Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Adventure begins

Provo, you were fun. But then I left. I miss it, kinda. Mostly just the people.
I spent the last week basically sitting the couch at home, reading and napping. And eating. And when I wasn't on the couch, I was likely eating in the kitchen or running errands with my family. It was a very relaxing week. I needed it. 
Chuck is off for the MTC tomorrow and I'm going to miss him like crazy.
I flew to New York City today - my home for the rest of the summer. 

Today's highlights:

  • Flight delayed by almost 2 hours. Best start to the morning? Yes. Actually, no.
  • It was raining lots here in the city. Did I have an umbrella? No. Did I buy one? No. That's on tomorrow's to do list.
  • I met my roommates. Yay for normal people!
  • I met my other roommate, Shena. Shena is a rescue dog. I'm pretty sure she's a mutt of sorts. Kinda cute. Old. Mostly, she sleeps. It is nice to have come home and have her waiting to see you though. Pictures will be forthcoming. 
  • I went to the Neue Gallery and saw some beautiful German and Austrian art with Provo friends who are also in NYC. And we walked in the rain. Win. 
  • I met a few Japanese people living here in the city and got to speak to them in Japanese, which was awesome. They were rather surprised I could speak to them. It was hilarious to see their faces. 
  • I went on my first bus ride in the city. Had done the bus numerous times in Japan, but never here. 
Eventful day, methinks. 

Pictures of one long overdue wedding and multiple engagement shoots, my cousin's senior pictures, family photos from Chicago, and many other photos. 
Including one of Shena. 
Or maybe two.

Get excited. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

It's a Narnia kind of day.

I took these a while back at Narnia. 
No editing going on. Raw pictures. 

I just want to go back.

Sigur Ros - Ara Batur

Monday, April 09, 2012


I haven't updated this is forever. Apologies.
School has 2 more weeks. THEN I'M DONE WITH THE JUNIOR CORE!
I'm going to NYC in late May for another internship interview. And I'm not paying! Bonus. And to San Diego in a month for Christine's wedding. And then I go back to Chicago and then out to NYC for the rest of the summer in June. 
Provo, you're fun and all, but I'm kinda done with you for now. Is that okay? Okay. Awesome. Glad we're on the same page. 
Things I've done in recent months that should have been put up on here but weren't:

Curling. As in the Olympic sport on ice with brooms. Hilariously fun. I didn't even fall! 

Archery. I felt a little bit like Katniss. So did Jessica. And in terms of competition, she kicked my butt. She'd shoot the squirrel in the eye. I'd probably get its neck.

Buttermilk Scones have become a Sunday tradition in our apartment. Even Jay makes them. Actually he makes them more often (and actually better) than I do. Sometimes they are blueberry, sometimes they are strawberry, or mango - but usually, they are chocolate, which is best. Annie thought so too. She liked them so much she proposed to me. But it was via text, so I couldn't reasonably accept.

Cookies. Oatmeal cookies. I love them. Perhaps too much.

Thai fried rice. I was on a Thai kick earlier this semester. This was one of the results.

The lake. It's one of my favorite places. And Cousin Clara was there. Double win. 

Photo adventure with Katrina. Construction is a great playground.

Jay sometimes puts things in funny places. Like leaving his milk on the counter and putting his protein powder in the fridge where his milk goes. 

This video has both entertained and horrified our apartment. Special juice in continually involved in conversations, and it has also been replaced with "purple drank" and "dp" - I'm pretty sure Quinton and I won't be speaking normal English after living with each other for another year. We don't really speak it now. 

I made another book. I was pleased with the outcome. It needs to be sent to its intended recipient. Badly. 

Ricotta gnocchi: easy, quick, yummy. Roasted red pepper pesto sauce & tomato chorizo sauces were both delicious. Christine approved. Then again, if you don't approve of fluffy cheese pillows smothered in deliciousness, then you must be crazy. Or maybe your name is Melissa, and it's okay, I'd still love you.

I listened to this song more times than I can remember. Sigur Ros is my musical drug of choice. 

Dance parties have happened to these songs:

Mackintosh Braun - The Same
Just listen. It'll be fun.

M83 - Midnight City.
Interesting video, and the song is amazing.

Skrillex - Bangarang
Running to this is epic.

Foster the People - Helena Beat
So much better than Pumped Up Kicks. So much better.

Lykki Li - I Follow Rivers
Video is strange. Song is awesome.

