Charmingly Eclectic: The design of KS Interiors

Monday, November 21, 2011

I love working with interior designers! We share the same patience, tolerance, and slight OCD tendencies that allow us to enjoy moving objects and furniture around an inch this way, a nudge that way... until it is just right. I enjoyed doing just that with Kelly Stoneburgh of KS Interiors last week as we photographed her interior design of this charming house in the North Annex area of Toronto.
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"Eclectic style is about mixing rather than matching, though all design elements should coordinate to achieve a look that is fresh and avaunt-garde. Eclectic style is the fingerprint of innovation and creativity. Borrowing from different sources and periods, eclectic style is a highly individualized style and is easily changed on a whim." (borrowed from Anonymous)

John Wilson Home

Monday, October 24, 2011

Photographed the sustainable home of John Wilson, designed by award winning architect  Martin Leifhebber.
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The red hens and the bio-dynamic grapes

Monday, October 17, 2011

An editorial assignment for Vines Magazine took me on a tour of Ravine Vineyard in St David’s Ontario.We were photographing for the 8 page feature below. This was a dream shoot that allowed me to capture the beautiful setting, food, people, and a bio-dynamic image of the chickens eating insects under the organic vines!

It was great to work with Art Director, Claire Zidar-Triassi and Editor, Chris Waters. It is always a pleasure to meet the people who make the food: Chef - Proprietor Paul Harber, Head Chef Collin Goodine, Pastry Chef Billy King, and the bread maker, Camron Block. It was so great to explore the garden, the grounds, and the horse barn with Shauna White, associate winemaker. And how many people can say they have been given a personal tour of the organic vineyard by the Vintner himself, David Beyers (who has a fantastic South African accent I might add!). Finally, I am so grateful for the help from my friend and co- creative, Janet Beauchamp.

Would you eat Corn Smut? or Mexican night with a Chef!

Monday, July 25, 2011

There are few things more adventurous than being neighbors and friends with a Chef!!
This past Saturday’s adventure included trying Corn Smut and BBQing in the rain!!

Corn smut, or cuitlacoche, according to Wikipedia, is a disease of maize caused by the pathogenic plant fungus Ustilago maydi. I know what you are thinking: ‘mmmn, a disease caused by fungus, delicious’. Yet, usually eaten in quesadillas, this is considered a delicacy in Mexico and is thus referred to as corn truffle. This smut was one of the ingredients of the main for the Mexican night: soft shell corn tortilla tacos!!

The second portion of the adventure came when just as we had set the outdoor patio table, the torrential rain began! But diligent as ever, Chef carried on to ensure the meat and grilled squash were perfect and not soggy!  We moved our plates inside and enjoyed the meal at the kitchen bar. To perfection,  the meal was finished with a truffle of a different sort: a Red Fire Vosges Chocolate bar shared between friends! This was a chocolate experience like no other! If you have not tried Vosges, you must! And for that matter you must try smut!

With iphone (and Margarita) in hand, I captured our culinary adventure, smut included!~


Crystal salted heirloom tomato

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. " ~Lewis Grizzard

"A number of rare or newly experienced foods have been claimed to be aphrodisiacs. At one time this quality was even ascribed to the tomato. Reflect on that when you are next preparing the family salad." ~Jane Grigson

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The dog named Lucy...another interior capture of work by designbyaa

Monday, July 4, 2011

I had the pleasure of capturing another wonderful kitchen design by Alexandra Assaf Upon entering the house I was immediately greeted by the family dog,  a wonderful yellow golden retriever. Her name was Lucy, and though she did not want to take part in the photo, she was delightful company while I was there capturing these three views.




The costume ignites the imagination.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

"Fashion-Photo-Shoot-Party!"  was the theme of  I my oldest daughter's  7th birthday. We had the fortune of friend and fashion designer extraordinaire, Eryn Reid help with the costume creations!  The girls were encouraged to choose from a selection of outfit pieces and costumes and/or have Eryn help them create an ensemble, then play in front of the camera. What happened was delightfully surprising and unexpected. Once they were in costume and in front of the camera,  each person came alive in a fantastic way. I was blown away by what I was able to witness and capture. The costume inspires and ignites the imagination!

I entered the following series from that party into the PDN LOOK contest.

Can I feed you tea and oranges?.....I asked a thousand people!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Tomorrow starting at 10 am, this is going out to over a thousand people in the USA!!!! 


