Monday, February 28, 2011

Model Tests: Daynalyn and Uma of The Agency Arizona

Daynalyn of The Agency Arizona. 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
 Daynalyn of The Agency Arizona. 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography 
 Uma of The Agency Arizona. 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Uma of The Agency Arizona. 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Uma of The Agency Arizona. 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

On Assignment: Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery

Catfish in Red Curry. 2011. Scottsdale, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Mustard Leaf Wrap. 2011. Scottsdale, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Sauteed Turnip Cake. 2011. Scottsdale, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Soi 4 is the latest addition to the Shops at Gainey Village in Scottsdale. The decor is modern. The food looks fresh. And the owners are long-time San Francisco restaurateurs. This place is definitely worth a visit. Here is a link to food critic Howard Seftel's review published in the Arizona Republic.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Chicken on The Bayou

Chicken on the Bayou. 2010. Breaux Bridge, LA. @Jill Richards Photography
Here's my best Louisiana travel tip: Don't ever ask a Cajun where to eat. Instead, ask a Cajun where he would eat.

Gerald and Margie Latiolais
If you want the best boudin (boo-dan) and the freshest crawfish, then head to the first hole-in-the-wall you can find. Or do like we did and ask your new friends Gerald and Margie Latiolais from Breaux Bridge, LA where they would eat. Although their first reaction was to send us to the "best" seafood restaurant on the water, they soon realized we didn't want to dine with tourists. We went to the Latiolais' favorite restaurant, Chicken on the Bayou, located in a gas station. Our meal of boiled shrimp, crawfish, alligator boudin and fried chicken was easily one of our best in Louisiana.

Monday, February 14, 2011

On Assignment: The Other Side of Single on Valentine's Day

Single on the Dance Floor. 2011. Chandler, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
My Best Friend's Girl. 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Rachel. 2011. Chandler, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography

The Whisper Song. 2011. Phoenix, AZ. ©Jill Richards Photography
Assignment: Hang out with some singles

It's 3 am and I'm in the drive-thru of a Jack in the Box photographing a group of drunk singles order munchies before heading home. We've just spent the last 4 hours at the club, where they danced and I photographed—and everybody loves the girl with the camera in a night club.

A few days later it's karaoke and drinks in downtown Phoenix. This time with two 20-something year old men. One full of confidence. The other filled with heartache. They sing and suck down drink specials. The writer, AZ Republic nightlife reporter Megan Finnerty, and I drive them home.

Oh to be single. I don't miss it for a second.

Check out Megan's story here.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Hooneymooners in Groovy Cars

Just Married in Gillette, WY. August 2010. ©Jill Richards Photography
Just Married in Detroit Lakes, MN. August 2010. ©Jill Richards Photography

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hello Real World. I'm Back.

Scott with the dogs at White Sands National Monument. 2010. New Mexico. ©Jill Richards Photography

  The honeymoon is over. Literally. My husband and I ended our yearlong honeymoon road trip in January. We counted more than 365 days spent together. Most of those days we were separated by only the center console of our Honda CR-V. We explored 36 states, drove more than 30,000 miles and slept in more Motel 6s than I care to admit.
Snorkel Nerd. Vieques, Puerto Rico. 2010

Enter the Real World. Jobs. Schedules. Alarms. Bills.

Scott is now back to work. And I am creating Jill Richards Photography, which for the past two years sort of ran itself — thanks to some pretty incredible clients. This year will be my first year of complete self-employment.

In the next month, I will unveil new branding and a redesign of my website. This is an exciting time.

The most daunting task ahead is editing, organizing and archiving a year's worth of pictures from our road trip across America. There are about 2,000 images in the first round of edits. My eyeballs might very well fall out of my head.

As I get through photographs from California to Maine and even Puerto Rico, I will share them here on this blog. Maybe these posts will give you the bug to hit the road on your own adventure. I highly recommend it.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Park City, UT in National Geographic Traveler

Main Street in Park City, Utah during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. 2010. ©Jill Richards Photography


November-December 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler. 2010. ©Jill Richards Photography

 

Moon over White Sands

White Sands National Monument. 2010. White Sands, New Mexico. ©Jill Richards Photography
 

Holga: Joshua Tree National Park

Boulders at Joshua Tree. 2010. Joshua Tree National Park, California ©Jill Richards Photography

 Dual panels of Joshua Tree. 2010. Joshua Tree National Park, California ©Jill Richards Photography

I love Holga cameras. They're silly and plastic. They leak light. And they're unpredictable. Best of all, the Holga camera brings the perfect amount of whimsy or vintage cool to a magical place like Joshua Tree.