Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Forging New Ground...and an exciting announcement!!

Life is an adventure. 
I've learned that lesson well in my 42 years (mostly in the last five) and no matter how amazing your talents or creativity, it is rare that success  finds you standing on your hometown street corner.  It is really the difference between dipping your toe into the lake for the first swim of the season or barreling toward the water to take what might be a body jarring icy plunge.  I've opted for the dead run, the unknown, the shoot first-ask questions later.  The "take the bull by the horns, leap of faith, damned if you don't" approach to my work and I can say letting go, losing  the doubt, and letting the anxiety evaporate is serving me well.  I have found some wisdom in my years, engaging the unknown and "letting the adventure begin."
It is in that spirit that I announce an addition to my current endeavors: I am super excited to be the new food photographer for the Associated Press.  It is a real honor to work with AP food editor and author J.M. Hirsch and his talented team of chefs to create beautiful and inspiring recipe and menu images that appear in thousand of news papers and online services around the world on a daily basis.  Fun, fresh, seasonal food ideas that are not only tried and true, but are delicious, easy, and inspiring.  I am thrilled to be part of such a tradition and hope that you look for these ideas everyday and adapt them to your daily repertoire and special occasions.  Check out some of our collaborations by googling Matthew Mead AP Food and you will discover dozens of food ideas and images which have already hit the wire service.
Next week will find me in New York City, attending meetings to solidify some more big news as we explore new pathways to reach you all with inspiring ideas.  Our SUMMER with Matthew Mead issue is almost complete... we are dotting "I's" and crossing "T's" as we speak and are happily excited about how inspiring and colorful it has turned out.  And you will be thrilled to meet our new contributors and designers that have added so much to the content. 
Please comment and tell us about your new adventures this spring season... we are a very diverse creative community and your story might just be a feature in our next seasonal magazine!
Thanks to each of you for your support.


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  1. Yeeeaaaa!!!Congratulations!!! You will be fabulous:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

    what an exciting and wonderful feather in your "cap of life" Can I say I knew you when?...

    There is little doubt that you will do a fantasmagorical job for the AP...they are lucky to find you, or that you found them!

    Steve and I are gearing up to re-do yet another sweet beach cottage out at our Pacific Beach in Washington.. Starting this weekend..exciting and scary, but just like you said..running full bore to the icy water....
    the best to you, dear friend..
    Life is a smorgasboard, eat it up..

  3. So deserving of this!! Congrats!!!

  4. It couldn't have happened to a more qualified or talented person! Your images make the food seem to jump off the pages and leave me feeling very hungry and inspired to cook. I'd say they have found the perfect person for the job!

    So, what is the other exciting news??
    Can't wait to hear!!!!!

    Melanie P.

  5. THIS IS HUGE!!! Well done my friend. Onward!

  6. Congratulations Matthew! This could not have happened to a more deserving, talented, creative individual! Your kindess and generosity to others is bouncing back to you! God Bless!

  7. Yahoo Matthew! As always, you never, ever cease to amaze me! Congratulations!!

  8. Oh...this really is such magnificent news. "Magnificent" was truly the word that flew into my mind. Congratulations!!

  9. Well, this seems like a very natural progression for you. I have long been a fan of your work and it seems there is going to be even more of your creative endeavors to follow along with. Your creativity is truly a gift, and lucky for us, you share it willingly.
    Congratulations and I wish you many continued blessings. Is the good news that we will have a fall issue to look forward to? (my fingers and toes are crossed!)

    Looking forward to your gardening magazine! The daffodils are already poking their heads up!


  10. OH MY STARS THE AP!!!! So very proud for you Matthew~ You are so deserving.

    Many Blessings and Keep Shining:) Carol

  11. So happy for you on all your success! Can't wait to receive the Summer edition, I grabbed your button for my blog!
    Best wishes! ~Brooke

  12. Congrats! You'll definitely be amazing at it!
    Very deserving indeed!

  13. How wonderful! Congratulations

    Janet xox

  14. Congratulations ~ what an honor ~ a well deserved honor!!

    As a stay at home mom of two young kids, trying to manage a fast growing shop on etsy has become my latest challenge. I am turning 40 in June and have finally realized that it's time to decide what I want to be when I grow up! Like you, I'm ready to run full speed into the water and let my adventure begin!

    Thanks for all the creative inspiration you share with your readers! Wishing you all the best with the AP!! I can't wait to watch it unfold!

    xo ~ kristi

  15. Congratulations Matthew- your new "post" will serve you well! I can't imagine how fun that would be- photographing delicious food daily... I can't imagine that you'd be privy to meeting talented chefs, invited to new restaurant openings or even on the guest list to food events...You live the life! At least you'll share your adventures with us! Thanks and best wishes Matthew!

  16. You go Mr. Mead!!!! You are on a roll. I just can't wait to see what you will be doing in this venue! I'm already drooling. Best wishes to you.

  17. Matthew! How exciting! Wish I had known when I saw you last week at Sage Farm - would have definitely given you a high-five -- Congrats! You've come a long way creatively (and I still miss you and Country Home) :-), but I love all of the new and exciting creative outlets you are exploring. My best to you and Jenny.

    Wanda in NH

  18. Congratulations and thanks for the inspiring words - may you continue to leap off into the unknown with great success. Paula

  19. Congratulations! Wishing you continued success! :)


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