Portrait 396/1000: Nicholas Makuch. "One of the best things that’s happened to me this year would have to be my travels between Australia and New Zealand. I was able to leave NZ for three months, while my position was held open, so I could return and get a sponsorship visa. I’ve done some pretty crazy things and have met a lot of awesome people along the way." I had the pleasure of meeting Nicholas last year at Smith & Daughters while taking some portraits of the owners, Shannon and Maureen.
I had just purchased a new camera to replace one that had gone through the wars over four years of working at a newspaper and hobby photography (and 395 portrait shoots to boot). I was also lucky enough to see the photographer Benn Wood do his work, taking some press photos at the restaurant.
After he finished up, Benn let me use his lighting equipment to take these portraits, which was super lovely (and saved me from setting up some dinky flashes in the restaurant which just wouldn't have looked as nice). The combination of a more powerful camera and some serious lighting equipment was a great way to christen this camera, and the four fine folks I photographed there (how about that alliteration?) just topped that off.
As a side note, you can check out Benn's amazing work here: @bennwoodphoto
Anyway, Nicholas is one of the many, many wonderful people who work at Smith and Daughters. You'd be extremely hard pressed to find any occasion where you walk through their doors and aren't immediately welcomed by lovely staff who then take care of you right through your time there. As far as restaurants go, especially vegan ones, I'd recommend it over anywhere.
Though this photo was taken last year, I recently caught up with Nicholas to give him the questions I've started asking subjects, about good things that have happened to them recently, something they have a hard time with and something they're looking forward to.
Unfortunately, that whole response doesn't fit in this post, so I'll post it as a comment!
Thanks so much for being part of the project, Nicholas!