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Hello all – boy has it been awhile!

If you couldn’t tell, I’ve kept myself pretty busy since my return. Not a lot of time for blogging these days.

Photo projects, photo assignments, updating my website (well, that hasn’t happened yet really, but it will soon!), and getting involved in some pretty cool Seattle organizations (more to come on that soon too)!

I wanted to update everyone on the final tally for the Make A Wish Foundation donation.
A HUGE thank you and hug for everyone who was able to contribute, and raise a whooping $370 for a very special child in the Pacific Northwest!
So exciting!

Okay, back to it!
More soon – hopefully!

Take care,
Charity

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Let me just start this blog post by saying, Paris was good to me.

Really, really, really good to me.

It’s not very often that you can go into a foreign country, (let’s be honest) not knowing the language, with little to no contacts, with just 3 months to spare, and actually make something of yourself.

I managed to do just that.

Call it luck, call it happenstance, call it the place where I’m meant to be…it. was. pure. bliss.

The sequence of events, from one point to another while living in Paris was so fluid.  I almost can’t explain to you why or how, but I can certainly show you some of what I did.

About two weeks in to my stay in Paris, I got a call from Marie Puleo of Paris Magazine (a new Anglo magazine based in Paris) asking if I would be interested in shooting their January feature about the “Best Restaurants in Paris of 2009″…are you kidding me?…my assignment, to photograph chefs and restaurants (some of which have a wait list months long)…someone pinch me!

It. was. fabulous.

And now that the issue is out on Paris newsstands, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite shots from the assignment.

Chef Gregory Marchand of Frenchie

5 rue du Nil, 75002

M: Sentier

Caffé dei Cioppi

159 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 75011

M: Faidherbe-Chaligny

Owner/Chef Stéphane Delleré of La Cave Beauvau

4 rue des Saussaies, 75008

M: Saint Augustin

Chef Yariv Berrebi of KGB

25 rue des Grande Augustine, 75006

M: Saint Michel

Chef Aymeric Kraml of L’Epigramme and Chef Daniel Rose of La Table 28

Chef Daniel Rose prepping his famous rotisserie meal.

La Table 28

28 rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009

M: Anvers

Le Meurice

228 rue de Rivoli, 75001

M: Concorde

Au Boeuf Couronné

188 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019

M: Ourcq

Husband and Wife team, Chi Wah Chan and Adeline Grattard of Yam’Tcha

4 rue Sauval, 75001

M: Louvre

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There are nearly 60 Weihnachtsmarkte (Christmas Markets) in Berlin (according to VisitBerlin.de).  I was told that if I did anything while I was in Berlin during Christmas time, it was to visit the markets. Kind of hard not to with so many scattered about town…

I was able to catch about 4 or 5 of them before Christmas came and went, and it was such a nice way to take in the festivities while also taking in some important German culture (Christmas is a big deal over here).   Being about a quarter German myself, it was interesting to see a piece of where my family comes from.  I recognized a lot of the decorations and Christmas treats, as my Grandmother celebrates Christmas in a very German way…something I didn’t piece together until this week.

While browsing the market stands, it is almost *required that you have a mug of Glühwein warming one hand.  A candied, spiced, hot wine (usually spiked with amaretto/liquor or rum).  A tasty drink, however I would almost vote for less sweet and more spice.

Most markets have a souvenir mug that you can buy along with the drink, which could lead to a very interesting collection…I only left with one (and it’s not the one pictured).

There was a certain theme when it came to the food available at the markets, this guy making what looks to be a savory bread was a bit more unique than most.  I didn’t try the cheesy bread yumminess that he is preparing, but now I’m kinda wishing that I had…

What you do find a lot of at the markets are sweets! Cookies, candied nuts, candy apples, cotton candy, chocolate covered…everything, doughnuts, and sweet breads. (the list goes on)

These cookies (pictured below), I am told, are like ‘little’ love charms (with a message scrawled on the front; ex: “I love you”).  They hang off of a ribbon, because the tradition is that your loved one will buy the cookie for you, and you can wear it as a necklace while shopping the markets (I’m guessing this is really popular with the teenagers).

The most unusual attraction/market that I came across was, Wintertraum or “Winter Dream” – which certainly lived up to its name…it was one part Christmas mixed with one part amusement park.

I couldn’t imagine going on any of the rides, the wind chill factor alone would put a damper on the ‘fun’.  But it made for quite a spectacle on the East Berlin end, right off Alexanderplantz.

I hope everyone has a lovely holiday – however you celebrate it!

