Get to Know: Cynthia Groseclose

This summer we are taking the time to introduce our artists on a more personal level. How many times have you thumbed through a portfolio looking at the images while still feeling uncertain about who the artist is as a person?  How will they be on set?  And could I take that chance at hiring someone I don't know?  It's tough - but we can assure you, Big Leo is a family environment and not only do we vouch for the professionalism of our artists, we would never sign any grouches!  There is just not enough time on this earth - so we'd rather surround ourselves and work with only the nicest peeps. So without further ado - get to know:

Cynthia Groseclose!

Do you remember your first big job styling on your own?  Tell us a little about it...

My first big styling job on my own was for a major ad. I was a nervous wreck and thought I was in over my head. The shoot was lifestyle and outdoors and everything that could have gone wrong did, but somehow we pulled through in the end. When the job was done, I was so relieved that I cried when I got in my car. Then months later I started having friends text me the ads, which were on billboards all over the Southeast. It was a great feeling to know that I had done my best and the work looked great in spite of any difficulties on the shoot. And it was a real blessing to get one of the hardest jobs out of the way so early on because it gave such confidence that I could always handle the challenge. And I still work with the photographer to this day! He always pushes me to do my best work and we still laugh about that first job together.

What's your new favorite restaurant?  What is it about the atmosphere there that you like?

Right now I am in love with this seafood place in Charleston called Bowen's Island. I love a place where you are basically sitting on a screened porch overlooking the beautiful salt marsh, drinking beer, eating as many steamed oysters as you possibly can and laughing with friends. I love everything about casual coastal living.

Do you have a go-to comfort recipe that you wouldn't mind sharing?  Something that you cook when you just want it to be easy...

I love to grill pizzas. It's just so easy and so delicious. I buy pizza dough from the store and jarred organic tomato sauce. Then I'll slice fresh mozzarella, and pick basil from my garden. I put them on the grill and they are ready in 5 minutes. Drizzle with some olive oil and a dash of red pepper flakes - with a glass of Super Tuscan. It has become our Sunday night thing.