Remy is the scrumptious two-year-old son of Talia. Here’s a one-shot preview from Remy’s session:
Posted in Babies, Children, Sarasota area, tagged baby portrait photography, children photography, Sarasota baby photography, Sarasota children photography, Sarasota photographer on January 29, 2010 | 3 Comments »
Posted in Babies, Families, Newborns, Sarasota area, tagged baby portrait photography, newborn photography, newborn photography props, Sarasota baby photography, Sarasota family photography, Sarasota newborn photography, Sarasota photographer on January 25, 2010 | 3 Comments »
So if you saw my blog Thursday, you know that I photographed one-week-old Charles, born to parents Leymis and Kavin. Here’s a bit more about that shoot – with a bunch of photos, of course!
Leymis and I have been in touch for years through work, and I was very happy to get the opportunity to capture the arrival of her little guy. Although he was due at Christmas (I was eagerly awaiting the news, geared up with my camera for the new tiny man), Charles had other plans and decided to join world outside of his mama’s cozy womb on January 12.
I photographed him when he was exactly one week old. He was a tiny peanut (even being three weeks late), but he was alert and wriggly beyond his years (or days)! While I’d envisioned a blissfully sleepy newborn, I got a wide-eyed model who stared me down as if he were saying, “Yep, I know what I’m doing.” But how they keep you on your toes is part of what’s so fun about photographing babies! And anyway, I do love the expressions of an alert newborn, and Charles looks like he has a lot to think about.
Check him out!
Staring out the window:
I love his expression in this one (actually, I love his expression in all of them, but there’s something about this in particular…):
Looking very cozy in a sea of fuzziness:
Pretending to be falling asleep (good actor, isn’t he?):
Getting a little love from his mama:
Here is my favorite from our little session. Makes me want to scoop him up every time I look at it.
And we’ll end with a collage of some others:
Posted in Editorial, Food, Sarasota area, tagged editorial photography, food photography, Sarasota editorial photography, Sarasota food photography, Sarasota photographer on January 22, 2010 | 2 Comments »
I know I’ve already said this, but in working with Edible Sarasota, I’ve met some awesome people. It’s also led me to some experiences I would’ve never had otherwise…
When Tracy asked me if I could stop at Mote Marine to get some shots of their caviar, I was excited. I envisioned going to their laboratory and aquarium just off of St. Armands Circle, photographing caviar being placed into jars or on an elegant platter… Then I got an email with a video showcasing what I would be shooting (which I won’t share here) as well as the location – several miles out into the middle of nowhere (i.e., east of I-75) at their aquaculture park, where they raise Siberian sturgeon. Now I was envisioning a place reeking of fish insides (and out in the wilderness, far from the safe, child-friendly atmosphere of the dolphins and starfish of Mote’s aquarium). Eek. “What did I get myself into?!” I yelled aloud (really, I think I did – and I was alone). I was scared I wouldn’t be able to handle it. I don’t like the smell of fish, let alone their insides.
I wanted to do it anyway – experience something new. Worst that would happen is I’d pass out face first on the cold, hard floor. It’s happened to me before (hence the scar from 22 stitches on my chin). Although I would not want to repeat that escapade – especially with the risk to my camera! – I was hoping I’d end up somewhere in between my first vision of the shoot and the stretcher and stitching.
Thankfully, there was no passing out – I was captivated by the process from start (extraction…) to finish (jarring/canning:
And the aquaculture park itself is a welcoming facility dedicated to sustainable fish farming and research. As for my worries of the aroma… The caviar-harvesting room is kept at a chilly 30-ish degrees, and it has a faint fresh, salty scent. It’s also impeccably clean; I wasn’t allowed in the room before suiting up and scrubbing down as if I were going into surgery. So, phew!
Below are some photos from the shoot:
And here is a link to the article written by Lael Hazan in Edible Sarasota, in which she provides information on fish farming, the process of preparing, serving, and eating caviar, and where to find and eat Mote’s caviar in the Sarasota area, such as Libby’s, whose deviled eggs dish topped with the Mote caviar was featured on the cover of Edible Sarasota.
