This Saturday July 1st, we launched yet another business website for a restaurant/cafe in Windsor, Connecticut called Whistle Stop Cafe. I had the pleasure of dinning there for breakfast about 3 years ago; long before they were a client of ours. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed their food. One of our staff members Yvonne Barber actually was a current patron of the restaurant and encouraged them on new ways to market their menu and website. Before we knew it, we were rebuilding their website on a nice responsive design and layout using WordPress.
“Since the beginning, it has been our goal to create a unique menu that blows away traditional ”diner food” with unconventional & delicious menu options. We also employ a great kitchen support team to Elizabeth as well as a wait staff that genuinely love their customers and are never too busy to get to know and remember you. When we started Whistle Stop in the quaint location we had no idea of how popular it would be become. Giving way to its success, we were forced to expand to a new, improved and considerably larger location just down a few doors at 139 Broad Street in December 2010. We are happy to report that the new spot has a terrific open kitchen, a fun & traditional swivel stool counter space along with plenty of well-spaced out tables. There is also a small, private room that can be reserved for family, corporate and special occasion functions. Thanks to the increased space we can serve more of our faithful customers, entertain large parties and host local area musicians monthly for our customers to enjoy while dining.”
This project was an interesting one that brought out some new functionality that was never present for this business’ website. Having a nice photo gallery to showcase their dishes both now and ongoing will be great refreshed content. An easy to navigate food menu that is broken down by different meals of the day as well as beverages and desserts. We also added a blog to the site that will help keep fresh content to the website on a regular basis. From upcoming events to fan favorite dish recipes, subscribing to their blog will be fun and informative.
Well visit their website at Whistle Stop Cafe and see for yourself. And if you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to stop in and say hello to Christina and Elizabeth!
Recently I had a session with a local Connecticut portrait photographer I met at a networking meet up in Hamden, CT. #CTMeetup was actually the name of the meet of a bunch of local business professionals and entrepreneurs somewhat connected via Twitter. I have never met Seshu prior to that day, but when I did I felt as if I had met him before. I know now I’ve seen his work all around Connecticut, but I’ll explain more on that later. During the meet and greets I met with Seshu and learned of his profession. Leaving an open ended time frame to setup a photo shoot I was pretty eager to set something up soon.
Upon arrival, I briefly met his beautiful family before walking to his studio. I was like a kid in a candy store looking at all the devices and peripherals he had. In my mind I was thinking, this guy’s the MacGyver of photographers. One device that really caught my attention was this old school looking camera that I learned was actually a Wista 4×5 field camera, standing off to the side. It looked like a collector’s item but pleasantly surprised to learn that Seshu still actively uses it.
As we got passed the formalities and getting me comfortable, the photo session commenced. We both came up with some really nice, comfortable poses. What amazed me the most was Seshu’s ability to manipulate light. Positioning his Nikon speedlights at what I thought were odd places, until I saw the photo previews on the back of his camera. I was totally amazed at how he captured the intent of moment or the attitude in my looks. It was great. It was much more than just professional looking head shots, he was able to bring out my true personality.
See for yourself below:
After a truly pleasant shoot, I accidentally locked my keys in my car (thus delaying his family from leaving). While we waited for AAA to come and open my car door, I was offered fresh banana bread. I felt like I not only made a new friend, but had a great new experience.
Now to my surprise, after really going through Seshu’s work on his websites I found that he not only photographed me, but some prominent business professionals around Connecticut including NPR’s Bruce Barber, Fathom’s Suzi Craig, and other people I’ve met or want to meet. It’s kind of like going to NBC Studios in NYC, sharing lunch with Brian Williams and not knowing who he really was, then seeing him do celebrity interviews in TV. You get the point. If you haven’t already met him, I strongly suggest that you reach out to him. Seshu’s is really genuine and very humble. And his work is remarkable.