02 December 2013



Back in August I got an email from Kinfolk magazine. When I first saw the sender I just thought it was one of their mass emails about a new magazine or article or something. But it wasn't. It was the art director asking me if I would like to shoot a photo for their winter issue. I was in a utter state of shock. Kinfolk is that kind of magazine that I would dream to shoot in, but never though my photos would get in. I like the photos I take, but Kinfolk has just such a certain kind of beauty in it's photos, that I didn't think mine would be up to par. But they wanted me. AMAZING. I immediately replied back of course! So I shot two photos for the issue, gingersnap cookies all packaged up for giving and a hot toddy drink. Nerves took over the day of the shoot but I somehow managed through, with the help of my mom coming up, with my little cousin, to help out. 

They sent me the new issue last week and to see my photos in print was such a dream. To have photos with the likes of Alice Gao and Nikole Herriott made me feel like I was finally doing something right. Here are the photos and a few of the outtakes as well, my favorite being the one of my mom holding little Alana. 





The Outtakes:


Gingersnap Cookies         

1 stick (114g) butter, soft
1 cup (200g) brown sugar
1/4 cup (85g) molasses
1 egg
2 cups (250g) AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
white sugar for rolling

Oven 350.
Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Sift in flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix until combine. Chill in fridge for 1 hour.
Scoop out into 1 tbsp balls and roll in white sugar. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool slightly on sheet then let finish cooling on rack.




On a sadder note, my beloved little cat, Cosmic has past away. She has been my cat for more than half my life and was my love. I begged my parents for years and years to get a pet when I was little, every birthday and christmas it was the only thing I wanted. It was always 'No, our condo is too small" etc etc. Then one day my Aunt called us up and her neighbor's cat had kitten, seeing if we wanted one. Somehow the answer became yes from my parents and we drove over their to pick out one. This little grey kitten with a white milk mustache became ours. I loved her from the moment we saw her. She was not the normal type of cat that most people fall in love with. She was really tough, acted like she didn't need anyone and was so fiesty she would even sometimes nip at my ankles walking by.  But if I was really still, just laying on the couch watching tv, she would sneak up and crawl onto my stomach and purr while I pet her. It made those little moments more special. We were just alike. Tough and aloof on the outside but really just a little softy at heart. I will miss her more than anything. She has been slowing fading away this past month. When my parent's came back from a trip, she had lost so much weight and just slept on a chair all day long, barely eating or drinking. Luckily my dad is home from work recovering from a surgery, so he was their with her all day long until the end. She will be greatly missed. 



Jade Sheldon-Burnsed said...

Oh, I always thought your work belonged in Kinfolk. No doubting yourself anymore! You are an artist through and through. I'm so, so sorry to hear about your kitty passing. My beloved childhood cat passed away this year too. It was so tough but she lived a good life...

renee said...

I'm not surprised at all that Kinfolk asked you to contribute - your photos are beautiful. So sorry to hear about the passing of your loved one. I know how hard it is to let them go. Those fur babes have a way of nestling themselves in our hearts.

Coco Cake Land said...

hi julie - oh your photographs for kinfolk are just so gorgeous! perfect styling, feels so rustic, homey and lovely. the out takes are beautiful, too. congratulations on such a fantastic gig!

so sad to hear about your kitty - i loved and lost a super dear cat to me, too - she was with me all throughout my 20s, always there for me - i still feel sad and she passed away in 2007. it's heartbreaking losing a pet. take care of yourself. xo

Sandy said...

Beautiful photos. Congratulations on the photos in KINFOLK. Cosmic will be missed.

Kezia said...

Your pictures so are beautiful, congratulations for getting them into kinfolk! I'm sorry about your cat, that must be tough:(

thecitygourmand said...

Congratulations - what a dream!

Alexandra Skrebtsova said...

My sincere congratulations on such an event!!! It is one of the highest appraisals of your work to be published in Kinfolk! You are great and I'm following your progress for a long time! Good job and lots of warm wishes!

kaylee@life chasers said...

what a huge accomplishment! these photos are gorgeous. and your cousin is a doll!

Magda said...

Congratulations!! What an accomplishment. I love your photographs and I'm very happy for you that you got the chance to show your talent through this amazing magazine.

As for your cat, I know exactly how you feel. I'm sorry for your loss.

Unknown said...

Well done you! Kinfolk is incredible. It's a dream of mine to shoot for them too. Probably quite a way off, but it's still there!
I'm sorry to hear about your cat. These things are grossly underestimated in their emotional impact. My cat died last year and I still miss him.

Nancie Nelson said...

So sorry about your kitty. Pets leave such a hole in our lives when they are gone.
And why would you be surprised Kinfolk wants your photos? Your photos are awesome and totally worthy.
Kinfolk is lucky you agreed.

Aimee said...

Congrats! I love you Blog and am inspired by your photography. I just wanted to say I am so sorry for your loss. My 22 year old fiesty cat passed away about a month ago. It was such a difficult time and you are in my thoughts.

Sanda said...

Your photos and styling are beautiful

dobrya said...

Congratulations on your feature! Your photos are every bit deserving of Kinfolk. They are truly beautiful. Also, I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. Even when you know it's coming, nothing can prepare you for that pain.

Simple Living Los Angeles said...

I have one like that. She's miserable but in moments she is so needy and loving. I'm sorry for your loss. We're never prepared for it. <3

Anonymous said...

I`ve been reading your blog for long and admire your beautiful pictures and good recipes .
I`m so sorry for your cat !
The gingersnap cookie photos are so lovely and you have packed the cookies so beautifully !!
I wonder where I can find similiar boxes as you used to wrap the cookies?

With Best Regards,

Betty Bake said...

WOW - congratulations! that is worth celebrating and a great boost to your lovely blog!


Laura Dembowski said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your cat. It's so tough when pets pass on. At least your Dad was there. And you clearly did a great job on the photo shoot!

Ida said...

Beautiful and lovely pictures ! I wonder where I could find those brown paper boxes that you used for wrapping your cookies?


Kate said...

Congrats on the Kinfolk publication and the great photos you submitted.
Alana is a cherub!
Thank you for a lovely blog to visit.
Merry Christmas to you and those you love.

Emily Cade said...

Wow! These photos are amazing! What an honor to be in Kinfolk! You are vert talented, thanks so much for sharing!!!

Jess Lyons&Tigers said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos. I am excited to try this recipe when I visit my parents next weekend - gingersnaps are one of my favorite cookies :)

jess | Quaintrelle

Jess Lyons&Tigers said...

I am also so sad to hear about your kitty. For some of us, they are family, and losing them is just as difficult as losing a human family member. I am sure it is a relief that she is resting peacefully and was not alone when she passed

dervla @ The Curator said...

First of all I'm so sorry about your little cat, what a little cutie pie. I hope that the thrill of being kinfolk tempered that loss a little. What an honor!

Fa_alhusaynu said...

I am not really surprised..your photography is the best ! Congratulations

Unknown said...

Wow your photos are amazing , you deserve this. I started drooling after seeing those pics:)

laurasmess said...

I am so sorry to hear about Cosmic, losing a beloved pet is like losing any other member of the family. Irreplaceable, but you're left with wonderful bittersweet memories. But I'm also ecstatic in the same moment for your shoot for Kinfolk (a magazine that I love). Your style perfectly aligns with theirs so I can understand why they chose you! Congratulations lovely. Laura xo

Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today said...

Congratulations and I must say that I am not surprised.