Dîner en Blanc

There are some experiences in your life that you will never forget. For me tonight was one of them. We heard about Dîner en Blanc last year from our friends, Stacy and Jason, two Texas expats who have been living in Paris for two and a half years now. They told us of a special night in June that happens once a year in Paris, where you dress all in white, gather tables, chairs, dishes, glasses, candles, and food, wine and, of course, friends and go to a location shrouded in mystery. You only find out where exactly you are going about 15 minutes before the event begins. When it is finally announced, you and 10,000 other Parisians descend upon one of Paris’ beautiful landmarks and set up long lines of tables for the most colossal dinner party you’ve ever seen. You eat and share food, drink wine and champagne, and laugh and enjoy each other’s company. At one hour before midnight, all the dinner guests light up thousands of sparklers and celebrate the joy of life. You dance for an hour or two longer and then as quickly as it was set up, everything is packed away and taken home, without a trace to be seen, as if it had never happened. I was enamored with this concept and only let it remain in my imagination what it might be like to attend such an event. We don’t usually get to travel abroad during the summer, plus the event is invite only, so I figured I would never get the opportunity to see it for myself.

The first morning we were in Paris, as we were getting ready for the day, Geoff announced to me that he’d just been informed that Dîner en Blanc just so happened to be tomorrow and Stacy and Jason were inviting us to attend with them. We didn’t quite know what to say at first, but we quickly formulated a plan to procure some white outfits for the three of us and set out on a day-and-a-half long journey to prepare for the event. A lot of shopping and a little cooking later, we got all donned up in our white clothes and we were meeting our friends near the Palais Royale, and then on to the Arc de triomphe du Carrousel, the arch across from the center of the Louvre, which looks directly out to the more famous Arc de triomphe de l’Étoile off in the distance. It was there, just around 9:00 pm, that everyone started setting up.

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A book by its cover

Geoff, Bear, and I are heading back to Paris. We will be photographing a newlywed session for a couple that is getting married in Scotland the week before and we are so excited! It’s the height of the summer wedding season, but we decided to take a couple weeks to spend some time in our favorite city visiting good friends, eating baguettes, and working…on our Paris ABC and color books!

It has been quite the journey creating these books. I can’t believe it has been over a year since we photographed them. What a year it has been too, especially for me creatively. It has been a year where I was looking at myself with new eyes and questioned everything that I am as an artist. It has also (and maybe because of the aforementioned questioning) a year where I have tried many new things and my personal artistic style and capacity has grown more in the past year than any other. In fact, I don’t know if I ever really though of myself as an “artist” until now. These books have encompassed that journey. Some days I feel sad that they have taken much longer than I anticipated to get to the point where they are today, but I know that they wouldn’t be the books they are without the time that has passed.

When Geoff and I started photographing the books in Paris, the design was coming together very quickly. I was designing pages as fast as we were photographing them. By the time our five weeks in France were up and we were heading home, they were a good 85% done! I was so excited about the way the design was coming along and continued working on them in the following weeks after we got home (all while taking care of a four month old and shooting weddings, in other words, very slowly). Once all the pages were designed, my next step was to design the book covers. That is where I got seriously stuck. I had some ideas, shifted things around in Indesign, but mostly stared at my computer screen for hours. I wanted something that was fun and current, that appealed to both kids and adults, and could easily translate to a series of books based on other cities around the world. Nothing I was coming up with was right. To me the covers were (and are still) a big deal. I know the old cliche is to never judge a book by its cover, but let’s face it, when it comes to actual books, we all do. So weeks passed, and then months. I’d occasionally open up the cover designs but ultimately just get frustrated again and put it off. I know that being in the midst of my first year of motherhood was not helping my creativity any too. But that is a whole ‘nother post for another day.

2014 ended and 2015 began. And suddenly I had a deadline to finish the books. Photo Field Trip was coming up and we wanted to print copies to take with us to get feedback from other photographers and artists. I am finding more and more that I work best when faced with a deadline. I guess it is the procrastinator in me. And finally, I was able come up with a cover design for the books that I really liked. With that we ordered a copy of each book. We got some really great feedback from others as we showed it around. I made some adjustments but again, I found that I was getting stuck. I still needed to write an intro page about our story and what the books were all about. I also had to design a back cover too. I didn’t know where to begin. As time went by, I grew unsatisfied with the covers. They just weren’t right. Not eye catching enough. I didn’t know how well they would adapt to books about other cities, while still remaining cohesive. So it was back to the drawing board.

