ABOUT

IT ALL STARTED WITH COOKIES…

I’m so glad you’re here! It means you’re ready to start eating and living more organically, but without sacrificing any of the things you love. I’m here to help guide you to choosing organic ingredients, making simpler recipes, and sharing my favorite organic lifestyle products.

In 2011 I opened one of the first and only entirely organic bakeries in the country, and all we sold were cookies! I worked there alone for the first year, doing everything from baking, customer service, answering the phone, dishes, social media, and more. When I was consistently unhappy with food photos taken by others for my bake shop website, my husband bought me a camera and encouraged me to do it myself. 

Since then I have been sharing recipes and my love for organic and sustainable food. I believe that by choosing better ingredients, in combination with the right recipe, you can change how you eat for the better – without missing a thing. My recipes, writing, and photography led me to write three cookbooks, Cookies for Everyone, The Mountain Bakerand Effortless Eggless Baking. And I shot the photos for all!

girl wearing cane sugar university sweatshirt in the kitchen holding a plate of biscotti

I am a self taught baker who has always loved sweets. I grew up in a very healthy household, so for me it’s all about balance. I truly enjoy eating healthy, and I also eat dessert every day! While working my corporate job at Roxy in Huntington Beach, I would bake cookies every weekend and bring them to the office come Monday morning.

I met my husband, Delaney, at Quiksilver, and we both worked there for over five years. We decided to take a chance on ourselves and leave the action sports industry (the industry we both grew up in). Leaving our corporate jobs with health insurance, 401K, and amazing benefits in an industry we both love, was a really tough decision to make. 

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But, we both started our own businesses, and have been doing that ever since. I retired from the bakery industry after ten years, and I sold my bake shop in 2021. I now spend all my time on recipe development, writing, and food photography at our agency Above 8000 Creative. I also do consulting for bakeries and restaurants, everything from startups to menu writing, costing, and branding. If you’d like to work with me, please drop me a line here, hello@mimibakesphotos.com. I’d love to discuss your project! 

But, I am most happy when I am sharing my love of organic food here on my blog. And I always love helping out with a recipe. So if you ever have a question about one of my recipes, please don’t hesitate to reach out! If you need help sourcing an organic ingredient, I would love to share my favorites with you! Or if you just want to drop a note to say hi, my favorite topics are food, dogs, and hilarious movies. Send me an email at hello@mimibakesphotos.com or message me on Instagram.