Last fall, I did something that was definitely outside of my comfort zone … I approached a local food cart, Cheesy Stuffed Burgers, and asked if I could do a photo story on them.
Just to be clear, this wasn’t one of those times when I’d already built some sort of low-level casual relationship. Nope. The bottom line was that they made some awesome hamburgers that not only did I like – but my family liked, too. And when I recommended them to friends – they liked them, too. They seemed like great people and a fun, local business – and the idea of a project sounded like a creative challenge.
So, after placing an order one time, I said something like “hey, I was wondering if you folks might be interested in a photo story”. Except – I probably sounded even more stilted and awkward than that. And Janice – one of the owners very cheerfully and kindly said – “Sure – drop us an email”. So, I did – and included links to my portfolio, Facebook page, and Exposure stories.
Then I met with Mark (Janice’s husband) and pitched the idea to him – and we started that weekend. The funny thing – the trio of owners hadn’t yet looked at my portfolio. They just thought it would be fun – and we seemed to connect well. That was enough.
I showed up at 1oPM on that first Saturday night and shot to midnight:thirty or so. And it was way different than I thought it was going to be. And it was a heck of a lot of fun.
Fast forward to a few months later – and I’ve now published that photo story. If you get the chance, check it out. Better yet – if you’re in the Corvallis area – go get yourself a burger and fries. My favorite? The Sriracha Burger.