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California Donuts

18 Dec

California Donuts is one of my favorite donut shops in Los Angeles so it was amazing to have the owners ask me to come do some food photography for them! The shop is well-known in the area and has tons of regulars (which I think says something about the establishment). Food man Anthony Bourdain was there a couple of weeks ago filming, too!
My favorite things there are their croissants (jalapeno ham and cheese? yum!) so if you ever drop by there be sure to pick some up. While I’ve been going here for some years now, I actually haven’t had any of their drinks before this shoot but they are really delicious.

Sylvia G Photography - California Donuts

Sylvia G Photography - California Donuts

Sylvia G Photography - California Donuts

The family-run business really loves to treat their customers well. They are having a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, January 5th, 2013 from 6AM-2PM so I recommend visiting then and seeing what sort of specials they have! Follow them on Facebook to stay in the loop!

Arizona Extravaganza

21 Nov

The holidays are quickly rolling around (tomorrow is already Thanksgiving!) and it’s looking like a pretty packed season! I started my festivities a little early with a mini-vacation/road trip a couple of weeks ago to Arizona with Kenny for our anniversary. We both love adventuring and wanted to get out of CA so we decided to go to the Grand Canyon since neither of us have been in a long while. I didn’t take out my SLR much on this trip, actually. Shot most of these with our iPhones.

I absolutely love road trips because you get to see things along the way. We got experience all sorts of scenes and weather on this trip (left 75 degree weather for 30 degree weather).

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When we were getting into the mountains in Arizona, it started snowing! I was hoping we would get snow on the trip (since we don’t ever get any in LA) and it actually snowed for most of the first night since it was 20 degrees. We stayed in the small mountain town of Williams right on historic Route 66. We ate BBQ for dinner at this amazing place called The Singing Pig. The eating area inside is super low key. The food was great (best cole slaw I’ve ever had) but the thing that makes it stand out are the owners. They made it so welcoming and they talked to us throughout our dinner. We even got hugs at the end of it. If you are ever in Williams, you definitely need to eat here.

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Sylvia G Photography(This part of Route 66 definitely looks like Cars Land at Disney California Adventure)

Early in the morning we left for the Grand Canyon. The weather looks amazing in the photos but it was 30 degrees out. We hiked along the South Rim. While the Rim Trail is easy, I recommend hiking off the trail (I know, the signs say not to) so you can climb down to some awesome ledges!

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Sylvia G Photography

Sylvia G Photography

 

After, we headed southeast toward Flagstaff. We drove through Coconino National Forest and it was so beautiful. In the higher elevation, the snow was still covering the mountains. We couldn’t help but stop and do a mini-shoot.

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Sylvia G Photography

Sylvia G Photography

Sylvia G Photography

 

We spent some time in downtown Flagstaff and ate at this hip restaurant, Criollo Latin Kitchen. The food was delicious! I had chipotle glazed bison meatloaf and Kenny got some of the best carne asada tacos we’ve ever had in our lives. I’ve never been to Flagstaff (or maybe I have and just don’t remember) but I didn’t know it was so freaking HIP! Hipsters everywhere and all the food places were rated high on yelp and looked so good.

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Sylvia G Photography

 

The next day we headed over to Bearizona since we had free tickets. Neither of us have ever been or even knew much about it before going. I’m glad we went because it was an amazing experience! They had a walk-thru sort of “zoo” section that housed all sorts of mountain animals from the cutest foxes to baby bears. We also got to see a bird of prey free flight show. It was crazy how close the birds fly to your head. We then went through a drive-thru portion. It’s essentially Jurassic Park but with mountain animals and they can walk right up to your car (although, most didn’t).

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Sylvia G PhotographyThe most exciting part! This wolf came up to my car and sniffed the whole thing. He was so friendly!

Sylvia G PhotographyThey were white bison and reminded me of Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender hahaha.

Overall, it was a very fun and packed trip! Thank you Kenny for partaking in this adventure with me and happy anniversary! ❤ I wish everyone a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend!

 

Sweetness

11 Oct

There are 2 sweet things that go hand-in-hand in life, cakes & Miso from Miso Bakes.

