SEAFOOD { Seattle Magazine }

In recent years, I have changed my diet from being a strict vegetarian to a pescatarian.  So, when running around the city and photographing some of the best seafood in the area, I was able to actually sample these amazing seafood dishes.  

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taylor shellfish

Since I was able to actually enjoy and sample all the dishes I was shooting for this issue I decided to list them in order by my favorite.

So, with that, I begin with OYSTERS!

It wasn't until I moved to Seattle that I began eating & enjoying oysters. And I must say, they are damn good.  For this article, I had the opportunity to try a few different restaurants that served oysters...I am starting with Taylor Shellfish.

This restaurant seriously has some of the most amazingly beautiful seafood plates.



Best Restaurants

One of my favorite issues to work on for Seattle Magazine is the Best Restaurants feature.  It is full of amazingly beautiful food from some of the best chefs.  This year was no exception!

Eden Hill

duck/goose pate

duck/goose pate

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Pea Flan

Pea Flan

veggie hash
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 Matthew Parker : The Designer

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Dong Thap Noodles

The Tastemakers:

Edouardo Jordan, Jason Stratton, Akiko Graham, & Matthew Parker




Peter & Picara {Spain Wedding}

Magical.

Is the best word to use when describing my cousin's wedding in Spain.

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It was a long journey from Seattle to San Sebastian, Spain!  But I felt so lucky to have been invited to photograph my cousin's special day.  

Day 1

My trip began in Madrid, where I met up with my family and quickly settled into our hotel.  Then we immediate dove into the Spanish culture by cafe hopping, walking around town, and eating wonderful food!

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Day 2

We arrive to our Villa in San Sebastian.

After bringing our luggage in and figuring out our sleeping arrangements (it was like an episode of the Real World) we ventured into town and grabbed our first meal in San Sebastian. We accidentilly ended up in this amazing little restaurant that had award winning Cheesecake. 

We made sure to bring a whole cheesecake back with us to the Villa! It was damn good.

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Day 3

I highly enjoyed my first full day in San Sebastian.  Before the wedding festivities got started I spent the day with my cousin, Frankie, and his lovely wife.  It was so laid back and enjoyable to just meander around town.  It was my first time visiting Spain, and I was trying to make the most of my short time here.

We wandered around and stopped for gelato, tapas, espresso, and decadent desserts.  Thank goodness we walked, because by the time we got back to the house, we had to get ready to eat again.  

A quick dip in the pool before getting all dressed up...why not?! 

Then we are all off for a mind blowing dinning experience at Mugaritz.

 24 individually tailored courses from the no.6 restaurant in the World.

A sneak peek behind the scenes 

A sneak peek behind the scenes 

The lovely parents of the Bride & Groom

The whole wedding group in front of Mugaritz

The whole wedding group in front of Mugaritz

Day 4 : Wedding Day

With the big day ahead of us, we enjoyed breakfast at the Villa and began the process of getting ready!  It was a day full of family, love, celebration, the joining of families, food, joy, happiness, and pure beauty.  It simply was wonderful, from start to finish.  It was very Peter & Picara!

the first look...

The Ceremony 

My favorite part of the 'Wedding Day' was having the chance to take the newly weds into town and photograph them on the streets of San Sebastian. The looks on people's face as these two walked by them was so fun to watch. Also, the custom dress my cousin wore had people jaw dropping.  

Paparazzi 

Paparazzi 

Reception dinner at Rekondo

{ where incredible food was consumed and a variety of unique bottles of wine, including a bottle from 1920! }

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Day 5

We spent the last day in San Sebastian wandering around leisurely, shopping for souvenirs, and keeping it low key.  The previous nights festivities had everyone in a 'slow' moving pace. 




Pop Up Pasta with Cary Kemp

Mark Fuller & Cary Kemp are now hosting Monday night PopUp Pasta at Quadrato, in West Seattle. Cary invited me to experience the whole process from start to finish. 

I have had the pleasure of working with Cary at Pizzeria 22 in the past and was so excited to share some more love for him and his new restaurant.  

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Being 100% Italian and growing up with Pasta at the dinner table weekly, made this experience more personal & special to me.  Sharing a kitchen with a chef and seeing him work can be a very unique and intimate experience.  While music and laughter fills the space you sit back and enjoy the process.

