Monday, December 15, 2014

Korbel-Rita Holiday Party

Worked on this fun holiday commercial for Korbel, airing this month on the Food Network!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Arminho: Portuguese Letterpress

I just discovered Arminho's etsy shop and am so thrilled to see such beautiful and simply designed paper objects coming from Porto, Portugal. Portugal is high on my travel list, I've been wanting to go for so long. A pair of my great grandparents were from there, so I feel a personal draw to the culture, and when we were in Spain earlier this year I wished we could make time to pop over and explore. But, really we need to plan a trip just for Portugal. And cute things like this really fuel that fire, I can't imagine how much more inspiration we'll find in that small country, but I really look forward to finding out. In the meantime, I'll be adding some of the below items to my Christmas list. I love the cooking notebook! Would definitely be an upgrade from my current kitchen notebook.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Two Cents

Some of my thoughts on how to be successful in the photography industry are on the blog over at Complex Magazine for their article, 16 Things Photographers Should Know. Thanks to Katie Henderson for publishing my bit of advice!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Ungrammed Instas

I was looking through my phone and found these photos that either just never made the cut or I forgot to post them on Instagram. So, I figured I'd share here. They feel so representative of the fall so far, which I have really been enjoying. It has been surprisingly busy though! Not just with work, but when it rains it really pours and things always seem to happen all at once, huh? On that check list is the task of moving studios. Yes, just as stressful and difficult as looking for a new apartment and moving your home. But, I've finally found the space, so now to tediously pack up all of my tons of very fragile items and transport them to their new home. It'll feel great once it's done- feels so daunting now!- but I'm looking forward to the fresh start and a new take on a new space. Also, I'm going apple picking this weekend and I love that. Tangent over, pretty pictures below.

1/ Super pretty pumpkin/squash/things all at the farmers market now.
2/ A recent Saturday morning coffee. The Saturday morning ritual is roll out of bed at 8 or 9, treat myself to a decaf latte, then meander over to the farmers market. Favorite part of my week.
3/ A variation on another image that I did post a couple weeks ago.
4/ Me and Alice being twinsies.
5/ Coffee shop corner. Feels so exotic.
6/ Cat sexy eyes.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Everyday Art Objects

Melody Hansen, the uber creative artist behind my professional logo, has a Society 6 store filled with all sorts of different items that her work has been applied to. I particularly love the iPhone cases and throw pillows, though the totes are really cute too. There's even a shower curtain! This is such a neat idea, such a cool way to integrate art with daily objects.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Meat, the Book

Meat by Pat LaFrieda came out last month! I am so happy to have been a part of this book. Pat is a really nice guy and our team was great, photography by Evan Sung and food styling by Suzanne Lenzer. It turns out I had a few images kicking around on my phone from the shoot last year, so I pulled together this little behind the scenes post for you all. It is, of course, very prop focused. Whoops. But there is one image of food! It's of a sort of spaghetti pie that I highly recommend, it was one of my favorite recipes. I couldn't stay away when it came off set. Meaty, crispy, yummy. There are plenty of other recipes too, but about half of the book is dedicated to butchery tips and techniques. A guide for the fledging home butcher. If you've ever wanted to take your meat preparations to the next level, dive into this one like a textbook.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


It's that time of year. Apple time of year. When the first new season apples appear at the market toward the end of August they always make me a little sad. Not because of themselves, I love apples, but their presence means that summer is ending. It's usually still hot and beautiful and I'm not quite ready to let go yet. Summer is so fun, so loose, I want it to stay forever. I don't want to say goodbye to tomatoes and cucumbers and peaches and all of the summer produce. But you can't argue with nature. Apples are like last call at a bar, the party's about to be over.

The sadness is momentary though, I only resist until it actually cools off and I break out a scarf and put on that first pair of socks. Fall is, in the end, my favorite season. Just as climbing into a comfy bed after a night on the town feels so rewarding, fall comes and offers permission to hunker down. That's what we've got to look forward to in the coming months. Blankets and hot beverages and snuggles. That, and a whole lotta kale and turnips and apples from the market.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Standard of Living

The newly launched site A Standard of Living is adorably written, beautifully photographed, and overflowing with good tips and good taste. Created by lovely ladies Alice Gao and Kristy Mucci, the mission of the site is to suggest, explore, and champion the "small details that enhance common experiences." So far they've featured fancy mouthwash, playing cards, sneakers, and candles, interviewed designer Rachel Comey, and shared new (and approved) reading material. There is more to come. Can't wait to see what's next ladies!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Co.Design Interview

Last week the Fast Company design blog Co.Design posted a little interview with yours truly! When Shaunacy reached out I thought she was writing an article on the food photography industry in general and was happy to contribute what I could by explaining the ins and outs of my job, you know, a day in the life of a prop stylist. But, in the end the article focuses on our interview and some of my work. I am so honored!

