Friends, I am elated to share with you a project I’ve been working on for the last few months! This past August, the iconic Nashville based restaurant, The Loveless Cafe reached out to me and proposed a collaboration idea based on some of my original artwork they had seen. (If you’re not familiar with this historic Nashville staple, please go check them out! www.lovelesscafe.com) I was quite flattered that a business I had admired for so long was actually fans of my work and furthermore, wanted to work together!
The proposal was to shoot photography at the Loveless and turn my photographs into art prints with corresponding southern quotes placed with the images. Very similar to how I had designed all of my Southern Fried Design Barn 8”x10” prints. So, this Fall I had the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes with the Loveless crew and photograph everywhere from the kitchen and cafe to the entire grounds.
I arrived on a Wednesday morning around 7:30am for the shoot. The cafe opened at 7:00am and there were a few customers already enjoying breakfast. I remember going back to the kitchen, for a quick moment, to snap a few shots and when I walked out the entire cafe was packed with the morning crowd! There were local folks and then there were out-of-town folks, visiting for the first time. I distinctly remember a visitor asking for the quickest route to the airport to catch his morning flight. I believe it was one of the managers that without hesitation stepped aside and gave him some of the best detailed directions with the kindest manner and before the visitor rushed out, the manager quickly asked, “Hey, did you get enough to eat? We don’t want ya to leave hungry!” To say their southern hospitality is top notch is an understatement.
I spent most of my morning photographing delicious plates full of biscuits, country ham, bacon and eggs to beautiful desserts. And, yes my mouth watered the entire time 😉 I soon moved from the cafe to the grounds. I met George Harvell, their smokehouse pitmaster; had a mini lesson in smoking bbq pork to marinating chicken. The Loveless cooks all of their meat, fresh everyday from the smokehouse. I quickly made my way to the event barn, the Hams and Jams gift shop and eventually my photoshoot day was complete.
Over the course of the next few weeks I did my magic and designed a handful of print options for their team. We went through a few revisions and finally decided on 6 designs that would not only look great for the prints but also for postcards. So, without further ado below are the final designs of my collaboration with the Loveless Cafe!
If you’re interested in purchasing any of the 11”x14” art prints or postcards you can check ‘em out at the Loveless’ Hams and Jams store located right next to their Cafe in West Nashville.
Last but not least, if you’ve never been to The Loveless Cafe and you’re from the Nashville area, GO tonight and tell ‘em I sent ya! If you’re not from these neck-of-the woods well put this one-of-a-kind southern staple on your list of must-to-eat-and-visit places. If my word isn’t good enough, well then heavens to betsy, surely USA Today’s statement that, “their miraculously flaky and feathery biscuits [were] Nashville’s second-most important contribution to American culture,” will convince ya!
I hope you guys have a great rest of the week. Hopefully, this holiday season has been easy on you. We all know how hectic this time of year is.
Please check back soon, I have a really exciting announcement to make! I can’t wait to share with you where I’m taking Southern Fried this January!
Merry Christmas Y’all,
Product photography above by Brett Warren Photography.