And I made bread. Lots of bread. With rosemary and sea salt and parmesan. It was YUMMY!

This website made my cry of laughter. (Profanity in abundance, but it is hilarious). Also this has fueled me calling Cody not just by his first name but Mr. Cody. And Q and Jay and Jon have all become Mr. Q, Mr. Jay, and Mr. Jon. And Mr. is pronounced Mista. Like I said, my English is falling apart.

Anything else that happened probably involved excel, my financial calculator, fast food, Narnia, the HBLL, the grocery store, the gym, or any combination of the above. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dinner adventures: Spicy Mint Beef

Pretty much the only thing I watch on TV with any regularity is the Food Network. Chopped, Iron Chef, 30 minute meals...anything, really. If it involves food, I'm generally entertained.

I saw a recipe for this spicy mint beef that Giada did. She's the Italian lady - so I was confused as to why she was cooking Thai food, but hey, it looked worth trying. 

Also, backtrack: the first time I went to San Francisco, back like 10 years ago, my family and I went to a Thai place with my aunt and uncle. It was the first time I remember having Thai food. I had a spicy basil duck, and oh my, it was delicious. And this spicy mint beef, well, its a lot like it. More minty, but the recipe calls for lots of basil too, and given it is a ten year old flavor memory, but tonight's dinner really came close and was a most delicious endeavor. 

I got the recipe here, but only did 2 Serrano chilies, and then probably only did about 2 teaspoons of the chili paste. Still had plenty of kick and flavor. 

Happy cooking!

Sunday, January 15, 2012


So, for those who know me well, they know that I'm actually majoring in accounting, not photography. This is surprise to many, but in fact the truth. I like using both sides of my brain. 

And most people who actually know me know that food is essential to my happiness and stability in pretty much any situation. No food = not a happy James. If I'm in a bad mood, chances are if you give me food I'll feel better in a matter of 5 minutes, tops. Seriously. 

So today, when I made balsamic chicken, homemade parmesan-rosemary encrusted Italian bread, veggies with hummus, and cookies with Berry-Callebaut chocolate chunks topped with some amazing strawberry ice cream, I was in heaven. It was a yummy yummy meal. 

Now that you have some grasp of my love for food, let me explain what this post is really about:
A friend of mine is doing a new year's resolution of trying one new recipe a week. I like this. I'm going to try. 
So I'm starting off with this recipe (which I guess technically doesn't count because I made it on Christmas but we're just going to use it anyone b/c I have pictures of it), although I have tried a few new recipes in the new year, I just don't have photos of the results. 

So, these were the baked pears I adapted from minimally invasive - check out the recipe here!

What I changed: 

No amaretto in the marscapone cream, and more sugar. 
Also, I just mixed 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract with 1/2 cup of sugar for the vanilla sugar. 

Other than that, I the recipe stayed the same. 

And they were delicious. Light, full of flavor, sweet, and juicy. My family had a hard time deciding if they liked the pears or the cream better. Both were awesome.

And now, the photos. Not as lovely as the ones at Minimally Invasive, but hey, I'm new to the whole "let's take pictures of all of my food!" thing. 

Friday, January 06, 2012

I said I never would

I've been asked countless times if I shoot wedding photos. Up until last November, I always said no. I said I never ever would, actually.

...and then I said yes. 

So last month (technically, last year also - that reminds me - Happy New Year!) I did pictures for Kim and Logan at the Salt Lake City Temple. They are just such happy people and were a joy to work with. Then I got to take pictures at the Chicago Illinois Temple with Sydney and Ben. You will probably recognize Syd from the balloon shoots and the newspaper dresses. They are hilarious and it was fun to work with friends. 

Check out a few more on my Facebook page or my portfolio!

And I have another wedding shoot tomorrow! I'm so excited. Next week another engagement shoot. 

After that? Well, I'm not sure yet, but it might involve driving to California and vineyards and other friends I love. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wonderland: Alice, part II

I had a final at 7 am today. I told myself I would be really productive studying afterwards.
I crashed a little bit, although some studying did get done (oh the production cycle...thrilling, really).
(Not really)
I found myself revisiting the Alice shoot from October, and found some shots I really loved. And editing was certainly more entertaining than internal controls after I spent 10 hrs studying for audit yesterday and then after the final this morning.
Tomorrow is going to be a 12 hour study day. Really, it is.
I'd rather go to Wonderland, I think.