Upcoming Digi-Photo Workshops in Surprise, Arizona!

Gambel's Quail female, Sun Village, Surprise, Arizona
Gambel’s Quail female, Sun Village, Surprise, Arizona

In March, 2013 I am offering four Digi-Photo Workshops for the residents of Sun Village, in Surprise, Arizona: Digi-Photo I, Digi-Photo II, iPad/iPhone/iPad Photo Workshop, and Photography in the Park (White Tank Mountain Regional Park!). For specific details about the workshops, click here.

As an instructor, I specialize in working with Senior students and enjoy sharing experiences from 25-plus years as a photographer (National Geographic, New York Times, numerous books, and more). My classes are hands-on, interactive workshops—we dive right in and improve our picture-making skills right away. We move along at a reasonable pace and questions are encouraged. Class sizes are limited so that students get plenty of hands-on attention. My workshops often sell-out quickly and student evaluations consistently rank them as two thumbs-up.

I really look forward to these upcoming workshops, meeting and working with the Sun Village residents, and exploring the beautiful, sunny Southwest. We’ll have a great time and learn loads about photography from each other!

Fresh from the Oven: Maine Home Cooking

Maine Home Cooking
Maine Home Cooking, written by Sandra Oliver, photographed by Jennifer

In the summer of 2011, I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph Sandra L. Oliver’s book, Maine Home Cooking: 175 Recipes from Down East Kitchens. Working with Sandy (and the Down East Books crew) and photographing on Islesboro island was a rare treat. The food was amazing, sumptuous, and beautiful; the laughter contagious; and the surroundings a dream to photograph.

Maine Home Cooking is not only a terrific book to draw culinary inspiration from, it also captures Sandy’s humorous voice and character. She relates entertaining stories about the recipes, shares her passion for food history, gives sound and helpful advice, and connects us to local foods (from her own bountiful gardens to Maine’s local growers).

I know I am slightly biased, but the imagery in the book offers a sense of place on many levels: We explore inside the farmhouse, outside in the gardens, around the island. From the depths of the cellar we spy canning jars residing on shelves; in the garden one of Sandy’s cats is on the prowl; along the shoreline a cairn rises above the stony beach; we bid adieu and depart on the ferry to head back to the mainland.

This delightful book celebrates recipes from the past and new ones from the present. As an avid cook and person interested in learning about the history of food, I find Maine Home Cooking an excellent jumping off point for more adventures in my own kitchen, and I bet you will, too!

From the Publisher: About Maine Home Cooking:

Residing on Maine’s Islesboro Island, Sandra Oliver is a revered food historian with a vast knowledge of New England food history, subsistence living, and Yankee cooking. For the past five years she has published her weekly recipe column “Tastebuds” in the Bangor Daily News. The column has featured hundreds of—from classic tried-and-true dishes to innovative uses for traditional ingredients. Collecting more than three hundred recipes from her column and elsewhere, and emphasizing fresh, local ingredients, as well as the common ingredients found in most kitchens, this volume represents a new standard in home cooking.

(Down East Books; September, 2012; Hardcover; 7″ x 9″; 240 pages; 40 color photos; ISBN: 978-1-60893-180-4.)

Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound | Powell’s

Available direct from the publisher: Down East Books.

Icons? Did someone say Icons?

Though it is a wee bit after their official release date, I am nonetheless busting to announce the publication of not one but TWO new books that my husband, writer Matthew P. Mayo, and I worked on together.

New Hampshire Icons: Fifty Classic Symbols of the Granite State and Vermont Icons: Fifty Classic Symbols of the Green Mountain State are companion volumes to our hot-selling book of last summer, Maine Icons: Fifty Classic Symbols of the Pine Tree State.

The two newest books round out our “Northern New England Trio” and we couldn’t be happier with the results. And judging from early response, readers feel the same way.

The books are hardcovers with full-color dust sleeves, and inside are packed with 112 full-color, glossy pages filled with hundreds of photos and loaded with Matt’s excellent essays that explore little-known facts (Did you know that New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington is home to the world’s worst weather? Or that Vermont was the first state in the nation to ban billboard advertising?), historical legends, and longtime secrets about the 50 icons from each state.

If you have a hankering to visit–if only just via the pages–three of the most beautiful states in the nation (perhaps we’re a wee bit biased), a great place to begin would be with your very own copies of Maine Icons, New Hampshire Icons, and Vermont Icons!