(roman + amelia portrait)
it was like a cosmic bullet that the seasons came and went, an immeasurable velocity that she couldn’t yet comprehend. too often did she find herself straining to look back, and thoughts of the past were suddenly replacing her love of the present. time ceased to stand still and pieces of enjoyment became scattered in an unkempt jigsaw fashion. only in stillness could she recall what mattered the most, and so she continued to capture it, only unleashing it in the silence of her own reveries.
priorities. all she knew of priorities was what her elders monologued in perfect regret. armed with only this knowledge, she made the grand decision to laugh more, love more, and think only with her heart.
for some reason, i always seem to forget about french toast. the other day my mom stayed over and made it with the kids, so i took the liberty of practicing with some vignetting effects (trying to be subtle.. sometimes vignettes are just too harsh, i see this sometimes in fashion photos and i don’t like it. i love subtlety.)
anyway, i always am forgetting about french toast, but i’m going to start making it more because it’s so delicious and easy and there are so many possibilities for toppings… the obvious ones, like cinnamon & sugar or maple syrup, but also peanut butter, warm fruit compote, caramelized bananas with yogurt or creme fraiche, a poached egg (soft), or avocado and ham with truffle and sharp cheddar shavings. this recipe is meant to be just the tip of the iceburg, so experiment with flavor!
use a wide bowl or a pan for the mixture. then a separate pan to cook them.
spices are the best part.
the bread that we used was a fresh loaf from a local bakery, but i personally feel like the best thing for french toast is stale bread. it’s the only way to get use out of stale bread, and fresh bread can be used for so much more. hope you enjoy!
download the above recipe here!
do you prefer black and white photos or color photos? i personally love the stillness of black and white. there is just a whole other beauty about them. . . like . . . something so devoid of life can be so beautiful, can’t it? it’s really amazing.
on the other hand, there is a time and place for everything, in which case there is this photo. a personal favorite portrait i took of roman, despite the bright pops of color. i think it’s important that when you take photos of someone you need to get to know them first. of course, you can get to know them as you’re photographing them, but you need to be able to know some of their expressions and what is real, raw emotion for them and what it looks like. i think your eye becomes more keen to this the more you photograph people, but i suppose when you are just starting, recognizing different levels of emotion is really important.
this photo is raw happiness.
portrait of amelia- wow, this gaze pierces me sometimes. my children rarely look into the camera when i’m snapping away at them, but those moments when they do make all the difference in a photograph, don’t you think?
the weather is getting colder here and the days of spending hours at the playground are slipping away. i like to call winter “food season” because the most delicious foods come in winter (except strawberries), and during the maine winters there is nothing much more to do than cook and experiment with flavor.
hope my american readers had a lovely thanksgiving!
portrait of roman.
always happy to be cliche and wake up early, listen to Brushfire Fairytales and bake with the kids. this apple cake is simple, delicious and so yummy in the fall.
i chop these up superfine; better flavor distribution and, anyway, large walnuts/peanuts/almonds in my food is something i find really annoying.
there is something sloppily charming about little kids “helping mommy cook”, no?
i save the peels because the kids like to munch on them with peanut butter and/or honey.
somehow the cake disappeared before i could get a final picture of it. . .
enjoy! (download it here)
roman and amelia- wow, such expression in him.