Photographer Andrea Wyner
This past Thanksgiving, 8 months pregnant and craving turkey, stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce, my husband and I went to Erba Brusca to try chef Alice Delcourt's prix fixe holiday feast. Delcourt's Thanksgiving has become legendary in Milan. A mix of bluegrass and classic rock in the background, Alice's gravy and thyme biscuits with lemon honey butter rival everything I've ever had. And the American woman, photographer Andrew Wyner who was sitting next to us, agreed.
This was not Andrea first Thanksgiving in Italy. Living in a micro apartment for the majority 8 years in Milan while traveling the world, Los Angeles-born photographer and I may have begun chatting over how we missed American pie. A fan through her Instagram before we met by chance, many of her photographs reinforced my love for Milan and even prompted adventures to new places. Her photographer of another American transplant in food, Corey McCathern of Corey's Soul Kitchen led me to the only place you can find American pie in Milan.
While she most recently shot the 36 Hours in Milan for the New York Times, here are a few more links to my favorite photos in her editorial portfolio.
While Andrea's warmth both behind and in front of the camera (I know this because she took precious photos of me while pregnant) is unmistakable, she knows she has the best job in the world. While she'll be the first to let you know it can be lonely traveling 250 days out of the year, Andrea has found creativity in what some travelers for business would find mundane. She has photographed every bed she's slept in since 2011. With more than 1000 photos of beds around the world (and a pending project to share her collection), her hashtag #homeistheplaceyouleft is a constant reminder to cherish (and sleep comfortably!) every adventure I take.
While Andrea's knowledge of big Italian cities like Milan and smaller towns like Crema is vast, her photographs are illimitable. She continues to draw inspiration from Milan as she moved her on assignment to shoot Salone del Mobile, the expanding design fair that attracts trade and consumers from around the world who are passionate about design. While we bonded over food, Andrea has been integral in supporting my own passion to grow my food tour business in North Italy. I'm honored to share some of her best photos of Lombardia here.