A couple of weeks ago I met Kimberly Witort in Los Angeles for a Woodshop, a private, one day workshop. Kimberly is a great photographer from Washington and was in town with a couple of her friends for the week. We spent the afternoon going over business, workflow, processing and wedding day management and ended the afternoon with what was supposed to be a sunny shoot in Santa Monica. June gloom took the sun away but we still had a great time shooting at the pier.

Usually at the end of a Woodshop we'll shoot a couple or portrait session together but Kimberly decided she'd like me to shoot her and her 2 best friends instead. Here are a few of my favorites from the afternoon.

If you're interested in a private Woodshop shoot me an email. I'd love to hear from you!

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[August 3, 2010] Kimberly Witort said:
hee hee feels funny to be on someones blog.: ) If anyone is thinking about meeting with Michael you totally should he is very down to earth and fun to work with! Thanks Michael!
[August 3, 2010] Tracy said:
looks like it was a fun session. love the colours
[August 13, 2010] Beth said:
These pictures are so much fun! Love all of the great pops of color in them!
[August 17, 2010] stephanie said:
all these girls are gorgeous. love your photos!
[August 5, 2013] Clipping Path Outsource said:
Fantastic,it s a so nice photography. Love the inside the car shots.
[September 22, 2016] Thomas said:
You completed a number of fine points there. I did a search on the theme and found the majority of folks will agree with your blog.
While working on an album from a wedding I shot last year, I came across one of my favorite wedding party shots of all time. I don't try to do too much with wedding parties. I don't have them in crazy poses, jumping over each other or posing like Charlie's Angels. I'm not trying to make them look like models posed like they're too cool for school. This is a wedding. They're friends. I want them to look like they're a bunch of friends having a great time on the best day of the bride and groom's life. Simple, classic, timeless... at least that's my intention.

Sometimes I get close to what I'm after, this time I got exactly what I wanted from a wedding party photo. I love *everything* about this photo.

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[July 30, 2010] Jessica Zodikoff said:
This is one of the best wedding party photos I've seen. Love your philosophy.
[July 30, 2010] Fred Egan said:
Very good point Michael. Your/our clients will thank you/us as the years go on.
[July 30, 2010] Heather said:
Such a prefect shot!!!
[July 30, 2010] Adam Nyholt said:
Good stuff, Michael. I definitely agree with your philosophy, and love the shot.
[July 30, 2010] jenberry said:
i agree. natural. friends. real. i thing this is the perfect example. full of life
[July 31, 2010] Tracy said:
Its natural and its wonderful. Definitely prefer this over the posed stiff shots.
[August 3, 2010] Jon S6 said:
That's a fantastic shot!
[October 15, 2010] Mary said:
love it love it love it.
[November 6, 2010] LaVonne Crawford @Adorations said:
Agreed! Perfect! Thanks for sharing! Love it!

Several months ago I was hired to shoot what I thought was going to be a pretty typical engagement session in New York. Time passed and as the date came closer I got in touch with the couple to firm up the details. They told me they had some ideas about the shoot and then said they wanted it to have a 1950's theme. They wanted to shoot outside a diner, they were having a '56 T-bird there for the shoot, they were dressing up in 50's attire... in fact, it wasn't going to be typical at all.

One of the things they told me is that they wanted to shoot with the car outside the diner and have the sunset behind them. Well if you know anything about photography you know that in order for that to happen you're going to have to use lighting. I guess I could have done some HDR stuff but its not 2006 anymore. :)

So I rented a Profoto set up and drove out to New Jersey to the diner. The diner was awesome but it was also surrounded by cars, not from the 50's, which to me kind of kills the whole thing. So we positioned the car in the middle of the parking lot and I shot from pretty much the only angle that blocked out the rest of the cars and still showed the diner. I felt pretty good about the images as we were shooting but I never get too excited because you really never know what you're getting until you open them up. I even turned the strobes off at a couple of points and shot natural light just in case things weren't turning out as good as I thought they were.

