California, Santa Monica & Venice Beach

I went to California last month with my family, in part for my parents 50th wedding anniversary and also for my brother & sister’s (and my) birthday. Yes we are triplets.  My parents really wanted to go to Disneyland which they thought would be especially fun for my brother’s two little kids.  I really love Disneyland, so I was pretty excited for the trip. And it was really fun with one exception, my niece got really sick one of the days which would be the precursor to many others of us getting really sick as well. I had to have my sister bring over her anti nausea medicine from Cambodia the day after getting back! Ack! We are all much better now though. 🙂

On one of the days that we weren’t at Disneyland my sister, & brother-in-law, & I went to Venice, Santa Monica, & Malibu. I love Venice and go there frequently when visiting LA, which seems to be at least once a year.  I had never rented bikes in Venice before, which we did, and I will fdo now every time. It seems like the only mode of transportation which makes sense.  We biked along the beach from Santa Monica, and went up to the Venice Canals.  Some of the highlights were hitting Moon Juice, which I make sure to do every time I am there. We also went to Sidecar Doughnuts in Santa Monica.  I had never been there but on the plane I watched a short about the best donuts in LA and Sidecar was one of the places listed, and it did not disappoint! I ordered one of the maple bacon donuts and one of the huckleberry.  OMG my mind was blown.  It was warm and crispy and tasted like it has just been made, which it probably had. One of the best donuts I have ever had, by far. We ended the day by going to Surfrider beach in Malibu and watching surfers and having dinner.  It was a really fun day and I can’t wait to go back.

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Paseo

At the beginning of September I was super excited to shoot for Paseo especially since they are basically THE iconic sandwich shop in all of Seattle and after they closed in Seattle temporarily there was rioting in the streets.  That may be a bit of an exaggeration but not by much. They just announced they will be opening up a new location on Capitol Hill, along with their new SODO location which everyone is really happy about. When you go you have to try the Caribbean Roast!

In other news, I just got back from a family vacation in California last week, which was beautiful and pretty much my last ditch effort to hold on to summer before cozying up to fall. I love fall but I really hate being cold. So time to pull out the sweaters and head to the nearest pumpkin patch, a pretty hike, or local movie theater and start enjoying the endless gray 50 degree weather we will be having for the next few months.  I really do look forward to all of those things each year but I try to break up the weather with a trip to visit family in Phoenix at which point their weather will be perfect! Ha.

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Cidercraft Magazine, Tailgating Pairing

About a month ago I worked with the team again over at Cidercraft Magazine for their featured cider pairing story, and this time it had a tailgate theme.  Thanks as always to Kristin Ackerman, Erin James, Randi Karabin, and chef Jason Scherer for making it all come together to look so great. All of the recipes are appropriate and geared for a fall game day, complete with cider picks for each recipe.

Everyone always asks if I get to eat the food on shoots and the answer always is sometimes.  Of course it depends on how long things are sitting out, but in this case I admit I did have about 6 of the deviled eggs in a row. 😉

In other news, I am super excited about a few new projects in the works which I will be able to talk about soon. One of which is being a part of Adobe’s Creative Jam.  Eek!

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San Diego, Comic-Con International

My friend Josh has volunteered at Comic-Con for years and in April I thought, could I go? Should I go?  It is practically impossible to get tickets to Comic-Con since they sell out in minutes and one of the perks of being a volunteer is you are guaranteed purchasable tickets.  So knowing this most likely would be my one shot to go, I did it!  Comic-Con International happened a few weekends ago, and it was even better than I had ever anticipated.  I really love sci-fi TV & movies, and it was everywhere. I was in sci-fi nerd heaven.  Even if you can’t get a ticket, I would say it would be worth it to go because the whole area of San Diego near the convention center is transformed for Comic-Con and there are tons of booths outside of the event, parties you can attend and even celebrities walking among you. I have a few funny stories of my run-ins with celebrities down there.  I even conquered the dreaded Hall H and it wasn’t that bad (if you don’t go Saturday).

We even got a little sight seeing in.  We went to Coronado, La Jolla, Pacific Beach, and Sunset Cliffs.  I am pretty obsessed with the beach so that is where most of my photos are from.  I didn’t take too many at Comic-Con because I just felt there was no way to do justice to what I was seeing, it really is an experience!  We did go to eat at the Great Maple which I would highly recommend. I particularly would want to go back for their beignets with a side of lemon curd dipping sauce.  Yum!

 

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  1. Uncle Bill

    Glad you got to experience San Diego. You didn’t get to Balboa Park which is extremely beautiful, but maybe on your next trip.
    See why Patti and I spend 3. Mos a year there.

