photography
Apr 27
Photographing a Brand Photo Shoot
This week we’ve been sharing some behind-the-scenes peeks of what a branding photo shoot looks like. We’ve already shared the inspiration for the shoot [here] and how Roberta West of The Romanticist Studios planned the shoot [here]. Today, I’m going to give you an exclusive look at what actually happens during a shoot day. These are the moments, tasks, and props that all come together to create gorgeous styled stock photography customized to a specific brand. The branding shoot for Christine Dore Trant was held at The Romanticist Studios; all four of us coordinated to arrive mid-morning, so we could take full advantage of the studio’s large windows and natural light. Roberta prepared the space by creating both an office space vignette and a comfy client meeting space vignette. When we all arrived ready and raring to go, Kate Yenrick of Yennygrams set to work creating the beautiful watercolor abstract paintings and calligraphy pieces of Christine’s marketing phrases. Christine unpacked the crate full of goodies she brought from home–depression glass pieces, antique mason jars, a throw blanket, and some homemade macarons! Roberta and I conferred about how to set up the space to make the best use of the light. We […]
Oct 30
Apple Muffins to Make for Apple Season
So as per our usual tradition, my boyfriend and I headed to Honey Pot Hill Orchard a few weeks ago to go apple picking. I love this orchard, they have so many different varieties of apples and a pretty big space of land from which to pick. Also, they have by far the best cider donuts in New England. While we got the bigger bag for the apples,  I usually go through them fast so it isn’t usually a problem. This year despite eating an apple every day for lunch, adding it to salads, desserts, etc I still had so many left. I went back into the depths of my Pinterest baked goods board and found this recipe that is originally from Baked Perfection for apple cupcakes with a caramel icing. I have made this recipe a few times over the years and actually found it works best as more of an apple muffin recipe without any icing. So given my excess of apples, I decided to make this recipe again. This was once again an awesome choice, it’s a relatively easy recipe and tastes really great. Also, it provides an easy breakfast for at least a week. The way I made […]
Sep 25
Ikea Bar Cart Hack
I know I said I would be blogging on the regular, but I had a few things come up in the last month. I started working freelance a few days a week at this awesome place called The Grommet. Between that and wedding season, my photo work has eaten up almost every free moment I have had as of late. Still adjusting to the new schedule, so hopefully I will be able to blog at least once a week now that I have my life a bit more organized. Anyways, something fun that I have neglected to blog about was my first ever Ikea hack. I decided to start small because I haven’t DIYed anything beyond food recipes 🙂 I had all of these really cool glasses and cocktail accessories given to me from family and friends, and wanted a cute bar cart to put them on. When I looked for bar carts online, everything seemed way too expensive for my budget. So, the next thing I did was look on Pinterest for inexpensive bar cart options, which is when I happened upon a DIY for an Ikea cart that was made to be a bar cart. This one looked relatively […]
Aug 25
Peach and Prosciutto Three Cheese Pizza
Last week, I talked to you all about my recent trip to Belkin Family Lookout Farm. I even convinced a few friends of mine to head there on their own peach picking trip. One thing that I always do as soon as I go fruit picking is to look for recipes that I can make with that fruit. Usually I look through Pinterest and recipe websites that I love. One site that I have found multiple awesome recipes is Cooking Classy, and that is where I found this recipe for a three cheese peach and prosciutto pizza with fresh basil and a honey balsamic reduction. I was a little worried at first because I had never made a reduction like the honey balsamic reduction required in the recipe. Luckily, it went well and didn’t stick to the pan. I will say, the one shortcut that I took with this recipe is that I bought the pizza dough. Whole Foods sells some pretty decent pizza dough, so I felt like that is an acceptable short cut to make. This recipe was awesome, it made some incredibly delicious pizza. I always love recipes that blend the sweet and savory flavors and this […]
Aug 18
Peach and Plum Picking
Here are a few shots from a recent trip to the Belkin Family Lookout Farm in Natick, MA, where my boyfriend Matt and I took to picking our own peaches, plums, and nectarines. I would have put nectarines in the title of this post, but I was really liking the alliteration I had going there. This place was adorable, it had a little train (not an actual train, more like a tram with a train look to it) that would take you to different parts of their farm and had several stops along the way to pick different kinds of fruit. Though Matt and I usually frequent Honey Pot Hill Orchards for our apple picking in the fall, this place was a great alternative for picking summer fruits. I also learned after going there that apparently this farm is actually one of the oldest continuous working farms in the country. It has been used as a farm in one person’s ownership or another since 1650. So there’s your little fun fact for the day. One thing that I was captivated by was that the farm had these pathways for the trolleys that were covered with grape vines. As a photographer, all I could think was […]
