Event Photography – Showering The Bride To Be

What fun it was to capture another pre-wedding event for my beautiful cousin Whitney in Scottsdale, Arizona. Despite the fact that it was hot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk it was a wonderful afternoon filled with her closest family and friends, scrumptious cupcakes and lots of laughs.  It was a special honor to do the bridal shower event photography for my sweet cousin.

A few months ago I had the opportunity to shoot Jonny & Whitney’s engagement photos. If you would like to see the pictures from their engagement session please click here

Are these not the most beautiful cupcakes you have ever seen!?  Leave it to my mom to add this perfect touch to the shower.As I watched her open all of her gifts I began to mentally make my own list of “must haves.” The beautiful Mother of The Bride!The beautiful Mother of The Groom!Kisses from the MOB and older sis:)Opening presents in front of 50 people when it is 100 degrees outside is not easy and yet Whitney did a fabulous job managing her Arizona glisten and taking time to thank each of her guests for their special gift.Both Brides To BeAll the girls!I was so excited when it finally dawned on me that these cute girls were twins.  They were really good sports as I gushed over all of their similarities and snapped ten pictures! We had such fun being hostesses for the sweet bride along with ReAnne and all of her AMAZING sisters. What a special group of friends Whitney has who love and cherish her so much!

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Baby Photography – Squeezable Cheeks & Melt Your Heart Smiles

Are these little ones not the sweetest little gifts from heaven you have ever seen!? What a treat it was to be able to snap a few photos of them at a beach bbq a few weekends ago. This year was officially the year to have a baby. I lost count after my 19th friend announced they were pregnant – good heavens! Such exciting times for the world of baby photography!

Food Photography – Eating Our Way Through France

The food photography opportunities are truly endless in the fabulous country of France! Along with our pallets being pleased by the delicious food, Mom and I have also fallen in love with the decor and colors from the Provence region.  If only we had the space to bring everything home that we have seen! Mom actually ended up buying a suitcase in Nice to transport her good finds along with a stack of my dirty clothes that I was more than pleased to get out of my suitcase.  Moms are the best!  In between ducking into numerous antique shops and trying not to sweat to death in the heat we found some divine restaurants…which is not a hard task in France. Duck with raspberry sauce and the BEST potato au gratin EVER!When I get home I am going to attempt to make the food on the plates I serve as presentable as the French…attempt being the keyword.Chilled cucumber gazpacho served with tapenade toasts.France’s version of Italy’s tomato mozzarella salad…yes please!Yes that is a raw egg.  I was craving some Italian food and decided to go with Pasta Carbonara only to discover the French let you dump the raw egg on yourself!I have a new favorite pastry…can’t remember the name right now but it is even more amazing than it looks…I thought it deserved two photos!Now this is a proper slice of flan.One of my favorite things about Europe is their use of breakfast items with ice cream…waffles and crepes are my favorite!On our last night together in Nice Mom and I decided it was only appropriate to eat dessert first (we were so full afterwards that we had no room for dinner)!Walking through the streets of Gordes…old city on a hill.  We walked in the shade as much as possible because it was so darn hot.We risked our lives trying to take this picture of Gordes!

Lavendar grows out of control in Provence.  It is sold everywhere and there are fields of it!  Unfortunately it does not grow in August.

I couldn’t believe we found my favorite pumpkins in August in France! Fields of them to be exact…of course we had to stop so I could get out and play with them. Can’t wait for Fall!
*PLEASE NOTE* I am NOT trying to strike a pose in the picture above…just trying to hold back my sweaty hair after playing with the pumpkins!

This picture just makes me smile…cheese and champagne are made for each other!

 Avignon’s Old City square at night.

I think the picture of our waiter on the right might be on of my favorites from this summer for some many different reasons!  Love the turned up collar lavendar polo…however I love that he is bringing me my ice cream even more!

The beautiful Rhone River in Avignon.

Euro tennies galore!  For you Jess!

This is where we had the yummy ice cream desserts shown above.  It was the larges Haagen Daz I have ever seen and it was jammed…for good reason!

One of the beaches in Nice…total madhouse!

This is Mom’s new suitcase that we wheeled around for 2 hours while we explored Nice.  It was especially fun wheeling it in and out of the tiny shops trying not to knock everything over.

Mom and I thought this artist’s work was so unique and fun.

Food Photography – Flailing And Frying In France

Probably the healthiest plate of food that has graced this blog and it seriously was amazing. The French make the simplest things taste like a million bucks.  They really have mastered the art of cooking and making the rest of the world look really bad.  Thankfully I have some French genes in me so there is hope for me yet!  It was so hot today that my lens kept fogging up making food photography slightly challenging…I just ate gelato while I waited:)

We LOVE our salt…can never have enough!  Also, the French love french fries with EVERYTHING…you can be out a super nice restaurant and they will still serve them to you.  No problem with us!

