Harvest Season Pt. 1

The most crucial and hectic time of the year in the world of wine making is Harvest.    There is a very small window of opportunity when the fruit is perfectly plump and ready to be called to its higher purpose.   

I have spent severals seasons documenting the men and women who go from vineyard to vineyard,  physically collecting  the grapes.   It is really a sight to see.   This Autumn I made a sunrise  trip to   Amity Vineyards for the final day of their Harvest.  


Harvest Season Pt. 2

After all of the grapes have been harvested, its time to sort,  select,  squeeze,  and stomp them.   Once again,  I was on hand (and under foot)  to capture all of the action....

Pear Pairing

I recently got to reconnect with Chef Jason French of Ned Ludd for a studio shoot for Portrait of Portland Magazine.   Jason created several dishes using the local pear varieties that are in season right now.

Check out the whole article HERE.

Dim Sum Tapas

Yes... you read correctly.   Dim Sum Tapas.

I was on hand to document the first of a new series of dinners at Plaza Del Toro,  where chefs create a  Tapas menu,  served in a Dim Sum style,  with dishes from  their own culinary background.   First up was Madrid Chef Juanjo Canals.  The next few will feature Portland favorites Han Ly Hwang and Jason French.  Seats are limited,  so make your reservations soon.

now showing at a (Bollywood) Theater near you...

I have known chef and owner of Bollywood Theater,  Troy MacLarty,  for about 13 years.   Starting back in the early days of Family Supper,  up above Gotham, Troy and I have crossed paths on many occasions,  but its been years since i got to spend some time with him.

It was great to catch up and shoot some of his gorgeous food for an OnTrak Magazine story.

Back to where it all began....

My very very very first real photo assignment happened 10 years ago (10 years ago!!) and was a series of farmer portraits to adorn the walls at Paleys Place,  where i was employed as a prep cook at the time.  It was amazing opportunity and i often credit Vito and Kimberley Paley with really giving me my first opportunity to prove myself as a serious professional photographer.  (Little did i know at the time how many more years of hard work and dedication it would take to fully reach my goals.)

I recently had the opportunity to revisit and rework all the portraits.  Here are a bunch of the outtakes.  The original selects still hang in the main dining room at Paley's.  Go seem em and get the best Steak Tartare in Portland.   *One image was even hand printed by yours truly in my basement darkroom on 39th Ave.... try to guess which one.