All prep work complete!  Now, we sit, sip on wine, and soak in some sunshine till opening. 

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1500 Miles + 5 days = Road Trip to various places in Canada

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My friends, Matt & Marcella do a big road trip every year and try to gather their friends to join them in on the adventure... The past few years they haven't been as successful getting people to join, until now!  

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Thursday, August 20th, Matt, Marcella, Alyssa, and I piled into Matt's Tahoe with their pup, Dixie, and headed to Canada. 

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North Thompson River Provincial Park, Pocahontas campground in Jasper

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Due to the many miles that needed to be covered there was a lot of sight-seeing done through the car windows.  Along with great music, yummy snacks, stories shared, fingers pointing, and the counting of waterfalls....it was picture perfect! 

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A day of Waterfalls!

Athabasca Falls (above) Sunwapta Falls (bellow)

Athabasca Falls (above) Sunwapta Falls (bellow)

After a wonderful day driving and all the sight seeing we arrived to Lake Louise campground to set up camp for the night.  

After a wonderful day driving and all the sight seeing we arrived to Lake Louise campground to set up camp for the night.  

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Our last two days were hijacked by smoke from local forest fires.  The visibility was low, and the air quality was slim to none.  So, we arrived at our campground in the Okanogan Region early and set up camp. Smoke aside, the last night of camp was a blast!

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Ended our last night with games and doodling in the air.

Till next time' thanks for the memories and wonderful memories! 




Jenni & James Wedding {Nashville}

It is hard for me to put into words how special it was to be the photographer for this wedding.  Jenni and I have been friends for over a decade, and she was one of my bridesmaids in my wedding.  To return the favor by being a part of her wedding day was such a blessing.  

Seeing the love these two share through my lens, was so inspiring. I hope these images do their wedding festivities justice- because it was picture perfect from start to finish!

To Mr. & Mrs. Mitchell !  I think you have an incredible love.   Wishing you the best!

Love you guys. 

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cedarwood

The day before the wedding we gathered family at Historical Cedarwood to take some pre-wedding family shots.  This was the prefect opportunity for us to explore the grounds at this amazing venue and just have fun together!

                                                                                                                          The future Mr. & Mrs.

                                                                                                                          The future Mr. & Mrs.

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The joining of families

The joining of families

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The Big Day is here!  

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Due to rain..."good luck showers" we had to move the ceremony to the tent.  A quick regrouping- but just as beautiful!

Due to rain..."good luck showers" we had to move the ceremony to the tent.  A quick regrouping- but just as beautiful!

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One of my favorite parts at the reception is the time when those who love you stand up and share stores & blessings for you and your partner. 

One of my favorite parts at the reception is the time when those who love you stand up and share stores & blessings for you and your partner. 

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Patio Feature : Seattle Magazine

Again, this summer I was asked by Seattle Magazine, to capture some images for their Patio Feature.  In the process of shooting the list for 'outdoor dining', I got to meet some wonderful people, see stunning views of my city, and revisit some restaurants I have had the pleasure of shooting in the past.  It is always an honor to be a part of Seattle Magazine and stay in the loop in the restaurant world!

For those of you that love outside dining, this list is for you!  Enjoy

 The Best Outdoor Dining

Westward & Little Gull

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rays
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raysboathouse
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peppers
terra plata
terra plata
six seven seattle
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six seven
manolin seattle
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fishandchips
marinationmakai
patioseattle
brimmerandheeltap
brimmerandheeltap
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thepinkdoor seattle
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hollywood tavern
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agua verde cafe
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uneeda burger
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LEICA M

For my birthday I received a very generous gift from my mother.  She bought me a Leica M body.  This is my first Leica and first images I have taken with my new toy.  I feel as though I am learning a completely different language in the world of photography.  Shooting with this new tool really makes me slow down and think more about what I am shooting. It reminds me of old film days.  It truly is refreshing.  

 This post is from my 33rd Birthday celebrations.

