Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Eat Street Buddha | Minneapolis Restaurant Photography

On June 7, 2013 I received an email from the Director of Advertising and Marketing of Hospitality Management, a company I have worked with in the past. It read:

“...next month we will need to do a photo shoot with Food, Drinks & of the place for the Buddha Lounge (2550 Nicolet Ave, MPLS). Place is super neat and you will find lots of cool shots. It is a new place; Asian inspired restaurant with a fresh oyster bar, sushi, fresh fish, and Asian composition plates.” 

…And so began my work with Eat Street Buddha Kitchen and Lounge, a new Asian inspired restaurant that opened up on September 30th, 2013.

This project was very exciting and very different than what I have been used to!  It was fascinating to see the transformation of the dull, dingy space (which was the former Azia restaurant on the corner of 26th and Nicollet) into something so beautiful and trendy. It was even more exciting to watch the executive chefs create their outstanding menu and be able to sample all the dishes after we photographed each plate! Best gig benefit ever!

Their menu is unbelievable! From specialty cocktails, small plates, sushi rolls, salads, entrees…all the way to brunch!  Oh, did I mention that I got to sample all these items?

My Favorites Rolls:
Orange Crush – crab, tempura salmon, asparagus, topped with unagi, avocado & sweet sauce 

Red Dragon – Shrimp tempura, spicy crab, avocado, topped with lemon slices, spicy tuna, sweet and spicy sauce

My Favorite Sashimi:
Seared Albacore Tataki – albacore sashimi, house-made tataki sauce, lime, serrano chili, ginger and soy sauce 


Yellowtail Jalapeno Sashimi – yellowtail sashimi, jalapeno, cilantro, rayu-ponzu and siracha-dots

My Favorite Small Plates:
Sushi Grade Big Eye Tuna Guacamole – ripe avocado, scallion, yuzu citrus, cilantro, thia basil and an egg roll bowl

Buddha Belly Cranberry Wontons – whipped cream cheese, cranberry, red curry, green onion and sweet thai chili sauce

My Favorite Salad:
Buddha Salad - mixed greens, napa cabbage, pickled carrots, candied walnuts, glazed chicken, crunchy wontons and honey wasabi dressing

My Favorite Wok Items:
Mongolian Beef Tenderloin - snap peas, water chestnut, bamboo shoots, crispy fingerling potato, shiitake mushrooms, green onion and hoisin glaze 

Braised Short Rib Curry - slow braised tender short ribs, edamame, pickled carrot, singapore noodles, onion, pea tendril and yellow coconut curry

My Favorite Entrees:
Pan Seared Scallops - wok fried fingerling potatoes, shaved brussel sprouts, thin sliced garlic clove and togarashi beurre blanc 

Grilled Lamb Loin - domestic lamb, root vegetable goat cheese, hash grilled asparagus, braised pork belly and hoisin butter

My Favorite Brunch Item:
Banana Cream Pie French Toast - thick cut cinnamon bread soaked in grand marnier egg wash, warm vanilla crème anglaise syrup, fresh bananas and toasted maple graham cracker crumbs

Montreal Steak Benedict - toasted english muffin, thick cut grilled tenderloin medallions, creamy boursin cheese, soft poached eggs, montreal hollandaise and choice of house made kimchi, yellow curry hash browns, or pineapple fried rice

It was great to finally meek Mike Tupa, who is Buddha’s owner. He owns several other restaurants including, six Wild Bill’s Sports Saloon, which I photographed in the past for his company.  He has a wonderful staff beneath him who I was able to get to know personally.

The staff of Buddha is fabulous! It was fun to watch them create the exquisite food in the kitchen and have fun doing it! PS – Grant LOVES to do dishes. While I have proof of this in my photos, I promised him I would not post it!

Executive Chef – Grant Halsne
Formally from Stella’s Fish Café, Wolfgang Puck, and St. Paul Grill

Sushi Chef – Tony Gambucci
Formally from Rock N Roll Sushi in California and Stella’s Fish Café


Jhade Smith was behind the creation of the trendy and beautiful cocktail menu. 
She handmade syrups and purees for her “on the rocks” and “served up” drinks.


