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Wow, so the last time I’ve managed to post was May 2012, huh?…clearly I’m winning at this whole blogging thing?!  Well, goodness.

There’s so much that has happened in the last year+, and I hope to have the chance to share it all very soon.  But in an attempt to address my inspiration for writing in the first place (you can all thank her at the end), I’d like to keep to a single topic – my friend of 23 years, Amanda Waltman.

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I met Amanda in 2nd grade.  We became inseparable *almost instantly (*to be completely honest, like all of my great friendships, I did not like her at first…analyze that!)  When they were able to separate us, we were tying up the phone lines with our teeny bopper jabber about *whatever 7-16yr olds talk about (*boys, music groups, boys, tv talk shows, boys) for most of the day.  I think we hit the 8 hour mark once, maybe twice – and that is likely under estimating our mad skillz.  (Even now it’s hard to get off the phone with each other in under 20 minutes!?)  Our parents would even have us join in on family vacations, because that is essentially what we became; family.

So, it’s perhaps to no one’s surprise that we fell into the same career path. (I’m still a little taken aback by it, but it fits us).

After growing up together being gaga over the same boy bands and boy crushes, we started college with the same degree of concentration (photography) and worked together at the same portrait studio.  It wasn’t until then that we started to find a slight ‘Y’ in the road, and I found my photographic voice through food, while she kept at photographing babies and families.  Every once in a while we’d meet at that dip of the ‘Y’ to photograph pets together, but that’s mostly Amanda’s thing now – while I keep to cookbooks and other food related projects.

Rarely do we have the chance to go out shooting together anymore – our time is so limited with work, when our schedules do manage to align we’d rather sit with a cocktail and sushi, and jabber about *whatever 30yr olds talk about (*boys, tv shows, work, boys, family, work, boys).  But we finally made a plan to go out and take pictures – of each other.  Truth be told, we both were in dire need of some updated head shots (mine was from 2010 – and I’ve surprised at least one person with my very opposite of a pixie cut recently).

We decided to take a day trip to the beloved Port Townsend, and for late May in Seattle it turned out to be a beautiful day for pictures…perhaps too beautiful (‘Yay!’ for God’s diffusion panels aka clouds, or in our case, trees)

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(ferry ride, and a much-needed visit to one of my favorite coffee shops)

After some yummy salmon chowder and house made chai at Better Living Through Coffee (why didn’t I think to start that business in that exact location first!? – I’m not sure it get’s much better than that coffee shop…I digress) we headed to Fort Worden to find the magic light.  All the while jabbering away…if you couldn’t tell already, that is just what we do.

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We arrange a photo shoot like this every couple of years – she has always been my go-to headshot photographer, and somehow I end up being hers?  And every time she makes it so easy to turn the camera on her that I begin to wonder if I should be shooting more portraits…but I’m pretty sure that what you see is more Amanda’s skills than my own. (don’t be fooled)

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Without trying, this was actually a more significant process of taking pictures than we had originally planned.  You see – we both turn 30 this year.  Amanda did back in February, and had regretted its rapid approach for about 5 years…I, on the other hand, have been excited to dive into my 30’s for probably those exact same 5 years. (My birthday is at the end of this month)  So it quickly became apparent not only the history that we both hold as friends, but the milestone that we were both documenting of each other – a milestone that we have managed to witness, together, as friends/sisters.  Officially adults.  In the middle of our crazy, wonderful, freelancing careers that we worked hard side by side to create.  Still learning, still finding balance, but well on our way – with a support system that is above and beyond rare a find.

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Thanks for the new headshots, Panda!

Let’s go on another photo adventure again soon – maybe cap it off with some sushi?!

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Love,

C

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I had planned to write this post about a week ago (maybe four five weeks now?), but it had proven to be more difficult to put into words than I had thought.  I’m not the best with words.  If you knew me personally you would probably chuckle and nod your head in agreement at that statement.

After going over and over what it is I want to say, I will simply say this:  I never thought I would have so much fun working with a crew of people in the studio.  Photography can be such a lonely art form, and Kimberly inspired a collaboration that felt more like a ‘dream team’ sport.  I’m pretty sure we could conquer the world if given the chance and proper tabletop.  I’ve learned a great deal from her over the past few months, and she has inspired me to grow in directions I didn’t know I could even sprout.

