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Stocksy and Me

I am super-duper excited to be a part of the new photo co-operative, Stocksy!  Stocksy is a new concept in stock photography that gives contributing photographers 50% of all normal licenses and 100% of all extended licenses.  Started by iStock founder, Bruce Livingston, Stocksy seeks to create a stock business model wherein its contributors can make a sustainable living from photography, and not sell their images for pennies on the dollar.  

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Stocksy has quickly become my go-to place to get inspired and see creative, beautiful imagery.  They have a very stringent acceptance policy and only accept work that transcends typical stock photography.  Some seriously talented photographers from all over the world have joined Stocksy, including a couple of my favorites, Kevin Russ and Darren Muir

I have a tiny portfolio with Stocksy thus far, you can see it here, however I'm looking forward to uploading more of my work when I get some time.  I'm thrilled to be part of such a cool community and I'm looking forward to getting more involved in the upcoming months.  I noticed that their imagery of Buenos Aires is quite slim, so hopefully I can fill in some gaps for them with my upcoming trip!

Lauren and Kylee

I had a fun day shooting Lauren and Kylee Klay last week. They are both really goofy and natural in front of the camera.  We shot several different set-ups involving a modern, technology filled morning.  Apparently we were having so much fun that Basil (the chicken) decided to escape and join us.  After her daring escape we let her model for a few photos.

Thanks to the awesome Krystal Davis for doing makeup for the shoot. You can find more information about Krystal's work here...

http://makeupbykrystal.wix.com/home

The girls looked fresh and lovely.  Don't all women look like that when they get out of bed in the morning?

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Thanks ladies, I look forward to working with you again soon!

Elegant Country Dinner and Tomato Tasting at Windrose Farm

On Saturday, September 15th, two lovely events were held at Windrose Farm in Paso Robles, California.  First in the afternoon there was a tomato tasting featuring over 20 varieties of tomatoes.  In the evening there was a farm to table feast paired with local wines from Tablas Creek Winery.  It was a hot summer night, but spirits were high on the farm.  Here are some images from the event and around the pastoral grounds of Windrose Farm. 

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One of my favorite parts of the day was simply wandering around the expansive apple orchards.  There are dozens of free-roaming chickens that made themselves at home in the shade beneath the trees.  Windrose is in a unique location in that they can successfully grow both apples (which typically require a cool climate) and tomatoes (which love the heat) due to their warm days and cool nights.  

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Windrose also raises sheep on thier property.  They have tons of room to roam about, and lead happy lives hanging out with the dogs in the pasture.  

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Barbara and Bill Spencer are the owners of Windrose.  Barbara is seen here talking to the diners about the practices on the farm and what the menu is for the evening.  

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Neil Collins (seen at right), the winemaker at Tablas Creek Winery in Paso Robles, paired each course with his wines.  Tablas Creek is known for being a leader in Rhone varietals, which proved to be a great pairing with the menu.  Almost all of the ingredients were sourced from Windrose, and were prepared by chef Clark Staub of Flatbread Full of Life based out of Los Alamos.  You can find out more about Tablas Creek and Flatbread here...

http://www.tablascreek.com 

http://fulloflifefoods.com/

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Windrose Farm owners Barbara and Bill Spencer in front of their sheep. 

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Flatbread brought out their wood burning oven from which they prepared pizza during the day and used to cook the dinner in the evening.  Chef Julie Simon of Thomas Hill Organics in Paso Robles came to assist with the dinner as well as Kat from Flatbread. 

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The day was a great success and I am lucky to have been a part of the festivities.  The Central Coast food and wine community is a very tight-knit group and it is nice to see people who are passionate about the things they create and who value artisinal traditions and quality ingredients. 

http://windrosefarm.org/

Avila Beach Test Shoot, Part II

More images!  

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


 

Avila Beach Test Shoot, Part 1

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...






America Eats Project Off and Running

America Eats: Following Food to Find America project is off to a great start.  Jim Denevan of Outstanding in the Field was generous enough to let us shoot their event at Wattles Farm in the middle of Hollywood yesterday.  Katie and I met some great people and had a lot of fun seeing the 140 guests experiencing farm to table dining.

To follow our journey and see more about the project please go to:

www.americaeatsproject.com

 

America Eats, Wattles Farm, Hollywood, community garden, Outstanding in the Field

 

America Eats, Wattles Farm, Hollywood, community garden, Outstanding in the Field, Jayme Burrows

 

America Eats, Wattles Farm, Hollywood, community garden, Outstanding in the Field, Jayme Burrows