Posted in Newborns, Sarasota area, tagged baby portrait photography, newborn photography, Sarasota baby photography, Sarasota newborn photography, Sarasota photographer on January 21, 2010 | 16 Comments »
I was inspired by the platter of pomegranates and clementines on our dining table – the colors on the platter complementing those in the fruits, the tropical flowers (thanks, Nikki!) set next to the platter, and the stark black and white photos on the wall behind them set as a contrast to the other, colorful objects… and out came this still life with a bit of a vintage feel.
Have a great Wednesday, everyone!
Posted in Editorial, Food, Sarasota area, tagged editorial photography, food photography, Sarasota editorial photography, Sarasota food photography, Sarasota photographer on January 19, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
So I recently discovered TasteSpotting.com, an amazing site for us food-and-photography lovers – with a tagline I love: “a community-driven visual potluck.” I’ve become obsessed with the site and want to make about 99% of the recipes on there (and of course take photos of the finished products). I submitted my oatmeal on a whim last night, convinced there was no way it would be selected, but…
Wahoo! So excited to continue submitting recipes and photos and hope to be sharing more TasteSpotting posts in the near future! (BTW, it should be in the first few pages, but if not, just search for “oatmeal.”)
Baking makes me happy. I don’t bake enough, but when I do, I realize it should be a regular occurrence. I recently broke this down for my sister, who just in these past couple of weeks has been hit by the baking bug: I love baking because of the whole process, from start to finish.
First, I love finding recipes for baked goods, more so than for cooking due to the cozy feeling I get with baking vs. the somewhat stressful feeling that is conjured when I think of cooking (timing the protein, starch, and veggies just right, dealing with raw poultry, and so on). Plus, recipes for simple baked goods – ones that you can make with what you have in your pantry or a very quick stop at a supermarket – are easy to find without compromising the tastiness of the output. I find that recipes for simple dinners tend to be, well, blah. The ones my eye is drawn to are often too complicated to put together after a busy day… if we want to eat before midnight. I’d rather just take the ingredients I have and make a basic dinner on my own, without the effort of searching for and then sticking to a recipe. I’m not bad at that – but I am not good at whipping up baked goods without some form of structure. Maybe one day, but for now, I still need to use someone else’s concoctions as a base, or we might end up with rocks instead of cookies.
Next, I love baking because the process is fun. It’s a science, so the base is there for you, but then you can add a spice here, throw in some coconut flakes there, and then, voilà, a beautiful, deliciously aromatic batter for your cookies, cake, tart, etc. that will fill your house with the scent of yumminess in about 10 minutes.
Then comes the best part! – breaking off a piece of whatever you just baked when it’s less than a minute out of the oven. There is nothing more tasty than that first bite. But even more satisfying than that is sharing what you’ve made. I love the “Mmmmm” that comes from my husband when he takes his first bite, and sometimes, when the treat makes it past our door – what can I say? we like to eat – I even get to see others enjoy the product of my baking efforts. (However, this also means that I get to see the expression on the faces of my mother and uncle when they taste the peanut-butter-olive-oil cookies I’ve just made… it’s more of a grimace.)
For this particular recipe, while I normally go right to Heidi Swanson’s 101cookbooks.com (or sometimes the most recent Martha Stewart Living), I was inspired by a new Facebook friend and fellow Edible Sarasota writer, Susan (i.e. the Sticky, Gooey, Creamy, Chewy Lady). I love her blog, and I can already tell I’m going to love her recipes. As I perused the many cookie options, I stopped at the Spicy Banana Cookies. I’ve never used banana in a cookie, so I thought I’d go for this somewhat unusual-sounding cookie, especially since we had a huge bunch of bananas waiting to be used (I think I subconsciously knew I’d be baking with them after my sister told me about the scrumptious banana crunch muffins she just made.). I used Susan’s recipe as a foundation, and – like I usually do – threw in a bit of that, took out a bit of that, either because of personal taste or because of what we have “in stock” in our pantry, like walnuts and dark chocolate chunks in place of pecans and milk chocolate chips:
So here it is, Mrs. SGCC’s Spicy Banana Cookies recipe with some tweaks:
Makes about 30 cookies.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy. In a bowl, mix the mashed bananas and baking soda. Let sit for 2 minutes (the baking soda will react with the acid in the bananas which in turn will give the cookies their lift and rise). Mix the banana mixture into the butter mixture. Mix together the flour, salt, and spices, sift into the butter and banana mixture, and mix until just combined. Fold in the walnuts and chocolate chunks. Drop in dollops onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Let cool on wire racks.
