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.
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!
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.
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)
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.
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!
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)
This seems like so long ago now, with Christmas and New Years already come and gone. I went pumpkin picking with a few close friends back in October, to Bob’s Corn. I love doing this and Bob’s is my favorite of the pumpkin patches in Western Washington. There is a lot you can do, and the corn maze is crazy big, usually I will get lost, and have to find some edge to crawl out. There is also SO MUCH FOOD and hay rides. We had our first delicious serving of pumpkin pie of the season there. Now that Fall is over, and Winter is here, I am looking forward to doing some snowboarding and snowshoeing. I haven’t been snowboarding in a few years, but bought my first new board in years from a friend and looking forward to testing it out! Also, I am looking forward to planning some new shoots, details in the works. It is always exciting to have something new on the books.
I was really happy to have been able to photograph not one, but 3 stories for the Winter/Spring issue of Cidercraft magazine. Cidercraft, if you don’t know, is the only national magazine devoted entirely to cider. The women who create the magazine are so awesome too, it’s pretty cool to be a part of their creation and on a shoot with them. I photographed lots of different forms of cider for the 2nd issue, cider bottles, drinks made with cider, and food paired with and made with cider. I really loved them all, but my favorite has to be the food story. Enjoy the photos!
I can’t believe 2014 is over. I had a fun and exciting year! I started working somewhere new and met some really great people. I was also able to photograph for a bunch of new clients and go on some much needed trips. I feel very lucky and grateful for all the new friends I made and new experiences I had. Doing new things for me isn’t always the easiest, so it has also been a bit scary, (ok really scary) but I have tried as much as possible to push those fears aside and the results have been very rewarding. Much better than if I had chosen to back out, simply because I was afraid to do something new. There were some difficult times as well but what I am starting to learn, trying to accept, and almost appreciating is that there couldn’t be good without bad.
I was also able to do some traveling this past year. I went to Chicago, Missoula, Las Vegas, LA, Denver, and Pheonix and hope to do more traveling plus at least one international trip for the coming year. I am currently planning a trip to the southern coast of Spain for July.
Oh, I also moved, which was soooooo needed. Moving out of a place where I could never sleep to a place that feels a lot like home, has been one of the best changes I made last year.
As far as resolutions for the new year, I usually don’t make a lot, but I just want to continue on the journey I am on. I hope to do even more traveling for work and with friends. And cook more, and do more yoga. And see more music. Ok, maybe I do have some. 🙂 I am definitely looking forward to what 2015 holds in store. Hope you have had a great year and wishing you a happy 2015!