I've been spending a lot of time reading lately, and it's incredible.
I love cabins. I love upstate new york. So I went upstate and shot some photos of a great cabin for Red Cottage Inc, a vacation rental company with a big portfolio of lovely cabins upstate.
Ancolie is a great concept to see here. After working in the food industry, I've seen just how much waste it produces and it can be pretty rough. Ancolie looks to fight back by using almost every part of every ingredient and composting the rest. They package their food in cute reusable glass jars to offset packaging waste as well. What's in the jars? Salads in many different forms. And you get to give them a satisfying shake-shake before munching on the healthy goodness.
Read on below to learn about the photos I took there and my visit.
Greenwich Village - Manhattan
I discovered Ancolie through my friend Tia Meyers, a digital marketing consultant doing work for their instagram. She mentioned I should check it out and do a little food photography so we could get them some press on Nooklyn and my Instagram feed. Another friend, travel blogger Sophie Chan Andreesend, joined me for the shoot and did a little bit of modeling. She really appreciated Ancolie's no waste approach. For these photos I wanted to play with the styling a lot and fill the frame with the components of the dish. Ancolie already has highly meticulus and detailed photos of the ingredients, so I went with something a little more free-form by spilling out the ingredients around the jars. I amplified the bright daylight look and added a little pop by using an off camera speedlight flash for all of the interior shots. I also got to try my first turmeric latte, so that was another fun new experience at this shoot.
gear list for gear heads:
canon st-e3-rt flash controller
canon 600ex-rt flash with fstoppers flash disc
manfrotto 055 w/ 410 geared head
I’ve only been to Florida once. I was in my early teens and we took a family road trip from Mississippi to Pensacola, in Forida’s panhandle. Fake Florida, really. Might as well still be in Mississippi or Alabama. I don’t remember the water being pretty or the beach looking particularly nice, but I do recall playing in the water with my brothers for a long time. Too long, actually, without reapplying sunscreen. It was bad. I had scabbed burns all down my arm and back. I was in constant pain, I couldn’t sleep in any position, and no amount of aloe would help. I didn’t care much for beaching after that.
I didn’t return to the beach until I moved to New York. Here, the beaches are only good as an escape from the city, not as a stand-alone attraction. The sand is coarse and unpleasant, the water is a gross brown color and frigid. The nicest beach I’ve been to nearby is in Cape May, which unsurprisingly is the furthest south out of the local options. I really enjoyed going to Wildwood in 2015 with Regina just prior to that Cape May visit, but the fun there is in its quintessential New Jersey-ness of the sprawling boardwalk, not the beach itself.
Wildwoods & Cape May NJ
So, I still wasn't complete sold on the idea of going to the beach. What’s different now?
If I had to guess, I’d go with:
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- All the travel photos I’ve seen of the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Thailand’s gorgeous beaches and colorful waters
- Snazzy sailing yatchs. So classy.
- My affinity for rum and tiki cocktails.
- My fairly recent discovery of Tommy Bahama’s incredibly comfortable warm weather clothing, which now dominates my closet.
Oh Boy, Tiki Cocktails:
While I still don’t love the beaches here in the north, the idea of warm summer weather and vibes has really grown on me, and I’ve always wanted to travel to far flung tropical places. This trip was my first step in that direction.
Look forward to: Florida Part 2, Our first day in Florida, a gorgeous restaurant, and cruising in a convertible. What a life.
I've photographed a great many rental apartments in Brooklyn over the past few years, mostly of my own listings when I was an active agent, and then for several months for Nooklyn until we hired a second photographer. In all that time, the best apartments for the rental market that I've seen have come from one man - Designer Kermit Westergaard. Here's his latest project, which I photographed on Wednesday.
Two hands is beautiful with its white washed brick walls and moody lighting. The service is friendly and attentive, and the food is fresh, healthy, and delicious.
Two Hands Restaurant & Bar
Lower East Side - Manhattan, NYC
Ramen and yakitori are good, but not exceptional. A good choice if you live in the area, but not destination worthy. But I'm really picky with this stuff, y'know?
Smitten uses their own magical liquid nitrogen ice cream machine, called "Brrr" (masters of comedy, no?). It allows them to make ultra smooth ice cream to order in seconds, which is a marvel. I tend to get sundaes, and I wasn't blown away by the "Dough My Goodness" or "Berry Crisp" sundaes on offer that day, but they certainly were as smooth as promised. I'll go back to see if their more inventive flavors can earn that last star.
Smitten Ice Cream
Hayes Valley - San Franscisco
Brunch places can be a dime a dozen, and still lines will be out the door. I was pleasantly surprised with the amazing quality of the food at Zazie. Though the line is often an hour long, there's a helpful little guide by the door to let you know very accurately what your wait will be. You can also grab one of the first-come-first-served tables out front, but I prefer the garden in the back. Get there early to get the Miracle (ricotta) pancakes before they sell out. Also try the Poached Eggs La Mer (dungeness crab eggs benedict, basically). Fun Fact - Zazie pays its staff full wages and benefits, so tipping is not required. More restaurants should follow suit.
Mission Workshop's retail space is beautiful. It's dark and bright at the same time. Lots of exposed natural wood, and those skylights. It blew my mind how many places all over SF have skylights. New York talks about wanting natural light - but SF actually has it. I love it. MW sells lots of great modular and adaptable bags, and a collection of rugged clothing. They even have a little coffee setup in the corner from Bicycle Coffee.
I spent the last two weeks in San Francisco photographing for Nooklyn, working on these three objectives:
1. Update SF Neighborhood Card Images - How do you define a neighborhood in a single image? I try to avoid photos of rows of houses, since that is very typical. Having a landmark in the neighborhood helps.
2. Add content to our SF neighborhood guides - For me, this means restaurants, which is my primary interest when exploring. We're all foodies at Nooklyn, and that comes through in the content on our website and Instagram, which brings us to:
3. Instagram - Fortunately, a lot of Instagram content can be sourced from the photos I take for the guides.
Look forward to some posts on the specific places I visited!