{513} Artist & Artisan

I love sharing stories about artists and artisans who live, work and produce in my own city.
You will undoubtedly recognize her name as she has lent her creative abilities to many of my
photo shoots over the years.
‘She’ has teamed up with ‘Him’ and together they are creating a lot of fun, offerings, and great coffee…

She’s beautiful, sassy & bold. He’s beautiful (yes), mellow & grounded.
Together they are a couple & they are Prop Coffee.

This idea has been brewing in my close friend, set designer/prop stylist, Nora Martini’s & her beau, La Terza Artisan Coffee Founder/Master Roaster, Chuck Pfahler’s, heads for a very LONG time. I was thrilled to hear that some of the missing pieces (most notably, the baby caravan) were coming together a few weeks back. Then, this past weekend, to be one of the first to see their idea come to life for it’s maiden set up, was the coolest thing, ever.  Nora has impeccable style, a discerning eye, and a boat load collection of incredible props that she is, somehow, willing to part with – as her half of Prop Coffee – while the other half, Chuck, is close by roasting up cups of his artisan coffee’s while you browse. All the while, their baby caravan (still thinking of the perfect name) serving as their perfect vintage back drop and traveling companion.

I have shared this story on my personal blog, gretchalina, as well….but for those of you who have subscribed here, I would not want you to miss it.

Come take a peek into their world, filled with love, laughter, fun ~ sprinkled with props & coffee.

All images ©Gina Weathersby Photography

I’m so excited for the both of them and for the new places their Prop Coffee adventure will take them.
Once again, here’s to following your dreams.

513{eats} ~ It’s Been A Wonderful Ride ~ So Far

This particular entity – 513{eats} – started as a fledgling of what I envisioned my professional life to look like…down the road. From the inception, I wanted to create something of meaning and value for not only myself, but for the people whose food, businesses, and lives would be shared withing the pages of what I would visually craft.
Admittedly, a little unconventional of a manner to create marketable work, but I’ve never loved ‘conventional,’ plus, with this approach, I have crossed paths and collaborated with new colleagues, creatives, and most of all, new friends who have enriched my life in the most wonderful of ways. I have been humbled ten times over and will forever be grateful for the many who opened their doors and their hearts along the way.

To date, who knew where this adventure would have ever lead. I certainly could not have predicted the last almost 3 years. Because of this ‘project’ so many new, exciting doors have opened, most of which, were among my original goals upon creating 513{eats}, and others that I had never even considered. Proof that following your vision, creating from your authentic voice, trusting your intuitions, surrounding yourself with supportive & creative people, recognizing doors of opportunity while remaining focused (amongst all the noise) on your goals, continuously working on your craft, and simply doing what you love – will lead you on a fruitful journey in the directions of your dreams.

While I’m presently not intending on producing a follow up full edition magazine (never say never), I am in the planning stages of some new and exciting works highlighting our areas chefs, growers, artisans, and makers via 513{eats}. Where I will take it from there, remains an open door, but rest assured, wherever it leads, it will be a visual feast.

It’s hardly the end, just a moment to reflect, invite new directions for the future of 513{eats}, and to share some gratitude for the past…as described below.

513{eats} – the little ‘one year project’ that I started back in late 2011, now with almost three years of photographing, designing, creating, and producing 6 magazine issues & 2 calendarshas been a wonderful ride; but, this part of the journey has naturally run its course.
The original project was truly a ‘it takes a village’ endeavor, and I am forever grateful to all of the talented people who came along this ride with me.
I want to take a moment and most especially thank both chef and food writer, Ilene Ross, and set production stylist, Nora Martini, whom both said ‘yes’ when I asked them to join me on this unknown adventure at the very beginning.
Ilene Ross, who penned most of the stories that accompanied my imagery, whose time, dedication and support has been immense, I am truly grateful; as well as Nora’s gorgeous styling which elevated so many of the shoots.
Along the way, I was also incredibly lucky to have many other artists collaborate and contribute to this endeavor, notably, media designer, Eric Hintz, who created beautiful footage from many of the shoots as well as crafting marketable videos for many of our Queen City restaurants, growers, makers & visiting culinary events, and, long time friend graphic illustrator & designer, Lisa Ballard (whom I was incredibly happy to re-unite with) who lent her skills and original designs to the magazines and calendars.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, how could I not think of and thank all of the chefs/cooks/bakers/farmers/growers/makers/artisans who gave their time, kitchens, talents, food and of themselves to be featured in the issues themselves.
Of course, without all of you, there would have been nothing to fill the pages with. Thank you for creating breathtaking dishes, growing beautiful seasonal produce, ethically raising animals, and crafting artisinal foods – all of which provided the stunning subjects of my photography. It was truly a pleasure and an honor to share your stories, your foods, your kitchens, homes, businesses and a little insight into your lives in a way that is not traditionally done editorially ~ meaning many pages, many images;)

Being fortunate to do that thing that you love, that drives you, that you a have a burning need to do, that others give you the opportunity, the creative room, and, most importantly, the trust to do…is magical.

