Dear Margaret

by Matt on May 9, 2008

This is my friend Meg. We’ve known each other forever and we go wayyyyy back. I mean, like, prehistoric times. She’s the only person I know who caused me to get in so much trouble for cutting up in an office which led to a big cubicle panel being installed between us. I love that. And I love the fact that I was with her as she peed on little sticks numerous times as she double and triple checked the results of her pregnancy test.  I love her because she makes yummy vegan dinners when we visit and we sit outside and eat. And I love her because she knows me better than anyone else and is so pleasantly crabby it ain’t funny. Or is that crabbily pleasant? I also love her because her husband is super super super famous and amazing and sweet.

I love her so much that I’m willing to forgive the voicemail that was left for me today. It went like this:

"Hey Mo, it’s me. Where the hell are you? YOU ARE SO COMPLETELY BORING AND YOUR BLOG IS DEAD. DEAD AND BORING AND OLLLLLLLLD. Tired and old. OLD and tired. Gaw. You must post again. Toodles!"

Ok, so I made up the "toodles" part because if you know Meg you know she’s never really all that pleasant. Or at least not to me she ain’t. Look at that picture again and try to argue. And that’s exactly why I love her.

And the truth is yes, I’ve been painfully absent from this blog lately. I don’t mean to be, it’s just that I’ve been busy with the day job, shooting amazing food for people like Mark Peel and these lovely ladies, as well as lining up some really interesting gigs.

Oh, and yea, there’s this:


Ladies and gentlemen, this is my new studio.


As in a real, naturally lit space in downtown Long Beach. If you think I’m not giddy and giggling like a child then you’re wrong because I cannot wipe this permasmirk off my face. And why would I? I’m super excited to be shooting in such an amazing space now and not in my garage or some random space. Not that I don’t love my garage and all. It’s just, well, you can see why I love it.


So Meg, I hope I’m off the hook for not posting lately and I promise that once I get settled I’ll be back to sharing way too much information about myself and your pregnancy tests.

Forgiven? I thought so. I love you!

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

anita May 9, 2008 at 6:08 pm

wow, that is so cool. how amazing, all that natural light.

and you still have a roll-up door in case you miss your garage. that’s so cute. :D

Chicken Fried Gourmet May 9, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Congratulations Matt, i look forward to what you can do with this(the studio not the redhead;) )

You have been so helpful with my photography questions and I really appreciate it.

180/360 May 9, 2008 at 8:13 pm

This must be so exciting! You deserve it along with all of your other success!!! I am so very happy for you. And Meg sounds like a great girl. :)

micha May 9, 2008 at 10:20 pm

Wow Matt,
what a great place ,congrats.That will make the ceative juices even more flowing I suppose.
Looking forward to each of your pics….


elarael May 10, 2008 at 12:56 am

Gorgeous! Congratulations : )

chanelle May 10, 2008 at 7:05 am

YAYAYAY! you’re back!
and congrats on the new studio – I can’t wait to see what you’re gonna be able to do with all that SPACE.

have a great weekend, my dear – XOXO!


meg May 10, 2008 at 7:30 am

Good lord. OK, first, I love you, too. Second, that is *so not* verbatim the message I left you. Third, that picture is, like, the worst picture of me I have ever seen. Fourth, oh, man. Your studio! It’s gor-jwah! Lucky duck. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Lauren May 10, 2008 at 2:34 pm

I am so completely jealous. I’m still jealous of your GARAGE, OK? Now, all that natural light and groovy space. CONGRATULATIONS!! Can’t wait to see the gorgeous things you produce there.

My Sweet & Saucy May 10, 2008 at 8:40 pm

What an amazing looking studio! Congratulations!!!

My Sweet & Saucy May 10, 2008 at 8:40 pm

What an amazing looking studio! Congratulations!!!

My Sweet & Saucy May 10, 2008 at 8:40 pm

What an amazing looking studio! Congratulations!!!

stefanie May 10, 2008 at 11:40 pm

Permasmirk is a great word.

Jennifer May 11, 2008 at 11:42 am

Hey Matt,
You are spoiled!!! How great for you to have that great space. Tell Meg hello from me.

kristina May 11, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret?

Karina May 11, 2008 at 9:02 pm

Not only are you where I want to be (So Cal) but now you have a spacious naturally lit studio to boot. Okay I’m a tiny bit jealous. Congrats- and may you make lots of purty picthers.

Rick May 11, 2008 at 11:47 pm

Congrats on the studio, Matt! I’m so freaking jealous!

hd connelly May 12, 2008 at 9:28 am

wow!! congrats on the new studio space – it’s gorgeous!

ali May 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Matt, that’s so exciting! Congrats. Not that you have time to spare, but might you consider teaching some classes there? That would be so fun.


zoe May 13, 2008 at 12:06 am

awww.. I mean, *delicious*, yes, but .. cookies? crawfish? ;)

Randi May 13, 2008 at 8:27 am

Congrats!! If I still lived in LB, I’d bring you a plate of housewarming cookies!!

Melissa May 13, 2008 at 9:54 am

Wow, just…wow! What a studio! I’m envious, and yet so ecstatic for you! I can’t wait to see what fabulous photos come out of it.

athena May 14, 2008 at 8:41 am

that is SO AWESOME! and what a great idea!

next time you’re in austin tx for a shoot or something (where i am) i would love to observe you at work! can i? :)

Bobby May 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm

I never realized that Meg looks like Linda Hunt! Wow! Tell her I miss her!

meg May 16, 2008 at 6:43 am

Bobby. Shit. Why I oughtta!

shelley May 17, 2008 at 12:40 pm

*dreamy sigh*

Gorgeous! I, too, am quite jealous. What amazing things will come out of there!

steamy kitchen May 17, 2008 at 7:23 pm

best of luck to you!!!! you’ll have to share pics when it’s all filled with delicious photog equip!

Antonio Tahhan May 19, 2008 at 11:04 pm

that is one sweet studio!!

adriana mullen May 23, 2008 at 6:40 am

Great studio Matt. Best wishes

Mark Boxshus May 26, 2008 at 6:10 pm

Hey Matt
Congrats on your new place. I’m sure you’ll be making great memories, photos and delicious recipes in no time. Keep up the extraordinary work.


StickyKeys May 31, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Well if the tattooed red head is not included I don’t want it! :DD

Bad Home Cook September 3, 2008 at 12:12 am

You’re in the LBC? Me too! It’s highly under-rated.

fidelerica October 9, 2012 at 5:17 am

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