Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Gracie B Remembered

Last month we lost my niece Grace Blossom to cancer. It’s been a very difficult month for my family and everybody whose lives Gracie touched. It’s difficult for anybody who has lost a family member to pop it aside and move quickly, to get up each day and with vigor and embrace other things in your life when feeling a pain that sometimes can make other things seem insignificant. For me making a pillow sit just right on a bed or setting another table for a shot seems harder to do somehow right now, to be honest even writing a post on my blog has been difficult.

However the worst thing you can do is wallow and I know Gracie would not have wanted that, even at 3 years of age, She was an old soul. As a creative person, so much inspiration can be drawn from children, that hope and joy that kids can express gets a little less shiny as we get older but the key as we all really know is not to loose this, As an artist this is also important. I realize not all I do for work is exactly art and at times being playful and having a sense of joy is not seen as appropriate in a commercial world, but the thing that keeps me keeping on is remembering as a child how everything seemed so new and sometimes I can express this in my life and in my work.

In messages to Gracie, My other nieces, nephews and neighborhood friends expressed so beautifully in color and words how they felt about her, these can be seen here on this post. My sister Kristy drew a beautiful blossom to remember Gracie by. These were all in her favorite colors.

My heart is with my sister Bec, Damo, Ruby and Luca who are all missing Gracie so much right now. May she continue to inspire us with her courage and light.

RIP GB.      

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Food Network Magazine/ Summer

Photography: Con Polous
Photography: Con Polous
Photography: Con Poulos
Photography: Con Polous
Photography: Con Polous

Oh Summer, Isn't  it wonderful! Even in the dead of winter I love to work on a Summer shoot, It is a great teaser to the warmer months, Winter In the U.S (At least in New York) seems to go on for so long so Summer is relished. There are a lot of themes to Summer shoots that reoccur in the States, They always do a July 4th story, A BBQ story, A Clam/ Lobster Roll or Crab Story and Popsicle/Ice Cream Dessert Type Story for certain. Sometimes I have to admit, it would be great to break the mold, do we all want to read about the same things all the time? ...Maybe we do?, It seems routine and familiarity  is what drives most people, Sometimes at least they want a spin on something they already know?! I always think even if presented with the same ideas, It's a Stylist's job to freshen it up or if given enough rope, reinterpret all together?! Sometimes we have to do it of our own accord, see how far we can push something, after all why else would we be doing what we do?    

Once in awhile I get to shoot for Food Network Magazine, As of 2010, it reached 5 million readers with each issue with a 1.35 million circulation. It is published 10 times a year. I like to work for them because we share an aesthetic, they like to keep things simple and clean. In "Weekend Dinners" we also get to cover a number of themes in one story, the key is to chain these alltogether into mini stories that have a relationship. It can be a challenge but one I enjoy. We covered a Dad's Cookout, A Crab Boil, A Grad Lunch and for something a bit different, A Veitmanese Dinner (My fave) Hope you enjoy the latest story in their latest issue.

These images I shot one again with Con Poulos, www.conpoulos.com