Chef Craig Richards of St. Cecilia Homemade Pasta

This week I had the privilege of photographing Chef Craig Richards of St. Cecilia in his beautiful home kitchen. The two dishes photographed here are St. Cecilia Kitchen Artichoke Ravioli and Cacio e Pepe, using the same base recipe for the pasta dough. Check out the full AJC cover story and recipes here.

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours

One of my favorite parts of the job is revisiting a restaurant years after I've shot the first look to find them booming with success! One such restaurant I've had the pleasure of shooting again was Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours in West Midtown. Chef Deborah VanTrece and her team of ladies are featured this month by the James Beard Foundation in the Cast Iron Chronicles. Take a look at some of their cocktails (with fresh juices and vegetables) and their stunning dishes-

Molly B's - Mercedes Benz Stadium

One of my recent projects that I've been most excited to share is the newly opened Molly B's Restaurant, located in the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium. Working with Concentrics Restaurants and Chef Michael Bertozzi brought these dishes to life! I could go into detail, but these dishes definitely speak for themselves. If you're a sports fan or just a fan of fried chicken, be sure to check it out. The restaurant has a fantastic view of the field!

SunTrust Park Drinking and Dining

Working with the AJC, I've gotten a fantastic feel of the rush of new restaurants coming to Smyrna, courtesy of the new SunTrust Park. What impressed me most was the variety, that you could get anything from typical "ball park" food such as hotdogs and beer (although, these are probably the best hotdogs and beer you will ever have) to an upscale steakhouse experience with oysters, lobster, and Tomahawk Ribeye. These restaurants are open both during the Atlanta Braves games and non-event days. Take a peek at a couple of our First Looks including Terrapin Taproom and Fox Brothers BBQ, Todd English Tavern, and C. Ellet's

Bacchanalia- Star Provisions

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing a few dishes at Bacchanalia's new location in Westside for a ZAGAT First Look. Dishes pictured include the Summerland Farm Vegetables, an impressive "Fruits de Mer" seafood display, Red Cow Parmigiano, and a strawberry dessert with Georgia strawberries, milk, and honey. Always known for their farm-to-table style of cooking, this new location did not disappoint! As an added bonus, Star Provisions Market and Cafe is attached to the building.

New Studio

Finally unpacked and have the new studio up and running! Great for food (newly renovated kitchen), portraits, products, etc. Contact me for availability and rates.

New Instagram Account- @miayakelphoto

Most of you know I've been hesitant to the whole Instagram game... while it seems like a natural pull for a photographer, all of the filters and what not had me feeling like it lost touch with the craft! But, it is a fantastic way to share, and many of my clients have been asking about this so I decided to give it a try-

https://www.instagram.com/miayakelphoto/

First Look at American Cut for Zagat

This beauty is from a first look at American Cut, new to Buckhead Atlanta. It is a Pastrami Bone-in Ribeye, with a side of steak sauce. Quite an impressive restaurant, this steakhouse is three stories and each floor has a different atmosphere. Check out the full story and more photos by Zagat here- https://www.zagat.com/b/atlanta/american-cut-atlanta-buckhead-steakhouse

Hampton and Hudson- The Atlantan Magazine

Inman park has been so good to me... from photographing first looks to restaurant reviews, the creative genius in this district has left me salivating! This shoot at the new Hampton and Hudson was for a restaurant review in The Atlantan (out this month!). It was my first time working with them, couldn't be more pleased with both the teams both at the restaurant and the magazine. More good things to come.

www.hamptonandhudson.com

The Local Palate- Season's Eatings

Branching more into the magazine world, this was my first opportunity to work with the awesome team at The Local Palate, and a third opportunity working with the great minds of Botiwalla at Ponce City Market! This story covers Chef Meherwan's newest kebab recipes for grilling this season. Dishes included are Tandoori Tri-Tip Kebab Sliders, Paneer Cheese and Veggie Kababs, Botiwalla Lamb Kababs, and his Cumin and Fennel Seed Dry Rub for ribeye and strip steaks. 

Doughnut Smackdown

Cover stories for Creative Loafing are some of my all time favorites to photograph. This shoot couldn't be described as anything but fun- sampling, judging, and photographing some of the best sweets in Atlanta! The winner ended up being the Sunflower from Sarah Donut, a specialty doughnut that has sugar and cinnamon folded into the dough, and of course is shaped like a sunflower. The panel of judges included Adjoa Danso, Stephanie Dazey, Brad Kaplan, and Jennifer Zyman. Check out the story here to see some of the other doughnut contestants, behind the scenes notes, and more!