Crab Salad Sandwich

I love to cook, but I am usually way too self conscious to share photos of what I come up with in the kitchen. More often, when I cooked for others, I would tell them, “I won’t post this online…but that doesn’t mean that YOU shouldn’t…” But, I feel like that may be even more self-serving.

So, you know what? Forget modesty. I’m dynamite in the kitchen. I love whipping up an awesome dish and sharing it with the people I care about. I love seeing people’s faces light up when I show off a carefully prepared plate. I especially love coming up with new recipes for my vegetarian friends so that they don’t have to miss out on a solid meal in favor of settling for another boring salad.

My buddy, Kyle, happens to be one such friend, and is the most frequent beneficiary of such concoctions. Since he can eat fish,  I whipped up one of my favorite creations: a sandwich with (imitation) crab, avocado, and homemade aioli. 

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In summation, I rock at cooking and I can take cool photos of that food, so expect more culinary posts in the future.

Happy Birthday, Jordan!

I’m taking some time today to wish this spectacular lady a, Happy Birthday. Jordan was a regular model on the site for a while, and she’s always been great to work with. We’ve done shoots in studios, graveyards, a river, and frigid cold, and she’s never been anything short of stellar. Hopefully, we can collaborate again soon.

Welcome to Night Vale: Live

  

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                    I was lucky enough to run into my wonderful friend, Kate. She showed off her new poster from the merch booth.

  I think I need to start getting better at taking my own advice and allow for some personal time. I’ve been throwing myself into my school and magazine work so much that was forgetting that I’m allowed to enjoy myself every now and again.  Fortunately, I’ve awesome people like my friend, Lucy, who messaged me late the other night asking if I wanted to check out a live performance of one our favorite audio series, Welcome to Night Vale.

                A night of getting out of the house with a friend, and seeing some of my favorite actors performing exclusive material was exactly the pick-me up I needed. I’ve been feeling more relaxed, and more importantly, more productive for a while now. I’ll have to make it a point make mental health more of a priority. Maybe I’ll even make more time for blogging again.  

Hey everyone. It looks like I’ve decided to break my hiatus with a fall foliage shoot. All of you remember Samantha Novak, right? She’s always a treat to work with and we both decided that we needed to sneak in a shoot to take advantage of the leaves while we could. and of course, she already had a   fairy costume that goes perfectly with the scene. I love shoots like this where I get to go crazy with different lighting setups and going all-out in post. After you’re done “liking,” sharing, and following this post, be sure to show Samantha some love over on her Facebook page.

Fall Fairy

Macro Test

I know that both my 24-70mm and my 50mm look great paired with my new D7200, but I’ve heard that any flaws in lower quality lenses, like my Tamron 70-300mm, will become more pronounced with the more advanced sensor. After taking my telephoto out for a test drive with new body, I can safely say that my fears were unfounded. If anything, it looks better. Since I now have less noise at higher ISO settings, it I can get away with faster shutter speeds and higher apertures, resulting in cleaner images overall.