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A Little … Well ok…Big Announcement

Big News...

I have been toying with how to break the news to you… Late at night, I would design some cute picture involving the husband and the pups, just the pups, just the husband but of course, I always ran out of time. It’s been a whirlwind since May. Workshops, cookbook shoots, some editorial shoots. Lots of travel. Lots of packing and unpacking.

Well…there will be one more big swoop of packing. But not a couple of suitcases. A few many boxes actually.

We are moving! To Birmingham, Alabama…!

No, Bill did not take a job there. I did.

I am completely stocked and thrilled to announce that I am the new Senior Photographer for Oxmoor House, cookbook publisher of titles such as Southern Living, Cooking Light, Health, Sunset.

Now can I do this? : !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Never mind…I just did!!!!! (and more)

If you know me well, you know that I am right now smiling wide but quietly while inside, I am jumping up and down like a crazy woman. I get to photograph all sorts of cookbooks throughout the week. Different titles, styles, authors, recipes. A dream.

Oxmoor House emailed and asked me if I would consider coming down for a test shoot for the position. I flew to Birmingham, test shot for two days with super nice, creative and dedicated art director, food stylists, prop stylists, photographers, etc…. My excitement and desire to be part of the team grew stronger. But I knew I had to put this in the back of my head. There was Ireland coming up, then Seattle, a couple of cookbooks and editorials to be photographed. More workshops.

Then finally last week, I heard the news that I had gotten the job. I called my parents and told them the news. My mom asked "is that good?". I laughed so hard. Nerves. "Yes, mom. It’s really good." For the first time, it hit me. The reality of the future ahead.

So yes, we are relocating. We are both super excited, not only about the job but about the possibilities ahead. New places to see, new friends to be made. New favorite hang outs to find.

It’s all good…

I hope you are smiling along with us. I will continue to blog, but bear with me as I make the transition to another rhythm and city. It might take me a few days to get my bearings when it happens next months.

A huge "Thank You" to Matt, Clare, Tami, Anita and Laura. You guys know why and how much you mean to me. Love you bundles.

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Unknown August 28, 2012 um 8:31 pm


Tabbulous August 28, 2012 um 8:31 pm

Congratulations!!!! That's really exciting. Maybe you can make more trips to Nashville too? I wish I could have met you when you were here visiting with Love & Olive Oil

AlessioFangano August 28, 2012 um 8:32 pm

Yeah!!!! Congratulations Helene 😀 So now I will have to visit Alabama too!!

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme August 28, 2012 um 8:32 pm

Congratulations, Helen! It could not have happened to a nicer, more deserving person. Oxmoor House is very, very fortunate to have you!

Anita August 28, 2012 um 8:32 pm

Love you right back! I am so excited for you, proud of you, and thrilled at your new adventures. Couldn't happen to a nicer person. 🙂

Nutmeg Nanny August 28, 2012 um 8:33 pm

This is so exciting! Congratulations!

christelle is flabbergasting August 28, 2012 um 8:33 pm

FÉLICITATIONS Hélène !!! Bravo, je sens ton excitement à lire ton billet : c'est super ! (Ok… beaucoup trop de superlatifs dans mon commentaire… bon c'est pas grave !)
BIG CONGRATS! And oh, you'll be close to Coco at Roost Blog! Alabama is lucky to have you both!

Anita August 28, 2012 um 8:33 pm

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Nicola August 28, 2012 um 8:33 pm

super duper uber ridiculous major congratulations!!! you will totally excel!

Shawnda August 28, 2012 um 8:33 pm

Congratulations – that's wonderful news! And so very well-deserved.

Anonymous August 28, 2012 um 8:38 pm

Congratulations!!! That's fabulous news! What a dream job!

Nisa-mom August 28, 2012 um 8:38 pm

congratulations, for such a great news.. I'm happy for you

Tamara August 28, 2012 um 8:39 pm

Fantastic news!! Congratulations!

coco cooks August 28, 2012 um 8:39 pm

This is amazing news! So happy for you.

FunkySteph August 28, 2012 um 8:40 pm

I have been following your blog for a long time but never posted a comment. I can't resist here: CONGRATULATIONS! Wishing you all the best in the new, exciting adventure. Bon Vent!

Averie @ Averie Cooks August 28, 2012 um 8:41 pm

Congrats on your new job – you are SO talented and they are lucky to have you, Helene!

