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Mar 8, 2013 / 2 notes

Homemade DIY Chocolate Ice Cream: A Photographic Study

I am getting acquainted with a new camera. Since the camera is an extension of me, I find the best way to introduce ourselves is by working on a simple project. Enter ice cream.

I have been working on making almost everything I can by hand. This way I can control what goes in my body. {recipe below} 

So my new camera and I experimented with light, composition and process. I was pleased with the result.

What do you think?

Homemade DIY Chocolate Ice Cream : Makes a pint 

2 cups cream | six egg yolks| sugar to taste | chocolate to taste

Mix one cup of cream, sugar and egg yolks.

Cook over medium heat stirring constantly. 

Do not boil. 

When mixture is steaming remove from heat and melt in chocolate. 

Pour mixture into remaining cream. 

Cool completely before adding to ice cream machine. 

You can substitute the cream for half and half, sweetened milk or almond milk to bring down calories. 

This is essentially a custard ice cream. 

You can also infuse coffee, vanilla bean or cinnamon. Instead of melting, put in desired flavor and steep it for 15 minutes before adding into final cream.


Sep 28, 2012

My instagram love affair with the “foot shot” 

Sep 10, 2012 / 2 notes

September 10, 2012

Downtown Chicago. Chicago Teachers Union Strike. 

(c) Melissa Martens 2012

Jun 15, 2012

Practice makes perfect. These guys are fun to watch as they piece their new album together. I needed the practice myself so I tagged along to Bob’s home in Oak Park where the band was working on self recording some new songs to work on using available light in my photography. Don’t let the website fool you, they are musicians not web designers, and every bit as current with roots in some of my favorites: Wallflowers meets Tom Petty with a clean current sound. Aaron Fox and The Reliables.  Check them out.  Next show is at a festival at the end of July. 

I also could not get over the cute-ness that is Dexter. Bob and his wife Patty have the most adorable dog. He makes a great studio addition.   ;) 

Mar 29, 2012

Dina and Kent PT. 2 

(This is part 2, scroll down to see part 1- these are stills of my footage of their wedding.)

Love the cocktail cameo from couple whose wedding I filmed a few years ago, Katie and Raymond, still cute as ever. My absolute favorite moment of the night was the final interview with Dina and Kent (it’s the black and white photo of them on the couch). I feel so honored to have been able to capture them being so open and vulnerable about their love for each other. Thanks to the both of you- can not wait for you to see the final product. 

Wedding team

Location: Salvage One

Photo: Brian Carey- fig weddings

Film: (me) Melissa Martens - fig weddings

DJ: Joe Nardi

Catering: J + L (Scott- please tell me I can have the recipe for the veggies. So Amazing.) 

Flowers: A Stem Above.