Jun 03
Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping
This past weekend, I went a little shop happy at Whole Foods and bought a lot of fruit. Even though I am pretty good about eating fruit before it goes bad, I wanted to find a good recipe to use up the remainder of blueberries that I had. After doing my usual perusing of Pinterest, I found this recipe for blueberry muffins with a streusel topping. It looked relatively easy and I haven’t made muffins a very long time, so it seemed like a perfect option. I got this recipe from Little Sweet Baker‘s website, recipe here. These muffins were very tasty, since I usually have a pretty light breakfast unless I’m doing a long run it was nice to have a treat like this for breakfast this morning. Though muffins always feel like more of a dessert to me, it’s really nice to have a treat like this once in a while.   INGREDIENTS 2 & ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs 1 cup milk (any kind, whole or buttermilk is best) 1 tbsp vanilla extract 1 […]
May 27
Overnight Chia Seed Pudding with Strawberries
So last week, I tried my hand at this whole overnight breakfast idea. I found a recipe for a chia seed overnight pudding on Buzzfeed’s “Clean Eating Challenge”. While I am not sure I could commit to eating completely clean eating like that for two whole weeks, I did want to try this healthy recipe. This was my first time buying chia seeds as well, so there were a lot of firsts with this recipe. This was super easy. All you do is mix together almond milk, chia seeds, honey, and vanilla extract. This recipe called for figs, but alas I could not find any dried figs at the store and the fresh are not in season. I just substituted in dates for the figs. After you mix those ingredients together you put it in a sealed container overnight. In the morning it opens up as more of a pudding with the chia seeds having absorbed the almond milk overnight. Once you get it out in the morning, you can slice up strawberries and if you like almonds you can put some of those into the pudding as well. While the texture took some getting used to, the flavors were on […]
Apr 30
Levain Bakery Copycat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie
So sorry I have been so neglectful of my blog as of late. In the last month and a half I have been dealing with making my photography business a legitimate business. So with that came trips to City Hall to get a business certificate, sending numerous emails to photographers to ask to assist and/or second shoot for them for weddings coming up this summer, spending time at banks to make up a business account, etc etc. So unfortunately this blog has once again gone by the wayside. This post is about a week and a half late, but these cookies were totally awesome. I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, and was immediately intrigued. I have gone to Levain Bakery on the Upper West Side of NYC numerous times because it is a short walk from my sister’s place. The first time I went there was to get a treat for my boyfriend under my sister’s rave of a recommendation because he had been having a bad week. Anyone who has been there knows how awesome their cookies are, especially their Chocolate Chip Walnut cookie. These cookies are almost bigger than your hand and somehow are always warm and gooey […]
Mar 10
Union Square Donuts
For a while now, I have seen everyone from old college friends to random people I follow on Instagram posting about this place called Union Square Donuts in Somerville, MA. Everyone kept raving about how awesome this place was, so after about a year and a half of this, I finally made the trek over to their Somerville location. It was surprisingly easy for me to get over there, I just hopped on the 86 bus to a bit past Harvard Square. I met my friend Courtney there who just started a sugar detox, clearly I am a terrible friend for making someone who is cutting back on sugar go to a sugar-laden paradise. When we got there, a huge group had confiscated all of the tables for themselves, so we settled with getting drinks and trying to wait the group out. Our patience paid off, and after a short wait the group left. We were then free to order food, because we actually had a table in which to sit. This place had such a nice vibe, a super friendly staff who really seem to like what they do and a great product to produce. While there I tried their […]
Mar 04
Nutella cookies with sea salt
When I found this super simple recipe the other night, I just knew I had to make it. Just five ingredients: Nutella, flour, brown sugar, an egg, and kosher salt. The best part was that I had everything with the exception of Nutella. It’s always nice when you don’t have to buy additional things at the grocery store.   So let me show you the world’s easiest, tastiest Nutella cookie recipe: Nutella cookie recipe from Ambitious Kitchen blog. INGREDIENTS 1 cup nutella 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 cup flour + 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt for sprinkling   This was such an easy, quick cookie recipe to create. I definitely recommend it. The one downfall was the fact that it only makes a small batch of cookies, I would double the recipe if you have a few people eating these. The cookies were so good that my boyfriend Matt and I ended up eating all of them in just one night haha.          
