Chef/Owner Aaron Woo, Natural Selection
I guess you wouldn’t know it since what you mostly witness on leek soup are my food photos, but I absolutely love making portraits. As a photographer for Eater, I get to collect portraits of local chefs and restaurant general managers and I would be remiss if I didn’t reveal that these are some of the shoots I most look forward to. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the work I do for Eater. I mean, I get to photograph chefs in their natural habitat. I get to photograph chefs as they make a dish especially for Eater readers (which I almost always get to nibble on. Post shoot, of course). I get to photograph new restaurants before anyone else has even had a glimpse. I am a lucky gal, to be sure. But there’s something so intimate about portraits. Especially portraits of these public (or not so public) figures. No lights, no assistant with giant reflector. Just me and my chef, or GM, and a bit of beautiful light. Perfect.
This may be a bit of a new series on leek soup. Along the lines of “photograph of the day” but perhaps we’ll call it “portrait of the day”. What do you think?