Natural Color (Ten Speed-Watson Guptill, 2016) out in stores!!

Today is the official day Natural Color (Ten Speed-Watson Guptill) is out in stores!! This book was a complete pleasure to photograph. Please tell your local book stores to carry it or order online! There will be lots of dye workshops and book release parties – check out for event listings. Shown here is silk dyed with aloe  ‪#‎naturalcolorbook‬ ‪#‎tenspeedpress‬ . Click here to see more spreads


I took this assignment from the NYT so I could steal gardening ideas.

Michelle Slatella is admired for her work as the editor of Gardenista and also often writes for the New York Times. When I was called for an assignment to shoot Michelle's garden I knew it would be a treat to see her gardens in person and get some clever ideas for my own home. See the story here.

Aya Brackett

An optimistic story about the state of dinner in the US

I had the chance to work on a feature story about the "State of Dinner" in the US for Better Homes and Gardens and it was satisfying to learn that ingredients like kimchi (which I devour daily), harissa, chickpea flour, and soba are now becoming common ingredients. This is what is so good about the US:  interwoven culinary influences and our openness to try new foods. See more spreads from the story HERE

Better Homes & Gardens 

New York Times T Magazine Perfume Story!

I spent several days photographing Mandy Aftel of Aftelier perfumes for the New York Times T Magazine and was blown away by the experience of watching and learning how Mandy creates completely non-synthetic fragrances using pristine and rare ingredients. I came away with a new appreciation of how powerful scent is and how careful alchemy can produce mind altering perfumes. Mandy and I hit it off and had such fun collaborating on this story. (And I came home after spending way too much on solid perfumes, teas and elixirs….) Click HERE to see more of the story

New York Times T Magazine

Photography with Mark Bittman and Purple Carrot

I had the opportunity to work with Mark Bittman, a NYT regular contributor and cookbook author, on his new plant based food delivery service called Purple Carrot. A team of us spent the week at his house, cooking, photographing and blessedly always sitting down at lunch to eat together. I was impressed that despite the agenda of rigorous recipe testing and documentation, Mark was adamant that we enjoyed ourselves. It was truly inspiring and despite my initial skepticism (I love meat!) it also made me think a lot more about the potential for a plant based food diet. Click HERE to see more images.

Purple Carrot with Mark Bittman

Purple Carrot with Mark Bittman

New Story For Bon Appetit!

I shot a feature story for Bon Appetit Magazine about a Japanese izakaya in San Francisco which was especially exciting to shoot because it is about my brother's restaurant Rintaro! I am so proud that his place made it into the top 10 new US restaurants and thrilled that he and his team are getting the recognition they deserve. My father's Japanese timber framing company East Wind Inc. hand-built the interior and it feels like the Japanese home I grew up in. See more of the story HERE

Aya Brackett


James Beard Award for my Bitter book!!

It is with great excitement that over the weekend I heard the Bitter book I photographed won a James Beard Award for a single subject! Bitter was a collaboration with the thoughtful and prescient author Jennifer Mclagan, the powerhouse editor Jenny Wapner and designer Betsy Stromberg at Ten Speed Press (aka Random House), the brilliant prop stylist Amy Wilson, and talented food stylist Robyn Valarik. I am so thrilled this book was recognized by the James Beard Foundation and feel so honored – Yippee! See a few spreads from the book HEREAya Brackett

Remodelista Story about Izakaya Rintaro

Last Fall my older brother, Sylvan Brackett, opened a Japanese Izakaya called Rintaro in San Francisco's Mission District. My father, Len Brackett, who owns a Japanese timber frame company called East Wind Inc. and studied in Kyoto as a temple carpenter, did all of the Japanese interior of the restaurant. I recently took some photos and Remodelista wrote a nice piece about Rintaro. It's a family effort all around and it feels like home to all of us! You can read Remodelista's story here




Cherry Bombe Chooses Bitter as one Season’s Best Cookbooks!

I'm always excited to get a copy of Cherry Bombe in the mail, and in their latest No. 4 issue I was honored to have my Bitter cookbook chosen as one of the season's best books on food! It's in very good company and thriled to be a part of the 10 chosen books.  I also contributed some photos of Oakland's legendary Brown Sugar Kitchen and the issue is an all around great read. To buy a copy of Bitter, click here.

Aya Brackett




Selected for American Photography Annual Book!!

I am very excited and honored to be selected for the American Photography Annual book. 357 photos out of thousands of entries were chosen and it's exciting to be in such good company. 

American Photography presents the best images by established and emerging photographers selected by an outstanding jury from thousands of entries. The collection, gathered from books, magazines, promotional and personal portfolios, offers an informed view of photography today, with images that resonate through their clearly individual point of view. American Photography is a time capsule in the making and offers a who's who in photography, with images by Luc Delahaye, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Jean Paul Goude, Lauren Greenfield, Brigitte Lacombe, Vincent Laforet, Annie Leibovitz, Martin Parr and many others.

And a photo of me and my hubs at the big party in NYC last week. We brought our 6 week old baby and she loved it too!

See HERE for the slideshow of winners and HERE to order the book.Aya Brackett