There's a mantra in the photography world that I try really hard to live by and that's ABS: Always Be Shooting. There's a number of good reasons for this such as keeping you skills on point, expanding your creative horizons, adding to your catalogue, etc, but I also find it really good for the soul. So much of photography is EMAILING, bidding on projects, meetings, constant technology education, billing, accounting, and on and on. The business of photography is crucial, but you can't let it take over to the point where it's not fun anymore. So sometimes I like to set up the studio in my place and just photograph something pretty, like cocktails or food, like these.
I've got new work out this week on the news stands for Edible SLO magazine. This was a feature on florists on the Central Coast who are involved in the "field to vase" movement. Each of the ladies in the article create beautiful floral arrangements and they strive to source their flowers and botanicals locally. You can pick up a copy of Edible SLO magazine now, or check out the digital version at EdibleSLO.com. The writer of the article, Kendra Aronson also has a great blog about the field to vase movement that you can see here.
Although I've moved away from the Central Coast I just can't seem to stay away. I love shooting for Edible SLO magazine because I always get to photograph an interesting, eclectic group of people. This issue I shot four women who are making waves in the farming community as well as their "Neighborhood Dirt" section which is a spread of images that features a local person with a cool living space.
This issue one of my images of Bonnie Sayers was on the cover. Pretty cool! We shot at her house in her spectacular backyard that was turned into a garden wonderland. She is an avid seed saver, focused on heirloom corn seeds. I once had a very large selection of heirloom tomato seeds and I understand how important it is that people continue to not only grow heirloom seeds, but to preserve them from extinction.
You can read more about Bonnie and all of the ladies featured in the article by picking up an issue of Edible SLO, available at foodie locations and wineries throughout SLO County or on the website www.edibleslo.com.
Back in October I had the opportunity to photograph three chefs from some of my favorite restaurants in San Luis Obispo County for Edible SLO magazine. The magazine came out in January and is on news stands now. Each of the chefs are committed to sourcing local, seasonal, sustainable products and are really at the forefront of the farm-to-table dining movement. I have eaten at each of the restaurants featured in this issue and I can safely say that if you're on the Central Coast and looking for a spectacular meal you will find one anywhere these chefs are cooking.
I was doing so well and then it all fell apart. It wasn't like I didn't have the opportunity. My laptop was always at my side. There was downtime at airports and coffee shops, but making a blog post just never seemed like the best use of my time when there were emails to answer, work to get to clients, and fantastic beef to eat and malbec to drink.
But now I'm here, at home, ready to make amends. I vow to get up to date with the blog world by making a few posts in the next week to get you caught up on the past couple of months worth of work.
Where to start? Let's start with the fun stuff! Justin and I spent November and December in South America. Namely Lima, Peru and then a month in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He enjoyed a much needed break from work before he started grad school and I worked and of course had a great time exploring the new cities.
I shot travel stock which is mostly uploaded to my agencies. I still have some images to go through and hopefully now that things have calmed down I will have a chance to get to those stragglers! I also shot lifestyle images of people in the city. Those images should follow in the next few day. Here are some samples of the travel stock that I shot and the sights I saw.
I hope to be back here, writing to you again in the next couple of days with more work to share!
Singer, song-writer, musician, Matt Zeltzer was photographed in Pismo Beach, California.
Zeltzer is a fantastic bluesy, rock and roll musician who has just released his second album Desert Tortoise. You can check out some of his music by clicking here. Sit back, grab a glass of bourbon, and enjoy.
I need to pick up the film this week (I shot with my Hasselblad and a Holga during the shoot), and then I will post some selections from the batch whenever I get it scanned.
Thanks again to the team! I couldn't have done this without you!
Make-Up Artist: Carlie Nething
Hair Stylist: Nicolette Slipich
Wardrobe Stylist: Melanie Maxfield
Photography Assistant: Stephanie Thurston
Female Models: Linsey Milligan and Heather Shaw
Male Model: Rob Martin
I've been editing all week, and although I'm not quite finished, I thought I'd get some images up for you all to see. The models and crew were fantasic. I cannot thank everyone enough! I am very pleased with what we created, and would hire you all again in the future.
Avila Beach test shoot part 1 for your viewing pleasure...