Detroit, MI based Portrait and Food Photographer

Day 2 in Shanghai: From walking along the Bund, to eating at as many street food vendors as possible, Shanghai did not disappoint. We were even fortunate enough to spend the day with old friends from Detroit who treated us to a home cooked Algerian couscous dinner. Thanks, Warda and Mohamed!

Tomorrow, we are off to start our tea journey which begins in Hangzhou. Please do check back as we make our way through some of the most famous tea growing regions in China.

Packing for the great adventure! ! I’m very excited to finally share with you all a recent book collaboration between Marvin Shaouni Photography and Joseph Wesley Black Tea that will take us to some of the most famous tea growing regions and villages in China for this year’s harvest. Our trip begins in Shanghai tomorrow and take us all the way to Central China to Urumqi, Xinjiang, home to the Turkic minority group the Uyghurs, where tea culture is older than the written word. 

Please follow us along on our journey via our blogs:

http://marvinshaouni.tumblr.com/
http://josephwesleyblacktea.tumblr.com/

Trapped under ice. #detroit #skyline #reflection #detroitriver #springthaw

Trapped under ice. #detroit #skyline #reflection #detroitriver #springthaw

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I’m amazed by the amount of positive impact this ambitious young lady has made in her community. Veronika Scott has recently been named by CNN one of the country’s most visionary women and winner of Diane Von Furstenberg’s DVF People’s Voice Award!

Veronika is the founder of the empowerment plan, a company that develops heavy-duty, lightweight coats that turn into a sleeping bag. The Empowerment Plan now employs 20 people, manufacturing 550 coats every month, which are distributed for free to homeless people in Detroit and through outreach programs across the country. 

My portrait here of Veronkia was taken during her humble beginnings. What a ride it’s been for you… Congratulations, Veronika!

A smoke-filled Chaldean men’s club on #Detroit’s east side.  #7mile #belleisleto7mile  #chaldeantown #myoldhood

A smoke-filled Chaldean men’s club on #Detroit’s east side. #7mile #belleisleto7mile #chaldeantown #myoldhood

In the near future our dashboard will become our laptop. Learning all about in-car entertainment systems at General Motors HQ while shooting environmental portraits of their Lead App Developer & Infotainment Specialist. #generalmotors #gm #invehicletechnology #environmentalportraits @gmrencen #detroit

In the near future our dashboard will become our laptop. Learning all about in-car entertainment systems at General Motors HQ while shooting environmental portraits of their Lead App Developer & Infotainment Specialist. #generalmotors #gm #invehicletechnology #environmentalportraits @gmrencen #detroit

The more you learn about wine, the more you realize you don’t know much about wine. #brownbag #jura

The more you learn about wine, the more you realize you don’t know much about wine. #brownbag #jura

Shooting environmental portraits today for one of my corporate clients at the beautiful Traverwood Library Branch in Ann Arbor. #aia #greenconstruction #architecture #portraits #traverwoodlibrary

Shooting environmental portraits today for one of my corporate clients at the beautiful Traverwood Library Branch in Ann Arbor. #aia #greenconstruction #architecture #portraits #traverwoodlibrary

From newest to oldest;  Vertical of #canon5d’s. I don’t geek out at all to photo equipment, just find  it hard to let go of anything that brings me so much joy… and pain.

From newest to oldest; Vertical of #canon5d’s. I don’t geek out at all to photo equipment, just find it hard to let go of anything that brings me so much joy… and pain.

My portrait of Isaac Lott, Deconstruction Supervisor at Reclaim Detroit, for NPR’s Sunday Weekend Edition. The soft spoken, unassuming giant of a man said to me “this job is the best thing that ever happened to me.” He’s one of several Reclaim Detroit employees who have spent time in prison and are now starting a new life with the company. You can hear his story today at noon on @npr #sundayweekendedition #detroit #reclaimdetroit #blightremoval #deconstruction #portraits #carhartt

My portrait of Isaac Lott, Deconstruction Supervisor at Reclaim Detroit, for NPR’s Sunday Weekend Edition. The soft spoken, unassuming giant of a man said to me “this job is the best thing that ever happened to me.” He’s one of several Reclaim Detroit employees who have spent time in prison and are now starting a new life with the company. You can hear his story today at noon on @npr #sundayweekendedition #detroit #reclaimdetroit #blightremoval #deconstruction #portraits #carhartt

I really get in the zone when I work on feature stories like this one shot yesterday for NPR’s Weekend Edition. Tune in Sunday morning 3/9 to learn more about the great work Reclaim Detroit is doing to help remove blight, create jobs and repurpose building lumber in the city of #detroit. #reclaimdetroit #nprweekendedition #reportage #deconstruction #triplebottomline
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I really get in the zone when I work on feature stories like this one shot yesterday for NPR’s Weekend Edition. Tune in Sunday morning 3/9 to learn more about the great work Reclaim Detroit is doing to help remove blight, create jobs and repurpose building lumber in the city of #detroit. #reclaimdetroit #nprweekendedition #reportage #deconstruction #triplebottomline
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My photo of bartender extraordinaire @shane_bang for the @artnoveltycompany. @thedailymeal just voted him 16th Best Bartender in the country! He’s pure genius when ordering up a dealer’s choice. #liquidculture (at The Oakland)

My photo of bartender extraordinaire @shane_bang for the @artnoveltycompany. @thedailymeal just voted him 16th Best Bartender in the country! He’s pure genius when ordering up a dealer’s choice. #liquidculture (at The Oakland)

To all the #bakers who braved those frigid early mornings and long hours to make this day happen… We salute you! #paczki #paczkibombs #polishdonuts #fattuesday #hamtramck #newpalacebakery #lent  (at New Palace Bakery)

To all the #bakers who braved those frigid early mornings and long hours to make this day happen… We salute you! #paczki #paczkibombs #polishdonuts #fattuesday #hamtramck #newpalacebakery #lent (at New Palace Bakery)

#Detroit wildlife.  #ringneckedpheasant

#Detroit wildlife. #ringneckedpheasant