And congrats on the big move – happy packing 🙂

Unknown August 28, 2012 um 8:41 pm

I just love it when people share exciting news. I am jumping up and down with and share your huge happy grin. What a fantastic opportunity and I know you will do terrific and are ready for this next chapter! How do I know…when I don't even know you?? Because we just follow your blog…and it's wonderful.

The Prudent Homemaker August 28, 2012 um 8:42 pm

How wonderful! And how fun! What a dream job!

What a fantastic position!

Looking forward to hearing about your new adventures. Your new neighbors are in for a more than just "a" treat!

Unknown August 28, 2012 um 8:44 pm

Congratulations!!!, that good news XD, I am very happy for you, I love your photos and you are a great inspiration to me so I'm very very happy for you, I hope that this change will bring many joys and blessings to you.

mimi1214 August 28, 2012 um 8:44 pm

Congratulations! What a great opportunity! I love your photography!

Diane, A Broad August 28, 2012 um 8:45 pm

Oh my goodness, félicitations! I can't think of anyone who deserves it more.

Kirsten August 28, 2012 um 8:46 pm

Congratulations! That is such exciting news!

Moving is such an exciting thing : )


PS LOVE the pink champagne 🙂

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy August 28, 2012 um 8:46 pm

Big congratulations!!! I'm sure you'll do awesome – what a change it will but you're definitely up to the challenge!

Rebecca August 28, 2012 um 8:47 pm


Unknown August 28, 2012 um 8:47 pm

Congratulations!!! That is fabulous news and they couldn't have picked a more inventive, creative and super talented photographer!! yahoo!

Sneh | Cook Republic August 28, 2012 um 8:51 pm

that is awesome news! very happy for you 🙂

strawberriesinparis August 28, 2012 um 8:52 pm


Karen Baking Soda August 28, 2012 um 8:52 pm

Wow! Congratulations Helene, great news. Good luck and lots of success in the surroundings. Hugs!

Lisa Fain (Homesick Texan) August 28, 2012 um 8:55 pm

What exciting and wonderful news! Congratulations on a very cool job–you're going to have a blast down in Birmingham!

Bunkycooks August 28, 2012 um 8:56 pm

Congrats Helene! That is wonderful news! Since you will be closer to Atlanta, maybe we will see you either here or in Birmingham. Good luck with your move!

matt August 28, 2012 um 8:59 pm


fabiola@notjustbaked August 28, 2012 um 9:01 pm

Oh My Goodness, this is absolutely amazing! Congratulations and I am so happy for you and your family. What an adventure, and achievement. So COOL!!!

Jen @ Savory Simple August 28, 2012 um 9:01 pm


Andrea August 28, 2012 um 9:01 pm


Bill is a very supportive husband. You are very blessed to have him 🙂

I hope you will still continue with this blog?

Cate O'Malley August 28, 2012 um 9:02 pm

Wonderful news – congratulations!

LisaB August 28, 2012 um 9:05 pm

Many, many congratulations to you!

Anonymous August 28, 2012 um 9:06 pm

congratulations, helen!!

so excited for you, bill, and the pups!

what an exciting time it is for you guys!
i can't wait to hear more about your adventures in the dirty dirty south! 😉

i have family there in alabama, so maybe i can see you again one day!

blessings to you and your family!

love, sasha

argone August 28, 2012 um 9:06 pm

Bravo à toi, quel défi ! C'est tout à fait mérité …

Stefan August 28, 2012 um 9:08 pm

Congratulations that is fantastic news. Can't wait to see some of your shots showing up in more books!

Kammie @ Sensual Appeal August 28, 2012 um 9:10 pm

Wow that is amazing! Congratulations! You deserve it.

Elise August 28, 2012 um 9:12 pm

Oh Helene, that is such fantastic news. Congratulations!!!!

Shruthi August 28, 2012 um 9:12 pm

Congratulations! Just a huge fan, who just purchased Plate to Pixel this last weekend and love it!!! Does this mean you will stop doing workshops etc???

showfoodchef August 28, 2012 um 9:13 pm

Helene! I'm so excited for you. Lucky them, lucky you! Sending you all kinds of {{{Applause}}} and wishes for passionate and thrilling times during this adventure!

Rosa's Yummy Yums August 28, 2012 um 9:15 pm

Congratulations! That is really awesome.



Cristy August 28, 2012 um 9:16 pm

Fantastic!! Can't wait to see what your new adventures bring. So, so excited that you'll continue to share your journey with us. Much love.

tami August 28, 2012 um 9:16 pm

Congrats and you're awesome and totally deserve it and all that jazz…but really…the big news is…YOU'RE AN HOUR FROM ME WITH THE TIME CHANGE! WOO 😉 Rosé at Chez Fon Fon SOON. Love you! oxoxox

K and S August 28, 2012 um 9:17 pm

congratulations! I'm sure you'll do just fine!

