When something is said to have floral notes or a taste of blueberry, I think wine….However in this case it is coffee, more specifically a handcrafted coffee from Flying Machine Coffee. Sharing a space with Pizza M inside the storefront called Cafeteria and Co in downtown Urbana, this unique Coffeehouse is doing coffee like you have never seen before! Sure you can get a cuppa Joe, or a latte, but how about a Rosemary Mocha or specialty tea called Orange Blossom Special? And then there the special coffees…carefully weighed and measured to exact proportions for a totally awesome brew. A must stop place for any coffee or tea lover!
Meet Josh of the Urbana Butcher Shop on Main Street in Downtown Urbana. Josh knows good meat: Organic, free range and/or grass-fed as opposed to caged, antibiotic and hormone filled. As a trained Chef, he creates interesting and unusual offerings such as house-made Saucisson Sec, Pancetta, Chorizo, Lardo and Headcheese. His training also extends to the details, crown roasts are frenched, loins are rolled and tied and everything is wrapped in the traditional white butchers paper and tied with twine. I was fortunate to photograph the environmental portraits on a day they were cutting up a hog. Watching the process is a complete learning experience and Josh was great about explaining it to me as I was snapping away. If you are serious about food in the Champaign-Urbana Area, the Urbana Butcher Shop is a must go place!
I went to Aaron, the awesome chiropractor local to me here in Fisher IL, and told him I had some crazy ideas for photographs of chiropractors and would he be interested….Lucky for me, he said yes. It was a bit challenging working around the tables and such in a small office, but I think overall we got some cool and unique images that reflect his passion for what he does!
My favorite images from this shoot as well as several other environmental portrait shoots will be available for viewing along with my senior work at the Boneyard Artwalk April 10-13. I will be at H2O Salon in Urbana and at the Village of Fisher Community Center on Sunday afternoon.