When I opened the images up to begin working on them I just fell in love. Its so different from what I normally do but man they're so freaking cool.

While I typically work with natural light, when I was first getting started I never wanted to be in a situation where I felt unprepared so I learned as much as I could about off camera lighting. I'm by no means an expert but knowing this stuff has helped me get good images out of bad situations.

So here are a few of my favorites. I put in some of the natural light stuff as well. I think the difference is really interesting. Let me know what you think.

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[July 9, 2010] Jen Johnson said:
Super fun shoot! Love the off-camera stuff...gives the images an editorial feel! : )
[July 9, 2010] Mel McLellan said:
Well if it's one of your favorites ever, we had to check it out! :) Love the black and whites and the last one - supa sweet!
[July 9, 2010] matt said:
these are ridic. so clean & well thought out.
[July 9, 2010] Natalie Williams said:
LOVE!! Way to work the lighting!
[July 9, 2010] Amy Russell said:
I know it's not your normal gig, but these are some of my favorite images that you've ever delivered! Really, really cool stuff-- they not only look editorial, they look like stills from a film. I say you keep playing with the off-camera lights. Seriously!
[July 9, 2010] Tracy said:
Love the inside the car shots.
[July 9, 2010] Julie Boucher said:
Love them!
[July 9, 2010] Jennifer | Zinchuk Studios said:
Wow! What an amazing session!! Love the contrast between the lit and natural shots....and the night shots are sooo yummy!!
[July 9, 2010] Trent said:
Man. Can't believe how incredible these turned out.
[July 10, 2010] Adi Ulici said:
Wow, the lightning is gorgeous in these photos!
[July 10, 2010] Malinder said:
Amazing shoot! Love the lit pictures
[July 12, 2010] sarah k chen said:
hot stuff! you really rocked the shoot! and i'm so happy to see you blogging again! we've all missed you!
[July 12, 2010] Stephanie Castillo said:
WOW!!!! LOOOOVE THIS SHOOT!!!! AMAZING!!!!
[July 12, 2010] Stephanie Castillo said:
P.s. did you use ocf for some of these? If so, can I ask what you used? Thanks :)
[July 13, 2010] Kimberly Witort said:
Love them!
[July 13, 2010] evie said:
Awesome job, Michael! LOVE that car;)
[July 14, 2010] Kristin said:
Wow. These are amazing! Would you mind sharing exactly what lighting you used for these? It's so incredible!
[July 15, 2010] Lissette Q said:
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
[July 19, 2010] Daniel Balboa said:
Love those last few images. Hot hot hot!!
[July 22, 2010] Grace Tan said:
I love the stuff done with the off camera flash! It just looks so good and matches the theme. Saturated colours add to the feel as well.
[July 22, 2010] Grant Perry said:
I am SOOOO diggin' your honesty and that you were totally REAL in your explanation; way to go. Wish more photogs were honest with how and what they were thinking / doing with their stuff. Refreshing. I'm even more diggin' your spot on 100% rock-the-session sharpness and composures of this shoot. Way to go brotha'
[July 23, 2010] Austin Curtis said:
yeaaaaaah dog! I like that went out on a limb. These images are straight classic! It's not 2006 anymore... that is hilarious.
[July 23, 2010] mattaltmix said:
dude, the soft light coming in through the windshield, like they're at a drive-in theatre, money.
[July 23, 2010] Louisa Coulthurst said:
These are just brilliant! I loved all of them!
[July 24, 2010] Marge Cavazos said:
Stunning, simply stunning.
[July 28, 2010] Nellie Guerrero said:
Very spiffy and I love it :) Love the red lips and pumps!
[August 6, 2010] Kim O'Neil said:
These are sweet! For someone who doesn't shoot with OCF much, you sure nailed it! Would love to know the specs on your settings...
[August 22, 2010] carrie said:
dig it! v. cool :)
[August 27, 2010] Deanna Whyte said:
Oh my god! I love these! They are really different from your usual {gorgeous} photographs, and I love the natural light shots in there, but you've done SUCH an amazing job! Seriously HOT. They must have loved them!
[September 16, 2010] Sara said:
These are simply amazing! My faves are the ones you used lighting for. The sky looks incredible, and the in-car shots are just breath taking! I wish I knew a thing about lighting so I could get shots like yours!!
[September 25, 2010] Nikki said:
wow these pics are amazing!!!! you were the photog at my friend Onada's wedding I am sure the pics will come out just as nice! Wonderful job!!!!
[December 28, 2010] Albuquerque Wedding Photographer said:
Wow! Great session. I love the composition, colors and that car! Wonderful job.
[May 16, 2011] full lace wig said:
full lace wig and lace front wig are good
[February 13, 2012] Nicole said:
coolest engagement shoot ever!!!
[January 16, 2017] Mark said:
you have a terrific blog here! would you like to make some invite posts on my weblog?
[January 17, 2017] John said:
You have brought up a very good details , thankyou for the post.

