The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) commissioned the RAMMYs InFocus photography project as a way to highlight the people and staff that define the culture and personality of each restaurant within the association.
Participating photographers were assigned five restaurants to document in any way they saw fit. I decided to cover all of my assignments within a two week period.
Spending a day in the life within each restaurant in rapid succession keyed me into the ebb and flow of photographing in restaurant kitchens. Each day would end with a thorough photo edit back at my apartment while I cleaned and repacked gear, archived memory cards and recharged batteries. Getting right back into the mix at a new restaurant after those editing sessions pushed me to new perspectives and details within scenes that I might have otherwise overlooked.
Some of my favorite work was made during this project. I also felt right at home amongst the staff of each restaurant I photographed. I grew up waiting tables and everything important I have ever known was first learned in restaurants.