When Thea mentioned issue 10 of sisterMAG would have a theme of “König, Dame, Bube” (king, queen, jack) with a beauty section in the queen section, my mind lit up with ideas for a beauty shoot. I recently moved into a new studio space and was itching for a chance to organize a shoot there. I had been dreaming of shooting a window-lit portrait series inspired by a exposition of photos from Desiree Dolton that I discovered way back in 2006 during Mois de la Photo in Paris. Thea and Lena came up with the idea of styling some hats with some beauty looks inspired by them with the lovely blogger twin sisters, Nisi and Desi, from teeth are jade. The girls are both absolutely STUNNING and photographing them for the beauty feature was so much fun. Here are a few of my favorites from our shoot, check out the new issue of sisterMAG to see the entire feature.
Way back in July, we rented a car and drove back to Binz with my parents and Hazel in tow. I am quite sure it was the best two days of Hazel’s life- that dog went absolutely bonkers for the dog beach. As much as I love the lakes that surround Berlin, it felt really good to be at the seaside. I didn’t even realize how homesick I get for the ocean. Growing up a 10 minute drive from the Pacific might have spoiled me forever.
Coming from San Francisco to a tiny village on the border of France five years ago, the one thing I really missed (besides my family, that is) was international food. Sure there were a few chinese/thai (because they are such similar cuisines!?), italian and turkish restaurants, but mostly I ate a lot of German food my first few years in the country. After moving to Berlin I was so excited to have food options other than traditional German food, I unintentionally boycotted my adopted country’s cuisine. Not to say I don’t like German food, but it is often not that spectacular and subpar food of any kind just makes me sad. That said, Tim Raue’s new(ish) restaurant, La Soupe Populaire, housed in the old brewery at Bötzow Berlin has definitely elevated Berlin’s traditional German food options. I was thrilled to be invited to a dinner there, served at the chef’s table next to the kitchen and got the chance to sample the same menu that was served to Obama when he visited Berlin over the summer. The space is part gallery, part restaurant, with the menu changing to reflect the art showcased. The space is currently showing the incredible photographs from Andreas Gursky until January 12th, and if the food wasn’t already enough of a reason to visit (and it IS), the art is pretty enticing on its own.
The space itself feels rough and industrial, yet still warm and cozy- something that so many places try to achieve but fall short of. I was completely shocked when I learned that Tim and his team had three weeks to build the restaurant from the ground up. Seriously amazing.
Senfei (egg in mustard sauce), I had somehow never tried a senfei until this meal and have been craving ever since. Unfortunately for me, this will most likely be the most amazing Senfei I will ever eat and every other Senfeier will pale in comparison.
a perfectly cooked piece of cod with a tarragon puree
Königsberger Klopse with the most amazingly rich mashed potatoes. Normally I am not a meatball fan, but this was pretty amazing.
Prenzlauer Allee 242
open Thursday – Saturday for lunch and dinner
The latest issue of sisterMAG launched yesterday and it is packed with so much good stuff! Thea and fellow photographer and friend, Cris, traveled to France, documenting 24 hours in Nice and producing a fashion story featuring my dear friend Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland. I got the chance to photograph a couple fun stories for the issue including a maternity fashion story we shot in Hamburg a few weeks ago. Our model was 8 months pregnant and now I completely understand the concept of the “glow” pregnant women have, she is absolutely gorgeous and such a natural in front of the camera. Walking behind her on the street, you wouldn’t even know she was pregnant until she turned around, seriously the girl is stunning. Jasmin, the lovely cover model of issue 8, is interning at sisterMAG for the summer and styled the shoot with pieces from “your boyfriend/husband’s closet” along with stunning pieces from Isabella Oliver which we non-pregnant girls were all wishing were in our closets. Here are a few of my favorite images from our shoot, and make sure to hop over to read the whole issue in German and English on the sisterMAG site. Stay tuned next week for more images from issue 9 of sisterMAG and posts from our travels this summer.
Things have been crazy busy finishing up wedding season, deciding to look for a new apartment here in Berlin (which is seriously a job in itself) and other client work (I photographed Angela Merkel and her campaign team on Monday- what?!?), but I really miss blogging here and will be back posting more regularly soon, I promise!
