BlogTour is always treated to fabulous showroom visits, product sneak peeks, dinners, luncheons and more from sponsors. However, sponsor Miele USA utterly spoiled BlogTour NYC with an engaging photography class and Q&A with professional team House of Brinson,a sneak peek at new products and a sensational dinner crafted by rising chef Cedric Vongerichten and his team.
Miele USA invited BlogTour NYC to their modern showroom in the A & D Building in New York City along with guest speakers William Brinson and wife Susan Brinson of House of Brinson. Photographer William Brinson and art director/stylist Susan Brinson genially passed on words of wisdom in photography. Our key takeaway from the talk was to “Have a goal or mantra, one that defines your business and each project” . We think that is so important, no matter what business you’re in or what project you’re working on. Define what you stand for and follow that vision.
There was also a plethora of technical details, the do’s and don’ts in terms of lighting, space, product photos, and so on. House of Brinson displayed an example of the power of natural lighting along with contrast of textures, colors and shapes to create depth. The result, a stunning image displayed above that was actually set up in the showroom. The wealth of knowledge BlogTourNYC gained from this dynamic duo was immeasurable.
Among her many talents, Susan Brinson has a passion for baking and creating recipes that William and Susan photograph for publications or their own blog. House of Brinson photographed the bundt cakes on the left on an old baking rack and showed us how to make “photo proof” icing later. One key point for food photography was to prepare plenty of food and/or baked goods to achieve the perfect image, and pointed out that slightly under cooked cakes may likely look better because they’re lighter in color. An important point from William was that all their food photography is, in fact, edible. So no cheating with mock ups and artificial anything at the Brinsons!
After the in-depth photography lesson with House of Brinson, Miele continued to enrich the experience with fabulous hors d’ouerves, cocktails and a delectable four course meal from rising chef Cedric Vongerichten, son of famed chef Jean-Georges. Vongerichten and team spoiled the bloggers with savory entrees including crispy egg caviar, pan seared black sea bass with grilled Maitake mushroom with aromatic basil broth,lamb shank and a stunning chocolate pudding with candied violets. Chef Vongerichten utilized innovative Miele ovens including the Miele Induction cooktop, Combi-Steam oven and Miele convection oven.
Miele USA met us again the next day at AD Home Design Show where they revealed the long awaited Truffle Brown finish. We love the combination with the matching wood tone in the image above but also think it would look stunning in white or eggshell kitchens. What do you think?