I'm Back!

OK, so it’s been way too long since I’ve posted here and I’ve been meaning too.  It’s kinda crazy how busy an unemployed former newspaper photographer can be, but that’s been the case over the past month or so.  I’ve done a triathlon, travelled home for a wedding, shot a couple of assignments, would up in the Wall Street Journal, met Robin Yount and more so it’s been a somewhat busy month, but things are starting to settle back down… at least for now.

One cool thing I had the opportunity to do was spend a day at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar shooting all kinds of images for the Wall Street Journal.  The restaurant is located about 10-15 miles north of Duluth along the shore of Lake Superior.  I found out about the assignment on Wednesday and they needed the images by the following Monday.  On top of that, it was Grandma’s Marathon weekend so I couldn’t shoot it Saturday and on Sunday I had to leave to shoot a Charity Golf Tournament in Milwaukee.  That left me with one option… which was to shoot the assignment on Friday.

So I headed out there around 4 in the afternoon and spent about 6 hours there shooting all kinds of scenes from inside the restaurant, the kitchen, different foods and more.  My girlfriend Kristin joined me around 530 and helped out and then we settled down and had dinner there and make no mistake about it–the place lived up to the hype.  Strangely, the bread we had was my favorite part of the whole meal.  The cooks in back put sea salt (I think) and olive oil on it before baking it and it turns out delicious.

Anyway, check out some of the images from my afternoon at Nokomis and what the final article looked like in the Wall Street Journal…

Oh and here is a link to the article online…

Customers enter the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth.

Customers enter the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth.

Sous-Chef Curtis LaBreche puts the finishing touches on a Whitefish Cake at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Sous-Chef Curtis LaBreche puts the finishing touches on a Whitefish Cake at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Tables near large windows that let natural light pour through with views of Lake Superior are among the hardest to get on busy nights at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Tables near large windows that let natural light pour through with views of Lake Superior are among the hardest to get on busy nights at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Fog rolls in off Lake Superior toward the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Fog rolls in off Lake Superior toward the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Lake Trout is one of the main courses at dinner time at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.  The Lake Trout comes with fingerling potatoes, butternut squash, wild mushrooms and butter sauce and sells for $16.

Lake Trout is one of the main courses at dinner time at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn. The Lake Trout comes with fingerling potatoes, butternut squash, wild mushrooms and butter sauce and sells for $16.

Line cook Seth Lozano removes bone from fresh Whitefish at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Line cook Seth Lozano removes bone from fresh Whitefish at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Waitress Susan Fackler (left) gives a tense expression as the evening rush kicks in while waiting for an entree from the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar Chef and owner Sean Lewis (center).  On the right is line cook Seth Lozano.  The restaurant north of Duluth, Minn. recommends reserving tables with views of Lake Superior up to a week in advance.

Waitress Susan Fackler (left) gives a tense expression as the evening rush kicks in while waiting for an entree from the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar Chef and owner Sean Lewis (center). On the right is line cook Seth Lozano. The restaurant north of Duluth, Minn. recommends reserving tables with views of Lake Superior up to a week in advance.

The Opera Cake is one of the more popular desserts at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.  The Opera Cake comes with strawberry cocoa powder, strawberry compote and sells for nine dollars.

The Opera Cake is one of the more popular desserts at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn. The Opera Cake comes with strawberry cocoa powder, strawberry compote and sells for nine dollars.

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Nokomis Restaurant and Bar Chef and owner Sean Lewis (right) reaches around line cook Seth Lozano while they prepare Chicken Gumbo at the restaurant north of Duluth, Minn. On the left is Sous-Chef Curtis LaBreche.

Pastry Chef Elizabeth Banks tends to some Peach-Mango Creme Brulees at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Pastry Chef Elizabeth Banks tends to some Peach-Mango Creme Brulees at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Susan Fackler rushes through the kitchen to deliver a meal to customers at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

Susan Fackler rushes through the kitchen to deliver a meal to customers at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.

The Elk Burger is one of the popular items on the dinner time menu at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn.  Served with tomato relish, aged white cheddar, onion marmalade and a pickle, it sells for $10.

The Elk Burger is one of the popular items on the dinner time menu at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn. Served with tomato relish, aged white cheddar, onion marmalade and a pickle, it sells for $10.

Eric Faust (right), a waiter at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn., pours wine for customers.

Eric Faust (right), a waiter at the Nokomis Restaurant and Bar north of Duluth, Minn., pours wine for customers.

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