we went to a marvel(l)ous photography workshop….

……..and met some deeply Interesting people – all with Huge Cameras (we felt quite shy with our delicious but petite Olympus Pen.)

the course was given by the very Talented (and witty and sweet) Lindsey Baumsteiger who showed us many of her own delicious photographs and we have to say that After a couple of Hours, we Promise never to turn on the Auto-Settings again.

we feel supremely confident adjusting Shutter Speed and Aperture (and saying both camera settings with a little insouciance) and even saying the phrase “well of course one could shoot a full moon using the Bulb Setting but one would need a tripod, naturally” – not that we’ve ever used the Bulb Setting before – nor, actually, did we know it Was There – but such fun – can’t wait to Venture forth by the next moonlit evening.

so thank you, dear, Lindsey.

the irony of having a book deal without knowing the camera settings when the aforementioned book has almost 60 of our own original shots is a Bit Shocking but oh well. (as soon as the Contract is Signed – our Agent is on it, we are allowed to do Nothing until she tells us which is awfully nice – we like being Talent, for once – we shall share “Pub Date” et al, we promise) .

so these were shot using Manual Settings!

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Moleskine #146, in case you’re curious.

yes that Does say “Los Angeles, Part II” – a tiny bit Shakespearean ;-) *smiling* well, sometimes Life Is Rather Theatrical (scroll down for details). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the photography workshop Venue was not awfully photogenic – but this was not far away – and much nicer. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

ah, the Oceanic air. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

amusing to see how every-second-person-had-a-yoga-mat in santa monica, yesterday. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfrom Wholefoods.

we smiled all the way through the aisles, filling our cart with produce and incense and artisanal soap.

divine.

and now back to today.

we had Quite a few Tasks to do.

but we appear to have entered a magical sense of occasion on this particular monday.

witness:

  1. stood behind A Famous Actor in the line/queue at the west hollywood post office and the lady-from-texas behind the counter had a small fainting experience and Forgot to give him All the stamps he needed (he did have 50 parcels and No Assistant to be seen) so we offered (graciously and with eyes downcast so we didn’t stare and yet still acknowledged his beauteous presence because Actors Like That) to let him back to the Counter to complete his transaction. He smiled – in a very Priest-like way – and said he would wait. We were so surprised by the lack of an assistant (for him – we are Constantly surprised that we don’t have one anymore but that will change at some point, we’re sure) that we Almost Offered to help stamp his parcels but we are Terribly busy so had to dash off and phone someone Special back in NYC to tell her about our experience-at-the-post-office-over-on-this-Coast.
  2. we saw another famous personage while we were Looking at Lamps the other day – she was charming – so much fun seeing them in their natural habitat outside of Brooklyn where so many appear to live now.
  3. at Brunch this morning, (at a venue that has appeared in many a Bravo special we hear), we got talking one of the Charming people in Charge and told him about the Book (he did ask) and Tobias (well, it’s hard to talk about the Book without mentioning Him) and suddenly he said (no, not Tobias – he’s gone and on a white slab in some Lab back in NYC we imagine or wherever they put such offending and yet Life Lesson providing items) – “Who’s doing your Movie?” Just like that. As if that’s Exactly what people say here (and they do, it seems, with unnerving regularity). And we didn’t know Quite what to say. So we smiled and said we are meeting Agents on this Coast at the bequest of our East coast Literary agent and he immediately started reeling off names of Useful People and gave us his card and so we dutifully wrote down names – and then looked them up and they were most definitely Kosher and so we will be giving a call.
  4. oh god, this means we get to say, “Mr. X said we should give you a call”.

Just like in the movies. 

it’s not even noon and so much has happened already.

feeling quite *faint*.

and in need of more caffeine before calling the Telephone Service to get a Line Installed (real life beckons us once more).

Now – are you having a delicious monday?

oh good.

do. tell.

a parisian cafe morning in manhattan #balthazar with @jennafain

quelle chic of a matin, darlings

as M. Sartre once wrote:

it is certain that the cafe by itself with its patrons, its tables, its booths, its mirrors, its light, its smoky atmosphere, and the sounds of voices, rattling saucers, and footsteps which fill it – the cafe is a fullness of being.

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and so it was at Balthazar this morning. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and our breakfast companion was the glorious Jenna Fain who was Very Kind and agreed to join in with the anonymous/writer/parisian theme that we decided to embrace today.

what did we eat?

of course we’ll tell you – tartine, beurre and a Rather English pot of tea – oh, and marmalade, for us – a small pain au chocolat for her.
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Jenna is one to watch – most definitely – so much material – so many ideas – and a Very engaging Voice (of a generation) – we feel great things are Ahead. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the cafe was suitably warm and yet Parisian in manner and dress and delightful frostiness of cheekbone and slim white linen apron and a glare at an unsuitable customer – we felt Most at Home. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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delightful.

and it’s only 10AM.

we spent time with a future voice of a generation – air-kissed with a former Hollywood Executive (who: cue to camera – came up to say hello to Us – ahem – shy yet engaging smile) and a Movie Star was in the corner, with friends.

delightful.