I'm not a fan of taking portraits. I never do well with directing people. I'm OK with candid shots but when it comes to telling people...oh can you do this, can you do that, can you look this way...I suck at it. So my only solution was to do exactly what I hated. That's the only way to get better, right? So then I decided to combine portrait taking with golden hour, my favorite time of the day. So here it is, volume one of my "Golden Hour with Friends Photo Series".
Hm...I guess I should've posted these photos sooner but oh well! Here you go. Back in 2012, Clay Williams and I ran around the city with Siobhan and Alex, snapping photos for their book New York a la Cart. It's a book about street food, street food culture, street food history, and the people behind the carts/trucks. That was a fun couple months. I have posted some of my favorite shots, check them out after the jump.
Photos of food trucks/carts include... - Torta Neza (He doesn't have the truck anymore but you can find him and his amazing tortas at Juan Bar in Jackson Heights) - The Arepa Lady - Eggs Travaganza - Wooly's - Policano's Italian Sausage - El Olomega - Luke's Lobster - Van Leeuwen
Current occupation: Social Media Manager for Zagat
What made you decide to get your first tattoo? I had been wanting wings on my back for at least five years - for flying, not for anything about being an angel which sometimes people say - so when I graduated college and was about to move to New York, it kind of felt like now or never.
How many tattoos do you have? Five at the moment.
Any special tattoos or ones that are more memorable? They're all special and memorable - either for who I with when I got them or what they represent to me or just the way they look. I've got the Detroit "D" because despite the negative attention and press that city gets, I'm rooting for it every day. My most recent tattoo of a whale is probably the most beautiful and gets me a lot of attention from random people and that's because Amy Shapiro, the artist, does some amazing work.
What made you decide to work in the food world? When I moved to New York I had no money so I had to find interesting ways to eat cheap. I got tips and advice on where to eat from the people I met and learned there were a TON of options and I wanted to try them all. I started a (now defunct) food blog which led to my first real venture working into the food world doing social media, marketing and events for The Mermaid Inn and Mermaid Oyster Bar, which was an awesome experience.
My friends Anh and Alex are getting married in August. I'm honored to be their photographer. I did their engagement photos this past Saturday that took us from Gowanus to DUMBO to Cobble Hill to Carroll Gardens to the pier at Red Hook. It was a tiring 4 hours of photographing, walking, and eating sort of trip around Brooklyn.