This past week I went to Taylor’s Food & Wine Bar in old Ottawa South to do some food & environmental photos for their new (coming soon) website, as well as some chef portraits for the bio area. This was a pretty tough assignment. Between having very limited space to work (read: none), as well as some guests who weren’t really comfortable with my presence (more on that later), it wasn’t easy to execute what I wanted and balance other needs. On top of that, the restaurant’s owner, John Taylor (who also owns Ottawa’s Domus Restaurant), is one of the most highly respected restauranteurs in the Ottawa area (on top of being a super nice guy), so I really didn’t want to dissapoint.
The food shots turned out really well – though it’s such gorgeous food, it wasn’t really that hard. I’m also really pleased with the chef’s portraits. Although they were really not digging the idea of being in front of the camera, I think the guys totally rocked it. As for the environmental shots inside – I have decided that I’m going to make a trip back. As I mentioned above, there was a couple in the restaurant who weren’t comfortable with photos of the interior while they were there, so it kind of threw a wrench into the plan. But, these things happen, and I’m glad we asked instead of finding out the awkward way. I did manage to get some interior shots after they left, but at that point the place was winding down and there wasn’t the same ‘vibe’ that I’m sure Taylor’s is looking to showcase on their new site. And hey – they let me eat the incredible food I was shooting afterwards…that makes the decision to offer a trip back that much easier. (note to future clients…wink!)
In case you missed the “sneak peek” a couple of days ago, Matt and Chelsea are a super fun couple from Ottawa (well, Matt’s from Kingston…but that’s in the 613, so close enough), who now live in Toronto.
I’m stoked to shoot their wedding this summer in Ottawa at the historic Chateau Laurier Hotel, it is going to be a hoot. With 7 or 8 attendants (a few of whom are stand-up comics) on each side of one of the most crazy couples I’ve met, how can it not be? As I mentioned in the preview post, Matt and I got together about 2 years ago to do his acting head shots, and we hit it off right away. The day after he and Chelsea came back from their trip to the Mayan Riviera where Matt proposed, I got a call to get together and discuss wedding photography plans. I could immediately see the great connection that the two of them had, and I was thrilled that they booked me on the spot for their big day.
We originally had everything booked to do their engagement shoot in Mexico’s Mayan Riviera this past February while I was already down there (a great excuse for them to go back and visit), but between Chelsea starting a new course at school and their hotel suffering a tragic natural gas explosion, they decided that it would be smart to change their plans. This past weekend I was heading through Toronto on my way to a photo workshop in Buffalo, N.Y., so I reached-out to Matt & Chelsea to see if they were around, and the timing (and weather) worked out beautifully! As luck would have it, it was the 1st beautiful spring day of 2011 in Toronto…these cats have luck on their side!
We met-up in the trendy Yorkville area (where they frequently hang-out) and spent about an hour walking around and getting some cool pictures. It was a great afternoon, and I think we all had a blast. There are few things more rewarding than having clients become good friends, and I have a feeling that I’m going to be meeting these guys for a drink or two whenever I pass through the Yorkville area. Congrats, guys…can’t wait for the wedding day!
Here are a handful of the photos, be sure to click on the slideshow at the bottom!
Slideshow music: “The way I am” – Ingrid Michaelson