If you've ever been to a sightseeing location and used one of those massive binoculars that's bolted to the ground - you know the ones that force you to find 50 cents for 60 seconds of view time - this is where they are born. In Fairhope, Alabama of all places! Yet again, Business Alabama has sent me on location to a place right nearby that I had no clue about. I spent the afternoon with these awesome people, watching and documenting their hard work.
Test Pilot Mark McCullins shot inside a brand new Airbus airplane at their plant in Mobile, Alabama. And yes, it did have the new car smell to it.
I had the fun assignment to shadow three couples that have moved from different parts of the United States and decided to settle in our little piece of paradise here at the beach. We went all over the area, documenting some of the fun things they enjoy doing down here.
I had a great time shooting this project for a magazine all the way over in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Country Roads Magazine. Online article here!
An interesting thing happened on my ride out to the site. I met the contact at a doughnut shop in the small town of Bayou La Batre and followed the yellow jeep down a long (super long) and dusty dirt road. As I'm following her, I start to recognize the road and area and I'm starting to think that I've been here before. Once we arrived, I asked her if I'd been there before and they didn't recognize me. It turns out that I did the oyster farm right down the road a year or so before. And that in fact was the reason I was called from the magazine way over there to do this shoot. So, not only did I get to add a little more oyster work to my folio, but I met yet more amazing people involved in this delicious field.
Another short: While on site, the dad asked if I enjoyed oysters and I hemmed a little bit and said that the only way I like them is when they are prepared a better way then raw. If they are raw, I just swallow them whole. He stared me down for a bit and told me to try theirs and take the time to chew/enjoy them. I'm not lying when I say that these were the best oysters I've ever had - especially of the raw variety! I've shot them at two separate restaurants in the Alabama/Florida area and whether they are cooked or raw, they are absolutely fantastic. So look them up when you are searching for oysters!