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onion tart with the Hurried Hostess

FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY WITH THE HURRIED HOSTESS

caramelized onions, goat cheese, and thyme puff pastry tart

Alright friends. An organic change that I’ve seen and felt in my work lately has been the inevitable shift towards food. Insert laughing emoji, because we all saw this coming, right? Food. We all eat it at least 3 times a day so we’re around it anyways, but when those gifted individuals come into your life who are GOOD at making food, you hold on and don’t let go! That is The Hurried Hostess!

We got together so I could photograph Stacy making two different recipes with puff pastry dough, one of which I will blog at a later date. This one is puff pastry, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and fresh thyme. Before starting to create that, we began the day by snacking on fresh baked bread and Stacy’s special bread dipping olive oil recipe which has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but it was delicious and pretty so here’s a photo of it because I can’t help myself

Christine Gosch - Houston food photographer-The Hurried Hostess

After spreading the goat cheese, Stacy put caramelized onions on the puff pastry. Side note: I thought it was some industry secret or something, but I saw it in her recipe post for the tart so I’m going to go ahead and share: she adds a touch of brown sugar to the onions when they’re nearly done caramelizing. Maybe I’m the last one to the game with this one, but I thought it’s genius! The sweet really balances the other flavors in the tart so well.

After the onions, she sprinkled with fresh thyme and baked it. She added a bit more goat cheese once it was done baking and voila. It was so. dang. delicious. If you’ve been sent over here from Instagram, then you may have read that I’ve made this twice since this shoot because it’s just that good (and so simple)!

You can view Stacy’s post (which includes the recipe) by clicking here. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Photographer: Christine Gosch | Blog: The Hurried Hostess | Film lab: The FIND Lab

lightwell co. brand session

LIGHTWELL CO MINI BRAND SESSION

film photographer Christine Gosch

So excited to share these with you! I’m always a little envious of small businesses who produce a physical product. I love working with my hands and having the ability to tangibly see your progress. I don’t get to witness that aspect with photography, so watching the Lightwell Co team work was so great. I can definitely appreciate the work that goes into what they’re doing. For their mini brand session, they wanted to show off the progress of making their candles, including photos of candles being poured, labels being put on, and a few of the other steps utilized by the handmade candle business based out of Houston, Texas.

First, they set out a small batch of their beautiful containers in rows. They have a couple of different vessel options, but for this small batch in particular, they used their white matte porcelain containers which are so beautiful. Perfect for a minimal aesthetic. Then they poured coconut soy wax flakes into a pitcher to heat it into liquid form. While the wax is melting, they place a wick in the center of each empty container. Once the wax is melted, it’s hand-poured into the wick-prepared containers. A labor of love, but so worth it.

The room started to fill up with the scent they were pouring (which also happens to be my favorite scent they offer)- Moss & Amber. Deciding my favorite scent was so tough because all of their scents are SO amazing. After a candle solidifies, they label it (obsessed with their logo/ branding, BTW) and put a letter pressed dust cover on it before packaging it up and shipping it to it’s new home, whether it be to an individual consumer or any one of their boutique stockists across the country and West Elm. AND they offer hand soap and lotion, so now you can smell as good as the candles make your home smell!

They’ve got nothing but bright things in their future and I’m so grateful I got the opportunity to photograph their beautiful, quality product :)

Film photographer: Christine Gosch | Candles: Lightwell Co. | Film lab: The FIND Lab