Movement is happening, people.  So are shadows.  It’s a beautiful thing.

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You might remember in the last post an image of us building the shot?  Well, here’s the final:

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and…a new favorite:

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Life has been pretty chaotic around these parts this last month or so…actually all summer really…but who’s taking score?…
I feel like I’ve been networking my little tail off, and meeting a LOT of great people in the process – it has been very enriching!
I almost feel weird leaving it all in the next two weeks…but I’m taking what I know and have learned, and I’m bringing it with me to Paris.  Yup, I’m going to Paris.

And, yes, you will get to hear all about my adventures, travels, and *fingers crossed* work, right here on this blog.
I give you permission to live vicariously through my “wide eyes”, in fact I encourage it!

But in an act of playing catch up – I present to you a few images that I took nearly a month ago now (back when Italian plums were just starting to fall off the trees from ripeness)
I worked with a gal named Sarah, who is looking to start her own business making yummy pastries and cookies. I was very happy to be there to taste test 🙂 I think she will do just fine.

Our theme for the shoot?…well, plums of course.

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And while we are on the subject of plums…and being really busy…

CharityPlums-11One of the people who has been keeping me busy this last month is, Lara Ferroni.  Man, can she crack the whip!…just kidding.

Quite the opposite, Lara is one of the most down-to-earth and fun people whom I’ve ever had the chance to work under.  She was so very generous with her time and equipment and insight and doughnuts…just everything. (not to mention her pup, Leo, such a teddy bear.  Leo is the best!)

I feel very honored that she took me under her wing like she did, and allowed me to be a part of her world for a better part of a month.  I learned so much, and even better yet, found out that I was already doing a lot of the things that she does on a regular basis.  It’s little things like that which help ease the mind, and make me feel as though “I’m going in the right direction”…

These last two plum images are from me playing in Lara’s studio, with her pretty 90mm tilt shift lens, and overwhelming supply of props(!)…I settled for simple, because that’s what I do.

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So, stay tuned – I may have one more post out before I head to ‘Paree’, and then it is all about the ‘little American girl in Paris’ for a few months.

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As you may remember, I was a part of a food photography workshop that went on this past Friday, called FoodSnap.

I had a great time hanging out with all of the contributing photographers – a wonderful bunch of people!  My favorite part of the whole event was not actually at the event, but the night before, wining and dining with the photo crew at Olivar.  Yummy food + a couple bottles of fine wine = happy food photographers.

Well, I didn’t take any photos of us enjoying ourselves at dinner, but I did take some shots during the event.  There were lots of great vendors, who donated their time and products for the event.  And we were lucky to have Tyler Rebman (a food/prop stylist) there to help design and set up the tables for the attendees to shoot and become inspired.

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Here is Tyler and Jonathan Schmidt (in the background) working on the Frost doughnut table.

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The space was beautiful, and a big hit – Georgetown Studios aka Kathryn Barnard‘s photo space.

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more Frost doughnuts, they were quite tasty…and they had some interesting flavors – I didn’t try these myself, but I heard that the Tang doughnut was good, as was the doughnut with bacon, yup, bacon.

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the Wink cupcakes were absolutely delightful!  To look at and to eat…

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Kathy Casey’s gelee’s were impressively flavorful and almost had me drunk with two!  Talk about jello shot cocktail – can’t go back to the old-school recipe after trying these.

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In Bloom Design from Bellingham, Wa arranged some lovely vases for us – they were great, very colorful and unique.

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Teaosophy and Emily’s Chocolates had a great selection of yumminess too!

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Red Ticking offered a different flare to the set ups – I ‘helped’ Tyler organize this table…and when I say ‘helped’, I mean that I started it…and realized that it was a mess, and asked for ‘help’ – Tyler made it pretty 🙂

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Thanks to everyone who participated!  It was a great exercise, and I hope those that attended now have a better grasp of what goes into food photography, and can achieve more successful pictures because of it!  Have fun!

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I was given a wonderful opportunity last June by the creative director of Culture Magazine, to shoot their centerfold cheese of the season called, Ewe Bloom.  The issue just came out this month, and I thought I would share a few extra images from the shoot, and tell you a little about my experience.  The detailed story about the cheese, written by Matthew Rubiner, will have to be read when you pick up your own copy of the magazine – found at most Barnes & Noble bookstores and a few fine cheese shops in the Seattle area.

