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A Night in Sonoma County (Paper Co. + Catelli's)

It's been a rainy Saturday here in Houston. A chance for some quiet, a few cups of tea, and to finally catch up on the edit of this wonderful popup dinner by Chef Domenica Catelli hosted here in Houston by Paper Co. several months ago. I had forgotten how hungry editing these dinners makes me :-). Enjoy!


  • Seeded Loaf Crostini
    with Spring Pea, Asparagus, Texas Ricotta and Basil
  • Organic Kale Salad
    with Crushed Nuts, Parmesan, Citrus and California EVOO
  • Houston Farmers Market Beets
    with Pistachio, Mint, Arugula and Goat Cheese
  • Smokey Creamy Polenta
  • Catelli's Famous Meatballs
  • Lemon & Herb Chicken
  • Braised Texas Pork
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

Dinner was amazing and the amount of work that goes into these popups still boggles my mind! Huge thanks to Chef Catelli & the Paper Co. crew for once more having me along to document this.

Quick update - Paper Co. is now open for brunch on Monday through Saturday morning/early afternoon, and for dinner on Saturday & Sunday evenings!

More to come ...



The Shout: How Can We Be Whole?

This past Tuesday, the question was asked at The Shout - "How Can We Be Whole?" The photographs that follow were made that evening and are the responses of some of the participating artists, volunteers and attendees to the question of what they believe we need to be whole again, as individuals or as a collective.

It was an absolute pleasure making these photographs of you all! I know I wasn't quite able to get to photograph everyone but I'm grateful to those of you that I did for sharing a bit of yourselves and your heart with me. (Note: You can reach me at

A bit more information about The Shout for those of you wondering (from their website) - "The Shout is an ecumenical space that promotes the radical idea that justice and spirituality are inseparable from one another. Housed within the larger St. John’s UMC faith community, The Shout aims at taking seriously the injunction to 'love your neighbor as yourself,' and to do so in a way that promotes actions that echo throughout the city, the country, and the larger global community: 'Shout, do not hold back! Lift up your voice like a trumpet!'. ... Each month The Shout will be heard, incorporating different art forms (from poetry, visual art, photography, and music), as well as voices from different faith communities in a way that will speak to the injustices plaguing the Houston community, the national community, and the world at large."

You can find The Shout on Facebook and follow them in Instagram or Twitter.

Bethany - The Studio Photo Shoot (Look #2)

I was reminded the other day that I never did get around to posting the second set of photographs from my photo shoot with the lovely Bethany McCade. Sorry about that, it's been a somewhat busy couple of months over here and I am just now getting around to sharing these with you all.

Here you go!! :-) We shot these on the same day and in the same space (different set) as the first look but went for a completely different look and feel for the photographs.

Hope you've all been well and are having an excellent year! Can you believe it's already April?!?!

A big thank you once again to Bethany (we need to do this again soon!) and to the folks at Fill In The Blank Studio! Now back to editing and planning for this weekend's shoots :-)


- D.

P.S.: Give me a shout if you'd like to have some photographs made. I'd love to hear from you!