Drawing from Memory


{Art, Design, Dreams, Fashion, Inspiration, Interiors, Installation, Photography: A visual journal of what we are influenced by and what inspires us as creatives.}




Colorful, Aerial Food Photography

{ Wednesday, March 05, 2014 }

This month we're ecstatic to be working with a new client that caters fresh, gourmet food for events, business meetings, and weddings in Los Angeles. In our research to determine the brand look and feel, we've discovered a new category of food photography that we absolutely love: colorful food shot from an aerial view. This view is so atypical compared to a lot of food photography out there; so much so that we find it very appealing! The photography itself is fresh looking, and when the shots are of beautiful, colorful food, the final photos make quite a statement! See some of our favorite colorful, aerial food photos below.

Images via:

1. Aran Goyoaga, Cannelle et Vanille  2. Papillon  3. Food and Cook by Trotamundos  4. La Tartine Gourmande  5. Pinterest  6. New York Times  7. Sweet Montana  8. Karen Kimmel Studios

Blogger of the Week: Mimi Thorisson

{ Monday, March 11, 2013 }

Mimi Thorisson of the blog Manger (French for "to eat") is someone all the women of DFM secretly aspire to be someday. One part What Katie Ate and one part Julie Blackmon, Mimi's blog is full of delicious looking recipes (many with a French or Chinese influence, reflecting her heritage) and candid shots of her large family, all photographed beautifully by her husband, Oddur Thorisson. With a rustic, vintage feel and enough recipes to make your mouth water for days, Manger is one blog we'll definitely add to our RSS feeds. Click here to visit Manger.

All images via Mimi Thorrison at her blog, Manger

Strawberry Fields

{ Tuesday, August 21, 2012 }

These delicious strawberries in Pantone 485 C are one of the things we love most about summer.

Website of the Week: Sprouted Kitchen

{ Thursday, April 19, 2012 }

Not many food blogs out there rival the deliciousness of the photography from What Katie Ate. It's been our favorite food blog for a long time, but we recently found a new one that could possibly, maybe, edge her out of the top spot. It's called Sprouted Kitchen, run by duo Sara and Hugh - she cooks, he photographs. Their tagline is "a tastier take on whole foods" and the goal is to make meals that are overall just really healthy, using foods that are in season and in their purest form. Yep, that sounds like something we'd love. Click here to check out Sprouted Kitchen - we're making it a new staple in our blog rotation.

food photography

Images via Sprouted Kitchen

Farm to Table

{ Monday, February 27, 2012 }

It's starting to feel like spring in Los Angeles, and we're loving the all natural, farm to table trend in food photography and restaurants. 

farm fresh food

natural fresh cafe interiors

Top collage photos via What Katie Ate and Sweet Paul

Bottom collage photos via Joan's on Third (Los Angeles), Forage (Silverlake), and Boulette's Larder (San Francisco)

Gourmet Gift Box Packaging

{ Monday, January 09, 2012 }

The holidays may be over, but we still are enjoying these pretty gift boxes from The Dirty Apron. Gourmet food, fresh ingredients, and cute packaging - what's not to like?

Click here to visit The Dirty Apron blog.

creative gift box packaging

Images and article via The Dieline

Christmas Cookie Craving

{ Friday, December 16, 2011 }

Recently, we've become kind of obsessed with Bon Appetit. Everything always looks amazing, and there are good articles to read while perusing the tantalizing recipe options. With Christmas next week already (yikes!), we've been craving cookies. Here are our picks from the "Holiday Cookie-a-Day" slideshow from Bon Appetit. (Click here to see it for yourself!)

favorite holiday cookies

Cookies, from top (click for the recipe):

1. Triple-Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

2. Almond-Oat Lace Cookies

3. Lemony Slice-and-Bakes

4. Chewy Ginger Cookies

5. Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Icing

All images via Bon Appetit

The Many Varieties of Pumpkin Pie

{ Monday, November 21, 2011 }

Thanksgiving is only a few days away and we've already got cravings for pumpkin pie! There are hundreds of recipes that claim to make that perfect pumpkin pie for your Turkey Day, but we've put together a list of delicious looking pie recipes that not only look delicious, but meet different Thanksgiving dinner needs depending on what kind of cook you are (or aren't...).

