of course, lighting can be tricky and natural light has always been my preference. here are a few examples of using natural light over the last few weeks.
it's no shocker to anyone that I love being in the kitchen. and lately... that's where you'll find me. Mixing, kneading, rolling, frying, baking, braising... you name it, I'm working on it. And if you can imagine, my family is NOT complaining. I've taken the opportunity here lately to really work on my food photography... and this time; without the use of ANY natural light. *GASP* These last few weeks I have perfected biscuits, apple butter AND stir fried rice. Take a look!
I also threw in a shot of the tablescape I was working on for Christmas Eve dinner. There's no better feeling then seeing your vision come to life after a day with sticks, spray paint and pom poms. Whoop whoop!
I love this place. What can I say? I'm hooked. I am a restaurant veteran. A long time server and bartender (now retired behind my camera), but I am so comfortable in a restaurant setting... especially when I believe in the business. And customshop.. I believe. OHHH I believe. From the delicious and carefully selected wines and cocktails to the architecturally assembled charcuteries to every single plate that comes out of the kitchen. The name of the game is passion.
People probably overuse the word "passion."
He's passionate. She's passionate. They're passionate. I'm passionate. Passion Passion Passion. Are you sick of it now?
But passion is the only all encompassing word I can think of. It means intensity with a devotion to your craft, it brings to mind that the heart is very much involved. It's the non-blinking ardor and admiration that you see in a Chef's face as he or she carefully plate their selections for restaurant guests... perfectly composing the melody that is your meal. Each element has a purpose and a place and must be the perfect execution of the Chef's vision.
Passion is love for what you do. A level of care and commitment that reveals the artist within. Instead of a paint brush, it's your hand and a potato ricer. Instead of chiaroscuro (particular attention to light and dark in renaissance realism) , it's a balance of temperature. The plate is your canvas. The restaurant, your gallery. Patrons are patrons and customshop your patrons have been converted to believers; just like me. I believe in Customshop... and luckily they don't ask you to drink the kool aid--but you should probably try a cocktail or two.
Special thank you to Trey Wilson (owner & Chef), Dre Pico (Chef) & Chip Townsend (sommelier, bar & FOH manager) for putting together some lovely cocktails and meals! Also thank you to Amy Herman from Vintage Charlotte , Corria Smith (Customshop's Social Media Manager) and my hand models: Roey Haviv, Diane Ritz and Mac Jones. bisou bisou xoxo
My camera was wet in all directions. From the splashing of bodies into the water and from the sweat stinging my cheeks and smearing the LCD screen... it was incredibly hot and I welcomed every cool drop. I'm sure my camera was thankful as well.
Though you may not think of "team sports" when you think of me, I am all for them.. especially when it concerns our youth. When we work as a team in a group setting, especially in sports; we learn how to compete respectfully, how to challenge ourselves both mentally and physically and learn how to deal with disappointment when we don't excel and also how to gracefully win against our opponents.
I was not sure what I was getting into when I showed up to this swim meet to document the last meet of the season. I didn't know what to expect. I found myself in awe... and inspired. By the emotion, the excitement, the anxiety and the connections between parents, children, friends, volunteers and coaches.
We wrapped up the day with a bit of JJ Red Hots from the food truck and I have to say... they were delicious. Special thanks to Shamus Coneys of Shamus Films for the video (link at the bottom!).
Make sure to check out this awesome video by Shamus Coneys! @shamusfilms
Special thanks to the volunteers, family, coaches and awesome swimmers on all teams. You do great things for your community. Stay cool.