I was going through a shoot from a couple of weeks ago tonight and thought I'd put a few images up. I had such a great time with Chu and Antonio. They're such a great couple and this is actually not the first time I've taken Chu's photo. I shot her sister's wedding a couple of years ago and she was a bridesmaid.

One of my favorite images ever came out of their "pre-wedding" "day after" session:


Enough about them though, back to Chu and Antonio... :)

Here are a few images from my time with them.


I love these ones on their beach cruisers!

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[July 2, 2010] Johnny 5 said:
So great to have you back! I've missed coming here to see your work! This shoot is sick. Love the cruisers!
[July 6, 2010] Lissette Q said:
So HAPPY you are back. I miss seeing your work. Hope you and your beautiful family are enjoying New York!
[August 22, 2015] Anonymous said:
So HAPPY you are back. I miss seeing your work. Hope you and your beautiful family are enjoying New York! Clipping Path Service
[December 18, 2016] Daniel said:
Because here is a list of multiplayer games is that the leave was asked for more.
June 30, 2010 Photographers , Portraits

Well its been WAY too long but I'm back. Lot's of travel, lots of weddings, lot's of shoots, a cross country move... all this has added up to blogging being put on the back burner. Well that's over. This will be the first post of many. So keep coming back... and tell your friends that the rumor that I disappeared isn't true. :)

This shoot is from last year and I ad always meant to blog it but for some reason or another I never did. This is my friend Edmund Prieto. He's one of the nicest and most talented guys I've ever met. He's good at literally everything he does. One of the things he does is skateboard. At one time in his life he was a sponsored, touring skater. He asked me to shoot him last year so he could finally have some good images of him doing what he loves.

Here's Edmund.

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[June 30, 2010] [ b ] said:
OMG... that's the guy from "The Professionals"! I'm sorry Michael, was your last blog post in February? We need to have a chat.
[June 30, 2010] Lara said:
Such a fun shoot, Michael! Great to meet Edmund at WPPI this year. Gorgeous smile!
[June 30, 2010] Kenny Grill said:
CONGRATULATIONS! On remembering how to blog that is. ;)
[June 30, 2010] amy russell said:
Ummmm.... INSANE. This stuff is fantastic (as always), but I have to say that I like this grittier edge on you.
[June 30, 2010] Dominik said:
Hello Michael, nice to have you back :) so wonderful shots of Edmund - he is definately one of my favorite photographers :) Wish you all the best from germany dominik
[June 30, 2010] Morgan Taylor said:
Heck yeah! I Have to agree, I have know this guy for a long time! He is flipping Good at everything! Rad shoot too!
[June 30, 2010] s h e r r y said:
:) LOVE the panning shot- it's SWEEET. Haha. I recognize him from Geoff Duncan's blog, as well as "The Professionals." Is there ANYTHING that he can't do?
[July 2, 2010] Valerie said:
I just discovered your blog in the past month or so, while you were on this "hiatus." Glad you are back and I get to see more of your stuff! LOVE this skateboard guy!
[July 3, 2010] Edmund Prieto said:
Heck yeah man I love them! Im so proud of you for posting. I guess sitting down and talking to you really helped. haha
[July 3, 2010] Jacob Mariano said:
OH! So these were the photos Edmund told me about months ago. Good to see they really exist. lol. Nice shots.
[July 3, 2010] brad said:
Yea! you're back. Roaring! Nice shots.
[July 6, 2010] Lissette Q said:
Glad you are back. These are fabulous shots.
[July 7, 2010] jenberry said:
wow. everyone is lecturing you for not posting. i guess i have to say BAD BOY too. Not really, i never post. BUT regardless. these are killer. Full of personality
[July 28, 2010] Nellie Guerrero said:
He has a story behind his eyes. He seems like a gentle soul.
[July 29, 2010] Bri Grill said:
I've yet to meet Edmund but, from what I know, he has the greatest heart!

