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Whistler Magazine Portraits

Canadian luge racer Reid Watts
Canadian luge racer Reid Watts at turn four of the Whistler Sliding Centre, which was clear of ice at the time of the photo.

One of my favourite regular jobs is the Whistler Magazine. It publishes both a summer and winter edition, and each takes about five or six weeks to get through. Lately, I’ve been specializing in Vancouver headshots, so this is a nice break from that. It’s a nice mix of editorial portraits and food photography, two things I love to do.

Apres Ski photo shoot at the Bearfoot Bistro.
Apres Ski photo shoot at the Bearfoot Bistro.

Caramba Whistler.
My friend Sarah Morden and her boyfriend did the modelling duty on this photo for a feature story on Whistler’s best pizza places.

Pemberton Potato Pizza at Whistler's Creekbread restaurant
Pemberton Potato Pizza at Whistler’s Creekbread restaurant.

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Pemberton Potato Pizza at Whistler's Creekbread restaurant
The behind the scenes view of the Creekbread shoot.
I walked into Creekbread, which is a local Whistler restaurant that specializes in wood fired pizza. They had this great looking iron caldron on a wood fired hearth that they use making the tomato pizza sauce. I took one look at it and knew that was the shot I wanted. It was a major operation to get the lighting into the kitchen without knocking anything over, … Read the rest

Alta Bistro

The Alta Bistro at Whistler BC.  Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
Baguettes with a Poolish Ferment at the Alta Bistro, photographed for the Pique Magazine’s Chef’s Choice Book, as well as the summer edition of Whistler the Magazine.

I do a lot photos for Whistler restaurants, and the Alta Bistro is one of my favourites. I’ve been there a few times over the last 18 months, the first time to do a portrait of owner Eric Griffith for the West Ender in Vancouver, then later we were there for a food shot to go with the Pique’s Chef’s Choice Recipe Book.

The Alta Bistro is know for it’s deep commitment to a sustainable farm to table menu, as well as having one of the best wine lists in town.

The Alta Bistro at Whistler BC.  Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
Another view of the Baguettes with a Poolish Ferment dish we photographed for the Chef’s Choice, this time with the famous wall of preserves in the background.

Eric Griffith of The Alta Bistro at Whistler BC.  Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
Eric Griffith in front of the wall of preserves that is such a dominating feature of the Alta Bistro. Several well known photographers have photographed him against the preserves, so it’s interesting to see the different versions. I shot this for a story the West Ender was doing on the Cornucopia festival in Whistler, … Read the rest

The Cure at the Nita Lake Lodge

Organic beef burger at the Cure Lounge at The Nita Lake Lodge

I photographed this really great looking burger, made from organic Pemberton raised beef, at the Cure Lounge at The Nita Lake Lodge for the Pique Magazine’s Chef’s Choice Recipe Book. I’d been at the Nita Lake Lodge a few months earlier and done an outside photo of a dish at the restaurant on the patio, so I had a pretty good idea that I wanted to do the shot outside, looking out to the iconic Nita Lake.

I’m really proud of the work I did for the Chef’s Choice book. We shot over 30 photos for the 128 page book in two and half weeks. One of the chef’s at the Nita lake had some experience in cook publishing, and he said it usually takes a year to do a similar project. You can find it at Armchair Books in the Whistler Village.

Organic beef burger at the Cure Lounge at The Nita Lake Lodge

Here’s the behind the scenes via of the shoot. It was a relatively complex lighting set up, with three powerful Alien Bee studio strobes to light the burger. The day was actually kind of overcast and cold, so to get the warm background, I used some 1/8 CTB (convert to blue) cooling gels on the lights. … Read the rest

Whistler Magazine – Food Photos

Rabbit pasta at the Vine & Grill Restaurant

Rabbit pasta at the Vine & Grill Restaurant at The Westin Hotel and Resort. September 16th, 2014.

I spend six weeks photographing the food and portrait sections of the Whistler Magazine, the resort magazine put out by Glacier Media, the parent company of the Whistler Question and Pique.

 

Chef Patrick Fortier and the lamb shank at the Edgewater Lodge.

Chef Patrick Fortier and the lamb shank at the Edgewater Lodge. Thursday, September 18th, 2014.

Araxi Whistler.  BC Sable Fish with Miso.

Northern Lights cocktail at the bar in Araxi.

Northern Lights cocktail at the bar in Araxi.

 

Cranberry Ginger Smash, Mallard Bar

Mallard Bar bar tender Fred Lemieux prepares a Cranberry Ginger Smash. Thursday, September 25th, 2014.

 

Salt encrusted, roast beet

Salt encrusted, roast beet in front of a outdoor fireplace at the Nita Lake Lodge. Thursday, October 2nd, 2014.

 

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Salt encrusted, roast beet

Salt encrusted, roast beet in front of a outdoor fireplace at the Nita Lake Lodge. Thursday, October 2nd, 2014.

All the food photos were highly technical set ups, using multiple studio strobes.  One of the most interest shots to get was the one of the salt encrusted beet at the Nita Lake Lodge.  I’d been there last year in the winter and noticed that they had some portable fire places on the patio in front of the bar.  I called ahead and asked them if they could set … Read the rest

Sura Richmond

Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
Last February, my buddy, Vancouver graphic designer Jung Shin got me to come down to Richmond, a suburb of Vancouver, to photograph the menu of the new Sura Restaurant.  I had photographed the original Sura in the West End last year, and they had grown so fast that they were opening a brand new restaurant in Richmond.

Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
A hot pot in a stone bowl.  The stone bowl holds the heat until the last sizzling bit.

Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard

Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
Beef ready for the BBQ

Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
Some tasty looking ribs.

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Sura Richmond.  From Vancouver food photographer David Buzzard
A behind the scenes view of my lighting set up at Sura. We started 10:00 PM, after the restaurant had closed, and ended up working until 2:00 AM of two nights in a row. It was February when we did the shoot, and it meant a couple of late night drives in driving snow storms.

Camera:  Nikon D3
Lens:  Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8
Lighting:  Alien Bee B-1600 X 3



Sura Richmond – Food Photographer Vancouver – David Buzzard Photo




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Gyudonya Rice Bowls

Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant
A waitress with a rice bowl special. Once the designs are finished, the food photos I did will go in the menu above her head.
I was back in Vancouver this last week to shoot the menu for Gyudonya, a new Vancouver restaurant specializing in Japanese Rice bowls. I’ve photographing a lot of Vancouver restaurants over the last year, and it’s something I really enjoy.

Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant

Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant
Some Japanese hamburgers, with rice cakes for buns.

Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant

Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant
Steaming rice bowls.

Tech Stuff
Gyudonya Japanese Restaurant
Getting a little help in the steam department from a pot of boiling water. To light the steam, I put a light off to camera left with a grid spot turned almost to full power. Some black draping behind the steam gave us a nice clean background for the steam to show up against.

The photo of the waitress was lit with a camera flash mounted in a soft box. The large studio lights would have over powered the ambient light.

BTW – This was the job I was finishing up at midnight when I got the call about the big Blackcomb Fire. I didn’t make it to bed that day until 5:00 AM.

Cameras: Nikon D3
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm … Read the rest