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Meet Kayo & Jason’s Family from Seattle, WA

Meet Kayo & Jason’s Family from Seattle, WA

November 2, 2011 |  Category:   photography

A new family is up on the The Mixed Race Project. I want to tell you about another reason why I was interested in doing this project – I wanted to document and photograph moms, families, dads and their homes just as they are. You know, “normal people”, not styled or staged in a way that make them appear unlike how they are in everyday life. In all of the photoshoots, I really did just drop in on these homes and start taking pictures. I gave loose instructions not to bother cleaning the house especially for the shoot or get dressed up in clothes that they wouldn’t normally wear on a weekend. I know that at times we crave escapism… CONTINUE READING

Meet Christine and Matt’s Family

Meet Christine and Matt’s Family

October 15, 2011 |  Category:   photography

A new family to share on The Mixed Race Project: Christine & Matt. They live in San Francisco and have a 2 year old daughter, Maile. Thanks for your continued support and suggestions for the project. I’m working on trying to get more diverse families in the future, particularly with older kids as well as families with adopted children. As with anything, it’s a matter of logistics, time, and the challenge of scheduling!… CONTINUE READING

the mixed race project

the mixed race project

October 10, 2011 |  Category:   growing up half photography

I have a new project to share with you today, something that I’ve been working on for a few months that finally launched on Friday. I got the idea for The Mixed Race Project earlier this year and I swear, sometimes I’m surprised that I managed to put it out there at all. Have you ever worked on a project where you over think the concept and idea to the point that you start doubting yourself? There have been so many doubts and reservations with this project from the start. I wasn’t confident in my photography skills and was afraid I wouldn’t do these families justice. I didn’t necessarily want to focus on the politics of race because it’s such… CONTINUE READING

we ate this

we ate this

August 5, 2011 |  Category:   life photography

Remember when we used to post recipes? Yeah, me too. Good times. Truth is, after feeling some irrational guilt about not posting recipes for so long and endlessly bugging Mark about coming up with dinners and meals that we can post on the blog, I’ve sort of given up. I really like the idea of having recipes on here and we did a much better job of that in the past, but to be honest, it’s the last priority on Mark’s list of tasks. It’s also a lot of work to photograph the food. There was maybe a time when I fancied food styling, but I have since admitted to myself that it’s something I don’t really enjoy that much… CONTINUE READING

the pier

the pier

June 3, 2011 |  Category:   life photography travels

We’re actually back in NYC today (in gorgeous weather, I might add), but have so many more photos of the trip to share. I guess you can say it was a true vacation in the sense that I hardly missed my computer at all. One of our favorite evenings was taking an after dinner walk on the Avon Pier for sunset. The light was phenomenal.… CONTINUE READING

scenes from the kitchen, pt 3

scenes from the kitchen, pt 3

May 6, 2011 |  Category:   photography the biz

Some final outtakes that didn’t get included on the website. Been thinking a lot about the business lately and what it means to take the next steps. I haven’t made it any secret that we’re finding it difficult figuring out how to grow, and I think part of it is because we are doing “fine”, making steady income from the business every month, and Mark’s been able to rise to the challenge of whatever workload has been thrown at him. But I know it’s not sustainable for any long-term growth plans. I find jumping into next steps far scarier than than actually jumping into business for the first time.… CONTINUE READING

the city, from a boat

the city, from a boat

May 4, 2011 |  Category:   life nyc outings photography

It was raining. It was the only day this week, of course, that the weather was supposed to be windy, wet and cold, bookended by warm sunny days on either side. But who else gets to go on a fancy cruise ship around lower Manhattan, owned by one of Claudine’s classmate’s parents, as a field trip? Parents, teachers, nannies, grandparents and kids all danced to “Empire State of Mind” and the city in the background, no matter the weather, was magical.… CONTINUE READING

I know, more cookie photos. how boring.

I know, more cookie photos. how boring.

April 6, 2011 |  Category:   life photography the biz

But no, you don’t understand, ’cause that’s all I’ve been doing lately, taking photos of cookies. And marshmallows. And more cookies. Because you know how when you fix one thing and then put it back with the old things, it just makes the older stuff look like crap? Yeah, that. Well it was clear from the beginning that the new photos wouldn’t work with the old ones, partly because of scale as I took the early product shots with a macro setting on my point and shoot camera. Soooo…I’ve been retaking photos of our products and editing and cropping and then uploading all this new content on our new website (which should launch in about 10 or so days), and… CONTINUE READING

Scenes from the kitchen Pt1

Scenes from the kitchen Pt1

April 5, 2011 |  Category:   photography the biz

It’s not at all that common to find kitchens with a wall of windows and natural light. Often they’ll be in cramped and narrow cave-like basements without a window out into the world. Mark says that the space, which contains 3 kitchens and an office connected by a long hallway, can be cold in the winter when the heat’s not on in off hours if there’s no one else there. Heard that they’re putting in air conditioning for the summer which seems like a luxury if you know anything about working in hot restaurant kitchens. Not a bad place to spend your days.… CONTINUE READING

another sneak peek

another sneak peek

March 30, 2011 |  Category:   photography the biz

I went to visit Mark in the kitchen yesterday and spent about 2 and a half hours taking photos. Can you believe that I’ve never been to the kitchen before? Well, he’s only been in the space since November, so it hasn’t been too long, but now I can picture where he works – it was always so abstract before. It was also interesting to tag along for a couple of hours. Mass cookie baking is indeed repetitive and “boring”. Think about all the hundreds of cookies you have to cut with a cookie cutter by hand in one shift, for example, and you get the idea. But there was such a nice vibe in the kitchen and he is… CONTINUE READING

some new photos

some new photos

March 29, 2011 |  Category:   photography press the biz

If you’ve been to our Etsy site in the last week, you may have noticed some of the new photos. I couldn’t bear to look at the old photos anymore and didn’t want to wait till our new site was up. Now that some of the worst offenders have been replaced (I’m looking at you, biscotti and brownies), I can rest easy on retaking some of the other products that need a refresh. Speaking of our new website, it should relaunch mid-April and I couldn’t be more excited. I don’t remember the last time I was this excited about launching a new website in like, ever, so this is a big deal. Some other biz news (lest you forget that… CONTINUE READING

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