What do I do with my time?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

One of my most important strategies for staying creative (see definition below) is to connect with other creative people. The fastest, though not the favored way to do this now is to spend a lot of time ….too much really…surfing the net. I am always bound to find something truly inspiring and energizing. These finds push me to push myself to reach higher and deeper, to spend less time searching and more time doing. I want to share these finds with you and will now do so in a new section of my blog called Immersion. This section will be a more formal “links” section and will showcase my collection of finds. Subscribe, Like, Tweet, Facebook, and return if you find it inspiring too.

Creativity is a mental process involving the discovery of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the existing ideas or concepts, fueled by the process of either conscious or unconscious insight.

Which comes first? The Egg or… the Beet??

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Speaking of which comes first…This posting should have come before the last, being about the process leading to the end result. But then again, the blog world is not so linear and I was so excited to share I had to get the last image post out before having time to write about the creative process.

My friend and uber creative Art Director, Leanne Kelly came to me with this idea for a spring promo! She had always wanted to use naturally created dyes to colour eggs. So she researched the process and tested a bunch of recipes in her home-test-kitchen.  She found that turmeric makes an earthy yellow, red cabbage turns indigo, and beets will bend an egg into a brilliant crimson that will fade over time into to a brown.  She also discovered that the delicate shells will frail more if they sit in the vinegar solution for too long.

On a walk one day she found some small springs, loved the play on words and saw they would make perfect stands for these little jewels! She also liked the play on reality that an image of grass in lieu of real strands had when the eggs were placed on top. Finally, it was important that the images tell the story of the Natural source and process. To do this, she appointed the beautiful beet slices to act as nest for the collection of hand dyed eggs.

I just brought my camera to the idea, and Leanne told me what to do. I like it that way sometimes. Well, It was a little more give and take… Together, we brought this idea to fruition!

If you would like me to bring my camera to your idea you can always reach me by phone or by email. If you would like Leanne’s creative vibe, you can reach her at

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Can I feed you tea and oranges?.....

Friday, April 1, 2011

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Who says carbs are not good for you!!!! Brick Street Bakery Favorites

Brick Street Bakery is a Toronto Grub Hot Spot with three locations! I had the pleasure of capturing their treats and baking in progress as web content for their new and improved web site!

I do have a weakness for bread!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I am getting ready to do some work for  the Brick Street Bakery web site! This is going to be a real treat_ pun intended! I went around with my friend and designer, Leanne Kelley, to do some quick location and product scouting. Above is what we got... and this is just working very quickly. I can't wait to display the real stuff!

My Second Shout Out to the World!!! (or at least 200 people in Canada)

Friday, February 25, 2011

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I shot this collection of images at the Saugeen County Dairy Farm in Grey County, Ontario. My Father-in-law plays soccer there. The sun was setting as they started the game. As my kids sat on a blanket  watching their grandpa and dad play soccer, I snuck into the chicken pen and took some shots.
I sent this out as an e-mail promo on Wednesday Feb. 23, 2011.

The response I got looks something like this:
Which, according to statistics, is pretty good. Now on to the follow up calls.

The soccer game looked something like this:

My Kids watching looked something like this:

Brick Street Bakery Opens New Location and Launches A Website

Thursday, February 24, 2011

It's Finally Live! Another informative site graces the world-wide-web!  And another fine food establishment graces the Market Place in First Canadian Place. The site and new location  of Brick Street Bakery is, as they say, up and running! I had the pleasure of working with one of the most hip owners and entrepreneur extraordinaire: Simon Silander, and all his wonderful staff while photographing this project.  Leanne Kelly and I, once again teamed up: She the creative director and web content designer, and  I the photographer capturing the content for this extraordinarily photo-centric web site.  I am willing to bet there is not a bakery site out there with more images than this one! 

This project required waking up in time to catch the bread just  going in and coming out of the oven at 4 am, waiting for the sun to rise, eating minute-fresh olive fougasse (poor us), and shooting at five different locations. It was all a great pleasure and I look forward to working with the team again sometime soon. 

The New Year begins with a Bang and a Bust!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

It is ironic, that while the blog is an important communication tool and an means to learn more about me and Buchman Photo, it falls by the way side when I am doing more of what it is a tool toward increasing! In other words, I have been busy. I have been sending out e and land mail campaigns, making calls to form relationships, and shooting images for a cook book for Somerset Inc. in the Davies Ave studio.   I will post some of those images soon and post my next e mailer here in the  next couple of days.In the mean time, here are a couple of  images from a Kids and Baking creative I did with my kids a couple of weeks ago. 

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