Music Monday | Ingrid Michaelson

I love the color white, Simple Magazine, and the less is more lifestyle. Ingrid Michaelson sings about love in the simplest of  ways and it makes my heart take a fresh of breathe air the same way a white room with open space gives me peace of mind.

“Everybody wants to love, everybody wants to be loved.”

“You take me the way I am”

Happy music Monday!

Love,Monika

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Mariette | Monterey CA Photography

Mariette comes to visit me on her high school breaks and I am always looking forward to photographing her. To see past shoots with Mariette go here.

I love photographing Mariette because she is so excited for the photos and she is willing to play and have fun with the shoot. This creates an opportunity to end up with an amazing result because she is open minded to the possibilities that can be captured!

And drum roll please…the gorgeous Mariette Ebarle!

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Mariette

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Mariette

Taking in the Scenery

One realization I have had recently is my need for scenery photos. My scenery photos have been non-existant. I went through my Paris & Germany photos and I realized I had TWO scenery photos out of the whole 10 day trip. Yes, two photos of gorgeous Parisian and German landscape.

I have had so much focus on photographing people because I am trying to continually get better with capturing natural moments of being, and also posing aspects (for my main focus of wedding photography), but my tunnel focus lead me to forgot about the scenes around me. While traveling to Cambria a couple weeks ago I started taking more photos of the gorgeous coast water off of highway 1, the unique plants of the area, and the character of the town and I realized how important they are to completing a story.

30 Day Vlog #1

Photographer Tim King has created a 30 day vlog challenge and I am doing it. It is a daunting task, but I am excited and up for the challenge. I am starting a photography business so I want to both challenge myself to grow within the next 30 days and then I also hope someone can relate to the process, or gain more understanding on how to start from square 1 when creating a business. Thanks Tim!

An Italian Grandmother Would be Proud.

We have monthly dinners with a group of really good friends, and we have to make everything from scratch. It’s no joke, I even got in trouble once for bringing store made baklava to accompany my homemade Kunufe’ for mediterranean night.

This month we did Italian food and it was delicious. As I was planning what I was going to make the week of, I ended up having pasta almost all week because I really put myself into the character of an Italian Grandmother. I could smell the aromas of garlic, bread rising, and pasta dough kneading. I could hear myself talking a couple octaves higher than the soft spoken volumes I was used to.

A Simple and delicious dish we loved was a tomato cream sauce. You can serve over gnocchi (what we did) or regular pasta. (There’s a photo of the “dish” down below).

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 3/4 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat. Make sure it doesn’t burn. Add tomatoes, basil, sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to boil and continue to boil 5 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates. Remove from heat; stir in whipping cream and butter. Reduce heat and simmer 5 more minutes.
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