Orange Julius

This shoot was inspired by my friend Ruby! She mentioned an Orange Julius last week when I was complaining about the ridiculously hot weather. I thought it would be fun to turn her favorite drink into a popsicle. Seriously, buying popsicle molds have been so much fun- totally worth the ten bucks. I'm still enjoying these guys- thanks Ruby! 

Triple Digets

It's been over 105 the past two days here in Portland! That means absolutely drinking your coffee iced!  

It also means several cold showers, daily. Thank goodness Portland isn't in a drought! What are you doing to stay cool? 

What's in your Bag?

I love my purse. It's cute and form follows function which is really important to me. I can't stand random fringe or tassels.  It could also fit a small child. I love seeing the #whatsinmybag posts on Instagram, and I thought this monthly stint in Alabama might prove to be amusing. 

(Laptop, laptop charger, card reader and cord, CF card, iPhone brick, iPhone, wallet, iPad, sunglasses, Anthropologie catalogue, head phones, chapstick, lipstick, car key, and gum)  

I was surprised at the lack of cords at this particular moment. Other items frequently in my bag might consist of: iphone cable, make-up bag, a giant sweater that doesn't even fit in my suite case, hard drive and cable, and usually a water bottle I'm trying to make myself finish. What's in your bag? 

Waffles

More food photos! This time, one of my favorites- breakfast! Thanks to inspiration on Pinterest and a waffle maker from amazon, I now have fun photos and had a tasty breakfast :) Ps. I might have eat a lot of waffles... Like a lot.

Chia Seed Pudding

Seth and I had an amazing Chia Seed Pudding while we were working in Manhattan last summer. It never occurred to me to try and make one until I came across this super simple recipe. I highly recommend it! For looks, I topped it off with Matcha powder and flax seeded then sprinkled with granola, raspberries and pistachios.   

Mix and chill overnight:

1 cup vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk

1 cup plain low-fat (2 percent) Greek yogurt

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extra 

Pinch of Salt

1/4 cup chia seeds


 

Avocado Toast

Avocados are definitely one of my favorite foods. They are filling and easy to eat on the go. Snag one of those Sriracha packets from Starbucks and that's a perfect snack for the road! Of course I love them at home too. I found this amazing recipe on Pinterest, and was in avocado heaven! 

Eat Cake for Breakfast

Happy Monday- why not, Eat Cake for Breakfast!

Ingredients:

 

  • zest of 1-2 citrus fruits
  • 1/4-1/3 cup of fresh squeezed citrus juice (this was two lemons for me)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 - 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Steps:

  1. Measure out the flour, salt and baking powder into a medium sized bowl and mix with a fork.
  2. Zest your citrus fruit over the flour mixture (more is better!) and mix it in.
  3. Juice the fruits, making sure you have at least 1/4 cup of juice.
  4. Smear butter or oil on the inside of the baking pan, and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  5. Whisk the four eggs with the sugar for a couple minutes until nice and frothy
  6. Add in the olive oil while whisking
  7. Add in the citrus juice while whisking
  8. Add in the flour mixture and mix until the batter is nice and smooth - the flour has a tendency to clump here. You can either sift the flour mixture into the liquid mix or just beat the clumps out with a whisk. I did the whisk! This cake is super forgiving.
  9. Pour the batter into your pan, tap it on the counter to knock out the air bubbles and pop it into the oven
  10. Bake at 350 F for 45 F or so until cooked all the way through - mine took 50 minutes.
  11. Let it cool for a few minutes, and then use a knife to go around the edges and free it from the pan. It should pop right out if you've used parchment in the bottom and greased the sides.

Macaroons

Lately I've been in love with pink. Maybe it's because Spring is in the air, or maybe it's the girly side in me. Whatever the case, make it a pink macaroon, and it's pure bliss! With that being said, I had to share some of my favorites from this last shoot. Happy March everyone. Hope you're enjoying some Spring! 

Portland Office Open and Ready for Business

We've been here just shy of two weeks, and the time has flown by. After three trips to Ikea and several late nights spent hanging out with old friends and assembling furniture, I think it's safe to say we're feeling settled. On top of that, I think there's been an unusual amount of sunshine! I'm looking forward to getting back behind the camera now that all this work is over with. It only seemed right to start with a few photos of our new desk set-up that Seth spent hours mentally designing. I have to say I'm quite pleased. 

And just in case you were curious, even though our home base will now be in Portland, I will still continue to shoot in Santa Barbara. I have a feeling I'll start to appreciate all those beach weddings just a bit more now (-: 

 

Enjoying Arizona

Just wanted to say a quick hello from the Grand Canyon. Seth and I have really enjoyed working in Arizona this past week- Flagstaff, Sedona, and of course the Grand Canyon have all been amazing. I'm sure it helps that the weather has been perfect. 

Hope you all are enjoying this beautiful first bit of fall! We are heading to Syracuse next week, and I'm really hoping to catch some of the leaves turning! For now, you'll just have to settle with some photos of the Grand Canyon. 

Revisiting Roots

The past week or so I've been traveling with a hard drive of all my photos, like all of them.. you can't image how distracting it's been! A snap chat goldmine of funny hair cuts, silly faces and trips I had totally forgotten.  But all that aside, it's been interesting to look at my progression as a photographer. In high school, when I first became interested in photography, I primarily shot landscapes. In fact, it took me years to become interested in people- which I totally prefer to shoot now. It was thought-provoking and satisfying to revisit where I began as a photographer and to see how much I've changed. But I'll tell you what, I still pull the car over and hike to some obscure vista for that perfect landscape photo- the one that makes you look twice and remember that exact moment; where I was and why I stopped. That's what I love most about photography- My photos are a collection of moments that I might have otherwise forgotten if I didn't have the photograph to remember them by.  

