Local food – Teriyaki Grill review

I love to share my favorite places to eat. Food is a passion for me! This week I tried Teriyaki Grill on Sunset in St. George. I was pleasantly surprised. Their food is really good. All of their ingredients are high quality, fresh cut vegetables and meat trimmed and sliced fresh daily. Nothing is deep fried, they don’t even have a fryer!

The meat was tender and the vegetables were just slightly crisp, just like I like them. Their ginger sauce was so good. The service was fast and friendly. It wasn’t too busy even though it was during the noon hour. Their menu is small but what they do they do well! I feel like Teriyaki Grill hit it home with their fresh, healthy, simply delicious food. Next time you are in the area give them a try!  (This was not sponsored I purchased the meal myself.)

Photo taken with my iPhone at Teriyaki Grill
Photo taken with my iPhone at Teriyaki Grill #nofilter

The Granary at Santa Clara, Utah advertising photo shoot.

On Saturday I did a photo shoot for a local company, Most Wanted Jeans. They arranged for us to shoot at “The Granary” in Santa Clara. I suggested this location because I fell in love with their patio while driving by. Although I knew they existed, I just hadn’t tried them out before. The setting is beautiful! They have a lovely patio with gardens and fountains. It has the mood of a little European bistro. The historic granary building has been lovingly restored and is a nice centerpiece for this little gem. Pat and her staff were very sweet and accommodating. They were the models for the product we were shooting (aprons).

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Mostwanted_D8A8886After our photo shoot we stayed to sample the cuisine. Their menu may be small but what they do, they do to perfection! My daughter and I had the Quiche Lorraine and my son had their special, baked Caramel Apple French Toast. (BTW, if you don’t like bacon…make sure you order the vegetarian quiche. This was loaded with bacon! 😊 yum!!! )  Everything was fresh and delicious. It’s worth the drive! Go try the Granary, I know you won’t be disappointed!

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Patricia – the owner (and fabulous model) 

  
iPhone pic – Quiche


iPhone pic – Baked Caramel Apple French Toast

The Granary Cafe summer hours are Wednesday through Sunday 8 am to 3 pm. Click on the link to take you to their website and menu.
 

Plan ahead for your marketing….Double chocolate mousse… YUM!

Here’s a dessert shoot i did a few weeks ago for my portfolio. Since it was personal work, I just barely got around to processing it. Clients work always comes first!  

You may notice some ornaments in the background. It because we generally shoot holiday items as early as July. It’s a good thing to keep in mind if you are planning an advertising campaign for the Christmas holidays, you will be better organized if you have your photography done in advance. (Plus it saves you money, rushed shoots usually cost more!) When you plan in advance you can save money by scheduling in photographer’s and designer’s slower times, plus you have more time to get all the little details perfect. A rushed job is rarely a great job!

Photographing produce from the Farmers Market in St.George, Utah.

I’ve been enjoying the lovely fresh produce from the local Farmers Market in St. George. Late spring has to be my favorite time of year…all of the delightful, fresh fruit and vegetables, my herb and flower gardens are in bloom and the weather is finally warming up. 

In the studio we have been taking advantage of the seasonal produce and have had a chef in the kitchen creating some amazing dishes for us. Here’s a sneak peek at a few :

   
 

ASMP Food styling workshop for photographers in Salt Lake City.

This past weekend I attended a wonderful food styling workshop taught by Suzy Eaton. It was set up though ASMP Mountain West and hosted by  Pictureline. There was a wealth of information provided. Suzy showed us the tools of her trade. It’s amazing how much a stylist can bring to your team. It’s kind of ironic that most photographers I know complain about amateurs in the market….but at the same time they try to do their own graphic design, web site, wardrobe, set and food styling. I feel like we need to remember how important it is to hire other professionals! 

 When I have a team working on a project each member brings so much to the table as far as talent and creativity. I love having a stylist on my shoots. It frees me to do my job and truly focus on the creative aspects of my photography. I haven’t worked with Suzy yet but I hope to in the  near future. I have been an admirer of her work for quite awhile.

Suzy judging the students work.

Our team’s effort at food styling. We got second place.
iPhone photos!👆🏻.