in the kitchen

i’m getting back to shooting and cooking regularly. it feel good and right. i’m more and more at home with myself lately. learning to really love yourself is such a lifelong journey.

hello out there.

thoughts on design

One of my colleagues shared this article with me today and i loved this quote:

The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. And I really believe that. What I try to teach young people, or anybody in any creative field, is that every idea should seemingly be outrageous.
—George Lois

january fourth

this is my third roll through the mamiya and i shot 11 out of the 12 in a roll in one day. i just could. not. stop.

this camera is so awesome. the detail! the light! the bokeh! my only wish is that it was lighter but hey, that’s not bad for my one and only complaint (ok, well… a built-in light meter would be nice too).

it’s a joy to shoot with. it was really hard to choose my 366 shot for the day.

i’m still not sure i choose the right one.


These last three were taken at 2nd Story, one of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood. Do check it out if you are in inner SE. The food, drinks, and service are amazing. You won’t be disappointed.

long weekends rule

Every weekend should be three days long. Somebody needs to legislate it, don’t you think? Come on, politicians!

I’m a lucky girl who is on her second long weekend in a row.

Can you believe that I still have more Timothy Lake photos to share? This is what happens when you shoot four rolls of 35mm + a roll of peel-apart in three days. (Not to mention the digital shots. I probably won’t share them here, I usually don’t!) It was so beautiful… how could I not?

We are at the coast this weekend… more camping but also I’ll be celebrating my best friend at her bachelorette party for one night. It will be nice to spend some time with my girlfriends… it’s been a while. I am also looking forward to listening to that glorious ocean and feeling the sand beneath my toes.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, friends! I’ll see you back here on Tuesday.


Those berries in the second photo were salmonberries. Cal climbed down and picked them for us. I love how he found a rock to gather them on. They were delicious. Thanks, honey!

august nineteenth

When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating for only yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be most compact and meaningful will be the series of choices you have made. In the end, we are our choices. Build yourself a great story.

Remarks by Jeff Bezos, to the Princeton Class of 2010 Baccalaureate 
(via Rachel James)

I felt like sharing some family photos today. Oh and I love that quote.
Happy friday!

Oregon City McMenamins | August 2011
Olympus OM-2n + 50mm 1.8 lens | Kodak Max 200


august thirteenth

Broder is my hands-down my favorite breakfast place in the city. It’s always busy, there will be at least a half hour wait but so, so worth it. Oh me oh my, go visit! You will not be disappointed.

Broder | December 27, 2010 | Olympus OM-2n | Kodak Ektar 100

august twelfth

Happy Friday, friends!
I figured a good way to celebrate is to share some drink photos. I can’t help but shoot them. Yay for summer weekends and the drinks that come with them!


Clyde Commons, Oregon City McMenamins, Whiskey Soda Lounge
July 12, August 2 & 4, 2011 | Olympus OM-2n | Kodak Ektar 100 & Max 200

a favorite

one of my favorite places to go for cocktails and a bite to eat is the driftwood room at the hotel deluxe. it’s such an elegant place with really tasty food and drinks. a few weeks ago, i meet with a couple of girlfriends for happy hour there and the bar was too full so they served us in the lobby. here are a couple of shots from that evening.

tis the season

Food has been taking over my photography lately.

Frankly, it’s getting ridiculous. Then I realized that it was pretty appropriate considering the time of year. So… here is my ode to food!

There is no sincerer love than the love of food.
George Bernard Shaw

I’ll be back tomorrow to share some things I am thankful for. See you then.

seattle, part deux

My friend Emily and I had dinner at Delancey! I have wanted to go ever since they opened. You guys, it was just so so so so soooo good. Frankly, it’s a good thing I don’t live in Seattle because I would be eating a lot more pizza.

We shared the green goddess salad, crimini pizza and tried all the desserts. The plum galette put me over the moon and Emily was really happy with her figs in honey mousse. We took the grey sea salt chocolate chip cookie to go and ate it here and there over the next day. Not a single disappointment in the night; even the wine was great. Our server was awesome and we got a chance to chat with Brandon (the owner) a bit about why he opened Delancey (because he got tired of driving down to Portland once a week for Ken’s Artisan Pizza) and a special trick about their pizza sauce (ha… this one you’ll have to ask me about in person, it is kinda brilliant). The simplicity of the decor was really refreshing . It truly is as lovely as it seems in all the pictures.

It was too dark out when we left for me to get a good shot of the logo on the window so i opted for some Delancey bokeh.

Next door, there was the most adorable umbrella shop. How could I resist this?

The adventure continues tomorrow … see you then!