Monday, February 5

self portrait challenge ~ black & white

boho in the kitchen, canon digital rebel xt (click for larger view)

Okay, so this is the first installment of this month's self portrait challenge prompt for "black & white" portraits.

I'm going to have a blast with this one because I am so passionate about black & white's. But this particular picture has me laughing out loud. I think it is so fricken funny that my kitty Amber decided she needed to be front and center of attention here.

So, here is me, in my kitchen, snacking on some grapes. Little does my husband know that when he is at work and I am at home taking a break from my work, that I often sit up on our kitchen counter, snack and ponder what to do next for my day. Yep...good times in 'da kitchen.

I know what my sisters are thinking. They cannot believe I allow my cats up on my counter...but I DO constantly wipe them with yummy spray cleaners. I promise. I just can't say no to my kitties.

And yes folks...that is indeed an old door hanging from the ceiling. ; )


Anonymous Anonymous said...

awesome photo, as always. i love it's composition! can't wait to see what else you do with b & w this month. sigh. it's my favorite.

February 5, 2007 at 1:46:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love your kitchen...and i totally let my cat up on the counter, too. how do you resist their cute little faces? i can't do it.

thanks for your sweet comment...i've missed you, but i so understand that life has been insane.

loves to you.

February 5, 2007 at 2:16:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How yummy is this?!

I can't even express how much I love this photo. SUCH a great story here. That kitty face! It's playful and breaks the rules of most kitchens -- everyone sitting on the counter, kitties included --which I love. It's also very much how my kitchen operates.

Black and white just captures the moment perfectly -- they are so much fun indeed.

I don't know if I should admit this but I am kind of voyeuristic when it comes to people and their kitchens; I love to peek inside the space where people cook and see the environments they create for themselves.

Your kitchen seems like such a warm and inviting place to be. I wish I were there eating grapes on the counter with you and Amber.

This is such a fun look into your day. I can totally imagine you snacking on grapes and planning what's next.

Loving you, loving Amber, loving the old door, loving the vibe of your space and loving this photo!

February 5, 2007 at 2:29:00 PM PST  
Blogger luzie said...

What a cool photo! Your kitchen looks like a wonderful room to hang out in. I love how Amber stares directly into the camera! What a poser. :)

You were my 1000th visitor, by the way. Thanks for your sweet comment.


February 5, 2007 at 2:46:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a wonderful photo, i love how intently the cat is looking at the camera.

February 5, 2007 at 3:14:00 PM PST  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...


Oh darling I can say my kitties like to sit on our counter right below where the catnip rests in the cupboard. Makes me giggle.

And I love sitting on the counters when Terry and I are having serious conversations-good or bad. I never really thought about that before.

But I love the image of you snacking and pondering what to do next with your day.

Love it.

Love you.
and Love the new banner!

February 5, 2007 at 3:19:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love your kitchen! we're redoing ours and it's shaped much like yours, and i'm excited to see that there's a lot that's rockstar about a smaller kitchen. i might steal some inspiration from yours when it comes time to decorate!

and i let my kitties on the counter, too. i think they go up there even when we try not to let them, so i just gave in and spray them down often-er (i made it up) than most.

February 5, 2007 at 3:30:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This picture encompasses so many things honey. It's timeless. It has a beautiful quality of representing everyday life, yet it is special in the fact that it speaks to one moment in time. And what were you thinking in that one moment? What were you planning? What was manifesting in that beautiful head of yours? That's how this picture speaks to me. I adore it.....and you.

Love you

February 5, 2007 at 3:44:00 PM PST  
Blogger bee said...

i LOVE that you have an old door hanging in your kitchen...and the look on your face as you sit there, swinging your legs and pondering, is priceless....i sit on counters too - i love the action of hopping up.

love you, boho...

February 5, 2007 at 3:54:00 PM PST  
Blogger bronxbt said...


omgoodness 'ee looks like ma' mr puddins! EEEEP!

omgoodness you must go vote this week on fuzziechadsrule. i have an inkling as to who you'll pick.

and BTW, show me a kittenzees owner who doesn't let their kittenzees up on the counter, and i'll show you a cat owner who doesn't know what their kittenzees do at night to exact revenge...


February 5, 2007 at 4:48:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the old door. Black and white photography is my favorite, too.

February 5, 2007 at 4:57:00 PM PST  
Blogger Alessandra Cave said...

Boho! Can I just say I was THRILLED to have you over... in my neck of the woods?:P
AND... I LOVE this photo!!!I'm not so comfortable with self-portraits, but you've inspired me to try a black and white! xooxxo

February 5, 2007 at 5:17:00 PM PST  
Blogger AMANDA said...

This is a great picture and your cat cracked me up! I love your kitchen by the way!

