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Sweet assignment

I really enjoy opportunities to photograph people in their workplace, doing what they’re really good at and hopefully, doing what gives them a sense of fulfillment in life.

I very cool assignment came up recently for me and two of my co-workers at the University of Richmond. We spent some time with chef Tom Parfitt at UR’s Culinary Arts Center, interviewing, filming and photographing him as he made some delightful chocolate creations. We were putting together a story, along with video and still photos describing his journey from restaurant dish-washer to pastry chef, and his process of making chocolate ganache desserts (to view the story, video and more images, go here). Needless to say, we were all on board with doing this piece.


Tom with the final “plated” desserts: chai-infused ganache in a chocolate shell and espresso-flavored ganache in a teacup shell.

My awesome colleagues Kevin on video and Kim doing the interview with Tom. We would have had no problem staying the whole afternoon!

And yes, we sampled them … and they were really good.

Yeah, I’d be smiling too, if I were him! Tom is a fantastic teacher who makes preparing foods look a lot easier than you think.

If you live in the central Virginia region and want to learn any number of culinary skills, check out the Culinary Arts Program and see what they have to offer. Your taste buds (and your family and friends) will thank you.

The Storyteller

Happy New Year — 2010!

It’s been a busy holiday season but things are finally settling back into somewhat of a “normal” routine for me. One of the things about the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays that are most important to me is getting together with family. And especially if they have travelled a great distance to visit.

Kim and I enjoyed a great time with my family in Maryland and were also able to visit with my uncle John, aunt Lorraine and cousin Byron, from Kelowna, British Columbia. (That’s in Canada, for you non-Canucks). One of the things that makes being with them so special is my uncle John’s storytelling. Having grown up on a farm in Alberta, Canada, his tales usually involve things like bulls getting into hay lofts (and how not to get them down!), pranks played on big sisters (like my mom), and soon-to-be brothers-in-law getting accidentally hurtled off of farm equipment or sprayed with high-pressured manure (dad was the victim of that one). It’s usually a good idea not to eat the holiday apple pie before one of his stories because of the side-splitting laughter that generally follows!

I hope that in 2010 you also have a chance to laugh with family and friends and appreciate the beauty of the people in your life. And maybe have some stories of your own to tell — in words or photographs.