I had been itching to replace my Nikon 35mm film camera with a Canon for ages, but somehow always made some sort of excuse not to buy one. When one night I was cruising ebay and found a EOS 3 for super cheap, I impulsively snapped it up and had my dad bring it with him when he visited in February. This was the first roll of film that I shot, and because I wasn’t even sure if the camera functioned properly it was a roll of 1€ film from the drugstore (I also had it developed and scanned at there, which is probably to blame for the wonky color). Fortunately the camera seems to work just fine and I suddenly remember why I have always loved shooting film. There is some sort of magic shooting film possesses. Clicking the shutter and not being able to check the back of the camera and just trusting your equipment and exposure is refreshing. It forces you to slow down. I first fell in love with photography shooting film. I actually didn’t even own a digital camera until my second year of photo school, because we only shot film for the first year. Also, and this might age me, but digital SLR cameras were just coming out back then. Then I fell in love with photoshop and by default and convenience, my poor film cameras started collecting dust. These images are surely not masterpieces, but I am definitely being romanced by film photography once again and have started bringing my medium format camera along with me to weddings. I am not quite sure I am brave enough to shoot exclusively film at a wedding, but huge huge props to those who do. For now, I am loving leaving my digital cameras at home when I cruise around town so expect more film here on the blog to come. Obviously it took me a while to finish this roll of film, with some images from one of the last snows of the year, and some from our trip to the Baltic Sea with my parents this summer, but forgetting what is on a roll of film makes it even more exciting when you get scans back.
This is what I wake up to most mornings. Hazel and Andreas all cuddled up melts my heart. I love my little family so much.
more to come from our trip to the Baltic Sea soon. We had the best time, but I am pretty sure Hazel had the best days of her life so far. :) I have some video footage of her running wild on the beach I need to edit together, I promise it will make you smile.
I know things have been super quiet on the blog here lately, but for good reason! I have been mighty busy this summer and in turn have loads of photos to share. Right now I am in the middle of wedding season and completely LOVING life, but today I finally got the chance to sift through my photos from Bruges. When my parents asked me if I wanted to join them for a few days during their trip to Belgium, I immediately said yes. Bruges has been on my list of places to visit ever since my dear friend Kala visited on her honeymoon and told me that it was amazing and I HAD to go there. It was a super short day and a half trip, but I was totally charmed by the little city and could not stop taking pictures of all the buildings. I don’t really know why I love brick buildings so much, but maybe it has something to do with the fact that we don’t really have many in California, but I always find myself drawn to them. Hence there are a lot of photos of brick buildings in this post.
Usually when Andreas and I travel, I take the reigns and find a few places for us to visit. This trip it was so nice to let my dad do all the work, and since he has become a total beer nerd in recent years, his must see spots all revolved around Belgian beer. I for one am a big fan of Belgian beer, and it felt like such a treat after 5 years living in the land of Pilsner and Weizen. Sorry Germans, I am not a huge fan of either :-| The first stop was De Halve Maan, the only brewery within Bruges and we toured the brewery, and obviously had to sample the goods as well.
During the very little research I did for this trip, I discovered a New York Times article recommending Chez Vincent and their fries. It was certainly the most unhealthy lunch I have had in a while, but it sure was delicious.
Before we took the train to Brussels, we stopped at Café ‘t Brugs Beertje, which my father tells me has one of the best Belgian beers selections in the world. It is a really charming little beer bar, and the owner, along with the other patrons (a mix of tourists and locals) were really sweet. My dad got there as soon as they opened and got us seats at the bar which made for great people watching.
Have you been to Bruges/Brugge? If you have any other tips, do share! I want to take Andreas back with me and spend some more time exploring the little city.
Last week I was the featured blog on Internations, click here to read a few of my tips for expat life in Berlin. Internations is an expat network with dedicated pages for pretty much every city around the world, make sure to check it out as well!