Make sure to notice the Pooch in the lady’s purse.  Dog’s are everywhere here…they bring them into not only restaurants but grocery stores too and no one cares

I love my mom!  Thanks for coming on this adventure with me!Sometimes there is no shade to be found and all you an do is back up against a stone wall and soak up its coldness!Our new favorite antique store.  Why oh why did not I not bring an empty suitcase!?View from the top of the La Route des Cretes.  It was a beautiful but gut wrenching drive up with views of the coastline.  It was really special when we had to pass the Frenchies who like to drive in the middle of the road at ungodly speeds. For someone who does not like to cross the Coronado Bridge, I was rather surprised when Mom found the courage to hang from the railing!The little town of Cassis where we went on a little day trip.  Looking back we would’ve liked to gone at about 8p.m. when the ball of fire in the sky wasn’t out to burn us alive.

There was a carousel in every town in Provence what we visited…apparently they are extremely popular here.  I liked the ones that had 2 stories.Nighttime market in Aix En Provence filled with jewelry, purses, scarves, paintings, purses, clothes, shoes etc…This smoked salmon might look rather unappetizing to some of you but it really was good, and went down extremly well especially with all the lemon and oil it was drenched in:)I LOVE how they cool their bottle of wine with the fountain…AMAZING!  Ice is more or less nonexistent here and if a grocery store or restaurant has it they charge you through the nose for it. Mom and I thought this sweet old man was just precious.  We wanted to go up and hug him:)

The top picture is a view of Avignon’s walled city.  I wasn’t feeling 100% one afternoon and told mom that I would wait for her right outside of the Pope’s Palace.  I ended up falling asleep against the stone wall for an hour and woke up sweating and with no sign of my mom…she had apparently gone on death march/tour of the town.  I gave up on her and went back to the hotel and took a fat nap with the AC cranked to FREEZING.

Food Photography – Market Day In Aix En Provence

We were lucky enough to arrive in Aix En Provence on market day.  I will say that I was rather dissapointed in the lack of pastries they had for sale…I’ve seen more in the Little Italy market in San Diego.  Maybe it’s a sign!  There were of course heaps of other goodies available – fruit, veggies, unrefrigerated eggs baking in the sun (no thanks), blocks of cheese bigger than our car, meats, fish, olives, spices, and bread.  All of the parisians show up rolling their baskets while all of the tourists walked around oggling with their hands and mouths full:)I plucked a fig off a tree the other day while watching Mom try to back our car down a hill that I refused to try and do myself…last summer Nicole and I robbed fig trees clean of their fruit in Greece.  There is just something so exciting about picking fruit from trees…or maybe it’s just us:)I thought of your fabulous tomatoes Aunt Barbara when I saw these!  Wish I had a garden like yours!Garlic galore!  I should really look into growing garlic considering I use heads of it daily.It is so hard to control yourself while walking through a market in Europe…it is rather overwhelming for your eyes and stomach!  Food photography has officially taken on an entirely different meaning.

Travel & Food Photography – Sunny Days On The Isle Of Iona, Oban & Mull

Scotland really is a little slice of Heaven. It is a very unique place with lots of little gems to discover and scrumptious food to taste along the way! Mom and I ended our time in Oban where we took the ferry to visit Mull and the Isle of Iona.  I was so captivated by the beauty and tranquility of Iona that I managed not to eat too much finally and only ending up adding a few photos to my food photography database.  I would love to come back here someday very soon and ride horses all around the isle and maybe even stay a few nights.  It is definitely one of the most peaceful and relaxing places I have ever been.
Mom and I LOVED the Isle of Iona!  It was absolutely beautiful and so peaceful.  There are only a handful of people who live on the island so you can imagine how “away from it all” it feels.  Iona is also the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland!I will say it was very odd to stand on a beach wearing 4 layers and a scarf:)Mom and I REALLY wanted to ride this horse but it would not give us the time of day.Trying to keep up with Mom is a lot of work!Here we go again:)Notice the sheep’s mouth…it was baaaahhhing and running away from me!I would love to work at Iona’s post office…oceanfront views while you work!Before getting back on the ferry to travel back to Oban, Mom and I had tea with scones and clotted cream…YUM!This sheep ESPECIALLY did NOT like me.This is so true.  We were really lucky to get a few sunny days!Behind Mom is the little port town of Oban.  The most AMAZING seafood ever!Definitely my favorite place we stayed in Scotland…great room, super nice owners and delicious breakfasts.  I have found my new favorite kind of pancake…Swedish!  Oban’s harbor is lined with Bed and Breakfast houses – we couldn’t believe how many there were.Mom loves her hydrangeas…they are everywhere in Scotland.Needs no explanation.I think Mom succesfully loved on at least 50 dogs in Scotland.  Notice how this little guy’s paw is resting on Mom’s arm…so sweet!

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