Sunday, June 24, 2018

Mango-Peach-Cantaloupe-Turmeric Sorbet

Mango-Peach-Cantaloupe-Turmeric Sorbet by Simi Jois

Mango-Peach-Cantaloupe-Turmeric Sorbet by Simi Jois

I somehow feel like this is the beginning of the year and I need to make a resolution. I know we are past half the year, but for me I feel the excitement of a new year. The last year has been a blur, health issues that came out of no where. I'm blessed to have had so many angels in my life that helped me get back on my feet. I have really felt the generosity and love of so many people, who made me their priority. I think when times are difficult then you truly realize the value of kindness. You know you are loved when someone makes you their priority against all odds. Huge blessing.

Since last year I have started journaling and reading. I have rediscovered my love for books and most often you will see my nose in a book with OM chant playing in the background. I have fallen in love with Eckhart Tole and read and re-read his books, so if you are an Eckhart fan and you have any recommendations for me, please email me.

It's strange, as I write, I feel so much of me has changed, in so many ways, I am so much more sure of myself. I know exactly what I want and I have made myself my priority. I don't do things to make  others happy. I have to be grateful to my sister,  hubby, some of my friends and my aunt,  who have encouraged me on this path. Gosh ! I owe my life to them. If you have to make just one person happy in your life, let that be you,  you can only give if your vessel is full... don't run on empty. Not just that, I have stopped doing things that do not bring me happiness. It sounds difficult but it's not. You just have to make up your mind. We have been  raised to make everyone happy even if it is at the cost of your own happiness. Most times it is not worth it, for the people you are trying to please don't matter.

"Those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

I have learnt a lot in the last one year, I have witnessed generosity and love first hand. When a friend literally puts their own life on hold and is there for you, even though you tell them you do not need their help...that's more than love or kindness. Life shows its kind self in moments of adversity.  I'm filled with gratitude for the kindness in my life.

Mango-Peach-Cantaloupe-Turmeric Sorbet by Simi Jois

Mango-Peach-Cantaloupe-Turmeric Sorbet by Simi Jois

This sorbet is for one of my close friends who loves fruity desserts. Enjoyed the afternoon talking about books, philosophy and of course the sorbet

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Online Photography Classes

Online Photography Lessons - Simi Jois

A lot of you have been reaching out for my online photography classes. Thank you for the overwhelming response. Right now all classes for June-July are closed. However I have openings for August-September. If you are interested, please email me

This is a personalized class, a one-on-one using Skype or Face time. I usually have the first call (which is free) to access your requirements and expectations and then we plan the class needs and time/date. You can learn at your own pace and place of your choice. The class is followed by some homework, I give constructive feedback via email for the submitted assignment.

I have a few tailored classes:
Camera one-on-one : all about using camera in manual mode.
Quick fix styling guide : Some tips for styling difficult dishes.
Story telling : How to weave a story with light
Moody Photography : one of my most popular class
Steam Photography : class starts October end.

Here are some testimonials from my students :

It's always a pleasure learning from you….This was my first time learning from an expert and I did not expect to take away so much in an hour long Skype session. Simi exactly knew which parts to touch on and perfectly balanced the theory and practical aspects of food photography. And the fact that a one on one private class is so affordably priced is definitely an added bonus.
-Ashmita Bharadwaj

I want to say a huge thank you for all your time and help in improving my work. I really really enjoyed the session, it was very thorough and easy to understand as well. My basic concepts are so much better now.

Thank you for the class, I really enjoyed it. I must confess, I was a bit nervous at first.  I learnt so much in one session, I cannot wait for our next. I highly recommend this class, I thought I knew about shutter speed and aperture but I soon realized and I am glad I asked you to go through it. Also, all the tips about styling that make it so much easier. Thank you Simi.

These images are from my photography class. For images from my students scroll to end of post and click.

Online Photography Lessons - Simi Jois

Online Photography Lessons - Simi Jois
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday Stills

Sunday Stills - Simi Jois
 A quick post - Sunday stills. I did not have much in terms of fresh produce but I do love the aubergine color of the egg plant and the pink-red of the onion. The first image is more like a rustic kitchen scene. The second one is a bit whimsical. I love the textures of the background, wanted to use it with the rich purple color. I'm going to try bold whimsical color palette.

I want to start posting tutorials me if you want something specific.

That's all for now. Have a fabulous week.
Sunday Stills - Simi Jois

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Eating Health - bagelwich. EASY! EASY! EASY!

Eating Health - bagelwich.  EASY! EASY! EASY!

Eating Health - bagelwich.  EASY! EASY! EASY!
Eating healthy is on everybody's mind. No one wants to eat unhealthy, but at the same time ... we don't want to eat food that the pallet does not approve. When we think about healthy, we usually think of sad food... I love colorful food and try to put as much color on my plate. Healthy food is actually happy food.

This is an easy recipe  meal...way to easy, fresh produce, cream cheese (store bought). the only thing I made was beet-cranberry relish for vegan lovers.

Eating Health - bagelwich.  EASY! EASY! EASY!

Beet-Cranberry Relish

1 cup granted beet
1 cup cranberry
2 green chilies
2 tbsp finely cut ginger
3 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste.

Heat oil, add all the ingredients and let it cook till cranberry is nice and soft, add salt. After it has cooled, store in airtight container. Stays good for a month.

Eating Health - bagelwich.  EASY! EASY! EASY!

Eating Health - bagelwich.  EASY! EASY! EASY!

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Still life photography

I love to connect with like minded people and share what we have in common, be it photography, walking, meditation or just talking about life. In the last few months I have met some amazing people, we connected over photography but realized we have more in common than just the love for light.

 The above is  from the photography class this week. The class is a personalized one on one session using Skype. I create a personalized class for you and your level. You can learn at your own pace and at a place of your choice.

This week I  helped my students create a story around tea, explaining the basics of composition, color, styling, framing, choice of aperture and more. It is one of the things I love, to share my passion and teach. I am booked out till June. If you are interested (after June) to take an online class. Shoot out an email : and I will be happy to mail you the details.

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