Dim Sum at Joyale Seafood, International District, Seattle

A few weeks ago we got an assignment to photograph a dim sum table scene. The task was easy enough: our client needed a top-down photo of a selection of Chinese dumplings. We headed over to Joyale Seafood (Google Maps) for the shoot. The restaurant staff was easy to work with and very accommodating. We cleared a large round table and set up our gear in a quiet section of the restaurant.

 
Who says you can't put a tripod on a table? Here's a look at our setup for the dim sum shoot. 

Who says you can't put a tripod on a table? Here's a look at our setup for the dim sum shoot. 

 

The kitchen steamed up some fresh har gow (shrimp dumplings), siu mai (pork-shrimp dumplings), barbecue pork buns, Chinese broccoli, egg tarts, sticky rice wrapped with lotus leaf, and a pot of hot tea. This is the result: 

 
 

All in all, we were very happy with how the photos turned out and it looked even better in print: 

 
Seattle magazine, February 2017

Seattle magazine, February 2017

 

Before & After Image Sliders - How to install on SquareSpace

One of the main features that I wanted to have on the new website were before and after photos. I had seen a few great examples of these online and wanted to implement it on my own site.  I was surprised to learn just how easy it is to do this with SquareSpace. During my search, I came across this blog post written by Anthony Kramer which has links to the install files and has a great step-by-step guide for the installation process. The installation is a little strange but anyone can manage it. This blog post isn't much other than a quick thank you and a link back to some awesome work. It was helpful for me so I hope that it is helpful for you as well. 

 
Before&After
 

Alex Crook

The feeling of entering a space is often hard to describe. The light, colors and texture all form how we experience the world. Alex is committed to distilling the way that these spaces make us feel and conveying that experience through photography. The right images should speak for themselves and illustrate a confidence that, "What you see is what you get." Alex works tirelessly to capture the essence of each client in order to create high quality and print-ready photography that is functional, clean, and on-point. 

Welcome to the new Alex Crook Photo website!

Hello friends, family, clients and colleagues:  

Welcome to the new home of Alex Crook Photography! We've been working hard over the last couple of weeks to bring our website into the modern era. Although work isn't entirely finished, we're excited to unveil what we've accomplished!

 
 

Hopefully this new website is a better representation of what we're all about here at Alex Crook Photography. Our last site, designed and hosted on SmugMug, was really an online portfolio at best. Even though we loved the Lightroom integration that SmugMug offers, we simply were not able to do everything we needed. At the beginning of the year, we decided to make the switch to SquareSpace and have not looked back. Let us know what you think of our new look in the comments below, and stay tuned for regular updates on our blog.  

Alex Crook

The feeling of entering a space is often hard to describe. The light, colors and texture all form how we experience the world. Alex is committed to distilling the way that these spaces make us feel and conveying that experience through photography. The right images should speak for themselves and illustrate a confidence that, "What you see is what you get." Alex works tirelessly to capture the essence of each client in order to create high quality and print-ready photography that is functional, clean, and on-point.