Wildwood Restaurant is an iconic farm to table fine dining establishment in Portland that’s recently gone through a wonderful rebirth thanks to restauranteur Cana Flug of Besaw’s fame. I first met Cana when she hired me to shoot an image library for Besaw’s. I loved the shots I got from that shoot and working with Cana was a total blast. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to shoot for her again and, once more, I absolutely love the work I got from this gig. Here are some of my favs:
Owner Cana Flug on left, Head Chef Dustin Clark on the right
A few months ago, I took a short trip to South Korea for my wife’s business Lauren Brooks Photography. If you don’t know this already, Lauren is an amazing photographer and I’ve had the pleasure of being her second shooter for the past 7 years at all her wedding gigs. I think what’s most incredible about Lauren is watching her capture amazing emotional moments with grace and ease through the chaos that oftentimes consumes a wedding. I know very few commercial photographers that could handle the high pressure of shooting a wedding. No matter where we find ourselves shooting or what the weather brings (sun, rain, even snow), Lauren is always calm and collected; a true professional.
My main reason for going to South Korea was to photograph the engagement session of Lauren’s clients Amanda and Jeff, whose wedding we’re shooting this summer. It was an incredible experience and truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sadly, Lauren was not able to make the trip with me due to some health complications (she’s all better now). Originally, we had planned to spend about four days in Seoul. But with me by myself, I cut it back to one day so I could get back to the States and take care of Lauren.
With only 24 hours to shoot something for myself, I hit the streets and just wandered around. I was in two main areas of Seoul: Nonhyeon-dong and Itaewon-dong. Both areas were pretty touristy, but I was determined to find something Korean to shoot. It was actually pretty hard. Most of Seoul is pretty modern and if it weren’t for the signage and Asian majority, you’d think you were in New York. But seek and you shall find. I found the coolest looking restaurant off the beaten path in Itaewon. This series of photos are probably my favorite from the trip. I’ll post more shots from my Seoul photo walk next week.
Took my first crack at shooting video this past week. I’ve been toying around with the 5D Mark II’s video mode since I got the camera last year. It was neat, but I really didn’t have much interest in it
I’m starting to believe that fate exists. About five and half years ago, my wife and I were visiting Portland to decide if we wanted to move here from Virginia. Both of us love eating out and breakfast is one of my favorite meals. If we were going to relocate to Portland, it better have a good place to go for eggs, waffles, and pancakes seven days a week. Looking through a tour guide, Besaw’s had exactly what we were looking for and so we went. It was absolutely delicious and we knew then that moving to Portland was going be alright.
Around the same time that we were having our first Portland breakfast, a young woman named Cana Flug had just become the new owner of the 105 year old establishment. Already famous for its breakfast, over the next five years, she breathed new life into the restaurant and grew their dinner scene into one of the best night spots in Portland.
Then through an interweaving thread of shoots, people, and connections, I get a call from Cana looking for new photography of their food and dinner scene. I can’t tell you how excited I was. I love this place and I love their food and it was truly a joy to shoot. Hope you enjoy the photos and if you’re ever in town, go to Besaw’s. Go three times, because everything is so good there.