Sunday, October 1, 2017

Adventures in Photography - Baby's Smash Cake

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Who doesn't love a cute baby? I have had the opportunity to photograph this sweet family over the summer. Afterward, they invited me back for another shoot. This particular shoot had multiple parts. I was asked to take pictures of Baby Evie's Smash Cake. What was interesting about this shoot was that there were a few added friends that came into the pictures with some monitoring. It was funny to watch her facial expressions because Evie really wasn't bothered by the dogs' presence. She continued to eat her cake and enjoy it.

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As you can tell, the Smash Cake was a hit with Evie and the dogs who joined the party!

Family Photography - Capturing Three Generations and Early Fall


My friend and I had been talking since May about us taking pictures. I had taken pictures with her before of her Father's 60th Birthday Celebration two years ago and her Baby Shower (which I still owe her edited pics of those...ahem). For this shoot, there were specific details that she wanted to work out and and she wanted to make sure that things were just right on her end. We had to postpone the shoot due to the amount we had going on within our own schedules.

I was excited to get to work with her and her family because we have known each other almost a decade! I hope you are as excited as I was when I reviewed the pictures. There were so many pictures that I captured, but only selected my absolute favorites. I am still editing some at the time this is posted.

- Regina  

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Stone Mountain - Capturing Youth


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One of my favorite shoots was at Stone Mountain with my friend and her daughter, who was home from college.  I had been there seven years before for a Maternity Shoot that by the fabulous M.L.L.took of my first pregnancy.
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The shoot had a few challenges to conquer. The lighting was overcast and we had to dodge some of the cars and the line of after school children groups that were hiking through the section where we were taking pictures.My friend's daughter was driving back to college the next morning and we were on a time crunch because I had another obligation that evening. We were able to squeeze it in between 4:45 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. on a Wednesday afternoon after working all day!

With all of the challenges, I was so excited with the end results. 



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Family Photography - Capturing the End of Summer with Joyful Family

This picture was edited by using Lightroom and Photoshop. It is by far one of my absolute favorites ever!
One of my first experiences practicing was with one of my co-workers and her beautiful family. I loved how her pictures turned out. It took a while to capture the smiles and to have everyone looking at the camera. There were a few bloopers (which they have copies) where someone in the family may have been trying to encourage the two year old to look at me. Still, the morning was beautiful and the outcome of the pictures were great.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them. 

- Regina 

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Family Photography - Capturing Fall

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I had the privilege to photography one of my friends and her family for some of her family pictures and also for her blog. Shannon Smith is another blogger who created The HomeLife Blog. As an American Veteran, she recently finished her degree in Interior Design and is enjoying spending time with her family.

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Here are some of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy these scenes for fall.





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Adventures in Photography

I am incredibly sure that the time I have spent away from blogging this past year has been spent doing more of the things that I love to do and more so things I have to do, like focusing on work and home.

Since last December, I started to explore more photography aspects in Lightroom and Photoshop when I took pictures of one of my closest friend's baby. Since the summer, I have started to take more pictures on the weekends of friends, family, and co-workers.  During this time, I began working on composition, capturing the purity of the moment, exploring editing skills within Photoshop and Lightroom to focus on the final presentation of my work.

In some of the next blogs, I am displaying some of my absolute favorites.

There will also be a section of my farm scene photography from when I lived in Florida and took them as a young adult to remember what aspects shaped my childhood.

While I could share photography quotes forever, I think this one sums up my personal perspective right now in my Adventures in Photography:


“Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is."  Anonymous
(Located at Petapixel.com)

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Dutch Baby and Golden Puff Pancake




This delicious Dutch Baby Recipe was provided by Kroger Grocery Stores to start the season off right!

This is the first week of 2017. I received some mail and spotted my Kroger coupons and recipe book that I receive throughout the year. My friend invited the family over for a delicious enchilada dinner and while she cooked, I took it to peruse. One of the articles that they featured was titled 1 Skillet, 3 Breakfasts.  Without sounding goofy, it was love at first sight. Whoever took the pictures were fantastic as making me want to get in my kitchen, dig out my cast iron skillet (which I shamefully admit rarely gets the love and attention that it deserves as a cooking tool in my kitchen), and get to cooking.
I couldn't wait to try this one.


We were scheduled for snow in the South this weekend, so I made sure that I had all of the ingredients before trying to create something like this. I don't have the flexibility of running out to the store if I am not skilled at driving on ice. 

I changed a few things to make it more mine, but the credit all goes to Kroger for their awesome recipe. These pictures are mine. 

After taking it out of the oven, I sprinkled powdered sugar and added strawberries.

Dutch Baby - The Golden Puff Pancake
(modified from Kroger's my Magazine, my substitutes are noted with *)

Ingredients:
3 large eggs
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 cup of unsweetened, Almond Coconut Milk (40 calories per serving) *
2 Tbsp. sugar
1/2  tsp. vanilla butter nut extract *
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. butter
Powdered sugar
Fresh or defrosted strawberries to top (Kroger's magazine showed blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries)


Method:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Melt 2 Tbsp. of unsalted butter in the pan by placing the pan in the oven. Mix eggs, flour, almond coconut milk, sugar, vanilla butter nut extract, and salt. Take the pan out of the oven, careful to coat the pan with the melted butter. Add batter. Some of the butter will rise to the top. (This probably adds to the deliciousness.)


Bake in the oven for 30 min. You may wish to shorten the time if the pancake is raised and golden. 

It was exciting to see the almost finished pancake!


Allow to cool. Sprinkle powdered sugar on it and place strawberries on top. It should be absolutely mouthwatering to look at when you are finished. 
I moved the Dutch Baby to a large plate and used a pizza cutter to slice quickly through the pancake. I placed them on smaller plates to drizzle sweet syrup over each serving.

Breakfast is ready! Add the syrup.


The recipe recommended refrigerating any left overs. 
For us, there were none! 




This will be a recipe that we add to our family recipe book.