As I mentioned, I’ve been trying a lot of new things. I was experimenting a bunch with hand lettering and something that I have always wanted to do, illustration. I started working on illustrating one of my favorite photos from the book. A picture of the Eiffel Tower and my hand holding up an ice cream cone. There is actually a pretty great story behind that photo, but I’ll tell that another day. I took those first two illusteaions and paired them with some bright solid color and my bold hand lettering, and suddenly I saw something I loved. One of my favorite things about being creative is that moment when you are so excited about something you are creating that you don’t want to do anything hing else but that. You don’t care about eating or even sleeping. That’s how I was feeling about this new direction. So I spent every spare minute making colorful illustration of the different things in the books. I can see how they might easily be applied to different cities by crating new illustrations and colors. I also finally finished writing the intro and I designed the back covers. I ordered new prototype copies and they just arrived yesterday. I love they way they turned out. Here is just a little sneak peek!

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The next stop for these books is Paris! While we are there will will be photographing them and taking video for either a book trailer/promotion or a Kickstarter campaign, depending on which route we take. I’m researching publishers now, but getting into that world seems so overwhelming! I’d love any tips if any of my readers have advice to share!

LA Cookie Taste-Off!

Here is something you might not know about me: I am a chocolate chip cookie connoisseur. I have spent a silly amount of time and effort trying to create the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I have studied the science of baking and the effects of changing the ratios of ingredients in the recipe. I have made dozens and dozens of dozens of chocolate chip cookies, each an experiment in creating the perfect one. I think I am pretty darn close, you guys. I really love the results of my tweaked, refined, and fined-tuned recipe. I like my cookie to have a rich cookie flavor, a little fudgey and chewy in the center with crisp caramelized edges. It’s got to have a smooth but cracked and cragley texture. I like a little smack of baking soda and not overpoweringly chocolate. I want to taste that cookie. And most importantly, the perfect amount of saltiness. My secret ingredient is a sprinkle of Maldon sea salt on top just as they come out of the oven. Heavenly.

So when Studio DIY posted up their March Madness-style cookie battle to find the best chocolate chip cookie in Los Angeles JUST as Geoff so happened to have a photo shoot in LA, I know this had to be on the itinerary. They taste-tasted 16 different cookie shops but we decided it would be wise to stick to critiquing their top 5.

We tasted cookies from Big Sugar Bakeshop, Sprinkles, Coffee Commissary, Short Cake, and Milk Jar Cookies.

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Without further ado, here are our results, in the order that we tasted them:

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GEOFF // Good chocolate, but it is overpowering. Not a big fan of the crips edges, crunch is fun but lacks fun taste.
LISA // Chocolate is a bit rich and dark for my tastes, not enough cookie for me. Chocolate is overpowering. It is missing the caramel flavor for me. Nice texture and thickness.

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GEOFF // “Mmm that one is REALLY good.” Really great crisp bite on the edge, but an over-doughy texture left me needing more. There were large pockets of air next to the doughy texture. Did not like the baking soda taste for the finish.
LISA // I like the sweeter chocolate of this cookie. Good texture and bite, nice fudginess. I agree with Geoff on the pockets of air. Those were a little weird. However it had a good taste.

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***I will note that this cookie looked nothing like the one pictured in Studio DIY’s post. Not sure what was up with that because this cookie was their pick for #1 and I think we both were disappointed.***

GEOFF // Overall, very rounded taste, but too much on the brown sugar side, not enough sweetness in the dough. I saw what I thought would be a wonderful crisp texture on the edge but it was smooth all the way through.
LISA // Weird taste on this one, like it had absorbed the flavors of some other food. No crunch on the edges, and it is too oily. Not fudgey enough.

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GEOFF // Do not like the baking soda finish. The sea salt would be extremely enjoyable, but my cookie portion had way too much. The chocolate center wowed me each bite, but as I got to the edges the crackle was too much. l liked the way the chocolate was layered in the cookie, it was very different.
LISA // Big win for having salt on top. Chocolate chip cookies should always have salt on top, IMHO. Really nice flavor. I like little chunks of chocolate dispersed throughout and the crunch on top is fun. Very untraditional though. I wouldn’t take it for a chocolate chip cookie so much as a different take on a chocolate chip cookie.