If you follow my work, you know I’ve worked with this talented girl before.  You may also know that I have a huge sweet tooth and Miso Bakes never fails to satisfy my sweet tooth like no one else. blog to get a glimpse of her and check out her gorgeous cakes!

These are some cakes I shot a while back and they are definitely some of my favorites by her.

Sylvia G Photography - Miso Bakes

Sylvia G Photography - Miso Bakes

Sylvia G Photography - Miso Bakes

Sylvia G Photography - Miso Bakes

Lemon & Mint on Martha Stewart Weddings

19 Jul

This post is a bit overdue, but…

One of my dear friends is a pâtissière and runs Miso Bakes. She is extremely hardworking and even more talented. Her cake designs are some of the best that I have ever seen (and I’m obsessed with cakes). She is skilled and sweet so you can only imagine how excited I was when she emailed me telling me that one of her creations was to be in Martha Stewart Weddings! Although she’s humble and say it’s undeserved, I think she deserved every bit of it. I feel blessed that she has faith in me and my work and always feel so lucky when she asks me to shoot her cakes.

You can read her post about her Lemon & Mint cake being on Martha Stewart Weddings. Like her, I grew up watching Martha Stewart on TV (seriously – ask my mom about it). I always loved being super domestic – cooking, DIY household things, gardening, etc. so it meant so much more to me that Stella asked me to shoot her cake for Martha Stewart Weddings. You can read the article and look at the photos here in The Brides Guide.

This cake looks so fresh and summery and is both modern and retro. Be sure to follow Miso Bakes on her cake adventures and see what other amazing things she creates: Blog / Facebook

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Sylvia G Photography - Miso Bakes - Martha Stewart

Sylvia G Photography - Miso Bakes - Martha Stewart

PS: I cannot wait for the day when she makes my wedding cake (and I’m not even engaged yet).

Miso Bakes – The Purple Cake

9 Feb

Had an opportunity to collaborate again with the talented pâtissier, Stella of Miso Bakes.
I’ve worked with her on a couple of other shoots and this time we went along with an elegant wedding theme with a gorgeous purple cake!

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Miso Bakes has been steadily growing a following on her blog and it’s great to see all the amazing creations she posts and her insights on life as she grows and follows her dreams of being a top pastry chef. She is an amazing individual and I can’t wait to see where she goes!

Cake: Miso Bakes
Model: Laura
Makeup: Barbara Tomoko Hori

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Sylvia G Photography - Miso Bakes
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I love cake.

3 Nov

I love cake more than most things. That is not an exaggeration; that is a truth. I’m lucky that my job entails taking photos of things I love.

Last week I had the opportunity to work with the lovely Stella of Miso Bakes once again. She has been working on new wedding cake designs.

Sylvia G Photography - Wedding Cake - Miso Bakes

Sylvia G Photography - Wedding Cake - Miso Bakes

Check out the intricate detail.

Sylvia G Photography - Wedding Cake - Miso Bakes

Check out the Miso Bakes blog for more info about her cakes and other creations as well as booking info!

Miso Bakes | Product

26 Jul

I have been having meetings with Stella (Miso Bakes) to plan some collaboration shoots. This is the first of several.

Stella went to UCI with me and after she attended Le Cordon Bleu and is heading on her way to be an amazing patissier! I am always so amazed not only by her skill and attention to detail but her imagination. I knew she was going to make a teapot cake for this tea party themed shoot but I never imagined it would be an amazing teapot that looks like a flower!

Evanne was our model and she did such a stunning job. I was so excited when I found her because she had the perfect look that I had in mind. She made my job so easy. 🙂

I was a little worried about lighting because when we started setting up it was really harsh still, but as it sank behind the hills it became so much more beautiful. And a BIG thanks to Stella for being such a good sport and assisting me when I needed it.

Sylvia G Photography - Miso Bakes

Sylvia G Photography - Miso BakesThat is not ice cream. It’s actually a cupcake!

Sylvia G Photography - Miso BakesAnd check out that teapot cake.