With everyone spending time on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, time often runs out to keep up with the blogs like this one. So as another option, I’ve just started up my business page on Google+ and would love to have all of you Google+ users follow me there. And if you’re not on Google+ yet, opening a personal profile page is easy. The layout is more visually pleasing than what you’re probably used to, and it almost reminds me of Pinterest. Anyway, here is my link, and if you want to click on that +1 button while you’re there, it’s always immensely appreciated. :)
I love sibling sessions! We all know that it’s great when Mom and Dad want to be in the portraits too, for a fun family photography session. Your kids will absolutely love those images when they get a little bit older, and I do love to encourage that. But they grow FAST, so if you don’t want to be in the photos right now, don’t let that stop you from having the kids photographed – individually and together. I’ve photographed a lot of St. Louis families and kids in the local parks this fall. Sometimes it’s interesting to change it up a bit. This family chose an in-home session, which gave them both indoor and outdoor options, and allowed me to really captured the kids’ personalities in their own environment. They were so fun to photograph, and you can tell that they truly like spending time together. Reminds me of when I was a kid (way back when.)
Here’s a sampling of the kind of images I produce from a sibling session (click on the first image to move to the next):
On this overcast day, when it still feels like summer but looks almost like fall, it might be time to bid summer goodbye. In my opinion, we can say good riddance to the heat, which is really the only thing wrong with summer. But I will miss the rest.
So long summer. So long fireflies, barbeques, and sprinkler rainbows. So long flip flops, running skirts, and stand-up paddling. So long s’mores, riding in golf carts, and backyard badminton. So long beachcombing, tide-pooling, and wharf-walking. So long dove nests, homegrown tomatoes, and tree shade. But most of all, so long farmers’ markets. I’ll miss you more than all of them. See ya next year.
A few of my favorite photographers have also posted their farewells to summer, so hop on this little blog carousel by next visiting the blog of the talented Julie Tauro, Kitchener Waterloo family and child photographer. She always does beautiful work. Then she’ll link you from there to the next photographer. Once you’ve made it back to me, you’re done for this round…enjoy!
I happened to drive by this new little corner shop near the Missouri Botanical Garden recently, and I saw the word “patisserie.” I had to turn my car around and go see if we finally got a French pastry shop in town. La Patisserie Chouquette is what I was hoping! Inside, there are two large cases filled with stunningly gorgeous pieces of food art. How to choose? Oh, and there’s also a small case in the middle of the room that displays colorful rows of french macarons. Be prepared to feel special when you order these. The server opens the case, pulls out a long black glove, and only handles your macarons with this gloved hand. Into a pretty package they go. Small tables around the perimeter were filled with others who were obviously enjoying the addition of this place to St. Louis. They all looked happy, and I was happy just standing in this spacious boutique, looking into the cases. As you may find yourself doing when you visit, I chose to try a few things instead of just one. So they packaged up a little of this and a little of that.
They’re all so pretty, I just had to photograph them before sinking my teeth into the layers of flaky pate choux and decadence. Finally I couldn’t resist anymore. The beautifully crispy croissant was so amazingly tender on the inside; I’ve really never had a croissant made this perfect in St. Louis before. This is how I love them! I also had a bite of The Bonaparte, which I was sold on because it’s not just filled with chocolate cream…the chocolate is married with orange. These pastries are certainly not on my diet or yours, but we all need to indulge on occasion. They do have gluten free macarons if that helps!
So next time you’re visiting The Garden, go north a couple blocks on Tower Grove Avenue and treat yourself. Chef Simone will have something fabulous for you. I noticed they also do high tea…could be fun!
We recently had a fun night out for tapas with friends at Sanctuaria in The Grove neighborhood. A few days later, I found myself, completely by coincidence, doing an editorial shoot at the same place. It was a great assignment, because the bar manager being featured is Matt Seiter, a down-to-earth guy who makes the most incredible cocktails. And by incredible I don’t mean some wild concoction (although they are that) but incredible in the sense that the flavors he puts into his cocktails all complement each other well and it’s as if those ingredients were made for each other. Matt wrote a book, which we now have on our shelf, called Sanctuaria: The Dive Bar of Cocktail Bars. It’s full of imaginative drink recipes. But I can guarantee you, we won’t often use these recipes, because half the fun is in being at Sanctuaria, sitting around a table with friends, and eating the tapas they have to accompany their drinks. Here’s a look at the article. Click on it to check out the entire March issue of The Tasting Panel Magazine.