February 5, 2007 at 5:20:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh good grief - is there anyone who can keep their cats off of their counters? I have yet to know anyone who does that successfully. (I'm sure plenty will pounce on this, I'll just say not in my friends and family - we end up with bite marks in the buttah).

I heart how she's the one staring dead into the camera. Perfect. Er, uh.. purrfect.

February 5, 2007 at 6:04:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello love...

Love sweet Ambers face in this photo! Priceless. And you! You in your kitchen letting grapes create new inspiration for the day! Love it. It so great getting glimpses of your world.


Oh! And I love your new banner.

February 5, 2007 at 6:17:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the photo...little view into your world. Love the old door too!

February 5, 2007 at 6:58:00 PM PST  
Blogger Stacey said...

I adore this photo. Amber is gorgeous! As always, your photography makes me wish I had the camera and creativity to produce such beautiful work. :)

February 5, 2007 at 7:02:00 PM PST  
Blogger Unknown said...

Awesome. It would have been a cool photo anyway, but the cat MAKES the shot. Looks great in black & white! Looking forward to what else you have in store for us this month!

February 5, 2007 at 7:42:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i find you so interesting and inspiring, boho, and i wonder what is going on inside that head of yours...and i mean that in the most endearing way possible...i LOVE the new banner, by the way!!!

February 5, 2007 at 8:44:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH MY GOD....is this not the most wonderful photo ever! Oh, I LOVE IT SO MUCH....wow
I love it. Love it!

February 5, 2007 at 8:58:00 PM PST  
Blogger Angela Marie said...

very VERY cool photo..

Yes, I seen the kittie on the counter and thought, "oh-oh, Darlene is going to wrinkle her nose and rub her face." LOL!! and moan while she is doing it!!

Luvn you denise

February 5, 2007 at 9:53:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful Photo! You, your cat, and your kitchen are all adorable!
I think it would be my favorite room.

February 5, 2007 at 10:25:00 PM PST  
Blogger claireylove said...

awww, great pic, you look super cool even when you're casual!!!
(and no judgment for me about kitty on the counter...I used to hate that but then I got my little Jimi cat and he, errmmm, doesn't take no for an answer! So I figure no harm done if the counters get wiped down with eco friendly sprays LOTS and LOTS :-))

February 6, 2007 at 12:09:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so cool. loving snack-time in the kitchen! and the cat ... just had to be there LOL

February 6, 2007 at 12:37:00 AM PST  
Blogger Vedrana M. said...

great portrait, amber is cute :)

February 6, 2007 at 12:56:00 AM PST  
Blogger gkgirl said...

i love this shot...
and the kitty stealing the
limelight? priceless.

February 6, 2007 at 3:33:00 AM PST  
Blogger Jamie said...

I love that your cat is looking directly at the camera. She is a star! What a great kitchen. It feels like a place to chat, have a glass of red wine and cook together. Wonderful.

February 6, 2007 at 3:57:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's a great shot!

your cat is pretty fierce looking, staring down the camera.

there's nothing more beautiful that a grrl in her kitchen.

February 6, 2007 at 5:10:00 AM PST  
Blogger Susannah Conway said...

if i had a cat i'd insist she sat on the counter with me :-)

love this photo - the composition, the subjects, the grainy B&W - all of it. i just had the most fabulous idea/premonition - me and you in a joint photographic exhibition either in London or SD..... !

February 6, 2007 at 5:22:00 AM PST  
Blogger Brandi Reynolds said...

oh my god, I love the look on your cat's face!! It clearly says, My name is viggo montoiya. you killed my father. prepare to die.

February 6, 2007 at 5:38:00 AM PST  
Blogger maggiegracecreates said...

this is a wonderful photo. Love - love - love the hanging door. And kitty is adorable. I have been here regularly and also by to check on Mark. I am happy he is improving. I can't wait to see more of this challenge.

February 6, 2007 at 5:57:00 AM PST  
Blogger Uber Mer said...

I love this photo, it's so candid, and tangible. Your home looks absolutely lovely!

P.S Your kitty cat is so hugable!

February 6, 2007 at 7:03:00 AM PST  
Blogger Left-handed Trees... said...

The cutest thing! Your cat is such a little diva...what a cool photo this is.

February 6, 2007 at 8:01:00 AM PST  
Blogger Regina said...

I love this photo- it is so real... there is something about back and white that really stirs me as well...

February 6, 2007 at 8:14:00 AM PST  
Blogger The Crafty-Girlâ„¢ said...

love this...with your kitty in the foreground looking straight at the lens; you, quite natural in your environment. great contrast of yourself against background; overall just a great shot!

February 6, 2007 at 9:11:00 AM PST  
Blogger Loralee Choate said...

My scroll finger about broke getting to the bottom of these accolades. And they are much deserved.

That shot is so perfect, I can't even express it. The cat, the range, the kitchen. YUM.

February 6, 2007 at 10:34:00 AM PST  
Blogger meghan said...

