3/14/2013 10:15:00 AM
A Day in the Life: Jody Horton, Food Photographer
5:00 Hit snooze button on iPhone. This is a typical morning start time, but I've had a series of long days so I justify resetting alarm for 6:15.
6:30 - 8:00 Up and showered. About to go to studio, but my four-year-old is up early and wanders into kitchen. He wants to watch a Little Prince episode and is impossibly cute, so I say yes. Winter greens are taking over the refrigerator and there are more in the garden so I make a typical breakfast of sautéed collards, a fried egg and some bits of cured pork - and coffee. Eat this while watching two Little Prince episodes.
8:00 - 2:00 Everything happens at once at the studio. Email, including follow-ups to editors and art buyers who were here for the Texas Photo Roundup the previous weekend, my assistant and studio manager arrive at 9:00, start fixing stuff and being awesome. Props are resorted, an upcoming trip to California is scheduled. I deliver some photos, send out a few estimates. The first edit of a local chef piece for Food & Wine that we shot two days before is due. I'll just be able to get it out before I have to leave town at 2:00.
Deliveries are arriving, there is construction in the front yard, a cleaning person is here. We learn that an Austin Bon Appetit article I shot a few months ago is finally out: Hooray! I skip lunch in favor of coffee as usual.
2:00 - 4:30 Drive to Bandera, Texas, for a Southern Living shoot. Traffic is terrible north of San Antonio. I'm going to be late, call ahead and learn that the horses we need for a shot are off at a rodeo somewhere. After more calls and some wrangling, horses are found and scheduled for 6.
4:30 - 7:30 Photograph locals at the 11th St. Bar in Bandera. Its a colorful place with lots of bras and stuffed animal heads hanging from the walls and ceiling. I have a Shiner. I learn that its steak night and that its BYOS and am pointed to a butcher shop a few blocks away, where I get the smallest cut they have. Its a one-pound New York strip.
I photograph the horses in front of the bar, some dancing, guys in cowboy hats grilling steaks on large round grills in the back.
When I'm done I throw my own steak on and buy a "fixin's" plate for $6 - potato, iceberg salad with ranch. Glad to have a good pocket knife to cut it. I have a whatever red wine they have and drink it straight out of the tiny bottle. Its delicious.
7:30-9:30 Drive back home.
9:30 - 10:30 Catch up with wife on the day, take shower, set alarm for 5 AM and get in bed.