Good evening Boils and Ghouls!
If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, instagram, etc. you know how much I love Halloween. It is by far my favorite holiday and always has been since I was a little kid. I remember when my mom would have our annual Halloween party with all the neighbor kids and my friends. After the party, she would turn on “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and she would make her infamous spider bread and spaghetti. After a quick dinner, we would get all dressed up in our costume and head out in the neighborhood and explore the various blocks with all their haunted houses and fill up our bags to the brim with candy. They are such great memories and I have carried the spirit of those days into adulthood. The days of trick or treating are long gone, but I still enjoy the season by having a Halloween party and decorating the yard at my parents house for the kids who come by to trick or treat.
This year I had planed on doing a Halloween series for all of you, but since I’m still working away on editing and doing Family portraits, I didn’t get to do all of my ideas. My inspiration was phobias and the one photo series I completed was “Ornithophobia” which is the fear of birds. I decided to make this specific photo series to be inspired by the Hitchcock film “The Birds”. Big thank you to my friend Lynnae for doing hair and makeup and for one of my assistants, Britta, for channeling Tippi Hedren!
I still dress up because honestly it’s the one day a year I can dress up, be nerdy, and have it not be awkward because everyone else is doing the same thing. This year I decided to dress up as Max from “Where the Wild Things Are”. I wore it to the Disneyland a few weeks ago when I went to the Halloween Party and and I wore it my party last weekend. I think it’s definitely one of my favorite costumes I’ve worn. I brought it with me to San Francisco on Sunday when I did a family portrait session because I knew I’d be shooting near this amazing little patch of trees and I told my assistant, Tanya, that she had to take my picture to complete it. It came out better than I ever could have imagined.
Here are a few of of my past Halloween costumes from the last couple of years.
A Ghostbuster (I made everything myself, even my ghostpack)
Flynn from Adventure Time
And one last item for all of you who celebrate Halloween! I always try and make some Halloween inspired cuisine for my annual party. This year decided to make “Spooky Black Risotto” and I wanna share the recipe with you all in case you wanna make something spooky before going out to Trick or Treat or attending a Halloween party.
“Spooky Black Risotto”
– 1 cup of Forbidden Rice (I found it at Winco in the the bulk bins)
– 1/2 cup of white rice
– 1 32 ounce box of Chicken Stock
– 1 white onion (chopped finely)
– 1/3 stick of butter
-4 cloves garlic minced
– 1/4 cup baby carrots (chopped)
– 1 package of baby bella mushrooms (chopped)
– 3/4 cup of white wine or sherry.
– 1 cup parmesan cheese
-2 tablespoons of Rosemary and Thyme
Chop up your onion, garlic, mushrooms and carrots and throw into your pot with your butter. Saute them for about 5 minutes on medium high heat. Add your forbidden rice, white rice, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper into the veggies and saute for another 5 minutes. Afterwards, add your chicken stock and sherry/white wine. Turn down your heat to medium low and let the rice mixture simmer, stirring every 5 minutes or so (this helps the risotto become creamier). When most of the liquid has been absorbed, add your parmesan cheese and stir it all toegther. Let the rice sit on low heat for another 5 minutes and then enjoy!
Hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween! Stay safe and eat lots and lots of candy!