Feb 08
Chorizo and Potato Tacos
A perk of living in Boston lately is the fact that you can always count on an impending snow storm about once a week. As a result of this you have to both utilize the ingredients that you have and think ahead to grab ingredients at the grocery store that you can use for more than one meal. Recently when Boston was dealing with yet another one of these snow storms, my boyfriend Matt found this easy, tasty recipe on Food & Wine’s website for Chorizo and Potato Tacos. We already had pretty much everything except for the chipotles in adobo and chorizo, so we just had to run out to the grocery store to grab those two things.   Food & Wine recipe here Ingredients that you need: 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes 1 1/2 pounds ground pork 1 tablespoon of kosher salt 1 tablespoon of minced garlic 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika 2 tablespoons of chopped chipotles in adobo 1/2 teaspoon of ground coriander 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, crumbled. 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar 1/4 cup of vegetable oil 12 corn tortillas, warmed. Tomato salsa, chopped white onion, cilantro and lime wedges, for serving   So you start by mashing up the chorizo.   […]
Jan 14
Spicy & Smoky Almonds, the NFL Playoffs Snack.
I will start off by saying, this recipe was originally made for my family as holiday treats. However, I got a bit busy in the last month with an exceeding large amount of traveling. This is the reason why I took a hiatus from my blogging here. Like most people, I was traveling a lot over the holidays. Add in two trips to Florida and a weekend trip to NYC and you have the reason I have been so absent in my blogging. Anyways, I loved this recipe so much that I thought about how I could repurpose it. It came to me this past weekend when I was watching the NFL playoff game between the Patriots and the Ravens (super happy the Patriots won by the way). While watching the game at House of Brews in NYC with my boyfriend, sister, and brother in law, we were doing the typical noshing on bar snacks and drinking beer. Later that afternoon I was feeling pretty full from the heavy snacks we had during the game. So I give you a simple snack that is both healthy and tasty that you could serve while watching the NFL playoff games coming up. Thanks to Popsugar for this […]
Nov 25
Chocolate chips and chocolate
One of my boyfriend’s favorite cookies is the chocolate chip. I feel like I am always scouring recipes to find the ultimate chocolate chip recipe. I was shopping at Whole Foods when I saw the Ghirardelli chocolate chips. Now I grew up making brownies from the Ghirardelli brownie mix that my mom used to buy at Costco, and those were absolutely amazing. So long story short, on the back of the Ghirardelli chocolate chips is their cookie recipe. I decided why not try it out, and turns out it was one of the best cookies my boyfriend thinks I have made thus far. Recipe here.           Also, one of the best buys I have made in the realm of food are Peanut Butter Bites from Crate and Barrel. Link here. These chocolates are amazing, dark chocolate and covered in sea salt. Pretty much all I could ever want from a chocolate because it has all of my favorite things. This is a great hostess gift to give for the holidays.      
Nov 05
Gruyere Bacon Mac and Cheese
Continuing on with the comfort food theme that I touched upon last week with cookies, I decided this week since it was pretty chilly to make one of the most beloved comfort foods: mac and cheese. I looked around a bit to try to find a recipe that was a little less traditional, to elevate the flavors to a new level. This week I made Gruyere Bacon Mac and Cheese. I chose this recipe from Damn Delicious blog, recipe here. Now I wanted a thicker sauce for the mac and cheese, so I started a roux before adding in the heavy cream part of this recipe. If you do not know how to make a roux, this is a great guide: how to make a roux If you like a less creamy sauce then I would follow the original recipe step by step. This was the perfect meal for a cold November night and the best part is this mac and cheese has bacon, and everything is better with bacon 🙂