Ashlae August 28, 2012 um 9:17 pm

Big smiles for you, Helene. So happy for you! Congratulations.

connie August 28, 2012 um 9:17 pm

Congratulations on your new job, it sounds like a dream job! Hope your journey from your current home to the new home with be a smooth one 🙂

Kristen August 28, 2012 um 9:22 pm

Oh friend, I am beyond happy for you! Great things lie ahead for you and this is just the tip of the iceberg, I'm sure!

Marju August 28, 2012 um 9:24 pm

Wow! That's huge! Congratulations Helene! 🙂
I have to say that you have been my biggest inspiration – almost 2 years ago when I started my own blog as well now, when I'm taking my first steps as a young food photographer here in Estonia, yep, that far far away from U.S. 🙂
I've been admiring your blog and your work for years. I feel like there is so much to say, but..don't know exactly how to put them… I was really excited to read those lines and imagining how it must feel when your dreams (that you almost never dared to dream of), start coming true! I'm so happy for you, I know what it takes and I wish you both all the best in this new exciting journey! Congratulations again! Enjoy! :))

Monica Bhide August 28, 2012 um 9:24 pm

They are lucky to have you!! Hearty congrats!

Amanda August 28, 2012 um 9:27 pm

Oh my gosh, Helene!! What wonderful news! I'm so excited for you, and THRILLED you are coming to Alabama!! Welcome!! 🙂

Ana Sofia August 28, 2012 um 9:27 pm


Liren August 28, 2012 um 9:28 pm

Oh, Helene! I am SO smiling along with you! Congratulations on living this wonderful dream, and good luck to you and Bill as you relocate from your beloved Charleston to your new home. Such marvelous news!

Karen from Chookooloonks August 28, 2012 um 9:33 pm


sprite August 28, 2012 um 9:35 pm


Pru @ Perfecting Pru August 28, 2012 um 9:35 pm

I'm so certain that this will be wonderful. Many congratulations!

Stephanie Quilao August 28, 2012 um 9:40 pm

YAAAAYYYYYY!!! SO thrilled for you! And for some of my favorite healthy eating magazines. Beyond excited! Congratulations!!

Mmm… is for Mommy August 28, 2012 um 9:41 pm

Congrats! As a Cooking Light Blogger, I cannot wait to see your pics!

Y August 28, 2012 um 9:42 pm

Amazing news! Congratulations 🙂

Paula-bellalimento August 28, 2012 um 9:43 pm

They are so lucky to have YOU! Cheers to you sweets! xoxo

Karin@yumandmore August 28, 2012 um 9:44 pm

Congratulations Helene!! well done and well deserved! good luck and I hope hubby is happy too!!

RecipeGirl August 28, 2012 um 9:47 pm

Congrats! What a neat opportunity. Wish you all the luck!

Unknown August 28, 2012 um 9:49 pm

So glad it's finally announced!!! We're so excited for you! You're amazing & we know you're going to be the most awesome photographer they've had 🙂

Unknown August 28, 2012 um 9:50 pm

I am a photographer in Birmingham, have worked with Oxmoor quite a bit. I'd love to say hello when you get here! Congrats!

Jason Wallis

Unknown August 28, 2012 um 9:51 pm

Love your work! I am a photographer in Birmingham. I know the Oxmoor people well, and have worked with them. Great people, you'll love it. Id love to say hello when you make it to town!

Jason Wallis

Vanille August 28, 2012 um 9:54 pm

Pour une nouvelle, c'est une bonne nouvelle ! (Non, je ne travaille pas à la poste…) Félicitations !

terri August 28, 2012 um 10:05 pm

congratulations–they're lucky to get you!

Maja Skorupska August 28, 2012 um 10:06 pm

Congratulations! I've been a great fan of your blog and, especially, your photos. You inspire me and I am learning photography analysing your pictures! I love your esthetics.
Maja from Poland – a junior blogger:)

Crystal August 28, 2012 um 10:07 pm

Oh my gosh, that's fantastic news! Congratulations!

Lindsay August 28, 2012 um 10:25 pm

Congrats, so exciting for you guys! And you know, Birmingham is just a short drive away from Nashville! 🙂

ConnectionMaven August 28, 2012 um 10:30 pm

Congratulations Helene! So happy for you! And Birmingham has an awesome food scene too.


