Where do I even start?
1. Work has been a grueling, exhausting and simultaneously recharging endeavor as of late. We’ve been shooting since January 1st it seems, and the results of a very fantastic project will soon see the light of day. It was quite possibly one of the most fun I’ve had working, 12 hour shoot days notwithstanding.
2. I’ve just submitted the manuscript and images for my second book, something I’ll tell you much more about as its release date gets closer. And you always hear this, but writing a book brings the following thoughts and words to mind: exhausting, tired, beat, thrilled, having given birth, discombobulated, focused, thrill-a-minute, nervous, pensive, reflective, eye strain, wristguard, relieved. And we haven’t even begun the editing process. Stacey, thank you more than I can say.
3. In the near future I will be on assignment in the middle of this place (see my oh-so-accurate map). And while I was down under just 12 weeks ago, this adventure promises some very delicious and interesting moments. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.
4. Speaking of assignments, we photographed a campaign for the Southeast’s Publix Markets last year that is now out in their stores. Their creative team was a dream. Literally, a dream.
5. While I’m still dreaming, let’s talk about a burger I had last weekend at Roy Choi’s Sunny Spot in Venice. Fantastic interiors that reminded me of the Bahamas, smart cocktails and fun menu design, but their burger? Oh lord their burger. I must return. P.S. Happy birthday again, Aaron!
6. Next week begins the Cookbook Madness, but I mean madness lovingly as we being photography work on Recipe Girl’s cookbook. After that we start on Gaby’s cookbook, and no doubt the studio will be filled with delicious food, tables and tables of props and new surfaces, as well as a battle between 80’s Pandora (me) and Adam’s Belle & Sebastian playlist. And if you haven’t stopped by, yes, we’ve expanded our studio space by double.
7. Workshops will be happening. Very soon. Early registration will go to those on my workshop list but I will certainly make sure to let you know about it, too. And with the new additional space we’ll have room for even more creativity and shooting. And an extra kitchen, too.
8. I am loving Wayfare Magazine. Loving. I’m going to nag them until I can work with them. I’ll let you know how that goes.
9. If there’s no rain this Saturday (which might cause postponement), I’ll be speaking with authors and writers Jeanne Kelley, Amy Scattergood, Jenn Garbee and Joseph Shuldiner at LitFest Pasadena. The panel, Cookbooks In The Age Of Epicurious, promises to be extremely informative. I’m really looking forward to spending time with such fantastic folks.
10. Life gets crazy and we all try to do too much. Take a break and give someone a hug and tell them that you love and need them.