We recently had the chance to celebrate a birthday with family up in rural Tennessee and we spent as much time as possible outside, including a little hike down to the water at Tims Ford State Park. Pretty sure Stephanie would live outside if it were plausible.
My friend Michael Curtis is one hell of an architect and I recently got to photograph a couple of his projects here in town. This Farmhouse is tucked away in the woods and it’s just magical and if Stephanie and I ever move I’m hoping to con him into designing it).
Also, we had Missie Crawford on set to put everything in its place and I’m always amazed at her appointments.
Just a quick bit of love for Samantha Tore real quick. I got to meet her back in February during the SFA winter symposium in Birmingham and I keep seeing her everywhere I look online, and in print. Her recipe is on the cover of Food & Wine at the moment (it’s a roasted curry tomato pie that, by all accounts I’ve read, is delicious).
Chef Adam Evans made a name for himself in Atlanta and I’m so glad he returned home to Alabama because everything I’ve eaten from his kitchen is amazing. He owns Automatic with his wife Suzanne Humphries who is responsible for everything about how the place looks. She’s an ace designer and the restaurant shows it.
Follow along at @automaticseafood and by all means go quickly to eat there. So good.
I recently worked on a Seed to Plate story for Birmingham Magazine’s FOOD ISSUE and met some wonderful people along the way, not least of whom is Andrew Kesterson from Belle Meadow Farm (which he manages with his wife Laurie Beth). He handed me an ear of corn that is easily the tastiest I’ve ever had, and I ate it raw, right there in the field.
Their farm started out as 600 square foot garden plot on disused and abused farmland and now it’s nearly 10 acres of healthy soil producing loads of produce for local restaurants and farmers markets. In fact, some of that produce found its way onto the cover of the magazine (and it’s got to be one of my favorite covers I’ve contributed to, thanks in large part to the design of the creative director Nicole Gerrity). Follow along with the farm at @bellemeadowfarm.
Lot’s has been going on around here lately and I have a few things I want to post about while I have some down time. The first couple of stories are below.
First: I was honored to have the opportunity to travel down to Tampa to photograph a cover story for a People Magazine special Health issue. The story is about a woman called Jessica Kessler who has been suffering from chronic dry eye since her eye surgery a decade ago. Many thanks to Jessica and her family for giving us so much time and special thanks to Florence Nash for the project.
I also recently had the chance to meet a remarkable guy right here in Alabama and make some photographs for Southwest’s inflight magazine (Southwest: The Magazine, imagine that). Rodney Smith Jr. started a foundation that provides lawn care free of charge. He’s having big impacts on his immediate community, but also taking his mission to every state. And most impressive to me, with his mentoring program, he’s inspiring countless children to serve the elderly, disabled, single parents, and veterans.
He seems to be all over the news, but if you happen to fly @southwestair some time soon, be sure to look for the story about him and his work (or you can read the story online here). And if you want to see where in the world he is right now, check him out at @rodneysmithjr and @raisingmenlawncareservice.
I’ve been slowly working through images from Nepal and, seeing this shot, I think I may well be ready to eat some mo:mo:s.
We had these little dumplings all over the place and I’m amazed at how consistently they were flavored and how delicious they were. The good news is that we have a Nepalese place here in town, so that’s going to have to happen soon.
This past week, Jared and I served as artists in residence at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, during which we worked on our on-going landscape project, Where You Come From Is Gone, which follows sites of former Native American habitation and removal across Alabama. While we scouted for photographs to make, I grabbed this photo of Jared atop this small mountain of sandstone and kaolin rock located several miles down a dirt road deep in Henry County, Ala. pine forests.
I had the chance to photograph Ashley Christensen again recently when she was the keynote speaker at the Southern Foodways Alliance Winter Symposium where she presented an open, personal talk on her history in the food world, her personal identity, and her approach to being an incredible restaurateur.
An online adaptation of this talk was featured this morning the Food&Wine website and it’s well worth a read, whether you live and work in the food world or not.
Along with this article, you may have seen her in the new recently with her James Beard Foundation nomination for Outstanding Chef.
Chef John Hall, photographed recently for the Southern Foodways Alliance.
John is an incredible chef I’m proud to call a friend, and man am I glad he came back home a few years ago to open Post Office Pies (right in my own neighborhood). I look forward to seeing John help guide the food scene in the southeast for years to come.
The man makes a damn fine pizza.
2018 was a pretty fine year for taking pictures. Looking forward to lots of hard work in 2019.
Above, yet another example of attention to detail at Highlands Bar and Grill, for whom I had the pleasure to make photographs this year.
With Thanksgiving this week, this is a perfect time to be able to share the story of Austin Perine (seen here in a recent shoot for Reader’s Digest).
Austin, aka @presidentaustinshowlove, is a tiny little dude with a tremendous heart. His catch phrase is “don’t forget to show love” and he shows his love by feeding the homeless and raising awareness on their behalf. What started with Austin feeding people here in Birmingham with his allowance has turned into a nationwide campaign.
It’s wonderful to see such compassion and empathy come from such a young man. I’ll take it as a sign of good things to come from his entire generation.
Austin distributing food and drink I’m downtown Birmingham.
Down on Morris Avenue here in Birmingham there’s a delightfully quaint little restaurant called The Essential and it’s the newest spot by Kristen Hall and Victor King.
Delicious. Adorable. Bright. Welcoming. Delicious (again).
I’ll let the photos speak for themselves but do check out the November issue of Birmingham Magazine for many more photos plus the full write up on this great little place. If you’re in Birmingham, definitely stop in for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch on the weekend.
A few photos at Bottega from this year.
I recently had the chance to work with some amazing humans for a campaign for UAB. These three people are no doubt just the tip of the iceberg of the great research and innovation happening in our town. I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to meet them.
Olivia Affuso (above) is an epidemiologist studying obesity and is developing a new way to measure BMI with existing technology.
Dr. Matt Might found an extremely rare genetic condition in his son and developed a treatment previously unheard of.
Paige Severino is a senior in the biomedical engineering program and is part of a team solving medical problems by designing new equipment.
For much more about their work, see UAB’s website about being Powered by will.
Many thanks to the whole team including UAB and Lewis Communications.
I photographed at Highlands Bar and Grill again recently and thought I’d share a few images, including a portrait of Chef Stitt I’m happy with.
Mayor Randall Woodfin is a good lookin' dude and I got to spend some time with him again recently for a story in Birmingham Magazine. The cover story, in fact.
Check it out for a deep dive into the background of our "Millennial Mayor", who happens to be quite giving when being photographed. These are a couple of my favorites from our time together but it was hard to pick—he's easy to shoot.
Juliegh Green, Lori Lee, Ashley McCrary, and Allyson Allred—wonderful women I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing for the current issue of People Magazine. They are four of nearly forty people who have been diagnosed with ocular melanoma (which is super rare), all of whom have one thing in common—being on Auburn’s campus. It’s a strange story and they are working to fund further research into what is happening. For lots more, check the story out online or in the August 6 issue of People Magazine.
Also, I feel compelled to include the article's headline from their website.
Dozens of Auburn University Alumni Suffering Deadly Eye Cancer in Desperate Race For A Cure: ‘Our Lives Are At Stake’