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GEOFF // Flour, flour, flour, oh sh*t, all I taste is flour. Really enjoyed the crisp on the edges, but that led to a densely floured cookie. The sugar and butter combo was not enough for me to really enjoy the cookie. I just get overwhelmingly filled with flour and not amazing warm ooey gooey flavor.
LISA // Tastes is perfect. It tastes just like what I would want cookie dough to taste like. YUM. Nice crispy edges. Really love the fudge center. Chips are just right. If there was a little salt on top it would be perfect.

The Verdict

GEOFF // Sprinkles was my favorite. But I wasn’t the biggest fan of any of them to be honest. I struggled with all the cookies because my favorite thing about good chocolate chip cookies is a consistent bite all the way through and a crisp but not overly crunch outside. None of these really hit that home for me. I also felt silly because Lisa has forced me to be aware of the nuances of chocolate chip cookies. I laughed every time I could tell what the over powering ingredient was in each cookie.
LISA // Milk Jar was my favorite. Wins on taste and texture and also for looks. It has the appearance of a perfect little cookie (although they are quite big.) These would be perfect with a tad more butter and a little sea salt on top.

This was a fun little adventure for us, chasing all over LA getting the cookies and then taking them back to our Airbnb to taste and feast.  I will say, that my favorite chocolate chip cookie (other than my own, haha) is from Ginger Elizabeth, right in good old Sacramento. She has managed to get those caramelized edges down to a T and the texture and flavor is spot on. Plus it’s Ginger, so you know the chocolate is amazing. :) I will have to post my own recipe one day to see what y’all think!

Doodle dump

 I put my pen to paper and draw whatever comes out.  

 

Favorite parts: The eyes with the lines around them. The plus pattern. Triangles made from brush strokes. 

Off to go Field Trippin’

As I type, Geoff, our good friend Sarah, and I are driving down I-5 on our way to Field Trip. To say that I am would be a gross understatement. A little history — last year, not long after Bear was born, Geoff found out about an all-new, three-day retreat-type event for photographers and other creative types down in Goleta, CA called Field Trip. Geoff had been craving some type of education/workshop/collaboration opportunity, so we decided that it was a good idea for him to go. I was a little nervous about being solo taking care of a newborn overnight, but I was really happy for Geoff to go. He loved it. He learned so much, had tons of fun, and formed a ton of wonderful relationships. So as we learned about the Field Trip for this year, I of course wanted to go too.
 
It has been a bit of a whirlwind getting ready for this trip. I had a few projects (are you surprised?) to prepare. I finished up designing our Paris books and got prototypes printed. I created a ukulele song book for a with over 35 songs, each of which I hade to play though, make sure the notes were correct, and format for songbook format. I also illustrated a really cute cover. :) We glitter-taped a ton of business cards, got our portfolio together for review, shopped and packed. Whew.
I am so excited about meeting new people (which is also super scary at the same time), taking classes and learning, singing with others and playing my ukulele, performing a mini-song with my husband for the talent show, dancing, stargazing, petting llamas, and maybe even jumping in the ocean. Can’t wait to report back!

30 for 30: a collaboration

I’m excited to (finally) share my first report on my 30 for 30 goals. If you head over to my wedding photography blog, The Goodness, you can read a little about the event I just participated in, FRESHbash. I was so excited to be a part of it because, a) it sounded really rad, and b) one of my goals this year was to do a collaboration. Normally, I very much keep to myself when I work on anything creative. I have this weird thing about letting people see my work before I want them too. I feel like if someone sees my work in an unfinished (imperfect, inferior) state, they will think I am no good. So I put my head down and only surface when I have a perfect (to me), finished piece. Only then will I share. I am also very introverted and find it hard to connect with other people, especially on creative projects. Of course I also know that collaboration is absolutely crucial to innovation and creativity. So many creative things (music, art, technology, etc) come out of densely populated cities because of the close proximity of individuals of diverse backgrounds. So I knew doing a collaboration this year would be very important for me to push myself out of my comfort zone.

My team consisted of an event designer (Roots Reclaimed), a florist (Seascape Flowers), a baker (Enchanté Macarons Français), and a stationer — me (The Goodness). We had a color scheme and a list of current wedding trends to work with when designing our booth, which could be a wedding tablescape, lounge area, or ceremony setup, etc. The group communication began through email, then a secret Pinterest board where we could all post inspiration and ideas. We met in person just once during the time leading up to the event. This meeting was at the studio of our event designer, Roots Reclaimed. We all got to meet, we talk about our ideas, and we lay out some furniture to get an idea of the space we were working with. 

