When I got the call to see if I was interested in shooting a small brochure for a wine company, I was pretty keen and in the end it turned into a pretty big shoot. The brochure tuned into a small book and we organised to shoot almost a full week at Joe Grilli’s house and then a day or so at his cellar door in McLaren Vale. Joe owns Primo Estate Wines.
This was a cookbook with a difference. The brief was all about family. Each shot had to have a family member in it somewhere because all of the recipes are old family recipes, passed down for generations. It gives the images a different feel having people in shot as well. Most of the close-up images of just food were quick grabs before we cleaned up and moved onto the next dish. Joe’s house is a beautiful open space building with great natural light, so we barely had to light anything, which gives the dishes a lovely warmth and natural homely look. Everything was cooked on site apart from a few slow-cook dishes and they were all cooked by family members. Occasionally Joe would say, “Let’s cook that dish next instead and we can have it for lunch.” Then we’d all sit outside in the sunshine, eat delicious food with liberal splashes of his olive oils and drink his Tuscan wines. It was fantastic! He’s a very interesting man to talk to and a delight to work with. He’d wander around the house chuckling to himself and he made such an impact on me and my own cooking style that I’m delighted every time I bump into him.
The book is still available via the Primo Estate cellar door and online www.primoestate.com.au/product/Primo-Style-Book
Below are some of my favourite photographs.
…photographers who couldn’t afford $1500 an hour helicopter hire hung off the edges of buildings and took photos like this.
Gotta love the small bar scene in Adelaide.
Nook Nosh on Unley Road. (That’s my sister-in-law Lisa in the background.)
Dr. Tim Cooper is a lovely man to work with and a great guy to have a beer with after the shoot.
Meral has a certain classic style. She does all her own hair and makeup too.
This was a fun shoot. I wasn’t allowed to show too much or it’d spoil the experience for people who hadn’t been yet. Check it out.