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Lens + Larder Workshop


Hello! It’s been awhile! I’m not really sure where to begin but I am so excited to get back into creating things for Four By Three and this is my first post doing just that. In June of last year (2015) I had a baby girl and chose to put this blog on hold until I was ready creatively to continue with it. During that time through various people I follow on instagram I somehow stumbled across Lens & Larder, a series of workshops put on by the lovely Imen McDonnell and Cliodhna Prendergast along with guest collaborators varying from photographers, stylists and writers.

I just so happened to find them right before they were to hold a food photography and styling workshop with the enchanting Renée Kemps in Ireland at the beautiful and picturesque Ballyvolane House. I did a little looking into flights (pretty cheap and short coming from London) and checked to see if a space was available (there was!) and the next thing I knew, I was on my way to Ireland! The three days spent there were filled with lovely long conversations about everything from photography to being a working mom over delicious meals; foraging the grounds of Ballyvolane; meeting local vendors whose food and wares we photographed; learning to style a tabletop for a photo story; homemade butter and soda bread making demonstrations; having a gin tasting of the delightful Bertha’s Revenge which is made at Ballyvolane…it was a packed few days!

I was blown away by the talent of not only our hosts but also the other attendees and this workshop was the perfect jolt of creativity that I needed. Below is a visual snapshot into the workshop and the people I met. And if you have the chance to sign up for a Lens & Larder workshop, do it!

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Martha’s Vineyard


Itinerary: A weekend trip up to the beautiful Martha’s Vineyard.

Travel Time: About a 4 hour drive from Manhattan to Woods Hole where you can catch a ferry to the island (about another 30-40 minutes of travel time).

Accommodation: One this trip we were invited to spend the weekend at the home of our friend’s parents’ along with a few of my husband’s other work colleagues. I absolutely love visiting a place with a local and getting to see the less touristy side of things.

Highlight(s): This was such a great trip- no agenda, just a weekend to hangout with friends, eat good food and enjoy the outdoors. Martha’s Vineyard is one of those picturesque places where every street looks like something from a movie or a Norman Rockwell painting. Americana in its most pure form. We grilled out, spent the day at the beach, rode bikes around the neighborhood… typical beach town stuff. One great breakfast place I recommend that we visited is called the Right Fork Diner and is located right next to the Katama Airfield. You can enjoy a tall stack of pancakes while watching bi-planes take off and land then head out for a great day at the beach.

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Itinerary: Four days in Positano for work as I was photographing a wedding (which you can see here) that had multiple days of events. WhenI get to work in fun locations like this, I try and tempt my husband to come along as my assistant and it worked this time!

Travel Time: You can fly directly from London to Naples (about a 2 hour and forty minute flight) and from there you have  few options- train, car, or bus. The bride and groom had arranged for a car to pick us up so we had a lovely drive along the coast from Naples straight into Positano.

Accommodation: Again for this trip since it was work related, accommodation was arranged for us at the beautiful Hotel Buca di Bacco. The location was superb as it was steps away from the beach front in Positano and our room had a magnificent view of the ocean that we enjoyed from the balcony on most mornings.

Highlight(s): When I wasn’t working on this trip, my husband and I tried to take advantage of the sea, sunshine, fresh seafood and abundance of gelato (pistachio is one of my favorite flavors!). The winding streets throughout Positano are fun to just wander and see where they take you- one of the places we ended up was a store called Pepé where we purchased all sorts of things made of linen… shirts, trousers and a bag. On our last day in town, we took a boat to Capri that some friends had hired for the afternoon and spent our time strolling through this beautiful town situated on a rock in the middle of the ocean. One of my favorite things we did that day, besides enjoying some gelato, was ride a chair lift up to the top of the island where it seemed like you could see to the ends of the earth. This trip, even though it was for work, was a much needed dose of sunshine and rejuvenation and I can definitely seeing us coming back in the future.

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