Democracy Coffee House Photo Shoot

Hi all!

So, it’s been almost a year since I posted, and I feel horrible for that, but I have a great excuse.  An excuse that we all have, I’m sure – I was busy! Very busy! Doing a full time day job, and two others on the side.  Of course, photography is one of those side jobs, and I’ve been working away diligently at that.  So diligently, I’ve forgotten to write about it.

Waayyy back in December (yup, I’m making you relive those cold, dark, dreary days), I got the opportunity to do a project with a great coffee shop in Hamilton.  Democracy Coffee Shop is this great little place on Locke Street, that offers quite a variety of fare, and caters to vegans and even accommodates their meat loving friends (although, as a meat eater, I must say I love their vegan food, so yummy!).  They were launching a new menu, so I came in to do photos of the menu launch, then returned another time, to take photos of the actual products.

It was so much fun to do a project with a local small business, and have the opportunity to shoot two very different events for them.  Without further ado, here are some of the photos that I took from both the menu launch, as well as the product shoot!

MY365: A Personal Project for 2014

At the end of 2013, I decided that I wanted to do my own 365 project.  For those of you who may not be familiar with this, it is quite simple.  I must take a photo every day of the year, for 365 days.  They could be photos of anything, just as long as it chronicles a part of my day.  I can use either my phone, or camera, but at least one has to be used every day.  Amazingly, this is the one thing I’ve been able to keep up with even while ill, as my cell phone or camera were never that far away.  Subjects to shoot have been challenging, as I didn’t want to have three weeks straight of photos of my cats and bird (since I did spend three weeks in bed, with them by my side).

I have loved what I’ve done so far, and I’m finding it both challenging and rewarding, and it has really pushed my boundaries as to what I envision photographing every day.  Are there quite a few of my animals – of course.  But it does get less as the weeks go by.  So, what I hope is at the end of every week, I will have a wrap up, which I will share here.  But to catch up, I’ll be posting all of January, February, and the first half of March on their own posts, just so I don’t have a ton of new posts coming in one week.

So, without any further ado, here is January!

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Baking with Baka Second Time Around

***Before I get into this post, I must confess.  I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I would post once a week for 2013, and well… I’ve already broken that promise!  I missed the last couple weeks, so I will be putting out a few posts this week, to make up for my lack of discipline.  Maybe that’ll get me back on track. Now, on to the post!

If you remember, I wrote back in December about our first Baking with Baka (Croatian for Grandma) day my female cousins and I had with my Baka.  We had such a blast, that we decided to do it again, and yesterday everyone came over to my place, and we made one of our favourite desserts, Puhanci (pronounced poo-han-see).  The problem with making these absolutely delicious desserts is you get to see what actually goes into them, which sometimes you don’t want to do… but we all still had our share despite the large amount of calories we were taking in!

With how busy our days can become, you don’t realize how long time passes before seeing loved ones, till its gone.  These afternoons that we all spend together are a wonderful way to touch base, see what’s new in everyone’s lives, and eat some delicious food at the same time!