Monday, September 24, 2012

.food photography

Are you familiar with Garden&Gun Magazine ? If not, you definitely should be. It's a quarterly magazine that publishes stories on food, entertainment, sporting, fashion, and all things delightfully Southern. The articles are informative, the writing is always witty, and the photos are absolutely gorgeous.

Of course, the photography is my favorite part. Their photo editor has a distinct well-trained eye, and continually provides simple, unpretentious photos that instantly mesmerize the viewer [obviously I'm speaking for myself here, but I feel confident you would experience the same sentiment :) ]. 

Last week, I visited my local farmers market and decided to put my purchases to good use [both inside and outside of the kitchen] and tried out my hand at food photography. I tried to imagine if I was photographing for the cover of Garden&Gun. How would I make a pile of fresh okra look so beautiful and appealing that someone would want to pick up the magazine that it graces? 

Here's what I saw:

Have a great day, my friends! And check out Garden&Gun when you need a little distraction from your Monday blues. :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

.life lately

Hello friends! I have a little update on my life as of late. I recently got a job as an assistant to a local wedding photographer. Her name is Catherine from Woodland Fields Photography, and she is incredible. I am so lucky to be able to observe and learn from her!

So far, I have assisted at three weddings. And just to clarify, "assist" does not mean the same thing as "second shoot." I have merely been caring bags, changing lens, and setting up lighting. ALL important things, mind you. But, to be honest it has been quite difficult to witness all these lovely weddings and not have a camera in hand to capture them. So, what have I been doing? Using my iPhone of course! 8 megapixels of gold. ;)

Here's what I've seen in between carrying a 20 lb camera bag and scarfing down sampling wedding cake:

Have a restful Sunday, my friends :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

.happy birthday mom

We bake together. We decorate together. We sew together. We pray together. We treasure hunt together. We lunch together. We travel the world together.

Happy birthday to the woman who taught me to never underestimate the power of a can of spray paint and to always keep a bag of chocolate chips in the pantry.

I love you!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

.london.colorful london.

Despite the rain, Londoners find a way to incorporate color in their every day lives. Whether it's as simple as a red umbrella or as involved as painting the outside of a building, color pops up all around the city as a little reminder that brighter days are coming.

Hope your day is sunny and bright.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

.london.columbia road flower market.

Raise your hand if you're tired of London posts. 

Guess whose hand is not raised? This girllll's. So if yours is.. Well then, get over it. ;)

You're in for a treat today. I'm giving you a first hand look into one of the happiest, most hidden places in London. Ok, maybe it's not hidden per say.. but it's definitely off the beaten path. Let's just say I got lost approximately 6 times trying to get there. 

Every Sunday, Hackney's Columbia Road (located in London's trendy East End) shuts down to automobile traffic and plays host to a number of boisterous vendors selling the most beautiful flowers on Earth. White tents lining both sides of the street house fresh cut stems and potted plants- all waiting patiently for their new owner to come scoop them up and place them in a clear vase or a clay pot. 

I visited the Columbia Road Flower Market twice while I was in London- the first time to buy flowers and the second time to take photos. But I can guarantee you if I ever call London home, you'll know where to find me every Sunday morning. :)

Here's what I saw:

What do you think? Would you visit the Columbia Road Flower Market?

Have a beautiful Sunday my friends!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

.london. final project.

Did I ever share with y'all my final photography project for my class in London? I don't think I did.

I'm quite proud of this project. In essence, it's really the first photography project I have ever completed.  I had an idea. I brainstormed. I researched. I developed the idea. And personally I think the images came out lovely. Although I may be slightly biased...

So what is the idea, you ask?

The idea is this...

Whether it is to show friends back home or to simply remember their travels, travelers take photos in front of tourist sites for a variety of reasons. For many people, having their picture taken in front of a particular landmark is just as important as actually visiting the site, for the picture proves that they were there. The question is always, “Will you take a picture of ME in front of…?”

In the digital age, when a photo can be transported from a cell phone to the World Wide Web in a
matter of seconds, people have never been more concerned with their physical perception. So they pose. They pose in the way they desire to be perceived.

So, how do people want to be perceived?

It's an interesting question that can never be absolutely answered. But it is fun to speculate. It's also fun to observe trends across age, gender, and ethnicity. Some may call that stereotyping, but I disagree. :)

Ok, Ok, enough introduction.  I now present to you, "The Faces of Tourism."

 I'd love to hear what you guys think!

Enjoy your Thursday.

Monday, September 3, 2012 park.

".......A lot of movin', A lot of rollin' 
A lot of drivin', A lot of strollin' 
A lot of leavin' here, arrivin' there
Trying to go just about everywhere 
A lot of thinking about where I'm going next......" -the avetts

Have a lovely Tuesday, my friends.