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The morning of my birthday my husband surprised me with an early ferry ride to Victoria, CA.  I have wanted to visit Victoria, ever since relocating to the Seattle area.  The time has come :-)

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As we approached Victoria, the weather became dreary. Thankfully Joel had planned 2 nights in Victoria so we had time for the weather to clear up as well as explore the area. Plus, I still had another surprise waiting for me!

My first meal in the city! Amazing food from .BeLove

My first meal in the city! Amazing food from .BeLove

Then we arrived to the main highlight of my birthday... An airstream on the water!  This truly was a special gift.  I love to explore, see new things, be in nature, and dream of a day when I live on wheels! ha.  :-) So, we got a taste of this life for a short two days.  We met some amazing people in the RV park and really appreciated the simplicity of this lifestyle. 

Thank you Airbnb and my amazing husband for planning this!

Thank you Airbnb and my amazing husband for planning this!

After traveling all day, we stayed put for the night and let the pups play as we enjoyed cooking by the fire and watching the sunset on the water.

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With no real plans ... we started our day with a stroll on the beach with the dogs and then headed to Victoria to explore & wander.  

Most of the second day was spent driving around and seeing as much as we could of the area.  We ended up spending a lot of our time in Oak Bay 

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After wandering in Oak Bay we made our way back into town for food.  We were excited to get back to the airstream and enjoy the fire and wind down for the night.  So the search for take out began!  Joel was wanting Chinese, which worked out great because we wanted to visit China Town.  At this point we were so zapped that we didn't explore more of the Harbor, and planned to return in the morning before heading home.

After wandering in Oak Bay we made our way back into town for food.  We were excited to get back to the airstream and enjoy the fire and wind down for the night.  So the search for take out began!  Joel was wanting Chinese, which worked out great because we wanted to visit China Town.  At this point we were so zapped that we didn't explore more of the Harbor, and planned to return in the morning before heading home.

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Leland will always be our lap dog.

Leland will always be our lap dog.

Our last night at this beautiful location.

Our last night at this beautiful location.

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Before going to bed we decided that we were going to catch the later ferry home so we had more time to see the harbor and downtown Victoria.  

This allowed us to grab some brunch and browse around in some stores at Market Square.

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Our vices : His & Hers.

Our vices : His & Hers.

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After an amazing mid-week adventure we came home to attend our friends birthday(s) whom were celebrating it together!  So, the three of us gals, shared some gluten free cupcakes and drinks together. 

Let the 'Ginger Fiesta' begin.

                                                                                                                                                                                        The best homemade piñata ever!  Team Pelirojas kicked ass. 

                                                                                                                                                                                        The best homemade piñata ever!  Team Pelirojas kicked ass. 

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On the Road for 1 month

From mid-December to mid-January was spent on the road with my wee-little family... this post highlights some of our adventures and beautiful areas that were explored during that time.

 My husband had just left his job to focus on his music, and my work had slowed down due to the holiday's ... so we decided to hit the road and drive coast to coast.

After visiting Arches National Park, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, random coffee shops in passing cities, Vegas, Colorado, and our family on the East Coast & Midwest, we had to start heading back home!  

Due to the bitter cold we endured in WI we decided to hit the coast on the way back to Seattle.  What was a couple extra days at this point?!?  

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We found this adorable little motel in LA.  

We found this adorable little motel in LA.  

After spending a day in LA and Venice Beach we drove to Palm Dessert to visit my Grandfather.  We ended up staying with him for two nights, and took a day trip to Joshua Tree before hitting up HWY 101 to Seattle!

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Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

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HWY 101 and Big Sur never disappoint! 

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Then we enjoyed our last sunset on the road and finished our drive home.  It was such an amazing month full of so much exploring, seeing family & friends, and new discoveries.  I feel incredibly blessed and lucky to be able to leave for a month and be on the road!  It's where I feel most alive. 

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Best Restaurants : Seattle Magazine

Over the last few years I have had the pleasure of contributing to the Best Restaurant's issue for Seattle Magazine.  

As April approaches I get very excited to see what establishments I will be documenting and food dishes I will be discovering.  Without a doubt I end up with a list of places I wish to return and dine at.  

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Here is the list of the Best New Restaurants of Seattle, April 2015.  

Damn The Weather

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Single Shot

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Trove

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