Monthly Archives: May 2015


May 25, 2015


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Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all who serve, served and love those who do/did. We lost a great veteran this week, my grandfather. I am so proud to be his granddaughter and to have followed in his footsteps.

A few weeks ago, Lalouche put on a fancy event in the Hollywood Hills and I went to snap some images and check it out! 

There was gorgeous food, drinks, IVs, Yoga, manicures, and life coaching mini sessions with Jen Kleiner. All of this was set in the most beautiful villa with views of Griffith Observatory and downtown L.A. 

Have you been to a wellness event like this? I was so impressed! It was heavenly!

Lighting Food Photographs At Home

May 18, 2015


IMG_7201IMG_7208Lighting my photographs is such a fun challenge. Here are some really simple methods I use to light my home food photographs. 

First, I love contrast. I often use a simple white background. I use white tabletops, slabs of marble (pastry slabs), or sometimes just white foam board. For a more moody look, use a dark background like my dining table.

In these photos, I brought the plate/items over to my dining table by a window. I am facing the food and the window is at my right. This window side lighting creates a nice, bright, and interesting light on the food. This way you get some shadows. I love to do food photographs in the morning by a bright window. 

I don’t have a very bright home so I need to boost my ISO up to 1250, bump down my shutter speed to 200 and open my aperture to 2.8 sometimes to get the look I want. 

The waffles were shot on a sunny morning and the cookies were shot on a cloudy morning. 

What tips/websites/Instagram accounts help you in food styling and photography? 


Posing For Photographs

May 11, 2015


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Here are some photos from a recent shoot for Gianna of AcuIntuit as she develops a rebranding of her site. She is a natural in front of the camera. Here are a couple tips for your next photoshoot.

When I get in front of a camera I turn into an awkward goofball. I raise my shoulders, eyebrows and my hands start taking on a life of their own. HA!

Next time you have your photo taken, take a deep breath and poise yourself in a natural, non-posey way. Look right into that lens as if you were looking into another person’s eyes and give them a kind, gentle smile. 

If you have a photoshoot coming up, consider a little cocktail before the shoot! 

Some of my favorite photos of myself were taken when I wasn’t “posing.” Be yourself and your photographer will capture those moments!

A Witness

May 4, 2015


Flat White CoffeeHey, I shared some observations that I had made about how I was reacting to my environment and my friend literally congratulated me for “being a witness” in my own life. Thank you, Jen.

How often do you stand back and look at your life as an observer?

I seriously blew my own mind. HA! I was able to make some amazing and simple changes that made me SO much happier!!! Literally most of the changes were just in my own head/heart.

Sometimes I would observe a patient’s change of temperament as soon as he was given a diagnosis for his longstanding “non-diagnosable” ailment. “Ah HA!” Now there was a plan of action. An identity. There were choices. 

Take a look! Are you willing to share?

(This is a shot from this weekend’s shoot I hope to share soon)