Hammersley Inlet, WA

About a month and a half ago I went and stayed at my parent’s house for our annual family reunion near Hammersley Inlet, WA, which is about 20 minutes east of Shelton, WA.  I love spending time down there.  It is a nice break from the busy Seattle city life.  I grew up in a bit of wilderness, so it is always nice to get back to it. Their place is right on the water, so plenty of beach walks and kayaking took place.  It is so nice too when my brother & his wife fly in from Phoenix, and I get to spend time with them and my adorable niece!  Not to mention the rest of my family on my dad’s side of the family.   We don’t see each other enough, so spending the whole day catching up and eating good food is always nice.

In other news, this month has been so crazy! I moved and also have been sick while doing it.  Not exactly the way I wanted to spend the last month of summer, but I did get to do enough summer activities that I am very much welcoming fall.  I can’t wait to go pumpkin picking and start celebrating Halloween! My favorite holiday. 🙂  I also have some shoots coming up, which I am very excited about, and tests for fall treats, which I will be posting once they happen.  Hope you are enjoying the beginning of fall as much as I am! Enjoy the photos.

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A Weekend Shoot

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I had a lot of fun working over the weekend a few months ago.  I was photographing with my friend Ali who is developing a new business right now.  Not only is she an amazing woman, great friend, mother of 3, but she had a knack for styling as well, it turns out!  I had a great time, and can’t wait to work with her some more.  I will be sure to post her new website once her business launches.

Amy

 

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Las Vegas

I had such a great time in Las Vegas with a few girlfriends a couple of weeks ago!  Of course, like my most recent trips, I wish I had gotten more photos but I was too busy having a great time.  My favorite parts of the trip were lounging around the pool, singing along to Bon Jovi covers at Fremont Street, and going out along the strip. Oh and winning at Black Jack! Mostly it was just nice to get away with some old great friends.

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Amazon Local Part 2

There were so many restaurants that we photographed when I worked on the launch of the Amazon Local restaurant delivery app that I couldn’t put them all in one post.  Here are some more favorites.

In order below with one photo from each: Radici, Mioposto, Metropolitan Grill, Maximilien, Lecosho, and El Gaucho.  It was a really fun project, and as you can see, so many different kinds of food. It was a great learning experience for me too, to shoot at all times of the day, in so many varied lighting conditions.  Working within the design and client requirements forced me to shoot vertical, something I don’t normally choose to do.  The most restaurants that we photographed in a day was 4, which previously for me had been 1, so it definitely helped me be super fast and move on to the next shot. It was also really great to work with an onsite client for approval at each of the restaurants, which helped to speed up the process too.

Enjoy!

 

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Restaurants Galore!

Way back in March I had the opportunity to photography for Amazon Local and the restaurant ordering ap that they have for the iPhone.  Here are a few of my very favorites. We did something crazy like 19 restaurants in a week and a half, so I will have to split the images into a few posts.

A few of my favorites below are from  Via Tribunali, Lecosho, Eva, Bill Beach Sushi, Umi, and St Cloud. (In that order below) So many of the restaurants were kind enough to let us taste things and everything was amazing!

In other news, I am thoroughly enjoying the summer! Lots of swimming and beach time when I can. The weather in Seattle has been fantastic, in the mid 80s, which seems rare.  I am looking forward to a weekend in Vegas soon with some girlfriends.  It will be HOT though reaching 110.

Enjoy the photos!

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Colorado

I was able to visit Colorado last weekend and visit a few girlfriends. I had a blast.  The food was so good and the hiking and biking was really awesome too.  I just wish I was able to get pictures of everything that I did, except it’s hard when you are on a bike.  We ate at these delicious places, Root Down, Linger, Little Man Ice Cream, and Moe’s BBQ.  I also hiked in Boulder and took the Billy Banjo Bus Tour and I got to learn about where all the ghosts live in Boulder.  🙂

Enjoy!

 

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Cidercraft!

I had the pleasure of working on a shoot for Cidercraft a month or so ago a brand new national cider magazine created by the talented ladies who put out Sip Northwest.   This article highlights food made with cider, that you can also make at home, paired with cider.  My favorite was the rhubarb pistachio tart!

Enjoy!

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Moctezuma’s Mexican

I had a blast working with the guys over at Moctezuma’s.  If you are in Tacoma or Gig Harbor you should check them out.  Such good food. I thought I would share a few of the images from the shoot!

Enjoy!

 

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Lavender Lemonade

Summer is almost here in Seattle, and I thought what better way to get ready than some refreshing drinks?   This lavender lemonade is pretty simple to make and very refreshing.  Of course you can experiment and make the simple syrup with any kind of herb you like, rosemary, sage, thyme, mint.  Whatever you feel like trying.  Next I might do sage orange!

In other news, I have been shooting and will have some new projects to announce over the next few months, but in the meantime I am enjoying planning an eventful summer.  I am very much looking forward to traveling to see some close friends, and traveling with some close friends this summer!  A wedding, an amusement park, or two, las vegas! In the least I will have some stories to tell and some pictures to share.

Enjoy!

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Recipe from the Kitchn

Lavender Lemonade

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts

1 cup sugar
5 cups water, divided
1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Ice cubes
Lavender sprigs for garnish

Combine sugar with 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Add lavender blooms to the sugar water, cover, and remove from heat. Let stand at least 2 minutes, or up to 2 hours.

Strain the mixture and discard the lavender. Pour the infusion into a glass pitcher. Add lemon juice and another 4 cups water. Stir.

Pour into glasses over ice or refrigerate until ready to drink. Garnish with lavender sprigs and lemon slices if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Janice Silva of Green Acres Lavender Farm

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Lake Ozette & Washington Coast

Last weekend I was lucky enough to go to one of my favorite camping places, Lake Ozette, near the Washington coast, with a few friends.  From the lake there is a 3 mile boardwalk path/hike out to the ocean.  I would highly recommend doing it!   The pictures just can’t do it justice.

Enjoy!

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