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I was nervous to go to this meeting, as I always am afraid to speak up in conversations, or share ideas for fear of looking dumb. But I think I did pretty good at the meeting. I was vocal about my ideas and I felt like I contributed.

At the meeting we created a Facebook group where we could communicate about progress and ideas. I used this to share my work in progress and design ideas (aka face my fear). For the work I contributed,  was really pushing myself to try techniques I have never used before. The invitation set I designed involved all of the following: a scanner, a laser cutter, and a laminator. I used materials I’ve never used in invitations: fake flowers, gold foil, wood, glitter paper, and glitter spray paint. Here is my initial sketch of the laser cut wood part of the invitation.

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This is an early draft of the invitation. It was my first time trying the gold foil technique I was in love.

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Hand lettering for the invitation.

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The first mockup of my design that I showed to the group.

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Pre-stained laser-cut wood.

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And the final suite. More pictures of the suite can be seen here.

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The escort cards and dessert signs I made from acrylic sign holders from Staples and spray paint.

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I cut, built, glued, stained, and painted a business card holding-sign from scratch.

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In the weeks leading up to the event I know we were all working super hard to get things ready. We ALL experienced some sort of “catastrophe”. Did you know that if you don’t get enough sleep for over a week and push yourself to the point of exhaustion you can vomit on your bathroom floor in the middle of the night? Yeeeeeaaaah. Note to self: sleep is important. Setup the day of the event, had it’s own misadventures, and I know we all had our doubts about how or even IF it would all come together. For example, the amazing geometric backdrop Roots Reclaimed built would not fit throughout the door and we had to cut it in HALF!

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In the end we chose to look at the bright side: at least it is super portable now!Fresh Bash Setup 012

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But as our 3:00 pm setup deadline approached things were really coming together. Our setup was looking damn good. When it was all done and everything was in place it seriously looked amazing! Our team really pulled it off. We all felt super proud.

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Again, you should definitely check out my post on The Goodness Blog. There are a ton more photos of our booth and the event. It was really fun and rejuvenating to work on a collaboration and I hope there are more of them in my future. The next step would be to be more active with it and be the one organizing the group. Although, when I am planning things I sometimes tend to take on too much myself and not delegate, so NOT being the leader for this collaboration felt really good too. Go Team Collective!

A little shopping

1. wooden llamma | 2. yellow puffy vest | 3. camera sweater | 4. magnetic rocket puzzle | 5. red striped tee | 6. blue striped sweater | 7. yellow slicker | 8. toms shoes | 9. jeans | 10. drum | 11. good as gold sweater

So today was the day that I realized that I can shop in the toddler’s section for my baby boy. While I am sad that my little baby is growing up ::sniff::, I am very excited about all the new clothing options that are available to me now. My favorite places to shop for baby/kids clothes are Gap (great quality, cute styles, we buy Bear pants from the girls section at Gap because they fit soooo much better and come in all the fun colors), Zara (a European company that sells really cute and trendy clothes that are reasonably prices and shipping is super cheap and fast), Old Navy (colorful and cheap!), and H&M (although I am finding less and less stuff that I like). Shopping online for kids clothes is the bees knees. I rarely buy clothes for myself online (too many variables), but with kids you don’t really have to worry about that stuff. And it is so easy to kill way too much time looking at adorable bebe clothes. Today I found a bunch of stuff that I want to get and while I can’t buy them all, I can share them with you! :) I also threw in a few toys I am coveting from my Amazon wish list for good measure. That yellow raincoat is a lot like my favorite blue raincoat that Bear wears now. I love it SO much and I get slightly depressed thinking about the reality that one day Bear will no longer fit into it. If this one goes on sale, I will definitely snag it for next winter. I also love the “good as gold” sweater because that is always how Bear’s grandma Mary describes him after a day of baby sitting. All right…enough shopping…back to work…

So what is Lisa up to right now?

I know a lot of people think that wedding vendors have an “off season”. Total myth. It is true we shoot less weddings this time of year, but we are entrepreneurs and business owners. The work never stops. Every October or so I start to get wistful about all the (mostly personal) things I’m going to accomplish during the winter “when I have the time”. And now, here we are, almost at the end of February and certainly do not “have the time”. I never do. Right now, things are insane. I really am excited about everything I have going on right now, but to say that I am feeling a bit overwhelmed would be an understatement. The photo (above) I created for a trip I have coming up (mentioned below) and I thought it was very fitting of this post. Let me give you a little peek into what I am working on right now.