I’ve certainly had a very unique holiday experience here in Berlin, a Christmas memory I will not soon forget.

Cheers!

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Time is beginning to fly over here!  After this week, I’m going to be in Berlin for the Christmas holiday, back to Paris for New Years, and then off to Italy, London, and Amsterdam on the 12th, before I head back to the states.

Looking back, it boggles my mind on how much you can fit into nearly 2 months.  This has been such an amazing trip, I can’t believe all that I have done in my time here, and all that I still have planned to do before I leave – I’m truly blessed.

My hard drive is certainly feeling the weight of my adventures, LOTS of images to go through, LOTS of things to share.

I thought I would post a few of those images, giving you a glimpse of what I’ve been up to these past few months.

Bits and pieces of what I’ve seen in Paris:

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Being in Paris, I feel like I’ve been living deep in the mind of a photographer…everything is new, interesting, or just simply asking to be photographed.  This of course can be experienced anywhere, even Seattle, but sometimes when things are seen on a daily basis as routine, their beauty can sometimes get lost in the shuffle.

Because I have food on the photo-brain, naturally, I find grocery shopping to be a very important task.  Everything is scrutinized, examined, and asked the question “would I want to photograph you?”

p.s. yes, I am that strange girl in the market spending way too long looking at a single piece of fruit from different angles and heights…sorry.

Cut to my Parisian friend, Celine, introducing me to LaFayette Gourmet.  Think, Whole Foods ‘Paris’ – this was my kind of grocery store!  I love being surrounded by beautiful food.

Coincidentally, I was all out of food at home, so I decided I would do a little shopping.  Given the price tags (again, think Whole Foods) I had to make an agreement with myself – whatever I buy I have to make into a photo.

After taking into consideration colors, textures, shapes/lines…and what I actually wanted to eat…I finally had a basket full of mouth-watering things that I couldn’t touch until the sun was shining…oh, the woes of being a natural light photographer.

So, the first food to get the spotlight were these great little vegetables!

Again, this is something I could have easily found at the grocery or market in Seattle…but because I have photography on the brain 10-fold, somehow they finally grabbed my attention.

Afterwards, I cut these puppies up and roasted them with olive oil, chopped garlic, fresh basil leaves, a dash of salt, and some sharp cheese layered on top.  I love cooking veggies until they brown a bit along the edges – so good.  (by that point, I was so hungry…I did not photograph…sorry…next dish)

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If you have been to Paris, it is likely you visited/experienced, Angelina.

If you didn’t, well, then you must book a flight back immediately.

Famous for their “De L’Afrique” Chocolat Chaud, they’ve been perfecting this wonderful cup of hot chocolate since 1903 – and boy, do they have it right!

Best.

And I mean, BEST.

…Hot Chocolate you will ever taste. (period)

This is both a blessing to find, and a curse…because now every other hot chocolate I try, tastes like sugar-water.

Another wonderful thing about Angelina – their pastries.

One in particular, that I was required to try: the Mont Blanc.

A meringue base, filled with whipped cream, and covered with chestnut paste.  Very unique, and not as sweet as you might think.

I wouldn’t say it was the ‘perfect’ paring with my chocolat chaud, but it was certainly a treat!

I came home with the worst sugar headache EVER after all of that.

But I went back for more a week later.

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…why I don’t delete things off my hard drive (hardly ever).

I know, it is something that I need to work on, but I have a really hard time deleting even the most ‘blurry’, ‘blinking’, or ‘hard-to-distinguish-what-it-even-is’ photos…most of the time, they are in fact, just taking up space.  And I even had the grand idea of just going into Lightroom, selecting every image that has never seen a flag, star, or color code in its little existence, and pressing the delete key – and I’m not talking about the “remove from Lightroom” option.

But while I was in search for a particular food image on my hard drive, hoping that maybe just maybe I was crafty enough to include it on my travel drive, I came across an image I had never given a second glance…

(the one on the left)

It was one of the very first images taken during the photo shoot (isn’t that always the way?), so I’m sure I just dismissed it as a test shot.

But seeing it now, it really got me inspired.

So I went through a few more of the images, to see what else I’d been missing.

 

Now, you’re probably wondering – wait, what’s with the ballerina?!…

Yeah, I know – “Stick with food Charity”…this was a shoot I did years ago, back in school, in fact.

Pictured is Trista Kite, a (retired) ballerina – now dance instructor in the Seattle area.

 

Here are a two that made the cut, even during the first round of editing, still favorites of mine.

 

Why I had these images on my travel drive and not the food image I was searching for, I don’t know…just fate, I guess.

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