Thank You George


Lemoncello cocktail at bar

Our first photo together. I loved the wood grain in his bar.

A bartender on LinkedIn was advertising a couple of days after my food stylist said that I should hook up with a mixologist for portfolio work. What a coincidence. The coincidences don’t stop there. I contacted the bartender – George C. of Private Bartender NYC and introduced myself and asked if he would be interested in getting together.  He would prepare drinks and I would provide photographs. He jumped at the idea and we worked out a day to get together. I then found out that he lives in my town…just 10 minutes from my home. Great!  Not only that, but lives on a street with the same name where I used to live in the next town – built by the same builder – and even the same model. Kizmet!


Three Olive Martini Close Up

Dirty Martini - you gotta love stuffed olives!

We did the shoot at George’s home yesterday.  He has a beautiful bar in the basement. But, it is a basement with very low ceilings. I couldn’t get a softbox from above and the reflections from the softbox on the side were much too hot. I needed a solution and I found the solution in my problem. I bounced the softbox off the low, white ceiling and ended up with nice soft light from above.

Cosmo at Bar - Cosmopolitan and CherriesWhat a fun day that was. George was great – really great! We had a blast and came up with some great photos. If you ever need a bartender in the NY/NJ area – contact George C. and ask him to see some photos of his work.

About Jerry

I was a science teacher for 31 years. During that time I photographed wedding and Bar Mitzvahs for about 15 years but that was in the days before digital. Being a teacher, I had my summers free so I assisted food and commercial still life photographers in NYC for 3 summers and fell in love with it. Having a wife and a mortgage, it was not practical to give up a job in teaching and go into photography so I put off my dream of becoming a food photographer until I retired from teaching. Now I am living my dream - I am a food and product photographer servicing New York City, Philadelphia and all of New Jersey.
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