Hi everyone and welcome to my new personal project. As far as introductions go my name is Ben Sassani and I'm a local wedding photographer in the Houston area. Now that my personal project blog is up and running (sorta!), I wanted to take this post and explain on how this project got started, and why I'm doing it, and for free! Here's the Why:
2 years ago while I was shooting a wedding in Mexico of a good friend of mine he pitched an idea about publishing a book about chefs and whats in their fridges. His thought was the book would be a unique look into the fridges of local chefs and what they keep for themselves to eat at home! Sounded nice, told him I'm in... and guess what? we didn't do a single thing about it.
Sadly my friend passed away December of the same year. After his death I got to thinking about the project again and how I could do it on my own, but couldn't come up with a solid idea. Luckily I have a few friends who are always there when I hit a roadblock on the creative side of things, and I also have a friend who owns a small restaurants in Austin. After talking to a few friends about the idea, the project grew from 'whats in their fridge' to a little more than that. One friend suggested that not only would I photograph the fridge and its content, but take pictures of the chef cooking in their kitchen, but also get the stove, their utensils, and what they're cooking.
Sounded great, but now I needed a subject.
Then comes the How:
Not too long after realizing what I wanted to do with the project I got an email out of the blue from a past wedding client of mine. She had her own little project going and needed pictures. That email was the reason I'm sitting here typing this right now! Although she's not a chef by trait, she wanted to start a blog about two things she absolutely loves. Fashion and cooking. We both discussed our ideas for our project, decided on a date for the shoot, then we were off!
So now, what I want to do with this project is this: I want to talk to - and take pictures of - local chefs in the Houston area in their private kitchens at their house. These chefs ideally own their own restaurants, bakeries, bistros, places of eatery and want free publicity about them and their place of business. In the coming months I'll be talking to chefs around town and will hopefully be seeing more activity on the blog. Until then, enjoy the first post coming up in a day or two and please let me know if you have a chef that would fit the mold of this project. I'd love to get in touch with them and have them be a part of this project.
Thanks again, and welcome to Shoot My Chef!