Its been a minute since we’ve all seen each other. That is totally my fault!
Last year I tried something different with the blog and as of right now have yet to see results from it. So this post has been on hold for a year and I couldn’t wait any longer to post it. So here it is. But if anything does happen by some miracle of God, all of you will be the first to know.
On with the show
Since the start of this project of mine I’d heard Lance’s name come up in conversations. His name had always come up as one of the veterans of Houston culinary scene and everyone seemed to either know or have worked with him at one time or another. It wasn’t until a food event I was shooting last year I was approached by someone on his team to do a shoot for the blog. After meeting him for dinner over at Liberty Kitchen to talk about his life, his interests, and family, he was easily one of the most interesting chefs I’d met to date so I jumped at the chance to do a shoot. But since his schedule with travel and work was a bit hectic it still took us a little bit to setup the shoot.
We finally met on a hot muggy morning in August at Lance’s 300 sq. ft. apartment in Galveston. It was raining off and on during the day so we had a lot of time to chat since most of our shoot was scheduled to be outdoors. We talked about Lance’s career, what all has changed in the industry since he started, his travels, his love for surfing, his recent discovery of buddhism, and his recent change to a vegan lifestyle (as of our shoot).
Lance’s life these days is very minimalist and his lack of material things in his apartment is evident of that. The apartment is so small his twin size bed is the centerpiece of the entire place. There’s a small chair/couch looking seat at the foot of the bed with a dusty tv sitting in front of it. To the left of the bed is a shelf with a single light and pictures of Lance and his kids around it and painting material lining the rest of it all the way to the front door. There’s small fridge to the right of the bed and a very small 1 person kitchen to the right of that. The kitchen is so small I had to take pics of Lance prepping food from outside looking in the kitchen.
Outside in the walkway there was a large easel with an unfinished painting on it, quite a few surfboards laying next to the large bush at the end, and a beach bicycle by the entry gate.
After the vegan gumbo (which was pretty damn delicious!) and his coffee, Lance worked on his painting for a bit, then as the rain died down he prepped a surfboard for a quick surf. The waves weren’t ideal for surfing so I caught what I could of Lance on that windy day. Our day ended with Lance’s shorts and us ending up a good 1/4 mile down the coast where we started. Overall it was a memorable day and one of the most interesting chefs I’ve done a shoot with to date.
I definitely want to do more shoots like this in the future and showcase more of a diversity in the culinary world. Until then though, I hope everyone enjoys the pictures of our day with Lance.