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California Walnuts

Back in June I was lucky enough to work with California Walnuts photographing images for their school lunch program.  I was also able to photograph a few recipes for their home cook collection, like this Thai Chili & Garlic Walnut Noodle Salad.   I included a few of my favorites from the shoot which was styled by the wonderful Jean Galton. Hope you enjoyed the photos!

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Gallettes & Fruit Infused Spritzers

I worked on a test shoot 2 weekends ago with food & prop stylist Beth Batson.  I actually have known her from before I got into photography and before she was a prop stylist from mutual friends, it’s funny how small Seattle can be sometimes!  She was so great to work with.  I just can’t get enough of these gallete images that we made and they tasted pretty damn good too.

In other news, summer is finally here in Seattle and I hope everyone is getting to enjoy it! It’s my favorite time of year for sure, so I am just trying to pack in as many summer activities here as possible, paddle boarding, yoga in the park, summer outdoor movies, etc., etc.  Summer here just can’t be beat.

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Ocean Shores

Last weekend, I went to Ocean Shores  for a camping trip with my friend Anne.  I hadn’t been camping in a few years, which is pretty crazy for me.  When I was growing up, my parents would load us up in the van (4 kids), hook up the camper and we would head off.  We visited so many parks in Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, and Colorado.  I am really thankful that my folks had us do this as kids because I still love the outdoors, camping and traveling so much, it’s just ingrained in me. Although I am sure as a kid, and especially as a teenager I would pout about it.  I haven’t headed out for a long road trip in some time, but I really would like to. I did drive to Chicago twice in my twenties though.

Anyway, Ocean Shores was so much fun.  I would highly recommend it.  The beach was beautiful, and the campground at Ocean City, except for one crazy night, was pretty quiet.  The town of Ocean Shores is so close to the campground that if you want you can go to the little theater, bowling alley, go go-kart racing or ride horses on the beach.  We stuck to going to the Sand & Sawdust Festival, where you could see people participate in either a chainsaw carving or sandcastle competition. We also ate at the cutest little Moby Dick’s drive in, where we had delicious chowder and fish ‘n chips.

Hope you enjoyed the photos and have a great 4th!

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Peach Festival – Queen Creek, AZ

Last month I went to go visit my brother & sister in-law in Phoenix, and of course saw my cutest little niece & nephew for a few days.  On my last day of the visit we went to the Peach Festival in Queen Creek, Arizona.  They had peach everything, from taffy, to salsa, to ice cream, to drinks, to pancakes. You could also go and pick your own peaches at the farm. The little ones enjoyed it so much too! Karissa, my niece, kept going on about how she was going to pick peaches for a peach pie for daddy, for his birthday.  That is going to be a while from now… haha  They actually did make a peach pie and some peach ice cream yesterday for Father’s Day out of the peaches she picked.  It was really cute.  Hope you enjoyed the photos!

 

 

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Beautiful Breakfast Shoot

I always love working with Rachel Grunig, I just can’t say enough nice things about her & her work.  Just look at how cute these turned out. I wanted to do something a little different for me, more of a scene, or a modern laydown of a breakfast or lunch scene which is very popular right now and Rachel came up with these wonderful ideas!

In other news, I have been working again doing shoots for Amazon Prime Now, photographing their restaurants & dishes.  I also wrapped up a big shoot last week, which I will be able to share at the end of the month. Phew!! I have a few camping trips planned, out to the coast which will be fantastic for summer.  I really like to enjoy the summer here, when I can.  It just gets so lovely.  I have been paddleboarding already and going for a hike this weekend.  I have a few out of town trips planned with friends in August, and going to San Diego in July.  Yippeeeee. Summer!

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Summer Fun with Kate Spade

I can’t believe it was a month ago that I worked with my friend & colleague Stylist Angie Hansen on this super cute test shoot.  I don’t photograph product that often so when we talked about doing this, I was really excited that she wanted to incorporate this fun Kate Spade photorealistic grass printed blanket.  I immediately wanted to make it look like a fun picnic in the sun, lighting wise.  She agreed, and this is what she came up with.  She added in some cute summer items from Starbucks, Nordstrom, Birkenstock & St. Tropez as well, to tie in the cute Kate Spade book & camera purse. She was so much fun to work with!  Hope you enjoyed the photos!

 

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  1. angie

    So great to work together! These turned out super cute!! Can’t wait to work together again!

  2. Amy Johnson

    Totally! I can’t wait to do another shoot too! We had a few that we talked about, anytime!

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