Oh hey there! Thanks again for joining me on this installment of ‘Adventures in Colorado’. The last month and some change has been a whole lot of fun and quite busy too! Of course, as you may know, I went to Hawaii and that was an adventure all on its own. I got to meet some seriously fabulous folks and learn lots about food photography. Hope you’ll tune in!
There are several brands mentioned in this post (and like every other post to date) I am not sponsored in any way for mentioning these brands. If I ever accept sponsored work, you will know it because I will clearly outline it in the post. For now, all the brands I talk about are because I loved them and paid for them with my own money. I believe, especially when sharing recipes with you, that sharing the brand of the product is important because not all brand makers make the same tasting product. I want you to be able to come to the same result as I did when cooking .
Right before leaving I had the opportunity to do a family photo session for some friends of mine. Their baby girl was turning 1 and I was so flattered when they asked me to take some print worthy photos of her and also to document her birthday party 🙂 Yay! We got to go down to Littleton before a huge snow storm was to take over Denver for the weekend. I do admit, it felt kinda nice to do a shoot since its been a while 🙂
Wait, did I say snow? So, for Adam’s birthday weekend we decided to meetup with some friends from DC to go snowboarding in Breckenridge. They had flown in for the week to ski and snowboard and since we live about 2 hours away we decided to join them for the night. It was totally glorious and I learned how to link my turns! Ps, that is me below rocking the pink and black getup haha!
Getting ready for Hawaii was no joke, haha! What I liked about the place that we were staying at was that it was 100% off the grid. That meant that we had to be mindful when using power and water. The water we used was collected from the rain and when we showered that water simply ran off into the bushes (it was an outdoor shower). That meant that we had to bring eco-friendly/biodegradable products. Now, as you may know, unless you go to specific stores that sell earth-friendly/biodegradable products (Wholefoods or Sprouts) they are nearly impossible to find at the drug store or grocery store (side note: I have noticed that Colorado has a more mindful mindset so its not been as hard. Target also had some of these products that I was looking for).
Of course, what would be a trip to Hawaii without freshly dyed pink hair? 😉
Hawaii was obviously a TON of fun and I learned SO much. You can read part one of my trip here (there will be more posts to come too, so please stay tuned).
I came back home to some serious cuteness. Can you tell that my friends and I spoil our pets?
After being immersed in a Food Photography vibe for a whole week I came back with all sorts of awesome inspiration and drive. I wanted to be able to improve my images and make them more magazine worthy so I started by refinishing a surface (DIY coming at some point to the blog 🙂 ) and doing some prop shopping. Then, I would get into my mindset of “What would Andrew do”? (Andrew Scrivani is NYT Food Photographer and the amazing instructor we learned from in Hawaii) and start shooting away. I started really working on my Instagram portfolio so I started being mindful of what images I was sharing on my account – I wanted to make sure they had a “Wow” effect and looked well together. What I learned from that was that I tend to naturally draw towards darker and more dramatic images (its very obvious in my college photo work too) which is polar opposite of the style I had to develop when I photographed weddings earlier in my photography career.
Before leaving for Hawaii I had a bit of a snowboarding DISASTER (not pictured haha). We went to this Ski resort and I rented a board and boots because up until after that day, I didn’t own my own gear. Well, after nearly killing myself twice off the ski lift, having to be sledded down by a handsome European skier (LOL it made this embarrassing situation slightly more bearable) and the worst ride down a slope I have ever had (I could barely turn my board and I would clip an edge every minute and tumble) I decided I needed to get gear of my own. I had wasted so much money that day for 1 terrible run! I was so frustrated! After doing some research, I found this baby 🙂 She’s pretty and rides nicely. I had to make some adjustments on our snowboarding trip to Eldora but in the end I was getting the hang of it and I didn’t have a nuclear emotional melt down 🙂
My face when its been in the 70s and all of a sudden its snowing despite the weather people saying we were supposed to get rain IN THE AFTERNOON (this was during the morning). I’ve learned that in Colorado, you just go with it and always keep your cold weather stuff near by 😉
I bought a Fitbit Charge HR for myself (blog coming about my experience with it soon) and finally figured out how to transfer images via Wi-Fi from my Fuji x30 to my phone! Yay!!! This was such an exciting discovery for me!
Below are some of the images I uploaded from my Fuji x30 camera to my personal Instagram account from my phone. SO COOL!
In my last installment of Adventures in Colorado, we went to a cooking class and made fresh pasta. Well, we were able to use our pasta maker for the first time and we recreated the pasta recipe from that day. It was SO much fun!
We really need a bigger blender. This baby has been going strong for 6+ years. I have my eyes set on this bad boy (We have come to really love the Breville brand. Also my parents own this blender and they use it for smoothies all the time. It totally works like a champ!)
Speaking of healthy things, I was able to secure a part time job at the local gym which I was really excited about. I open twice a week right now but since we open at 4:30am (instead of my old gym’s 5am opening) I am finding that I pretty much become a zombie after 1pm and absolutely have to nap for a few hours.
Finally, I found this yogurt at my local grocery store. Its pretty good. The only reason why I am showing it to you is because its tugging at my Latin heart strings. Guanabana (Sour Sop) and Mango were two staples of mine growing up in Venezuela. This yogurt is pretty good as a snack.