Hope you enjoy. Thanks, Susan! I’m looking forward to making many of your other creations.
The Edible Sarasota launch party was a great success last night. The team put together a fun, tasty event with about 200 people packed outside Whole Foods, munching on yummy drinks and treats from awesome vendors, such as Rosa Fiorelli Winery, Mi Pueblo‘s new vegan and organic menu, Libby’s Cafe + Bar – who served their deviled eggs with Mote Marine American Sturgeon Caviar, the dish featured on the cover of Edible Sarasota, and of course Whole Foods.
Jazz Juvenocracy served as the music for the event – and they are incredible. A group of six kids all around the age of 15, they sounded like a well-seasoned professional jazz band – and they are. They were invited to play at the world-famous Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland July 2-17, 2010 (tax-deductible donations for their plane fare can be made on their home page). In the raffle, Alex from the band won my gift certificate for a free photo session, and he generously donated his win to his band. I couldn’t be happier with the winner(s), and I can’t wait to photograph this awesome bunch.
What also made the launch party a big night for me is that I put together my first vendor display for my business! I actually lost sleep over this, and while it might not seem like a big deal – and isn’t, really – I stress over things like this. What kind of pens do I put for the sign-up sheet? Will my 20×30 frame tip over and hit someone? Will anybody even be interested in my photography? I’m happy to say that there were no injuries, no ink issues. While it was an event focused on food – people were there to celebrate the launch of a magazine that’s all about food (duh), and every other vendor offered edible goodies – I met great people, ran into some I hadn’t seen in a while, and was there to support the magazine (and the individuals behind it) that I’m really proud to be part of. And I’m pleased to say that I’m now much less scared to have a booth at a future event. I can do it. Phew.
Here’s my little corner:
And a few of the overall party setup…
Some veggies from local farmers to help decorate the scene:
Magazines on display:
Wines from Rosa Fiorelli Winery (my vendor neighbor!):
Heavenly Cupcakes‘ delicious display (I might have gotten a sugar-induced headache from eating too many of these…):
And the poster of my Edible Sarasota feature:
Thank you to Tracy, Tina, John, Matt, and everyone else with Edible Sarasota for including me in your awesome endeavor. And thanks to Nikki for connecting me with Tracy and for the support yesterday (and every day). I know I haven’t just won an Oscar, but thank you also to my family for the help – and for coming to celebrate! – and to Angie for lending me the very needed tabletop easels!
I am very excited. See? The new magazine Edible Sarasota has officially launched, and we’re celebrating with a party tonight. A friend of mine, Nikki, who works as the marketing director for our local Whole Foods, generously thought of me when, back in September, she met with Tracy, the editor of the magazine. I had just ended an over-four-year tenure at another local magazine, and the thought did flash through my mind that I might not be ready to jump right back into working in the print publishing world. Talking with Tracy, getting to know her a bit, and hearing what Edible Sarasota was going to be about quickly squashed any concerns I had… I knew I had to be part of it.
After meeting with Tracy and realizing that we could easily work together, we discussed which piece I would write and photograph. I was psyched to get going on a new writing endeavor. I would be researching and interviewing people about school gardens – the history of school gardens in the U.S., their benefits when implemented into school curriculum, and their presence in our local community. Working with local teacher John Freeman on this project was a blast – he is full of energy and so pumped to be spearheading Sarasota’s Gocio Elementary School’s garden. I also spoke with Home Depot’s Mark Campbell about their generous donation to Gocio’s garden and met with John’s entire 4th grade class to photograph them working in the “garden” (it was then a plot of rock-hard dirt). The enthusiasm the kids had for this project was infectious. I can’t wait to go back to Gocio for a harvest to see how excited the kids are when they can actually eat what they grew.
Look at how happy this student is, and she’s just digging dirt!
I am so thrilled that Tracy asked me to work with them – I love that I can combine my educational and career background as a writer with my passion and career future as a photographer, all while working with the amazingly talented, fun, and inspiring people that make up Edible Sarasota. Looking forward to celebrating the launch tonight!
A few photos from Gocio are below, and a PDF of the full article is available here: Edible Sarasota – Fresh Carrots and Dirty Fingernails.
I’ll share the two other shoots I did for the inaugural issue in another post.