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My Favorite Guacamole

(white onion pictured above because I was out of red onion) 

I love guacamole and I love Chipotles guacamole. Up until recently, I was always under the false assumption that you need fresh garlic to make truly yummy guacamole. When I found the recipe for Chipotle's guacamole, I was quite surprised that garlic wasn't in there. Made the recipe at home and it is identical to the restaurants. 

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Chipotle's Not so secret Guacamole


2 ripe Hass avocados
2 tsp lime juice
2 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
1/4 cup red onion (finely chopped)
1/2 jalapeƱo, including seeds (finely chopped)
1/4 tsp kosher salt


1.Choose the right avocado. It should feel squishy yet firm (like the palm of your hand), and be a nice dark green color on the inside.
2. Cut the avocado in half and the remove the pit (carefully!)
3. Scoop the avocados and place in a medium bowl.
4. Toss and coat with lime juice.
5. Add the salt and using a fork or potato masher, mash until a smooth consistency is achieved.
6. Fold in the remaining ingredients and mix well.
7. Taste the guacamole (over and over) and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Creating Space

A few years ago, everyone had blogs and flickr accounts. Now it is all twitter and instagram. Can't say that I don't miss having this space to write, share little bits of life and recipes. Life is different now, being a mom, but I hope I can create more space to be here again.

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What I think about "posing" in Photoshoots | Brooklyn Family Photographer

Lifestyle Photography. Photojournalism. Editorial Photography. Portraiture. Documentary Photography. There are so many different types of picture taking. What I do is a combination of a few of these styles. I’d say what I draw on most are lifestyle, editorial and portraiture. The first two types of photographs create a narrative without and sometimes with the help of the photographer. Portraiture is a lot more straightforward. (Although the word “portrait” was considered many different things when I was in art school)

Often when I photograph families with young children, there is a lot more letting things flow how they will. Sometimes it’s just a gentle nudge to look out at the horizon, or to hold your daughters hand. I often find clients appreciate a little direction, so they don’t feel like they won’t know what to do.

I know “posed” can sometimes be considered a bad word in lifestyle photography. This is because it isn’t considered “authentic” but I am not afraid of a proper portrait where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling.

I know department store photography has given portraiture a bad rap, but in my humble opinion, there is nothing like looking at a portrait of your grandma from way back when and really getting to see her just as she was in that moment in time. I pull on whatever techniques are needed for my shoots, based on, #1 what you, the client wants. #2 What your personalities lend itself to. And #3 how we want to create the story.

I had a great teacher who told me the difference between Joe with a camera and me, is that he takes pictures and I make pictures.

Downtown Binghamton First Friday Pop Up Shop at Laveggio Roasteria

If you'll be in or around Binghamton, NY on April 6th, stop by, try some coffee and say Hi.
Humu Print Co. will be selling our goods at our Favorite coffee shop Laveggio Roasteria for First Friday from 6pm - 9pm.

178 State Street, Binghamton, New York 13901