Experience 2: The Apple Pie Contest At GG’s NYC

Apple Pie Contest at GG's NYC

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        You don’t like apple pie?

How could you not like apple pie?! I think I can speak for most people when I say it brings a very warm and nostalgic feeling. I didn’t used to eat apple pie very often, but after shooting the apple pie contest, I gained a new found respect for it, and I have definitely enjoyed my fair share of pies since. No ice cream included yet, but ask me about that in a week. At the apple pie contest, I was lucky enough to not only learn about making pies, but I also got to meet some cool people who work with food in various ways which I am very thankful for. outsideGG's

I kind of (luckily) stumbled upon the apple pie contest. One morning, I was reading through my e-mail and saw an e-mail from GG’s. The flyer was well designed, and on it were details for an apple pie contest. As I continued to read the flyer, I saw the e-mail address of a woman named Eva and reached out. To be honest, I thought she would say
no to my request of shooting the event, but luckily, that didn’t stop me from asking. I sent the e-mail off thinking something along the lines of “well it’s worth a try!”. The day after, I received an e-mail back with a few questions. After those were answered, I got the ok! I was amped. Special shoutout to Eva and Mona Creative for letting me shoot this. 

Opies3n the day of the apple pie contest, I got there pretty early (read: very early). Early enough that people were surprised that I was there for the apple pie contest (and yes that was a little awkward). I stepped outside and got some shots of GG’s to burn time. After 45 minutes, I went back inside and Eva looks and me and says, “I don’t know what to expect of this event”, meanwhile, I was just happy to be there shooting something cool. Slowly but surely, people began to file in. There ended up being 14 different pies, and they were all unique in their own way, but they all had one thing in common – deliciousness!

It was a night full of laughs, light booze, and great pies. What I found very interesting was how the crowd meshed together in its own way. Although not everyone knew each other, it was the type of environment where it didn’t feel crazy to just walk up to someone and say hi. That was my favorite part of shooting this event.pies4

This was the first of what will hopefully be many apple pie contests. Who knows, maybe I’ll get in the lab for a year and participate in next year’s competition. I might just have some tricks up my sleeve because I got to ask some questions.

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– ‘rouk