Lauren August 28, 2012 um 10:32 pm

Absolutely beyond thrilled for you! Couldn't be happier and so excited to follow along on your journey. xoxo Lauren

Aimee @ Simple Bites August 28, 2012 um 10:34 pm

Fabulous news, Helen! I'm utterly thrilled for you. Can't wait to keep up with your adventures! xox

Kathy – Panini Happy August 28, 2012 um 10:41 pm

That's so exciting! Many congrats on your new gig and your upcoming move!

Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 28, 2012 um 10:41 pm

Congratulations, what a much deserved opportunity!

Reem | Simply Reem August 28, 2012 um 10:50 pm

This is a great news…
Wishing you lots of success and fun in your new job and always!!!

Kiran @ August 28, 2012 um 10:51 pm

CONGRATULATIONS Helene!!! This is sooo exciting!! Wohoo!!!

Anonymous August 28, 2012 um 10:52 pm

Congratulations! What great news.

Aggie August 28, 2012 um 11:01 pm

Oh Helene!!! Many congrats & best wishes!!!! xoxo

Conna August 28, 2012 um 11:13 pm

Congratulations !!!

Wish to you every success to new job.


Sophia August 28, 2012 um 11:15 pm

Congratulations!!! Well done, u totally deserve it! i love ur work

Marc @ NoRecipes August 28, 2012 um 11:35 pm

Wow! Good for you! And for the rest of us, I guess we can look forward to the quality of photos improving in Oxmoors publications:-)

Seanna Lea August 28, 2012 um 11:41 pm


Marjorie (Sugar for the Brain) August 28, 2012 um 11:43 pm

WOW!!! Congrats!!! You are so talented it's not surprising that you would get such a dream job 😀

SusieMT August 28, 2012 um 11:44 pm

Congratulations! You are very talented and it will be exciting to see your work in all the Oxmoor House publications !

jacquelyn | lark+linen August 28, 2012 um 11:46 pm

How exciting!! One million congratulations!

Audrey – This Little Street August 28, 2012 um 11:54 pm

Congrats, such great news! Good luck for the move 🙂

Sarah August 29, 2012 um 12:03 am

That is amazing news! Congrats!

kellypea August 29, 2012 um 12:12 am

So very, very excited for you — I'll have to soak up your success through several of my favorite publications you listed and from continued writing and photos, here, I hope. Yay!

Baking in the Attic August 29, 2012 um 12:13 am

Congratulations!!!! You absolutely deserve it! Your photography is always so beautiful.

Mardi Michels August 29, 2012 um 12:15 am

Fabulous news – well deserved!!!!

Lana August 29, 2012 um 12:15 am

I've been reading your blog since its inception and I am thrilled for you! You are an inspiration and you deserve it:)

bridget {bake at 350} August 29, 2012 um 12:17 am

Yay!!! Congratulations! They are lucky to have you! 🙂

Nisrine August 29, 2012 um 12:20 am


Renee August 29, 2012 um 12:27 am

Fantastic!! And so well deserved!

jennie perillo August 29, 2012 um 12:45 am

So happy for you Helene. Big hugs and congratulations!

Michelle August 29, 2012 um 12:58 am

I am sooo happy and excited for you!!! I'm happy dancing right with you! You deserve it! :)It couldn't happen to a nicer gal 🙂

Mela e Cannella August 29, 2012 um 1:09 am

Congratulations =))))

Karen August 29, 2012 um 1:27 am

That's really neat. Congratulations and best wishes for a successful move and happiness in your new job.

Artisan Gourmet August 29, 2012 um 2:00 am

very happy for u…congrats!!!

Artisan Gourmet August 29, 2012 um 2:01 am


Anne August 29, 2012 um 2:31 am

So sorry that you are leaving beloved Charleston…but VERY excited for you! Congratulations!!!

Brooke August 29, 2012 um 2:58 am

Super big congratulations to you. It's wonderful to see how putting beautiful work into the world can create beautiful opportunities. Thank you for sharing the good news and inspiring us to keep on working hard to create pretty things!

Deeba PAB August 29, 2012 um 4:27 am

WOW…good for you Helene. Fabulous! Good luck with the move! New horizons, new possibilities! Yay!

Dianne Jacob August 29, 2012 um 4:35 am

Woohoo! A real job with a regular paycheck and vacations and medical benefits! I hope you enjoy it. Congratulations on a dream job. And I'll see you in January at FB South.