Much love and here’s to the next chapter of 513{eats},



Meet Me in Cincinnati ~ via Edible Columbus’ June Summer 2014 Issue

It’s been an exciting past couple of months with lots going on behind the scenes. I’m finally able to start sharing some of what I’ve been working on, one of which is contributing to our regions edible Columbus June Issue for their column ‘Worth the Trip’ and a story called ‘Meet Me in Cincinnati,’ sharing just a handful of suggestions on how you might spend your day visiting and eating your way through our Queen City. French Crust Cafe, Pho Lang Thang, Madisono’s Gelato, Findlay Market, Carriage House Farm, Salazar, and The Anchor OTR, are only some of the destinations you will find highlighted in the issue, which you can read by clicking on the cover image below. ~Gina

You’ll also find an even sweeter treat at the end of the story, Chef Derek dos Anjos’ recipe for Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Roasted Sweet Summer Corn, Peas, Miso Butter, Bacon & Roasted Onions.

The Bloom Forum Online Workshop | FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY NARRATIVES

I’m happy to offer my latest workshop ~ FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY NARRATIVES with Natural light, Simple Styling & Storytelling through The Bloom Forum’s two week online course which runs from July 28th – August 11th. Active Seats are $200 and Silent Seats are $150. You must be a member of The Bloom Forum to participate in this online workshop. You can hop over to The Bloom Forum Website to BECOME A MEMBER and then register for the workshop HERE.

This workshop is all about making beautiful images of food using natural light, simple styling as well as telling a story around it. Seeking the one perfect image is wonderful, but, for me – it’s the story that pulls me in deeper, makes me want to keep coming back for more, and keeps me loving what I do simply because each story is inherently unique. In our time together, I will share with you what I have learned and what I know about making beautiful and engaging images of food by using solid techniques and almost more importantly, a creative eye & heart through descriptions, visual examples, demonstrations, shooting assignments and individual critiques.

This is for food bloggers, recipe developers, food writers, hobbyists, amateurs, or anyone wanting to learn to improve the quality of their images and/or how to approach, style and make beautiful images of food using natural light in the simplest of settings. I create many of my food images/stories in the dining room of my own home or by a single window in my studio with the simplest of props, natural styling, and basic equipment, and you can too. My goal is to share with you my approach along with the components of creating beautiful photographs of food that you can take with you, continue to practice with and use to create enticing images to grab your reader’s/client’s attention on your own websites, blogs or personal projects.

Topics covered will include:
The Story/Your Style: The thought process behind a food shoot – storyboards/purpose/theme/color palette/mood and your style of storytelling.
Styling: Choosing backgrounds, props and styling simply (and the importance of not over-styling).
Light: How to see and find light as well as understanding the differences in the qualities of light. Different directions of lighting your food. How to manipulate light with simple and affordable materials.
ISO/Aperture/Shutter Speed: How your manual settings play an important role in the artistic choices you make in creating an image as well as understanding when and why to make certain choices.
The Art of Composition Camera Angles Post Processing: I’ll walk you through some of my basic editing via video.
Final Presentation: How I marry imagery and design for interest and impact for strong storytelling.

Students will receive:
Demo video of me working through a food shoot
Post processing video
Assignments and individual critiques
The full downloadable pdf of this workshop

Q&A: All students (including silent participants) will be able to participate in an open Q & A session. I’m here to share with you and you’re here because you want to learn, so don’t be shy. Ask away, I’ll do my very best to answer anything and everything to the best of my ability.

**After the workshop, active participants are encouraged to put their skills to use with a final assignment of photographing and creating a magazine style spread of their own Food Narrative for a final critique.

PREREQUISITES: To enroll in this digital natural light food photography workshop, you do not need to have the latest or most expensive camera/lenses/equipment, but you’ll get the most out of this workshop if you have a DSLR, tripod, and at least a 50mm lens. Regardless of your camera, you need to have a basic understanding of your camera’s functions as well as being comfortable with shooting in manual mode. This is not a beginning photography class.

You can hop over to The Bloom Forum Website to BECOME A MEMBER and then register for the workshop HERE. ~Gina

513{eats} visits Deeper Roots Coffee

One of my favorite features about our 513{eats} magazines were the stories shared about our city and her food. New discoveries, hidden gems, road trips, serendipitous visits. Though the magazine is on hiatus, there are past stories still to be posted in the upcoming months, now, via the blog. Today’s post is about a little visit with Les Stoneham, Ryan Doan, Greg York, Courtney Robinson, and Adam Shaw of Deeper Roots Coffee from earlier this year. ~ Gina

Story written by Ilene Ross
Photography by Gina Weathersby

A recent USA TODAY story states that approximately 83 percent of Americans – the world’s largest consumers of the beverage – start their day with at least one cup of coffee. Talk to just about anyone and you’ll almost always hear the same thing; we can’t seem to make a move in the morning without our jolt of java.
Deeper Roots Coffee proves that our morning cup of Joe can do so much more than jump-start the day. Their ethically sourced and crafted coffees begin with a relationship with the growers themselves. This began with the founding of Deeper Roots Development, a non-profit organization working to improve communities of small coffee farmers in Guatemala on ways to improve their product and quality of life. Find out more here.

Les Stoneham, owner of Deeper Roots, enjoys a cup of coffee out of his favorite mug from a town in Guatemala called San Antonio Palopó. The glaze on the mug is Majolica, usually restricted to five colors: cobalt blue, antimony yellow, iron red, copper green, and manganese purple, set on a white tin enamel. .

Much like wine tasting, cupping is the process coffee purveyors go through to systematically “discover” qualities of individual sample lots of coffee brought in from farmers and importers. Also similar to wine are the sought after flavor categories like bouquet (aromatics), acidity (brightness), body, and balance. For every one coffee selected about twenty samples can be tasted. Open cuppings are on Tuesdays at 2pm.

Please meet Spike and Paris, their two resident alpacas.

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