I had the opportunity to shoot portraits of Sunni Mullinax, the newly elected President of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce to go along with a press release announcement of her appointment. She is fantastic, and I know she'll be a great ambassador to the Paso Robles community!
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.
I've been shooting a ton of food and restaurants lately. I love this, I really do, but it was so nice to take a day off from that and be out in the fresh air, romping around the Santa Monica Pier with model Brittany Cerra. The weather was perfect and we had a lot of fun. Although we got shooed away from taking pictures in the arcade, we made some lively images at the amusement park and around the pier itself.
All images available for licensing at Stocsky.
I shot a mini-project while I was living briefly in Buenos Aires, Argentina featuring ex-pat couples (like me and my boyfriend) who were also living abroad in South America. I shot Sonia and Adam and Gustavo and Sophie who were from Spain, the US, and New Zealand. Like us they were enjoying the cheap pesos, good wine, and beauty that Buenos Aires had to offer. All of these images and more are available for licensing at Stocksy United.
You can view my entire Stocksy catalogue here http://www.stocksy.com/JaymeBurrows
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!
A few months back I did some work for the Robert Hall Winery in Paso Robles. Robert Hall is one of the pioneers of Paso wine and has one of the coolest barrel rooms around. The ads have been popping up in various publications. It's always nice seeing work in print. Cheers!
In the midst of packing for the move down south and finishing up client work, I wanted to take a moment to do a quick shoot with an awesome local model, Domenique Terry. One of the professional creeds of photography that I try to abide by is ABS: always be shooting. It's nice to do some personal work and keep focused on the bigger picture of growing as an artist and not just getting caught up in creating client prescribed imagery.
The sun was fading fast so we just shot for 30 minutes or so. I love the autumnal light and how luminous her skin looks as the sun dipped below the horizon. I'm leaving California soon, but when I return I know I'll be calling on Domenique to do another shoot together!
Over the past few years I've fully fallen in love with Paso Robles. Combining that with my love of food and wine, being asked to shoot for the PRWCA was a really cool honor for me. Here are some images that will be used in the 2014 "Grow Wild" campaign to promote the Paso Robles wine region.
A big part of the campaign focuses on Paso's sustainable practices including use of animals to abate weeds, fertilize the soil, and promote a holistic farming practices. Tablas Creek Winery was nice enough to let the animals loose in the vineyard for us even though the grapes were still on the vines. Perhaps a bottle or two worth of grapes were sacrificed to the animals for the cause, but hopefully the images were worth it!
We also shot in the barrel room at Robert Hall Winery. The size of the cellar always shocks me and it's a challenge to photograph in such a cavernous space. The barrels go on for days and the smell of oak and fermentation is heavenly. Not a bad place to work for the day.
Last Friday the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural Farm to Fork Progressive Food and Wine Tour. The tour was a multi-location food and wine extravaganza of some of the best things the area has to offer. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for local high-schoolers. I donated some of my images to be used for promotion of the event and they were nice enough to invite me along for the day. At right is the brochure for the event with some of my work. It was a delightful, hot, whirlwind day (filled with lots of cool swag), here are a few of the highlights...
A breakfast of bacon wrapped fig strata, quinoa with apples, roasted rosemary potatoes and chimichuri at the Pioneer Museum was the way the group of 100-plus people were welcomed to the tour. We then boarded buses and headed off to our first stop, Windrose Farm in Creston. Once there we were treated with chipotle and heirloom tomato bloody mary's made with a local grape-based Re:Fined vodka. In my book it doesn't get much better than this. Then, bloody marys in hand, we were given a tour of the farm by owner Barbara Spencer. Windrose is an organic, bio-dynamic marvel, growing more than 40 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, apples, squash, peppers, and almost anything else one can imagine. After the tour the group sat down for a tomato tasting and some lemonade, then on to our next stop...almost.
I won't get into the details, but there were some bus issues that caused some very uncomfortable time in the sun. Luckily there was a bottle of water in my goodie bag and my bloody mary was still in effect. Once a new bus arrived to take us to our next stop we were in business again. The second stop, Windfall Farm, was the apex of the tour. A cooking demonstration by cookbook author Brigit Binns while sitting on bales of hay and sipping J Lohr Viogner was just what I needed after the bus debacle. Even better, we all got a copy of the cookbook which I've been eyeing in local shops for weeks.
Binns demoed the food which we were to be served later, a pear and fennel salad and a braised short rib with creamy polenta, yum! The wine continued to flow as we moved onto communal tables for lunch. I moved on to some Petit Syrah to pair with my short rib and stopped to stroll through the spectacular foaling barn near where lunch was being served. The group was mostly women and I had a very diverse, interesting bunch of ladies at my table. After lunch it was time to grab a bottle of J Lohr's premium Hilltop Cabernet, and proceed to our final stop, Pasolivo for a little something sweet.
