Huge Galdones is a Chicago-based food and lifestyle photographer with such notable clients as Top Chef Stephanie Izard, Tony Mantuano and Rick Bayless. But itâ€™s the career that almost wasnâ€™t. While earning a PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Huge found himself becoming increasingly interested in photography and cooking, constantly snapping food photos with his iPhone. After buying a â€œdecentâ€ camera, he made the leap to his true passionâ€”and never looked back. Today, national clients keep him traveling and capturing events like Aspen Food & Wine Festival and Cochon555 Tour, as well as the Four Seasons Hotel Brand and Fiji Water. When Huge isnâ€™t working, he is home cooking with his wife Rachel and two kids, Callan and Nora.
Itâ€™s always great having fresh herbs handy. Whether chopped up or de-stemmed, a little color can go a long way. I also like the use of non-vegetable garnishes (croutons for instance) that may not contribute to the color, but rather elevate the dish's texture.
If youâ€™re creating your own plate to shoot, choose colors that offset other colors. If you have a yellow, find a green. If you have a green, find a red. Itâ€™s all about balance.
Try a light thatâ€™s behind the subject. Most think you have to have a light on your subject, but I like to use indirect light. When using the flash, you lose a lot of information and dimension.
I shop Mariano's Ravenswood.
When I bought my first â€˜semi-professionalâ€™ SLR camera in 2007, I was bitten by the photo bug and havenâ€™t looked back.
With such a diverse client base, itâ€™s a little hard to answer this. But I like to think that my workflow and efficiency speak for themselves. I try to get what I (and they) need without belaboring it. I donâ€™t usually spend hours shooting the same dish or person.
There are so many talented photographers who inspire me. Penny De Los Santos comes to mind; Iâ€™m envious of her job and admire how she sees and captures the world of food through her lens.
I certainly donâ€™t discriminate. I enjoy making images of foods that are small (caviar, for instance) but through macro photography, transform them into more grandiose subjects.
I think a lot goes into making a shot look, dare I say â€œperfect.â€ Visually, I think itâ€™s all about balanceâ€¦colors, quantities, shapes/geometries, lighting, etc. But at the end of the day, no matter how the food may look, I feel a dish has to taste good. Period.
The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen is, in my eye, THE food event. Iâ€™ve been lucky enough to document it for several years now and love every minute of it.
Iâ€™m equally passionate about photographing people and the stories that underlie the dishes. I feel there are so many stories to tell beyond the dish itself.
Mariano's is a one-stop shop for everything my family and I need. Itâ€™s close, convenient and of higher quality. Not to mention, the International Food Aisle is pretty awesome.
Lots of seafood and raw protein from the butcherâ€™s case. Dairy products for the kidsâ€¦ and the fried chicken!
100% guilty! Thatâ€™s pretty much how I started doing what I do. If something catches my eye visually or impresses me flavor-wise, you will likely find me shooting (and Instagramming) it with my iPhone in hand.
Kiki Luthringshausen is a reformed interior designer of 15 years who fell into her dream job in 2010 as an Epicurean Entertainer. Prior to her big career change, Kiki was a lifestyle expert and writer for local publications and a contributor for live news segments for local affiliates ABC, NBC, WGN and CBS. She is now the official ambassador of Marianoâ€™s and can be seen hosting culinary events around town. As a freelance food and lifestyle writer, sheâ€™s also the author behind the popular food blog Beauty and Her Feast. Entrenched in the food industry, Kiki frequents the cityâ€™s hottest restaurants while clinking glasses with the most sought after chefs. Itâ€™s why sheâ€™s the perfect host for Marianoâ€™s Tastemaker series.