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

Bloom Restaurant :: Ballard, Seattle

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!






Lemon Ideas – Seattle Food Photographer

There is no recipe that goes along with this post.  The only inspiration I had for this shoot was that lemons are pretty! I think that’s inspiration enough, don’t you?

The bright yellow color of lemons captures my attention and makes me want to cook everything under the sun that involves their zingy complimentary flavor.  Sometimes I get so overwhelmed and can’t put my finger on what I want to cook, so I cook nothing and become inspired by their true form.

I’m always looking for new recipes, if you have any that you love and hold dear and want to share, please do! They are so much more fun to cook when they have a story behind them.


Lemon ideas:

Lavender Lemonade

Lemon Stuffed Chicken (don’t forget the garlic and rosemary)

Lemon Meringue Pie

Lemon-herb Vinaigrette


Lemon Salmon

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Scones

-Thanks for stopping by!