This was the view from our temporary home in St. Thomas, where we spent the start of our shoot for @visittheusa in the hurricane recovery zones of the USVI. The streetlights were still down and many roofs were tarped on the island, but the beaches were impeccable and the people were so friendly. You do have to drive on the left though. Nobody tells you that in the production manual... 🙈
If you find yourself in Miami, head over to Naomi's in Little Haiti. This amazing woman has been there since the beginning 36 years ago, and the place is as happy as she looks. Order their fried snapper. You will not be disappointed!
Editing photos from our Puerto Rico shoot today and pulling for our friends who are still there rebuilding in the blackout. 🇵🇷 --- #puertorico #sanjuan #oldsanjuan #askalocal #storiesfromtheroad #blackout #travel #travelphotography #travelling #travellife #anotherdayanotherflight #islandofenchantment #laisladelencanto #whycantwestayforever
We went through the countryside on the east side of Puerto Rico to film after the hurricanes. Interrupted dinner for these guys along the way. 🇵🇷🐮🕊
Guys. This is our ONE YEAR BIRTHDAY! And we didn’t plan a party. We didn’t even realize it until some weird alert went off on an app. But it feels like it’s been forever, and it feels like it’s been 5 minutes. We wanted to build a company that feels like a family, with people who care about community and about story. Thank you for being our dream. (Also, if you’re tagged in this pic but not actually in it, it’s because you’re part of that fam and we want you to know it... but we never have everyone together at the same time.)
Photo 1: How we say it. Photo 2: How they say it in St Croix. This is Panche. After 23 years as a cop, he retired in the house his parents built, just off Gallows Bay. His carport became a local favorite restaurant after he started buying conche and other local catches from the fishermen who came into port too late to make a sale at the fish market. He serves his famous conche soup at 2am, and there's always a line down the block to get it. 🍻🐚🍵
We usually stay in an Airbnb when we're on a shoot so we can live like locals and have a homey crash pad. This one morning in Miami, @jeffhurlow was staring intently out the window and asked, "what IS that?!" We all took turns photographing our wild friend sunbathing in the backyard. Flip to see @veekster's shot.
This is Charles and Jellyrole. According to Charles, she's "one of the only parrots on the island who doesn't spew profanities!" He plays music and she dances along and sings until the big cameras come out. That's when she gets shy.
Dinnertime in Islamorada, where the pelicans stop to catch scraps from the docks. We were told they'll be heading to North Carolina for the summer soon. As for us, we're on our way to Key West to meet the locals and see how the recovery is going. Our first stop will be for seafood! #askalocal
One of the best parts of the job is the people we get to meet! This is Joe, owner of Crawfish and Noodles, an incredible Viet-Creole restaurant in Houston's enormous Asiatown. Long before his spot was nominated for a James Beard award, Joe told us he sat in the corner of this newly-rented section of the strip mall and looked at this dark, empty cavern (a former buffet) and thought: "What have I done?!" What he did was something amazing. He replaced the walls with bright windows and created a beloved restaurant that combines the flavors of Katrina implants from New Orleans with flavors from his own home. It's magical, and his hospitality is unparalleled. (And that big empty room is bursting at the seams as a result!) Thank you, Joe!
We drove past Deasia getting photographed for her drill team headshots in Jackson and nearly crashed the car to get her on film. Mission accomplished!