Yes Chef

When dining out at certain places, I’m reminded that real artistry involving food requires a tremendous amount of resources.

Most notably, time and labor.

There are many visible parallels between making food in a restaurant and producing photography in a studio.

A purpose-built space is required. Specialized tools are needed. Skilled artisans with the right kind of training and experience tie it all together.

Recently, I had the opportunity to photograph two chefs in town.

As I was feeding the parking meter for the first session, I wondered if I should pay for 30 or 60 minutes. I was hoping for a lot of time with my subject but expecting very little.

I paid for an hour but didn’t use it.

Chef Elise, thoroughly wonderful in every way, was pressed for time. At the ten minute mark, I could see that she was anxious to wrap it all up.

She politely asked if we were almost finished.

I could see that the only answer was, “yes Chef.”

The kitchen beckoned and I completely understood.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.