Last month I travelled to Dallas to shoot Taylor and Amanda's wedding at the Old Red Courthouse in downtown Dallas. Its probably most famous for being where JFK was shot. In fact all of the outdoor portraits were taken right next to the infamous "grassy knoll". Fascinating, eh?

Anyway, here a some of my faves from the day.


I've got to give Amanda some props. It was about 16 degrees that day and she was such a trooper. Sooooo cold, and she never complained once! My kind of bride! :)

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[February 27, 2010] camille said:
photos look great! your exposure makes me jealous. :) good stuff!!
[March 1, 2010] Lissette Q Garcia said:
You are so incredibly talented. I am sooo happy to see you blogging more often so people can see the genius at work.
[March 2, 2010] jeret slack said:
Great post cute couple. Amazing images once again :)
[March 2, 2010] Matt Paddack said:
That blue wall was sweet! To bad you didn't have more time to shoot there.
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[March 11, 2010] Rachel Perry said:
I love that dress! You wouldn't happen to know what designer it is, would you?
[March 16, 2010] Nessa K said:
That backlighting is absolutely DREAMY!
[March 17, 2010] Dominoe Imus said:
Seriously, you made that bride look so gorgeous, you could have fooled me and said it was 70 degrees outside, she looks so calm and comfortable. Beautiful!
[April 6, 2010] jenberry said:
love the blue wall contrast. gorgeous. and of course the walking into the sunset photo. excited for your brave move to NY. so incredible.
[May 17, 2010] Suzanne said:
Loved these pictures ... and especially the one with the bubbles! Fabulous!
[May 19, 2010] karl Bratby said:
suoer set of images
[June 10, 2010] Michael Roberts said:
Breathtaking images, couple is adorable.
February 19, 2010 Weddings

Since we're smack in the middle of winter... (well most of you are, we don't really get winter here in Orange County) ...I thought I'd pull out a wedding from last summer that was never blogged to warm you up a bit.


This wedding was designed and coordinated by Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings and Events, one of my favorite people to work with. The flowers were by another one of my favorite vendors, Kristin Brancaleone of The Treasured Petal. The wedding was held in the backyard of the bride's parents home. Calling it a backyard really isn't fair though as it would give most other backyards an inferiority complex.

Carl and Kelsey were so fun and so easy to work with. Loved this wedding.


