Steve Giralt – ChatterArtist July 2012

Steve Giralt
Naturally our photographer for this summer month of July Steve Giralt, was born under the sign of Cancer and surprise, surprise, he is a food photographer based here in New York. But besides food, Steve also shoots interiors (i.e. other people’s “homes,” knock, knock) as well as people, and somehow manages to not look like he’s all over the place. Truth of the matter is, he loves to shoot, and as long as it feels right, he’s going to keep on doing what he’s always done, make great images. Not only that, but Steve has a great work ethic, and you can see that his years of hard work are deservedly paying off – he is busy. In the next month he’ll be shooting for Food Network Magazine, Conagra Foods, Victoria’s Secret, Johnston & Murphy, Petrossian Caviar, and Kraft Food and Family magazines. Not bad.

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ChatterLog July 2012


Greetings everyone and welcome to the July bulletin and our summery sign of Cancer! And if you live in New York, as I do, you definitely know that summer has indeed arrived – temperatures here have been in the 90’s for days and days and tomorrow promises to hit the 100-degree mark! Thank goodness for the AC, although I must admit I am dreading my next Con-Edison bill, which will probably be double what I usually pay! So what’s our theme for this month? I decided to go with Home. The sign of Cancer is all about our home, our family and our upbringing. The mother’s job is to take care of the children and in order to do that she creates a “home” for the family to feel comfortable and safe in. Notice that the symbol for this sign is the crab, a creature that literally carries its home on their back, and protects the precious cargo inside with a tough, impenetrable shell. Key word here is ‘impenetrable,’ because as much as the Cancer takes care of other people, they are very protective of their own feelings, and avoid letting anyone see that vulnerable side of themselves, because once you break through that hard shell, they have no defenses! Cancer is literally driven by their emotions. If they don’t ‘feel’ it – it simply isn’t happening!

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ChatterQuote July 2012

This month’s quote comes from Princess Diana, a Cancer born on July 1st, 1961. And true to the nature of the Cancer, Diana was a truly devoted mother to her two sons, the princes William and Harry. One of the quotes I found from her was particularly interesting. We speak in astrological terms everyday, and for the most part, don’t even know it. The Moon rules the sign of Cancer, and the Moon is connected to our “moods” so notice her choice of words…

Diana, Princess of Wales 1961 – 1997
Photographed at Northwick Park & St. Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, Middlesex
© Tim Graham/Getty Images
They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?

Justine Reyes – ChatterCorner July 2012

Some of you may recall Justine Reyes when we featured her in our seniors-themed bulletin back in January 2011. I was very taken by her work and wanted to find out more about her, so she is my latest interview for the Features section on PhotoServe. I specifically chose her “Home, Away From Home” series because it resonated so beautifully with this month and the sign of Cancer, the sign that literally carries its home on its back! Click on this link to read the full article: Justine Reyes July2012

Sand Pebble Motor Lodge, at the Jersey Shore, Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ from the series “Home Away from Home.”
© Justin Reyes

ChatterTip of the Month July 2012

Tips for Healthy Breasts

© Koren Reyes

As some of you may recall, anatomically the sign of Cancer rules over the stomach, and a couple of years ago we gave you some natural remedies for stomach ailments. Last year our theme for July was food and we gave you some cooking tips, in particular concerning dairy products, milk & cheese. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that besides the stomach, the sign of Cancer also rules over the breasts, because Cancer is the archetypical mother and she not only carries the baby inside of her for nine months, she also provides her child the necessary nourishment with her breast milk. If you look at the glyph for the sign of Cancer, you can see that it too resembles her two breasts so here are some Tips for Healthy Breasts.

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ChatterRecipe of the Month July 2012

Pork Belly Carbonara

Pork Belly Carbonara © Iain Bagwell

For the ChatterRecipe this month I decided to ask food photographer and my friend Iain Bagwell, who also happens to be a Cancer born July 13th, to not only provide us with the image this month, but also with one of his favorite recipes. Funnily enough, Iain also knows food shooter Steve Giralt, our ChatterArtist for this month and they have even shot several jobs together, both side by side in the same studio and simultaneously with Steve in New York and Iain in Atlanta, where he is based.

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