Saturday, May 19, 2012
Yesterday I ate the best eggs of my life!
I do not exaggerate when I testify that yesterday was one of the best days of my entire life! My friend Kimberly opened up her home for me and allowed me to shoot her in her own environment for my final project this quarter. She did the styling, I did the shooting and in my opinion we make a fabulous team! I will wait to go into this until I'm ready with photos but she lives a lovely life on her farm and I'm beyond blessed to be able to enjoy it. Kimberly has a natural "parisian hospitality" that invites you to relax and linger whether it's at the large farm table inside or wandering around the yard with her crazy chickens and horny rooster. That stinker kept "making his way" into my shots if you know what I mean. Kim tried to convince me that "sex sells" but I wasn't having it. Spending the day on her farm with my camera in my hand was a dream come true for me. As I'm just about to finish my first year of photography courses I feel relaxed with my camera, almost as if it's an extension of me. I can finally begin to feel proud of my photos and really understand just what it is I'm doing. This allows me to relax and just "be" in the environment I'm shooting.
But back to the eggs...
We were enjoying a lovely morning and I was following Kimberly around her yard while she cut lilacs, redirected a horse who had escaped from her pen, and hung laundry on a clothesline. I'm running a crazy amount of miles right now and thankfully we are close enough friends that I can ask her for something to eat. I was starving!! I don't know if she had planned on feeding me but she effortlessly wandered into the kitchen where she simply prepared scrambled eggs with pesto. First of all, this is a combination I've never tried before and it's AMAZING! Second of all, I need to ask her how she keeps her eggs so light and fluffy! And third, I've NEVER, in all my days enjoyed my eggs more.
What truly impressed me was the relaxed comfort of the whole thing and I've decided it's better to enjoy scrambled eggs or even peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at a casual table with someone you love than at a fancy table with fancy food that you've slaved over for hours or even days. In some ways we discussed how the beautiful images of pinterest have duped us into thinking that life needs to be lived beautifully decorated and styled to a "T". What a disservice. It's better to feel comfortable and welcome and at ease. Now that I'm 40 it's easier to let those things go and realize what's truly important. I know I for one am ready to open my home for scrambled eggs. Isn't it more about the company than the food?
Scrambled eggs and toast.
I suppose there is no excuse NOT to have someone over for lunch now! :)
ps The goreous loaf of bread on the table sadly is not gluten free. That was for her boys. But she did have lovely gluten free toast available as well. The top image is from my instagram page.
PLEASE follow Kimberly's lovely blog HERE. You'll enjoy it so!