Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Hope yall have a great weekend!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Ok, confession time.... and yall are about to think I am out of my mind.... but here we go: I have never used pinterest... ever. Sad, I know, but I cannot afford to get hooked on anything else... so it always kind of pangs me when I get a notice that someone is following me on pinterest - poor things will just realize that it was a waste of time... :( But if you are really interested in what Im buzzing on, just start clicking on some of my links... :)
Ever wonder how much a wedding is really going to cost? Here’s a great chart and a lot of it is pretty spot on…. And I like that Im right in the right price range for a good wedding photographer – maybe even a little cheaper… :)
Oh my goodness, everything about this art installation is so brilliant
I want one of these glass-backed birdhouses so I can watch baby birds too!
Blue wedding dress, the most amazing invitation art – that the groom did himself! And a huge artsy wedding backdrop = awesome-sauce!
Now is the time for school supplies…. So here is a good list of unnecessary ones that we want anyway…. Especially the human organ lunchbox, sprout bookmarks, and that ice cream sandwich pouch
how to make fresh mozzarella… it actually doesn’t look that hard… Im thinking about trying (but for the love of all things good, go and make that mac and cheese recipe that I put up this week, please!!!!)
Mason jars are gaining popularity again… I think this is would really help out people who want to join the trend
Hello purple feather wedding dress that the bride pretty pretty much did herself!
The coolest spice rack…. Ever!!!!
Free thumbprint wedding guest print…. And its really cute too!
ok, lets all admit it – the 80s wasn’t our best decade… but this shoot is pretty cool, and I am DYING over that flamingo light – I so want it and yes, I would absolutely put it up in my house… :)
Save the date state towels!!! On sale!
Easy and beautiful DIY flowers
Will someone please make these bird wings for me?!!
Have you heard of face-mapping? I think its fascinating
250 books Rory Gilmore mentioned on The Gilmore Girls…. Good thing I love to read!
Water balloon piñatas = why have I not thought of this before?
Rainbow wedding details, including a rainbow pettiskirt!
Wedding cake eye-gasm
Walking tacos = perfect party/reception food! Or maybe just a fun dinner for the family (Im thinking camping!)
Coolest bar ever…. I would pay some money for one of those egg chairs!
So remember that girl with the gorgeous red and blonde hair with the feather fascinator that I posted about in an earlier link love? Here’s the wedding to go with it… and it is cool!
Build a guest book from jenga blocks… fun and brilliant
Looking for a job?
This color blog is awesome and so pretty! It makes me happy.
Ok, so there you go... hope you enjoy! Is this week flying by or what? Crazy how school is about to start - man, and my fall is filling up so fast - Im so excited to be booked like crazy every fall - makes me happy to be busy.
Email me anytime at email@example.com - Id love to hear from you!
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
I know this is a photography blog, and not a cooking blog, so it goes to say that I probably should not be posting a recipe here. But! This is also my own personal blog and I would be doing you, my lovely reader, a disservice if I didnt post this recipe for you.
Now see, I love to cook and I therefore watch a good bit of Food Network (its also one of the only stations that is always clean so our kids can watch it)... and one of my most favorite shows (of any channel) is Food Network Star... so Ive been watching it for weeks now... and just a few weeks ago, one of the contestants made this recipe and it looked amazing, so I knew I had to try it.
Oh my goodness yall! Oh my goodness. wow! You have got to try this. Let me preface the recipe with this - I still have my go-to classic mac and cheese recipe that is my grandmother's, but for a different taste, this was amazing - it does make a whole panful which would make this the perfect potluck dish, but I think next time that I make it just for my family I will probably just half it (especially to keep me from eating leftovers of it every night!)....
Ok, lets get to it.... you can find the original recipe here, but I just figured it was easier to copy and paste it in so you could do the same
Two 8-ounce cans creamed corn
1 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon onion powder, optional
1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch
Pinch ground nutmeg (I used cinnamon instead)
Salt and ground black pepper
3 dashes hot sauce, optional, plus more for serving (I used garlic powder instead)
2 cups elbow macaroni
8 ounces grated mild yellow Cheddar (I used sharp cheddar instead)
12 ounces grated mozzarella (I used sharp cheddar instead)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup croutons
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Move one rack to the top of the oven.
In a saucepan, simmer the corn with the milk and onion powder, if using, for 5 minutes.
Combine the cornstarch with about 2 tablespoons water and stir well. Add the cornstarch to the corn mixture and whisk over medium heat for 3 minutes.
Season the corn cream with a little nutmeg, salt, pepper and hot sauce if using. Remove from the heat, cover and keep warm.
Boil the elbow macaroni in full rolling salted water for 4 to 6 minutes. Drain the macaroni well and add to the corn cream.
Add the Cheddar, half of the mozzarella and the egg. Stir well. Pour into a 4-cup casserole dish or 12-inch cast-iron skillet and top with the remaining mozzarella.
