100 Bowls of Soup - Nourishment in Each Bite

Hey guys!! It's been a bit hasn't it? I'm dusting off my blog to tell you all about my branding session with Katharine and her soup business, 100 Bowls of Soup. My dear friend Dania over at Dano's Granola introduced Katharine to me earlier this year and ever since our first conversation together sitting in her commercial kitchen, I've never been so delighted to get to know soups a la 100 Bowls and Katharine.

I grew up drinking plenty of homemade soup at home. There is nothing more wholesome or heartwarming than soup, especially with rice, to me. To be honest, I have not cooked soup often myself as an adult and it never struck me until now, after working with Katharine...why not?? Soup reminds me of my mom's delicious soups, of comfort & safety, and brings about a sense of homecoming. My favorite soups from home? Watercress and tofu soup and dried bean curd soup. From sampling, sniffing, and photographing well over 40 soups now from 100 Bowls of Soup, they are up there in giving me those childhood comforting feelings. My favorite soups from 100 Bowls so far? Peruvian chicken, Cuban Black Bean, Chicken Soup, and Carrot Ginger.

Okay so this shoot! Katharine wanted to capture not only the soups themselves, but also the staple ingredients that go into their soups as well. This meant I got to style and play with herbs, spices, beans, legumes, AND soups. I was pretty much in heaven. I love incorporating items from my own handcrafted prop collection when I can so scroll down and see if you can find the little wooden spoons with dried herbs nestled inside them. I carved them myself. And that yellow velvet runner you see? I dyed that myself. I have always thought that hands tell stories and so, we have the owner of 100 Bowls of Soup herself adding pumpkin seeds to her carrot ginger soup and holding a bowl in her very own hands. Katharine breathed life into 100 Bowls of Soups and built it from the ground up. It was only fitting it be her hands in those frames. It's the little things like that, that I love. I love creating images that tell YOUR story, with the thought and care they deserve to have, especially in the details. Okay that's it!! I wrote a lot more than I intended but I don't regret any of this! Now go enjoy this beautiful collection of delightful creativity!

p.s. my brother's wife's family calls him "rice bucket" because of how much rice he ate when he first met them. Ever since I heard that story, I have also fondly and lovingly taken on that nickname for myself, because I am indeed a rice bucket too. I believe my son is following in my footsteps.