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet August 29, 2012 um 5:21 am

Gasp! Congratulations! What an exciting (and well-deserved) opportunity!

Sini August 29, 2012 um 5:38 am

Wow. This is really good news. Congrats!! Enjoy the adventure. And smile. And dance. And jump around.

David August 29, 2012 um 5:39 am


gfs August 29, 2012 um 5:40 am

oh wowweeee congratulations! such hard work, dedication and love for what you do has clearly paid off.

Gaia August 29, 2012 um 5:45 am

What a very HUGE announcement!
You absolutely deserve it!
Good Luck!

Sari @ Cook Your Dream August 29, 2012 um 9:25 am

amazing news! Congratulations Helene. You so much deserve it.

The Savory and The Beautiful August 29, 2012 um 10:07 am


rahel August 29, 2012 um 10:53 am

Congratulation, Helene! Fantastic and I am sure you will be great at your new job!

Kaitlin August 29, 2012 um 10:55 am

Congratulations! That's so stinking exciting! You deserve it and I'm so excited to see more of your work 🙂

Anonymous August 29, 2012 um 11:09 am

Amazing news and so well deserved, congratulations!

Anonymous August 29, 2012 um 11:11 am

Amazings news and so well deserved, congratulations!

Cósima Piovasco August 29, 2012 um 11:11 am

Congratulations from Spain, Helene. It's a big change. I'm glad you will continue posting. Take it easy with the change. We'll wait for you.

Sam August 29, 2012 um 11:26 am

Congratulations all the way from Cape Town South Africa. I feel like you are my virtual photography teacher as I have read your book twice and love your blog.
All the best of luck with your new venture.

Unknown August 29, 2012 um 11:32 am

Congratulations. I wish you and your husband every success in the adventures ahead.

Vickie August 29, 2012 um 11:34 am


El Oso con Botas August 29, 2012 um 11:38 am

¡¡Congratulations!! and good luck in your new job 🙂

Beth @ Hungry Happenings August 29, 2012 um 11:39 am

Wow, what an exciting opportunity for you. Congratulations. You will do great!

Vania August 29, 2012 um 11:41 am

From far away, I can feel the happiness. I'm so happy for you, Helene. Congratulations.

Patricia Scarpin August 29, 2012 um 11:50 am

They couldn't have gotten anyone more talented – congratulations, Helen! <3

Jules August 29, 2012 um 12:14 pm

Congrats! well deserved!

Ana August 29, 2012 um 12:32 pm

Congratulations a new challenge and you'll succeed.

Queen of Quinoa August 29, 2012 um 12:57 pm

Congratulations!! That's fabulous news and well deserved. You will be amazing there, and I can't wait to see your photographs!

Ivy Wu August 29, 2012 um 12:59 pm

Congratulations! I'm such a huge fan of your blog, and I'm actually from Birmingham (but now live in NYC), so was so thrilled to see this post! My best friend also just started working at Oxmoor House, so I hope she gets to meet and work with you. Let me know if you want any suggestions about the city!


ChampagneMaker August 29, 2012 um 12:59 pm

WoW! Dreams really do come true! So happy for you and can't wait to watch it all unfold!

Ivy Wu August 29, 2012 um 1:01 pm

That is so exciting!! I'm such a huge fan of your blog and your work, and I actually grew up in Birmingham (my parents still live there), so I was thrilled to see this post! My best friend Jena just started working there as well, so I hope you get to meet her. Please let me know if you want any suggestions or have any questions about the city!

[email protected]

Anonymous August 29, 2012 um 1:05 pm

Congratulations, that's so wonderful! You deserve it, you have incredible talent.

Rachael M. August 29, 2012 um 1:16 pm


I grew up in central Alabama, and went to college in Tuscaloosa, so I'll be interested to find out your take on the move! Beware: It's going to be MUCH hotter there than the coast! LOL

I hope that you'll still do workshops from time to time…with my family all still in Alabama, I could actually reasonably make it to a workshop since I can leave my daughter the hour away with my parents!

(Get ready for the fall to be football crazy. I know here in SC we love our ball, but it's like a whole different animal down there!!)

Karine August 29, 2012 um 1:20 pm

That is great news. You inspired me for years and I aspire to reach some great achievements myself soon. So keep going and live your dream. Hope you will keep up the blog though. We will miss you if you stay away. Hugs from Montreal Canada. Bonne chance!!