I've also learned a few things about interviewing from the experience. Primarily that I could get a lot better at it- ha! Like, maybe I need to complete my thoughts and sentences when I'm going to be quoted? But, hey, it was my first time ever being interviewed. Practice makes perfect, right?

Photo on left by Christopher Testani, right by Alice Gao

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Phillip Lim Handbags

I'm a less is more, edited and curated kind of person. My wardrobe is no different. I wear the same stuff all the time, especially when it comes to shoes and bags. I find something I like and it becomes part of my permanent collection; I'll use it for years. Browsing the Phillip Lim site recently I found so many great bags that I could totally add to the rotation. All so different, all super useful, great for the permanent collection, great for years to come.

1/ Hello chic, amazing bag gigantic enough to transport all of my work junk.
2/ I thought I had sworn off backpacks back in middle school, but I may have met my match.
3/ Matte. Navy. Crock. (Hearts.)
4/The afternoon-on-the-town-getting-coffee-with-friends bag.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Just a Few Portland Photos...

Guys, I work in photography, but I am not a photographer. As evidenced by my terrible skills at documenting my trips. Ha! I get too caught up in the moment to remember to take memory preserving snaps or blog worthy shots of foods and places. I had such an awesome trip! I ate at Ox, Pok Pok, Sen Yai, and The Woodsman Tavern, drank coffee at Stumptown, went to the beach and visited farm stands on Sauvie Island. We trekked the hip neighborhoods and their shops, drove up to Mt.Tabor at sunset, and explored Laurelhurst Park. I did so much more than is documented below, but I cobbled together these few images to at least share some visual representation of a trip I really enjoyed.

1/ Cool kids and cool ice cream. // Some of the very many doughnuts that were consumed.
2/ See See motorcycle and coffee shop.
3/ Morning Stumptown decaf latte. // Loved driving these fun, zippy smart cars around town!
4/ City of roses.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Some Favorites In Portland

I love Portland, OR so when the opportunity to work on a local cookbook project presented itself I was psyched. My best friend lives there, I'd been to visit a few times, and I knew it was going to be a really fun time. I stayed two weeks, plenty of time to explore and get to know the city even better. Below is a list of some favorite spots from the trip. Please share your own favorites! I know I'll be back soon and I'd love to check them out.

So many beautiful handmade things here that it feels impossible to choose between them. The place to go to make your home a much lovelier place or, at least, to get a very healthy dose of inspiration. Large range of items including furniture, ceramics, jewelry, pocket knives, kitchenware, and apothecary.
2710 N.Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227

Great vendors and vintage selection, good turnover, and super friendly staff. Fell pretty hard for a piece of eco-harvested coral, but didn't end up taking it home. Sigh.
1005 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Fantastic, fresh doughnuts made with quality local ingredients. The buttermilk old fashioned is one of the best doughnuts I've ever tasted.
1237 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205

I finally got to visit the flagship market, Portland's Union Square equivalent, on this trip. It did not disappoint. It's huge! And there is so much variety! Tons of produce, of course, and artichokes, locally cured meats, locally grown hazelnuts and teas and wild rice. Amazing flowers. Whole tuna fishes (for very affordable prices). So cool. On Saturday mornings.
SW Park Ave & SW Montgomery St
Portland, OR 97201

If I lived in Portland I would shop here all of the time. I'd do the bulk of my grocery shopping at the farmers market and then come here to fill in the gaps. It's so well curated, with the perfect mix of everyday and gourmet items: inspiring coffees and teas, oils, condiments, spices, meats, baked goods. And, bonus, it's connected to a Powell's book shop with a killer cookbook section.
3735 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

I always stop by here when I'm in Portland and never leave empty handed. I always find new things that I've never seen anywhere else. They have a really nice, interesting, and varied selection of tabletop, linens, flowers, bath products, stationary, and more.
616 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Delicious, fresh pressed organic juices that kept me feeling healthy and energized all the work week long.
4409 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Work: Hamptons Home

