tory putnam photography

The Basque Country: A Sweet Celebration

While exploring the town of Ea during the workshop, we stumbled upon a sweet family celebration. So much love and spirit.

The Basque Country: Exploring Ea

Nearly a year ago, I traveled to the Basque Country for a food and lifestyle photography workshop hosted by an incredible duo: Aran Goyoaga and Nadia Dole. The entire experience was more amazing than I could have even imagined, from the beauty and spirit of the Basque Country to all the great memories (not to mention food!) shared amongst our group. There are no words or photos that will begin to describe the complete magic of the experience, which is why I think it’s taken me this long to post!

I’m going to share just a few bits of the workshop across a handful of posts. First up was our time spent exploring Ea, a charming town near where we stayed at Ea Astei.


Almost exactly one year ago, I traveled to Portugal. I am way overdue to share some snapshots from my trip, mostly of Lisbon and a few surrounding areas, including Cabo de Roca (westernmost point in Europe) and Guincho Beach. Lisbon is such an incredible city, filled with amazing architecture, natural beauty, colorful tile, kind people and tasty food. Looking for tips for an upcoming trip to Lisbon? Shoot me a note! I’d love to share my favorite places.

Caviar Food Delivery: Gregoire in Oakland

I recently started shooting for Caviar, a killer start-up based in San Francisco that offers delivery service from some amazing restaurants that don’t traditionally bring their tasty food to your doorstep. I did a menu shoot for one of their partner restaurants, Gregoire, which offers French cuisine in both Berkeley and Oakland (and if they were in SF, I would order far too often). These are snaps of a couple dishes.




Jen Wilson of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area

Jen Wilson is the Marketing + Promotions Manager at Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area and a total rockstar. I was so honored to shoot her portrait for Tuck Today at Dartmouth College’s “Agents of Good” story, which featured her work on the Batkid wish. Here’s one photo from our shoot, find another photo and more on Jen here.

Serious Eats: Where to Eat + Drink in Sausalito

A few photos from a day spent in Sausalito shooting a round-up of the best bites in town. Head over to Serious Eats for a few more of my photos and some tasty food and drink highlights from writer, Lauren Sloss.




[From the archives - November ‘13] Behind the Scenes at Beauty’s Bagels in Oakland

I headed to Beauty’s Bagels in Oakland (bright and early) to capture each step of the Montreal-style bagel making-process. Check out my story and more photos of Beauty’s over on Serious Eats.



[From the archives - June ‘13] The Kitchen Table Omaha

A few photos from The Kitchen Table, a restaurant that opened mid-2013 in Omaha, Nebraska. Check out my feature on their brunch grits dish in Serious Eats: Eat This Now: Grits at The Kitchen Table in Omaha, Nebraska

[From the archives - August ‘13] Aliment San Francisco

A few photos from my story on Aliment for Serious Eats: First Look: Aliment Serves Comfort Food with a Twist in San Francisco.

[From the archives - July ‘13] Jules + Ru

A couple photos from a session with style + dog blogger, Jules, and her cute pup, Rufus.