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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Morven Garden

Meet Michelle and Marie, the gardeners extraordinaire!
Last week I put my clock at 6am to document what those two lovely ladies have been creating for the past year.   I met them while covering an event for PBS and I thought their story was so interesting that I wanted for them to be on the blog.

Here is how it all started in Michelle's words.

“When Thomas Jefferson imagined his ideal Academical Village, he emphasized the importance of agriculture in higher education. Jefferson used his gardens as a living laboratory at Monticello, where he experimented with 330 different vegetables and 170 fruit varieties. Over 200 years later, Jefferson’s values of agriculture are being reexamined at Morven Farm. In 2001, philanthropist John W. Kluge gave this 7,379-acres to the University of Virginia Foundation for educational and charitable purposes.

Last October, a group of aspiring young agrarian UVA students set their sights on a one-acre plot which was once organically cultivated for John Kluge, and began developing plans for an educational Kitchen Garden. For students and community members who want to learn where their food comes from on a real-world scale, the Morven Kitchen Garden presents an opportunity for leaning by DOING.

This summer, the garden is managed by recent UVA graduate, Michelle Rehme, UVA ’08 grad Marie Schacht, and two amazing UVA student apprentices: Judith Yang and Rowan Sprague. Along with helpful volunteers and visitors, these ladies have turned field once filled with weeds and trees into a productive garden – which is now bustling with all sorts of veggies, herbs, and flowers. The majority of the produce goes straight back to UVA students – through a unique student CSA program in which students sign up and get a weekly box of produce.
 Learn more about the Morven Kitchen Garden by checking out the blog:
 Or even better, come out for an early morning and get your hands dirty in the garden!”


If you are bored this summer, pay them a visit. They would love your help and it is so peaceful int he morning.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Beautiful one month old baby girl portraits

I love being part of my clients life! That is the beauty of being a photographer, one of the best part of my job is seeing everyone growing and changing.  I have known this family for few years and it is so touching to meet this adorable new little addition to the girls!
Meet Harper!

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

How to make a wedding cake?

Meet Rachel from Cakes by Rachel!
She does scrumptious cakes!  She studied at the Cordon blue cooking school in France and was the Chef at the Clifton Inn for many years and now she makes delicious cakes and raises sheep!

A few weeks back , I spent the day with her as this is part of my series "behind the scene".
I had no idea it took so long to make a weeding cake. It is a 4-day process.
day-1 :bake the cake and let it cool-
day -2: make filling and put the layers together
day-3: do the frosting and put the cake together
day 4- decorate and deliver

I learned a few things about making a cake you have to be very very patient and precise.

Unfortunately,  I could not photograph the delivery part as I had a wedding that weekend. But here is one of my favorite cakes, decorated that Rachel did for Alexandra and Jeremy over a year ago.

Rachel uses local ingredients and whenever possible organic products. She also makes vegan cakes. I tried the chocolate one....yummm.

She delivers all her cakes in this amazing protection case for traveling.
You need baking goods, make sure you call Rachel at 434-960-5872!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

PBS Fundraiser at the Morven House

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to photographer this lovely fundraiser at the Morven House for PBS. Gorgeous floral arrangements by Couture Design and succulent catering by l'Etoile, wines by Mountfair Vineyards and beer by Star Hill.
Governor Baliles was the special guest.







Thursday, June 9, 2011

Wonderful review!

I am not one who enjoys doing self promotion. Actually it is one of the hardest thing for me to do in having a business. If I only could just take pictures:)
So here goes my bragging, the other morning I woke up to this wonderful review that Caitlin, who got married at Pollak Vineyards back In May wrote on, without my asking. Our jobs as photographers is so rewarding!

"Dominique is truly amazing. She is as talented as she is patient - as stealthy as she is creative! Our May 2011 wedding was a very good day - but Dominique made it great. Her photos are stunning - they captured the event in an easy, spontaneous, seemingly effortless way. Dominique also has tremendous stamina, and outlasted all of the guests! I could not possibly recommend her and her work highly enough."

Thank you Caitlin!

newlyweds kissing

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

engagement photos in New York

I spent the past week end in New York. I love that city... so much energy.  I need my New York fix a couple of time a year.

Elana and Rich are a such a sweet couple.  We really got to know each other before their big day.  I am excited about their wedding in August.
We walked for about 2 and half hours. We went from the Belvedere castle to the Bethesda in Central Park. Then we took a cab to the High Lane- newly renovated railing, transformed in a lovely pathway, we finally ended in the west Village by going through the MeatPacking District.
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