A day FULL of amazing Italian recipes from two owners born and raised in Tuscany!! From coffee to noodles made in house fresh each day, Due Cucina Italiana has everything your Italian heart could ever want at a price everyone can afford. Not only is the food delicious, but they are quick if you’re on the go and offer beer and wine if you’d like to sit and stay. Our time together was meant to capture their beautiful redesigned space, the colorful and warm interior, the heart and soul they put into each of their authentic Italian dishes and the texture of each different kind of noodle they offer. We focused on a total of 21 different dishes, all photographed from three angles and including a macro shot of each noodle. Beware- photos below will make you hungry <3 Find them on Capitol Hill in Seattle to try it for yourself!
This fun cookie studio session for Antonina’s Bakery was meant to feature several of their varieties of delicious cookies. They wanted simple styling of each product as well as some ingredient shots of the key pieces of their cookies! Utilizing natural light with some simple fill (because this was shot on a dark day!) I loved working with simple backgrounds and really focusing on the elements that make their cookies fresh and tasty.
Last year my husband and I took a cooking class with Andrea of Ravioli Experience- an AirBNB Experience I booked for the two of us as a surprise! Andrea grew up in Italy, owned his own restaurant in Seattle for 5 years and has been teaching classes for quite some time. This class was all about learning to roll out and cook your own colorful ravioli using colored dough died with natural elements. You can check out some photos of the class from my previous blog post here! As it says at the end of that post- I fell deeply in love with the cake Andrea made us for our post cooking feast. This Orange Almond cake is absolutely divine. It’s soft and moist and FULL of flavor, but not overly sweet. I made it for the first time last week and can’t wait to make it again. As I was photographing the cake in my home studio space using natural light the PNW weather decided to change rather quickly- as it does. So, I had the chance to photograph this cake in both even diffused light as well as direct sun. Which do you prefer?
A little behind the scenes look at what my studio setup was like this day!
Cinco de Mayo is nearly here and you do NOT want to be stuck without a great margarita recipe. My husband and I have really gotten into these skinny margaritas with fresh squeezed juice. Check out the recipe below!
“Skinny” Margarita Recipe
5 oz. Tequila
5 oz. Freshly squeezed citrus of your choice - we like limes and grapefruit!
3 ounces fresh lime juice
2 tsp. agave nectar
Splash of sparkling water - I love the strawberry lemonade Polar brand!