio

Erb Photography

380 Bridle Path, Worcester
(508) 421-3912
www.erbphoto.com

Geared toward advertising, Erb Photography specializes in corporate portraiture; their clients include restaurants, educational institutions and a variety of companies. Owners Scott Erb and Donna Dufault are also “passionate about food,” notes Erb, and “it shows through in our photography.” Indeed, Dufault recently had several of her photographs featured in the National Culinary Review. The founder of the Worcester Photography Center, Erb’s “biggest goal” is to work with local chefs on cookbooks that emphasize eating locally and organically.

Worcester Living Best of 2010

Worcester Living Best of 2010

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