A New Year A New Beggining

Today is the first day of 2013 and it’s cold here in Seattle but a beautiful sunny day.  I must admit I am glad to shelve 2012. I think this past year has been trying on every one throughout the world and some will say there was some wins.  So with that said, I wish everyone a very Happy New year and may it bring peace, happiness and fortune to one and all.

 JM Photoworks traditional trivia question with a cool fun prize for the one who answers it first and correctly. Since it is the first day of the New Year 2013 here is the trivia question:

The United States and Europe celebrate the New Year on January 1 of which calendar?  “No Cheating!”
a Lunar calendar
b Julian calendar
c Gregorian calendar
d Saka calendar

Thirdly, it’s the New Year so might as well start it off right with a yummy recipe. You’re going to Love It!

Lemon Bars


       1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour

2/3 cup lemon juice with zest of two lemons


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar and pinch of salt. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden.   NOTE:  You can use a sheet of parchment paper which extends out over the edge of the length of the pan for easy removal later.

In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoon flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice with zest. Pour over the baked crust.  NOTE:  Crust is still warm which is fine.   Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool.

When completely cooled, dust with a fine coating of powdered sugar and remove from pan and cut into squares.

Last but not least, a bit about JM Photoworks. It has been a great year where I was able to photograph some amazing Brazilian models and what could be some of the best horse trainers and horses in the world.  The families shared their homes with me while I was there and I am humbled by their kindness and honored to call them my friends.  Thank you Brazil and thank you Paula Da Silva RE!

I also had to the privilege to spend time with some of the most talented musicians.  I am not kidding, they all have pure raw talent, masters of their trade with such a unique rich sound, and it is pure heaven.  I was accepted into the inner circle to hang out and photograph them which is truly an honor.  Thank you all.

I want to thank my clients and the wonderful models I have had the privilege to photograph.  They may not be super models, but each and every one is in my book.  From the time we hit the studio through completion of producing a print, we were in synch with each other and everyone including the clients had fun.  I have attached some examples of my fashion work for you to view along with my webpage URL. I hope to have a chance to do more wonderful collaborative projects in 2013.


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