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Jazzy Veggie, Take 2: Delicious Vegetarian Fare

Jazzy Veggie is a staple on Main Street known for their innovative, vegetarian comfort food (many items on the menu are vegan). And in the last couple years they've become the go-to spot for herbivores and omnivores alike. When we worked with Andy a couple years ago, he was offering favorites like sweet potato fries and veggie quinoa burgers. 

As his customers tastes have evolved, so has his ever-growing menu. Behold the beauty of the beet, brown rice and lentil burger! 

 

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Pair it with a salad of quinoa, corn and garlic roasted red pepper with kale on the side.

If you're not up for a quick bite, take the time to savor a full "meatloaf" plate with mashed potatoes and gravy.  

If pizza is more your speed, try the pesto, artichoke, roasted red pepper - hot and crispy right out of the oven.  

End your meal with a sweet apple treat from Achatz Handmade Pie Co. All vegan and all goodness.  

After the shoot, our stomachs were rumbling from the delightful smells. We had a black bean burger and an agave BBQ chicken sandwich. Each was chock full of spices and flavor.

Andy now has a new inventory of images for Facebook, Twitter and his website! Our food styling and lighting expertise makes all the difference for our clients. 

Give us a call or email to set up a free consultation today. 

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Our Favorite Spot in Town: Food photos at Mr. Spots

For almost twenty years now I've been going to Mr. Spots, the home of the Philly cheesesteak (served on an Amoroso bun), hot wings and a phenomenally delicious chicken sandwich steps from UM's campus. I had discovered the place with my best friend during high school and continued to go even after Nick and I moved to Chicago on our visits home. 

We met with owner Keith McKendry (he owns one other Mr. Spots locations with his business partner Tim Wojcik) to talk about what look he wanted for his rotating digital menus, but we already knew the product all too well. We had little trouble highlighting some of our favorites like the Philly Original, waffle fries and chicken fingers.

The food is simply top notch American fare prepared in an immaculate and well-appropriated kitchen. There have been a lot of improvements since their first location (just next door) back in 1986 and it shows. Known for serving up the freshest and hottest food on the strip, athletes including Tom Brady and Charles Woodson have made Mr. Spot's their go-to place on campus and later during their professional careers.

But enough said. We'll let the food speak for itself. 

To schedule a meeting to talk about how we can make your food pop through styling and great photography, give us a call at 734-929-2498 or email us.

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Sustainable and Delicious: Pop-up Dinners with Central Provisions

Our calendar's been busy with food shoots and today's post will not disappoint your senses.

We'd been to the The Bar at 327 Braun Court for drinks in the past but we kept hearing about a spectacular pop-up dinner that was taking place there. 

Central Provisions is a weekly occurring dinner on Wednesday evenings, sourcing organic, sustainable and when possible, local ingredients. Nick met the partners and chefs behind the operation Steve Hall and Abby Olitzky, while they whipped up their delectable plates and the results were beautifully tempting. 

The small plate menu changes weekly but here's what they were serving that particular evening: 

Ricotta baked in tomato leaves, crostini, pickled garlic scapes (brinery) 

Fried eggplant and padron peppers, buttermilk, chives

Crispy kale salad, shaved spring vegetables, parmesan, honey lemon vinaigrette

Cherry tomato cobbler, cheddar

Chicken with tarragon cream sauce, carrots, almonds

Summer berry pudding, whipped cream

With such a thoughtfully curated menu, it's no wonder that they're getting rave reviews and building lots of interest among the foodie set in Ann Arbor. To learn more about their ever-changing menu, contact them at centralprovisions@gmail.com

Bon appétit!


 

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Teen Model Search Winners at zoey + joey

We always have a fun time when we're working with zoey + joey, the family-friendly kid and teen salon. There's no other option like it in the area with their all natural, vegan products, video games and children's programming, free coffee for parents and custom Mini Coopers for the little ones. You can even book and change your appointments online any time of day. The past couple months, they held a Teen Model Search to find models for their new back-to-school and teen salon ad campaigns, which we create along with capturing photos. 

