Summer Grilling Recipes & Latest Photo Work

Can you believe it? 2013 is already half way through, our heirloom tomatoes are starting to ripen and Summer feels like it’s arrived in full swing. Every day we’re taking time to live in the moment because before we know it, we’ll be sourcing our Christmas tree. What a scary thought.

From a photographic perspective, Summer started back in December 2012 for us. When we’re shooting and styling editorial and advertising campaigns, we’re on a different clock. So in Summer we’ll be cooking and planning Thanksgiving shoots, and on Thanksgiving we’ll be planning Summer recipes. We actually love it because we’ll get turkey and mashed potato feasts at least twice a year. Not a bad day job! But the hardest part is always sourcing seasonally specific ingredients and props when they’re not readily available. Need a pumpkins in July? we have a source!

So back in March we were planning this big Summer grilling campaign shoot with La Brea Bakery for their new recipes and it was a blast being able to test and eat grilled bread with all the classic Summer bbq dishes. La Brea Bakery wanted to showcase America’s backyard scenes, with all the classic accompaniments that make each region unique.  And of course, their beautiful bread was part of the showcase.

We photographed 6 different grilling scenes Deep South BBQ, West Coast Brunch, New England Clambake, Americana Classics, Fresh Pacific Fare and Urban Rooftop Picnic.

You can see all the scenes, cooking tips and recipe inspiration on the LA Brea Bakery Site!

The New England Clambake was one of our favorites. But we do love all the scenes and recipes. The recipes on  new campaign on their website are fantastic and we love how they added lots of entertaining tips and useful information about the history of each regions unique flair and flavors to go along with the recipes. It was another great day at the office for us when we were shooting the scenes for them.

As always, the best part of the job is being able to enjoy the food and the grilling recipes!

The Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich was to die for. And the mop sauce recipe? We wanted to drink it all.

The heirloom crostini is the perfect Summer appetizer! Make sure you add extra cheese. It’s magical.

The Double Cheddar burger was life changing. Cheese makes everything better.

Gazpacho is the perfect Summer soup.

The Urban Rooftop Picnic scene has so many awesome tapas style dishes. You’ll have fun serving these. And there’s so much more to explore on all the backyard vignettes, so have fun perusing the site to get more entertaining inspiration!


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. dervla

    oooh love the inspiration here – that lobster and corn is killing me right now. Amazing photos, guys! and boo for the end of summer, please no! I haven’t even taken a holiday yet.

  2. Melissa | Dash of East

    I think we’re going to have to pull the grill out tonight after seeing these photos. Great job as always!!

  3. Girish

    Looks superb. What an amazing way to present the food. Top shots, always tough to arrange, great great job.

  4. Laura @ Family Spice

    Spectacular!!! The hubby and I were just at our local Vietnamese market and gawked at the fresh lobster, crab and crawfish and decided we were going to have ourselves a seafood boil! Thank you for more summer eatin’ inspiration!

  5. The Bearfoot Baker

    Your photos make me drool! You guys are amazing!!

  6. Cathy/ShowFoodChef

    As always (but, especially these) LOVE your post and pics! You are always inspiring~

  7. Tom M.

    Mouthwatering and gorgeous.

  8. Tieghan

    Amazing!! Beautiful photos and seriously how fun!! What an awesome job!

  9. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Amazing work!! I had to scroll back through to see if I had a favorite, and to be honest, I love them all! That Double Cheddar Burger needs to be in my life as soon as possible.

  10. Deborah @ Delicious Happens

    These are yours!!!!? That’s awesome!!! I had seen these on La Brea’s site and on Saveur – thought they were gorgeous! Great job!!! Really fun photos!! And La Brea is my favorite!!!

  11. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes)

    Oh these photos are so great!!! I adore that!!

  12. Amanda

    Don’t know how, but I just discovered grilling a week ago. Thanks for the fodder! (Ha, get it, fodder?)

  13. Natasha

    Mouthwatering pictures! You guys rock!

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