A couple days ago, I was invited into the home of Gregory Gourdet, executive chef at Departure. We are doing a feature together for the Kitchn which will run in a few months. I got to say, I dream about photographing folks like Gregory. He's ok with being photographed, has a humble, sweet sense of humor, is incredibly talented in what he does, makes tea, has huge balloon sculptures lingering around from a restaurant party and laughs wholeheartedly.

He's also a beautiful subject. More important than that, he carries himself in a photograph; which is infinitely more important in a model. He's got confidence and assured style. Loved that. Also loved the two outrageous desserts he prepared for our shoot: Paleo Lavender Yuzu bars and Roasted Pineapple Coconut Upside Down Cake. I was upside down with joy at first bite.

Thank you Gregory!


  1. Thank you, Leela! I can't wait to see more of this story soon. xoxo

  2. that first shot is so fun. love it!

    and gorgeous portrait shots. it always looks so great when the subject is relaxed and at ease in front of the camera.

  3. The photos are so cute!Love the colorful balloons!

  4. The colors! You're right, he's an excellent subject.