My Favorite Drinks:
Hello Kitty – Prickly pear infused pisco sour, Bacardi pineapple, rock coconut rum cocktail meringue

Imperial Carrot – Fresh pressed carrot juice, tyku coconut sake, stoli vanilla, nocello liqueur and a splash of pineapple and cream

....and many other good choices! 

A behind the scenes note: We had to reschedule the cocktail menu shoot from the original scheduled date because while Jhade was packing up her car with all the flavored vodkas, gastriques and purees, the box of ingredients slipped and crashed all over her driveway.

As if sampling the menu during my photo sessions was not enough, I was invited to a VIP dinner for their soft opening. “You’re exclusively invited to experience the newest restaurant opening in Minneapolis!” WOW – what a great invite. Sure, I would love to come have a free dinner of some of the best food ever!  Here is the invite I received, which features my photos!



My husband, his parents and I headed down on Friday, September 27th for a wonderful meal! We agreed to each get a different entree so we could share!

Our Menu From the VIP Dinner
Spice Pork Chow Fun - wide rice noodles, house ground spicy pork, pickled carrot, scallion, spring peas, cilantro and wok fired glaze
Pepper Crusted Big Eye - sliced rare tuna, wasabi infused potato puree and fresh blueberry ponzu sauce
Miso Glazed Halibut - fresh alaskan halibut, caramelized miso glaze, warm orange glazed noodles and grilled asparagus
Shellfish Curry - diver scallop, jumbo prawns, mussels, lobster, baby bok choy, shiitake mushrooms and panang coconut curry sauce

This experience has been amazing, thanks to my friend, Velinda, for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to working with them again!


Make sure you visit them soon and order something from above.
Eat Street Buddha Kitchen and Lounge
2550 Nicollet Av. S., Minneapolis, MN
612-886-2617
www.eatstreetbuddha.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EatStreetBuddha


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

2013 Fall Mini Session – Stillwater

Fall is approaching! It is time for fall colors, warm sweaters, hot chocolate and my first ever fall/pumpkin themed mini session!  The month of October is almost completely booked, so this is a great way to get your family in quickly. Bring your kiddos in their cozy fall clothing (or their Halloween costume) – anything goes!

The sessions have been rescheduled to October 27th, 2013 and take place at a private farm in Stillwater, which features lots of trees, leaves, old barns, pumpkins and other fall décor.

Each session costs $80 and includes 20 minutes with one photographer, 7-10 high resolutions digital images, one Facebook timeline image and a print release.

Discounts: 
  • Returning Client: A $20 discount is being offered to families who had a full session with us in 2013! 
  • Referrals: First, book your session. Then for each friend you refer that “likes” our Facebook page and books a mini session you will receive $10 off the full price of your session. (Refer 8 friends and your session is free!)
What to Wear:
Sweaters, scarves, hats, jeans. The best colors to wear are blues, denim, khakis, creams, browns, greens, reds and oranges. Costumes are welcomed and encouraged.

Limited Space: 

There are limited spots available and go fast. Sessions are a first come, first serve basis. To reserve your time slot, a $25 deposit is required. This deposit must be paid within 24 hours of booking, or your spot may go to someone else. To book your session, please contact us at:
hbphotomn@gmail.com.

Once your booking deposit has been paid, you will receive an email with more details about the sessions (what to expect, where to go when you arrive, etc.). Booking deposit is non-refundable; however, should you need to cancel your appointment, the $25 fee may be applied to another session in 2013 or 2014.

What is a mini session? 
Mini sessions are quick, casual and cute. It is a great way to update family portraits, capture a special phase in your child’s life or just because! These mini sessions can be used for anyone you would like…baby, siblings, couples, etc.

Several back-to-back sessions will be booked on this day, so it is important that you are on time for your appointment.

Don’t miss out on this great offer!! 


*Inclement weather: In the case of rain, we will plan a new date and work with you to reschedule your session for a convenient time within two weeks of original dates…but PRAY for no rain! 

