Coffee Day in Seattle

Some days are days meant for playing with no restrictions. Having fun with all those random snippets that hang out in your head.

Coffee is one of my favorite subjects to shoot. Textures, patterns and colors are constantly an inspiration to me and coffee beans never disappoint. There’s so much movement to be found whether whole, ground or in liquid form.

My collaboration with food stylist Julie Hopper was filled with bad jokes, plenty of laughs and a little too much caffeine, as it turned out. Or not enough? Depends on how ya look at it. In our highly jitterish state we turned out a good amount of images we were both happy with. Here’s a few from the group!

These were shot with a two light setup of both natural and artificial light. In addition, I always have my fave and cheapest tools of black and white foam core to manipulate shadows. I’m all about simple. Cheers! -H

Coffee Bean Word Play

Pour Over at home

Still life Morning coffee

Vashon Coffee Day – Seattle Area

Last Saturday was a day filled with coffee. The weather was kind of iffy, but the light was beautiful so I decided to stay in and play! I picked up some “Cow Boy Coffee” (yes it’s actually called that) from Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie – one of my favorite places for a great cup and good think.

While visiting on that particular Saturday, I was surprised to learn that the Roasterie started out as Stewart Brothers Coffee and later became Seattle’s Best! Eva DeLoach now owns the darling shop and works with a team of passionate individuals who together make Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie an active cog in Seattle coffee history. The talented Peter Larsen still roasts there today after having accompanied Seattle’s Best founder, Jim Stewart, many years ago. During the holiday season, you can also find Peter roasting the best hazelnuts I have ever had!

Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie has the good fortune of calling a 100-plus years old, very well taken care of building, its home. The bean roasting still takes place right there and you can gaze down upon its original old red roaster, which has been undiminished by commercialism and time. The Seattle area coffee scene is pretty darn awesome.

By the end of the day I was sufficiently buzzed, grounds were everywhere, and my hands/clothes were coffee stained. Such is the price of making art. Best Saturday ever. Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope the day, or night, is treating you well!

 

Seattle Coffee Scene, Quaint, Seattle Coffee Scene Seattle Coffee Scene, Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie

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Bloom Restaurant :: Ballard, Seattle

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The Fat Hen :: Brunch in Ballard, Seattle

The Fat Hen is hands down one of my favorite places to get brunch in the city. Besides being super adorable and cozy, the food is amazing. The decor is rustic and charming with light warm tones, adding a great deal to the dining experience. Atmosphere combined with a menu that sports local ingredients draped with rich flavor, makes for a very happy me.  You can usually find Linnea, mama hen to The Fat Hen, in front of the espresso machine or checking up on her guests.  You can definitely see the time and effort that has gone into making the food and setting juuust right. Thanks for stopping by and happy Wednesday!

As always, to see more of my work, come visit me at hilarymcmullen.com

Cheers!

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Pike Place Market’s, Chan Seattle – Seattle Food Photographer

Hello All!

I had the pleasure of photographing Chan Seattle for the September/October issue of Edible Seattle Magazine.  Chan is nestled in a tiny courtyard in Pike Place Market’s, Post Alley. Chef Park’s Korean dishes are classic and modern combined with western cooking techniques. After the shoot, I tried the spicy pork sliders and they were super good with lots of unique spicy flavor. Here are some of my favorite snaps!  To see more of my work, come visit me at my website! Thanks so much for stopping by and happy Thursday!

Edible Seattle Magazine article about Chan Seattle photographed by Hilary McMullen

Article about Chan Seattle in  Edible Seattle Magazine shot by Hilary McMullen

Feast on the Farm : Salmon Safe, Hitchcock Restaurant and Oxbow Farm

This year Stewardship Partners, Oxbow Farm and Salmon-Safe teamed up for the 4th annual Feast on the Farm. Founded by Kate Bayley and headed by David Burger, Feast on the Farm is a not for profit fundraiser which promotes awareness of local farms that participate in environmentally conscious and healthy farming. YES! …and it’s real purdy.

The wonderful food was prepared by Brendan McGill of Hitchcock who was recently named “Peoples Best New Chef” by Food & Wine Magazine, and his supportive team. Fragrances of fresh caught barbeque salmon, barbeque chicken, farrow with romanesco florets, wine, and seasonings wafted around Oxbow’s beautiful field all evening. I ate vicariously through my camera lens and then for realz later, yes the food was fabulous.

Shelby Earl, who is receiving tons of great press, serenaded the feast with her bold voice and wonderfully catchy songs. Her song “Sea of Glass” was KEXP’s song of the day on Thursday. Keep it up girl!

The dreamy setting, the fantastic food and the supportive individuals made for a very fun evening which raised 15,000 dollars for an awesome purpose. Thanks to everyone who put in an effort to make this special event happen!

I sure had fun snappin and I hope you enjoy the photos! To see more come visit me at my website.

Cheers!

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A Creative City : Seattle

Here’s a little collection of old and new tumblr style. I have been working on a lot of fun projects and meeting so many new people with unique creative visions.  It’s always a pleasant surprise to meet new artists in the industry.  I’m sure many cities have a plethora of creative folk and I feel very lucky to live in one of them. Here, established artists and new artists work together and help contribute to Seattle’s reputation as a “cultural center for innovation and creativity”. I sure have learned from as well as been supported by many and am happy to have picked up some great friends along the way too. I’m just feeling especially thankful today. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

A collection for food and still life photos by Hilary McMullen

Endless Organic Eggs

My mother has 7 Bantam Silkie hens and they are crazy adorable.  They all have equally adorable names, but so help me, I’m always getting confused as to who’s who, except for Mrs. Button cause she’s the fattest and oldest, so I mostly call them all Fluffy. Anywho, I went out to collect the morning bounty to discover that Mrs. Button was the only one left in the coop and was hunkered down for the ages in a giant pile of straw… broody again.  When I got close to coax her out into the sunlight she greeted me with soft peeping noises and moved a bit to reveal at least 20 mini brown eggs.  Apparently, when the other gals leave for the day to begin their bug and plant foraging, Mrs. Button scuttles around the coop collecting and pushing all the eggs she can find into her carefully made straw nest. CUTE! I felt a little guilty snatching her treasure but the fact that she had been sitting in this one spot for a week made me think she probably needed some nutrition from the great outdoors, and poor girl, the eggs are never going to hatch! She soon decided that it was indeed time to hit the lawn and almost instantly found a juicy caterpillar thing, ew. The nice size pile of pretty brown speckled eggs inspired me to have a little fun behind the camera and here’s what came out of it! Happy Saturday!

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The Whale Wins :: Seattle Restaurant & Seattle Food Photographer

What wonderful food!

I had the pleasure of photographing at The Whale Wins a bit ago and what a treat it was. Painted with captivating designs of seafaring lore, the building in which the toggles turn sits on a corner of Stone Way in Fremont, Seattle.  The atmosphere was light and airy with a hint of rustic meets sleek, riddled with well thought out woodsy decor. I was greeted with a shower of smiles from the ladies and gents of the floor and soon after a bit of chit chat, out came the food! I am told the cuisine draws influence from chef, Renee Erickson’s favorite places in Europe. The dishes showcase local veggies, seafood, meat and dairy with complimentary ingredients that mingle just right in your mouth. The drinks are great also! Manager Jeremy Price recommended a cocktail deemed The Thyme Bandit which was… frikken amazing. I was truly delighted by the food, space and people and can’t wait to go back! Feel free to stop by my portfolio to see more yummy adventures!

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer

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The Whale Wins: Hilary McMullen : Seattle Food Photographer