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Sichuan, China. Lunar New Year, February 2018

It's the Year of the Dog, and my family made the journey out to my parents' home province of Sichuan, in central China, to celebrate the New Year with my relatives. My dad hails from Chengdu, the capitol of the province, while my mom's hometown is megalopolis Chongqing, so populated (28 million people!) it's technically its own municipality, so we split our time between the two places with a high-speed rail trip connecting us mighty quickly. 

It meant a lot to be back. It's a rare opportunity to travel halfway across the globe—my 15 hour flights were a testament to that. But the fact that we made it back for Chinese New Year made it doubly special. I imagined long days packed with a profusion of relatives: aunts, uncles, cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles of all stripes (once, twice, several-times removed) and lots of delicious food, which, let's face it, is largely what the province is known for. 

My prediction came to pass. Each day was a smorgasbord of people and good eats, with hardly any time to myself. The days were busy man. Despite this, I'm happy I brought my film camera, because we ventured out a few times, and many a tantalizing photos beckoned. China, at once so familiar and so foreign, did not disappoint. 

Some photos below! 

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Rachael Ray Every Day, March 2018

Super pleased with my latest work for Rachael Ray Every Day shot for the March '18 #Girlboss issue! Especially happy with this sandwich stack story, which came out as a double-page spread in the magazine — the better to see all the cheesy goodness with, right?

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I also got to photograph Rachael's Burger of the Month, a favorite of mine because, girl, how many burger combinations can she come up with? Apparently at least 100 so far... and counting! 

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Conde Nast Traveler, January '18

Happy new year! New York is being hit by a major snowstorm today, and these photos are reminding me of warmer times. Really warm times actually, because I shot them in New Orleans during a hot and humid week in October. Conde Nast Traveler sent me down south to shoot their Black Book section, which comes out in the magazine periodically.

Some of my favorite shots, below:

  The exterior of StudioBE; colorful Marigny Bywater housefronts    

The exterior of StudioBE; colorful Marigny Bywater housefronts

 

  The Eisai spritz, a matcha cocktail served at Seaworthy; a French Quarter balcony    

The Eisai spritz, a matcha cocktail served at Seaworthy; a French Quarter balcony

 

  A visitor at New Orleans Museum of Art; Colby Hebert, a Cajun hatmaker, whose shop is on Magazine Street    

A visitor at New Orleans Museum of Art; Colby Hebert, a Cajun hatmaker, whose shop is on Magazine Street

 

  Dallas, a bartender at Galatoire's, making me a drink    

Dallas, a bartender at Galatoire's, making me a drink

 

  City Park in New Orleans is larger than NYC's Central Park; a waiter at Seaworthy    

City Park in New Orleans is larger than NYC's Central Park; a waiter at Seaworthy

 

  Spanish moss and live oak    

Spanish moss and live oak

 

  A waiter at Galatoire's; a meal spread at Bacchanal, a wine bar in the Bywater neighborhood    

A waiter at Galatoire's; a meal spread at Bacchanal, a wine bar in the Bywater neighborhood

 

  Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

HelloFresh

I've been collaborating with HelloFresh for awhile now. I've especially loved shooting their Fresh Life insert that comes monthly with every order. 

Here's the latest, due to hit meal plans the week before Thanksgiving. It's huge, by the way, and is folded into eighths, so that you only see the full photo when you open it up to its 22x17" glory. 

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Food styling: Monica Pierini
Prop styling: Stephanie Yeh

The previous edition below.

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Food styling: Monica Pierini
Prop styling: Andrea Greco