Lee-Ann is one of my favorite makeup artists to work with. We first worked together eight years ago on a car commercial. I was heavily pregnant with my son. It felt so beautifully full circle to photograph her and her husband just before they're about to welcome their first-born son into the world. We shot amidst the glory of Parktown's autumn trees - all morphing with the turn of the season in yellows and oranges. So lovely.
Last month at Blank - SPIRIT OF RUM, SOUL OF SUGAR CANE. I loved the gorgeous mural on the wall. Loved the tones and colors and had such fun trying my hand at art directing this shoot - laying out bottles and props, lighting cigars and styling rum shots.
When you think of Russia, a few things always come to mind. Amazing Vodka. Fuzzy hats. Chill. Interesting food. Words you can’t pronounce, besides water with a v, and we’ll have that too, with a twist – obviously. Russian style, and now football obviously.
So where will you be when your team wins the big game?
It’s Game on at BLANK Bar, With Russian vodka cocktails, perfect serves, stocked bar and food menu to enhance the full viewing experience.
Their mixologists will impart some of their tips and secrets to their gorgeous Bloody Mary or maybe its a Dirty Martini you're after? Bond would definitely approve There’s even a Hot Toddy for those extra cold Jozi nights. Ask their mixologists what the secret is to making the perfect Moscow Mule, and as always, you can download all their cocktails off the Blank Bar website to try at home and become famous for your new skills with your own friends and fans.
Drinks are cold but its warm inside. All games will be screened so pay Blank a visit!
Blank's latest offering (read pop up bar) is East Meets West. This is Japanese Whiskey at its best. This is compliments of Blank:
"Emerging from the East, comes some of the latest head-turning whisky sensations, which are changing attitudes and creating quite a stir.
With craft and culture permeating through all aspects of Eastern life, their whisky is no exception – as they take on the same craftsmanship and precision you would expect from anything from these honourable lands.
Even though they have been producing whisky for nearly a century – fairly unbeknownst to most of the people outside the country – we are now starting to savour this mastery in its true form.
Blank invites you to sample liquid artistry as we serve some inspired cocktails (which will even convert the “non” whisky drinkers), high balls and the perfect pours, sampling Nikka – Japan, Kavalan – Taiwan & John Paul – Indian
Not straying far from tradition delicious Don bowls (similar in appeal to its well-known cousin, the Poke bowl) and warming Miso soup are perfect a compliments as you taste, sip, experience and learn more about this fascinating beverage.
Remember our mixologists are there to share and impart some of their knowledge – so don’t be afraid to watch, ask and then download all our cocktails off the website and try them at home.
"BLANK Bar is proud to open its doors and celebrate some of Jozi’s favourite Gins – it’s time to beGIN at BLANK what perfect G&T’s, the way gin they should ideally be enjoyed or inspired cocktails from our mixology team.
A choice of carefully crafted combinations of zesty, spicy and fresh floral gins have been chosen to create 5 impeccably balanced cocktails. These cocktails will be matched to perfection with every Gin lover’s favourite bespoke mixer, Fitch & Leedes, obviously.
Taste, appreciate and enjoy a unique creation of Gin cocktail’s from our premium Jozi partners, Ginologist, Flowstone and Time Anchor." - http://blankbar.co.za/begin-at-blank/
The South African Image Academy (SAIA) is one of the country’s most highly regarded image consulting training institutes, offering a wealth of skills, knowledge and materials to all those eager to reinvent not only their career, but also their personal style. I had the privilege of photographing Alette' Winckler and her team in action as they trained a group of women at the gorgeous Morrels in Northcliff Johannesburg.
This is one of Jozi's trendiest streets (4th Avenue) and Botanist is her hippest, new venue. Looking to hire a space to throw a party? This is the place. I just love the tiny details and the beautiful Tanzanian doors at the entrance. The bar area is great space too. So classy and such a treat to shoot. Thanks Vix and Taryn - you two are a force!
During winter 2017 I shot new website pics and a social media image bank for Every Nation Rosebank. What a phenomenal team and a dynamic, inspiring group of leaders behind one of the cities most vibrant, multicultural communities. I worked on a three month contract with their marketing team to revamp their social media accounts (Facebook & Instagram).
If it is organic, grass-fed, or gluten free, I'm interested. So when Kerry from Farm Table opened doors in Linden, I was keen to see what she was stocking and hear her story. A mutual friend connected us and I worked on Kerry's photography, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for a year. We have had such fun. She is a fantastic businesswoman and I love her commitment to getting the best from the farms to our tables. The business is growing beautifully and is a favorite go-to for my family. Our weekly basket contents looks like this: the most delicious kefir from For Goodness, Tinderbox meat, Sculleys gluten-free rusks, and beautiful, organic fruit and veg. Go visit them on 6th Street in Linden and say I sent you!
Nice is like an institution in Jo'burg. In a hood like Parkhurst where restaurants come and go, Nice has proved that it's here to stay. This quaint spot is synonymous with the Egg & Bacon Basket and long ques to get a table on a Sunday morning. When Nice changed ownership in winter 2017, I shot their menu for social media and their new website gallery. Go Taryn and Vix - what a team! Looking forward to many more years of Nice!