Bay Lake, WA

I went on a girls weekend last weekend with some friends I have known for a very long time.  Some even for more than 20 years.  Such smart, funny, ladies, I couldn’t imagine us not having a good time.  And it was nice to get away from the city, if only for a few days.    We canoed, swam, lounged by the pool, cooked big meals and roasted  s’mores by the fire.  Although my photos don’t show it, there were 6 of us, which this house slept very comfortably. It was really very lovely.

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Cider Pairing No. 3!

Here is the most recent cider & food pairing that I did for Cidercraft Magazine, for the new Summer/Fall 2015 Issue, out on stands now.  Cidercraft is the only national cider focused magazine. Pretty cool!  The stories are always super fun to shoot and the women who run it are awesome and great to work with.  I was really excited to have photographed my 3rd story on this for the magazine, with Jason Scherer, from Rock Creek.  The fried kimchi balls were delightful.

In other news, I have just finished up with a week of photographing some local restaurants which has been fun, and have been planning some trips coming up.  As everyone who knows me knows, I love to travel! I have a girls weekend in the area, going back to AZ to visit some family in a few weekends, SPAIN!!!!, a trip to Portland, OR & back to Chicago in the fall for another wedding.  That’s it for now. 😉

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Food Styling Workshop

Last weekend I took a food styling workshop from Clare Barboza. I have known of Clare since I started photography school, her food photography is wonderful.  It was a great experience to take a 6 hour workshop from her and her food stylist colleague.  I have been wanting to take more classes so I continue to learn and don’t get stagnate in my photography style. It is good to remember that there are always things you can learn, especially from those who have been in the field longer than yourself.  I have another all day workshop lined up for August which I am also very excited about.  For me it is specifically good to learn a little bit about food styling, since it is a different field but closely related to food photography.  On commercial shoots typically there can be a food & prop stylist, which are both so important!  They really help to contribute to making photography look amazing.  I didn’t go into the class with the expectation it would be easy, and it certainly wasn’t any easier than I had thought.  🙂 Results below!

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Flora

A few weekends ago I worked with a lovely local Seattle floral designer Keita Horn, who I had known from a past life, and past career. The results were so cute and fantastic! Here are some of my top picks.

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Grand Lux Cafe

Back in December I was very lucky to have been asked to photograph for Grand Lux Cafe, down at the Cheesecake Factory Headquarters near LA.  I was super excited to travel to LA, and I got to work on set with these lovely ladies, Rachel Grunig styling the props and Marah Abel styling the food.  I think the pictures turned out beautifully.  I was so excited to see them completed on the website.  I just flew down there last month to shoot with GLC again, and can’t wait to share those photos soon.  Still working on doing more traveling and shooting in the future, more news on that to come!

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LA, Palm Springs, and Joshua Tree

A few weeks ago I was super lucky to be able to go on vacation with my sister.  It was a quick trip, but we did so much. It was definitely the LA/Palm Springs Tour. We went to Venice & Hermosa Beach, downtown LA, Palm Springs and Joshua Tree. Wow.  And then on short notice, I was asked to go back to LA last week.  I feel very grateful to be able to travel for work from time to time, and am always happy to do it.  These new shots should be coming out a few months, and I and will be very excited to share them.  In upcoming work news, I have another upcoming magazine shoot this coming weekend, and a floral shoot in a few weeks.  Both should be pretty fun.  In upcoming personal news, I am going to the southern coast of Spain this summer, and I can’t wait!!!  Hope you enjoyed the photos.

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Photo Test Extravaganza!

I recently did a photo shoot test with my friend Pip McKay, who has a blog called the Rainy Day Gourmet.  I picked out a few of my favorite shots from the shoot, posted above. We photographed salmon, lamb, mussels, halibut, veggies, steak, and even a few more!  I was pretty impressed with how fast they were being put together.  The food looked beautiful and tasted delicious.

In other news, I am excited for a few new upcoming projects! One with a local restaurant, a local flower shop, and another magazine shoot, coming up in April.

Have a great rainy Sunday.  (If you are in Seattle)

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Cozy Winter Recipes

Once again I was collaborating with my friends over at Pie Drunk, Allison & Liz.  This time I left all the recipe research and cooking up to them, the pros.   They decided on two of the recipes from Love & Lemons.  You can find the recipes here.  One was a roasted butternut squash soup & the other was a creamy polenta & mushrooms.  More details about the recipes and how to cook will be posted on their blog.   I brought over the props, which I had recently purchased for a Seattle Magazine shoot!  I will be able to share more details about that when the magazine publishes in the middle of March. 🙂  Anyway, both recipes were delicious, I was really glad I was able to try both while shooting on a cold winter day.  This was right after I had attended the first annual Seattle Met Brunch Festival, which was soooo good.  So it was pretty much a full day of eating for me. Ha.

In other news, I am very excited to be going on an upcoming vacation to LA, Palm Springs, and Joshua Tree.   I hope to take a ton of pictures. Even though it is a short vacation, my sister & I have managed to cram in a ton of activities, and locations to go visit.  I am very much looking forward to a little warmth and sunshine, and new scenery, if even for a few days.

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Ginger Beer: 3 Ways

A few weeks ago, I had my friends Lindsay Burrows (stylist) and Allison Swanson (trained as a baker) over to make some varieties of Ginger Beer/Ale.  It was a really fun shoot. Lindsay focused on the styling, which looked amazing, and Allison cooked and researched the recipes, which tasted amazing.

We created mint, blood orange, and rosemary versions, and surprisingly the fan favorite was the rosemary.  These were technically infused ginger ales, but you can ferment them by finding a recipe where you add yeast, I have posted one below, and then they will be a legitimate ginger beer.  You can experiment by adding different varieties of herbs.  I thought a thyme one would be delicious as well.  Here are some links below to the recipes.

In other news, I am just finally now wrapping up the job I went to LA for, and I can’t wait to post those photos.  I also have planned a trip to LA & Palm Springs with my sister, which I am super excited for. I love Seattle, but this time of year, the gray skies do tend to drag on for a bit, so seeing some sunshine is going to be amazing!

Mint Ginger Ale

Blood Orange Ginger Ale

Rosemary Ginger Ale

How to Make Ginger Beer

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Snoqualmie Falls: I can hear Julee Cruise

I went up to Snoqualmie Falls last weekend with my roommate and we hiked to the bottom on the recently renovated trail.  It was beautiful.  The falls have a crazy amount of water right now flowing out of them, due to our increased amount of rainfall this year.  I had been hearing about it on the news and had to go visit.

Snoqualmie also holds a special place in my heart because I love Twin Peaks so much, and it was filmed right there.  I was obsessed with it in high school, so it is always a bit nostalgic to go and visit Snoqualmie and North Bend.  The Salish Lodge was the Great Northern, the hotel in Twin Peaks, just feet from the falls, and Twedes in North Bend was the RR Diner. We made a pit stop and I ordered some cherry pie to go.  It was just announced this past summer, that Twin Peaks will continue in 2016!  So exciting!!  I could just hear Julee Cruise, on my way up there.  (She sings the song on the opening credits)

 

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