2014…

Hello Bloggity Blog…

We are not friends. We have never been friends. I neglect you & you just feel like a ton of work without not much in return. Now my other friends, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter… those guys? We get along just fine. So in the spirit of new beginnings in the New Year, I’m going to start over with you, bloggity blog. Let’s play nice.
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2014 Declarations

  • Grow mermaid hair (I like how you think I’m kidding… Nope! I want it LONG)
  • Manage health issues (2013 kicked me in the teeth. I got run down the gauntlet more than a few times. I really can’t thank my family, friends AND clients who stayed with me, were my cheerleaders & have been really patient with me when I couldn’t offer much in return. You guys are literally why I’m still here. LOVE. YOU. ALL)
  • Give more to my dreams than to others’ (This might sound selfish, but I have the really bad habit of dropping everything I’m doing  & working to throw myself into helping someone else on their path… I’m sure it’s good karma though.)
  • Photography hiatus is officially over (I needed a break, needed to recover, needed to reassess, needed to get pumped again.)
  • Redesign my crippled website (It’s been 2 years of trying to realize my vision for a good online representation of my company. I’ve given up on others & am doing it myself. Working on the bones of it all this week!)
  • Financial mumbo jumbo (Going to get this train on the right track… & kick some debt in the ass)
  • Paint apartment (Or move to a new one… if I’m still here 6 more months, I’m painting. Either way the hunt is on!)
  • Improve friendship correspondence/mend neglected relationships (I need some quality time with people that I hold dear… who may have forgotten that I do)
  • Cook more at home (Everyone knows I love a restaurant more than just about anything, but I miss cooking at home, especially for a group of people. I’m reinstating a standing dinner party at my house like I did in France & occasionally here, in DC. Time to dust off the cookbooks.)
  • Take back up my regular yoga classes & acupuncture appointments (Not only does it help with my health issues, there is something really powerful about taking an hour out of your life to do something wholly for yourself & then be able to pass a better version of you onto others.)
  • Read 1 book a week (Ouf… this a lofty one, but I think I can do it. How I miss reading on the Paris metro & plowing through books… le sigh.)
  • Complete 1 creative project a month (I need a brain work out… and it can’t be 100% comprised of photography. Let’s shake this up.)
  • Volunteer (Suggested opportunities welcome!)
  • 1 oversees vacation (I don’t know how this happened to me. ME!?! But I’ve only taken one (albeit amazing) trip in the last 3 years since moving back stateside… this shall not stand.)
  • Discover new spots in the US (All of my US travel as of late have been to visit friends & family only… I need to explore. I see the west in my future.)
  • Stop beating myself up about what I don’t accomplish & celebrate the things that I do. (Now there’s the hardest of them all. “Stop worrying” is wrapped up in that one… it’s a doozy.)
  • Make nice with bloggity blog…

But let’s be serious, it’s all about the hair…

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PS Google Image search “mermaid hair” & the results are pretty ridiculous. For the record, that is not what I had in mind! Here, I did the work for you: YIKES!

Concert: Cold War Kids @9:30 Club for BYT {Washington, DC}

In case you missed it…. My photos of the Cold War Kids‘ show at 9:30 Club are all up on Brightest Young Things

Here’s all of them plus bonus b-roll shots:

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Concert: David Wax Museum @ 9:30 Club for BYT {Washington, DC}

Shot David Wax Museum and their openers Kingley Flood‘s amazing concert at 9:30 Club for BYT recently…. See ALL the photos below (including the b-roll) & learn all about this joyful band over at NPR!

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Behind the Scenes at Cochon 555 DC – Elizabeth Parker- Food & Event Photographer- Washington, DC

On Sunday, I had  the pleasure of documenting (and devouring) the Cochon 555 Tour stop in DCCityEats.com by Food Network featured a selection of photos on their blog, The Plate. Click HERE to see their piece. To see the more of the photos, see below. Happy eating!

