Documented this lovely wedding day as a second shooter with the fabulous Lisa Maksoudian in wine country!
Green Beans Photo: Contax + Kodak Portra
India is a curious place that still preserves the past, religions, and its history. No matter how modern India becomes, it is still very much an old country. ~Anita Desai
I have been asked many times about the recipe for this simple vegetarian Indian dish. Thought I would share it in this post with my two loves… old photographs and indian food, both of which take me back home. This is an old favorite maternity photograph of my gorgeous mom. Back then, it was customary for women to be photographed while pregnant and this studio photograph does such a beautiful job. I adore these old photos and wish I had one when I was pregnant with my son. I love photographing maternity sessions, so please fee free to contact me for one.
The spiced green bean recipe is from the book Indian Cooking by Mridula Baljekar and one of my favorites. In India, with the diversity you find so many different ways of cooking food and make very tasty vegetarian dishes. I have modified the original recipe a bit here.
1 lb Green Beans
1. Wash the Green Beans and chop off the ends. To save time, I blanche the beans and retain the color. Transfer the beans in a bowl to prepare them for cooking the dish.
2. Heat a fry pan and dry roast the sesame seeds on medium heat. Once they are slightly browned, turn off the heat and let them cool off. After ward grind them in a coffee grinder (I used one only for spices).
3. Heat oil in a wok over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and once they start popping (watch for flyaways!), add some of the chopped garlic. Make sure the garlic doesn’t burn.
4. Add red chillies, tumeric and coriander powder to the oil. Sometimes, I add the coriander powder later too. Add the blanched green beans. If you would rather not blanche the beans you can add your raw beans now. Add salt and keep stirring the beans on medium heat. Add the rest of garlic. If you are cooking raw beans, lower the heat to a minimum, cover the wok and cook for 20-25 min. I like mine slightly al dente so you can check the beans for the consistency and check occasionally.
5. Add the ground sesame seeds and optionally desiccated coconut which can also be ground in the coffee grinder.
TIP: I grind my Coriander powder as needed. It tastes great fresh!
Let me know how you like it! It may seem like a lot of steps but it really is pretty easy once you get the hang of it!
On another note, I will be traveling to the east coast and midwest for the next two weeks and out of the office.
“Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
To celebrate my new toy, he obliged and let me shoot a roll of film over the course of a couple days. I had been eyeing this spot for a while and we stopped by on a hot, sunny day to shoot a few frames. My boy is almost eleven and all I can wonder is where did time go? Here are some frames of his story and mine.
Olympus XA 3 // Fuji Superia 400
“The wait is long, my dream of you does not end.”
A surprise gift in the form of a fine art maternity album for her husband. If you would like to book a maternity session please contact me through the website.
Booking limited portrait sessions in New York, Washington DC and Chicago. These are short sessions that can capture a milestone for your little ones. Curious about a mini-session and what to expect? Check them out here. Also, click here to know what clients think about Storyboxart. Please contact me for further details or bookings.
Everything grows rounder and wider and weirder, and I sit here in the middle of it all and wonder who in the world you will turn out to be. ~ Carrie Fisher
From a recent Maternity session with this lovely mama. I am in the process of designing an album from these lovely images. Please contact me through the website if you would like to schedule your own maternity session. If you would like to see other maternity images please view the gallery here.
When mama contacted me to do a San Francisco Family Session, I was both excited and nervous as she is a photographer. We met a few years back at a mutual friend’s home in San Francisco and she mentioned following my work since. We talked about what she wanted from the session and one of the things she wanted was to simply be in the pictures. In reality, photographer or not, moms are largely under represented in photos as they tend to be the ones taking the pictures. If you are a mama that has been shying away from the camera, please be sure to find a way to be in the pictures whether they are taken professionally or not. If you need more convincing check out this Huffigton Post article that has made its rounds through social media “Mom stays in the picture.”
San Francisco is one of my favorite cities having lived there for several years before moving out to the east bay. We started out in their lovely home which is filled with some amazing artwork. The art in baby Vyana’s room is by Sanjay Patel. I have been a huge fan of his work and have his Little Book of Hindu Deities. I have taken the book to share with my son’s class on a couple of occasions (talking about Diwali, the festival of lights). A couple of the kids came back and told me that they loved the book so much that had their mom purchase a copy.
If you are a Ganesh fan you would absolutely love Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth, the book you can see in the photos below.
How adorable and stylish is she? She wasn’t quite walking at the time of the shoot but scooting very, very quickly! In case you are wondering her fabulous wardrobe is from Zara.
How cool is it that we chanced upon this alley Ganesh art? And the style is so much like the artwork in Vyana’s room?
I photographed the last few frames on my Contax as we wrapped up the session. She was all tuckered out but the light was gorgeous. I am also partial to quiet moments and how gorgeous is mama in these?
I don’t usually post as many images in one blog post but I love the way this session turned out. And if you have wondered what a Day in the Life signature session looks like wonder no more :-). We spent an afternoon together starting out with family photographs at home and then wandered around their eclectic Mission District neighborhood. I love capturing snippets of the neighborhood as you never know when you might relocate to a different area or even out of state.
If you love this session, please post a comment for the family. 25 or more comments gets the family a complimentary 8 x 10. And look out for a giveaway coming up soon. If you don’t want to miss it sign up for the newsletter here.
A huge thank you to 100 layer Cakelet blog that featured this Day in the Life Family Session!
As luck would have it, these two friends got to spend a warm afternoon at the Heavenly Resort in South Lake Tahoe. This year for Spring Break, we decided to go up to Lake Tahoe. Neither my husband or I ski or snowboard so we were thankful to have friend’s that are avid snow people. This was his first time snowboarding and it was great to be with folks that know what to do. I took these images of the boys playing in the snow on my film camera.
F100 Nikon + Kodak Ektar 100