Just back

Just returned from a family wedding on Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands in Washington state. It was so incredibly beautiful. We had a fabulous wedding photographer, Paul Joseph Brown, who masterfully managed to make what I am sure will be spectacular photographs of the wedding party, overlooking a moody sea and billowy sky. He ever so artfully placed the bride and groom on a rock with the wedding party scattered around them. I was blown away but his creativity. Can't wait to see the results.

on route to Seattle, cloud gazing out airplane window with my granddaughter

While in Seattle, I received an email with a link to an article in the Chicago Tribunes Blog, The Stew, that covered the "soft" opening of Xoco, Chicago's Top Master Chef award winning Rick Bayless's new restaurant. Now I have been traveling with the Bayless's on their staff trip for the past 12 years, taking photographs of the different regions, many of which have been hung in the entry hallway of their Frontera restaurant. Each year, the Bayless's have purchased 4-6 prints from each trip making them the most prolific collector of my work. Most of the purchased work was hung in their upstairs offices/test kitchen. What I did not realize was that they were considering using the work in their new restaurant. It was thrilling to learn the the work will have a whole new life and audience. Life is good.

Tribune photo by Alex Garcia / September 3, 2009