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Some of my favourite shoots are those that tell the whole story. Not just in one photo, but in a series. This one, I shot for Eat Magazine, back when the grasses were green, and the evenings were hot.  This is the kind of story that requires someone to style your table and your stand up bar; having a caterer tucked in the back buildings crafting up delicious and beautiful food, and a photographer kicking about to capture it all. A typical Tuesday night, really.

 

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

food and lifestyle photographer victoria bc

Gorgeous food created by my dear friend and exquisite Chef Jena Stewart of Truffles Catering. Styling of the table and ironing board bar by Cynthia Annett and direction by none other than Gary Hynes and Colin Hynes. Oh, and thanks to Canoe Brewpub for the beer and Blue Grouse for the wine!

 

 

And right on the heels of proclaiming my commitment to food and lifestyle photography, I go and photo-shoot a family. Not just any family, of course. But, this one. This gorgeous, special, inviting, open-doored, compassionate, welcoming, giving family.

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I love the photo below, because this is how it is. :)

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When I think of Vancouver, I think not only of the friends and family I will see, but of the restaurants and bars and shops and stores that I will get to play in. This last trip, of particular impression, was Cafe Medina – a small but charming room, beautiful and delicious food and wonderful Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek.  I am no food critic by any means, but I do know what I like. And this I liked. And you should go.

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Executive Chef Jonathan Chovancek and  Sous Chef Victor Pulleyblank (aka Handsome Vic).

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Not only did I seek out incredible restaurants, but I visited with these people, and saw these sights:

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It should be noted that we were being tracked through the store by a group of employees, who were none to pleased with the live mannequin display.

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And to top it all off…my 99 year old grandmother. But more on her later. Vancouver – I love you.

  • Chef Heidi - October 23, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Oooh, I’ll have to try that restaurant. Any place that serves fried eggs on top of things wins in my book :)

  • Mom - November 8, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    As always…your pictures, and words, capture the moment brilliantly…love G.G.’s hands!

It has been several years now, that I have been specializing in the world of food, restaurants, restaurateurs, and their spaces. I have a thing for details. Unique bits. Real food. Portraits. And the people who put all of those things together in one place.

As an experimental home cook myself, with lots of amaaaazing home cook friends (and professional ones, too), I am surrounded. And that is my happy place. I get caught up in the preparation of a salad, and I let it go slightly wilty just because I’ve taken the time to photograph it in the perfect window light. I will spot a selection of liquor bottles on the counter, mid-cocktail-make and love the way the Aperol shines onto the fresh lemons. I will see a friend in a giant ocean-side window, simply showing me the new drapes, and have to stare for awhile.

I know – my friends and family may have started out annoyed. But, I hope they are happy with being forever stamped on the Internet, on my blog and my Instagram. (and if they’re not, it’s too late!)

It has taken me years to learn to say no. To accept only assignments that are desirable, and that are a fit for me. But it’s the right thing. I am a food and lifestyle photographer. Come and say hello to my new website.

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