Rachelle August 29, 2012 um 1:27 pm


I remember my first time in Birmingham … I couldn't believe all the hills! Excited to read more about your new adventure.

dassana August 29, 2012 um 1:41 pm

congragulations helene. love your work. all the best in your new job 🙂

Tracy Grant August 29, 2012 um 1:54 pm

That's fantastic Helene!
Congratulations and enjoy the new adventure!

Megan's Cookin' August 29, 2012 um 2:00 pm

Congrats Helene!!! So well deserved.

Magda August 29, 2012 um 2:06 pm

Congratulations, Helene!! You deserve it!! Good luck with your new job and the move!! 🙂

Unknown August 29, 2012 um 2:07 pm

Awww that is AWESOME!!! Congratulations and best of luck with the move!!!

Kimberly August 29, 2012 um 2:14 pm

How cool is THAT? I have worked with many of the folks there and they are all wonderful! Congrats and look forward to seeing you photos in their publications soon!

At Home with Kim Vallee August 29, 2012 um 2:47 pm

Congratulations Helene! This is a huge news. I wish you all the best in this new adventure. BTW, I subscribe to Sunset. So, I look forward to see your name in the magazine.

Anonymous August 29, 2012 um 2:57 pm

Congrats! How exciting for you and your family!


chinmayie @ love food eat August 29, 2012 um 2:57 pm

Congratulations!!! It must be so exiting!!!

Yami August 29, 2012 um 2:59 pm

Congratulations!!! I wish you all the best. You are a tremendous inspiration for all of us. Have a successful work experience.


Emily August 29, 2012 um 3:04 pm

Hooray!! You will knock it out of the park!

BC August 29, 2012 um 3:05 pm

Congratulations to both YOU & Oxmoor! Birmingham is a warm, welcoming city and they will love you and your amazing talent!

Kimberly Murray August 29, 2012 um 3:07 pm

WooHoo!!! That's awesome. Congratulations!

SkinnyMommy August 29, 2012 um 3:12 pm

Wow! That's huge. Giant congrats. You will be great!

Jana Hyde Neugebauer August 29, 2012 um 3:15 pm

Congratulations, Helene! My hometown is Birmingham and I grew up reading Southern Living, drooling over the food photos. Although I've not lived in the south for more than 20 years, I still consider myself a southerner and eagerly await each month's issue so I can check out the recipes. I hope you can influence them to do more gluten-free food!

Laura Plumb August 29, 2012 um 3:26 pm

Huge Congratulations! Absolutely well deserved. Bravo!

dervla @ The Curator August 29, 2012 um 3:31 pm

wow! Congratulations from NYC. Huge fan of your blog and photography and looking forward to seeing it in some of my favorite Oxmoor publications.

Laura Plumb August 29, 2012 um 3:32 pm

Congratulations. Absolutely well deserved. Bravo!

Madhu August 29, 2012 um 3:53 pm

Beautiful blessings all the way!!!!

Madhu August 29, 2012 um 3:54 pm

Beautiful blessings all the way!!
Congratulations to you!!!

Colette (Coco) August 29, 2012 um 3:54 pm

Congrats! Well deserved, indeed. You have an eye for gorgeous things.

Sheri August 29, 2012 um 4:18 pm

Congratulations! Enjoy this new adventure.

Faye and Yvonne August 29, 2012 um 4:40 pm

That is so amazing and exciting! Congratulations!!

Faye and Yvonne August 29, 2012 um 4:41 pm

That is so amazing and exciting! Congratulations!!

Nina @ ambrosia August 29, 2012 um 5:06 pm

Congratulations!!! Best of luck to you on this new chapter of your life!

Harini August 29, 2012 um 5:32 pm

I haven't visited your blog of late but I am so happy I came today when you are sharing wonderful news.:) Congratulations and best wishes!

Jes August 29, 2012 um 5:34 pm

Congrats! Birmingham is such a great city–I'm looking forward to reading about/seeing pictures of your experience there!

Debra Schramm August 29, 2012 um 5:43 pm

Congratulations! Birmingham is a great city – lots of wonderful places to eat & shop!

Anonymous August 29, 2012 um 6:46 pm

Wow! Congratulations on what sounds like a dream job! So well deserved… Happy moving! I look forward to the inspiration Birmingham will bring 🙂

Jennifer Carroll August 29, 2012 um 6:59 pm

How exciting! I know Paden who works there and if she's any representation of the team then you are going to have an amazing time!!! How wonderful!! Congratulations!!!

Julie in Provence August 29, 2012 um 7:01 pm

Congrats! Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. All the best!