2013 FALL MINI SESSION BOOKING SCHEDULE
Sunday, October 27th, 2013
1:00pm – Booked: Rachel B.
1:30pm – Booked: Jamie I.
2:00pm – Booked: Jamie I.
2:30pm – Booked: Melissa S.
3:00pm – Booked: Melissa S.
3:30pm – Booked: Teri G.
4:00pm – Booked: Stephanie H.
4:30pm – Booked: Chantelle S. 
5:00pm –


Photos will be delivered within 4-6 weeks from your session.

**Because of the mini time-frame, these sessions are for up to 4 people/pets max (of the same family). There is a fee of $15, for each additional person OR you will need to book two back-to-back sessions. The mini session cannot be used for engagement, newborns or cake smashes. Refunds will not be given for any reason. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

L Family | One Sister For Sale | Inver Grove Heights Family Photography

For Sale by Shel Silverstein
One sister for sale!
One sister for sale!
One crying and spying young sister for sale!
I’m really not kidding,
So who’ll start the bidding?
Do I hear the dollar? A nickel? A penny?
Oh, isn’t there, isn’t there, isn’t there any
One kid that will buy this old sister for sale,
This crying and spying young sister for sale?

Ok, there were no sisters sold in the making of these memories, because this family is truly beautiful at heart! It was a joy to work with this family! Brenda and Dan are a young couple who love their children. Zoie is a beautiful six year old who loves attention and Kinsley is a one year old who loves her kisses! We started the day at Thompson Park and it was surprisingly chilly, so we had to warm up in the sun every once in a while. Zoie was very prepared with her cute little tutu and her matching painted toenails and flip-flops. She is definitely loved by little sister and Kinsley had no problem showing that with all her kisses. A storm rolled in toward the end of our session, so we finished up a week later and got some great portraits of the girls.  We look forward to our winter session!











Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Honeybee Photography Philanthropy | Doing Good With My Camera | Twin Cities Photography

My husband and I are very involved in philanthropy. Most of our family and friends know this and are probably sick of us asking them to open their pocketbooks to make a donation of some sort.
phi•lan•thro•py 
/fəˈlanTHrəpē/ 
Noun 
1. The desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed esp. by the generous donation of money to good causes. 
2. A philanthropic institution; a charity. 
Synonyms 
charity - benevolence – beneficence 
In fact, my husband started an organization called Do Some Good, whose mission is:
The Do Some Good mission is to support, strengthen and empower individuals, families and communities throughout the Twin Cities by unlocking the potential of people and challenging them to not only do something positive in their own lives, but to do the same for others in the communities in which they live.


So what does this have to do with photography???

Well, I figured since I have a camera that I could be a power for good in my community. And, you could do the same no matter your experience level. There are so many volunteering opportunities to get involved with for the beginner to the expert.

Last October, I got involved with the National Kidney Foundation (the Minnesota, Dakotas, Iowa & Nebraska region) and offered my photography skills to help document the Twin Cities Kidney Walk event held at Thompson Routers. This annual walk raises funds to support free kidney health screenings, organ donation initiatives, patient advocacy, research, and more right here in our community. We have a friend who underwent a kidney transplant one year ago this month, which is how we got involved with the organization in the first place. (See Jake's story here)

By supporting this organization and event with my camera, I got two benefits in return! The first was the feeling you get from volunteering. Who doesn’t love the high you get from doing something good for someone else? The second was to become a better photographer! This is a great way to gain experience without giving away free friends or family shoots (which is not the best idea if you plan to start your own business). During the event, there was another photographer so I had the freedom to wonder around and capture photos for my portfolio and didn’t feel the normal pressure of getting the picture-perfect photo.

This past April, I found another opportunity. Being a member of the South St. Paul Jaycees, I got the inside scoop on a fundraising event hosted by The Jaycees, their first Spring Vendor Expo. They invited over 30 in-home vendors to exhibit in one spot to raise money for the Jaycees organization. The community was invited to shop for all their favorite items and the Simley High School Colorguard served refreshments for all the guests.



