On Friday I got together with my friend and colleague Liz Hererra to work on a styled interior shoot. It was really fun! I love being able to practice shooting whenever I can, especially when I am getting more into interior shooting.
I worked on a really fun summer themed shoot with Patty Whittmann a few weeks ago. I really am loving how everything turned out. I am noticing now we used a lot of very bright colors, which I love. We collaborated on the props, but she did all the food styling. I really like her idea of creating the blueberry ice cubes. How cool is that?? We had actually met during my internship in Photography school, and I had been wanting to work with her for a long time. She has such a wealth of knowledge is was really cool to talk to her about all of her years of experience in the industry! Hope you enjoyed the photos.
Rachel Grunig and I did another test a few weeks ago. I have been loving the shoots we have been doing. So far 3 in the last few months. I particularly love these oysters we shot, which were Sunset Beach and Kumamoto. It has been really fun to try different types of lighting and angles.
In other news, I am still shooting away and also busy trip planning. One far off trip to Italy in the fall and hopefully a smaller trip to LA over the summer or later this spring. I have also been excited for spring to finally hit here. It seems it just keeps getting colder!!! I am excited to get my garden planted over the weekend though. That is at least the sign that warmer weather is on the way.
A few weeks back I had the pleasure of shooting another project that Desirae Wilkerson owner & principal designer of M.O.I Designs had just completed in West Seattle. I absolutely loved this space. The combination of bright & subtle paint colors, cabinetry, tile, and lighting really pulled this space together in a modern, fresh way. I always love shooting interiors and working with Desirae. Hope you enjoyed the photos!
I always love working with prop and food stylist Rachel Grunig. Over the last few weeks we did 2 tests, both of them were cake. We had to cut the day short the first round but we both ended up being so glad because the shoot turned out so wonderful the second day. It would have been a shame to rush it. We worked on creating a few GIFs which I am going to learn how to do later this week!
In other news, I have have had some extra time this month, which I have filled by taking some extra classes. I took a very interesting Instagram class yesterday, and as well as a baking class at Book Larder. I can bake biscuits now! I went to the inaugural Gather Seattle Matcha Mondays today. If you don’t know about Gather Seattle, you should definitely check them out. It is such a supportive community of women, I am very glad to be a part of it. Kari Brunson of Frankie & Joe’s and Juicebox spoke this morning, giving a little extra inspiration to a Monday.
I am also coming off two shoots last week, one was a pizzeria and the other was an interior shoot, which I look forward to sharing soon!
A few weeks ago my sister and I went to Cabo for 5 days. We were lucky enough to snag an amazing deal (which I don’t think we could get again) at Welk’s Cabo Sirena Del Mar. I am pretty sure is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. We did actually spend one full day at the resort, by the pool and at the private beach, to attempt snorkeling. With cliffs on both sides of the resorts, and 2 infinity pools, and an amazing staff it actually was pretty hard to go! I know understand the draw of staying at your resort all day.
We did go to Cabo San Lucas and take a water taxi out to the Arches and have them drop us off at Lovers Beach for about an hour. I would highly suggest it. Just be careful getting in and out of the water taxi! We went to dinner at the Office, which was a pretty hip restaurant on the beach, but be prepared, you are literally eating on the beach, so wearing nice sandals might not be the best thing.
We also took a day trip to Todos Santos which is about an hour from Cabo San Lucas, but such a cute sweet hippie town. I really loved going there, and if I went again might want to just stay in that town. There are a lot of beaches you can drive to fairly close, but swimming is hard in many of the beaches in Cabo because of the dangerous current. We ate at the darling Cafe Todos Santos, which was wonderful and took a stroll across the street to see the little Boutique hotel, Todos Santos Inn. We also got to see Hotel California, whether it’s the hotel from the song seems to be widely debated.
The other very notable place that we went was to Flora Farms. Just outside of San Juan, the Farm has a wonderful restaurant (we had the pizza and ice cream both were sensational), a spa, cooking classes, and boutique shops. We took a tour of the farm and the newly constructed cottages for sale before we ate. I would recommend both tours! (Unfortunately we weren’t allow to take any pictures of the cottages) Visiting Flora Farms was a really lovely way to end our trip.