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Featured: Food Arts Magazine’s Ariane Batterberry’s take on DC’s Sips & Suppers {Food Photographer}

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Very excited to be in Food Arts Magazine again! Last month, magazine founder, Ariane Batterberry, Joan Nathan and I raced around the DC area hopping from dinner to dinner for the wonderful Sips & Suppers event (read more about that here). This month, Ariane recounted her impression’s of exploring DC’s booming food scene in her editor’s note. What a nice present to come home to from Iceland! (just you wait for those pictures…)

See all the images from an unforgettable weekend HERE!

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Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Wine Tasting {Washington, DC}

A little while back I mentioned the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2010 Vintage Tasting that I photographed for Pearson’s at the Willard Intercontinental. It was a stellar event organized by Pearson’s David Choi. Wine makers & chateau owners poured more than 125 of 2010′s best wines from the region.Watermarked UGC Elizabeth Parker_0001 Watermarked UGC Elizabeth Parker_0002

After the tasting for the public wrapped up, we moved up to the grand ballrooms in the Willard for a cocktail reception followed by an amazing dinner. It goes without saying, that things got a little sillier at this point!

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Like I could resist photographing the delicious food…
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French Ambassador,  François Delattre, addressed the attendees (including the Portuguese and Finnish Ambassadors) about the importance of the wine industry in Bordeaux and the strong relationship between the US and France.

I’m still smiling from his closing remarks, “Vive les Etats-Unis! Vive la France! Vive le Bordeaux!”

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Nothing like kicking off your heels and climbing on top of a table for a group photo of some of the best winemakers in the business and foreign dignitaires…
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I rarely get my picture taken at events, but when the Ambassador of France (my second home) says “Oh we have to take a picture together!” who am I to decline?
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See all the images from the evening here!

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Chef Marjie Meek-Bradley Comes to Ripple {Washington, DC} Food & Portrait Photographer

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It finally went public this week that Marjie is taking over for Logan Cox when he leaves Ripple in just a couple of weeks! We’ve all loved Marjie’s work at Chef Mike Isabella’s Graffiato, and I’m just so happy that Logan’s successor at a restaurant that prides itself on sourcing locally came from right here in DC.

We did a bunch of portraits of Marjie in her new digs yesterday… and just in time: Plate Magazine made a photo request before I had even gotten home from the shoot!

Welcome to the Ripple family, Miss Marjie!

… and wonderful adventures to my dear friends, Logan & Sara.

Happy Birthday, Mike! 3 Stars Brewing Company & Friends Celebrate

Clients? Friends? Which came first? Beer or a good time?

In the case of 3 Stars Brewing Company, I just don’t even know. I just know that I love them to death.

That being said, here are some of my favorite photos from co-founder & brew master, Mike McGarvey’s SURPRISE 40th birthday party at Sixth Engine.

Happy Birthday, bud!

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In Front of the Camera: On a Fashion Site! (what?!)

How thrilling! Not a photography post, per se, but while I was shooting the HRC Out for Equality Inauguration Ball, fashion site What Do I Wear? got this great photo of Khamp S Photography, Joel Cas, Affinity Inc Magazine publisher, Robin Dillard, and I. It’s always fun for me to be in front of the lens for once!

And I won’t lie… being in a room of gorgeous men telling me that they love my dress, my hair, etc. isn’t a bad way to spend an evening… even if they’re not interested!

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Published: L’Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux in France’s Le Figaro

Et voilà! Elizabeth Parker Photographie has returned back to its French roots! One of my photos is appearing in France’s newspaper Le Figaro‘s L’Avis du Vin.

I was very excited to be asked to photograph this amazing evening at the Willard Intercontinental for by David Choi, proprietor of Pearson’s Wines and Spirits and organizer of the event. L’Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux tours the US and Canada every year, but this is the first time in a decade that they have stopped in DC. The night was a huge success with several ambassadors and senators in attendance.

Much thanks to Bijan Jabbari who reports to Le Figaro from Washington. You can see the article below. My photo is the 2nd one of many of the winemakers with the Ambassador of France, François Delattre.

More images to follow!

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