In a zip-top plastic bag, lightly crush the croutons using a small mallet or rolling pin. Stir together the oil and crushed croutons and spread over the top of the macaroni and corn mixture.
Cook on the top rack until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve with hot sauce.
*a few things that I did differently
- We dont really like hot sauce at our house, so I substituted some garlic powder for that one to still give it some flavor (no measurements, just sprinkled some in)
- I dont like nutmeg at all, so I used a dash or cinnamon instead - key is to just use a dash as cinnamon can overwhelm things quickly, but it paired up with the creamed corn in the recipe like a dream
- I used only sharp cheddar instead of the mild cheddar or mozzerella - this was way tastier
I will absolutely be making this again... and again.... and again.... and you should to!
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
So Greed was the next shoot that we did in the series... and turns out this is one of the biggest favorites for everyone. Carl did an amazing job and we had so much fun - even if I dragged him around town and cemetery in the rain... :) Everyone wants to know how I got a huge safe out to photograph, so here is my secret: I didnt. I just noticed an interesting building one day and stopped to walk around and look at it, and lo and behold, there was this huge safe laying outside - just days before the greed shoot, and then I thanked God for blessing us with it.
This one looks amazing on canvas - the colors are so rich and just pop... and still available for only $100.
We went and saw Batman last night... we dont get out to movies too often, but this is the one that we had been waiting all summer for.... and it was good! Even Anne Hathaway, whom I didnt have much faith in before the movie - ha... :)
Anyway... so glad its Tuesday - I hope you are enjoying it!
Monday, July 23, 2012
The first look (always my favorite part!)
Jennifer was a stunning bride... stunning!(credit: Jordan Moore)
I love shooting weddings... :)
Also had to mention that the sweetest girl came up to me Friday night in walmart and said hey and that she read my blog.... I gotta say that totally made my night - thanks Kim!
Hope yall all had a great weekend.... feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime!
Friday, July 20, 2012
Hope yall have an amazing Friday and weekend... :)
Oh, and I will (finally!!!!) be releasing all my new material and stuff soon - which means things will be turned upside down... so this is kind of a last call of sorts - if you like the prices and products that I offer now, better be emailing me at email@example.com and get your session scheduled, b/c once the new stuff comes out, you will have to abide by the new prices (and I wont be offering up a cd anymore either).... so dont wait, my fall schedule is filling up fast!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Hope you are enjoying the series... :)
In other news, is there anyone out there who is looking for a super easy job - would be perfect for a homeschooled senior or a person in college. The hours are from 6:45 - 7:40 AM and 2:00 - 3:30 in the afternoon. We pretty much just need someone to get the kids to school and get them after school. Would be a great way to make some easy spending cash and its pretty much you watching tv (or you could study if you need to)... let me know if you are interested - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, July 13, 2012
Happy Friday everyone... and happy weekend!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Meet Jennifer... she was the winner of the Dismals Bridal shoot. She was nominated by her friend Brandy, and here is part of what Brandy said...
My friends name is Jennifer hebert she is... a awesome mother to 2 boys her and her husband Jamie have been married going on 11 yrs which is awesome in this day and time. Let me tell you a little about Jenni she has been my best friend for 20 yrs and would do anything for you that is what kind of person she is. when she got married 11 yrs ago they had to use just a family friend to go around and take pics with a regular digital camera because that's all they could afford at the time. I think she deserves this because she has been planning their vow renewal for a yr and wants to have that "dream wedding" that all little girls dream of. Did I also mention that she [recently] lost 50lbs and now she looks awesome I think she needs this so she will have the new woman in a new dress in new pictures... What it boils down to is Jenni is a wonderful person inside and out and I couldnt think of anything more than for her to win this photo shoot from you to make her a very happy girl.
Thank you to Brandy for entering and for Jennifer for being so awesome! Im so, so excited to do this shoot and I know you, my readers, are excited to see the results as well... :)
Why dont you leave a comment sending Jennifer some happy wishes...
Also, I hope this will serve as a reminder... get a professional photographer for your wedding - it will be so worth it, i promise!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Ok, here you go... for all the people who werent able to attend the show, this is for you. :)
Im going to put these on the blog in the order that they were shot, so I can keep up with them... the first one I shot was anger and its probably one of my favorites. And Ive had to keep it a secret for forever, but I love it. (and yes, thats Daniel on the floor). I definitely wanted this shoot to be gritty and raw and I think we accomplished that.
Id love to hear your thoughts.... :)
Also, this 16x24 gorgeous canvas is on sale for only $100 right now. Email me at email@example.com to claim it!
Ill be announcing the winner of the bridal contest tomorrow... hope yall are having a great week... and look forward to some more of the sin pictures upcoming... :)
Monday, July 9, 2012
I cant wait to shoot some more weddings this year, but I still have some opening... email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me help you capture something beautiful!
