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Just got back from an exciting photo shoot in New York City at The New School in Greenwich Village. Really great people to work with, super talented chefs making some awesome culinary creations. Really great food and pastries. Mint Oil and 74% Dark European Chocolate Cookies? Yes!! 

Of course we got to walk around the city and even took the chefs into Union Square Green Market. What a cool treat and an awesome farmers market. If you are in the are you must visit! 

Enjoy the photos…because we ate all the food. 

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Umphrey’s Mcgee Live at Meadowbrook Music Festiva

Last night UM brought their amazing live show to Rochester, Michigan with friends Sound Tribe Sector 9 (photos coming for STS9). It was a perfect Michigan summer night in a beautiful wooded setting. 

For those who aren’t familiar with their music; imagine a rock band mixed with Al Di Meola, Frank Zappa and a touch of shred metal, then you have Umphrey’s Mcgee (sort of). All top notch musicians! 

I have followed them for well over 13 years and have experienced over 15 shows in the Michigan area. From intamate venus like The Magic Bag to the most recent Meadowbrook Music Festival which is the largest I have seen them play. I shot photos for them at The Fillmore a couple years ago as well, click here to see those. 

The shows have gotten bigger and better but never losing sight of the music. This venue was great because it gave the band a chance to breath a bit and allowed Jefferson Waful (Lighting Designer for UM) room to play with some of the greatest lighting designs I have ever seen (and I have seen A LOT!) 

Enjoy these photos, more will be posted at www.Umphreys.com

brian. 

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Vinsetta Garage gets some 35mm film love.

Once a long running, fully functional auto shop just miles outside of the motor city, Detroit, MI. After years of sitting empty a local restaurant owner decided it would be a great place for a cool restaurant right on the old drag strip of Woodward Ave. 

If you are in the Detroit area make sure not to miss this amazing and eye catching place. Full of great unique burgers (Duck burgers with cherry compote, 3AM Egg Burgers and a Greek Lamb burger), the best onion rings I’ve had (sorry Red Coat Tavern), wood fired pizzas and the best Mac n Cheese around (this is a hot topic of debate in Detroit but I know where my allegiance stands). They also feature a crazy beer and wine list with a cool bar that looks into the “kitchen” where the cooks all wear mechanics shirts with their names on patches. The kicker, and where they rise above many other places is that darn near everything on the menu is made in house right down to the pretzel buns. “If we thought we could make ketchup better than Heinz then we would..” said the Exec Chef.

Ok, on to the photos, this isn’t a food review. These are 35mm film photographs I took years ago and just stumbled across them today. Taken with my old Minolta which was my dads that he gave to me. This gives you an idea of what the garage looked like back in the day. As you can see in the gallery on their site, not much as changed. They did swap out the old gas pumps for 2 electric car charging “pumps” which I think is pretty neat! But they really worked on keeping the same look and feel right down to drawings on the walls from former mechanics and air hoses coiled up in the ceiling. Literally everywhere you look you will see some cool piece. 

If you are a car buff check it out, if you love a great burger check it out, if you just want a cool place to look around and grab a drink then this is your place. Just one of the many awesome places Detroit has popping up. The food scene is revitalizing this city and we are reaping the benefits. also check out their other amazing restaurant The Union Woodshop in Clarkston, MI. 

thanks for looking

Brian Craig 

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A few shots from the concert. @mmulliniks of The American Secrets Rockin out! #briancraigphotography

A few shots from the concert. @mmulliniks of The American Secrets Rockin out! #briancraigphotography

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Bryon “the beauty” Rossi of The American Secrets bringing the thunder on that lovely #DividedBy13 amp! @nationalbuffet #briancraigphotography

Bryon “the beauty” Rossi of The American Secrets bringing the thunder on that lovely #DividedBy13 amp! @nationalbuffet #briancraigphotography

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Good day and welcome! This is my first post ever on Tumbler. Have a look around. Follow my feed and keep up with all my photo gigs and experiments in the world of photography!  
 I welcome open communication and community in the photography world. No secrets here. 

Good day and welcome! This is my first post ever on Tumbler. Have a look around. Follow my feed and keep up with all my photo gigs and experiments in the world of photography! 

I welcome open communication and community in the photography world. No secrets here. 

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