GF Carrot Cake

GF Carrot Cake | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo
GF Carrot Cake | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo GF Carrot Cake | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo
GF Carrot Cake | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo

No, life was not easy in last months of 2017. Emotional struggle, changing home, staring over, bad news, waking up in panic thinking about how to put my own life in order.
Being far from family was additional negative point … but having friends who care was definitely a positive.
Slowly, day by day .. life took its normal flow, even still struggling, I found my direction.

All of these influenced my creativity, I could not think of new recipes, posts .. I was in my hole and I was not in the mood to go out. Light in new apartment was not the same as in previous, oven was different, I was finding excuses to take camera and try … deep inside I knew a reason, I was not ready until today.
I knew what recipe I wanted to make, cake I made few times for friends in previous months. I was just waiting for day to wake up with right mood …

I still don’t feel fully comfortable with new light, new oven … but a big step today was I’ve tried and thats what makes me happy.

GF Carrot Cake

(recipe adapted from Lunch Lady issue 7)

For the cake:

250g carrots, grated
2 large eggs
1 cup coconut sugar
60ml maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
180ml olive oil
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup almond meal
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
100g shelled walnuts

For the spiced yogurt:

2tbs maple syrup
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
360ml natural yogurt

Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line 19cm round cake tin with baking paper.
In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla extract and oil until well combined.
In a medium size bowl, whisk together dry ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Then, using a wooden spoon, stir through the combined wet ingredients until the mixture is completely smooth.
Fold through the grated carrots and walnuts.
Pour cake mixture into cake tin, and bake in the center of oven for 45 minutes or until the top of cake the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted into its center comes out clean.
For the spiced yogurt, in a small bowl, stir together the maple syrup and spices. Add natural yogurt on top and swirl to combine.
Serve the yogurt on top of the cake, sprinkle with chopped pistachio, toasted coconut and rose petals (optional)

Minois Paris

Minois Paris | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Minois Paris | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Minois Paris | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Minois Paris | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Minois Paris | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Minois Paris | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Minois Paris | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Minois Paris | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Minois Paris | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Minois Paris | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

​Minois Paris was my first experience working with kids. I have to admit I was a bit scared but, as mother myself I learnt to invent on daily basis, so that comforted me a bit.

On a moment I met Paz, I got in love with her. Such an independent, smart little girl … and all her personality came out perfectly on images.
Same with Mia … very calm and elegant, I couldn’t ask for better models.

I have so much fun doing this shoot … it involved ​kids, beautiful fragrances and an amazing place .

Credits
Cosmetics : Minois Paris
Models: Paz and Mia
Photography : Sanda Pagaimo
Location : São Lourenço do Barrocal

Valdirose

Valdirose | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Valdirose | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Valdirose | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Valdirose | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Valdirose | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Valdirose | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Valdirose | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Valdirose | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Valdirose | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Valdirose | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Back in October, as part of Florence Workshop, we organized picnic shooting at Valdirose. I felt in love with its space, colours, lights, garden with olive trees but above all with it’s owners, Mrs. and Mr. Valdirose. They put their heart into this project and you can feel it in every moment, each step ..

After workshop I took few days off to rest and went to Valdirose. I still dream of those days, calmness, rest, long breakfasts, conversation with Mrs. and Mr. Valdirose …
Valdirose is a short train drive from Florence, so I also met few friends while I was there, but, in the evening, when I would come back, I spent time reading, listening to all sounds around me ..

It’s definitely a place where I want to come back, hopefully soon!!!

Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017

Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Photography and Styling Workshop Florence 2017 | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

I admit I always had crush on Italy. I still remember our family trips to Trieste for shopping , because who knows more about clothes then Italians… We would stay few days on Istrian coast and then just cross a border to Italy.
Later on I worked for Italian NGO and had chance to knew few Italians that I can still call friends and travel through Italy with them. One of my friends, Claudio, born in Florence, showed me his city a lot of years ago and memories of Florence got deeply into my memory.

Coming back to Florence this October was very special, nostalgic feeling mixed with excitement.
This time I was about to teach photography and styling together with Renée.

We were lucky to have such a great guide as Marina is. Despite big crowds in the city center , she showed us parts of city where locals like to wonder, Saturday organic market, bakeries, small shops, coffee bars and best restaurants.
We stayed at amazing Numeroventi where our host Martino did everything for us to feel welcome.
We had chance to learn how to make pasta from Emiko and eat all delicious food she cooked for us.
We visited Saskia Wittmer and Liverano & Liverano studious, where creativity was palpable.
We picnic at Valdirose, in between olive trees.
We strolled through hidden Florence streets, trying to catch light and shade.

Week in Florence was special in so many ways, and I am thankful for all of those who made it happen as well as amazing participants who shared their stories and experiences and let use inspired them but but also being inspired with!!!

Partners:

31 Chapel Lane
Jaqueline Harberink Ceramics
Beija-flor
Numeroventi
S.Forno
Uashmama
Valdirose

Makers:

Saskia Wittmer
Liverano & Liverano

Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar

Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

Inês Telles Jewelry :: Solar | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

SOLAR, new collection by Inês Telles, is light and dancing jewelry, adorned with cut out patterns that play between the emptiness and the full, the light and it’s absence, and that are punctuated with little pearls and thin silver slats.

Credits
Jewelry : Inês Telles
Model: Inês Barros
Hair and Makeup : Cati Beauty
Photography : Sanda Pagaimo

Lisbon Stories :: Conrad’s Bakery

Conrad's Bakery | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo
Conrad's Bakery | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo Conrad's Bakery | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo
Conrad's Bakery | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo
Conrad's Bakery | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo Conrad's Bakery | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo
Conrad's Bakery | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo
Conrad's Bakery | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Pagaimo

Until now, Lisbon stories always spoke about places you can visit, people behind the counter that you can meet. But besides those stories there are the others, ‘in the shadow’, those whose face you don’t know, but maybe you do eat cakes their make, drink bear they produce, have coffee they roasted ..

