garganelli pasta at istanbul morini


I had the pleasure of shooting one of the signature dishes, Garganelli with Ragu, at Morini, one of my favourite restaurants in Istanbul. While shooting I got to witness the preparation of garganelli by the pasta chef Müberra and was amazed by the process. Although this pasta resembles penne, it is totally different because it is fresh and hand made just before cooking. For more information on this dish, you could check out the article written by Cemre Narin in the February issue of Conde Nast Traveller Turkey . Here are the outtakes from the preparation..Next time I visit Morini, I'll be sure to order garganelli..

Morini Restaurant
Zorlu Center 34340
Zincirlikuyu Istanbul Turkiye
+90 212 353 6767




CondenastTraveller’ın Şubat sayısının Tadımlık sayfaları için Zorlu Center’da bulunan İstanbul Morini'nin imza lezzetlerinden biri olan Ragu soslu Garganelli’yi fotoğrafladım. Hazırılık aşamasına da şahit olduğum garganelli, penne makarnanın kardeşi diyebileceğimiz ama kesinlikle çokça zahmetli ve taze olarak hazırlanıp servis edilen bir makarna. Bu lezzetle ilgili daha fazla detay için Cemre Narin’in dergideki yazısını okumanızı öneririm.Garganelli hafizamda yerini aldi ve bu lezzeti deneyimlemek icin en kisa zamanda tekrar Morini'yi ziyaret edecegim sanirim.

trattoria la scarpetta

Back in December, I shot food&beverage images of Trattoria La Scarpetta. It’s a recently opened Italian restaurant located in Etiler, around a residential area of Istanbul, that is worth a visit. Well known chef Carlo Bernardini is the menu consultant of the restaurant. The crowd is mostly the locals that meet for business lunchs, dinners to catch up or for romantic dates who would like to eat good Italian food in an elegant place. I like the place overall but the airy dining space especially stole my heart with its convertible roof.  Be careful, you may forget where you are afterall.

While shooting there, due to the season, truffles were freshly brought from Alba region of Italy and are served with the risotto made with acquerello rice often described as ‘the king of rice' .


Trattoria La Scarpetta

Dilhayat Sok. No: 16

Etiler, Istanbul

Geçtiğimiz Aralık ayında Etiler’deki İtalyan restoranı Trattoria La Scarpetta'nin yiyecek, içecek ve mekan çekimlerini yaptım.  2014 yılının sonlarında açılan La Scarpetta, Etiler'den Bebek'e inerken, karmaşadan uzak sakin bir sokakta çok şeker sarı bir binada konumlanmış. Genelde mahalle sakinlerinin iş ve özel yemekleri için, hem öğlen hem de akşamları tercih ettikleri şık bir italyan restoranı olmus. Mekanı her detayıyla çok sevdim ama arka bölümdeki üzeri açılan, havadar terası favorim oldu. Etiler'in ve İstanbul’un tüm kargaşasından uzak, nerede olduğunuzu unutturan bir mekan yaratılmış.

Türk ve İtalyan şarapları ile dolu zengin şarap kavı ve restoranın içinde yer alan şarküterisiyle diğer İtalyan restoranlarından ayrılıyor.

Çekim trüf zamanına denk geldiği için İtalya’nın Alba bölgesinden taze taze getirilen trüfleri, pirincin kralı olarak bilinen Aquerello pirinciyle  yaptıkları risottoyla yemeye de, çekmeye doyamadım..


new year spirit

A couple weeks ago, I made one of my meetings at this pretty flower's shop and café, located in Arnavutköy. Even though it is a newly opened place, I had seen tons of appealing photos posted from here on instagram. The day I went there was one of those gray and depressive kind of december days. But when I entered the shop and went outside the backyard I was amazed with its little hidden garden. Eda, the owner of Kavanoz Istanbul is a very stylish young lady, who has lived in Milan, decided to open a place like this when she returned to Istanbul. Decoration reflects exactly their motto, ‘ageless aged’ . I must say I loved every detail here. It is one of those places that has a spirit of its own. Here are a couple of images from that afternoon ..

Hereby I wish you a happy new year !

Kavanoz Istanbul

Arnavutköy Mah.Tekkeci Sok. No:1-A 

Arnavutköy / Beşiktaş / İstanbul

212 265 76 67

food photo festival 2015 Vejle, Denmark (part1)

Last month I have attended Food Photo Festival in Vejle, Denmark. Numerous food photographers, stylists, editors and buyers around the world came together at this festival. Conferences, workshops, portfolio reviews and networking events  were excellent opportunities to meet with the editors of Europe based magazines. 

It was a fabulous experience to participate such an event.  I have attended three workshops, styling in a restaurant setting’ by Mary Valentin, ‘meat styling and photography techniques’  by Heidi Robb Clarissa Westmeyer  and ‘danish food still life’ by Carmen Trosser.
All the workshops were incredibly inspiring and it was a great opportunity to see other professionals work. I appreciate  generousity of sharing their knowledge and experience with us.
I will share  the photos from the workshops in a separate post  (maybe 2-3 posts)

The only thing I am not totally satisfied is that I couldn`t find enough time to attend all the conference sessions. But one of the most inspiring one I've attended was by the owners of the Fool Magazine, husband and wife duo photographer Per-Anders Jörgensen and creative director Lotta Jörgensen. The Fool Magazine is an award winning gastronomic magazine without recipes. Their aim was to make a different magazine on contemporary food culture. The couple talked about their vision and how they succeeded in creating such a unique magazine. 

The other inspiring conference was Mary Valentin’s speech about food styling and food photography trends all over the world. She shared her observations about the differences between US and Europe editorial trends.  There was also a speech about re-inventing traditions by Frank Lindner and self-marketing in social media/foodbook market by Stevan Paul, all very helpful for professionals like me.


Besides the conferences,  a food photography exhibition took place with work from 30 photographers from around the world. It was the biggest exhibition of food photography and being able to see all fine art photographs together was very inspirational. Jean Cazals's Eat Me, Corey Arnold's Fish-work The Bering Sea, Stevan Paul and Andrea Thode's Gone were the ones I admired most.

The Spinderilhallerne , the old Spinning Mill was an excellent choice to exhibit all those great photographs. Per Anders Jörgensen won the Food Feature 2015 and Food Photo 2015 awards for 'eating with the chefs' series. 


Thank you to the team for all their efforts and kindness during the organization and  Gunter Beer, the man behind the whole foodphotofestival organization. I was honored and grateful to be a part of this community who shares the same passion with me. Hope to meet you all again.

 I returned to Istanbul highly motivated and with an improved vision of my career.  Who knows, maybe during the next festival I can take place in the exhibition myself :)

* photos taken by iPhone 6.