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Creative Mornings Toronto: Ink

Posted on January 27, 2016

Continuing my look back at 2015’s Creative Mornings Toronto talks, March’s brought us back to the gorgeous Shopify Toronto office and featured worldly illustrator Jacqui Oakley on the theme of Ink. Jacqui navigated us through her illustration career and how embracing the fear {and ink!} helped her get where she is today. 

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You can watch Jacqui’s full talk here on the Creative Mornings website. 

 

Interested in attending a Creative Mornings event? Check out their website to see what talks are happening in a city near you!

Alchemy Pickle Company

Posted on January 25, 2016

Who loves pickles? THIS GIRL. As you can imagine, when finding out I’d be shooting for a small local company who makes pickles I was pretty happy about life. Alchemy Pickle Company is a mom-and-pop type company that you can find at various Toronto farmer’s markets and select grocery stores {check their Website or Facebook Page to see where they’ll be next}. It’s not the sort of pickles you may think either. In fact when I met them last winter they weren’t even doing the classic pickle, likely due to cucumbers not being in season at the time {although if you follow them on Instagram, you’ll see they have in the summer!}.

 

That’s what I love about small companies like this – they work directly with Southern Ontario farmers and use what’s fresh and in season to create their tasty tasty concoctions. They use a natural fermentation process to preserve the food when it’s at its freshest, so you’re getting all of the best nutrients the food has to offer. It’s a wonderful local talent meets local farmer collaboration that results in some really great products like Sauerkraut, Ruby Kraut, Curtido, and Hot Sauce. I have to admit I have a pretty big food crush on their Szechuan Daikon.

 

I did some product shots for their website, but my favourites were the beauty shots of the raw produce. Vegatables are just so pretty. I never thought I’d have as much fun shooting turnips before… and don’t get me started on that huge purple garlic.
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Not going to lie, I had no idea what Kombucha {last photo} was before I met them. It looks like a mad science project when it’s being made and it’s crazy delicious. They have a freaking RAINBOW of flavours too. It makes my eyes happy. If you want to know more about it, visit them at one of the markets they frequent – I believe Wychwood Barns & Trinity Bellwoods are a couple of their regular stops.

 

Thanks again to Knife & Spoon Media for having me out to shoot this for them. If you need a stylish new website, branding, or photography for your restaurant or food brand, definitely reach out!

 

Client: Alchemy Pickle Company

Agency: Knife & Spoon Media

Photography: Laura Crowell

Food Stylist: Logan Prong

Creative Mornings Toronto: Climate

Posted on January 15, 2016

At some point in 2015, I decided that I would in fact blog each and every Creative Mornings Toronto event that I shot {which was all 12 last year!}, because they are wonderful events that make me feel at home and happy and I want more people to experience them. And inevitably in 2015, I got too busy and then forgot. Alas. 

 

I also seem to be weird about needing to post them chronologically, so I’m not going to fight it. 

 

Without further ado, here are my photos from last February’s delightful talk on the theme of Climate with ROM Kids Assistant Coordinator; Kiron Mukherjee! 

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Kiron’s talk was a great reminder to always look further and observe your own climates to see what you can learn from them {and we’re not talking physical weather here}. On the plus, he brought in priceless artifacts from the ROM and everyone got to touch 100 million year old dinosaur poop and, even cooler, a meteorite. From space. OUTER SPACE. Kiron brought out the kid in everyone. ❤

 

You can watch the full talk here on the Creative Mornings website.

 

If you’re interested in attending a Creative Mornings event, just check out their website to see what talks are happening in a city near you.

Happy Birthday, 2016!

Posted on January 14, 2016

See ya later bye, 2015. It’s time for a new year.   I’m not big on resolutions, I find it better to stay resolute all year round; evolving yourself a little bit every day. I’m still really bad at a lot of things {doing my dishes right away, waking up on time, not leaving enough time to get places… generally being an adult}, but I think it’s okay to recognize certain patterns in yourself and just accept them as a part of you rather than letting them become a source of anxiety every January.   I am really bad at finishing personal photos and sharing them in a timely fashion though. This needs to change, at least a little.   2015 brought me many wonderful…

Board Games and Great Eats

Posted on August 21, 2015

Back in the spring, I had the super fun opportunity to work with Knife & Spoon Media to shoot a rebrand concept for a board game themed restaurant. The menu featured an assortment of high end personal pizzas, charcuterie, premium hand-crafted cocktails {like smoked drinks!}, and great local wines, beers, and desserts. I was introduced to balsamic syrup on ice cream here and I have a massive food crush on it now {seriously, so good}. The restaurant had a chill cafe vibe during the day where you could while away the afternoon sipping lattes and playing a classic game like Connect Four or Scrabble, or something a bit more crazy like Ca$h ‘n Gun$. At night you could grab dinner, drinks, or bar snacks while enjoying a rowdy game of Cards Against Humanity or the ever popular Settlers of Catan. They had something like 300+ games in their collection so you certainly wouldn’t run out of options. It’s definitely a venue that has something for everyone! 

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Big thank you to Knife & Spoon Media for having me shoot this for them!  If you need an amazing new website, branding, or photography for your restaurant or food brand, definitely get in touch.

 

Agency: Knife & Spoon Media

Photography: Laura Crowell

Food Stylist: Janet Lo

Creative Mornings Toronto: Ugly

Posted on February 11, 2015

Ugly was the theme of January’s Creative Mornings talk with Steven Artimew and it took place in one of the prettiest venues yet! If you haven’t seen Shopify‘s Toronto office, you need to check it out. It has a cat wall, Mordor jokes, cozy hangout sections, their own bar, and so much beautiful natural light! It’s kind of a dream.

 

The speaker is a cofounding member of Parkdale Roadrunners, so a challenge was put forth to the attendees to run to the talk. Those who participated in the challenge received a beautiful laser cut wood medal provided by Hot Pop Factory. I have a hard enough time walking in the snow and slush this time of year, so I decided I probably shouldn’t risk trying to run in it. Disaster alert!

 

The amazing, free breakfast spread looked extra tasty in Shopify’s office kitchen this time around. I particularly enjoyed how much fun people seemed to be having with the bagel slicer.

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I don’t believe the video of this particular talk has been uploaded to Toronto chapter’s website yet, but there are lots of other great talks available to watch for free.

 

Also, if you’re interested in attending a Creative Mornings event, just check out their website to see what talks are happening in a city near you.

Katie Dutemple: Live at Poetry Jazz Cafe 01.31.15

Posted on February 10, 2015

I feel very lucky to have so many talented, driven, and inspiring lady friends in my life. We may all have different passions, but we always show up to support one another! 

 

A couple weekends ago we said goodbye to January with an amazing and intimate show with Katie Dutemple guest vocal-ing with Re.verse at the Poetry Jazz Cafe in Kensington. Poetry is an awesome little venue that’s dark and cozy with lots of details, perfect for this soulful evening of songs. {Plus, they have Thomas Lavers Ginger Beer, which is my new love!}

 

Unfortunately, I don’t have the world’s best camera for super low light situations like these, but it was fun hopping around trying to see what I could capture with what I’ve got!


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Vocals: Katie Dutemple | Guitar: Robb Cappalletto | Bass: Damien Mathew | Drums: Jeremy Morgan

 

To keep up to date on when/where Katie is playing next, follow her on her Facebook page or check out her freshly redone website for all the info you need! You can sample some of her original songs and find links to where you can purchase her album.