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Hello, and welcome to Miss Cheesemonger, a San Francisco-based blog celebrating artisan cheese, specialty food, art, and all of the fortitude necessary to make them happen.
Because creativity, entrepreneurship, and skill are the cornerstones of both cheesemaking and the arts, and because I have my feet firmly planted in both worlds as a blogger and opera/operetta performer, I share stories from both realms.
I like to say I began blogging about cheese thanks to law school. After graduating during a recession, I decided to follow my heart and widen my net. The first job posting that really caught my eye? It was a cheese shop gig. I began this blog the day before beginning my work, and stayed for one year before moving to San Francisco. I did work in the legal field for a couple of years, but decided to leave it completely to share the stories of the specialty food and artisan communities through words and images. Stories of transition and entrepreneurship interest me particularly, because of my own career transition, and because the people I have been lucky to meet inspire me with their courage and brilliance. The Miss Cheesemonger journey has been a rewarding one, rich with wonderful people and beautiful food. Now, I even have the great privilege of being the official Guild photographer for the California Artisan Cheese Guild.
I run a portrait and food photography business in addition to this blog.
If you want to work with me, contact me!
Miss Cheesemonger has partnered with these companies in the past, among others! If you would like to work with me, contact me.
I have received a lot of questions asking about what camera equipment I use. I have just started shooting with a Sony a7 mirrorless camera [affiliate link]. I shoot the kit lens that it comes with (28-70mm, good for tablescapes and landscapes) and my new favorite lens, the Zeiss 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T* FE ZA Full Frame prime lens [affiliate link]. You can also find me with the Sony 35mm F2.8 Sonnar T* FE ZA Full Frame Prime Fixed Lens.
Until December 2015, I was shooting with a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR body, and three lenses: 1) Sigma 210101 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Lens for Canon APS-C DSLRs, 2) Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro Lens, 3) Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Medium Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras. That Sigma was my workhorse for food photos, with the 50mm macro coming in second. The 85mm was reserved for portraits. As you can see, none of this is considered “professional” equipment, but with a lot of practice and study, they can help you make gorgeous images!
Thank you for reading and following!