A little known fact (yeah..pretty much everyone who talks with me about photography knows this) is that I wanted to be a photojournalist at one point shortly after graduate school. This is entirely due to the wonderful mentor professor who I studied under, photojournalist Bill Gentile. He is amazing, his work is amazing, and he has an unending supply of patience for his students. I was studying visual anthropology and how Margaret Mead used a camera as a tool to document culture in Bali, and at the same time I was learning how photojournalists create story through imagery.
I got my first taste of what it might be like to work as a part of the media when I traveled to New Hampshire for the 2008 primary. I stood on media stages alongside network cameras and national media photographers as I snapped Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, and John McCain at their various events. I think I stood on my tip toes for hours shooting Hillary Clinton with my 85mm lens as I hadn’t lugged a tripod on the airplane with me and I had tried not to pack too much since I didn’t know what to expect. A glaring newbie mistake that no doubt explains some of the side eye I got. It was fantastic.
My legs somehow managed to not seek retribution for that punishment.
When local journalist Tricia Chaves reached out for a photographer to shoot a story she was working on I got a little excited and jumped on it.
Tricia was writing a story about Salt, a new restaurant opening in Lakewood, and the two women busily overseeing the construction of their business venture. Chef Jill Vedaa and sommelier Jessica Parkison are amazing people. They have this energy and drive that quickly comes across when you are talking with them. This restaurant is serious business and I for one plan to be there on opening day to get a taste of what they are cooking up.
Of course, because I’m me, I managed to grab a headshot of each of the ladies before the interview was complete.
You can read Tricia’s article over on Fresh Water Cleveland, it went live on Wednesday, be sure to check it out! And don’t forget to stop into Salt when it opens in June.