Happy Friday: Volume 31

holiday red velvet cake with sugared rosemary and cranberries

Can you believe that 2020 is almost here? This year has been a blur.

I ended 2019 by participating in a Mastermind run by Sam Adler of Frosting & Fettucine. I know that I am a good technical photographer. I know how to properly expose a picture and I can take a decent picture.

I was feeling so bored with my work. My styling and composition were off and even if you have been shooting for 10+ years as I have – you never, ever, stop learning or pushing yourself. I have loved every second of being part of this group. It has pushed me as an artist and a person.

red velvet holiday cake on a plate

I baked this red velvet cake and made sugared rosemary and cranberries just to shoot and style this cake. (The red velvet cake recipe is a good one – it’s from Baked From Scratch. The ermine frosting was a DISASTER and I ended up using canned frosting, it was not great.)

slices of red velvet cake on plates with sugared rosemary and cranberries

It is so freeing to create just for the sake of creation. It was fun to take my time, play and shoot in a way that is a little bit different for me. This was the BEST. THING. I’ve done for myself this year.

It’s also amazing to be in a group of talented food photographers that are working on the same thing and pushing themselves to be better too. It’s been amazing to watch their skills grow throughout the process, but also their confidence. It’s inspiring.

red velvet holiday cake, a bowl of sugared cranberries and rosemary, and frosting

We meet once a week, learn together, and I always leave that call inspired and ready to do more. It’s amazing. I’m going to be so sad when it’s over. We have a few more weeks left, but I am starting 2020 in such a good place artistically and creatively.

At first, I was hesitant to start a mastermind this time of year because the holidays are INSANE. In hindsight, it was a great idea because I’m starting a new year with fresh ideas and in a good head space about my work.

Moral of the story, if an opportunity like this presents itself to you, jump on it, you will be glad that you did.

two slices of red velvet cake on plates with a whole red velvet cake

What Caught My Eye This Week //

With the impeachment and all of the garbage in the news this week, only good and happy news. We all need a cleanse.

This little girl in KINDERGARTEN sold cocoa and cookies to pay off the lunch accounts of 123 her classmates.

We’ve already had a few snow days – this a PERFECT snow day inside activity.

This was FASCINATING insight into how the other half lives.

One more reason why I love Ireland. As if I needed one. I want to do this in Boston. Anyone have any ideas where to do it?

I love Joy’s tips for hosting a cookie swap.

How I wish that I wrapped all of my prezzies.

How to find more JOY this holiday season.

Trivia on one of my favorite holiday movies.

Baby Von Trapps signing Edelweiss. It’s TOO MUCH

When SNL NAILS IT. I can relate to this on a cellular level.

Making these every day of the holiday break. 

Gotta cut it short today – I have a bunch of teens on the way for a gingerbread making party. Look how little my babies were!

Happy Weekend!

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. I always love your photography but girl…these pictures are gorgeous and fresh! So proud of you for trying new things and stretching yourself!

    1. Thank you so much, I was in such a rut. I still sort of am, but at least I’m shooting instead of ignoring it.

  2. gorgeous photos!
    my mom always made ermine / boiled frosting with red velvet cake
    it is so fluffy and not sweet!

    1. I tried it and it was NOT what I was after. It was not good. It was such a fail, we laughed about it all day.

  3. Your posts are so inspiring. I would love to see what your kitchen is like, someday, if you care to share 🙂

    1. I am happy to share, but I can assure you it is nothing special. 🙂

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