Trying something new and challenging ourselves everyday. In my opinion that's what is key in this day and age. Being part of the creative circle with photography I am constantly trying to challenge myself to different types of photography whether it is food, lifestyle, portrait or fashion. Even though I gravitate more towards fashion I am intrigued by food photography and meeting Jay and being around my brother Hunter has definitely made me appreciate the food world.
Today I explored different spots in Brooklyn with Jay. We went to The Meatball Shop, Mast Brothers Chocolate and ended the day at Brooklyn Kitchen (the local meat shop.) If you think about it being a chef or pastry chef is a lot like being in the photography world and trying to produce images that make people stop dead in their tracks. With food we are thinking "I want that in my mouth now...where can I find that?!" and someone flipping through a magazine one may say "Wow..that is an awesome picture, I wonder how they thought of that idea..." We are all trying to find that "thing" that sets us apart. With me I am constantly trying to think out of the box but in a reasonable way. I believe in simple things. If you think about it simple is hard to find in food or photography, and if you can tackle it you will stand apart from the rest. Like at Cheeky's Sandwiches...a buttermilk biscuit, fried chicken, red cabbage and some gravy and BAM every New Yorker is BLOWN away....but realistically it's so simple but someone perfected the simplicity of it all. Which in return sets them apart from other's. Then there is photography...give me a beautiful/natural lit room and a model with some messy dark hair and a natural face and BAM...a simple portrait. No makeup artist/lights/studio or stylist but just a person with a natural look and a nice clean backdrop and your set.
....I realize I used BAM a lot in the previous couple of sentences but hey, at least chef Emeril Lagasse would be proud! haha
Today Jay purchased pig ears. I am sure you are all like...whattttt pig ears, is that even a thing. Actually it is a common french dish..my brother told me, but you have to watch out because pig ears contain a lot of cart liege, which makes them very rubbery so that gives you a challenge to make them appetizing. I am eager to see what Jay comes up with later! Also today I was so ready to take pictures of our adventure then realized I forgot my camera card...cute emma...real cute. haha
hence...a challenge so I then thought lets do it "iPhone style" haha but I must say it came out pretty good!
Anyways, let's give ourselves a challenge this week and think outside the box to push ourselves that much more. Let me know what your going to do I would love to hear!