I've been photographing for Ay Magazine quite a bit in recent months. I have really enjoyed the type of work I've been doing for the publication, and have really enjoyed the people I've photographed and new friendships made.
I think the assignment I look forward to every month is the food review. Seriously, how lucky am I that I get paid to try out new restaurants! A couple of months ago we dined at Vetro 1925 Ristorante in Fayetteville. All I can say is wow, but then again I am in love with Italian after spending a summer in Rome, Italy. Now if I could only find some of that great, cheap wine we drank while living there!
I will have to be honest that it has been quite some time since I photographed anything food related. I was really nervous at the shoot especially since the owners joined us for dinner and were watching my every move. They are super nice people, but I was still nervous. There are a couple I images that I like, and I will continue to study up on what makes a good food photograph... and I guess I'll have to keep eating, and keep trying. No complains here!
I also had the pleasure of meeting up with Cynthia Coughlin at her farm outside of Bentonville where we photographed her with some of her bulls. We had our shots in mind, but even a bag of feed couldn't coax the bulls into position. They were more interested in seeing what was in the back of my car than getting into position. Big bulls sticking their heads in the back of my car.... hummm. This shoot required quite a bit of patience as we waited for the bulls to get comfortable with us, and all of my equipment. When they were finally in place it was: ready, set, SHOOT. Luckily Cynthia was up for anything and we were able to work through a lot in a short amount of time all while working around what the bulls were doing in the background. I think that when animals are involved, any preconceived ideas just go out the window and you have to work on the fly. Working quickly and having to move slowly, as to not startle the bulls, along with balancing the technical side of things in bright sun made this shoot a HUGE learning experience. But at least it was a fun one!