It's officially fall which means it's my favorite time of year.....Apple Picking Season! Growing up in northern California, I spent every fall of my childhood going apple picking at the local apple farms. I think by far they are my favorite memories from my youth. With this in mind I had a wonderful time photographing at Creasman Farms in North Carolina for WNC Magazine's September/October 2014 issue. The owners of the farm where incredibly generous with their time and helping get everything we needed photographed. All the picking at Creaman's is done by hand and they put a tremendous amount of care into their farm and what they grow. You can go and stroll through the beautiful mountainside orchard picking apples yourself. It surely reminded me of all the great time I spent at apple farms as a child. Check out the feature below or go grab a copy of the magazine and see all the photos in their printed glory!
If you've never been to Sapelo Island, GA then you are definitely missing out. It is a magical place to visit, consisting of a small community on a beautiful island that has the most spanish moss I have yet to encounter. The residents of the island are welcoming with a true southern hospitality. One of the things they are doing on the island is working very hard to sustain the Sapelo Island Red Pea, which is an amazingly tasty little legume that has a long history with the island and it's geechee culture. Check out the Sapelo Island Red Pea Project for more info on what they are doing. A few months ago I had the chance to travel out to the island for a shoot with The Local Palate to document some of the work they are doing and help spread the word about the sustainability of this pea. Here are the tear sheets from the magazine, which I though they did a fantastic job with! I look forward to visiting the island many times in the future...
It's summer now and those beautiful blackberries are popping up all over. This is talented Pastry Chef Sean Ehland from McCrady's here in Charleston. He does some wonderful dishes with these and many other fresh fruit throughout the year. He was a trooper for waking up first thing in the morning and making a trip outside of Charleston for a shoot at the blackberry farm!
It's always fun working with a great crew on a fun project. This shoot for the July/August 2014 issue of HGTV magazine was shot down in beautiful Savannah, GA on a perfect sunny day. The wonderful Elizabeth Demos did the prop styling and she kicked butt gathering all the "things" we needed (which was a lot). We all had a great time shooting throughout the day and the weather was just perfect. For some reason the crew always loves shooting random behind the scenes shots of the photographer, so enjoy those and no, I did not fall off that ladder! Go pick up your issue and enjoy the story and images, hopefully you find a little inspiration to help liven up your own porch!