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A leaning tower of pizzas

I love working with local small businesses. If that happens to involve getting to eat free food, I love it even more! This weekend I got to document an in-home cooking class by a local chef, Elba. While she specializes in sweets, she’s also part of one of those families that has loads of recipes passed down through generations. A few of those recipes happen to be amazing pizzas made from scratch, and she’s now showing people how they can make them too!

Elba runs a very small operation, so if you’re interested in learning more, you can email her at elbabocchi@yahoo.com for more information. You’ll be happy you did!

Before you email her, though, take a look at these photos. I apologize ahead of time for making you so hungry ;)

xoxo

~n

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Ready, Set… Fall!

 

Hello, September! Kids are going back to school, days are getting a little shorter, and the air is feeling a little cooler. Fall is a-comin’!  It is a wonderful time to get out and shoot, but where do you start? Since Fall is my favorite season by far, I wanted to pass along some ideas of what to photograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. First, the obvious. Fall foliage! When you see those bright fall colors, keep in mind the time of day. It’s best to photograph foliage in the early morning or late afternoon, when the sunlight is soft and golden. The colors will be brighter, the shadows will be softer, and you’ll capture the real feeling of fall time.

 

2. Look at details! Maybe it’s a corner of the fringe on your favorite scarf, or the texture of that bright orange leaf, or the steam coming off a hot cup of cocoa… whatever you choose to focus on, be sure to get close and personal! Showing off details of an object show things like texture and color, so you get to “feel” that object. So don’t be afraid to zoom in!

 

3. Fall is all about f-o-o-d! Check out your local farmers’ market for all the brightly colored fruits and veggies on display. Are farmers’ markets not your thing? Look for a local pumpkin patch or apple field and spend some time walking the grounds! You’ll see kids picking out pumpkins, baskets full of apples, and lots of details to capture.(Local tip: Julian is famous for apples, and September is the perfect time for apple-picking! Find info HERE)

 

4. Tired of the same ol’ views? Go explore! Go for a day trip to someplace new and you never know what fall sights you’ll find.

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Between an ocean and a mountain

I have this need to camp at least once a year… ideally twice or more. This year so far, I’ve gone twice. The first time I nearly lost my toes because of unexpected snowfall in parts of Joshua Tree (brrr!). The second trip was this past weekend, and it was amazing!

Point Mugu is just north of Malibu, before reaching Oxnard. Your campsite is your own private strip of beach, with the Pacific on one end and gorgeous mountains on the other. To top off a wonderful weekend, there was an amazing meteor shower on Saturday night! I saw about a dozen shooting stars, some with long bright tails… then I dozed off in a tent w/ a screen top, allowing full night sky view. Loved it!

This stretch of beach is not only great for camping weekends, but can be great for a day trip too. There’s parking along the roads for free, and you can enjoy the beaches right alongside the campers! What a great location for some family photos! Want to find out more about this postcard setting tucked into the coast? Find more info HERE!

 

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One Tasty Tamale!

As part of my ongoing work with IRC, I recently sat in on a cooking class led by Olivia, a lovely woman from Ghana. Olivia was leading a class on how to make West African tamales and chicken rice. As is often the perk of my work with IRC clients, I got to sample the delicious food :) I was one happy girl!

Take a look at the highlights from Olivia’s class, and then visit her website for more info on where/when she sells her food!

:-)

~n

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Neither Here nor There

So I have tons of new stuff coming your way soon. Are you ready??

Coming up in a week, I’ll introduce you to my Creative Spotlight for February, Stephanie. She’s a beautiful model who’s led a bit of a gipsy life, hopping from town to town. Can’t wait for you to get to know her! Here’s a peek at what we got from a mini shoot we did the first time we met a few weeks ago.

Before you meet Stephanie, did you miss my January creative? Her name is Erica Rose, and she’s an amazing painter with a very unique process. If you missed her feature or want to refresh your memory, check it out HERE!

Also, I just went on an exciting photo adventure and can’t wait to share the results with you all! I can’t help but post one itsy bitsy little peek, so here it is:

Finally, I have some new work I’ve been doing with IRC. I’ll be posting some delicious photos from my coverage of a cooking class that was led by a woman from Ghana who now lives here in San Diego. What did she cook? You’ll have to wait and find out when all the pics are posted… but here’s a little peek ;-)

Until we meet again…
:)

~n

 

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My love of food is published!

My photos have been published!!

A handful of my photos from the food tour I documented in early December have been chosen to accompany an article on East County Magazine’s website.  See the full article, photos and all, HERE!

If you missed my original post from the food tour, get all the details HERE.

:)

~n

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Winter Fruit

Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. It’s where all the fruit is.
~Shirley MacLaine

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My Love Affair with Food

What’s a long holiday weekend without piles and piles of food??

I’m lucky to have a mom that does incredible custom decorated cakes and desserts, as well as traditional Argentinean desserts. Naturally, they beg to have their photo taken. Here’s a peek at what I sampled this weekend (don’t get too jealous!).
:)

~n

 

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Recap – Wine Lover 12.18.11

Alright, boys and girls, bust out the corkscrew and rinse out the glasses. It’s time for another recap from a fine evening at The Wine Lover!

This event was pulled together last minute since The Wine Lover is prepping for a big New Year’s Eve event, but it was still a good time as always! The format was a little different than usual, with just two performers. In order of appearance, Chad Cavanaugh and Nick Z each kept us well-entertained! Be sure to check out both their websites, and come out to see them if you’re in the area. I promise you’ll be glad you did!
:)

~n

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Give a little love… (Part II)

A couple of days ago I showed you some photos from the Help-Portrait event I participated in last Saturday. Did you miss it? Check it out HERE!

While at the Farmer’s Market, I met a few of the folks from IRC, an organization that does amazing work with refugees who are in need of a little help when starting over.  They were having a Holiday Bazaar that day, where a few of their clients set up booths with items for sale. Also, they were doing a group tour to two restaurants in the area that are owned by their clients. One was Sammoon in El Cajon, where the owner serves up authentic and yummy Iraqi food. The second was Fatuma’s in City Heights, where you feel like you’re welcomed into the owner’s home for a huge family meal! When IRC asked if a photographer would be interested in going along on the tour to document it, I jumped at the chance. So glad that I did!

Here are some shots from that awesome group tour. If you’re in the San Diego area and looking to get to know some international restaurants that you won’t forget, take this tour!! Better yet, just go try these restaurants! The food was soooo yummy :)

Stay tuned for Part III of my post, where I show you some shots I took for my new friend, Mary. She’s one of IRC’s clients and brings beautiful items from Kenya to San Diego!
:)

~n

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