Saugatuck, MI – When you shoot editorial interiors, you often get to witness something quite special – you see how families interact, how they make themselves at home, and how the home really does reflect who they are. At this cottage of Gwen and Jay DeBruyn, shot for Coastal Living’s March color-themed issue, home is clearly where the heart is. Decorated by Gwen, along with her daughter Amber (they run local decor/design shop Bayberry Cottage together), the rooms surround you with bright colors, florals, and patterns — creating a very cheerful retreat for the many grown children and young grandchildren. We had the pleasure of meeting some of them, and everyone made us feel like extended family during our two-day shoot. See our Interiors gallery for more or read about Gwen’s inspirations at Coastal Living. All styling by Liz Strong.
UTAH – It’s that time of year again. Here’s one from our holiday travels. Happy 2015!
WASHINGTON D.C. – If you haven’t heard, sour beer is trending. So, thanks to Food & Wine, we got to belly up to the bar at Bluejacket, a microbrewery making some of the best sours in the U.S. As the name implies, sour beer can be quite tart and funky, but at Bluejacket, there is something for everyone. We liked a sour brown ale – The Moby Grape. Our tour took us from grain to glass, and it takes a complicated brewing process to achieve the unique flavors (see Why Sour Beer is the Most Exciting Brewing Trend Right Now). A few more images from this shoot are featured in our Food and Portraits galleries.
BROOKLYN, NY – We humans are one-of-a-kind, and conceptual artist Allan McCollum’s ongoing shapes project celebrates just that. The project, which began in 2005, has the intent of creating a unique shape for every person on the planet when the population peaks at around 9.5 billion. Architectural Digest sent us on a studio visit with McCollum not long ago in anticipation of his latest solo exhibition, The Shapes Project: Perfect Couples, that is happening now at the Petzel Gallery in New York City (through October 4). For this exhibit, the shapes are rendered in color for the first time (read Group Dynamic in AD).
PESÉ, PANAMA – The Dirty Mojito – made with Abuelo brand 7-year rum – is our new favorite summer drink. The best way to experience it is at an outdoor cafe on a mild evening in the Casco Viejo section of Panama City. That’s exactly how we wrapped up our shoot last March for JWM, the in-room magazine of JW Marriott hotels. The story (see Rum City) focused on Abuelo rum, so we had the opportunity to spend a day shooting at Hacienda San Isidro, four hours outside of Panama City, where its sugar cane is harvested, distilled, and aged. To truly drink like a local in Panama, order the Abuelo 12-year straight up or over ice.
NEW YORK, NY – The freshest bagel joint in the city — Black Seed Bagels — is located in Nolita. The bagel making enterprise opened shop in April with people lining up down the block to gain entry. When we visited in May to shoot the location for Epicurious (see Reinventing the Wheel: The Black Seed Bagels Story), there was a handwritten sign on the door rationing the remaining supply for the day (no more than three bagels per person). Chef Dianna Daoheung rolled with having photographers over her shoulder for preparation, so Epicurious could provide a neat guide and recipe to making your own Black Seed-style bagel at home.