Life is beauty through and through
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Last week, I was asked to photograph Bronwyn, a Somerville restaurant that opened last year, for Tasting Table. Tim Wiechmann’s other restaurant, TW Food, is one of my favorites, so this was on my list of places to check out. The food looked wonderful and I was impressed by their extensive beer selection (I’m going to have to get the name of the beer I photographed because it was fantastic, and, while I like beer, I’m usually not one to go crazy over it). Here are some of the dishes that are featured: a parsnip soup, their (enormous) pretzel, spatzle, and bratwurst. The decor is really fun as well and it was a lot of fun using their rustic tables as a backdrop.
Pictured in the post: Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann
Such a mixture of emotions. Hopeful, but anxious, too. Most of all, I’m thankful. That I have Eric, who finds little ways to comfort me. His hugs make everything better. Or that kiss when he senses I’ve had a stressful day. And Maki. Who cuddles with me and gives me licks when I need them the most. I’m thankful to be surrounded by friends and family that are so caring. It brings me so much joy to watch my nieces and nephew grow into such loving children. There’s a lot to be thankful for and it’s these times when I’m feeling overwhelmed that I need to remember all the wonderful things in my life.
When I first started off as a photographer, I didn’t have much in the way of equipment. I had a camera and a lens. That was it. I’d pack everything up in a messenger bag or backpack and head off to whatever restaurant or engagement photo session I was doing. It didn’t take long for me to realize I needed a real camera bag. I did some research and found one that I thought would work for me. It could fit a body, a couple of lenses, and my laptop. Seemed perfect. After a few months, though, the thing started to rip. Now, I’m partially to blame for this. I packed it with more than it could handle. I traveled with it and abused it in ways I shouldn’t have. But, for many reasons, that bag just wasn’t right for me. I needed something that was durable, but because I was doing a lot of location shoots, I wanted something that was stylish too.
ONA bags aren’t just good looking (which they are… most people have no idea it’s for camera equipment), but they comfortably fit everything one needs for a shoot. Over the last couple of months, I’ve taken the bag with me on countless projects and it has been a wonderful experience. Each compartment wraps snuggly around anything you put in… camera bodies, lenses, flashes. Unlike my other bag, which could only handle a body and a couple of lenses, the ONA Camps Bay camera bag I have handles 2 bodies (a 7D and 5D), 4 lenses (50mm, 17-40mm, 24-70mm, 100mm), a battery charger, a laptop and iPad, as well as all necessary cables. Yes, the bag got a little heavy, but I never felt like it couldn’t handle the weight.
I brought the bag with me on a shoot at Coppa. My friend (and local business owner) Abby was nice enough to come out in the cold to help with taking pictures. Without her, I think it would have been a challenge to capture the whole process. Thanks Abby!