A tour of the olive orchard, followed by an olive oil tasting were a nice way to round out the day. I enjoyed some local Leo Leo strawberry gelato in the shade, and the tour was complete. Such a fun day surrounded by people who are doing truly impressive things with their resources. I am so proud to have become a part of the Paso Robles food and wine community over the past couple of years and it brings joy to see good, hard working people thrive.
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.
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!
A few months back I did a shoot for the new publication, Edible SLO. It is on news stands now; the Summer 2013 edition. The Edible Communities publications are fantastic local resources, and Edible SLO is off to a great start with cool articles and beautiful layouts. As a photographer it is such a pleasure to work for them because they utilize photography in a prominent way with lots of images and full bleed spreads. Look how adorable the cover is!
I shot a profile piece on Chaparral Gardens in Atascadero. The owners Cari and Craig Clark were very sweet and were kind enough to show me around the garden and let me try all of their products. The Clarks make artisanal vinegars from the produce they grow in their garden. I have been enjoying the Tuscan balsamic ever since my visit. Thanks to the Clarks for being so generous (I saw them at the farmer's market and they loaded me up with produce!) and the editor of Edible SLO, Karrie Crane for choosing me to shoot for this issue.
The lovely Esther Flink and I enjoyed bopping around several Central Coast vineyards last week during our sunset shoot. Esther is a Toronto transplant to the area and she brought to the shoot the professionalism and charm of a seasoned model. We had a great time racing around the country-side looking to capture the last bits of light. Here's a small sampling of images from our shoot.
Darrell Snedeger and I shot earlier this week at the football stadium at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo. We were fortunate that some workers were doing maintenance to the bleachers in the stadium, so we were able to sneak in. Unfortunately when it came time to leave the workers had locked the exit so we had to scale a fence to get out. Nothing like minor breaking and entering for the cause of a great location for a shoot.
Darrell was very sweet and game for anything. I put him to work during our shoot and he kindly accommodated. He is moving to LA in a few weeks, so I'm glad we got a chance to work together before he heads down south to pursue a career in modeling and acting.
Good luck in LA Darrell! Thanks for helping me over the fence!
I finally got a moment to photograph my lovely friend Shelby Garland. I was honored to be the first photographer to do a shoot with her. I knew she would be a natural and I'm sure she has a bright future ahead of her if she chooses to pursue modeling. We went down to the beach in Ventura, California and shot at the pier, Surfer's Point, and Marina Park. The cloudy sky made for one large soft-box which is great for portraiture. Shelby looks beautiful and I'm sure we will work together again soon!
I do my best to keep up with marketing and promo materials. I try (with varying degrees of success) to send out some type of promo piece to my clients and people I want to work with about once a quarter. Typically this is in the form of an email promo with embedded images, but from time to time it involves printed mailers too. It's nice to show clients what I've been working on and remind them that I'm here and able to shoot. Also, it's nice for me to step back and assess where I've been and where I want to be going. Plus it's so nice to see printed materials! With everything being online now I kinda miss the tactile presence of a printed piece. Here are my newest promo pieces that will be going out tomorrow. I taylor which promo I send to the specific client based on their needs.
It's been too long since I've posted! Traveling, shooting, work, work, and more work and I have yet to get quite caught up. My summer resolution is to be better about posting about what I'm working on and projects that have wrapped. Where to begin? I guess food is alway a great place to start.
In March and April I worked on a series of recipes and food photos for a client. It was a mixture of recipes that we've cooked in my household for years, and new stuff that I wanted to try. It was a large project, 50 dishes, and the house was always filled with awesome aromas.
There was so much food around that I had to resort to begging people to come over and help relieve my refrigerator of some of the prepared items so that I could make room for new ingredients. Luckily Becca, Justin, and Patrick were kind enough to eat some of the leftovers and take one for the team to keep the ball rolling. I don't think they minded too much!
I've just gotten back from my annual week in the desert at the Palm Springs Photo Festival: Connect 2013, shot some travel pieces, shot some lifestyle work, and have even done a beer label for a new brewery. More to come soon!
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...
The girls looked fresh and lovely. Don't all women look like that when they get out of bed in the morning?
Thanks ladies, I look forward to working with you again soon!
The Avila Valley Barn is one of the most awesome places I know. It's kind of like an old-timey East Coast farm stand that has the benefit of being in California, where they can grow produce and flowers year-round. There is a huge variety of animals from dozens of chickens running around to alpacas, and emu. The models especially bonded with the goats, who were eating dried leaves right out of their hands.
Both of the models were fantastic. It was my first time working with Kylee and Eric, but they dove right in and got into the spirit of the shoot. Only in California can you enjoy ice cream in the wintertime!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Windrose Farm owners Barbara and Bill Spencer in front of their sheep.
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.
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.