We’re back from a fabulous week in Florida from a visit with our friend Jaden from Steamy Kitchen. We helped her during her cookbook shoot and after eating half the recipes in the book, we’re ten pounds heavier. That’s what happens during a cookbook shoot where the food is real. It’s a tough job, taste testing, but we’re always up for the challenge! Jaden’s cooking is so bright, fresh and flavorful, her new cookbook is sure to be a staple on your cookbook shelf.

The kitchen team consisted of Todd and Jenna where they made sure each ingredient was prepped for camera readiness and prettiness. The studio team was Jaden behind the wheel at the camera and I assisted in prop and food styling. The energy was high and we all started the shoot days with positive attitudes and big appetites.

We’ve photographed and food styled several cookbooks and each project is a new adventure. Before we enter into 5 straight days of cooking, styling and shooting, we always start with a great workflow and implement a system that allows the team to work in unison.

Teamwork is the most valuable virtue when starting a photography project like this. On set, we’re all bound to experience exhaustion and encounter problems with cooking recipes to make them camera ready. We can struggle with lighting issues that harass the shot till no end. But what keeps the shoot moving fluidly is a positive attitude and the spirit of teamwork.

Our team on Jaden’s shoot worked together flawlessly and on the first full day, we were able to capture 16 recipes in print. It was such a joy to experience this spirit of teamwork again where everyone supported one another and helped each other out where it mattered most. Watching each recipe come to life on the computer monitor was magical. Everyone gathered around the computer to see the final shot and we knew it was the effort of 4 people to breathe life to a recipe.

That’s the meaning of teamwork, when we can all gather around the final product and celebrate one another for a job well done!

We wrapped off the last day of shooting by having a dinner on the beach where the perfect sunset was for us. Jaden’s boys played in the cool ocean waters, digging their feet into the sand. Todd and Scott played few rounds of frisbee with the boys, while the girls sipped mojito’s and caught up with email, and twitter! Can’t wait for Jaden’s cookbook to come out!

hugs,

diane

Feet in the sand. And Nathan says “hello”. 

Scott helps the boys replant their feet. And like father, like sons.

Group shot! 

In studio, on set… 

Jaden on set & some dishes from Heath ceramics for prop styling. 

Inside Jaden’s studio with plenty of dishes,  linens and chopsticks. 

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Back to back Videos in San Francisco: Bi-Rite Creamery & Charles Phan of Slanted Door

by White on Rice Couple January 26, 2012
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Hi Friends, how has your 2012 been treating you? We still can’t believe this month is coming to and end. Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were wishing a farewell t0 2011 with our Life Recipes video? Maybe that’s what being on the road and being buried in work does to ones grasp of time. But we wouldn’t have it any other way because we feel so lucky to be working with fabulous people and »

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Join us at Food Blog Forum, Orlando Walt Disney World

by White on Rice Couple January 17, 2012
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We’re excited to announce the next Food Blog Forum conference in Orlando, Walt Disney World!  Jaden & Scott from Steamy Kitchen, Dawn from Dawn Viola , Julie from The Little Kitchen and us are thrilled to be organizing another event to bring everyone together for a weekend of learning, sharing and inspiration.

A full day of presentations and smaller, intimate round tables are planned on the packed agenda. Also included are some meals, pre-parties and »

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Personal Video- Thank You, Friends. Our Life Recipe 2011

by White on Rice Couple December 30, 2011
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This video is dedicated to you all, to each and every single person who has impacted our lives this year. Because of your friendship, our lives are richer in ways that we never, ever imagined.

2011 was tremendous for us. New friendships forged and fresh faces that we were finally able to meet at our workshops and conferences. To connect with those of you that we only knew online and to hear your stories strengthens »

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Mini Bread Board Giveaway- Handmade from the Heart

by White on Rice Couple December 16, 2011
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*This giveaway has ended. Thank you everyone for participating! Twitter and Facebook selected the winners. I asked for a number between 1 and 431. I took the first answer from Twitter- Comment #50 is one winner. And the first answer from Facebook: comment #318 is the second winner.

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Hello lovely friends. I went shopping again and spent quite a bit of time on Etsy. And this is always a good thing.

Searching through stores »

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Blog Her Food 2012 in Seattle, Submit your speaking ideas

by White on Rice Couple December 15, 2011
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We’re excited and honored to be a part of the advisory committee for Blog Her Food 2012 in Seattle, WA! It was a pleasure to be speakers at their 2009 & 2010 events and the new friends, inspiration, encouragement and community bonding we experienced was really wonderful. To share and learn with like minded, passionate people in the food community really reminds us of why we love what we do.

The next conference will be »

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Girl Hunter Promo Video & Buttermilk Fried Rabbit Recipe

by White on Rice Couple December 12, 2011
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This past Summer we traveled to Texas to film Georgia Pellegrini’s promo video for her new book, Girl Hunter. We were thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to work with Georgia. Have you heard of Georgia and her accomplishments or visited her site? If not, you should, she is amazing.

Georgia graduated from Harvard and worked in finance at Lehman Brothers in New York City. But something drew her to food and so »

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A First Time for Everything and Wedding Photography Moments.

by White on Rice Couple November 26, 2011
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There is always a first time for everything. We’re continually embracing all of our new experiences and searching for new projects to push us further creatively and personally. But for the last 10 years when we had our family portrait and special events studio business, we had always dodged requests to photograph weddings.

