Chef Isaiah Allen

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A French Dinner at Saint-Jacques at The Burke Manor Inn.

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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

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.

My Parents

For the both of them it is their second marriage. They have been married for 32 years ( I think). Being on vacation with them was a good example of what a healthy marriage/relationship should be.

Every morning my dad over the 10 days of vacations would wake up, and say good morning to both my mom and I. At breakfast he would get up, get his coffee, set it on the table and go kiss my mom with a ” Bonjour ma cherie” .

During visiting Athenes, Santorini, he would take my mom’s hand, or put his arms around her shoulders. Not by obligations, but in such a natural way. Every night he would get up from the bed in the hotel, and go get a piece of dark chocolate for himself and ask ” Tu veux une tisane ma cherie?” and he would make her a tea.

He was taking so many photos of her , and on the same time of me. He told me : this is normal Katia, this is how it should be.

They both joke so much, laugh all times, don’t take themselves seriously.

And then the night before we left Athenes we were talking about many things as we are inside a restaurant and my dad gave this speech that actually made me and my mom cry.

He gave his declaration of love right there, and why he loved my mom, and what love was suppose to be, or not to be. It was the most beautiful thing he ever said, and if you knew my dad you would know he is not the kind of kind to say this kind of things very easily.  I can count on my hand the times I heard him say I love you.

That was the most beautiful speech I had ever heard. Wish I had record it. At then end ,both my mom and I in tears crying in this restaurant, my mom said…I never knew you felt that way, still , after all these years.

Anyway here are the photos I took of them together.

They have show me what is love, and are a perfect example of why it last. They both give to each other. There is not just one that inspire the other…they both inspire each other. They both challenge each other still. They both lift each other up. It is both way, it goes both ways. They both have been very sucessful and still together because they always had each others back and pushed each other further. That is why they respect each other.  They are truly an example!

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece

I can’t found the words to express what walking into this ancient place what I felt. Knowing that so many have been here…

The Acropolis of Athens is one of the most ancient citadelle. It is  all the way on a high rocky hill above the city of Athens.

The Acropolis is made of  several ancient buildings ( only ruins)

The Site is an incredible architectural place and very rich in historic significance.

Of course the most famous building in the Acropolis is the Parthenon.

It was a pleasure to take photos there, really.

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.

Chloe’s Christmas Concert

Last week we went to Chloe’s second grade Christmas concert at Kestreil. Jason, Lara and Chloe’s friend were there to applaud her. She was of course the most beautiful:-)

She did so well, she was so cute! She sang beautifully and danced incredibly. What a treat!

 

 

Friends

There is something to be said about friends. I am grateful, and humbled to have the people I have, in my life. New friends, old friends, people there to help you when you need it the most.

There is this quote that I really like by Twyla Tharp:      “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home”

So today I went to the Duke Gardens and did some photos…it was my run away without leaving home. Jason then went golfing with Cecil and the girls, Iryna and I, we chilled out on the porch.

Here are some photos from this afternoon.