Photo © Michelle Moore *
I’m Elissa. I’m a baker, a photographer, a writer and a blogger. I’m a lucky girl.
It started at 14, with a cake cookbook filled with pretty pictures. When I was 15, I got a KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas. Four months later, for my 16th birthday, I got a KitchenAid food processor and ice cream machine. As my dad puts it, “You’d have thought we got her a convertible.”
I started 17 and Baking when I was 16 (I like to say I was thinking ahead) after years of following over 40 other food blogs. I admire everything from the writing to the photography to the recipes themselves and I wanted to be a part of the foodie community. For my 17th birthday, my parents bought me a tripod and my friends gave me a Williams-Sonoma apron, matching oven mitt, and a vanilla bean… It’s official, everyone knows how obsessed I am!
It turns out I have a real passion for photography: people, crumbling buildings, animals, interesting colors, textures, and angles… And food. I use a Canon Rebel XTi and two lenses: a 50mm f/1.8 and a 50mm f/2.8. I don’t have any other equipment but I try to always use natural lighting, which is easier said than done sometimes in Seattle.
As of April 2010, I am 18, and I’ve since graduated high school and headed off to college in Boston. I’m studying journalism with people who love the English language as much as me. Even though I don’t want to go into the culinary field, my heart will always be in the kitchen. So much of my life is changing right now as I figure out who I am and where I want to go – 17 and Baking is with me every step of the way. And for now, I can’t think of anything that makes me happier than knowing someone is reading this page.
* Michelle Moore was my super amazing senior photographer. Check her out!
- I don’t trade links or review free items/products. I’m baking because I love to do it, and I’m not interested in promoting businesses, sorry :(
- If you have a question about a specific recipe, please post it as a comment.
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