Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Dancin in the Park

Whatcom Falls park welcomed the engagement session of Jeff and Vicki! :) It was a typical Bellingham evening, no rain--just some high clouds! Perfect weather for the park! I was thinking back on the session, and could not decide which moments were better---the dancing (they had some pretty fun moves), or Jeff's amazingly funny faces! :) Watch the slideshow if you want to them! I think one of my favorite moments is when the mallard duck couple came swimming by to check out Jeff and Vicki! Thank you both for a fun and relaxing evening shooting! I am so looking forward to the wedding this fall!

Cheers,
jewels



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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Spring Recital

So what do you get when you put a tired, teary, cold, tuckered-out 4 year old in a white, itchy, uncomfortable tutu---wearing an unwanted hairpiece? And then ask for photos...? The answer is below! Madeline had her spring Ballet Recital this weekend. She dances at Dancing For Joy here in Bellingham. I love their creative productions! I'd go even if I didn't have a dancer!


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The only way I could get a smile was by talking about her Uncle Markie's "flatulence!"
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Friday, June 20, 2008

Early Morning Practice

Last weekend, I forced Chris and Madeline along on a photoshoot. Actually I think they both secretly wanted to come and hold my reflector for me... I was in a new location Stanwood, and I wanted to scope out fun spots early in the morning before we began the shoot. I didn't do much "scoping" once Madeline found the playground, but I did get a few shots of my "apprentices."

Cheers,
jewels

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Tap Dancer

I found a pair of tap shoes at a local consignment shop for $3.99 (less than a gallon of gas, go figure). She loves to tap on the stone entry to our home. This morning I looked over and she had her her whole black ballet leotard and skirt on, with the tap shoes (no laces) and listening to the iPod. It totally cracked me up. I don't know which part made me laugh more, a 4 year old on an iPod, the laceless tap shoes, or her "tap" outfit!

Cheers,
jewels

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Daisy Gal

Madeline and I enjoyed the huge patch of daisies at Fairhaven Park! The bitty daisies were so beautiful in such a large group, but the ground was super muddy. I learned that the hard way, laying down in the seemingly dry grass to photograph. I quickly sprung up with wet knees, elbows, and belly! Madeline remained very dry.

Cheers,
jewels

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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Banana Pudding Take 1

Last night, after my sweet memories of Magnolia Bakery, I had a hankerin for Banana Pudding. So, a quick walk next door to Haggen for the ingredients and I was ready for my indulgence. It was early on in my baking when I realized that I bought regular vanilla pudding instead of the instant vanilla pudding. I let the "medium sized bowl" of pudding "set" for 15-20 minutes in the fridge, while Madeline and I hand whisked our heavy cream into soft peaks (yes, we hand whisked it). I scooped a toppling heap of cream onto the white spatula, anticipating the gentle folding into the pudding. Drop, Plop, Splat, WHAT??!!! The pudding was NOT set. I scrambled to remove the box from the recycling, and yes, I realized my dreaded mistake. I figured that the regular pudding would set fine in the fridge after 4 hours, no problem. I continued on, layering my nilla waffers, banana's and pudding sludge (it looked lumpy with my not-so-nicely-folded-into-pudding-hand-whipped-cream). When it was finished I topped it with crumbs of wafers, gently placed the bowl into the fridge to "set," and plopped on the sofa to watch "27 Dresses." Part way through the movie (The part when Jane's sister Tess meets the illustrious George), I realized, "OH CRUD, regular pudding needs heat to set." I searched the web for any info I could find, and my worst fear was confirmed by a wonderful woman, Nancy, "Yes, I needed heat to set that darn pudding." My only hope was to make banana milkshakes. Deciding that I would not let my creation become blender blob, I pulled out my strainer, and let the unset liquid drip into my sauce pan. The rest of the bananas, wafers, and cream looked less than excited, but I just wanted to take a bite of smooth light vanilla pudding with ripe soft bananas and wafers that had been partially softened in the mix. I heated the pudding as directed on the box, let it cool. Meanwhile I whipped some more cream, this time with a real mixer, and folded it into the soft pudding. I stirred in the bananas and wafers in, and topped it once again with shards of nilla wafers. I tucked it into the fridge, and awoke to a beautiful bowl of real banana pudding! Now, it didn't look as pretty as I would want, but the taste was more beautiful than I could have imagined! So when life gives you regular pudding, don't make banana blob!

Enjoy the recipe below!

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Better Banana Puddin'

2/3 cup INSTANT vanilla pudding
1 1/2 cups cold water
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 box vanilla wafer cookies
3-4 ripe bananas, thinly sliced on the diagonal

Pudding: in medium bowl whisk INSTANT pudding and water until no lumps remain. Whisk in sweetened condensed milk until well combined. Allow pudding to set in fridge for 15-20 minutes. Beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Fold it into the pudding.

Cover the bottom of your favorite pudding dish with a layer of wafers. Top with a layer of banana slices, then cover with pudding mixture. Repeat layering until pudding is covering the last layer of wafers and bananas. If desired, break a few cookies into shards and crumbles, and scatter across the top. Let chill in the fridge until ready to serve!

Serves 6-8 people.

Monday, June 2, 2008

New York Recap

I've been home from New York for a week, and I can hardly even begin to describe what an amazing trip it was. I was working for Alee & Press at the New York Stationery Show. Amanda launched her line of custom letterpress wedding stationery, baby announcements, and note card line. We were blown away by all our visitors. I just loved meeting Grace from Design Sponge! You can also check out the feature of our line on her blog, Pre Show Feature (yes those are my photos for the pre-show feature), and Post Show Feature. I've been reading her blog for a couple of years, so meeting Grace was super cool! We had our share of great magazine editors and directors visit our booth also, the style director for Martha Stewart Weddings, Redbook, Better Homes and Gardens, Brides Magazine, Sprig, Country Living and such! I'm also excited for all the retailers around the world who are now selling Alee & Press products! If you check out her site, you can see more of the photography I did for her! The site is still undergoing transformation, but amazing things are on the way! YAY!

Each night after the show, we would take the subway into West Village, walk around to find the perfect restaurant, then end the night with cupcakes and banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery! :) YUM. I wish I could overnight some to my house right now! On our last night in the city, we watched a film crew set up to film a movie scene starring Catherine Zeta Jones!! :) We were eating by the window, and were just a couple feet away from her. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me that night (they probably would have thought me to be paparazzi). We aren't part of the filming area, but I can't wait for it to come out and think, "I was there!" when the scene comes up! I think the title of the movie is Rebound...but I could be wrong!

Here are a handful of photos from our time in NY. Since we were inside all day, I did not have a lot of time to do photography, but I did manage to sneak in a very quick shoot with Amanda's parents. They just returned back from a show, and since they were all dressed up, I thought a midnight photo shoot in Time Square would be perfect! :)

Cheers,
jewels

Some of Amanda's Products:

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Booth Before:

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Booth Set Up:

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Booth After:

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Amanda and me on our last day!

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Our super cool building, the Javits Center:

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Taking the Subway:

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Walking around to find that perfect restaurant:

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And Jeff and Sandy in Times Square:
(the elevator kiss)

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