4.12.2013

Magnificent Missouri

© Jennifer Silverberg 2013

Beautiful food, beautiful night, beautiful location. I love when I'm sent to make photos like these. Thanks Feast Magazine for the assignment! And, do yourself a favor, and check out Hannah Radcliff's beautiful video from that night.
A Native American Fare was the theme at the dinner at the Audubon Center at Riverlands. The food represented what was available to the people of this region at that time, with of course, the twist of the fabulously talented guest chef, Josh Galliano and his crew. The Magnificent Missouri dinner is a series of dinners throughout the year at different locations, and are fundraising events benefiting conservation and environmental groups throughout Missouri. In the spirit of collective impact, Magnificent Missouri facilitates these gatherings amongst other events to create awareness of conservation efforts, raise funds, foster collaboration, and to get people out in the country.

Below is Chef Josh Galliano from that night, and exec. chef of the soon to be open Libertine restaurant in Clayton, MO. Many around here, myself included, are quite excited to checkout his new venture.

 
© Jennifer Silverberg 2013

4.10.2013

Newly Renovated St. Louis Public Library


© Jennifer Silverberg 2013
© Jennifer Silverberg 2013

© Jennifer Silverberg 2013
© Jennifer Silverberg 2013
The new St. Louis Public Library's main branch is a stunner. Well worth a visit if you find yourself in downtown St. Louis. To see more of the photos from that day, made for Alive Magazine, go here.

4.08.2013

4.04.2013

Elaia & Olio

© Jennifer Silverberg 2013
© Jennifer Silverberg 2013
© Jennifer Silverberg 2013


Elaia & Olio for the Riverfront Times.

6.22.2012

Heirloom Tomatoes


 © Jennifer Silverberg 2012

I photographed Chef Cassy Vires' Tomato Terrine for FEAST Magazine.  It was truly lovely, but it was all I could do to tear myself away from the main ingredient: tomatoes. I wait for heirloom tomatoes all year long and the wait is finally over! The photo above is an outtake from the shoot for my fellow tomato lovers out there. I'm so happy summer, and tomatoes, are here.





6.18.2012

Entre:Underground Cave Dinner



 
© Jennifer Silverberg 2012


© Jennifer Silverberg 2012

I recently covered an Entre:Underground event for FEAST Magazine that was, fittingly enough, underground. The beautiful dinner took place in Herman, Mo in the 150 year old stone-carved caves of Hermannhof Wineries. This is one of those shoots I was immediately excited about. Not only is Chef John great to work with, but it's not often I'm asked to go on location to a cave. I was ecstatic, until the reality of the situation sunk in: caves are damp, cold and, worst of all, very dark. Regardless of the obstacles, the space was beautiful and the food phenomenal (especially the duck, pictured below. yum.)


Thank goodness for great assistants, I don't think I could have done this one on my own. (I'm talking to you, Nash!)

© Jennifer Silverberg 2012



6.14.2012

Inside Spaces


 © Jennifer Silverberg 2012

Today, from the archives, some quiet spaces.
City house and farm house. I own a city house (not the one shown above), but often dream of owning a farm house one day, with a barn studio, of course. Until then...
Note: fantastic dog photograph above is by the very talented Geoff Story.


 © Jennifer Silverberg 2012


6.12.2012

Lamb and eggs



© Jennifer Silverberg 2012


More food for Feast.
The lamb dishes pictured above are from an article that ran not too long ago in an article featuring five different ways to prepare lamb. You can find those recipes hereI always love photographing food in natural light when it's available. However, this was not the case here. The location where the lamb was being prepared had no windows. So, I packed up the studio and brought the show on the road. I wanted to keep things looking pretty natural... simple and bright. The lamb photos above are the result of that effort.


Below, this big bowl of beautiful eggs, were shot with a mix of both natural light and strobes. Again... keeping the look simple. I do a lot of these kind of mise en place shots when working on assignments, and many times, they never seem to see the light of day. But in recent months, Feast has been taking some of those photos and using them in their table of contents. I love seeing them take on a life of their own, separate from the originating story.


© Jennifer Silverberg 2012

6.07.2012

Yo Banga





 © Jennifer Silverberg 2012

One of the things I love most about my job is meeting new people and finding myself in places that if I were not a photographer I would probably never go. This shoot reminded me of that.
Yo Banga is a St Louis rapper and former member of the JVL Bloods. He has been working with Better Family Life to stop gang violence by telling kids about his experiences while simultaneously working to advance his music career.
You can read more about Yo Banga here.


Below are a couple of outtakes from the afternoon I spent with him. We did the shoot on the street where he grew up, hustled, shot his first music video, and where his grandmother still lives.


 © Jennifer Silverberg 2012

 © Jennifer Silverberg 2012



6.04.2012

Oven Fried Chicken


 © Jennifer Silverberg 2012

 © Jennifer Silverberg 2012




For this months Easy Eats in FEAST magazine, Chef Gay DeMichele tackled a health conscious version of a classic. Her oven fried chicken recipe is available here and I would definitely recommend trying it at home. (I did... delicious!)


6.01.2012

Portraits for Bloomberg Businessweek





Daniel Jamrozik © Jennifer Silverberg 2012


I'm still in a portrait kind of mood.  These photographs were shot for an article for Bloomberg Businessweek on the state of student loans. It was one of those days where I had a pretty bad cold, was trying to ignore it, but feeling pretty blah. However, I got over myself pretty fast after meeting these two amazing kids. High school seniors with more direction and drive than I had at that age. Probably more than I had after graduating from college. Whether or not the student loans to their first choice schools pans out or not, I am certain they both have an incredibly bright future.


Salenia Shaw © Jennifer Silverberg 2012



5.30.2012

Devon Alexander




Devon Alexander, St. Charles, Missouri © Jennifer Silverberg 2012

Devon Alexander, St. Charles, Missouri © Jennifer Silverberg 2012

Devon Alexander, St. Charles, Missouri © Jennifer Silverberg 2012

Boxing Gym, St. Charles, Missouri © Jennifer Silverberg 2012

I've been looking back at some portraits I've made over the past few months... And I stumbled across these from a shoot I did for the Riverfront Times earlier this year. Devon Alexander, a St. Louis boxer who I first met when he was a kid fighting in the P.A.L. at his local rec center, now trains with his manager/ trainer at their own gym in St. Charles, Missouri. He's one of the few with the right combination of talent, drive, heart and luck to succeed in this unforgiving sport.
I used to photograph a lot of boxing, and while I don't so much anymore... photographing fighters like Devon makes me miss it more than I expected. 
The article about Devon that was published can be found here.





2.13.2012

Mystery Shopper, Russ Carr


 © Jennifer Silverberg 2012

Late last week I received the sad news that Russ Carr, the columnist who writes the monthly column, Mystery Shopper for Feast, among other things, had passed away. I never had the opportunity to meet Russ in person, but have enjoyed his column so much over the past year and a half. It has been an honor to photograph the ingredients he wrote about. This month's cover came from his column. Thank you Russ, for your writing and love of food.