Dom DeLuise died today and the world lost a very funny comic and a wonderfully kind man. As a Los Angeles advertising photographer, I had the privilege of working with Dom recently, possibly his last commercial photography session. I have included one of my favorite photographs from that shoot.
I was doing advertising photographs for his house ware – cookware line. Many of the shots involved food as props and you guessed it, Dom being the connoisseur that he was insisted on bringing the props. He showed up at my Los Angeles studio with a limo full of fine cheeses, marvelous smoked meats and fish, luscious fruits and vegetables. The shoot was incredibly fun. There was Dom in each shot surrounded by one of the things he loved, great food, happy as could be. As we finished each shot, Dom always the gracious host, even in my studio, would make everyone sit down and eat all the food from that shot. It was like being in an Old Italian movie where the cast and crew would shoot then take a meal break together then back to shooting. All the while, Dom would be telling stories of working with Hollywood’s elite. I think I had at least a ten-course meal that day and loved every minute of it.
I will never forget that last enchanting day I spent with this kind and loving man, a very funny man and a man who lived life to the fullest. I will always appreciate the gentleness he showed my daughter and niece when they stopped by and he insisted on have them take a picture with him and his beloved bird.