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[February 19, 2010] Kayla said:
Gorgeous! So pretty!
[February 19, 2010] Shawn Kloster said:
Killer job, man! Looks like that was a rough day. ;)
[February 19, 2010] kristin @ The Treasured Petal said:
you rock, michael! you're so good at photographing fluffy pink weddings; who knew? but seriously, these turned out amazing. such a fun day!
[February 19, 2010] jessica claire said:
i always forget how freaking good you are when you don't post weddings for a really really long time. this is FAB photography, great job.
[February 19, 2010] Hayley said:
love your detail shots!!! and actually my favorite pictures are the ones you took during the ceremony. you are good!
[February 20, 2010] Matt Paddack said:
You know you shoot too many awesome weddings when a wedding like this just gets "skipped" for 6 months or so. I agree with Jess though, this week of productivity has completely reestablished your awesomeness.
[February 20, 2010] courtney toney said:
Yay!! Love these two and it was so fun to work with you on their wedding! The photos are stunning. I could look at them all day.
[February 20, 2010] Bethany said:
I do not know if you remember me but I just wanted to let you know this wedding is absolutely amazing!! God I just love your work!!! BRILLANT
[February 21, 2010] Jamie said:
What a cool wedding party!! Love everything!
[February 22, 2010] Anne Nunn PHotographers said:
beautiful! You are so talented! :)
[February 22, 2010] tim tab said:
love it! thanks for sharing!! If ever I do get married I'll do my best to get you out to chicago and capture my day !!! haha...
[February 22, 2010] jenberry said:
that last photo is naturally beautiful. It's a moment/memory gorgeous.
[April 22, 2010] Lindsay Chavez said:
Love this collection of images! I especially love the details! :)
[June 10, 2010] Nicole at Southern Weddings said:
Gorgeous wedding, love all those pretty details and the last shot of the bride against the groom's shoulder, it's so sweet!
[June 19, 2011] lindsey said:
Could you please tell me where you got the bridesmaid dresses? I LOVE them!!!
[June 22, 2011] Alyssa said:
Marriage is the happiest thing in the world!!the bride is so beautiful! it's a cool wedding party!happy day!!

Here are a few of my favorite images from Kenny and Bri's engagement session last week in Santa Monica. They are so much fun to hang around and I CAN NOT WAIT for their wedding this summer at the Viceroy in Anguilla! It's going to be so awesome.


Kenny's also a great photographer here in Southern California. Go check out his work!
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[February 17, 2010] Bri Stine said:
That's me! Thank you so much! We love them!
[February 18, 2010] Sara said:
Great shoot! I love the creativity!
[February 18, 2010] ashley said:
Beautiful. I love the shots under the pier and their sweet interaction.
[February 18, 2010] chipgillespie said:
Dude, love this shoot -- but not *NEARLY* as much as I love that Defender in the second and third images!!! Holy Moses -- is that theirs?!?
[February 18, 2010] josh mccullock said:
Amazing session man! Great couple too!
[February 18, 2010] Kayla said:
I love these! Love the amusement park in the background!
[February 18, 2010] Tim Marman said:
Great photos Michael. Kenny can photograph and model, who knew.
[February 18, 2010] Hayley said:
i love their emotion that you were able to capture. the third to last is my favorite!
[February 18, 2010] jenberry said:
the colors of the beach shots are fabulous. love the light and her yellow shirt and the sand and their skin tones. gorgeous.
[February 19, 2010] ken grill said:
great photos
[February 21, 2010] Jamie said:
Those beach shots are killer... the one under the pier where shes pullin him in... get it girl!!!
[February 24, 2010] Jacob Mariano said:
Right on Kenny! Congrats on the engagement man. Love the images Michael. Great shots of a great couple.
[October 25, 2014] Matt Selby said:
Nice work, they must be real happy with these
I'm getting back on the blogging train and wanted to post a wedding from a few weeks ago and the realized I never blogged the couple's engagement session. So here are a few frames from Paula and Brian's engagement session in New York late last year.

We shot in Dumbo, and area of Brooklyn between the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges and then walked up to Brooklyn Heights, the area where The Cosby Show was set. Such a cool, quintessentially New York neighborhood. We didn't have any sun that afternoon but I still love the images. The feel so "New York" to me.

