the holiday cards orders

is it bad that even though i have branched out as a photographer that i'm my own worst customer? i'm definetely promoting holiday card portraits but the likelihood of sending my own cards is very little. bad, bad girl. the intention is there but with only FIFTEEN days until our big move to italy, my friends and family will most likely be getting a change of address card in the mail, instead.

in the meantime, i'm keeping busy with these gorgeous kids.



you see what i mean. they are beautiful but i'm biased. they're two of my best friends children. love these guys!!!

now, don't be like me get your cards out!


Thanksgiving Recipes for You

Thought I'd share some of the my Thanksgiving favorites. I've been sharing these recipes with friends and family since our first year of marriage They have always been a hit and our families rave about them all year round. I'm not creative in the kitchen. I just follow a recipe, well. So, I hope you enjoy. My family has for the last decade or so. 

Crisitiana Campbell's Tavern 
Sweet Potato Muffins 
(Chrisitiana Campbell's Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia) 

1/2 cup of butter (softened)
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups canned sweet potatoes, mashed
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon nutmet
1 cup mile
1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup raisins, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease 1 1/2 muffin tins. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and mix well. Blend in the sweet potatoes. Sift the flour with the baking poweder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Add alternatley with the milk. Do not over mix. Fold in the nuts and raisins. Fill the greased muffin tins 2/3 full. Bake at 400 F for 25 minutes. Can be frozen and reheated. 

Curried Pumpkin Soup (Southern Living, 1996)

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 8 oz. package sliced fresh mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon curry powder
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups canned pumpkin
1 tablesoopn ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 12 oz can evaporated milk Garnishes   sour cream, chopped fresh chives

Melt butter in a large saucepan; add mushrooms and onion, and saute until tender. Stir in flour and curry powder; gradually add chicken broth, and cook over medium neat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened. Stir in pumpkin and next 4 ingredients; reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Stir in milk, and cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly heated. Garnish, if desired. 

Raspberry Wonderfuls, a cookie bar 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
12 oz. can of condensed milk
1 small pkg each of chocolate morsels, white chocolate morsels, coconut flakes and chopped walnuts 8 oz. jar of seedless raspberry jam or jellly
1 stick of butter
1 box of graham cracker crumbs

Melt the butter and pour into a bowl of grahams crumbs. Moisten the crumbs enough to be able to stick together and spread into a rectangular pan as the first layer of the desert. Sprinkle coconut flakes and pour the condensed milk over the flakes. 

Place this into oven for about 20 minutes of until slightly golden. Let cool when done. Spread raspberry jam evenly over the condensed milk and coconut layers. Next, sprinkle the walnuts over the jam. 

Now, you're ready to drizzle the melted milk chocolate and white morsels creating a lacing effect over the entire dessert. Cut into squares. 

 Happy Thanksgiving!


found it...

The inspiration that is. what kind of images do you get when you have a warm sunset, two adorable kids, a cute dress, and a pinata? these...





coming back from the shoot on saturday, i realized that i had all the tools needed to make the afternoon into a wonderful session for mary's family. it must have looked like a fun shoot because a sweet family invited us to join them in celebrating their daughter's first birthday. so, we went with the moment, picked up the baton and took a swing. olé!



finding inspiration

Sometimes we look to others for inspiration, often times forgetting that we can draw from our own experiences. i'm getting ready to shoot another great family today for their christmas and yearly family portraits and i started looking outward at first for a fresh persecptive. it became fruitless. so, i stopped...took a breath and remembered that the family itself can inspire these great images. these are some of my favorites of this great texan family on their florida vacation.






SoFly faves

not too long ago, i shot these brides during a fun practice session with SoFly, a great group of women photographers. this was a fantastic opportunity to shoot brides and really experiment with different shots and observe other photographer's workflow, while shooting the same subject. you always think that somebody else is doing so much better than you, but all in all i love these shots and learned loads.

i've got to thank the lovely emily and babette for doning these beautiful gowns and letting us tweak our wedding photography skills.
other's on the list to thank are... Madame Bridals for wedding gowns. Anna's Flowers & Delray Beach Florist for beautiful bouquets. Finally, a special thanks to Beka Hood of Kallima Photography for setting up this fantastic shoot.



we've had a bit of catching up to do with the military man. we've been in full family mode and the kids and i are still in a tailspin. girl wonder has been in little girl heaven now that daddy's home. she is definitely a daddy's girl but she's starting to come back around to mommy. boy wonder has had some serious male bonding time but still curls up with me when dad's not around. wonder baby is catching on by taking cues from her big brother and sister. she warmed up to him really quickly. then there's us but i'll never kiss and tell.

our family has lots to be grateful for this holiday season and everthing has magically fallen into place.

lastly, i'm especially grateful for the comments on my last post. thank you for sharing in the moment and rooting for our little family!

[photo credit: Country Living]