Our Little Man

I am very happy to announce the birth of our beautiful baby boy! Well, okay…he was born two months ago, but give me some slack. Turns out, caring for a newborn is a lot of work.

Despite the craziness of the first few weeks (months? years?) of parenthood I did manage to pull off a newborn session. Our little man was a perfect model for this shoot, though we’ll see how long he puts up with his dear ol’ mom and her camera in the future. :)

Our Little Man

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Smoked Pork Jowl

…with pickled mustard seed and an orange-soy reduction.

This weekend we came across some smoked pork jowl at the local farmers market. We simply couldn’t pass on this succulent cut of fatty meat (really more like fat with a touch of meat…sorry arteries, my taste buds thank you). Although quite delicious on it’s own, we added some pickled mustard seeds (a la Chefsteps.com) and an orange-soy reduction to make it truly shine. Not a dish I could eat often, but certainly a tasty treat.

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Let them play!

When it comes to photographing children, my philosophy is ‘let them play.’ Taking a child and forcing them to corporate and pose for a photo is not going to get us anywhere….well nowhere fun at least. Instead, let’s play, run around and get to know each other. This is how the authentic moments happen.

Last week I got together with these five beautiful cousins and their grandparents for a fun, spirited session. They certainty kept me on my toes! Here are a few of my favorite moments.

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And my personal favorite, showing Grandpa some love. Playing isn’t just for the kids!

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One year in…

Last week was my one-year anniversary of starting this blog. It’s been an interesting and fulfilling project. I’m still struggling with trying to find my voice and direction but I’m enjoying the journey. Mostly because, by having the blog, I have a reason to go out and photograph random things. And who knows where these random outings may lead?

This anniversary also happens to coincide with some big changes in my life. I am finally working solely for myself! This (hopefully!) means I will have more time to devote to my various projects and passions. Many of which I hope to share with you all here. So stay tuned as I catch up on some past travel pieces, delve further into food photography and continue to explore.

Thank you to all who enjoy and support my photography, it means the world to me.

Oh…and just because… here’s a shot from one of my wanderings that I’ve yet to post.

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Wandering the Botanical Gardens

Last week I rediscovered the local botanical gardens. I set off on a cloudy, dew-filled morning, hoping to take advantage of the soft light, but as soon as I arrived the sun came out in full force. Undeterred, I found this beautiful flowering bush, tucked away in the shade, and proceeded to examine it from every angle. I couldn’t get enough of the bright little yellow and red flowers. I just wish I had taken the time to read the name tag labeling it so I could find it again. Guess I’ll just have to go back.

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Happy Birthday Dad

My father died when I was just 11 months old. Today would have been his 62nd birthday.

It’s an odd kind of sadness to miss someone you’ve never known. That is not to say that I ever missed having a father in my life. On the contrary, I grew up with a wonderful dad. My mom’s second husband adopted me when I was 5 and had been a true father to me ever since. But that will never negate the desire to know my first father and the lingering questions of What If.

He loved daffodils, and perhaps due to an innate preference or my constant quest to find him in myself, they also happen to be my favorite flower.

Happy Birthday Dad. I love you, always.

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