Back in August I got an email from Kinfolk magazine. When I first saw the sender I just thought it was one of their mass emails about a new magazine or article or something. But it wasn't. It was the art director asking me if I would like to shoot a photo for their winter issue. I was in a utter state of shock. Kinfolk is that kind of magazine that I would dream to shoot in, but never though my photos would get in. I like the photos I take, but Kinfolk has just such a certain kind of beauty in it's photos, that I didn't think mine would be up to par. But they wanted me. AMAZING. I immediately replied back of course! So I shot two photos for the issue, gingersnap cookies all packaged up for giving and a hot toddy drink. Nerves took over the day of the shoot but I somehow managed through, with the help of my mom coming up, with my little cousin, to help out.
They sent me the new issue last week and to see my photos in print was such a dream. To have photos with the likes of Alice Gao and Nikole Herriott made me feel like I was finally doing something right. Here are the photos and a few of the outtakes as well, my favorite being the one of my mom holding little Alana.
On a sadder note, my beloved little cat, Cosmic has past away. She has been my cat for more than half my life and was my love. I begged my parents for years and years to get a pet when I was little, every birthday and christmas it was the only thing I wanted. It was always 'No, our condo is too small" etc etc. Then one day my Aunt called us up and her neighbor's cat had kitten, seeing if we wanted one. Somehow the answer became yes from my parents and we drove over their to pick out one. This little grey kitten with a white milk mustache became ours. I loved her from the moment we saw her. She was not the normal type of cat that most people fall in love with. She was really tough, acted like she didn't need anyone and was so fiesty she would even sometimes nip at my ankles walking by.
But if I was really still, just laying on the couch watching tv, she would sneak up and crawl onto my stomach and purr while I pet her. It made those little moments more special. We were just alike. Tough and aloof on the outside but really just a little softy at heart. I will miss her more than anything. She has been slowing fading away this past month. When my parent's came back from a trip, she had lost so much weight and just slept on a chair all day long, barely eating or drinking. Luckily my dad is home from work recovering from a surgery, so he was their with her all day long until the end. She will be greatly missed.
1 stick (114g) butter, soft
1 cup (200g) brown sugar
1/4 cup (85g) molasses
2 cups (250g) AP flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
white sugar for rolling
Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Sift in flour, soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Mix until combine. Chill in fridge for 1 hour.
Scoop out into 1 tbsp balls and roll in white sugar. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool slightly on sheet then let finish cooling on rack.