Sometimes I get to do really cool things for my job. Like for instance when I spent a few days in the Hamptons recently styling this amazing, extra large home. It was such a lovely environment to hang out in all day, fluffing beds, arranging flowers, enjoying the sunshine and salty breezes, making pretty. Work that barely feels like work. Here are some of my favorite images of the space. Interior design by Allison Garcy and photography by Ryan Dausch.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Some Recent Pins: Black and White and Blue and Blush

I love looking at my most recent pins all together, they always summarize and show me how I must subconsciously be feeling at the moment. And though I love Pinterest for putting all of these inspiring images in one place, I don't love when I can't find the source for something. The first image is from Design Sponge - A Day in the Life of Stella Maria Baer, and all of the others have seemingly gotten disconnected from their identities through countless Tumblr reposts. I wish I knew where they came from, but inspiring nonetheless.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Derek Wilson Ceramics

These lovely Derek Wilson Ceramics are so crisp and simple, such elegant everyday pieces. I have all kinds of ideas for those matte leaning bowls, so inspiring! I wish I could check them out in person, but alas, there are no US retailers. For now I will just dream little dreams of DWC.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Work

Every time Alice Gao and I get together to make pretty pictures I always leave feeling satisfied and inspired. She recently collaborated with Cartier on some posts for her blog and I helped out with the still life portion. The results are so stunning, check it out here and here. I love the mood in these; part tender, part eclectic, part somber, part intergalactic. Mixed in with her other images the idea of mystic and mysterious dream land comes together.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Asparagus, Green Garlic, Lemon, Ricotta, Pasta. All Together Now.

Another something I've been cooking! I love Spring best out of all food seasons. Summer and fall are great, but spring is so fresh and green (weather and foods) and such a relief after winter. Once the growing season starts again I find it a bit like a competitive sport- Eat as much fresh delicious whatever is in season before it has run out and you have to wait another whole year.

Among other spring treats I've been eating asparagus and green garlic like crazy. I've also been making homemade ricotta (surprisingly easy) and homemade chili oil (super extra easy). They've made their way into dishes like ricotta scrambled eggs or paprika soft fried eggs on toast with sauteed asparagus and green garlic or ramps. Ricotta, asparagus, and green garlic homemade pizza, doused in chili oil. There was a ricotta, spinach, and green garlic quiche, it was super delicious. And this recipe too turned out so well the first time that I keep remaking it, trying out variations. Sauteed asparagus and green garlic tossed with ricotta and pasta and then topped with chives and chili oil.

Recipes after the jump!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Wanderlust in Galicia, Part II: Water & Stone

Besides wander around gardens and hillsides we roamed ancient city streets. I can't get over European architecture, it's so lovely in all of its different styles, and most of all so old. Therein lies much of the romance of Europe for me, it is a place where the longevity of time becomes undeniably evident to me. It's fascinating. Their towns have lived longer histories, and pieces of that history still surrounding them integrated into their everyday lives. We, the United States, are a young country.

The town where we stayed in Galicia is a small fishing town on the Atlantic called A Pobra do CaramiƱal. We quickly formed morning and evening routines. Grilled fresh bread and cafe con leche for breakfast, plenty of beers and octopus, or other simple and perfectly prepared seafood, for a relaxed dinner. From there we would set out on day trips to explore the region. We saw the roman walls still standing around Lugo. Had a fantastic visit and wine tasting at the Martin Codax winery. A romantic, fancy Friday night dinner by the water in Sanxenxo (practically the Montauk of Spain). We circled the towering cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and explored every nook of the Mercado de Abastos. Most of the souvenirs I brought home for myself and friends were food items and from this market. At one point I asked a woman how much for a branch of her locally grown bay, probably clipped from a tree in her yard, and when she replied "20." my face fell in disbelief. She quickly added "Cents!" and we laughed. (20 euros for a branch of bay seemed pretty steep!) There were some rainy days, there were some sunny days, a little taste of everything. We got to have so many experiences, but still let time slow down for a bit. We succeeded. Great vacation.

1/ A pier in A Pobra at blue hour.
2/ I have the inverse picture of Scott taking this picture of me. Ha!
3/ These stone walls, that moss.
4/ Typical residential street in Santiago de Compostela.
5/ Sights inside the Mercado de Abastos.
6/ Small city alleyway.
7/ Pretty moments.
8/ More Mercado de Abastos and my prized bay.
9/ So much water, so many boats, everywhere. A beautiful building in Lugo.
10/ Homes on a hill by a beach.