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Baby Duncan arrived a little earlier than expected, but he was welcomed with open arms last month to friends Annie & Tyler. I can’t get enough of this little man and it was such a joy to take these photos. I love you all very much and I cannot wait to document your family as he grows. xoxo
Erin was born to cook; it is in her blood. And if you’ve eaten her food, you know why. She grew up in the restaurant business and we have been friends since childhood. I actually worked at her father’s restaurant in high school. Erin and I reconnected a few years ago after a much too long hiatus and with a few food ventures morphing and molding into being a restaurant owner herself, and then recently closing her place in Belfast, she has taken her passion for food and farming and hit the road….literally. Her restaurant, previously in downtown Belfast, called The Lost Kitchen, is a now a traveling kitchen, otherwise known as her renovated Airstream. Venturing around to a different local farm every week, Erin and her “trailer chicks” cook up a feast for a crowd of around 25 people from everything fresh in the garden. And if it didn’t come from that farm, then it came from within 10 miles where she’s cooking, and it was probably made yesterday. Everything is that fresh.
These dinners have created quite the buzz in my area of Maine and have taken the “farm to table” movement to a whole new level. If you want a ticket one of Erin’s dinners, you better get on her mailing list fast. They are always sold out. Always. Luckily, I had an in for this dinner that also happened to be mine and Josh’s anniversary. She set up a table just for us under the pear tree, and we and the 23 other diners were treated to a three hour, multi course meal that rivaled anything I’ve ever eaten in any fancy restaurant from here to Portland. This particular dinner was held at Dorolenna Farm in Montville, not far from where Erin and grew up.
You can find The Lost Kitchen on Facebook. Send them a message with your email address and they will add you to the mailing list so that you know where they will be next!
Last month I had the amazing opportunity to spend the entire day with Heidi Murphy of White Loft Studio, a film photographer in Massachusetts. I have admired Heidi’s work for a while now and wanted very much to learn from her so that I could get back on the horse with shooting more film and incorporate it back into my business. Having learned photography on film, I already knew the basics, but she got me up to speed with using a light meter which I HIGHLY recommend if you’re serious about shooting film. We talked film stocks, how to shoot them and a little bit about cameras. But mostly we studied light and how to use it.
Our day was split between photographing a fast moving wedding cake bakery, a good friend of Heidi’s, and then shooting some non-moving styled objects back at her house. Part I of this blog will feature the photos from the bakery on a day where Jenny, wedding cake baker extraordinaire, and her assistant Ashley were putting together a cupcake order and were starting a wedding cake for that weekend. If you’re looking at these and asking yourself, “well, why do they look fuzzy?” That’s called grain, and it’s completely normal. It’s what makes film awesome. It’s what gives film a beautiful dimension that digital just cannot replicate. Film is soft, creamy with beautiful shadows and it picks up delicate detail the way digital just cannot. I’m really excited about these and can’t wait to share part II with you next week.
Nikon F100 with 50mm f/1.8, shot on Kodak Portra 400
Mondays during wedding season are what ultimately turn into a normal persons Sunday. I try to take the day off on Monday to recuperate from the busy weekend of shooting and take the time to rest or get things done around my house that others typically do on weekends. As yesterday was my first “day off” of the season, I took the opportunity to get ALL of my gardening done. Our deck is now adorned with planters of colorful annuals and our vegetable garden is stocked full of food that we will begin to see next month. Here are some of my favorite Instagram pics chronicling my day of dirty knees and finger nails.
If you’re ever wondering what the behind the scenes life of this photographer looks like, just follow along on Instagram! Yes, I am guilty of posting lots of pics of my two year old and my food…oh well. I’m sure you’ll survive. But I also post lots of pics at my weddings if you ever want to get a sneak peek inside the life of my super fun (and exhausting) job! Follow me @annesphotos.
Yesterday was Pi Day. Yes. A day where we Americans celebrate mathematics and that famous never ending number that is 3.14159….well, you know. And in true American fashion, we honor this day by eating, well, pie! So we took the opportunity to celebrate math and family and enjoyed an evening out where we filled our bellies with chocolatey goodness. It was especially fun as our daughter is about to turn two years old at the end of the month and her reactions to things are ever changing and grow more and more exciting with each passing day. Here’s to math and unconventional dinner options!