Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center in Brooklyn

I visited the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center in Brooklyn last week for the upcoming CRAVE book. They specialize in cooking and educational classes for adults and kids; check them out!

I loved the look of the kitchen: so bright and welcoming
Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

Beautiful herb paintings by the owner’s sister-in-law
Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

The lovely owner, Nissa.
Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn portrait Nissa Pierson

Her dog, Sadie, was following us around during part of the shoot, so I figured she needed her time in the spotlight as well.
Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn dog

Becca and Lucy

My sister Becca adopted a super sweet lab mix named Lucy, so naturally a portrait session of the two of them was necessary.

Becca loves how Lucy’s ears perk up sometimes, so I was making various animals noises to cause it.


What’s this large brown dog over here? Time to sniff it out.

I love her adorable smile here!

Janna and Cassie

While I was back in Maine for Christmas I did some fun portraits of my sister Janna and her sweet dog Cassie. Cassie is new member of the household, and came to her through the Collie Rescue League of New England.

Beautiful Cassie!

Cassie has decided to take ownership of Janna

I love these next two as a series


Both Janna and Cassie trying out the new dog bed

Cassie was expressing her pleasure that Janna had arrived home

Janna imitating Cassie’s expression

Hilary and Ella

Last weekend I took a little jaunt to Des Moines to visit my good friend Hilary, where I got to meet her super sweet dog Ella.

We took a trip to the local dog park with Ella’s best friend, Hoosier.

Family summer fun

Last month my dad and all his brothers were in town for my uncle’s grand birthday celebration. It’s always a fun time when everyone gets together!

Every time all the brothers gather, they recreate a photo that was taken of them as kids. If one of them is absent, they simply use a broom or zucchini or something as a stand-in for the missing brother.

We took a trip down to Millennium Park

cousin Seamus!

A little playtime in the park with Vandhana and her sweet dog, Shivani

Careful of that beard, Mark

Violet is done for the afternoon

Seamus is fascinated by the iPhone, especially the bubble wrap app that dad had installed

Kitty time!

Final Syracuse images

The rest of the Syracuse batch! My random finds throughout the weekend.

Interesting doors at night

Some lit-up tree branches

My brother at the local Starbucks

Janna’s cat, Mango

Cool stairwell leading up to Janna’s room




I met up with John in Wicker Park at a fabulous loft where he was house/cat sitting for the weekend. I loved this place!

I loved the shapes of this fan I shot through

We called this his album cover shot

He was cracking me up with his raising one eyebrow talent

And of course, the kitty he was sitting. She was very sweet until she decided she was done being affectionate, at which point she bit me. That’s what I get for playing with her while she was trying to nap.