Humans with Bouquets: Dustin

One of my favorite places at the San Francisco Flower Mart is Torchio Nursery. Started in 1985 by Darrell Torchio, it is one of the best spots inside the Mart. It was natural that I would ask Darrell's son Dustin - who I see and work with all of the time - to be one of my humans. So, a couple of weeks ago NRU and I went to the flower mart and took some fun shots of Dustin at work. It was a blast going to the flower mart at a regular hour of the morning (not at the crack of dawn like I usually do), and for the sole purpose of photographing Dustin, and without getting caught in the hustle and bustle of work. You see, when your job is floral design and your obsession is to put unique florals arrangements together, the people who supply the flowers become so important in your life. I mean, where would I be if I didn't have people like Dustin finding and stashing the flowers that I want away in their fridge? Not only do I get what I want, but it is brought to me in the best condition and with a welcoming and awesome smile to top it off!

Thank you Torchio Nursery - and a special thank you to Dustin for being a very cool human!

This shot is what I'd like to call the "James Dean" pose! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

This cool chair just lives out in the alley right behind Torchio where all the flowers are recieved and sorted. To be honest, I had never been out back before. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: poppy, ranunculus, geranium, tulip, rose, pieris Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Check out all of the buckets...there were a lot more near where Dustin was standing. I should also add that there was a lot of teasing going on by the rest of the Torchio crew, but Dustin took it all like a champ! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And lastly, Dustin and Darrell! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Humans with Bouquets: Bill

Today's human is one of my husband's best friends - Bill. I've known Bill for many many years now, and he is always a delight to spend some time with, even if we don't get to do it very often. He happened to be coming to San Francisco for a couple of days of work, and I pestered him into shooting with us on busy Market Street. It was a lot of fun to shoot during the morning commuter rush hour with the hustle and bustle of the city all around us. Bill has a great and unique look - and I wanted to make something a little wild to match up with his eclectic style. We all had fun, and he was a gracious and patient participant. Thanks Bill!

Flowers: peony, ranunculus, fritillaria, maple (leaf), quince (branch), pieris

A taxi for my bouquet? Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Busy Market Street Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Laughter Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

At the market Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Humans with Bouquets: William

If you are a San Francisco Bay Area resident and are not yet familiar with Craftsman and Wolves in the Mission district, you have been missing out. Under the direction of Chef William Werner, CAW offers an amazing and ever-changing menu of breakfast pastries, cakes, confections, confitures, desserts, lunch, and other savory fare seven days a week. When William happily agreed to be one of my humans, I was delighted, and it provided me an opportunity to get to know him a bit better, and snap some great shots in and outside of CAW.

It's always amazing to meet other people involved in small businesses and learn more about what led them to launch something (CAW opened in 2012). For William, Craftsman and Wolves is the pursuit of twelve years’ experience in restaurants and hotels on both coasts. During these formative years he refined techniques for pastry and chocolate work, honed in on his presentation style, and expanded his palette of flavors. And by "expanded", I'm pretty sure that he completely rewrote the book!

I had some friends visiting from Italy last week and I suggested that they go to CAW before leaving San Francisco - I received this a day later: "thank you for the advice, CAW was the best food and place ever in San Francisco!". Oh, and they went back the next day as well.

Flowers: fritillaria, peony, rose, tulip, pieris, veronica, geranium Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Such amazing light pouring in during the day! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

William with some of his delicious creations. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Craftsman and Wolves, a notion of Outfit Generic, is a contemporary pâtisserie located in San Francisco’s vibrant Mission district. It is located at 746 Valencia Street / San Francisco CA 94110.

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood