culinary getaways: raspberry galette video

I met the lovely and talented Sherry Page of Culinary Getaways a couple of years ago through my friend and video partner Melissa McArdle of Reverie Daydream

Sherry has a long love affair with food, starting with her early life in Georgia gardening and cooking with her grandmother.  In 2005, she started Culinary Getaways which "...introduces guests to the riches of the Northern California Wine Country, Paris, Provence, the French Riviera, Savannah and Tuscany through unique, carefully-crafted, food and wine experiences".  Now does that sound like a slice of heaven??  She is an avid chef and having tasted the raspberry galette in this video that we produced together, I can vouch for her prowess.

I have made Sherry's recipe with gluten free flour and it was equally delicious.


video by kim thompson steel
recipe and food preparation by sherry page, culinary getaways
food styling by melissa mcardle, reverie daydream



firefly institute photo camp

I recently did an interview on Viewfinders with my friend Hillary Sloss, creator of a photo camp for women called FIREFLY INSTITUTE

Hillary was a photojournalist for many years and has a longstanding love affair with photography.  She has long held a dream of collaborating and sharing inspiration with other women photographers and in November 2016 will be holding the first photo camp in Sonoma, CA.  The venue is beautiful, many in depth classes will be offered for the intermediate to advanced photographer, and because it is a camp, there will be FUN!

I will be teaching iPhone and DSLR video classes, alongside some incredible women teaching classes in everything from polaroid to iPhoneography, lighting, food styling, Photoshop and Lightroom, and how to market your own work. 

My interview with Hillary on Viewfinders is HERE

REGISTRATION for the first camp opens this Sunday January 10 at 8 a.m. PST. 

It is going to be AMAZING - I highly encourage anyone with an interest in not only expanding their skills but creating connection with other women photographers to register.

video by kim thompson steel

video for suzanne o'brien studio

Suzanne O'Brien has created an online workshop for those of us who might have months or years worth of photos on our computers and want to see them printed in beautiful photo books.  She announces her class here...

New Workshop Announcement

...with information on how to sign up through Big Picture Classes

Suzanne and I spent a fun afternoon together shooting a video intro for her workshop, with a special appearance from her dog who wanted to be part of the action.

The Hivery

Finding a part-time workspace outside my home this past year has brought a fresh breath of inspiration to my life and work.  The Hivery is a co-working, collaborative, women's "inspiration lab" in Sausalito, CA founded by Grace Kraaijvanger.  Grace is one of those people with whom you can only hope you might get to meet or work with at least once in your life - she is welcoming and lovely, the physical space she created is beautiful, and her background in both ballet and marketing give her a unique perspective on not only reinventing your career but doing it mindfully and creatively.

She inspired me so much that we worked on a promotional video together which now lives on The Hivery's front page.