Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Maternity Shoot: Kelly


I kind of want to submit this photo to some catalog, magazine, pregnancy/maternity lookbook, or something. It may be one of my favorite portraits to date. I really wanted white-on-white for this maternity shoot, a winter wonderland of sorts, and I think we nailed it. (And talk about a pregnancy glow!)

It's still surreal that my childhood best friend is married, and now has a son (I'm slacking and posted these pretty late). I couldn't be more happy for her though, and I think it's pretty special that I got to photograph such a special time in her life.










Can't wait to meet you, sweet baby Pavlos!

PS- Kelly's wedding here, and pregnancy announcements here!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Maternity Shoot: Leah


I absolutely adore this photo (above). When my friend Leah got pregnant, I immediately reached out to her to see if I could take her maternity photos. Not too many of my friends here in LA are pregnant or have babies (shout-out to all my mama friends in Massachusetts: "my one friend Lynden" just had her fourth (!), Kelly just had her son, Danielle is the mama to my godson, etc.), so I wanted to jump on the opportunity to snap some maternity photos here, in LA.

After discussing an overall vibe and researching a bunch of different locations, we settled on Paramount Ranch, in Malibu--and it wound up being perfect. We were able to get photos both on set and along the hiking trails (the colors were beautiful, even if it was a bit more dry than expected), anddd I was pretty happy with the overall turnout.


^^Very Abercrombie & Fitch meets maternity^^

^^I love this shot.^^









Congrats, you guys!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

October 16th.

Centennial Bridge, Panama


My last blog entry. I guess I can call it an entry, a diary of sorts, and on that date I shared a new "must make" that my then boyfriend and I really enjoyed. Superficial shit. Fluff. Accompanied by a typical food photo that totally could have been Instagrammed, pinned on Pinterest, or shared on Facebook. All that 2015 jazz.

I've struggled for quite some time with blogging, with what I want to share, who I want to "be" on here, mixed with who I really am. Those of you who know me know I have a trucker's mouth, and drop F-bombs left and right; on this blog I don't think I ever have. I've done a good job at keeping things "politically correct," if you will, knowing that my family and friends and (maybe?) random folks may take a peek here or there, consciously trying not to offend anyone. Which is interesting. And I'm not sure how I feel about it.

There have been times where I do feel more authentic, sharing a small--albeit real--window into my life. It's a funny thing though, privacy, or lack there of. I can feel overwhelmed when I think about what I have put on this here space, posts like this one, allowing myself to be more vulnerable than I usually would. I can't help but to now think, "Ahh, fuck. I knew I shouldn't have listened to people and written that. And now it's still out there. For good."

There's been a lot that has happened in my past that really makes me think twice about allowing people direct access to my life. Putting my life on blast voluntarily, you know? Once you do, you can't take it back. Sure, I could delete photos and posts that include my ex, or whatever, but people have already seen them. Deleting something off the Internet doesn't delete it from real life, or from memory. Sometimes I wish it were that way. But it's part of my life, part of a lesson now learned, and will be part of how I make decisions in the future. I'm not yet sure what those decisions will mean for the blog moving forward; but I think I'm going to make more of an effort to be real. More me. And that doesn't mean I won't share food photos and new recipes I love, because I really do love to cook. But maybe I'll just include the part where I praised myself out loud for my cooking skills, or when I exclaimed that my meal was "so fucking good." Some shit like that.


PS- More photos from Panama to follow

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Must Make: Chicken Breast with Couscous & Kale


This dish right here made its way alongside some of my favorite recipes, upon making it for the very first time. I knew it was a good one when the boyfriend mentioned it as a new favorite of his, too.

It's a one-pot meal, which is so perfect after a busy day. (And it's not even a crackpot meal!) I'd never made Couscous before, but after this, I surely will be integrating it more and more into my dinner recipes. It's a really pretty presentation, which only really matters when it tastes as good as it looks--and since it did, it's a total win/win.

Need:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2  large chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 pounds) 
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 cup Israeli couscous
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups very thinly sliced kale
  • 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

Do:
Combine thyme, cumin and pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with half of the spice mixture.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet (I used a cast-iron), over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and onion to the pan; cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in couscous and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, until the couscous is lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes. Add kale and the remaining spice mixture; cook, stirring, until the kale begins to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes.

Pour in broth and any accumulated juice from the chicken, then nestle the chicken into the couscous. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through and the couscous is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Houston, Texas II.


Well, I didn't manage to wake up as early as I mentioned in this post (I actually snoozed for an hour and 15 minutes- which I never do!); however, I did walk to and from the work convention instead of taking a shuttle. It was 10ish blocks from my hotel, which allowed for just a little peak of downtown Houston. I popped quickly into one building that had an art installation, and then took a stroll around Discovery Green Park on the walk back. The best part was probably the end of the night, where I went to a restaurant called Sambuca that had live music, and I tried escargot for the first time! I'm actually surprised I did. I got a lot of "ewwwwwws!" when I mentioned that to friends--but it was smothered in cheese and some kind of fluff, and to be honest it tasted like bacon. Can you ever go wrong with anything that tastes like bacon? 


And that concludes my little work jaunt to Houston. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Houston, Texas.

It's the beginning of what will be a whirlwind week, traveling to both Texas and Massachusetts. I'm spending a few days in Houston for a work convention, and while it's always fun to explore a new place, my daily work schedule doesn't really allow for much sight-seeing. I was able to take a little walk through downtown--and I really mean a little walk--but I'll take what I can get while I'm here. (Including the best gumbo ever last night for dinner.) I'm hoping I can wake up early tomorrow and get a few more sights in...but I'm also hoping I feel like waking up early to do so. There's a good coffee place in my hotel, and so many exhibiting booths at the conference I'm attending are serving coffee, so I'm sure I can combat the exhaustion should I wake up tired. Or at least mask the exhaustion for a while...

^^Lots of stars for the Lone Star State.^^
^^Ending my day with fries and tortilla soup.^^
(Told you it wasn't much of a walk.)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Twenty-eight, at a Pumpkin Patch.

            
I can't remember the last time I went to an actual pumpkin patch. I think for the last few years, I've grabbed a pumpkin at a grocery store, or wherever I happened upon one. But not this year! I had a maternity shoot for my friend Leah, and right before our gorgeous shoot location, I spotted a pumpkin patch. My inner child immediately took over, and I told Joe that when the shoot was done, we had to go and pick a pumpkin. (He accompanied me to this shoot because I knew he'd enjoy the location.) I felt a little out of place, since I didn't have a child in tow, but whatever. Sometimes you have to be the kid and have fun for yourself, right?

^^The winning pumpkin.^^
^^And a win, for Joe.^^
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