My name is Christine Neely Pignato & I live in the beautiful state of New York with my handsome husband, adorable toddler & charismatic pooch. A photographer by trade & academia, I’ve been behind the lens since 2008. I left behind a thriving portrait & birth photography studio in 2017 when our family relocated to follow my husband’s job. Instead of rebuilding what I had, instead I choose to refocus my creative endeavors on one of my passions – food photography.

Dash of Dirt is a blog capturing my messy little life; all the dirty details which make it uniquely beautiful. I’ve been Zero Waste since 2015 & striving to be intentionally minimalist since 2014. My waste-light clutter-free existence got thrown for a loop when I became a crunchy mama in 2017, though I wouldn’t trade my chaos for anything. I have a passion for great food, eat mostly paleo & follow a gluten-free diet. I’m a trail runner & hiker who believes I’m a happier person with a daily dose of nature… rain or shine. A clumsy yogi who drinks coffee like it’s my full-time job. I’m also Deaf, which adds to my sense of self but would never be the first adjective I would pick if I were to describe myself on paper.

These are the topics I write about. This is my perfectly imperfect dirty little life.

We have plans to homeschool our child(ren), inspired by montessori & wildschooling or nature school. I have hopes to travel the United States in an RV with my little family, putting down roots in a home with chickens (I’m mildly obsessed with this idea). My blog may include those dreams as realities as time passes.

So please stay tuned. Check back. Subscribe or follow. Join me in my journey as I muddle through my messy little life. Life with a Dash of Dirt.