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Remy is the scrumptious two-year-old son of Talia. Here’s a one-shot preview from Remy’s session:

Remy

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I recently photographed Talia for her leather accessory product campaign. This photo doesn’t really have any use for her product line, but I just love her expression, the symmetry, the light…

Isn’t she lovely? (Now, of course, I have Stevie Wonder in my head.)

Talia

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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:

Charles

I love his expression in this one (actually, I love his expression in all of them, but there’s something about this in particular…):

Charles

Looking very cozy in a sea of fuzziness:

Charles

Pretending to be falling asleep (good actor, isn’t he?):

Charles

Getting a little love from his mama:

Charles

Here is my favorite from our little session. Makes me want to scoop him up every time I look at it.

Charles

And we’ll end with a collage of some others:

Charles

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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:

Caviar jars and cans

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:

Mote Marine Caviar Harvesting

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.

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I photographed adorable one-week-old Charles (and his Mohawk!) the other day. More from the shoot to come, but for now, here’s a preview image.

Thanks, Leymis and Kavin, for letting me snap some photos of your new little man!

Charles

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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.

Pomegranate Still Life

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

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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…

Tastespotting - Oatmeal Recipe

😀  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.”)

TasteSpotting - Oatmeal

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