Category Archives: slice of life

Local Market

Maggie, founder of Eat Boutique, just has a knack for creating a community around food.  And in keeping with all things Eat Boutique, their first Local Market was perfection…hosted at the ever so fabulous 12 Chairs, droves of fans and customers came to sample + buy from a carefully culled assembly of food purveyors.  Skip on over to the EB blog to read about the Holiday Market in December.  I will be there, camera in-hand, to capture more of this goodness.

the house that built me

This is the “story behind the story” of my first piece with Eat Boutique – a farm-to-table, concord grape editorial. It’s a story that has roots and a process that I have been meaning to revisit for years.  I lost my remaining grandparent just over a year ago – my paternal Grandfather, in his late nineties.  Many of my childhood memories circle around my grandparents and their home…I think of them often and when I open that door, the snippets of a life gone by rush the memory gates.  Concord grapes grew on their property – and in the years when there was a good harvest, the bushel baskets came out of the basement, the grape picking commenced, and jelly and juice making followed.  I can picture the baskets still, the apron, the stained hands, the worn linoleum in their kitchen, and feel the comfort of home – all like a warm blanket.

In the spirit of my childhood, I headed out with my mother on an hour’s drive to a farm at the end of a tree-lined and winding New England country road. We spent an afternoon picking off the vines – humid air filled with the aroma of concord grape.  Harried jelly and juice making ensued.  Tired feet, bug bites, irritated voices, a sea of canning jars, stained everything, a steam-filled kitchen and then – a beautiful yield of jelly and juice, made by my very own hands.

The memory gates opened again, and all of this left me longing…longing for a time when simple homes and simple pleasures were a mainstay…when camping was the only summer vacation and collecting stickers reigned supreme…when you played outside until it was dark and Wednesdays were for beef stew…when you missed the bus, you walked, and when you wanted to ride, you mucked stalls to earn it even when the wheel barrel was bigger than you…when solid values came first and there was always a parent home after school…when Dads made all things safe and Moms made everything all right…when bread baked in the oven and jelly boiled on the stove…when Nanny & Grampy were just a short car ride away and the grapes still grew on the vine.

I know they say you can’t go home again,
I just had to come back one last time,
ma’am I know you don’t know me from adam,
but these handprints on the front steps are mine.

If I could just come in,
I swear I’ll leave,
won’t take nothing but a memory,
from the house that built me.

- Miranda Lambert

click *here* to visit the Eat Boutique post featuring “all things concord grape” + the recipes…

studio on tour – Chive Events

oh Chive, how do I love thee, let me count the ways…an afternoon filled with some shooting + some sampling.  it was perfection.

I was truly amazed at the experience the women of Chive provide when hosting a new client for a tasting. Thank you for inviting me into your kitchen…and many thanks to Suzanne + Luke for allowing me to peer through their wedding planning window and capture some of that process!

Contax 645 + 80mm 2.0 + Kodak Portra 800
Nikon F5 + 50mm 1.4 + Fuji Superia 800 {a consumer film}

“Hooked” by the women of Chive

The women of Chive – innovative, committed, crazy talented – and all served up with a side of grace. They hosted their 2nd Sustainable Sunday Supper “Hooked” in late July where I was introduced to their focus of sustainable event design and catering.  The event included local purveyors who not only donated their time, but their wares as well… and the proceeds helped raise the needed funds to purchase a tractor for the Food Project,  a Boston-based non-profit which provides urban youth the opportunity to experience sustainable agriculture.  I am enamored with their commitment to the community and responsible business practices without comprising style and of course, fabulous flavor. Their next Sunday Supper, Fire + Flannel,  is planned for October 30th and should be a must-attend on your calendar…see you there!

Thank you, Ladies, for welcoming me into your community… and I look forward to your next creation.

Contax 645
80mm 2.0
Fuji 400H

studio on tour – Eat Cake!

My first stop on White Loft Studio’s “studio on tour” series is Eat Cake! – a boutique bakery right in the heart of Newburyport.  Eat Cake! has a cult following for their daily cupcake offerings which often sell out long before the day is done…… they also produce beautiful custom cakes for parties and weddings and much in-between.  A big thank you to Hilary and her small army of cake artisans that welcomed me into their kitchen for some behind-the-scenes shooting.