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[February 16, 2010] Craig Salmond said:
As a fellow fan of NYC, I have to say that I love these pictures. I would love to do a session in the Big Apple!
[February 16, 2010] Brad Peters said:
nice! truly a new york feel
[February 16, 2010] Hayley said:
LOVE it!!! always clean, always classic and always beautiful!
[February 16, 2010] Hayley said:
LOVE it!!! always clean, always classic and always beautiful!
[February 17, 2010] matt said:
digging the umbrella shot on the boardwalk, super clean & well-composed
[February 17, 2010] jeret slack said:
I can see way you love New york. Great pictures my friend
[February 18, 2010] jenberry said:
this so reads romantic new york looking. it depicts life in that awesome city. the wide shot of them walking in the park holding hands is awesome. it's so telling of place, time and love.
[February 18, 2010] Heather said:
OBSESSED with the bridge in the background. Absolutely gorgeous. NY is my kinda town (:
[November 17, 2011] Anonymous said:
best wishes for you. good luck
[February 14, 2012] stephanie silver said:
GREAT PHOTOS!!!! wow I love them! What do I like about them?... Well where should I start? Love the vibrant colors and the locations that seem to go with each of the couples, love all the details in the photos. Love the 50's style couple and the vintage feel you captured there, Good stuff!!
February 8, 2010 Family , Miscellaneous , Travel

I've been away a while. I know. I know. It's been too long. Instead of groveling and trying to explain my absence I thought I'd make a list about what's gone on since I've last blogged... events, trips, gifts, purchases... whatever. If it's awesome and it's happened in the past couple of months its on the list.

(These are not in order of importance, just the order that they came to me.)

Cyndie and I went to New York... again. I don't think I need to explain to you again my love for New York City and more specifically Manhattan. Now I know I haven't seen the whole world, but, I've seen a lot of it and I can say with some degree of certainty that New York is my favorite place. I know it's not for everyone but for me and Cyndie there's nowhere better. The city, central park, the shopping, the restaurants... I love it all. This was actually the first time that Cyndie and I had gone to New York just for fun. Every other time I've had work there and while we always have a good time when I'm not working it was nice to not have anything but fun on the schedule for our trip.

Also it was our 10 year anniversary.

TEN YEARS!

I can't believe we've been married that long! Here are a few pics I dug out from our proofs from our wedding photos. Don't judge, it was 1999! Sorry the scans are so bad.

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And here we are now, this was in December in New York.

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Which brings us to food. Our favorite thing to do, aside from going to New York, is go to really great restaurants. In the past two months we have eaten some incredible meals.  I could go on and on about them but there's probably only a few of you out there that would care so I'll just list a few of them.

DBGB. Super Chef, Daniel Boulud's less formal restaurant near the site of the famous old CBGB club in the East Village. Incredible burgers, amazing house made sausages, great beer list.

Jean Georges. Wow. One of New York's five Michelin 3 Star Restaurants. Incredible

Gramercy Tavern. I've heard about Gramercy Tavern for years and in December while we were in New York we totally lucked out and scored what is one of Manhattan's toughest reservations. It did not disappoint.

Animal. A sweet restaurant in West Hollywood that is a vegan's worst nightmare. Luckily I'm no vegan.  Pork Belly sliders, chicken liver toast, veal breast, rabbit legs... even the desert had bacon in it! Mmmmmmeat!

A16. San Francisco's famous restaurant that specializes in not just Italian food, but food from the Campania region of Italy. You have to respect a restaurant that is that focused on what they do. Its easy to try to be all things to all people and end up doing nothing well. A16 does and few things and is the best at them.

And finally the culinary version of Mecca... the place all foodies aspire to eat... perhaps the most famous restaurant in the world...

THE FRENCH LAUNDRY! This was Cyndie's Christmas gift to me. I had a wedding last weekend up in the Bay Area and Cyndie thought ahead two months ago and scored us a table. It was without a doubt the best dining experience of my life. Trying to come up with enough superlatives to describe this meal is futile. I'll probably devote an entire blog post to the meal so we'll save the details for later.

