3.17.2015

The Negroni Family Tree


Nothing says summer quite like a crisp Negroni aperitif in the garden, the grass warmed by the late afternoon sun... While this may not be quite the garden paradise, we're getting in the 'spring' of things with these riffs on the classic Negroni by Campari and Bulldog Gin. Building up the "Negroni Family Tree" at this Manhattan Cocktail Classic Seminar was the responsibility of bar manager Masa Urushido and pastry chef Brian Yurko at New York City's Saxon + Parole restaurant. Together they created a "Deconstructed Negroni" dessert and ten Campari cocktails. Some of my favorite shots are below.

3.10.2015

Spring in Seattle

I traveled up to Seattle for a few days last week and had a fun time exploring the city and catching up with old friends. The spring flowers on the trees and throughout Pike Place Market were so beautiful, I wish I could have taken a bouquet of tulips home on the plane with me!

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3.03.2015

Sunset-watching at Russian Ridge

One of the things I love about California are the multitude of parks and nature preserves. Everywhere you turn there's another hundred acres roped off for conservation and recreation. It's almost overwhelming- so many trails to hike, so many hills to climb, I'll never be able to finish them all! As someone who passionately loves being out in the heart of nature, this is the perfect region for a quick escape into the hills and woods surrounding the Bay Area. One of my favorites is Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. It's a lot less crowded than some of the other parks I've hiked in this area, and yet it has easily accessible views of Silicon Valley right off the parking lot. So on a day when I just want to soak up the sun on a gorgeous vista without a grueling two-hour hike to the summit, I can drive right up to Russian Ridge. However be warned- the winding road to the summit parking lot is not for the faint of heart, it's about a 30 minute drive of twisting switchbacks up the foothills. But if you can stomach the car-sickness, the view is definitely worth it, on a clear day you can see 40 miles to San Francisco! This afternoon the weather was indecisive, with dark stormy clouds rolling in and out over the otherwise sunny hills. I almost called it quits at sunset as the sun was dipping behind the clouds, but then caught this amazing pink glow that overtook the valley- catching the fog and illuminating some deer grazing on the hillside.

Russian Ridge

2.17.2015

Cocktails at Long Island Bar

Toby Cecchini mixes up perfect drinks at this retro diner-turned-bar in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.
Long Island Bar

A Snowy Lunch at Brooklyn's French Louie

The best remedy for a blizzard is to find someplace warm to hide away. Preferably a spot with good food and drinks, where you can escape the snowy afternoon with a coffee and newspaper. Or have a delicious Foie Gras and Country Ham Terrine followed by a plate of Smoked Sardines...

French Louie

1.24.2015

Golden Gate Sunrise

After a whirlwind start to 2015, I'm excited to share that I've officially relocated to the West Coast! I'm now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and still shooting food & drink, events, lifestyle and travel stories in my neighborhood, across the country and internationally. After over five years living and working in New York City, I finally decided to "take the plunge" and pursue my dream of living in California. I can't wait to take on new assignments here and explore the vast Pacific Coast. If you're not already, you can follow me on Instagram for more shots from my adventures: @ginnymae. Apologies in advance for the surge in beach sunset photos... ;) Speaking of which...

Jet-lag can be a wonderful thing. I love when I'm up early enough to catch the sunrise, though let's face it- that doesn't happen very often. But I'm still running on New York time and have had the pleasure of waking up before 5am each morning. Rather than lay awake in bed, my boyfriend decided to drive us across the Golden Gate Bridge in the dark hours of the AM to watch the sunrise, and what a gorgeous sight it was! We parked at the top of Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands, which was surprisingly busy for 6:30am on a weekday. It was so quiet up there, with just the wind and the crows and all of us standing in silence waiting for the sun. I wish I could do this every day!

Sunrise in San Francisco

1.08.2015

Fiyel Levant for Lonny Magazine

This article I shot for Lonny magazine back in September is finally live! I'm so excited to share them with you- it seems like ages ago when we were still basking in that late summer sun... I had such a wonderful time photographing designer Fiyel Levant's gorgeous home in Queens and playing with her adorable son. Read the full story on Lonny.

Fiyel Levant

12.20.2014

Tea Time: Chinese Tea Ceremony at Betony

Tea time comes in the form of a Chinese tea ceremony at NYC restaurant Betony.

Betony

8.20.2014

A Nautical Summer Home in Sag Harbor

What do I have to do to get a summer home this lovely?? Elizabeth Cooper designed this delightful little cottage to be the perfect holiday retreat by the sea in Sag Harbor, NY. Read the full story on Lonny.

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