Today has been crazy busy, so I promise the winner of the bridals contest is upcoming and also some of the 7 deadly sins pics are upcoming too... hate to keep you waiting, but sometimes its necessary to keep my sanity... but I promise they are coming!
Also, anyone have any design experience/knowledge that can help with some logo work? Email me at email@example.com and lets talk!
A HUGE thanks to everyone who came out and supported the show on Saturday - you guys have absolutely no idea how much that meant to me - it is amazing to know who you can count on - I love you!!!
Friday, July 6, 2012
Tomorrow is the day!!!! Im so excited! Tomorrow is the art show for the Seven Deadly Sins - Ive been working on these since April!!! Thats 3 months of working on one project and tomorrow it will all be revealed. I couldnt love these prints any more than I already do.... this has been one of my most favorite projects - b/c I did them my way, without having to take any advice or instructions from anyone else, so they could be as weird or crazy as I wanted. And I love them.
And get this... each one is printed on a gorgeous 16x24 canvas. They look amazing.
The show is tomorrow from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Renee Reedy studio in downtown Columbus - its across from the Rosenweig and under Cafe on Main. Its come and go and free food and drinks are provided so definitely a win-win.
Please come and stop by and say hey to me... you have no idea how much it would mean on this particular show.... :)
Also, each canvas will be available for purchase for only $150 (canvases this size are normally around $300), or you can buy the whole set for $700.... or next week, I will be offering them for only $100 each or buy the whole set for $500. The catch is that if you wait, the one you wanted may be gone. I only plan to ever print one - and these are available at the show. Tomorrow!
So excited... I cant wait to meet everyone and see what you think.... :)
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
So here is the deal... Id love to bless a bride with some bridals that maybe she cant afford or couldnt afford. Maybe you eloped and never had the time or money to do real pictures... or maybe your pictures turned out horribly? Everyone deserves to feel beautiful and have some beautiful pictures of themselves to celebrate. Or maybe there is a woman (mom, sister, wife) that needs a pick me up - to feel beautiful for the day.
Even better... I have wedding dresses on hand, in most sizes... so even if you werent able to get a dress or dont want to get yours dirty, you can just borrow one of mine and just have fun.... and trust me, I do have some gorgeous dresses - in all sizes and shapes (including some gorgeous vintage dresses!).... that dress in the picture at the top is one I own as well (yes, Im serious!).
The only catch is that you need to be healthy enough to do alot of walking/hiking, but otherwise this contest is open to anyone and everyone... :)
So how does it work? Send me an email at email@example.com nominating a woman in your life who could use some beautiful pictures of herself (and yes, feel free to nominate yourself as well!)... Contest will be open for a little over 2 weeks and Ill pick a winner on July 9th.... in the email, please include the woman's name, why she deserves this, a picture, and if possible a dress size (so I can make sure I have something), please put "Dismal Bridals" in the subject line so I dont miss any.
Also, please share this on facebook, blogs and through email... I definitely want everyone to hear about this one!
Super easy contest with some great odds... and an amazing prize! I cant wait to hear from you!
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
And all in all, life is just weird sometimes.
So yesterday, we went to the Y and let the kids play around for a little bit and left a little bit later than normal, and on our way home, we got to the light at Main Street.... and there waddling around - in the road! - were three baby ducklings!
Ack - I couldnt let them get run over... so I hopped out of the car to chase these ducklings around. (Im sure this is right about the time my husband started his normal eye rolling to the situation).
My chasing them led them straight into the busy road... so I go across too - only to have them run into the bushes.... only to have them run out of the bushes and back into the busy road.... where a truck went by them super fast and knocked them over - I was afraid they were smooshed, but they popped right up and continued their trek across the road... so I followed, trying not to get run over myself.
So now weve made a complete circle and are back where I first saw them.... and then they run under a car (thankfully stopped at the light). By this time, they were getting a bit tired, so I caught two of them and the driver of the stopped car caught the other one and handed it over (thank you!)
So now that I had all 3 ducklings... and these things were tiny-tiny... maybe a day old... they for sure would have been run over if they had stayed in the street.... but now what to do with them? We went to any houses that were close by, but no one knew anything about them.... and there arent any ponds close by at all (seriously, 3 baby ducklings in downtown Columbus?)
So we took them home and put them in a box.... dude, these things were jumping for all their life to get out of the box - I was worried they were going to have a heart attack or something, but thankfully, they were ok - apparently baby ducks just have a lot of energy. We made some phone calls and now they have a great home at the Back 40 Petting Farm in Caledonia.
The kids were sad that we couldnt keep the ducks, but we told them that maybe we would go visit sometime.
Life is just so crazy sometimes.... but I wouldnt have it any other way.