The invisible ingredient in a good photo is rapport. Why? Because with that strong foundation of trust, there’s freedom to challenge and be challenged. To push, to be better. That’s what I often get with Vitaly Paley. Over the years, Vitaly has built a rock solid foundation with his fellow chefs, Benny Bettinger and Patrick McKee. The three have created such a feeling of camaraderie when they work together that they can freely push one another to improve. I saw plenty of examples during this recent shoot for Northwest Palate.
Similarly, since I know all three well from past projects, they welcome me into that collaborative circle. There, they likewise push me to bring my best to their projects.