In honor of revisiting my roots as a photographer, and enjoying some memories of my past travels, I thought I'd share 20 of my favorite landscape/ cityscape photos.

Monterey, California

 

Waging, Germany

 

Rome, Italy

 

Zurich, Switzerland 

 

Paris, France

 

Rum Point, Grand Cayman Island 

 

Somewhere in, Colorado 

 

Portland, Oregon

 

Berchtesgadener, Germany

 

Manhattan, New York 

 

Morro Bay, California 

 

Dublin, Ireland

 

Barcelona, Spain 

 

San Francisco, California 

 

Florence, Italy 

 

Hallstatt, Austria

 

Doolin, Ireland

 

Salzburg, Austria 

 

Toronto, Canada

 

Venice, Italy

Quick Hello from Chicago

Hi there! Just wanted to say a quick hello- I know it's been a while since my last post! I've spent the last week in Chicago photographing the Wyndham Grand Chicago River Front Hotel. It's been a couple late nights and early mornings, but I've loved every minute of it. I have to admit, I liked Chicago much more than I anticipated. The city is fantastic, and the weather was amazing. Definitely looking forward to visiting again. Couldn't resist sharing a few favorite photos from the shoot. Happy almost weekend! 

Travel Tips for Those Constantly on the Go

We are beginning our fourth week on the road (currently in Parsippany, NJ)  and I think we have finally found our rhythm. It's more work than you might imagine, traveling to and working in a new place every day. It's easy for small decisions to add up and eat away at your time. I'm a big fan of staying organized. When away from home for so long keeping things simple can be crucial an enjoyable and comfortable trip. Here are some of my favorite traveling tips I have picked up so far:

1. Always pack important and valuable items in the same place. 

If you are on the road for a couple months, it's inevitable that you will have a large amount of bags/stuff, weird hours, and at some point you will mostly likely be exhausted. My life is so much easier when I know exactly where my phone charger and makeup are, and that I didn't loose my jewelry when I last threw everything into my bag. 

2. Baby Powder 

Baby powder works just as well if not better than dry shampoo. If you're walking around a windy city, or have been riding a subway all afternoon, your hair can get a bit greasy. Baby powder is an instant fix! It also helps to pull out the smells that your hair might have absorbed from China Town, or that smoking hotel room you got stuck in! 

3. Dryer Sheets

You might have figured out by now that my super sensitive nose doesn't always like traveling with me. And while I can't always keep it happy, I have found dryer sheets to come in handy. I like to tear one sheet into a few small pieces and tuck it in my backpack. It will keep your clothes smelling fresh even if they aren't clean. My second favorite use for dryer sheets is to stick them into the AC vent of a hotel room. (Yes, this might be a fire hazard). However, when I got stuck in smoking hotel rooms three nights in a row, they freshened the room immensely. 

4. Smile

People respond better to a smile. They will give you directions, let you use their bathroom, or maybe even give you a free refill on your iced coffee. Trust me, it just pays to be friendly.

5. Pack Less

You won't regret it, I promise. Whenever I'm packing to go somewhere I always pull out at least a quarter of what I initially packed. You can get by with so much less than you think you need. Not to mention you can always wash or buy something if you are desperate. There's no use in toting around extra weight! 

6. Create a routine 

It's safe to say things like my daily workout and quiet time are impossible when on the road. So many inconsistencies come with traveling that it's easy to become uncomfortable quickly. I've found that if I can create some sort of consistency, even if it's small, I feel much more settled.    

That's all for now, only 22 more weeks to go!

 

 

Lilac Patisserie

I was running some errands on State street when a splash of purple caught my eye. A new bakery! (Always a plus) - And one that looked like it belonged on a Parisian street corner no less! While browsing the mouth watering pastry case I met the owner, Gillian. While chatting a bit I learned that she and her husband decided that after spending years working with bakeries in Southern California, they wanted to bring their own bakery and cafe to Santa Barbara. The kicker- all their delicious baked good are gluten free! 


Their cakes are so beautiful that even when I got a piece home, I couldn't resist taking a picture.

 
 

If you get a chance, you have to pay Gillian and her adorable shop a visit, you won't be disappointed! 

The Quiet Value of a Photograph

This is my Grandmother. When I asked if I could take her photo she compared it to visiting the dentist. To tell you the truth, I don't really blame her.  No one feels comfortable looking into the camera at first- it feels like bearing your soul.  A photograph is more than smiling with all 80 teeth- It can be a glimpse into someone's life. My father died when I was six, and the few photos we have of him are priceless. I've scoured them so many times looking for clues about his life.  I've learned he and my brother have the same round ears, that he and I wear our watch on our right hand though being right-handed, and, he had such a genuine smile. I have great memories of him, and I've heard many stories, but somehow, by looking at those photos I feel like I know him a little bit more. When I look at these photos of my Grandmother, I'm reminded of how patient, gracious and the tiniest bit cheeky she can be. 

When I look at these photos of my Grandparents I'm reminded of their love for one another through sickness and health.  The photos make me smile thinking about how they do so many things together- even talking to me on the phone. 

I take photos because it makes me happy, because I can express myself, because it's how I make my living and so on and so on. But, every once in a while there is a photo that is more than just a picture. So subtle, and unassuming, so full of memories and untold value.  These are the ones that bring a smile or a tear. These are the photos that you cherish and hold dear.. the important ones, quiet moments you can keep forever.