Willow Arlen August 29, 2012 um 7:37 pm

Congrats! I cannot even imagine the thrill that you must feel. That really is a dream come true, and you're perfect for the position… so glad you got it! 🙂

Sommer August 29, 2012 um 7:58 pm

AMAZING opportunity! Congratulations!!

Kelly-Jane August 29, 2012 um 8:12 pm

Congratulations! You deserve it all my dear 🙂

Aysegul August 29, 2012 um 8:30 pm

Congratulations..this is wonderful news! This is huge and so well deserved!

Molly Pisula August 29, 2012 um 9:17 pm

Congratulations, Helene! That's wonderful news! I can't wait to see all the new stuff you photograph!
Molly Pisula

Christy August 29, 2012 um 9:45 pm

WoW! So happy for you! and let me the first to welcome you to the 'ham! You're going to LOVE it! I hope I get to see your face around town and at events! So excited!!

Rose from Magpies Recipes August 29, 2012 um 9:52 pm

Congrats Helene and Oxmoor House! They are incredibly lucky to have you 🙂 Thanks again for all the beauty and inspiration!

Amanda D August 29, 2012 um 11:19 pm

Oh my gosh! That's where I live – you will love it!!!

Anonymous August 29, 2012 um 11:46 pm

Félicitations, Helene! You deserve the best…you are very talented. Bisous, Vera 🙂

Monica August 30, 2012 um 12:42 am

Absolutely congratulations! Your photographs are always elegant and beautiful, making the food look ever more scrumptious and refined. Sounds like you ar perfect for this amazing job! And I love Cooking Light! : )

Melissa August 30, 2012 um 12:49 am

Congrats on your new job! I used to live in B-ham, not a bad place- as a food lover you will enjoy it, some great restaurants!

Mumsy August 30, 2012 um 1:12 am

I am SOOOO happy for you! Congratulations. A well-deserved position, I should think. Yay!

K August 30, 2012 um 2:01 am

Wow! Congratulations! That's incredible!

Bakericious August 30, 2012 um 2:02 am


Fragolina August 30, 2012 um 6:45 am

good luck in your new life, its such a great thing to change.

Pippi August 30, 2012 um 9:15 am

congratulations!! I'm so excited for you and your new adventure!!!

In bocca al lupo per ogni cosa!!


Alicia August 30, 2012 um 12:47 pm

Congratulations! Best of luck in your new adventure!

Unknown August 30, 2012 um 2:04 pm

Congratulations!! I'm from Birmingham, and it is a great city. The food scene there has sky rocketed!! There are so many restaurants I absolutely love!!! I know you didn't ask, but the best areas to live are Mountain Brook/Homewood!!!

Megan August 30, 2012 um 2:07 pm

Congratulations, Helene! What outstanding news!!!

Kaity August 30, 2012 um 3:25 pm

congratulations! welcome to Birmingham! 🙂 wishing you lots of good luck with your move!

Linda August 30, 2012 um 6:02 pm

That is amazing Helene! Congratulations!

Ansh August 30, 2012 um 6:45 pm

You are an inspiration! Wish you all the happiness and much much more success! Good Luck and stay Blessed!

iara venanzi August 31, 2012 um 12:44 am

Dear Helene
I have been reading your blog but never post a comment. When I read this new, trust me, I feel very, very happy for your achievement.
I work as a photographer , and also love food photo. I wish you all the best and hope some day I will meet you personally .
Iara Venanzi

Rennie August 31, 2012 um 1:05 am

Congratulations! You're very talented and absolutely deserve this!

Jokihaka Kokkaa August 31, 2012 um 4:27 am

Congratulations! What a dream job!

Ellie August 31, 2012 um 5:14 am

Wowwww that is just so awesome!!! God bless you on this journey to transition!! It's so exciting, and I feel like I'm jumping for joy on behalf of you…or almost like I'M the one going through it–lol! Keep us updated on your new position~

Amy | Appetite for Discovery August 31, 2012 um 7:06 am

What a well deserved achievement. They are so lucky to have you join their team! Good luck with the move, look forward to reading about your new adventures!

Anonymous August 31, 2012 um 8:23 pm

Wow! that is a dream job. Way to go and keep up the good work. Congrats!

Maryanne September 1, 2012 um 12:40 am


Paulina September 1, 2012 um 2:46 am

CONGRATS!!! Wish you the best in your new job and home! My husband and I moved from NY to the South (we live in neighboring MS) and we LOVE it!

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides September 1, 2012 um 6:21 am

I'm just adding another CONGRATULATIONS! to your many others! You deserve this!

