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Playing With Food

For this month’s 10 on 10 post I’m playing with food!

Though I already love cooking, I’ve been in the kitchen even more than usual these days.   I think because it’s fall and there’s something even more special about the aroma and the warmth it provides as it permeates the house this time of year.

Walking through the produce section at the grocery store one day last week, I passed some figs and knew I needed to cook with them.  The closest I’d ever come to eating one was the fig newtons my grandma used to give me as a kid.    So I grabbed a bunch and headed home to see what I could do.

 

Before I figured out a recipe, I took a few shots because I think they’re so beautiful alone and make great subjects for still life.   I love the burgundy/green colors — they remind me of the upcoming Holidays.

Then I started looking online for fig recipes.   Not that this recipe needed figs, but these pancakes looked so good with their crispy brownness, they were vegan and gluten free, so I thought I’d give them a go and have some figs on the side.   I’m not vegan, but I do try to eat gluten free whenever possible because I like the way it makes me feel.

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They were delicious, and so were the figs!

Then I looked through a new cookbook of mine by world renown chef,  Yotam Ottolengi.  The book, ‘Jersusalem’ is filled with gourmet vegetarian dishes.  I hadn’t made any of his recipes yet, and noticed there was this one savory recipe that included figs–Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Fresh Fig.   I loved all the ingredients together– sweet potatoes, figs, green onions, red chile,  topped with a balsamic reduction.   This was absolutely delish!!   Both Phil and I gobbled it up the second I finished photographing it.

For this recipe, go here.   I replaced the sugar with honey and it was amazing!

Continuing with figs, this was my go-to snack for as long as my figs lasted.

A slice of toasted gluten free bread, topped with thinly sliced Machengo cheese, fresh fig slices, and sprinkled with a balsamic reduction.  To die for!

That was it for the fig portion of my cooking fest.   I am also really drawn to pomegranates so I picked up a few!

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I hadn’t actually eaten a pomegranate since I was a kid so I thoroughly enjoyed munching on these yummy seeds. I didn’t even mind the work it took to get to them.

I decided to try a savory recipe so again chose one by Yotam — Aubergine with Buttermilk Sauce.

Well, I’m not a big fan of eggplant, but decided to give it a try anyway.   I figured maybe I just needed to try them prepared a different way.  I was excited to try something completely new, sprinkled with za’atar – a middle eastern spice I’ve never used, but is common in Yotam’s recipes.

Needless to say, I didn’t like this recipe, but I gave myself props for trying!  Phil ate part of it because he was super hungry, but didn’t think pomegranate seeds worked well with eggplant.  It could be that I left out buttermilk because I don’t eat much dairy.  If you want to give it a try, the recipe is here.   Sure is pretty,  eh?  Looks like Christmas to me.

So…lastly, on this particular cooking spree I made paleo brownies.   While in Australia last month, my friend Cath and I frequented a paleo cafe called Primal Pantry.  Nearly every day we’d grab one of these treats to take with us on our daily adventures.   Fortunately they had the recipe available to go.

I like that there’s no sugar, grains or dairy, yet they’re still moist and taste fantastic!!   Some of the ingredients…

And here’s the finished product!  They didn’t last long!

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If you’d like the recipes for the pancakes (gluten free and vegan), or the paleo brownies, please let me know in the comments, and I’ll be sure to post.

Please follow around the 10 on 10 circle starting with my dearest friend, the very talented, Kathleen Ries.

Enjoy the upcoming holidays!  For Thanksgiving I’ll be trying a new recipe.. paleo pumpkin pie!  What will you be making?

P.S.  My still life images are available at my Society 6 shop!

 

 

 

 

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10 on 10: The Heart of Australia

There are those people you meet who, in almost an instant, become family.   In Australia, I have a few of those friends who will forever live in my heart, and my trip here for two and a half weeks, is to be with them.  Of course, most of my travels are around my great love, the ocean, so I’m grateful that all those I know in Oz, share that love with me.

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Though I had met most of my Australian friends while living in L.A.  through my world of music, this circle of friends has grown substantially through moves, marriages, and my many visits to this beautiful Country.

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For the past week, I’ve been in Brisbane and surrounding beaches with my soul sister, Cath, spending time with her daughter and husband, and a few scattered friends who I’ve met through the years.

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Next week I’ll be further South — South of Sydney, in fact,  with my friends who are deeply entrenched in music.  I consider them the modern-day Bohemian version of the Von Trapps.

Each time I’m here my heart expands and  my love for the beauty of Oz and my circle of friends grows.

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These are a few snaps from my first week here.  I always love the towns with their Aboriginal names —  Mooloolaba, Narrawallee, Ulladulla, etc..  – all places I’ve visited or will be visiting in the next week here.

