November 30, 2012

Meredith & John // Napa Valley Wedding

Three words to describe this wedding: Food Lover’s Dream

I could not stop photographing all the wonderful delicious food at this wedding. They even had spiked lemonade. Brilliant way to kick off a wedding ceremony, I think. The estate was so gorgeous, it felt like the Italian countryside. I wanted to literally move into this house and never leave. I second shot this wedding for the talented Scott Stater.

The event was put together by the awesome team at Off the Beaten Path Weddings who seriously throw the best parties. Always relaxed and gorgeous and everything a Bridechilla would want.

November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Treat // Browned Butter Brussels Sprouts with maple syrup cranberries

One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is that this holiday is the ultimate excuse to try out new and delicious recipes. I know, it’s supposed to be all about tradition, but I think it’s so much more exciting to test out a new menu and fall in love with shiny new dishes.

I fell in love with brussels sprouts a few years ago, and I don’t know why they get such a bad rap. I avoided brussels sprouts because it seemed like the thing to do. Nobody likes brussels sprouts, right? But once I gave them a chance I discovered that they’re delicious and one of my favorite veggies. I’ve roasted them, sauteed them, shredded them, and it always comes out wonderfully.

This year, I think I may have discovered my all time favorite brussels sprouts recipe.

Browned butter. Maple syrup. Cranberries. Shallots. Thyme. Orange zest. Ginger.

On top of olive oil roasted brussels sprouts. How could that not be delicious?? Here’s the recipe for all you fine folks who are looking for last minute additions to your Thanksgiving table. Adapted from Dean Fearing’s recipe for Food & Wine Magazine.

4 pounds brussels sprouts, halved lengthwise
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 pound fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
4 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon finely grated fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter
1 large shallot, minced
1 teaspoon chopped thyme

Preheat the oven to 400°.
Toss the brussels sprouts with the olive oil and a healthy sprinkling of salt and pepper.
Roast for about 30 minutes until crispy and dark brown. Don’t overcook though, mushy brussels sprouts are the worst.
While the sprouts are roasting, combine the cranberries, maple syrup, ginger and orange zest in a saucepan and cook for about 10 minutes or until the cranberries have broken up and the sauce has thickened.
Next, cook the butter over medium heat until it starts to turn golden brown and the smell becomes irresistibly botterscotch-y. Should take about 4-5 minutes. Add the shallot and thyme and take off the heat.
Combine the butter with the cranberry sauce and stir it all together.
Once the sprouts are ready, combine and toss with the sauce.
Season with an extra sprinkling of salt.

Taste and experience the deliciousness.

If you try this recipe, comment and let me know how you liked it. And I hope you all have a wonderfully belly bursting Thanksgiving.

September 21, 2012

Melissa’s Maternity Session

I’m so excited to share this maternity session. As I was shooting this session, it just struck me how amazing it is that I get to glimpse so many of the important moments in people’s lives. Weddings, birthdays, budding new families. My work is like a kaleidoscope of life’s greatest highlights.

I can’t wait to do more maternity shoots! If you’re interested, please shoot me an email at info[@]

Another thing I love about this session, beyond the fact that Melissa and Kevin are just the sweetest couple: the backdrop is a neighborhood park that I jog in all the time. I’ve been wanting to do a session here for a long time because every time I’m here, I feel like the light just falls through the trees. I’m so glad I met the right couple who were willing to take a chance on a random little park rather than some of the more well known Bay Area backdrops. Beautiful lights makes my heart sing.

August 29, 2012

Leah & Alex // Tilden Park Engagement Session

I haven’t posted in so long! My wedding is less than 2 weeks away and things are in high gear. Wedding planning is intense. I have a new appreciation for what my lovely bride and grooms go through to get to the big day.

But I thought I’d take a little break from seating chart arrangements and menu cards to post this beautiful engagement session.

Leah & Alex are such big fun personalities and had so many ideas for their engagement shoot. We had a gorgeous day at Tilden Park. Beautiful rays of light streaming through the trees. I loved every bit of this shoot, especially a sunset paint fight! So much fun. =)

July 5, 2012

A snippet of New Orleans

Last year I visited New Orleans and my enduring memory of the place was that there is a LOT of great food. Too much. I’ve never felt so full in my life. So for one reason or another, the photos from New Orleans got archived and life sped forward and I just forgot to look at the photos til now. It’s funny looking at the photos and remembering oh yeah, there was more to NOLA than the food! There were incredible cemeteries, lovely little streets, odd eclectic shops. Most of these are in film, maybe I’ll rummage through my digital photos from the trip and make another post later on. =)