Unknown September 1, 2012 um 3:08 pm

Congratulations on your success, Helene. You are a gifted photographer and enthusiastic talent.

Marilyn Miller September 2, 2012 um 2:22 am

Congratulations! Wonderful!

Bakerella September 2, 2012 um 3:49 am

Yay Helene. I'm so proud and excited for you.

magda September 2, 2012 um 9:36 am

Congratulations!!!! That's really exciting news. Good luck with the big move;)

Karolina September 2, 2012 um 6:54 pm

Congratulations!!!!!! Very well deserved anyway – you're brilliant photographer and great person. Good luck!!!

WokandSpoon September 2, 2012 um 8:29 pm

That's amazing news! Congratulations!

Botacook September 3, 2012 um 6:01 am

Félicitations, c'est super! 🙂

LizNoVeggieGirl September 3, 2012 um 11:00 am

MAJOR congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous September 3, 2012 um 1:59 pm

Aw, Helene! You are such a lovely and gracious person! You deserve all this happiness, success, love, friendship and beyond! Congrats!!!


cookingwithmarica September 3, 2012 um 7:49 pm

Compliments!!! you are the number 1!

Ciao Marica

Simones Kitchen September 4, 2012 um 4:42 am

Wow!! Congratulations Helene! I can understand your excitement completely! I've no idea where Birmingham is in Alambama… In fact for a minute I thought you were moving to England… 😉 you're a great photographer and a great person so no wonder they hired you!!

carol September 4, 2012 um 12:40 pm

WOOOT WOOOT !!! soooo happy for you, helene! what a wonderful compliment to your stunning works of art, and i know i'll just be one of many who will look forward to seeing your work & style at Oxmoor via their foodie magazines…very exciting, a huge leap of faith !!

thank YOU for being so inspiring, positive, and genuine in sharing your life & talents; you have truly made a difference in my life!

cheers & congrats to you!! success!

Val September 4, 2012 um 4:46 pm

Wow !!- just catching up and saw your news! Congratulations !!! I am so excited for you! You are such a great example of taking advantage of the opportunities life presents – not knowing where they will lead. What an inspiration you are! Looking forward to attending another photography class soon,once you get settled.(And selfishly – Hooray – now you're only 2hours away).

Sonja / A Couple Cooks September 5, 2012 um 2:45 am

Congratulations, Helene! What a wonderful accomplishment. All the best to you in this new position! We are truly inspired by your talent. ~Sonja & Alex 🙂

La Tartine Gourmande September 6, 2012 um 11:19 pm

Superbes nouvelles. Bonne chance pour cette belle et nouvelle aventure.

rose September 9, 2012 um 10:15 pm

Many wishes for a wonderful home in Alabama. Congrats to you!! I also have relocated, and I'm eager to settle in…All the best, Rose

Unknown September 10, 2012 um 5:28 am

CONGRATULATIONS and this is super exciting! I only wish I was in the USA, as I had always wanted to attend your photography workshop. I can't wait to continue reading on your new journey! Have a wonderful time and week ahead. Cheers~

Kris September 14, 2012 um 12:47 pm

Wee! So excited for, and proud of, you!!

Jenna September 14, 2012 um 2:43 pm


Karen @ Sugartown Sweets September 19, 2012 um 2:54 am

How amazingly exciting! I have been a Southern Living reader my entire adult life. Between my Mom & I, we have the last 31 or so Annual cookbooks. I also love photography. Our family would have no photo history if I had not been taking all those shots since i was a pre-teen! I am thrilled for you and your husband. Plus, we'll practically be neighbors as we live just south of Atlanta. Congratulations and Good Luck. 🙂

Truly Smitten September 19, 2012 um 9:43 pm

Aaahh!!! Congratulations!!!! You totally deserve it! You have such talent and they are so incredibly lucky to have you on their team! Good luck with the move and so thrilled for you!

Carolina September 20, 2012 um 12:43 pm

Amazing!!! Congratulations!!!!!

gretchen October 23, 2012 um 2:09 am

the oxmoor house test kitchen is where my career started… about 10 years ago. sorry our time there didn't overlap, but it's a great company with amazing people. a time i'll always be grateful for. congrats and enjoy!

shaz November 26, 2012 um 10:07 am

Congratulations Helene on this new step on your amazing journey. I have been so busy lately and not been reading any blogs. Today, feeling exhausted, I decided to pop over here because your photos always lift my spirits. Found this post and I'm so glad I made the time to visit. Have a great day 🙂

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