My big brother Andrew is Executive Chef of Sepia Restaurant in Chicago, IL. We got some HUGE news today. Andrew’s restaurant was awarded a star by the renowned Michelin Guide. The Michelin Guide is by FAR the most important guide for people serious about cuisine worldwide. The guide rates restaurants on a scale of 1-3 stars, which correspond to the original purpose of the guide to promote auto travel (and thereby sell tires) when it was founded in the early 1900′s.
* Worth a stop
** Worth a detour
*** Worth a special journey
In modern terms, getting a Michelin star is a HUGE achievement. Only 23 restaurants in all of Chicago received a star or more from the Guide. Getting a single Michelin star is generally considered to be a much bigger deal than getting 4 or 5 stars from any American publication. You can see a full list of Chicago honorees here.
Congratulations Andrew! We are hugely proud of you!
Amanda and I traveled to Chicago this past weekend to photograph an engagement session for Gesica & Dan. We’re always up for a visit to Chicago, as its a chance to visit my brother and eat his ridiculously good food.
I think my favorite shots from the set are the ice cream photos, in that I think there is a level of relaxation and personality in those shots that really says something about Gesica and Dan’s personalities. I love his expression in the third shot of that series, for instance, because you get a sense of Dan’s sense of humor.
Thanks for a great session, and for enduring the mosquitoes. Cheers guys!
This is a set of images from a wedding this past weekend, where I was helping out the incomparable Tony Hoffer up in Chicago. Tony is a good friend of mine and a brilliant photographer, so when circumstances permitted us to work together, I was thrilled to collaborate. The weather was uncooperative with the outdoor wedding plans, but in retrospect it added many interesting facets to the photography. As I was not the primary photographer here, you may notice some differences and/or omissions from my standard coverage.
the bride made this tie for her dog…
the groom looked JUST like Wes Bentley
This was another fun opportunity to shoot a wedding with my buddy Sam Hassas, which combined neatly with a chance to visit my brother and his wife in Chicago. If you’re ever up that way, don’t miss out on a chance to visit Sepia, my brother’s restaurant!
Claudia & Ovi are a wonderful Romanian couple, and the day was a wonderful introduction to Romanian wedding customs and style. I’m still not quite sure whether the beanbags are more of a Romanian thing, or more of a Chicago thing…. but in either case they were totally fun.
Certainly, Claudia being willing to hop into the fountain at Millenium Park for that last bridal portrait was a wonderful cap on the day!
I traveled all the way up to Chicago to shoot this engagement session, and surprisingly enough for Chicago in February, it was VERY cold! We did a little bit of outdoor work, but soon found ourselves seeking someplace warm to shoot. We ultimately decided that nothing could be more Chicago than the “El,” the elevated trains that serve the downtown area. So we hopped a ride on CTA, and got some really classic shots inside the cars…