Early this year I had the opportunity to meet Stephanie Kass, the new walk coordinator at the Kidney Foundation here in Minnesota. For the second year in a row, I offered my photography experience for the Twins Cities Walk. Not only did we meet to discuss the opportunity, she asked me to be on the walk planning board based on my philanthropy experience. AND, she asked about potentially hiring me to photograph her and her new husband for their one year anniversary!

Not only do I LOVE to Do Some Good in our community, but look what can come out of doing so! I encourage all of you to find out how you can help better the community you live in! Check out the Do Some Good website for ideas!

If you would like to make a donation to the Jake's Jaunt Kidney walk team, please visit our site HERE.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Alice | Through the Looking Glass | Hastings Children Photography

Can you hear over the buzz of flies
Between the pillows and the skies
That beg into your eyes
Through the looking glass in between your thighs
A talking cat's no great surprise
As we go straight down the rabbit hole
There we go
~ Pete Doherty

Beautiful Alice just turned one! This really is the greatest age. She was very curious, just like Alice In Wonderland, but unsure of our surroundings. We had the best time doing her photos with her mom and dad. We finished just in time before the big storm hit! Can't wait for the next session with this blue-eyed beauty!








Friday, July 12, 2013

Watermelon Mini Session | St. Paul Photography

Summer is here and it is about that time for something special and sweet! We are excited to announce our summer Mini Watermelon Sessions! Who doesn’t love watching kids bite into a huge piece of watermelon? These are also great for couples in Love!  They make for some wonderful summer photos!

Theme 
Summertime watermelon fun! There will be plenty of watermelon on hand. We will use the seedless kind, so no need to worry. If your children happen to not like watermelon, bring their favorite fruit.

What to Wear
Dress your children in bright summery clothes or let your babies go shirtless with bloomers! Bring some fun props if you would like.

The MINI SESSIONS go fast and there are limited spots available. Time slots are limited to the first people who lock in their times. (See the up-to-date booking schedule at the bottom of this post)

Please call or email to reserve your spot.
651-260-7475
hbphotomn@gmail.com

$25 session deposit is required at booking to secure your spot. This deposit must be paid within 24 hours of booking, or your spot may go to someone else.
* Payment by: mail or in person-check or cash
* Payment online: Paypal (I'm sending money to family or friends)

Once your booking deposit has been paid, you will receive an email with more details about the sessions (what to expect, where to go when you arrive, etc.) Booking deposit is non-refundable; however, should you need to cancel your appointment, the $25 fee may be applied to another session in 2013.

What is a mini session? 
Mini sessions are quick, casual and cute. It is a great way to update family portraits, capture a special phase in your child’s life or just because! These mini sessions can be used for anyone you would like…baby, siblings, couples, etc.
*Because of the mini time-frame, these sessions are for up to two people max (of the same family). There is a fee of $15, for each additional person OR you will need to book two back-to-back sessions.

What You Get
* 15 minute session
* 5 digital images on CD (images will receive basic re-touching)
* Facebook timeline
* Photo print release

You will receive your photos within 4-6 weeks from your session.

Several back-to-back sessions will be booked on this day, so it is important that you are on time for your appointment.


Don’t miss out on this great offer!! 

*Inclement weather: In the case of rain, we will plan a new date and work with you to reschedule your session for a convenient time within two weeks of original dates…but PRAY for no rain!

WATERMELON 2013 MINI SESSION BOOKING SCHEDULE
Sunday, August 25th
9:40am –
10:00am – Stephanie H 
10:20am –
10:40am –
11:00am –
11:20am –

Monday, July 8, 2013

T Family | All I Wanna Do Is Have Some Fun | St. Paul Park Family Photography

All I wanna do is have some fun. I got a feeling I'm not the only one.

Man, I love my clients. Mark, Rachel & Tyler were fun with a capital F! They were laid back and were easy to work with. Tyler definitely has the class-clown personality, which balances out his sister Rachel’s shyness. Here are some of the photos from their session!