I was extremely pleased that the weather in the South held out long enough for me to finish the job at The Cat Inn in West Hoathly. After a week of going there everyday to figure out the strange angle of the light, I finally got it right. And not a moment too soon. Because the next day it rained, and it hasn’t cleared totally in a week.
The Cat is such an amazing pub to photograph. The history, the structure, the staff, the lighting and the brilliant food all combined to create the images you see below.
I’m sad that this job is done, but looking forward to the next pub assignment coming up in a couple of weeks.
Thanks to everyone at The Cat for your help and patience while I ran around like a crazy person. You all are great!
This week has been a very productive and very special week for me. One of my all time favorite pubs in the world, The Cat Inn in West Hoathly, asked me to photograph their pub and inn. Having been to The Cat many times and blogging about it on my food and restaurant blog, I was honored when I got the call for the job.
The first day I was mainly concerned with trying to get exterior shots. I woke up at 3:45am and made my way to The Cat for first light. However, there were simply too many trees in the way and The Cat’s location is such that morning light doesn’t strike the building. So I went home and came back just before the lunchtime rush.
The head chef, Max, presented me with 8 dishes to photograph. All were sensational. Not only did they photograph well because of Max’s wonderful presentation, but they were delicious as well. I should know, my wife and I ate as much as we could of all 8 dishes.
After the food photos were out of the way we made our way up to the 4 bedrooms The Cat Inn has and took some lovely shots up there. The rooms are so cozy and well presented.
And today I went back to get some exterior shots and photograph a few more angles inside and shoot some food being prepared. Which are actually my favorite images. The chef is a master and you’ll see what I mean later this week when I put the images up.