Northern California

It has been a wet winter here in California, but it doesn't stop us from creating great content. Recently I did a lifestyle shoot for both a still campaign and video. For the video, the weather did not corporate and we had strong wind and rain. This allowed us to get a little creative and come up with some new locations, and in the end it all worked out great. A couple days later we were able to get some of that great California light for a few stills. I had the privilege of working with a really great team on this one.

  • Hair & Makeup - Chris McDonald
  • Wardrobe - Shayla Dopp
  • Camera - Ted Thomas
  • Female Model - Dario Slavazza
  • Male Model - Izabelly Santos

Best. Burger. Ever.

Recently I did a chef's take on a classic, the burger. Every chef has his or her way of making it their own, from the type of grind on the meat, to the toppings.  I worked with San Francisco chef Daniel Brooks to come up with the Best. Burger. Ever

The breakdown:

  • Brioche Bun
  • 80/20 ground chuck
  • homemade mayo
  • homemade steaksauce
  • white onion & iceberg lettuce
  • aged cheddar
  • fried egg

Drew Hash // Knife Maker

Early this year, I completed a video project of San Francisco knife maker Drew Hash. Before forging steel, Drew worked in some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area. What makes Drew so interesting is his holistic approach to knife making—from sourcing the wood used in the handle to shaping the steel in his garage and then using his handmade knife to prepare a beautiful meal.

Education First

This has been a great year for both stills and motion. Creating diverse content in both media outlets is a great way for me to keep a fresh eye. One project I enjoyed was creating images for Education First. It was for a Chinese campaign advertising its tours for Paris, France. The days were fast-moving with a lot of content to capture, but I couldn't ask for a better client to work with. 

Nadalié USA

I had the privilege of photographing the Napa Valley cooperage Nadalié USA along with its Master Cooper Alain Poisson recently for Life & Thyme. Nadalié has been making handcrafted barrels in the traditional French style for over 30 years, making it the oldest in America. I documented the process from the aged wood being cut down into staves, to the toasting room where each barrel is watched over by an experienced cooper. Below are a few select images, and you can read the full story here.