New Hampshire and Cape Cod Vacation

I just spent the past week between New Hampshire, and Cape Cod in Massachusetts. So many photos to edit! I barely have started. It was an amazing vacation full of historical events. It was my first time in Cape Cod, what a beautiful place it was! It was also my first time in the state of New Hampshire. We went to the top of Mount Washington. There are so many of  ski resorts, lakes….It was a magical week! Picnic either on top of mountains in NH, or in the salt march of Cape Cod. Sunsets on the Cape were amazing! It was wonderful to travel and have no time for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It was all improvised on the day, the site, and what we were doing. I can’t believe how much we have seen and done in a week. Here are just the iPhone low quality photos we took at the Attitash Alpine Slide. That was so much fun going down the slopes! Can’t wait to go back this winter to ski  hopefully with the kids and to see family in Vermont that I did not have the chance to see this time around.

 

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Beach trip

I did not take my camera this time. All photos were just with the iphone.

I had a wonderful weekend at the beach this weekend at my friends Doris and Jack.

We went boating, had a house milonga, a workshop, went to have a donut at the famous place Britt’s in Carolina Beach, walked on the boardwalk, collected shells on the island, ate the famous crabs for diner (and breakfast) and went Kayaking.

Jack took his trumpet and Doris her ukulele, and my girls attended, through Skype ,from France, the mini concert the both of them did for us . They sat next to me on the coach and enjoyed the music.

Another fun weekend!

 

Morning Golf

Since I knew that the kids would be in France the month of July with my parents, I wanted to do fun stuff even more with them before they left.  We took the kids to go to the driving range at Hiilandale golf range. Everybody had so much fun!

The girls were really engaged and had Jason as a teacher. They did so well!June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0074 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0085 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0081 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0071 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0072 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0060 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0061 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0046 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0024 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0026 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0023 June_2014_Golf_Hillandale_kids_0010

Video Documentary on Argentine Tango

I specialize in documentary photography and lately have been wanted to add film and video under my belt to be able to cater to any job opportunity that can be giving to me in journalism/documentary.

I feel like a photojournalist or photo documentarist has to know how to do both these days, to be able to stay competitive.

Thanks to the support of my wonderful friend, teacher  and mentor in photography Meg Daniel. She really push me to learn it, and kept telling me that I will love it and embrace it if I give it a chance. She was right as usual.

Thanks to the wonderful teaching of Brandon Johnson, Kelly Smith Campbell and Andrew Ross, I am able to produce my first piece that I am very proud of.

 

It has been a challenge to edit as I am a perfectionist. This is my 4th video, but the first one that I am proud of.

Video Documentary on Argentine Tango

Diner: Moules Frites

Had a wonderful day today with the kids. Stopped by to buy some mussels and was going to make Moules Frites for diner. Love when I have all the kids together under one roof. A simple pleasure…yet one that I am grateful for all the time!

We had a fabulous time! Felt like home.

L’innocence d’un enfant

There is a certain beauty to see a child being a child.

Chloe was outside today and she closed her eyes and was feeling the snow coming down on her face. I had the camera on hand, and looked at her for a long moment to enjoy the no worry, no care of my child. Then of course I had to capture this moment, I wanted to feel inside my heart for a long time..

It was beautiful, innocent. Catching the snow in her mouth, her eyes closes, the flakes on her eyelashes….I stood there, watching her, and wondering if as an adult we can ever experience this peace…

Here is my beautiful Chloe.

This Christmas party has become a tradition

Every year for Christmas Yemi and her parents through this fabulous party.

My parents come from overseas and plan their trip to be able to make this party.

We sing Carols. We get to be serenaded at the piano by Yemi, serenaded by Yemi’s daughter at the harp. This year Jack brought his trumpet and my gosh what a treat !It was so wonderful.

We re-did the 12 days of Christmas…we were all entertained that is for sure.

Great friends, laughter, families in town, kids, food and most of all love.

 

House milonga and Roberto’s birthday

While my parents were here, I wanted to be sure they had the opportunity to dance with this wonderful tango community. So I decided to have a house milonga.

It was so much fun! 32 people showed up and enjoyed food, wine, dancing, and celebrating Roberto’s birthday.

Lara, my middle daughter loved greeting people and taking their coats, Chloe enjoyed dancing with Roberto. Both loved playing with Maya.

Jason, and Millie enjoyed their time hanging out with Byron and his girlfriend.

It was nice to have a full house and to see old tango friends that travelled from California.

 

Sometimes it is about being in the moment…

I was grateful and happy to have the privilege to celebrate the Russian Christmas last Tuesday night. It was the perfect number of people, we had our 12 dishes. Sasha made an incredible duck for us, Katya made wonderful food, Perle brought some financiers, Iryna made the crostinis, and we had Misha with his guitar, and his wife and Katya with the voices….

Poetry book from 1917, cup filled of water, dirt, sugar, pennies to do the traditional fortune readings.

That night was memorable for so many instances, so many ways. I felt like it was a therapeutic night. Misha started to play the guitar, his wife and Katya were singing, then lyrics of french songs were read on the background. I will never listen to “Je suis malade” and L’ete Indien the same way… It was like I was in a movie, sitting with artsy Europeans there. Listening to Misha playing was reliving the time with my own family, with “Tonton Daniel”…

It was great to see Cecil take the guitar and play the house of the Rising sun..

You know you are with the right kind of people when we were smelling the pages of this old Russian book , enjoying great food, great company and good wine.

It was on my way home that I had realized, I have an incredible circle of friends.

Traditional Christmas Eve Diner

Last night, I had my traditional Christmas Eve diner.

Everybody was there by 6.30pm. Guys are used to the tradition, and came prepare with their knives, appron, gloves and even outfit to open the oysters. This year they were cold out there! A typical Ty’punch from Martinique was serve to them to warm them up!

Women were in the kitchen to prepare the traditional tartines with Rillettes de Maqueraux  for the aperitif that was homemade by my parents.

We then had our oysters with a Muscadet Sur Lie, then the Fois Gras  with a Sauternes.

The Confit and the Magret de Canard was delicious, and served with Mushrooms in a mustard and creme sauce, a Gratin Dauphinois, Baby bok choy with ginger and garlic.

The Buches de Noel from La Maison Sucree.were to die for as usual.

It was an evening of laugh, joy, family and friends getting together, kids were enjoying their times. It was another memorable evening.