We’ve enjoyed many celebratory beers and tasty lunches at Tony’s Darts Away.
But one of the unexpected bonuses of setting up shop right next to your favorite bar (besides the obvious) is getting to know their amazing staff.
Their award-winning chef, Caroline, needed a professional portrait / headshot that she could use for publicity and personal work, so of course I was excited when she asked me to take them.
We wanted to keep it stylized but simple – to reflect her openly friendly, no-nonsense personality, and the tasty cuisine featuring simple elements that combine for an amazing meal.
The first setup (natural light with strobe fill) was shot in our back area and features the wood fence that separates our two properties. The second, brings in texture and depth. No hair and makeup, just fresh – like Caroline, and her food.
We had so much fun, I asked if I could follow her around the kitchen for an hour, so we could share some of her amazing food in photos as well. My first foray into food photography, my main job was to stay out of her way. (easier said than done in the tiny galley kitchen.) The results showcase some of her culinary skills in the unexpected environment of a local bar. And my mouth waters just looking at the food.
They do it right at Tony’s, as many of us can attest to… from craft California beers to vegan food options.. you’ll find lots to love there. Plus, they have the BEST CHEF OF BURBANK working hard for you.
(And don’t forget to give a shout of thanks to Caroline when that delicious meal is served! )
Read more about Caroline in this LA Times article.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND POST WORK BY JEN SERENA
The first business owner I approached for the HoMEGRoWN project project was Audrey. I had worked with her on a campaign celebrating all of the different body types that women can have, and knew I wanted to highlight her for this project.
Her store is full of beautiful things… to wear, to look at, to covet. Audrey is queen of customer service and wants everyone who enters to feel special and well cared for. (And a side note… her window decorations for the Magnolia Park holiday event always rock!)
Audrey felt a little self-conscious during the photo shoot (as she’s usually doting on someone else and not the center of attention,) but she handled it with grace and a winning smile. I count myself lucky to have worked with her, and wish only great things for her future.
For her conceptual image, I wanted to combine her retro fashions that have caught up with trends for today. The model is the same on the magazine cover as the one holding the magazine. My only regret is that you can’t see the beautiful neckline on the dress designed by Audrey in the image.
Photographer: Jen Serena
Portrait Subject: Audrey K, Audrey K Boutique
Model: Elle Jane Hounsell
HAIR & MAKEUP: Alexandria Storm, Miss Cassanova, Ciara Pisa
WARDROBE: Audrey K Boutique & Drelyn, Beyond Imaging