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I so love Australia — for it’s people, it’s beauty, it’s laid-back attitude, and my chosen family here.  Part of that love, I suppose, comes from the fact that it is also in my blood.  I find it so exciting and telling that my great, great Grandmother was Australian — an Opera singer in Sydney!

In this 10 on 10 circle of women photogs, please check out the post of the very talented Kristina Rust, and follow around the circle for inspiration and beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The August Break

I have been following Susannah Conway’s blog, and decided I would take part in The August Break 2014, that she does each year.  We are given a daily prompt and given a little guidance each day, but mostly, I post an image of what the prompt means to me.

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This has been great for me because I’ve actually taken the time to bring some ideas to fruition– those that I swept under the rug long ago.

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It’s also gotten me back on instagram where there is a beautiful community of photographers sharing their creations.

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Today is…about kissing this face as much as I possibly can!


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My man works many hours and my dog is not very active these days so working at home alone forces me to really get my creative juices flowing, with no one to pose for me. It’s been an adventure and I look forward to more creating throughout the month. If you’d like to follow me on instagram, I’m here!

This is for my 10 on 10 circle of fantastic photographer friends. Please follow around the circle, starting with Laura Bastien, and see what every one else has been up to this month!

Enjoy the rest of your Summer!

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Turn That Frown Upside Down!

Photographing this little girl, Maria, her Mom, her Aunt, and her Grandparents was so much fun! Definitely a work out, and at times quite challenging, but still great fun, nonetheless. I had spied this field of flowers and trees days before they arrived from Mexico, so off we went in our boots to protect from bugs and anything else we may find crawling about this area where no one goes.

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It was a very long photo shoot, chasing around a very active toddler who did not want her picture taken, along with a language barrier, and many different set-ups planned. Some worked, some didn’t.

Maria’s Mother, Pati, is so photogenic that even catching her off-guard, she is always beautiful.

I loved the way these two adult sisters were so willing to step back to their childhood and play!

Maria is a very happy little girl, but she was testing me for sure. Every time I pointed the lens toward her, she frowned. I decided to keep those shots because they are her — from this time in her life — and I find them adorable. I managed to get a few smiles too, with the many things we brought to create distractions — like bubbles, balloons, and plastic eggs.

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And here is the smile I had been waiting for!

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I have photographed Maria since she was in her Mom’s womb just over two years ago, and now I get to see her and photograph her a couple of times a year. It’s such a beautiful gift to watch a child grow through my lens!

This is for my 10 on 10 circle. If you’d like, please follow around the circle starting with the images of the very talented Megan Wright!

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Summertime and Sarah

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We are just days away from my favorite Season–Summer! I photographed Sarah who, like me, was born during this wonderful time of year and feels a special connection to it. We also share a special love of this place — our favorite beach in San Diego–Windansea. Every time I come here I feel as if I’ve just traveled to another Country. The waters are turquoise-blue and the waves are so beautifully perfect that hard-core surfers fill the waters, while the rocks add to the scenic magic.

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We arrived just before the sun fully came out, but within a few minutes of shooting, it burned off the morning haze and fully exposed this magical paradise.

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I share this post with the ’10 on 10′ group that I take part of each month. If you’d like, please follow around the circle to see the work of the others in our group, starting with Loni Judisch.

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Enjoy your Summer!!

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10 on 10: April – Lily in the Fields

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In the search for a new location for a family photo shoot this Friday, I decided to check out this spot of trees and wild flowers, about 10 miles from my house, right off the freeway. This is the time of year that I take advantage of the short time that the wild flowers are bright and colorful before the heat of the San Diego sun dries them out.

Lily, my favorite muse, came with me and wanted some new photos too, so when we arrived and saw that we had this place all to ourselves, we were ecstatic! I had to avoid the angles with all the zooming cars coming off the freeway, but that was definitely easy enough in this expansive space.

I love working with Lily. She is so willing to sit or lie down on the raw earth,even with the possibility of bugs and bees, and she often throws in her ideas which are always in sync with what I like too. Here are some of my favorites from that day.

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I enjoyed playing with different styles, and even bringing out the light, for more of a ‘senior portrait’ shot of Lily.

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Please take a look at the work of those in our 10 on 10 circle starting with the images of Michelle Kirnan and follow around our talented circle of women. It seems some of the links are not working…my apologies…I’m sure they will be fixed soon!

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10 on 10: March – A Little Bit of Me and iPhoneography

I recently came up against one of those creative road blocks, and for a week, couldn’t decide what I would do for this month’s 10 on 10. I thought about photographing my day, but my day consists of a lot of sitting at my computer — editing, and I didn’t think that would appeal to anyone. It certainly didn’t appeal to me.

I actually went to the beach one day and got sand, brought it home, and photographed shells. I thought I would pretty them up with textures, etc., but I wasn’t feeling it at all. I had already committed to 10 on 10, and now it was the 11th..yipes!