1. Easy - The Impossibly Easy Pumpkin Pie from Betty Crocker is perfect for the cook whose strengths lie outside the kitchen, but who wants to try out a homemade pie instead of the usual store bought kind. It takes only 10 minutes to prepare, 40 minutes to bake, and really boils down to pouring, stirring, and putting in the oven. Since it has no crust, It's the closest to being mistake proof we've seen!

2. Clever - The Pecan Pumpkin Pie from Gourmet.com is a clever find because it kills two pies with one recipe. Instead of needing two kinds of pie at your Thanksgiving dinner (because you know not everyone can agree on just one kind), this crafty pie combines the tradition of pumpkin with the deliciousness of pecan, thus saving you time and money.

3. Deceptive - The Maple-Candied Pistachio Pumpkin Pie from Gilt Taste is the go-to choice for a host that doesn't have much time to prepare, but still wants to impress the guests. This recipe calls for a store bought pie  - all you need to do is dress it up with baked pistachios, and finish it off with a deliciously rich mascarpone and bourbon concoction. You'll fool everyone into thinking you put a lot of effort into making this fancy schmancy pie, even though it only took you about 15 minutes in the kitchen. Win, win!

4. Chocolate - The Triple-Chocolate Pumpkin Pie from Martha Stewart Living is a foolproof choice for those families that really just can't get enough of anything chocolate. Remember all those years you ended up with almost an entire pumpkin pie leftover because everyone chose to devour the chocolate pie instead? Look no further - the answer is here: one pie that satisfies your family's need for all things chocolate, while still respecting the tradition of the all -powerful pumpkin.

5. Adventurous - The Texas Hill Country Spiced Pumpkin Pie from Martha Stewart Living is the perfect way for more adventurous cooks to spice up this year's Thanksgiving meal (pun completely intended). The secret ingredient? Just a bit of chipotle-chile powder added into the mix will surprise and delight your taste buds, and your more adventurous guests will be excited by the break from tradition.

6. Non-Traditional - The Pumpkin Parfaits from Gourmet.com are the answer that those of you who are completely bored with traditional pumpkin pie have been looking for. These parfaits can be made in advance, and combine the tastes of pumpkin pie and gingersnaps into one tasty dessert that's more of a mousse than a pie. And what's even better? Prep time for this delight-in-a-glass is about 30 minutes for 8 desserts, meaning you have more time to spend outside the kitchen arguing about Occupy Wallstreet with your family. Amazing!

Halloween Recipe Picks

{ Friday, October 28, 2011 }

Halloween is just around the corner, so we scoured our favorite food websites for some recipe inspiration. See our picks below!

Gourmet Halloween Recipes

From top:

1. Spiced Pumpkin Souffles with Bourbon Molasses Sauce - Gourmet

2. The Perfect Fall Cocktail Recipe: Brandy, Apple, Maple and Beer - Gilt Taste

3. Devil's Food Cake with Brown Sugar Buttercream - Gourmet

4. Brandied Hot Chocolate - Gourmet

5. Red Wine Carmel Apples - Gourmet

6. Pumpkin Stuffed With Vegetable Stew - Gourmet

7. Grown-up Peanut Butter Cups - Gilt Taste

Food Photography: Real vs. "Fake"

{ Monday, October 17, 2011 }

The guys who are in charge of "tabletop directing" (shooting photos and commercials for big name food chains) would call it "enhanced" photography and video, not straight up falsification. In a $4 billion industry - yes, that's how much is spent on advertising by restaurants and food conglomerates every year - it's essential to make the food in the ads look perfect, by absolutely any means necessary. Or is it?

Tabletop directors will spend hours or even days trying to perfect exactly the right shot to satisfy a client. In an article by the New York Times, writer David Segal explains the extraordinary measures that are taken to achieve so-called "perfection" in food commercials. Tubes (that look like large needles), sauce injectors, clothes steamers, marbles, glue, acrylic ice cubes, silicone gel, and lard were all mentioned as "necessary" equipment to get that "perfect" shot by industry standards (as seen below).

fake food photography

Personally, we find this all to be a little too much. To us, a little imperfection IS perfection. We prefer food photography that is real and looks real: crumbs, drips, and all. Maybe it's because we're designers, but the imperfections of "real" food photographed in a natural setting (like these photos below by Gentl and Hyers Photography) is much more appealing to us than traditional chain photography and video. Don't get us wrong - we'll go to great lengths to get the shot we need for a client, but as far as food goes: why spend a whole lot of time and money trying to fix something that isn't broken in the first place?

gentl and hyers food photography

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