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We are in the middle of a re-brand for The Goodness. We launched our new website about a month or so ago and with that comes new business cards, pricing guides, marketing materials, contracts, thank you cards, rubber stamps for shipping, signs, etc. etc. etc…. The pricing guide is a big one for me right now. I am taking new product photos, writing new copy and basically designing an entire new guide from the ground up x2 because I am designing them optimized both for print and digital.

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I am collaborating with my team for FRESHbash. FRESHbash is a wedding showcase-type event and party where I am working with three other wedding vendors to put together a super-creative, very original wedding display. I am contributing stationery. This has been great, not just because it is one of my 30 for 30 goals (yay!) but it is pushing me creatively and I have been having a ton of fun with it. I am creating some really unique stuff that I am super proud of and cannot wait to share in a future post. Right now it is top secret, but you should definitely come to the event and check it out. I also designed a set of 5 art prints for the swag bags — that’s one of them above!

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In about two weeks, Geoff and I will be attending Photo Field Trip, a four-day long artist’s camping retreat in El Capitan Canyon near Santa Barbara. There will be tons of classes and speakers, meeting tons of awesome like-minded people, campfires, llamma petting, crafts, a dance party and more. Geoff went last year and I am stoked to be going this year. As a fun little side project, I am organizing a ukulele campfire singalong and I have been practicing like crazy to get ready for it. I practice while Bear plays, I practice in the car on long drives, I practice when I can no longer stand to look at a computer screen. I am also putting together and printing songbooks for everyone else which is a big undertaking in of itself.

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I have been back to work on “The Books”. My main hurdle right now is designing the covers and it has been HARD. This is one of my first projects that is not just me, or a couple of other people (i.e..clients), but a much, much broader audience and I want it to be juuuuuust right. I also need to design a few more inner pages, a map and an explanation page for each book. I am on a deadline of only a few more days, because I want to get a couple first copies printed to take with with us to Photo Field Trip. We would love to get some feedback from other artists.

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I have been working really hard on a day-of stationery suite for a client getting married in Palm Springs in a couple weeks. This month I designed table numbers, escort cards, about 10 different signs, thank you cards, and two different welcome bag inserts. I am also designing save the date concepts for two different clients.

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Little Goodness is my newborn photography business that has been gestating (pun intended) for a couple of years now. I am sooooo close to launching. I am in the “creating the website” phase and my developer has sent me the current site version and I have just not had the time to sit down and write out revision notes. I just photographed a baby about a week ago and I need to finish processing the photos.

Then there is general “work”, keeping up on client emails, doing consultations, sending out contracts and receipts, random mini-design jobs, ordering needed supplies, etc.

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And squeezed in there I am trying to be a good mama.

Oh yeah, and this blog….

Things I am not working on right now

Keeping my house from looking like a disaster
Anything personal-craft related
Hanging up all those framed art prints I have in a giant box
Any house projects, really
Keeping active (although Geoff and I did decide we would do yoga before every engagement session)
About a million other things…wish me luck…

Dreams of an Aloe Garden

Last week we had the rare opportunity to spend a leisurely day in San Francisco with my sister’s family. Geoff had an engagement session to shoot there that day, so we invited them along. We actually didn’t do too much at all, which was perfect.

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We lounged around in Golden Gate Park and while the kids ran around in the grass. It was the first time Bear had actually been able to run free in the great outdoors. He had a blast with his cousins. We ate delicious shawarma on a picnic blanket and I learned a new song on my ukulele.

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While Geoff was on his shoot, the rest of of toured around the botanical gardens. My sister suggested it would be great to check out the plants because I was on the market for some new greenery for my front yard. I love the colors in the fountain there.

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I could not get enough of the Aloe plants! I think I want to pant an aloe garden. What do you think, could allow be the new hot succulent? 😛

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I wouldn’t mind some cactus either.

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For dinner, we all went to zee German restaurant, Suppenküche.

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I can’t get over how good these pretzels with bavarian cheese were.

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And because it was literally a block away and super yummy, we went to Smitten for dessert, one of our favorite spots for amazing liquid nitrogen-frozen ice cream.

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