Then…I stumbled upon Susan Tuttle somehow. I think because I’d heard her name twice in one week, I figured I’d better look her up. I immediately fell in love her iPhone photos…the textures and effects she used–they were so artful! She offered an on-line class on iPhoneography, and it was half-price at the moment, so I jumped in. In one afternoon, I stuffed a lot of learning down my throat, and with little time to find things to shoot, I decided I’d follow her lead and photograph me. Nothing too exciting, but with blurring and lighting effects, I thought, why not?

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These are 10 images that I created off the cuff. I thank 10 on 10 and our circle of women for inspiring me to participate–to get out my camera (or iphone) and shoot, when I may get too trapped in my editing work, and encouraging me to simply create.

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The hardest part was taking photos hands free! I used a timer app, but still, I had to lean my phone up against things, stack up books so it would be high enough, and then it was a lot of trial and error…a lot!

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I look forward to creating much more iPhone art with the tools I now have and more that I’ve yet to learn. Please follow around our circle of women, starting with the lovely Suzanne O’Brien.

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10 on 10: February – Flowers for Love

For this month’s 10 on 10 post, I decided to photograph flowers. I was feeling a bit low on Sunday and went a little crazy cheering myself with flowers, plus, with this Friday being Valentine’ Day, I thought the timing was fitting.

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Ideally, I knew that I would make images with my purchase of pink tulips, red ranunculus, a red gerbera daisy, and hydrangea. Creating always takes me out of my funk, bringing me straight into the moment.

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I am thoughtful and careful in my styling, just as I am in my people portrait shoots, and I had no idea how exhausting it can be! I was on my belly a lot, changed lenses a lot and tried many different vases and positioning, all the while making sure the natural light was sufficiently bounced back onto them with a reflector or foam board. All in all, it was a full-on shoot.

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I enjoyed it tremendously though, and had been wanting so much to experiment more with textures and some of my photoshop skills to create these images.

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Because my Mom was on my mind the entire time I worked with these flowers, I am dedicating all these photos to her. I see how much of who I am came from her. She is the one who taught me about style, creativity and about beauty. These things have always been so important to her in the way she cooks, wraps presents, quilts, dresses, you name it! The petal doesn’t fall far from the flower! Because she doesn’t live close to me, this is my way of sending her flowers — flowers that will last forever! Big love to Mom!

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And just in case anyone reading isn’t familiar with the 10 on 10 project, there are 10ish of us women who take 10 photos on the 10th of each month. We post them, with a link to the next woman in the circle, and we gain inspiration from each other, while at the same time, many who wouldn’t normally get to see each person’s work now will get to through the sharing we do!

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Please follow around the circle and get acquainted with some amazing photographers, starting with Kristina.

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The Angel Within

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It was a couple of weeks ago during the warmest part of our winter here in San Diego, that Ana hired me to create some images of her. She wanted portraits and hoped to have a photo that made her look like a butterfly. She wanted it to show freedom and her personal flight to a new chapter in her life.

I did create the butterfly image, not shown here, and though I loved it, it felt forced – like I had to make it literally look like a butterfly, something I didn’t realize until I got to the editing, but I figured my client would still like it. She did. But then I edited this one. This was inspired by a photo I saw somewhere on-line, but it looks absolutely nothing like it.

This is usually what I do at the end of my client shoots if time allows, is ask them if they’re willing to try something else. Ana always agrees, bless her heart, and this photo is what came. It’s about 4 or 5 images combined and the sky came from Tulum, Mexico. When I completed it, it felt so true to me, and it felt so true to who I know my client, Ana, to be.

When I posted it on Flickr, the word ‘Angel’ came up many times over. I thought it was so interesting because the photo I borrowed from was more of a sexy, wrapped goddess, with lots of darkness around her, but this was how my version emerged.

I ask myself where it came from and all I can say is somewhere inside of me. I’m one who believes in angels and ask for their guidance a lot. I also feel I have angels on earth and one of them is Ana. I suppose it was natural for me to create her this way.

When we’re really true to what feels right to us as we create, the truth is there, right in front of us and sometimes it’s really a beautiful surprise!

This, by the way, was her favorite too, and the one she is using to represent who she is and where she is in her life.

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10 on 10: January – Just us Two

I’m so happy to be back to our 10 on 10 posts this year with a lot of new, talented women! I welcome them all and look forward to expanding our circle!

For this month’s post, Phil and I took a break from our hectic work schedules and headed out for a stroll on the beach in La Jolla. It’s one of my favorite places to be, plus it’s been feeling a bit like Summer here in San Diego.

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I’ve had a couple of rough days this week and I am definitely cheered by Phil’s love and always…the ocean!

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Please follow the circle around starting with Kathleen Ries’ post here!

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