With Kinfolk – Herb Drying

Summer has gone by so fast (what a shame)! Mercifully, cooler weather is slowly creeping back into the schedule, and it’s nice enough outside that I can comfortably wear my Pendleton shirts without looking silly. In any event, it has become a regular privilege this year to shoot for Kinfolk Magazine. Yesterday marked the release of their fifth volume which you can order here. There’s probably not much more of a fallish thing to do than throw on a big wool sweater, pour yourself a flippin hot cup of coffee, and give the new issue a good read.

If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, you can pretend.

This time around, I was able to partner up again with my friend Amy Merrick (we worked together on this too) to do a story about drying herbs for fall cooking. Skye Velten lent us her substantial modeling skills, and after much debate we decided to shoot in my garage. This is interesting only in so much that it attests to Amy’s styling skills — my garage was an absolute ugly mess at the time we picked it as our location. A little elbow grease, paint-scraping and cat-litter-sweeping, though, and we had ourselves a bonafide herb cellar.

The best thing about this shoot is that my house still has a faint lavender-and-rosemary aroma. The worst thing about this shoot is the amount of photos that had to be nixed. Truly, I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun with a shoot and got so many good photos that ended up on the cutting room floor. I suppose that there is only so much page space that one story can lay claim to. But that’s why we all have blogs. Just for the record though, I really can be bad at playing the photo editor. I want to include everything. I cut fairly liberally, and there are still twenty-eight images in this post. Sheesh. With all that said, the resulting story for Kinfolk is something I am very proud of, and Amy’s writing more than makes up for the photos we had to leave behind.

In addition to the herb drying article, I was also able to shoot the product photography for the new issue. A few of my favorites are included below. My special thanks to Ms. Julie Pointer and (the incredibly lovely) Ms. Riley Messina, who were kind enough to do a little impromptu modeling.

And lastly, once again for those interested, all of these shots were taken with Kodak Portra 160 using either a Contax 645 or a Zeiss Ikon.

And with that I’ll leave you to the photos. Please do enjoy the new issue! If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and order a copy or two.

Happy October!

26 Responses to “With Kinfolk – Herb Drying”

  1. Em says:

    this is such an awesome set! Love kinfolk, these are a perfect fit. The styling is excellent too :)

  2. Anna says:

    Beautiful! We have a forest of herbs at home.(thank you for sharing your film information. This shoot makes me more convinced that the i’ts just the right thing for me.)

  3. I love love all of these, beautiful photos. I can almost smell the herbs :)

  4. amy m says:

    Truly a week to remember, Parker! You knocked it outta the park and I’m really proud of this one.

  5. Rosa Park says:

    Parker i LOVE these photos – i am drooling over them! Hello from England! x

  6. i want to cry not sure not sure if it’s jealousy or your pure brilliance! regardless without a doubt you are awesome.

  7. Sarah Lang says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous.
    Loved looking at them in the magazine, the reasoning behind our rosemary plant purchase today may have been slightly influenced by those photos.

  8. Darren says:

    I’ve known Nate for quite a while, long before Kinfolk started. Been following your work as you’ve been shooting more and more for him. Nicely done once again!

  9. stefania says:

    this is so lovely Parker! I’m always astonished by you :)

  10. Jess Hay says:

    This article was wonderful. The photographs are ridiculously beautiful.

  11. Erin says:

    This is stunning. Beautiful photos.

  12. Christine says:

    beautiful images..I´m looking forward to the day if the new issue in my post box..thanks for this wonderful page..

  13. Ryan says:

    Amazing set, Parker. I’d have a hard time choosing too. I’m continually blown away by the subtleties in your work, and the absolutely timeless subjects and scenes. Hope to meet you and talk over a drink someday!

  14. Nicole says:

    this story was my favourite from the new issue, thanks in large part to your gorgeous photos!

    And I LOVE the jacket the model is wearing.

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  16. rhiannon says:

    these are beautiful.

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  18. douglas says:

    how does one find your email?

  19. Beautiful work Parker, you have an amazing eye and sensibility!!!

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  21. Kashelle says:

    This is just stunning in every way!

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  23. Christina says:

    This is a favorite spread. It’s not easy these days to see a fresh look at things. Love it.

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