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What a week its been!

September is definitely here. With more work then I can shake two cameras at this week, I’ve been negligent in updating my blog. So prepare for the grand-daddy update complete with pictures and narration!

NC Magazine’s upcoming edition is focusing on education so we visited the UNC campus to catch a professor in action. Melody from Cherokee Publishing arranged an in-class visit for us to capture education in action. It had been quite a while since I had been on campus and had forgotten (nothing to do with me being a rabid NCSU fan) how really nice the campus is. Shooting architecture is definitely a favorite activity of mine so the day went by very quickly. Here’s one of the shots from our trip:


Drinks are on me!
If you keep up on my blog, you’ll know what a raving coffee snob I am. Cary Magazine is featuring 3 holiday drinks for the upcoming holiday issue and gave us chance to visit the Pheasant Creek Coffee House in Apex. Waiting for us there was a peppermint mocha latte and a coffee art design that was truly outstanding. Geoff & Jennifer were so accommodating to my, as usual, unusual requests for napkins, towels, chairs, biscottis, coffee beans, etc. They didn’t even mind after I pawed the biscotti’s we used as props in a few shots (Geoff, I swear that was accidental! 🙂 ) In the end we got quite a few spectacular images. The full story will be out in the Nov/Dec edition of Cary Magazine. Below is a photo of the superb coffee art he designed:


Our next stop was for tea. No, not iced tea, long island tea or even Mr. T. Dave and I visited the Pineapple Tea Room in downtown Apex to photography and sample the Winter Mint tea they offer. Kendra & Carol had a very proper tea setup all layed out for us in their “party are”. Glass tea pots heated by candles, fine china to drink out of, loose tea leaves and even the little tea spoons to use. Overall it was a very classy layout and I could immediately see why their business thrives – attention to detail. Below is one of the shots of the setup:


Our last stop of the day was the San Remo Italian Grill off of Kildaire Farm road in Cary. Dave has challenged their chef & owner, John Pittari, to concoct two Holiday Cocktails we could photograph. You’ll have to forgive me as my memory is shot, I know one of them is the Silent Night and the other is Mistle something or other. Now, I know what you’re thinking, my memory isn’t gone from quality control testing on these beverages, but the samples I tasted were indeed divine. John & Carla both went to extraordinary lengths to make us feel both comfortable and provide everything we needed. Considering its 90 degrees outside, and its September, making Christmas Cheer wasn’t coming easily to us. Carla found Mistletoe, candy canes, garland, peppermint logs and tomato sauce cans (it’s a long story).

By the way, they have excellent food as well! My wife and I visited them later in the evening for dinner and had a great time sitting on their outside patio. Here’s a couple of shot of the drinks:



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