Who wants a sandwich? How about six of them? In August I had the opportunity to photograph five of the most popular sandwich shops in St. Louis for Feast Magazine. The art director, Lisa Allen, has a thing for stacking things when we do our studio shoots and this shoot was no different. After we’d made the beauty shots of each individual sandwich, we broke out the skewers and went to work.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to get back into regular posts over at my food and photography blog, Shoot To Cook. Business has been really great, particularly in the last year (shout out to all of my awesome clients, new and old!), but an unfortunate side affect of my success has been that I’ve been too busy shooting to spend as much time in kitchen as I’d like. In addition to my love of food photography, I love the actual act of doing the cooking. There is something soothing about chopping, sautéing, roasting, baking … and of course tasting, that really helps to ground me when work gets crazy.
Many years ago when I was in New York, I decided that I needed to learn how to drink bourbon. I don’t recall whether this was because I thought drinking straight bourbon would make me more manly, and therefore, more attractive to women, or whether I was trying to drink less beer, or whether I was just trying to expand my horizons. Whatever the reason, I started in on brown liquor and now it is practically all I drink (in one form or another). I remember first becoming aware of rye whiskey around the same time, but back then it was something only the hipsters were slugging down as part of a “shot and a beer” PBR special. To this day I still equate Old Overholt to Brooklyn dive bars with clever names. And I’ll bet that there are any number of bars out there where you can still get an Old Glory special for five bucks.