I was still in Illinois at the time, and I was to shoot at two locations – Prairie Fruit Farm and Creamery, in Champaign, IL (which is where the cheese is made and based out of) about 80mi outside of Springfield, and a sheep farm in Arthur, IL, home of the most populated Amish community in Illinois (which is where the milk for the cheese comes from) about 63mi outside of Springfield.
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Arthur, IL is absolutely fascinating!  There are yield signs for horse-drawn carriages (and yes, horse-drawn carriages), old men with long beards and suspenders riding bikes, every person I talked to was very soft spoken and very helpful, all of the simplicities were amazing – the simple handmade clothes, hats and bonnets, all the way down to their farming equipment – most of which were horse-drawn as well.

The interesting challenge about photographing an assignment in an Amish community, is that you are not allowed to photograph the people (their faces must not be recognizable).  It is against their rules.  Luckily, I was there to document the sheep, the farm, and one of the employees of Prairie Farm (who is not Amish) – but I certainly got a few nervous looks.  The idea of photographing them though, became a very interesting thing to contemplate.  I drove home that evening trying to come up with book ideas on how to photograph the Amish in a way that was not against the rules, yet still told their story.  I have a few ideas bouncing around, that I might pursue later on.  I think it could be a really beautiful piece.  I was very moved by their lifestyle – it’s quiet breathtaking.

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Filling up on sheep’s milk.

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The next day, I made my way to Prairie Fruit Farm and Creamery.  A small farm on the outskirts of downtown Champaign, where they grow fruit of all kinds (on trees and bushes), harvest honey, and have goats-o-plenty.  It is owned by a lovely husband/wife team – Wes and Leslie – who both have a part in making the cheeses that they produce.  If you are ever in the Champaign area you should visit them at the local farmers market, or better yet, join them for one of their ‘dinners on the farm‘ – where you can enjoy all of the luscious local treats in a 4-5 course meal created by their chef Alisa DeMarco (yep, they have a certified kitchen too).

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Who knew making cheese was such a long process?!…okay, probably everyone did.  I honestly didn’t know it would take so long.  The image above of Wes pouring the milk into the cauldron was at 7am, the image of Leslie below cutting the curds was taken at around 2:30pm…and that is just the start.  They then have to pour the curds into molding containers, let them rest, and then flip them a handful of times (it helps them drain all the excess fluid as the cheese curds combine together).  And even after that, they are put in a small, temperature regulated room where they age to perfection…I did not wait that long…I’m pretty sure I’d still be there if I did that 🙂

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What was fun about the waiting process – was what we got to do while we waited – test cheese.  There was a “dinner at the farm” meal that coming weekend, and they were hoping to premiere some new kinds of cheeses that they had been experimenting with.  Two of which had a paprika dusting on top, and one was a raw sheep’s milk – Leslie was cooing over that one.  They were all quite tasty.  I love my job!

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well…okay, we didn’t test cheese during the ENTIRE waiting process.  I had plenty of time to take in all of the sites and sounds of the farm…and sun (there was actually an extreme weather warning that day, due to the heat…and I didn’t put on sunscreen that morning – I’ll just leave it at that).  They had two sweet little kitties on the farm, this little guy was a stray that adopted them a while back – very sweet, and very blind.

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and of course the goats – you can’t deny the goats!  They were very hot that day, and they let you know all about it.

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and behold! The final product – Ewe Bloom cheese, herb and original.

You can actually become apart of Culture’s centerfold cheese club, and try some yourself!

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Have a look at the new Culture Magazine Autumn issue, it’s pretty fantastic! – even one of my all time favorite food photographers, Matt Armendariz, photographed a piece for the issue…I’m honored to be in the same pages as his work.

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The story of a homemade huckleberry pie…

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The huckleberries were hand-picked by the baker herself.

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A letter “J” for the birthday girl – Janea – and a healthy sprinkle of sugar completes the crust.

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Nothing like a perfectly sweet/perfectly tart huckleberry pie with a flaky/buttery crust.
I normally need a heaping scoop of ice cream to go with a piece of pie, but this was perfect just by itself.

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…those last two bites were gone soon after that picture was taken.

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