I made some dark chocolate rosemary bark for a fun little holiday shoot and it turned out delicious! I did actually have to try a few times because I wasn’t exactly sure how long to boil the sugar before it was at the hard cracking stage. Turns out it is a lot longer than I thought, but there are ways to test it by dropping strands of the sugar into cold water with a spoon. It really did turn out super tasty and would highly recommend it to make for friends for the holidays. I have already been getting into the holiday spirit, as you can see by this shoot. I am going to see a Christmas play next weekend and I tried to look at lights last night with friends, and it was even too early already! Haha. I have already started my shopping. I don’t know what has gotten into me this year!
In other news, I have been really busy which is good. I just got off a 3 week project for a catering company and am planning a trip to Mexico in January. Eek! That is definitely something to look forward to, since it is already so dark here in Seattle. I also am going to start shooting for some hotels which will be nice to try something a little different. I really enjoy shooting interiors, so it will be nice to get a little bit more work doing that. Hope you all enjoy your holidays!
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful day and long weekend. I already worked, but that’s the life of a freelancer! And I will have the rest of the day to relax and enjoy spending the day with family. I am really looking forward to a long weekend and spending a lot of time with good friends and taking care of my sister’s dog. So on that note and since it is Thanksgiving, I am thankful right now especially for work, friends and family! I have been very busy lately which has been a great turn from a slow summer. I think in the future I will plan accordingly for slow summer’s and busy falls, since that has been the trend the past few years. And I mean, could you want a better time to be slow in Seattle?
A few weeks ago I tried out this apple cake recipe and it turned out so good! It was really easy, which is my number one requirement for a recipe. Don’t worry that it will seem like there is barely any batter with all the cut apples mixed in. My brother in law is my sweets taster, and he loved it. Since I don’t like cooking food with alcohol, I just added a teaspoon of vanilla for every tablespoon of bourbon called for. I also made this mascarpone whipped cream, which I learned about from visiting my sister in law. It is so good! I would say this recipe combo was a hit. Also I actually baked it with a few different kinds of apples and it turned out great. I used Granny Smith and Honeycrisps. It’s a super easy Thanksgiving cake or for any occasion for that matter. Enjoy!
My extremely talented brother in law, Rob Humble, is the founder of Hybrid and designed, built, and developed this beautiful house on Beacon Hill, aptly named Hill House. I have developed an interest in shooting interiors over the last year, and was lucky enough to have been able to shoot some photos of this house before it’s opening night party! Check out the floor to ceiling windows! It was so breathtaking. I have been working with one interior designer consistently, and on several other interior projects more recently and it has been really fun for me to learn. I hope to continue taking interior shots for a while to come.
Happy Halloween weekend! I really love October and I think it is because there are so many fun fall activities to do that help distract me from the beginning of cold and dark weather. I couldn’t even go jogging yesterday at 5 and catch the sun. 🙁 So far I have gone to a pumpkin patch with friends (post to come), I have watched a ton of spooky Halloween episodes on tv, and had girlfriends over for scary movies, where we ended up watching the first few episodes of Stranger Things. I also went to a few of the Halloween activities at the Sorrento and am going Trick or Treating with my friend and her son for Halloween. Central Cinema and Spooked Seattle both had a great selection of scary movies playing at them. I have always thought everything BUT dressing up (except this year) and going to Haunted Houses is fun. This year I am going to a Twin Peaks themed Halloween party and I am going as Laura Palmer. I also made this delicious pumpkin flan from Better Homes and Gardens, but unfortunately I can’t for the life of me find the recipe online and only have it in print. I offer this alternative recipe from Martha Stewart, which I am sure is wonderful as well!
In other news, I just finished 3 weeks of food styling! Which was pretty crazy. I was very happy to have the opportunity and really love the final results. I will definitely post some images as soon as I can. And now that I am done I have planned a trip to Phoenix to be in some warmth and sunshine and spend some time with my family. 🙂