I remember the first time I held a digital SLR camera in my hands. It was a Canon 5D Mark II, and it was heavy. It felt good — much more serious than my father's old Pentax that I used for Photo classes in art school. Back then you still shot film and you learned film, because that whole digital thing was only just poised to take over but hadn't quite yet. I still love shooting film sometimes, but the feeling of that first digital SLR camera in my hands was something I realized I could get used to.
When I started Kitchen La Bohème, I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like... One day. With limited time and budget, I also knew it wasn't going to get there overnight, but I had an idea and made a plan of action for getting there. Photography was a big part of the plan, and eventually I bought my own digital SLR camera. It's not a 5D Mark II but it does the job, especially with the great lenses I've begun collecting. By far my favorite lens is the 50mm f/1.4, and it rarely leaves my camera. This is the lens I use most for shooting the recipes I post here. The 5D Mark III is on my next plan for upgrade, but that won't be for a while. (And if anyone wants to finance the purchase of a Leica M-E I'd happily accept!)
Tomorrow I plan to shoot three new juice recipes to share with you. That will leave us with only three more to finish off the Seven Days of Cleansing Juices. Tomorrow's recipes will focus on seasonal ingredients and a mixture of fruits and vegetables — even rhubarb. The last three juices will come next weekend, and those will be mostly green.
Also... Bitters. I drifted into the best tea and spice shop ever and found the motherload of bitters today. So I took home Peychaud's and Orange bitters to start experimenting with. This nerdery is definitely going to lead to some amazingly precise cocktail recipes to post here in the future.
In the meantime, I wanted to share some photos I shot while out and about earlier today prop shopping and wandering the city. I still feel like more of a designer than a photographer most of the time, but when I have that camera in my hands the other side of me takes over, and I'm a photographer even if just for a few hours out of the day.
Photography by Alyssa. Photos ©Alyssa Yeager.