Pizza & Tomatoes Test

I got to test last weekend with the lovely Rachel Grunig. I always enjoy testing with her as she comes with such fantastic ideas for shoots, and we also then got to eat so much pizza. ¬†Not only was it really pretty, it was delicious. ūüôā ¬†Hope you enjoyed the photos.

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Photography Workshop

2 weekends ago I took a food photography workshop taught by Aran Goyoga, of Canelle et Vanilla which was lovely.  We spent the day learning about various tricks and tips about food photography, her process, photographers who inspire her and ate a beautiful and very delicious lunch. It was a lot of fun.  We got to hear about where everyone in the class was coming from, and why they were there.  She has a really lovely asthetic and way of teaching and storytelling that keeps the class really interesting.

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Summer Ice Cream Shoot

 

I worked on a blog post with my dear friend Allison a few weekends ago.  We had a plan to shoot 3 recipes, Honey Goat Cheese Fig Ice Cream, which I made, and then Lemon Cookies for Ice Cream Sandwiches, and then a Basil Lemonade.  The ice cream was delicious and I made the fig jam from scratch for the recipe, which is pretty amazing, since I am not actually much of a cook.  I am trying more though! I also would say that it is a bit rich (I had added 1 more oz of the goat cheese than the recipe called for, so maybe even just leaving out the goat cheese and having a light vanilla fig jam ice cream would be amazing.  I made the fig jam by roasting the figs in the oven, covered with a mixture of brown sugar & honey, then putting them in the food processor.   The ice cream sandwiches however where a bit messy, with the ice cream not freezing, sooooo maybe that one will have to be for another day! Although messy, they were delicious, and the cookies were out of this world good.  The basil lemonade was super refreshing too.

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Spain Part 2

Well I can’t believe that I have been back now for 3 weeks. ¬†Wow. ¬†Time sure flies!

For the second half of the 2 week southern Spain trip, we left Marbella and headed north to Granada. ¬†Granada is most known for it’s Moorish influence and the Alhambra, which I highly recommend visiting. ¬†It was a breathtaking Palace, and a very important piece of Islamic history in Spain. I loved Granada and it’s Moroccan vibe. ¬†Well worth the visit. ¬†Just make sure you get there on time for your Palace entrance. ¬†There was quite a bit of stress on this, from all the reading that I did, and really you do have about a 15 minute window from your ticket time to enter the Palace and they will turn you away, or glare at you if you have to get out of line to use the bathroom. ¬†If I go again, I would love to see the Alhambra at night. ¬†Sounds like it would be a magical place, and I read it isn’t very crowded and hardly ever sells out for a night visit. ¬†We also got to catch a flamenco show, in Granada, which was pretty rad.

From Granada we headed up to Madrid via train.  SO FAST.  The train went about 250 miles per hour, and it took only  3 hours to get to Madrid from Malaga.  I loved Madrid, and I loved going to the Prado, but I would say it probably needs more than 1 day for a visit.  Also since it was July, when it was very hot, a lot of the shops were closed and people were out until 4 am, which did make my hotel very noisy.  And, I kept trying to see this palace, which was inexplicably closed both times I went, just that day.  The Prado was amazing though and well worth the trip. Next time, the Palace.

For the last 2 days I headed back down solo to Nerja, located on the Costa del Sol. ¬†And I have to say the most spectacular place I went on my trip. ¬†The town lies at the foot of the¬†Sierra Almijara mountain range. This is very much a beach town, so no clubs, just swimming, eating, hanging out by the pool. There are caves near by, easily accessible by bus, but I wasn’t able to make it there. ¬†I did head to town and look at the Balcon de Europa and just looked out the vast Mediterranean Ocean. ¬†I would definitely head back there and maybe spend at least 3 or 4 days there. ¬†Lovely!

 

 

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Southern Spain, Part 1

When a good friend told me that she would be going to Spain and that I was welcome to come along I jumped at the opportunity!  I had never been to Europe before, and of course always wanted to go.  Having traveled extensively through the US during my 20s, I never had made it over, as a US plane ticket always seemed much more doable.

We spent the first 5 days in Puerto Banus & Marbella, along the southern coast of Spain.  This is THE place for the British rich & famous. Nothing but yachts and glamour as far as the eye could see.  We ate, swam in the Mediterranean, lounged by the pool, it was so relaxing.  We then ventured out to take a day trip to the hill town Ronda, which was a few hours up the windiest road I think any of us had ever been on.  The town was gorgeous of course and we visited beautiful old churches, museums, ate. Pretty much what we did the whole trip.

After being in Ronda & Marbella, we headed up to Granada.  We stayed at the most beautiful hotel, which was also so inexpensive. I was very surprised how reasonable things were in contrast to Seattle.  An lovely hotel room, for 88.00?  The prices seemed pretty unbelievable.  I took so many photos, that this is a good place to stop.  I will continue on with the Alhambra, Granada, Madrid & Nerja for the next blog post.

I will say this, Marbella was my favorite for relaxing, Granada & Madrid my favorite for food, Nerja the most beautiful, Granada was the most interesting in having a unique culture, and although not necessarily my favorite for anything in particular, I wouldn’t have missed going to Ronda.

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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. ūüėČ

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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. ¬†ūüôā 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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