Hey - this is one of my favorite pics of you because it captures you - your life - so well! I also love that you have a door hanging from your wall. Can you come and see me so that we can sit on the counter TOGETHER and ponder our lives?!

I love you, dearest. I WILL call you soon. really.

February 6, 2007 at 11:47:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so in love with this picture. I used to sit on the kitchen counter a lot and I think I should do it again and more often. It will do my kitchen good.

Love the kitty in the front, she looks sooo determined and I always like photographs that capture daily life.

Hugs to you, beautiful


February 6, 2007 at 12:37:00 PM PST  
Blogger daisies said...

:) i adore this photo and love that you have a door hanging in your kitchen and your kitty is absolutely adorable!!

February 6, 2007 at 2:47:00 PM PST  
Blogger Magicaldamselfly said...

Oh yes another (several) pic of that door from some other angles would be fab. I love, love, love those old doors! This is a fabulous pic as all of your photos are.

Sending you bunches of hugs,

February 6, 2007 at 4:11:00 PM PST  
Blogger stuffed said...

Fab pic.

February 6, 2007 at 4:34:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute photo! Your cat is so cute! I LOVE all your photos...

February 6, 2007 at 4:54:00 PM PST  
Blogger Unknown said...

mmm, boho, I love this pic! I love seeing you in your kitchen. I love the door hanging, and I'm glad you mentioned it, or I may have overlooked it. I love that kitty is front and center. I love that you look all pretty when you're working in your studio.


February 6, 2007 at 5:30:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love this. so much is being said. or, not said.

February 6, 2007 at 7:04:00 PM PST  
Blogger Deirdre said...

Love the brazen kitty. My Miss B is a kindred spirit. As for the door - great idea. My boyfriend has built a china cabinet for some old doors I found years ago.

February 6, 2007 at 9:04:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay! i love this!!!

i love amber and miss her! i think of you when i eat grapes because of how much i ate them when i stayed with you..

i bring them to work from trader joe's!

i love your little kitchen. LOVE it's so you.

i love you xoxox!

February 6, 2007 at 9:15:00 PM PST  
Blogger Kathleen said...

this one is the BEST!

and i love the door. i may have to steal that idea from you someday...

as soon as we leave each day for work, our cats lay all over the kitchen table and countertops. lol
they do what they want!


February 6, 2007 at 11:55:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is adorable sweets!
The kitchen, the picture and the new banner.
Wish I could hang around in your kitchen with you someday!!!


ps: I've tagged you, check ;)

February 7, 2007 at 9:22:00 AM PST  
Blogger LeS said...

I'm with Bekka.
Composition, composition, compsition.

Simply perfect and beautiful and the cat looks - well - regal :)

Nice work boho!

February 7, 2007 at 10:43:00 AM PST  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

you're such a cutie...

February 7, 2007 at 11:11:00 AM PST  
Blogger Tammy Brierly said...

Amber is gorgeous! What a ham ;) I love how you used the door...very cool.

February 7, 2007 at 1:11:00 PM PST  
Blogger bee said...


i got this instinct to stop in and tell you how much i think of you daily, and send you my love.

it constantly amazes me how you've affected my life in a positive way. thank you...and blessings to you, sweet heart.

February 7, 2007 at 5:16:00 PM PST  
Blogger the brady girls said...

i absolutely love this pic! i can sense wut it felt like to be there in that moment... ur pretty lucky if u get to do that on a regular basis. gotta love lifes guilty pleasures :)

February 7, 2007 at 8:59:00 PM PST  
Blogger Darlene said...

Awe.....I see "2"

Kitchen Kitties ^..^ ^..^

XOXO Dar/big sis :-)

February 7, 2007 at 9:08:00 PM PST  
Blogger Viking Womyn said...

Me likie! Me likie.!

Big Smooch!.. Mmmmwwaahaa!

~Viking Womyn~

February 8, 2007 at 12:00:00 AM PST  
Blogger Wendy said...

Amber is so cute, she looks very much like my cat Cinnamon! I try to keep my cats (4) off the counters, but they defy me at every turn, so I usually give in. ;-) Love the new blog header!

February 8, 2007 at 4:15:00 AM PST  
Blogger nina beana said...

love this picture of you, as does everyone else here! :)

thank you for your thoughts and kind words this week...my bean is home and feeling better. xoxo!

February 8, 2007 at 7:51:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hee! Cats crack me up. She looks like she's quite used to modeling in front of the camera.

February 8, 2007 at 3:18:00 PM PST  
Blogger dizzle rivera said...

That's great. The cat is so together, man!

February 8, 2007 at 9:53:00 PM PST  
Blogger Dominique said...

First thing I thought was, "cool, she let's her cat on the counter." Lovely photo - of both of you.

February 12, 2007 at 8:37:00 PM PST  
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February 13, 2007 at 1:01:00 PM PST  

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