Conrad’s Bakery is one of them.

Marta’s passion about food and cooking started in her adult life, she wanted to gather her friends at home, and what the best way then around the table.
As she is not so much into the sweets, when eating out, she was never fully pleased with desserts.
Marta took it as a challenge.
She started baking, for her friends first and then that turned into something more. Conrad’s Bakery was born.

Today she supplies few cool places (one of them I already wrote about in Lisbon stories) and she accept orders.

Conrad’s Bakery
conradsbakery@gmail.com

Naz Fashion

Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic Naz Fashion| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic

I don’t consider myself a fashion photographer, but when I was invited to work on image for Naz new collection I definitely had to say yes. Naz is sustainable fashion brand with handmade exclusive coolection that is base on fair trade.
I follow their work for some time and have few pieces in my own wardrobe.. their style is minimalist and easy to combine.

Credits:

Models : Yana K Serrenho / Celine Diaz
Photography and Styling: Sanda Pagaimo
Place : Casa Odegaard
Cloths : Naz Fashion

LUDC Shop :: Summer Sale

LUDC Shop| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
LUDC Shop| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic LUDC Shop| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
LUDC Shop| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
LUDC Shop| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic LUDC Shop| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic
LUDC Shop| Photography and Styling by Sanda Vuckovic

​I don’t know about you, but we had few very warm days here in Lisbon. ​Last few days we are having chance to cool down a bit before another heat wave.
How is your summer going? Plans for great vacations?

While you are enjoying summer and making travel plans I wanted to give you something more to make these summer days even better.
From today until the end of July you can purchase products from LUDC Shop with 10% discount, just need to enter LUDCSUMMER on check out.

It would be nice to have some handmade ceramics, wood and lather goods waiting for you when you come back from vacations, isn’t it?

Cafés de Lisboa for PathPort

Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Cafés de Lisboa | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

When I was contacted by PathPort and asked to make my Lisbon path I knew it had to be about my favourite coffee spots. I was so happy to make a part of their guides made by creatives, artists, influencers … locals who have special view of city they live in.

I made a list of fifteen places I like to visit and spend time in and I started. It took me some time, bit I enjoyed those days of visiting places from my list, drinking coffee, eating and photographing.

In case you are traveling to Lisbon, or you live here but want to find some new places to visit, my Cafés de Lisboa guide is available at PathPort

Food and Lifestyle Photography Workshop Florence, October 2017

Beach Picnic | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Olive Oil Cake| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Beach Picnic | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Beach Picnic | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Olive Oil Cake| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Olive Oil Cake| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Beach Picnic | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Olive Oil Cake| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic
Beach Picnic | Photography by Sanda Vuckovic Olive Oil Cake| Photography by Sanda Vuckovic

*****
This workshop is now SOLD OUT. If you wish to be added to the mailing list, please write to little.upside.down.cake@gmail.com.

Thank you everyone!
*****

Florence in October .. grey and heavy sky, this will be scenario for Photography Workshop in October 2017 with Renée Kemps, Marina Denisova, Emiko Davies and me.

Renée and myself will help you to find your own style, play with light and shadow and learn to tell a story. We will style food scenes, play around with props, gather around the table and talk about photography.

We will be based in Numeroventi, located in the very heart of Florence, inside the historic Palazzo Galli Tassi built in 1510. From there we will explore Florence, eat amazing food made by food writer and cook Emiko, who will also teach us to make a fresh pasta and share some of her Florence secret spots with us.

Details:

Where: Florence, Italy

When: October 16-20, 2017

Hosts: Sanda Vuckovic & Renée Kemps

Cost:
1250 € single sofa bed
1500 € double sofa bed single capacity
1750 € double bed single capacity
All beds are in shared apartments

Deposit of 50% is needed for registration and a final payment will be due August 15, 2017.

What is included:

– 3 days & 4 nights accommodation at Numeroventi;
– all meals during the workshop (welcome snacks & drinks, 4 dinners, 3 lunches, 4 breakfasts, snacks & refreshments during the workshop);
– 3 whole days of food and lifestyle photography, lectures, one on one sessions, classes, hands on, post processing
– all activities and excursions.

Activities:

– Visiting local food market
– Florence city tour
– Visiting local maker
– Making fresh pasta
– Styling a picnic

Excluded: airfare or transportation to & from the workshop.

Venue: Numeroventi is a guesthouse, exhibition space and artistic residence. Designed by Andrew Trotter, editor of Openhouse Magazine, it’s located in the very heart of Florence, inside the historic Palazzo Galli Tassi built in 1510. Clean and simple, yet warm and inviting, Numeroventi has become a landmark for creatives from all over the world.

Collaborator: Emiko Davies is a Florence-based Australian food writer, photographer and cook. Tuscan capital has been her home for 11 years. Passionate about traditional italian cuisine she is the author of two cookbooks (Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence and Acquacotta). She also writes a regular column for Food52 and has written extensively for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Jamie Oliver Magazine and more.

Organizer: Marina Denisova, is a Florence-based photographer. Originally Russian, she moved to Florence 7 years ago and started to develop her career as a professional photographer. Today she shoots a variety of material including interior, food, travel and lifestyle for local and international publications and brands.

Cancellation policy: Due to planning logistics, there will be no refunds for this workshop.

Reservations: For reservation please contact us at florenceinoctober@gmail.com

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