My partner (Jenna Belevender) and I (Michelle Gerard) are commercial and editorial photographers with a strong emphasis on food and storytelling, based in Detroit, Michigan. We moved into our new live/work space on the day that Michigan announced it’s first COVID-19 cases. As of that day, all of our photoshoots were canceled indefinitely.

Even though we had just made the jump to a rental 3x the cost of our previous rent and no income, we consider ourselves lucky to have a space where we can be creative during this time. It gives us something to focus on each day, and we have to think creatively to use what we have on hand or have delivered. It also allows us to support the numerous restaurant clients of ours by including their curbside carryout food in some of our photos. 

We’ve been disconnected from our friends and families; Jenna’s dad has been working in a COVID unit as a nurse, and our friends are all doing their part staying home. Our work is one of the only things that give us purpose and joy. We do this because we are trying to stay sane like everyone else. Work is our life raft.

We’re inspired by movies, TV shows, childhood memories, various decades, and the props we have on hand. We’ll continue to work on these shoots until our stay at home order is lifted and post on Instagram (link below). Upcoming shoots include bringing the outdoors inside with a 70s themed picnic and a shoot exploring what the future of food might look like. We hope that we can make you smile or spark a little creativity in you during these dark days.

More info: Facebook | gerardbelevender.com | Instagram

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90s Self-Isolation

90s Self-Isolation

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Lynden Manning
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1 year ago

Omg, the Batman cards.

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70s Dinner For One

70s Dinner For One

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Suzette Duby
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1 year ago

That is a lot of dinner for 1 person.

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80s Self-Isolation

80s Self-Isolation

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago

1980s in Miami specfically

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The Stay Inn

The Stay Inn

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago

I feel like i can smell this picture and its not good. Mustiness, mothballs, old ashtray and dispair

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Feast Of Flowers

Feast Of Flowers

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mummy pig
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1 year ago

My eyes!!!

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Quarantiki

Quarantiki

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

The prawns somehow make me think of Beetlejuice. Beetlejuice. Beetlejui...

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Twin Peaks Vibes

Twin Peaks Vibes

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

Without pie? Really?

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#8

The Quarantine Breakfast Special

The Quarantine Breakfast Special

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 year ago

When I was a waitress we were not allowed to set the coffee pot down on the table like that.

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Inspired By Meryl Streep’s Dressing Room In Death Becomes Her

Inspired By Meryl Streep’s Dressing Room In Death Becomes Her

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Sarcastic Cow
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1 year ago

Hell! Mad!

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#10

The Young Urban Professional

The Young Urban Professional

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Mary Pat Mitchell
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1 year ago

1980's CA, I feel you needed to add a line of coke ;)

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Twilight Zone

Twilight Zone

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Suzette Duby
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1 year ago

Excellent props and atmosphere

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Nosy Neighbor

Nosy Neighbor

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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1 year ago

The neighbor on bewitched. Kravitz?

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Madmen

Madmen

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LC Greenwood
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1 year ago

This is more JR Ewing from Dallas than Mad Men

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The Day The Quarantine Started

The Day The Quarantine Started

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Samantha Lomb
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1 year ago

Grandma's house?