1,139.  The number of photos I shot of some of the most beautiful cheeses I’ve ever seen, smelled & tasted in my life at on of OC’s hottest new culinary boutiques, The Cheese Shop at the MIX.  (Launched by San Clemente cult-favorite, The Cellar.)

6:30am.  The photo shoot call-time.

30 types of cheese.

32 cheese-related products.

1 photographer in food photography heaven.

The Cheese Shop at The MIX in Costa Mesa, CA — With Mascot, Clementine the Cow

Few jobs I’ve been hired to shoot in my career as a food photographer have been this fun for me. Those who know me know that I am a self-proclaimed cheese-aholic. So, the 3 hours I spent photographing this vast array of cheeses from around the globe for The Cheese Shop’s soon-to-launch web site were pure pleasure for me – I felt like a grown-up kid in a grown-up candy shop.

My goal was to shoot these cheeses and showcase their simple, elegant beauty – their sexiness – their sensuality. I wanted to capture the uniqueness of each cheese and let the photos speak for themselves – no narration needed – natural light, minimal props. Pure, photographic, titillate-your-gustatory-senses “Cheese Porn.”

Go ahead – indulge yourself. And then stop by The Cheese Shop at The OC Mart MIX in the SoCo Collection (3313 Hyland Avenue in Costa Mesa) to fulfill your wildest cheese fantasies…. ooh la la… and, bon appetit! 

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