Last July I went to Nashville, TN for the first time to photograph some talented makers in the area for inclusion in Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts. Unfortunately, these pieces did not make it into the final print of the book but I am very glad I got to visit for a short & sweet 8 hours!
First we traveled to the shop/studio of Otis James, who makes bow ties, neckties, ladyties, caps, ascots, etc, all by hand the old fashioned way. Every detail is done by hand and can be custom made. The fabrics and colors he chooses are spot-on and timeless. He just announced earlier this month that his shop will be relocating from the Marathon Motor Works building to a space right across the street from Barista Parlor, so that’s pretty exciting!
Second, we visited Annie Williams in her studio. She makes these amazing leather goods from hides that are sourced from small-batch tanneries, so each collection is limited in quantity. Her designs are minimal to highlight the beauty of the leather itself. She and Jeni spent a good deal of time talking about the similarities between buying milk & hides from responsible and ethical sources, and the difficulties but benefits it provides.
Otis & Annie both also have really amazing look books/photographs of their pieces for new collections or products, so please check out their sites to soak up their goodness & inspiration!
Hope to see you again someday, Nashville!
I might be a little crazy about photographing poppies when I see them.
A photo I shot for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Desserts was printed in the Wall Street Journal!
Ashley Puckett of Opal Stackhouse recently asked me to photograph their redesign of Bodega in the Short North. Opal Stackhouse is responsible for the awesome work of The Crest, Elm & Iron, and Ethyl and Tank, so I was really excited when she asked if I was interested in shooting Bodega!
We decided to shoot the space both during the day and at night. It’s amazing how different a space can feel in different light. If you were ever in Bodega before, it’s a great change to the cramped space it was - I love all the small details and craftsmanship that went it. I didn’t include a photo here, but the bathroom hallway might be my favorite area (you’ll have to see it for yourself when you go there & drink). I’m also looking forward to trying the new menu…
Below are some batches of photos from vacation to Rosemary Beach. My film camera battery died the first day so all other pics except for this one are from my digital - which I am very glad I decided to bring since the Olympus pooped out.
To summarize : Rosemary Beach looks like a West Elm that decided to become a beach town mixed with the charm of the towns in Kiki’s Delivery Service, if that makes sense. Ryan & I were invited to stay with our good friends Tristan & Hannah in one of the beach houses. We made tons of amazing food, including several recipes from the newest issue of Gather Journal (fried plantains with mojo, avocado and radish & two batches of pecan thins) as well as the Wiseman’s Cake from Jeni’s new cookbook to celebrate Tristan’s birthday. We also grilled loads of shrimp and treated ourselves to lobster tail & plenty of modelo w. lime. Aside from eating fancy, we swam in the ocean everyday & got a good small dose of sunburn. I’m now somewhat in post-vacation-depression, but am looking forward to many days of watching the world cup at home with friends.
greens & tans & blues at rosemary beach