Last month I photographed one of the oldest still-standing houses in Mountain Brook, Alabama for Birmingham Magazine. Thought to be one of the original farmhouses in what was the Watkins Dairy neighborhood, this house had roots in Mountain Brook before it was even incorporated. The Whatley’s beautiful home was a design collaboration by the owner of the home, Hoodie Whatley, and Birmingham based Mary Ruth Caldwell of Caldwell Flake Interiors, who also happens to be Hoodie’s mother.
It’s always a privilege to shoot editorial work with the fantastic team at Birmingham Magazine, and I love to see designers’ talents and get ideas for my own home when I shoot interiors. And, any home with turquoise accents is definitely one I’m going to love. You can see the full article here.
Last month I once again had the privilege and pleasure to shoot for Birmingham Magazine. I’m thrilled every time they ask me to shoot for them. There’s just something special about being published in your hometown magazine. My assignment was to photograph restauranteur, John Cassimus’ Sawtooth Plantation home for the November issue.
When we arrived at the plantation, I photographed the inside of John’s home designed by the talented Adams-Gerndt Design Group. Later, we all rode around the land in his pickup truck, with the windows rolled down, on a beautiful October day, listening to country music while we worked. Every now and then I would yell “Stop the truck!” so I could jump out and grab a shot. John was a fantastic host and ended our long day of shooting with a fire in the firepit at sunset, and a delicious southern meal cooked in his well-appointed kitchen. We sat around his cozy dinner table listening to his story of a boy with big dreams, who was inspired by the great outdoors and his mom, who is an amazing cook. Out of this inspiration grew the Zoes Kitchen franchise, which today has over 100 locations nationwide. When John sold Zoes, he built his home on acres of sawtooth oak tree-lined hunting land outside of Auburn, Alabama, hence the name. The ironic thing is he played football at the University of Alabama. So, when you drive through the gates, one of the first things you see, is a barn with a huge classic Alabama “A” on the front of it and the windows trimmed in crimson red. Roll Tide! This assignment was pretty much right in my wheelhouse. Such a fun day on the job! Thanks to my friends at Birmingham Magazine who made my work look good with their talented writing and beautiful layout. Be sure to pick up a copy of the November food issue on newsstands now.