Christmas! As I said, we've been married for 10 years now and this was Makenzie's 6th Christmas and we've always been with our extended family. And while that's always been great we chose, this year, to spend it alone and create our own traditions. So this year it was just the three of us and it was awesome. We definitely missed our families but it was so much fun making things up as we went, creating traditions that will hopefully last for a long time.

I got a new camera. Not really that exciting but its always fun to get new toys.

I got a Sous Vide Supreme! This is way more exciting than a camera... at least to me. We've been getting into cooking amazing food at home and this machine has allowed us to take dinner to a whole 'nother level. We had some friends over last week for a dinner party and I made shortribs that had been cooked for 72 hours! Oh my gosh, they were amazing.

Weddings in San Diego, Hollywood and Dallas and San Francisco. Those blogs are coming up soon, I promise.

Finally, I got a book that is so incredibly inspiring. Its not a photography book, or a business book, it's about a chef named Ferran Adria who is, by many accounts, the best chef in the world. What's inspiring about this book is that it takes you through a typical day with him. He's someone that has dedicated his life to being creative. Not just making food, but creating something that's never been made before. His restaurant is only open 160 days a year because he needs the rest of the time to create. Every day the restaurant is open the first 9 hours of the day is dedicated to creating new dishes. His diners are served between 28 and 36 courses and every course a diner is served is put into a database so that if they come back to the restaurant in the future they will not be served the same dish. The have hundreds of notebooks filled with thousands of dishes they've created, not one of them something the diner will have ever seen or been served before. The 205 days a year the the restaurant is closed is spent developing new processes to make food. Inventing machines and tools if necessary to facilitate the making of whatever dish the have in their heads. That kind of commitment to creativity is just astounding to me and is really inspiring as well. I want to put that much effort into being creative for my clients.

So now you're caught up! I promise it won't be 2 months before I blog again! :)

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[February 8, 2010] Rachel Perry said:
I was going through my blogroll and was surprised to see one from you! It sounds like you've had a great couple of months!
[February 8, 2010] Sarah Smith said:
What is the name of the book that you mentioned? My husband is an avid cook and it sounds like something he would LOVE. NYC is my favorite place in the world and I am lucky enough to live only a 2 hour train ride away :) Next time you visit be sure to visit the Spice Market in the Meatpacking Disctrict - get the sampler - it will blow your mind!
[February 9, 2010] jenberry said:
so excited you're back. i think a refreshing break is needed at times. sounds like you opened your senses up to new awesome things. Basically i'm jealous.
[February 9, 2010] Natasha said:
I love it! Welcome back! SO cool to know another photographer who is as much of a foodie as we are. :)
[February 9, 2010] Brad Peters said:
good to see you back on the blog! Thanks for not giving it up! Glad to read you're doing well.
[February 11, 2010] caroline said:
We missed ya! Also, I'll be heading to New York next weekend for a portrait lighting workshop (at least, if weather allows). Been looking for some things to do/places to eat recommendations. So thanks :D
[February 11, 2010] chipgillespie said:
Dude, I'm so dang proud of you for rocking the requisite 1999-hip-young-minister gotee!! You're my freakin' inspirations! Nay -- you are the wind beneath my flippin' wings, man!! : ) And congrats on 10 years!
[February 14, 2010] marco said:
duuuude the sous vide... I wan't one just so I can be a Voltaggio brother.
[February 14, 2010] Heather Kloster said:
Congrats on 10 years!!! And OMG, Chef Adria's book sounds delicious. Must check it out.
[February 18, 2010] Hayley said:
your wedding was cutting edge for '99. and now with all your fancy cooking skills, i'm not sure if we want to have you over for dinner. i wouldn't want to make you anything ;)
[February 21, 2010] Karli Tanner said:
Glad you are back and everyone is doing well. Tell the girlz I said hi! Congrats on 10 years of happy marriage!
[February 25, 2010] HARRISON STUDIO said:
awesome! congrats you two!
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