The thought of photographing a wedding is just exhausting. We understand the intense amount of work it takes to photograph a wedding »

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“Sweet Confections” book we photographed & Pina Colada Truffles Recipe

by White on Rice Couple November 19, 2011
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Sometimes a sweet treat is all it takes to boost the spirit. We know this well, the power of a great piece of candy to make us feel like a kid again. Normally, we don’t eat much candy but when fresh, homemade candy is put in front of us, we’re definitely ready to indulge.

Last year we were asked to photograph and style Sweet Confections candy cookbook written by amazing Nina Wanat. The 5 day »

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Scenes from Cuba & preview of Photo Night

by White on Rice Couple November 6, 2011
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Hello Friends, thanks for bearing with our lack of posting during our absence as of late. As some of you know, we took a personal trip to Cuba. This was a much needed trip after a non-stop 8 months of work both in studio and on location. We were due for some personal time and Cuba was the perfect destination to re-fuel our souls both personally and creatively again.

Our cravings for personal travel often »

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Notes from the Air: Heading to Cuba

by White on Rice Couple October 27, 2011
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Hello from 30,000 ft in the air everyone! We’re headed to Cuba as part of a personal project that’s been in the works for a long time. Can’t spill the beans just yet, but we’re very anxious to share with you the reason for our personal journey here soon.

It feels as if we’ve been playing catch up over the last couple month. With working on the road in 5 states over the last 2 »

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Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five minutes a Day- Cookbook Video Promo

by White on Rice Couple October 19, 2011
Artisan Pizza in 5

Pizza is one of those foods that makes all adults and kids happy. But homemade pizza is one that can not only warm the home, but get everyone excited to start creating custom “pies”.

Last month we traveled to Minneapolis to shoot the promo video for Jeff Hertberg and Zoe Francois’s new book, Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five minutes a Day. Both Jeff and Zoe have best selling books out already that you might »

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On the Road Again – Beautiful America

by White on Rice Couple September 28, 2011
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Mt. Shasta on the horizon – iPhone photo- Instagram @DianeCu

We’re on the road again. Two weeks ago we shot in Austin, TX and in St. Paul and Minneapolis, MN and captured some terrific content. Can’t wait to share those projects with you all soon. This week we’re working on location again. and again. and again. San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. But what makes this week’s work trip so exciting is that we’re road tripping »

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iPhone Video #3- On Assignment with Penny- Barbacoa in East LA

by White on Rice Couple September 22, 2011
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On Assignment with Penny: Barbacoa Lady Reunion in East LA
Video completely filmed on iPhone 4

Thank you for joining us on this  journey with friend and photographer Penny De Los Santos. Producing this On Assignment video series has been a visual awakening. To be able to collaborate together and celebrate the stories of special souls, places and events is wonderful.

Previously, we’ve shared stories from Chef Joanne Chang in Boston and Food Trailers in »

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Searching for Butterflies- Thoughts on photographing kids

by White on Rice Couple September 2, 2011
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My photographic heart always pulses faster when I get an assignment photographing children. I shared my journey about this previously and I thank you all for keeping me company there.

The last 10 years of my career immersed me in the intimacy of family and children’s portraiture. I was allowed into the lives of very personal family moments and cherished gatherings, that for many of these families, often only happen but once in a few »

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Food photography, styling workshop & sharing a meal at our studio #AFundForJennie

by White on Rice Couple August 29, 2011
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Update: This workshop is sold out at 11 spots for the #AFundForJennie event.  $11,000 was raised. Thank you all for your amazing support for Jennie.

You are all incredible, each and everyone of you in this food community. The Twitter hashtag #APieForMikey event appeared to kick start a movement, a staggering response of support and love for Jennie. Now Bloggers without Borders (founded by Maggy, Erika) are working tirelessly around the clock with Shauna to »

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Guest post for BlogHer about the making of Peanut Butter Pie Video

by White on Rice Couple August 19, 2011
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Thank you all, to each and every single one of you for watching the Peanut Butter Pie video dedicated to Jennie and Mikey.

We’re both so proud to be part of this online food community and you all helped us complete this video with your love and support.

Blogher asked me to write a post about why and how this video came to be. It was deeply healing for me to share this with you »

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San Juan, Puerto Rico

by White on Rice Couple August 15, 2011
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cobblestones and colors of Old San Juan

The best part of traveling is finding all the little hidden surprises that quietly sneak up on us around every corner. Each opportunity we embark on a journey into a new environment, we enter it with an open heart and excited eyes, always hoping to discover something satisfying and unexpected. We’re continually looking to experience the rich culture and local heritage that makes the community unique. A recent »

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Studio Update: Walls came down & fresh paint is up

by White on Rice Couple July 27, 2011
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carpet & ceilings are being removed

So many of you have asked us about our new studio and when we’ll be having our first event. Thank you all so much for the support and enthusiasm!

After closing down our two previous studio locations, we immediately started to scout out a new location. This new space is not only closer to home, but it’s a big open space where we can finally pursue our creative dreams »

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Finding my lost puzzle piece. Getting back on track.

by White on Rice Couple July 24, 2011
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iPhone photograph from my Instagram (Diane Cu) : “Never alone”

I wouldn’t be honest to you all if I said that I was doing fine. I hope you don’t mis-understand, life has been treating me very kindly. I have an wonderful and supportive partner, a bubble dog that loves me un-conditionally, a garden of heirloom tomatoes and a growing list of clients that I love photographing with. I’ve been satisfied, content with waking up every »

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