Berry Crisp Parfaits

I’ve been doing a little summer sorting. Going through my drawers, purging those tops that have been hiding in the back corner since my last purge, picking through my daughter’s closet and holding up her too-small tops, wondering, when did she grow out of this? Setting aside items to donate – those barely used shoes that simply could not compete with the children’s growth spurts.

My photos have been getting a once over, too. Again, it’s one of those tasks I have been meaning to tackle, and avoiding, because the sheer number is daunting, but perhaps also out of anxiety of what I may see. Going back through my archives, I see some awful pictures. And then I do see some good ones.

For several months, I have been meaning to assemble a portfolio of sorts, but that task was pushed to the side. I would dodge it, perhaps because of a little fear of judgement. But I am getting too old to worry about that sort of thing, and besides, as I grow and develop in the pictures I take, I realize I should embrace what I love. You may have noticed the new linky-link in the top corner of this page. I added it this week, it is a work in progress, but putting it together really opened my eyes to what I have learned over the last several years.

My food has been a joy to capture through a lens, but so are the families who have asked me to capture their special moments. And as I went through my catalog of pictures, I realized that the more pictures I made of food and families, the less I have of my own children. I need to fix that.

I want more pictures of my daughter in that shirt before she outgrows it. And my son’s toes in those little leather flip flops. I need to bring focus back to them.

I would love to share something sweet. I made these Berry Crisp Parfaits to be featured on My Way Home for Wayfair this month. Beautiful blueberries and raspberries are layered between fluffy clouds of cream and crunchy crisp, much like a berry crisp turned inside out. But you know what I love best? Even after the sweet berry season has passed, you can still make it with frozen berries – making summer last all year long. And you know how I feel about having sweet moments last. Please find my recipe here.

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by Liren Baker on July 11, 2012

27 Responses to “Berry Crisp Parfaits”

  1. Belinda @zomppa July 11, 2012 @ 8:48 am (#

    That bundle of blueberries look wonderful!! Love the parfait….

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

      Thanks, Belinda! They were incredibly sweet, too :)

  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 11, 2012 @ 10:29 am (#

    Just took a peek at your portfolio and it looks simply gorgeous! I’m always inspired by your beautiful photos. As for these parfaits, what a perfect use for an abundance of berries. Happy Wednesday! :)

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      Laura, thank you so much, that means a whole lot!

  3. Mary July 11, 2012 @ 10:42 am (#

    Dear Liren, so wonderful to see the portfolio. Beautiful photographs. I’m a fan!! Looking forward to seeing more and more of your beautiful work.

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

      Mary, if anyone knows and understands about how much it means to me, it is you. Thank you so so much :)

  4. wok with ray July 11, 2012 @ 3:41 pm (#

    I clicked on the link “work in progress” and I must say that it is an admirable work.

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      Ray, I am so flattered. Really, thank you!

  5. Charlotte Julienne July 11, 2012 @ 5:16 pm (#

    Love this blog such great photos

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      Thank you, Charlotte!

  6. Monet July 12, 2012 @ 9:52 am (#

    Hi love. Your photographs are always so very lovely and inspirig. You have true talent! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I look forward to seeing more of your work!

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

      Oh Monet, you are so sweet to think so! I try my best!

  7. Trish July 12, 2012 @ 10:19 am (#

    These parfaits look so delicious and beautiful. Love the idea of being able to make these year-long using frozen berries. Great idea!

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

      The frozen berries really work out great – as they defrost, it seems to macerate faster and get to that perfect consistency faster!

  8. Jean July 12, 2012 @ 3:18 pm (#

    Liren, you’ve always taken beautiful pictures but I know what you mean. Falling in love with photography (I have always feared it) was the last thing I expected to ever come out of starting a blog. I think it’s great that you’re assembling a portfolio. Your images just keep getting better and better. :)

    These parfaits are just gorgeous!

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

      Jean, you’ve known me since the beginning, and I love seeing how we have both grown to fall in love with photography and the art of styling. You always inspire me with your projects! One day, I will have to make some fun backdrops and will pick your brain for advice :)

  9. Rikki July 12, 2012 @ 6:41 pm (#

    I was just in the ice cream aisle at the grocery store staring at all the parfaits and practically drooling haha. And I totally did the same re-organizing and cleaning here at my house. Clicking to look at your portfolio now, I’m so excited for you!

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

      Thanks, Rikki! Reorganizing and prioritizing is always easy to push to the side, but it feels great once it’s done, doesn’t it? Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  10. took a peak at your photo site, everything is so beautiful. stunning Liren.
    And these berry parfaits would make a great after dinner treat.

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

      Roxana, thank you SO so much. Just going through it was like a walk down memory lane!

  11. Kiran @ July 12, 2012 @ 9:48 pm (#

    I love cool and refreshing parfaits in summer!

    Your photography site is totally sizzling!!!!

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

      Kiran, that means a lot, coming from you! Thank you :)

  12. JulieD July 13, 2012 @ 12:27 am (#

    I know exactly what you mean…we hardly have any pictures together (my husband and I), partly because he hates taking photos! Your parfaits look awesome and your photography is absolutely amazing, you should be so proud!

    • liren replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

      LOL, yes, and my husband and I rarely get pictures together because of the kids! I guess that’s why it’s nice when we are able to get out and take those rare pictures together. And thank you, Julie, this photography thing is a joy and a challenge – some days are better than others, but I do love it. Thank you so much for your encouragement!

  13. Magic of Spice July 20, 2012 @ 2:21 pm (#

    Beautiful Parfaits, and such a stunning portfolio as well…always beautiful!

  14. Liz August 14, 2012 @ 1:04 pm (#

    Wow, these are gorgeous parfaits. You can’t beat a berry dessert in the summer…and these look so delish!

  15. Norma-Platanos, Mangoes and Me! September 5, 2012 @ 1:32 pm (#

    I went to the site…Liren what beautiful children, photos…everything is just perfect….

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