Sweet Amelia

When I first met Amelia, I swear she looked like she walked off the page of a Gerber advertisement. She’s so beautiful, with the most gorgeous smile. Also, her mom is a fabulous writer, with a fabulous blog. Check her out at http://badwithconviction.blogspot.com

Amelia, please don’t forget me when you turn into a big-time baby model.

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erin - March 1, 2011 - 2:47 am

I love the heart shot! Your work is beautiful, as always.

kristen - March 1, 2011 - 12:21 am

love these, E! She’s getting so big!

J Family: Newborn Session

The first time I met this sweet family, I was photographing Miss Lily when she was just three weeks old. Now, almost exactly a year later, I have the pleasure of photographing her baby sister.

Needless to say, this mommy has her hands full. But- she has two very, very perfect little girls.

Love these sweet little baby parts…

It was surprisingly warm outside, and they have some beautiful brick on their house, so we were all able to go outside for a few family shots.

And a very proud big sister…

Thank you, once again, J Family. It’s always a joy…

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What to Wear

I get so many questions about what to wear for photo sessions. My advice is that I always prefer coordination, much more than matching. I always recommend taking a particular color palette and blending those together.

That being said, I’m going to try to start posting some good examples of outfits for your families.

A few more pieces of advice when putting together your family outfits.

-Accessorize. I can’t emphasize that enough. Hats, chunky jewelry, scarves and headbands will completely transform your session. If you’re looking for some hats and headbands for your children, try out etsy.com. Please ask me if you need help finding a vendor.

-The more texture and color you have, the better.

-Don’t be afraid to take a risk. And if you’re nervous about what you’ve selected, please email me and I will give you my honest feedback.

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Five on Friday

1. Zach and I are going on a date tonight, while Zachary stays with my parents. I’m VERY excited about it.

2. Zach had a work event this weekend at the FedEx Forum. While he was there, he got to play. He thought he was really funny when he took this first picture. Crazy guy.

3. My friend, Laurie, lives in Seattle, and this week, she mailed me some of the best organic, fair-trade coffee I’ve ever tasted, grown in Ethiopia. She’s SO great.

4. Here are a couple recipes I tried last night… Zachary loved it and Zach wouldn’t stop raving.

The first was Crispy Baked Chicken Fingers From Annie’s Eats.

2 cups panko breadcrumbs
2 tbsp. canola oil
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
3 large egg whites
1 tbsp. water
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. minced fresh thyme or ¼ tsp. dried
Cooking spray
1½ lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into ¾-inch wide strips

Preheat the oven to 475˚ F. In a large skillet, toss the panko with the oil. Toast over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Transfer the toasted crumbs to a shallow dish or pie plate.

In a second shallow dish, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. In a bowl, whisk together the egg whites, water, mustard and thyme.

Spray a wire rack lightly with cooking spray and place over a rimmed baking sheet. Working in batches, dredge a few pieces of the chicken in the flour, then the egg whites, and finally the breadcrumbs to coat, shaking off the excess between each step. Lay the coated pieces on the prepared wire rack and repeat with the remaining chicken.

Spray the tops of the chicken pieces lightly with the cooking spray. Bake until the chicken is cooked through, 10-12 minutes. Serve warm.

As a side, I made Potato Bundle’s From Faith’s “Simple But Delicious” Blog,

They were SO good.

Potato Bundles
6 whole Russet potatoes (cut into small bite size pieces)
1/2 whole Yellow Onion, diced
1 stick of butter
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
Salt to taste
Paprika to taste
Black Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons minced parsley

1. Pile potatoes and onions on a square of foil.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to each foil. Splash on cream to each pile.
3. Then sprinkle on salt, paprika, and black pepper to taste.
4. Sprinkle minced parsley over the top.
5. Wrap bundles tightly and bake 375 degrees for 45 minutes, or until extremely tender.
6. Serve bundles right on the dinner plate.

5. Zach bought me the new iphone 4. I love it. LOVE IT. I’m SO not a tech junkie, but this thing has been GREAT. Here are a few pictures taken with it recently. And yes, I do realize half of these pictures are of food. Don’t judge.

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Life with Kaishon - February 26, 2011 - 5:16 pm

Awwwwwwwwwwww. The kids are so cute. I think you can put panko breadcrumbs on just about anything and it will turn out good. I love those things! Glad you are doing well
: ) Happy weekend!