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Caren Alpert
San Francisco, CA
Commercial and fine art food photographer
Interests: Art,Traveling, Cooking, Snowboarding, Reading, Hiking
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Young Audiences Northern California is an organization I’m proud to be a volunteer for and board member of. YANC provides arts education to over 20,000 students in the Bay Area, by way of teaching artist residencies, assemblies, and workshops--encompassing music, art, painting and story telling (just to name a few).... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Caren Alpert Photography
Ahhh, freshly brewed coffee. There’s nothing else quite like it to get the blood pumping. Turns out, it gets the brain pumping, too! has created this infographic on the benefits of drinking coffee medicinally. Researchers have concluded that a cup of coffee containing 200mg of caffeine can actually boost... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Caren Alpert Photography
Not too long ago, I wrote a post about one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches to be found in the nation, and it so happened to be from the town I call home…Tucson, AZ! I have lived and worked in some of the most metropolitan cities in the world.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Caren Alpert Photography
There is no doubt that the popularity of smart phones has had an impact on the restaurant business. Customers have a way to express their delight in what they see by snapping images of their food and posting it on their own social media sites, or review sites like Yelp.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Caren Alpert Photography
In Japan, the art of being a sushi chef is a rigorous and prestigious one. They are called “itamae,” or “one who stands in front of the cutting board”. These skilled chefs must be great conversationalists, as well as talented artists. Itamae train for many years and then apprentice for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Caren Alpert Photography
On stands now, “Duff Bakes: Think and Bake at Home Like a Pro,” by the famous Duff Goldman of Food Network’s Ace of Cakes. I was happy to spend a few weeks in southern California photographing the 178 images inside the cookbook. It was a really fun project and I’m... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Trillion Creative developed this nifty infographic on a popular Halloween snack. Candy Corn has become synonymous with Jack-O-Laterns, fall corn cobs and mini chocolate bars, and is the most iconic symbol of the American holiday Halloween. For over 130 years, Candy Corn has remained essentially the same as when it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
The American Photographic Artists-SF will be unveiling one hundred superb original personal images, selected by five expert judges--images which were created by dozens of acclaimed professional photographer exhibitors--at the 2015 exhibition Something Personal. I’m excited to announce that I will also be one of those artists with artwork on exhibit.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Photographing honey is a sweet prospect. The way the light hits the amber tones makes it particularly interesting, because by nature, the texture is as smooth as ice. So, the color something to make special. September is national honey month, so I felt it a perfect infographic to post about.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
In just a couple of months, when the next James Bond movie comes out, we are certain to hear the iconic “shaken not stirred” line…referring, of course, to his martini. However, in a ProPhotoDailey article by David Schonauer, he takes a closer look at Bond’s dining habits via Henry Hargreaves’... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
There is a new ruling in Germany that it is a copyright infringement to photograph and post images of plated foods presented by chefs. While many restaurants are embracing the social media phenomenon as free advertising, and even adjusting their menus to be more “Instagram-friendly,” other chefs are less keen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Earlier this month, I taught a food photography class at the Los Angeles Center of Photography. I had students come from all over Southern California to attend this one day workshop on learning the business of (food) photography and how to take great food shots. They ranged from professional photographers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Some of the world’s greatest chefs are going off script and stretching out of their comfort zone in The Grand Gelinaz Shuffle. Earlier this month, top chefs from Japan to Chile, from Brazil to Slovenia, France, Turkey, Sweden, Thailand, Australia, UK, Italy, Peru, Spain, Canada, Belgium and Denmark and all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
I spent 10 years working as a photo editor in New York and San Francisco for Time, Inc, before I started shooting.. They publish some of the country’s most popular magazines, such as People and Sports Illustrated and also puts out magazines under it’s Southern Progress corporation, namely Cooking Light,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
The Washington Post has recently had a number of macaroni and cheese articles, culminating in the infographic below, illustrated by Laura Stanton. All the various permutations of the classic Mac N Cheese are derived from this recipe. The infographic shows that you need not focus on only the elbow macaroni…there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Valerie Objects: Maarten Baas The newly launched Antwerp-based international design label Valerie Objects is getting a lot of attention. It is created by Axel Van Den Bossche, Frank Lambert and art director Veerle Wenes. They are an independent subsidiary of Belgian design brand Serax, which produces small furniture items, tableware... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Photo courtesy of ICE: Institute of Culinary Education As part of The Art of Plating’s Chef’s Cut series, Albert Adriá of Barcelona’s Michelin 3-star restaurant, El Bulli, expounds on his art of food plating. The younger brother to one of the world’s most important chefs (Ferran Adriá), Albert has built... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
S.B. Lattin Design takes a new approach to food education. While most of the books and blogs focus on recipes, sometimes the techniques behind the artful presentation are omitted. While ingredients matter in the concoction of delicious and impressive meals, a solid knowledge of kitchen tools is also important. This... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Forbes 30 Under 30 is an annual listing of the brightest and most innovative individuals from across the nation in various categories. From Sports to Manufacturing, the list showcases those making a difference in their field. In the Food/Drink category, I am not surprised to learn that nearly a third... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Mary Ellen Mark, legendary photographer, died recently while living in New York City. As you probably know, Ms. Mark specialized in photojournalism, portraiture, documenting the human condition; and more recently, advertising. Her work is iconic--ranging from war protests to portraits for Rolling Stone magazine. She also created a number of... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
As you sit down to start planning your summer travel, a great place to start just might be where to find the most scrumptious chocolate! Because honestly, who doesn’t arrange their summer holiday around chocolate? 😉 The researchers from Love Home Swap have already vetted out the ultimate destinations for... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
A new magazine called Wild Hope Magazine has published its first issue, and is now available at select resellers in Northern California and via their website: Their mission is to raise awareness into the possible consequences of human actions. Editor Kathryn Arnold writes, “We need nature, and nature needs... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
Andy Ellison is a MRI technologist at Boston University Medical School, Center for Biomedical Imaging, and he has created a series of images that are fascinating. Utilizing technology that is most usually used for research, Mr. Ellison scanned various fruits and vegetables to take a peek inside them in a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
As a native New Yorker, it comes as no surprise to me that New York is the state that consumes the most soft pretzels. But what was a surprise to me was the ritualistic significance of the soft pretzel. For instance, over a millennia ago, an Italian monk formed leftover... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography
The culinary world is saddened by the loss of Homaru Cantu of Chicago’s Michelin rated Moto. While I didn’t know Chef Cantu well, our two day photo shoot for a special Intel project has always stood out to me. Given the length of time of the shoot, a rare event... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Caren Alpert Photography