REVIEW: A WORKSHOP WITH LUISA BRIMBLE AND ARAN GOYOAGA

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Next to my desk, I have a post-it note (it’s actually a cute Kate Spade sticky note if you are wondering) with a short list of photographers whose work I admire, along with a couple of words to articulate just what it is about their work or process that strikes a chord. Luisa Brimble’s name is there with the words: community / joyful. Luisa’s signature table spreads, shot from above with hands interacting with the food or each other make me feel like she’s inviting me to the party, and her portraits with a solitary figure cradling giant bundles of flowers feel (to me anyway) like a beautiful celebration of the individual. After having met her, I can tell you that the words community and joyful, not only describe her work, but the person too!

When I jumped to sign up for this workshop, I had no idea if Luisa was a good teacher (my gut said she was, but I had no evidence to back that up), all I knew was that I was dying to see her in action and to have the chance to pepper her with a few questions about both photography and her magazine Alphabet Family Journal. Well, those things did happen, but the rest of the experience blew any expectations I had out of the water. [Read more...]

Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordechai book release!

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I was beside myself giddy when I found out that the Sunday Suppers book was finally available!  I am a HUGE fan of Karen Mordechai, I am on the Sunday Suppers mailing list,  I follow their Instagram feed, I stalk their site. One of my bucket list desires is to be able to join in one of her worskshops (just follow their Instagram feed and I dare you not to want to add it to your bucket list too).

What is Sunday Suppers beside complete and utter gorgeousness? According to their site it is a communal cooking center; even that snippet feels warm + inviting and not pretentious, I love a casual vibe when I am cooking (and dining), you? If you are as obsessed as we are with beautiful photos, styling, design and of course food then you’ll need to pick up a copy (or two) of the new Sunday Suppers book pronto.

Enjoy your weekend friends! I’ll be of course waiting with bated breath to hear (and hopefully see) Michelle’s report on her Luisa Brimble class, I am so envious!

photos by karen mordechai

VSCOCAM TUTORIAL | Get the glow

 

How to get the glow with your camera phone via besottedblog.com

There’s just as much emotion to be had in the glow as there is in the dark and dramatic. Maybe it’s my overactive imagination, but I like to think of an ethereal glow as a subject’s inherent light from within bursting out for all to see. I think that’s what make the images from The Glow so appealing. It’s such flattering light for portraits, edges are softened, and the effect of a slight haze can take your imagery out of the ordinary and into the realm of art.

As promised, here is how to capture this bright, glowing light right on your phone! It’s really just taking what you’ve already learned in the Dark & Dramatic tutorial, and flipping it on it’s head. Instead of tricking the app into underexposing to create dramatic shadows, we are going to trick it into overexposing in order to maximize the light in your image.

5 easy steps (if you read the Dark & Dramatic tutorial, these may sound familiar). [Read more...]

Peach & Basil Crostini

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Last week, I hosted a (greatly inspiring) lunch meeting on my patio, and if you follow our lovely Tristan on Instagram, you may have noticed that the crostini we served up were a huge hit! They look good on the table, are exceedingly delicious, and deceptively easy to make (my favorite combination).

If you are like me, you want to eek out every last drop of summer goodness this weekend. Serving up peaches with fresh basil is an excellent place to start. You’ll need something to go with that rosé, right?

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// Peach & Basil Crostini //

Ingredients

Yellow Peaches

Fresh Basil

Mascarpone Cheese

Fresh baguette

Balsamic Glaze (this stuff is awesome)

Black Pepper

Honey

Olive Oil

 

Turn oven to broil.

Peel, pit, and slice peaches into long thin slices and place into a bowl. Drizzle with honey. Stir.

Thinly slice (chiffonade) your fresh basil so it’s ready to go.

Slice baguette into roughly ¼” slices. Arrange on cookie sheet and lightly brush with olive oil. Toast under broiler. Repeat for other side.

Spread just shy of 1 teaspoon of mascarpone onto each of your crostini. Dust with cracked black pepper. Add 2 peach slices to each crostini. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. Finish with fresh basil.

If you want to step it up a notch, you can even make your own balsamic glaze (easy) or mascarpone (a little more involved) from scratch.

Happy weekend everyone!
Photos shot with a Canon 6D using a 50mm f/1.8 lens.

 

Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, designer and co-professor for Souvenir Foto School. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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Photographer Ashley Woodson Bailey

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I came to the attention of Iphonegrapher and dilettante extraordinaire one Ashley Woodson Bailey via my partner in crime Michelle P., whom happened to hear about her via my very fave Ginny Branch (if you don’t know Ginny you need to get to know her stat). Of course I was bowled over by Ashley’s beautiful imagery all captured on her Iphone, blown up to inconceivable sizes and just in your face statement pieces. My mouth was a little agape as I went through image after image and wished I had the foresight to have done something so incredible as Ms. Woodson Bailey, but alas I have still not found my photography ‘niche’, one day…But the photo’s aside, they are impressive and all but nothing and I mean nothing, could have prepared me for her inspired (and sometimes tragic) back story, how she got to this fantastic place in her career and life.  [Read more...]

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