Atlanta Photography

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/

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

El Super Pan at Ponce City Market

With all the new additions, Ponce City Market keeps calling my name for updates and happenings! This First Look for Creative Loafing was on El Super Pan, a Latino sandwiches restaurant and bar inside PCM's Central Food Hall. The price tags are a bit steep for sandwiches, but this revived concept by Chef Hector Santiago has gotten rave reviews. While not a food critic myself, I can say with full confidence that the Medio Dia was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had with an incredible blend of flavors. Check out Creative Loafing's full story by Sucheta Rawal here.

Raw Bar with Eli Kirshtein

Recently I've had the pleasure of working with Eli Kirshtein and Bob Townsend to pull together this awesome cover story for the AJC. Chef Eli works at the Luminary in Krog Street Market, but rather than focusing on the restaurant, this story instead highlights the chef and his seafood expertise on creating the perfect raw bar in time for the holidays. I am over the moon with how this story came together, check out the full article (including recipes) here.

Ponce City Market

Ponce City Market, a long-awaited addition to the Atlanta food scene, just got a little bigger (and better) with the recent additions of H&F Burger and Hop's Chicken. Anything I could say about these restaurants would pale in comparison to the article written by Cliff Bostock, which you can check out here. Needless to say, Linton Hopkins is a hero among food fans, myself included. 

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Proof Bakeshop

My favorite assignments are the ones that combine food and documentary photography. These stories go beyond taking colorful pictures and share the backgrounds of the workers striving to perfect their art. Their workplace is their home, their coworkers are family. This Creative Loafing article, A Day in the Life of Proof Bakeshop, covers the goings-on around the clock at a new Atlanta bakery. Combined, me and my fellow photographer Eric Cash spent an entire day photographing and getting to know the business and employees. Starting from preparations at 6pm the night before to 6pm at closing time the next day, these employees don't miss a beat, even at 2 o'clock in the morning. While the food was delicious, I would go back just for the company.

Not only does this bakery have a feature story, but they also won Best New Bakery in the Critic's Pick section of Creative Loafing's "Best Of" issue. Below are some of my photos from the morning and afternoon shifts. Check out the full CL story here.

International Food Photography Award

Today I received a "Best Photo Award" as an international winner for one of my recent dessert photographs. Lyan van Furth, a photographer himself, approached me a few weeks back about being considered for the award. He expressed that there are so many great photos in the world that go unrecognized, and it is his mission to generate exposure internationally. I am happy to be one of the very first winners in the category! 

Check out the page and see some of the other winners here.

Photos of the Year

This image of mine, previously featured as a Time and Place photo for Creative Loafing, was chosen to be included in Creative Loafing's December cover story- The Year in Photos 2014. I take this as a very high praise, and am so proud to be included and published next to such talented photographers!

12:15 A.M. AUG. 10, 2000 MORELAND AVE. S.E.  : This photo was taken at the Starlight Drive-In, Atlanta's only drive-in movie theater. That night it had been pouring, a steady summer rain, but there was a brief moment when it lifted and people began to get out of their cars. I immediately grabbed my camera and started taking pictures, trying to capture the unique quality of the place. Everything came together at the right moment. I saw a woman's silhouette was framed in a doorway at the same instant that a light came on inside the car in front of me, illuminating the figures of the two men inside. The movie playing to the right, adding a third source of light amid a dark background, completed the shot. It was a passing moment, there only for a second before everything shifted.

12:15 A.M. AUG. 10, 2000 MORELAND AVE. S.E.: This photo was taken at the Starlight Drive-In, Atlanta's only drive-in movie theater. That night it had been pouring, a steady summer rain, but there was a brief moment when it lifted and people began to get out of their cars. I immediately grabbed my camera and started taking pictures, trying to capture the unique quality of the place. Everything came together at the right moment. I saw a woman's silhouette was framed in a doorway at the same instant that a light came on inside the car in front of me, illuminating the figures of the two men inside. The movie playing to the right, adding a third source of light amid a dark background, completed the shot. It was a passing moment, there only for a second before everything shifted.

Link to the full story here.

$20 Dinner With Jarrett Stieber

This month I had the pleasure to photograph a cover story for Creative Loafing featuring Chef Jarrett Stieber from Atlanta's Eat Me Speak Me. I always enjoy these types of assignments the most, both for the diversity of images and because it feels almost like a collaboration between me and whoever I am photographing. For this story, Jarrett prepared a full dinner for under $20 with food purchased from a local farmers market.

Check out the story, including the recipe to his "Yummy Sauce" (my personal favorite) here.

Check Out CLATL.com

Working for Creative Loafing this summer I've gotten to interact with some really creative minds, both inside the office and out! Check out this article I shot for about the Lucid FC twins, full story here.

Also, keep an eye out next week for our upcoming Atlanta City Guide. It's been a huge project that's taken many months to complete- but well worth the result! You will never again be at a loss for Friday night plans.

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Yip Deceiver and Indianapolis Jones at The Goat Farm Arts Center

The Goat Farm Arts Center has an unmatched quality for putting on events, and Friday night was no exception. The musical duo Yip Deceiver started off the night with a fantastic set, followed by Atlanta’s own Indianapolis Jones, who celebrated their new CD release. Food, beer, and great music, all for $10- what more could you ask for?

Check out their Facebook page to see more great events coming up-

https://www.facebook.com/TheGoatFarmArtsCenter