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Thanks for stopping by!  Since the redesign of my website last year, I’ve been weighing the pros and cons on how to move forward with my blog.  And in an effort to simplify my life and yours…I’m officially moving my blog space to my website!

Come check it out!: www.charitylynne.com

I hope to see you there!

Charity

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Okay, guys – here’s the beginning on what’s new (or in some cases, old)!  I was about to make up a huge long post about everything, but instead you get a bunch of mini posts…to start:

Cookbooks!

To say the least, I’ve been busy in the studio this last year, shooting lots of amazing cookbook projects!  The first to release was ‘Plum‘ (back in April) and it has been quite the jumping off point.  With rave reviews from the likes of Oprah.com, Amazon.com, PBS.org, Eater.com, Shape and Laika magazine – just to name a few – it has been pretty surreal to be a part of it all.

Aphrodisiacs, with a Twist‘ will be out next week, and I’m super excited to see where Mark takes it!  He’s probably one of the most tenacious people that I’ve ever known – with a pretty cool book, to boot (if I do say so myself…).

August you will see the release of the ‘Gluten Free & Vegan Pie‘ book by Jennifer Katzinger, and in the fall the re-release of Sharon and Julie Kramis’ best-seller, ‘Cast Iron Skillet cookbook‘ will be out with an updated selection of images and recipes.

It has been an honor to work on all of these projects with amazing stylists, Julie Hopper and Kimberly Swedelius, and wonderful designers, Anna Goldstein and Stephanie Hansen, and it’s proving to be just the tip of the iceberg – as I have at least 3 other finished books up my sleeve, and hopefully many, many more to come.

~Charity

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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 the distinguished honor to work with the Art Culinaire team last fall, which in turn put my camera and I along side 3 very accomplished chefs.

The issue was just released earlier this month, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorite photos from the assignment.

This will be a short photo story of these 3 unique individuals, and the diverse environments in which they work.

Blaine Wetzel; Willows Inn/Lummi Island, Wa:

Blaine in the kitchen.

Blaine foraging along the shores of Lummi Island.

Smoked Tequila Oysters (to die for!).

King crab and the beginning ‘snacks’.

Halibut “chop” and Grilled celery root w/ horseradish mousse and chestnuts.

The smokehouse.

Organic grains with pickled mushrooms, and Blaine in the kitchen (once again).

Jason Franey; Canlis/Seattle, Wa:

Jason and his crew, in the kitchen.

A breakfast ‘style’ dish “Smoked” salmon with maple syrup on the left, and a Froie gras and rabbit torchon with pine ash dish on the right.

Jason and his crew on the roof of Canlis overlooking South Lake Union.

Matt Dillon; Sitka + Spruce, Corson Building/Vashon Island, Wa:

Matt Dillon and his piggy friend.

Whole beets in spiced brown butter with pickled rose petals.

Matt in his home kitchen.

Smelt with grated beets.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

~Charity

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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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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

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Caffé dei Cioppi

159 rue du Faubourg Saint Antoine, 75011

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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.

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28 rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009

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Le Meurice

228 rue de Rivoli, 75001

M: Concorde

Au Boeuf Couronné

188 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019

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

4 rue Sauval, 75001

M: Louvre

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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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Well, it has been long over due.

I’ve hidden behind my photos (and camera) for too long, it is about time that I show myself to the world.

Now, I know some pretty amazing photographers – it kind of comes with the territory of being in the industry.  If you ask me for a recommendation of portrait photographers in the Seattle area, you will likely get a happy list to choose from.  The top billing however, will always be the same person, because she is quite simply the best!  And I’m not just saying that because I’ve known her for almost 20 years…(yikes!)  That certainly does hold a lot of merit though don’t you think?

Amanda Waltman, of Art of Subtlety photography, (and partner in crime with PaddyWag photography) took these photos of me this morning, and I couldn’t be happier with them!  Of course, I didn’t expect anything less from her – her talent never disappoints.

If you haven’t seen her beautiful work before, you can check her out at www.artofsubtlety.com or follow her blog.

Hello world, this is me.

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Ladies and gents – I give you…the many faces of Charity Lynne:

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Now you know.

So expect to see an ACTUAL photo of me on my ‘about’ page now *gasp!

I feel so exposed – get it!?

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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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