When my parents told me they had found a new favorite lobster roll on the cape, I was skeptical. We are longtime fans of our local byob establishment, Friendly Fisherman, which has long been my favorite. We stopped by Sesuit Harbor Cafe on our way to our house in Eastham after a flight to Boston from Detroit, where I had photographed Michael and Lindsey’s beautiful wedding. I have to admit I was only half awake after our early morning flight, but the lobster roll (and the view) was definitely impressive. I almost felt like I was cheating on Friendly Fisherman, but we made up for it by stopping by a few days later and stuffing our faces with fried fish and lobster rolls (soooo good). Now as I type this, I wish I wasn’t 3000 miles from Dennis, MA, because I am craving a lobster roll like nobody’s business. :( Maybe I can find a way to get back to Cape Cod before next year, fingers crossed!
…in a giant van. Let’s just say that driving a van the size of my apartment on the wrong side of the road was quite the adventure. Fortunately neither us, nor the van were injured during the journey across Germany, through the Netherlands, across the North Sea on a ferry, from Harwich to East London and back again. I was quite happy to turn that giant van back in at the rental car company and I decided I would take a nice long break from driving (which lasted about a week). Even though my time in London was brief, and a lot of time was spent catching up on sleep, I really had the best time. I photographed the sweetest couple with poodles! (check out the photos here), spent far too much time and money in the baby department at Liberty shopping for my dear friend’s new baby girl, and went wild shopping at Marks & Spencer stocking up on British and American-esque food (obviously had to take advantage of a trip without luggage requirements!). The last time I was in London was over three years ago (and it was one of my very first blog posts!) and I am already planning our next trip back. That city is all sorts of special.
For the new issue of sisterMAG (which launched today!!), I got the chance to join the team for a weekend at the Baltic Sea. It was my first trip the the island of Rügen, and not only did I have the best time with the sisterMAG team, I fell hard for the charming beach town of Binz. I photographed the darling Jasmine for the 8th sisterMAG cover and it is definitely my favorite sisterMAG cover that I have photographed so far. Maybe part of that has to do with our beach shoot location (I love my job!), I also love the nautical style rope dress they designed for the cover and our gorgeous model. The boat on the beach was the perfect backdrop, but it funnily enough is right next to the border of the nude beach, which definitely made the shoot more interesting ;) Make sure to check out the entire issue online or download the app for your tablet or phone!
Cris shot the entire swimsuit fashion editorial in his teeny tiny shorts :) When in
Rome errrr… Rügen!
Lena preparing Annabelle for the fashion editorial
We ate dinner at Fischmarkt and came out of the restaurant to the most incredible sunset! Of course Cris and I grabbed our cameras and started shooting like crazy people. That is also when we had our Dawson’s Creek moment on the beach. If you plan on visiting Binz, make sure to read the travel guide that Cris photographed on page 234.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Glass, a new restaurant in Charlottenburg from Isreali chef Gal Ben Moshe. The invitation had managed to end up in my spam folder so by the time I found out about the event I was in the middle of one of the craziest work weeks ever, and the evening was exactly the distraction from my computer I needed. I took my dear friend Saleema as my date and I was thrilled to meet Suzy, who writes one of my favorite Berlin blogs, and her lovely friend Marguerite. While I do not pretend to be an expert in the food world, I have worked in my fair share of restaurants, love food and I do certainly know what I like and what I don’t. Gal was so humble and soft spoken and even though it was the hottest day of the year so far and he had a table of press, he was so welcoming and lovely and didn’t seem at all stressed. Our dinner was six courses, each unique and the flavors refined and refreshing. The food itself is inspired by the city of Berlin. The Stadtgarten dish with vegetables, flower petals and “dirt” was inspired by the community gardens at Tempelhof Field, and the preparation of another dish inspired by unique curves in the architecture of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
6 courses are 45€ and 8 courses, 59€, the service (amazing, especially for Berlin standards) and the food felt so much more expensive. The wine list is designed to be served by the glass, so you can pair the wine with each course, and we had a fabulous ”wild” carignan, a very small production reserve wine from Israel. The thoughtfulness and care which has been put into opening Glass radiates throughout the restaurant and every dish they serve. While we rarely venture west to Charlottenburg for dinner, I will definitely be back soon with Andreas.
10623 Berlin Charlottenburg