Daniel Gray's Sourdough Bread - Fort Collins hidden Gem by Jimena Peck

I love good bread. Maybe it's the European roots on me...or perhaps it's growing up with amazing bakeries on every block in the streets of Buenos Aires, but I have no problem indulging in a good loaf of bread. 

The wonderful Fort Collins-based chef, Daniel Gray, makes the best bread in town. A Colorado Native, Daniel is a CSU graduate and has worked in multiple restaurants here in Fort Collins. Not only does his bread have a perfectly crunchy crust and beautiful hole structures, but many of the flavors a locally forged. We went on a foraging day and then spent several hours in his kitchen baking.

He finds creative ways incorporate different aromas, textures, and even stamps, of plants found nearby. Smoked crimini, yellow dock, sunflower seeds, wildflowers, and peaches have all made appearances in his loaves. As a fermentation scientist, Daniel uses all natural levain as well.

Picking up a loaf of Daniel's bread is one of the highlights of my Farmer’s Market morning ritual.

As a community, we are truly lucky to have this alternative to commercial bakeries and grocery stores. It is no wonder he seems to sell out every fricking Saturday.

Fort Collins, Native Hill Farm Flowers by Olivia Terry | Jimena Peck

Native Hill Farm has a close place in my heart. When I first moved to Fort Collins I began volunteering here. I received one of the prized CSA boxes in exchange for my work. From harvesting vegetables on summer afternoons, to helping them out at the farmers market on weekends, this place reminds me of good times. 

Olivia Terry is one of the many wonderful people I got to know through Native Hill Farm. She is the queen of all things flowers and natural arrangements. Her bouquets are extra special because they come from a sustainably grown garden and they are the opposite of the non-sense buckets I see nowadays on wedding and events. You can find her flowers at local grocery stores and the farm stand at the farmer's market. Olivia also does special orders for events. You can come to the farm and pick out the flowers that go with your vibe (so dreamy).

I adore plants. I bring as many as I can into my own home, and delight in all their colors and textures. Needless to say, this shoot made me swoon. I did the best I could to capture her amazing garden and incredible display of craftsmanship and design. I could have spent hours there just smelling and investigating the flowers. Their jaw-dropping details are the epitome of nature's perfect touch. 

Olivia was totally at home in her garden. We wandered around and she pointed out different varieties, It was like watching an artist in her studio. It was the best of both worlds: capturing someone in their element, and allowing nature to speak for itself. I am happy with how these pictures turned out.

I am always glad to work with Native Hill, and am grateful for everything they contribute to the community. 

Decatur Point Denver for The Wall Street Journal by Jimena Peck

If you have driven through Denver over the last few years, you've may have noticed the construction sites and huge cranes towering alongside the city's downtown area. Many of these projects are the assembly of high-end, contemporary apartment buildings. The different complexes host a variety of amenities- something for everyone. Everything from rooftop dog parks, bowling allies, heated infinity pools, restaurants, billiards tables, to community kayaks, bikes, ski storage, and dog washing spas. These new apartment structures cater to their resident's interests and create a sense of community. 

These common areas were actually one of my favorite parts of the complex I had the opportunity to photograph. Working with The Wall Street Journal, I got a firsthand look at Decatur Point Denver. This vibrant and cosmopolitan community is nestled in the charming Jefferson Park Neighborhood. I really appreciated the emphasis on the communal areas.

As a person who grew up in a city like Buenos Aires, I know by first hand that apartment life can feel a little too cozy sometimes. The readily available spaces for people to work, play, exercise, or just relax outside of their apartment fosters a place for people to connect.

I am honored to have worked with The Wall Street Journal. This project highlighted my unique photography style- natural, clean, classy. The assignment went hand-in-hand with my brand, capturing the youthful, contemporary, and energetic Colorado lifestyle. 

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