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  • Every Fermented Drink Known to Humankind

    It's here!  The book I photographed, "Kombucha, Kefir, and Beyond" is in my hands.  This wasn't just a book about fermentation, it was about all the vast ways you can make fermented drinks, ranging from kombucha to wine you can make in prison.  We spent 4 days photographing fermented cocktails, ciders, sodas, kefir, lassis, Mexican pre-Hispanic drinks, vegetable drinks....you name it.  I didn't like Kombucha before, but now I'm definitely a big fan as a result.  I tasted whatever authors Alex Lewin and Raquel Guajardo dished out.  Speaking of, you can see author Alex Lewin speaking and promoting the book at this Saturday's Fermentation Festival in Petaluma.  

    We were blessed to have Prop Stylist Leila Nichols on the shoot, she gave us a ton of options to choose from and added her nice touch to all the shots.  Lighting-wise we made sure to keep things relatively consistent throughout to create a uniform look.  And as usual I made sure to identify as many opportunities to "bring the drinks" to life by adding some action in the form of pouring, dripping, and shaking.  You can see some of that below along with the final cover.  

    And on a personal note, I'm celebrating my birthday today!  Going to be heading up to Lake Shasta to celebrate in Sept., and working on photographing another book.  Exciting times!