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Another SRQ post! The April issue features, in addition to several Sarasota wedding photographers :-), the annual readers awards, “Best of SRQ Local.” A handful of other photographers and I were asked to capture voters with their picks – This is the first year SRQ has added this twist, and it was really fun to meet the local voters and hear about their favorite spots.

Here are the ones I shot…

Voter Frank Maggio with Wendy Gingerich and Valarie Wadsworth at Yume Sushi, first runner-up for Best Sushi:

Frank Maggio & friends at Yume

Phil Carey at Mozaic, contender for Best Wine Menu:

Phil Carey at Mozaic

Elsie Gilmore at Everything but the Girl, second runner-up for Best Place to Find a Gift, and Molly Klauber at Mediterraneo, second runner-up for Best Pasta:

Elsie Gilmore at Everything but the Girl & Molly Klauber at Mediterraneo

Voter Lisa Angely with Brett Blackburn, Austin Gobczynski and Tyler Angely at Caragiulos, which she voted for Best Family Restaurant:

Lisa Angely & friends & family at Caragiulos

Lastly, I voted for the Ringling Museum as Best Visitor Attraction, which got second runner-up behind Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and the winner, Sarasota’s beaches. Cat Pennenga photographed me, along with my sister Dana and handsome little nephew, Ethan, by the Ca d’Zan:

photo by Cat Pennenga

Check out the other winners, contenders, and voters in the April 2011 issue of SRQ!

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SRQ Magazine featured a spread on some wedding photographers in the April issue (out now) – Check it out below! Thanks to photo editor Cat Pennenga, photographer Herb Booth, and everyone involved in the shoot for making it fun and painless! It was interesting, somewhat uncomfortable, but also a good time to be on that side of things – and I was honored to be alongside such amazingly talented photographers, everyone with their own unique experience and style.

SRQ April 2011

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Heading to the Keys to shoot a wedding this weekend (congratulations, Molly & Lou!) 🙂 but wanted to quickly post that Edible Sarasota‘s summer 2010 issue is on newsstands now. (And visit them on Facebook.)

Once you get your copy, check out my article and photos on Dakin Dairy Farms:

Dakin Dairy Farms

and Sun Coast Organics home delivery service:

Sun Coast Organics

More on both of these to come. Pick up a copy at Whole Foods (where you can also get a jug of Dakin milk) and other locations.

Congratulations to the team at Edible Sarasota for another awesome issue! I’m very proud to be part of such a great magazine, mission, and group of people.

Have a good weekend!

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My Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi photo made it onto IndieWire! Check it out:

Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi at Sarasota Film Festival - IndieWire

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Whoop whoop! (or, as my mom would say, “Woof woof!”) – got on TasteSpotting again! This time for the dairy-free coconut chocolate pudding recipe (on a buttery shortbread cookie, but that’s optional for those who don’t tolerate or aren’t interested in dairy) – thanks once again to Heidi Swanson and her very useful 101cookbooks.com.

TasteSpotting - Coconut chocolate pudding

(It won’t be on the home page anymore, but it can be found searching for keywords like “chocolate pudding” or “coconut.”)

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I know I’ve already said this, but in working with Edible Sarasota, I’ve met some awesome people. It’s also led me to some experiences I would’ve never had otherwise…

When Tracy asked me if I could stop at Mote Marine to get some shots of their caviar, I was excited. I envisioned going to their laboratory and aquarium just off of St. Armands Circle, photographing caviar being placed into jars or on an elegant platter… Then I got an email with a video showcasing what I would be shooting (which I won’t share here) as well as the location – several miles out into the middle of nowhere (i.e., east of I-75) at their aquaculture park, where they raise Siberian sturgeon. Now I was envisioning a place reeking of fish insides (and out in the wilderness, far from the safe, child-friendly atmosphere of the dolphins and starfish of Mote’s aquarium). Eek. “What did I get myself into?!” I yelled aloud (really, I think I did – and I was alone). I was scared I wouldn’t be able to handle it. I don’t like the smell of fish, let alone their insides.

I wanted to do it anyway – experience something new. Worst that would happen is I’d pass out face first on the cold, hard floor. It’s happened to me before (hence the scar from 22 stitches on my chin). Although I would not want to repeat that escapade – especially with the risk to my camera! – I was hoping I’d end up somewhere in between my first vision of the shoot and the stretcher and stitching.

Thankfully, there was no passing out – I was captivated by the process from start (extraction…) to finish (jarring/canning:

Caviar jars and cans

And the aquaculture park itself is a welcoming facility dedicated to sustainable fish farming and research. As for my worries of the aroma… The caviar-harvesting room is kept at a chilly 30-ish degrees, and it has a faint fresh, salty scent. It’s also impeccably clean; I wasn’t allowed in the room before suiting up and scrubbing down as if I were going into surgery. So, phew!

Below are some photos from the shoot:

Mote Marine Caviar Harvesting

And here is a link to the article written by Lael Hazan in Edible Sarasota, in which she provides information on fish farming, the process of preparing, serving, and eating caviar, and where to find and eat Mote’s caviar in the Sarasota area, such as Libby’s, whose deviled eggs dish topped with the Mote caviar was featured on the cover of Edible Sarasota.

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So I recently discovered TasteSpotting.com, an amazing site for us food-and-photography lovers – with a tagline I love: “a community-driven visual potluck.” I’ve become obsessed with the site and want to make about 99% of the recipes on there (and of course take photos of the finished products). I submitted my oatmeal on a whim last night, convinced there was no way it would be selected, but…

Tastespotting - Oatmeal Recipe

😀  Wahoo! So excited to continue submitting recipes and photos and hope to be sharing more TasteSpotting posts in the near future! (BTW, it should be in the first few pages, but if not, just search for “oatmeal.”)

TasteSpotting - Oatmeal

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I am very excited. 😀 See? The new magazine Edible Sarasota has officially launched, and we’re celebrating with a party tonight. A friend of mine, Nikki, who works as the marketing director for our local Whole Foods, generously thought of me when, back in September, she met with Tracy, the editor of the magazine. I had just ended an over-four-year tenure at another local magazine, and the thought did flash through my mind that I might not be ready to jump right back into working in the print publishing world. Talking with Tracy, getting to know her a bit, and hearing what Edible Sarasota was going to be about quickly squashed any concerns I had… I knew I had to be part of it.

After meeting with Tracy and realizing that we could easily work together, we discussed which piece I would write and photograph. I was psyched to get going on a new writing endeavor. I would be researching and interviewing people about school gardens – the history of school gardens in the U.S., their benefits when implemented into school curriculum, and their presence in our local community. Working with local teacher John Freeman on this project was a blast – he is full of energy and so pumped to be spearheading Sarasota’s Gocio Elementary School’s garden. I also spoke with Home Depot’s Mark Campbell about their generous donation to Gocio’s garden and met with John’s entire 4th grade class to photograph them working in the “garden” (it was then a plot of rock-hard dirt). The enthusiasm the kids had for this project was infectious. I can’t wait to go back to Gocio for a harvest to see how excited the kids are when they can actually eat what they grew. 🙂

Look at how happy this student is, and she’s just digging dirt!

Gocio student

I am so thrilled that Tracy asked me to work with them – I love that I can combine my educational and career background as a writer with my passion and career future as a photographer, all while working with the amazingly talented, fun, and inspiring people that make up Edible Sarasota. Looking forward to celebrating the launch tonight!

A few photos from Gocio are below, and a PDF of the full article is available here: Edible Sarasota – Fresh Carrots and Dirty Fingernails.

I’ll share the two other shoots I did for the inaugural issue in another post.

Gocio

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