Be sure to check out the current issue of Extraordinary Health, which features my photo of Gail Simmons' Israeli Cous Cous with Roasted Organic Chicken, Marinated Eggplant, Peppers & Onions recipe. It is a beautiful, delicious winter dish!
I love this photo of Mike and me. Technically, the photo is not perfect – rather it is out of focus and blurry. But it captures a moment of silliness, with me likely trying to steal a kiss and him trying to not smile. And while better photos of us exist – posed, smiling, beautiful backgrounds – this one especially reminds me how special our relationship really is.
Much like this photo, life itself can get blurry or a bit out of focus from time to time, but Mike always makes me smile and makes me stronger than I could ever be on my own. And I will forever be trying to steal one extra kiss.
Mike, I am so glad I met you six years ago. I love you.
As I closed out 2011, I found a few collections of photographs which I meant to post during the year and, for whatever reason, simply forgot. One of the forgotten collections was these photos from an October trip to Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. Among the many vendors was S’More Bakery who was serving up their signature S’moregasm - two homemade cinnamon-sugar graham crackers, one smeared with chocolate, sandwiching a toasted-on-spot homemade marshmallow. The best part of camping enjoyed overlooking the Manhattan skyline - sign me up!
The S’moregasm was just as delicious as it looks - my favorite dessert, made from scratch, and all I had to do was enjoy every bite! While Smorgasburg has closed for the winter months, you can still check out S’More Bakery on select weekends at SmorgasBrewery at Brooklyn Brewery.
A few weeks before Christmas, I received a very nonchalant message from my sister, asking if I could possibly snap a few engagement photos of her and her fiance, Angelo, when we were together over the holidays. I promise you, my sister is the calmest bride-to-be I have ever known. Of course I was thrilled to be able to shoot her engagement photos!
This was my very first time shooting an engagement session. Valerie and Angelo’s easy-going nature made the afternoon a pleasure, as we hiked through the muddy valley behind our parent’s house in Virginia. While there were a few of the standard posed photos, my favorite selections emerged just seconds after the poses were captured - a laugh, a quick glance to locate Doug (the puppy), a double thumbs-up. These moments capture exactly who they are as a couple - sweet, caring, beautiful, deeply loving, and full of life!
A few weeks ago, I traded in my trusty circa 2008 Blackberry for a shiny new iPhone 4S. It was an much overdue upgrade and I am already uncertain how I managed without an iPhone for so long, or even a camera on my phone! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@allisonveinote), you have no doubt seen an unprecedented number of photos begin to appear. The photos are not professional quality or of anything particularly thought-provoking, but they are glimpses into my daily routine.
As these photos began - already! - to fill up my camera roll, I was inspired by a project I have been wanting to jump on board with for some time - Project Life created by the amazing Ali Edwards. For the past few months, my only reservation with the project is what you might expect of a Manhattanite - space! It might sound strange to anyone who has not seen my apartment, but the thought of finding space for another binder on our already packed bookshelves was enough to keep my wishes to participate at bay. But now with these daily digital snapshots so easily available, I decided to start my very own Project Life 2012 - just digitally!
It has become increasingly evident to me that the years are passing more quickly than I ever imagined. With my family scattered here and there, I realize what I miss most is just seeing and sharing the little things each day - something beautiful, something funny, something sad, something inspiring. So I do hope this project will help bridge that void, if only minimally. Mostly, I hope it reminds me to find beauty in the everyday chaos.
Every Sunday, I plan to share the photos collected on my iPhone during the previous week. Some weeks will likely be more exciting or inspired than others, but that’s okay - that’s life after all!