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Early this past Tuesday (the only day the salon is closed), we met Julian, Celine and Parker, the three photogenic winners. They received a year's worth of haircuts, their photographs taken in the new teen salon for the ads and a professional portrait with Nick. It took a little while for the sleepy eyed kids to get warmed up, but once they did we got some awesome shots. 

Here are some examples of the editorial style photos they were awarded with. You can book your own session with us here

Congratulations to the winners and look out this Fall for the ads in publications all over town!  

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Artist Profile: Kelly Ventura for Crate & Barrel

Kelly and I met in Book Arts when we attended art school years ago. I always remembered her pieces for being subtle and thoughtfully brilliant. We crossed paths again in Chicago when she was showing her incredible fiber pieces at the gallery where I worked and at The Renegade Craft Fair. Now we're all back in the Ann Arbor area and Kelly is a full time product and surface designer. We were so thrilled to hear that a line of her illustrations had been picked up by Crate & Barrel to be reproduced for their Spring 2014 art print lineCongratulations, Kelly!

N captured some great shots of her working in the studio in preparation to send to C&B for their artist profile.

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 Kelly works largely in watercolor and pen. She has a beautiful signature style that's whimsical and saturated with color.

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See more of Kelly's work at KellyVentura.com and her Minted site. We can't wait for her collection to come out next spring - look out for it!

To have your works of art or yourself captured in the studio, give us a call at 734-929-2498 or email us at info@chin-azzaro.com

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A Bear of a Time: On the Set with Filmmaker Gus Péwé

Our good friend, artist and sculptor Tim Péwé has a son who's equally as talented in another medium - film. Gus is still a student (he'll be attending California Institute of the Arts this Fall) but a budding filmmaker that's already debuted his works in various places. This past week N shot a costume that came to be with the help of his parents and producer Robert Hoxie, with spiritual guidance from Tommy Colangelo. It's a costume that will be used in his upcoming film, Same Ghost Every Night, which reached a successful Kickstarter campaign goal recently. The photos not only document how awesome the costume is but will be used for promoting the film.

There was a lot of horsing around in the studio.

Below, Gus, Tommy and Robert keep it real.

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Latest Tribehaus Shoot : Three Lighting Set Ups, Three Looks

We've started shooting for Tribehaus on a regular basis and every week is an exciting chance to sharpen our creative processes. Last weekend we hit the nail on the head when we worked with model Maeve and collaborated again with make up artist Taryn Scalise of Tough Love MPD. Along with the "chief" of Tribehaus, Anna Bagozzi, the stars were in alignment because we had some of the most successful shots we've seen a long while. Don't you agree? DSC_1655standardDSC_1608standardDSC_1508standard

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A New Partnership : Tribehaus | Photo Studio Group

Sunday we shot our first of many sessions for Tribehaus, owned by entrepreneur extraordinaire Anna Bagozzi. With its eclectic and trendy inventory, Tribehaus is an online presence unlike any other offering women's fashion with plans to expand to menswear. Anna has turned the brand into an empire with her insane marketing skills. Check out her Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr pages.

For model shots, we required a studio space that would allow for flexibility and a seamless or cyc wall, a panel with rounded bottom corner to lend an infinite spatial quality to the images. Not only is it an incredibly brilliant concept, Photo Studio Group, is a community-based resource, offering their space and equipment at a fraction of what it typically costs. We just started our membership and we urge others to visit them as well. It's better than any other scenario we've come across during our years in commercial photography.

Every shoot depends on successful collaboration of the team. We were really lucky to have Amelia modeling. Not only does she have an incredible high fashion look, she was so personable and a breeze to work with.

No shoot is complete until you bring in hair and make up and Taryn Scalise is a master of both. She got us through two complete looks very quickly and was on hand to catch fly aways with the brush and lip stick touch ups between shots.

We can't remember the last time such a production went so seamlessly and we can't wait to do it again. In the meanwhile, support our partners and let us know if you have any questions about buying from, visiting or hiring our friends. See you next week!

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