Saturday, November 21, 2009

recent work

I've missed out on posting some recent shoots, so better get caught up here! I posted on pic of my friend's family image in the previous post with the new backgrounds, but I didn't post their kid's pics, or Marshall and Kristine's image of them together...

Then, the Monohan family also updated their yearly portrait this year again...thanks for coming back! You're such a nice family, with great kids.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

New Winter backdrops

I have two new backdrops that are not Christmas related this fall. The first has already been used for a family, and I think it's a beautiful drop, wouldn't you say?

If you also take a look at the labels on the right side of the page, click on the NEW BACKGROUNDS link to see the Christmas drop from last yr that is still available.
Please feel free to request which backdrop you'd like to use for your portrait session.

Easy Low Fat Applesauce Bread

I'm always looking for low fat, healthier versions of foods I love, and this one fit the bill today, using homemade, fresh applesauce. There is no oil in the recipe at all, just one whole egg!

Low Fat Applesauce Bread

2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1 egg
1 cup skim milk

Heat oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9x5 inch bread pan. Mix all the dry ingredients together, add the applesauce, egg, and milk, and mix till thoroughly combined. Pour into greased pan, and bake 50-60 minutes. Check doneness with a toothpick, which should come out cleanly.

12 slices. Cal-77, Fat- 1.1 gm, fiber 1 gm (Weight Watchers: 1 point)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Pumpkin Lasagna! Great fall flavor!

I haven't posted a recipe for awhile, and thought this was worthy, and it tasted great on a nice fall evening.

This recipe is from the current issue of Taste of Home Healthy Cooking magazine.

Pumpkin Lasagna

1/2 lb sliced fresh mushrooms
1 small onion chopped
1/2 tsp salt, divided
2 tsp olive oil
1 15 can solid pack pumpkin
1/2 cup half and half cream
1 tsp dried sage leaves
dash pepper
9 no cook lasagna noodles
1 cup reduced fat ricotta cheese
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1) In a small skillet, saute the mushrooms, onion and 1/4 tsp salt in oil until tender; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin, cream, sage, pepper, and remaining salt.
2) Spread 1/2 cup pumpkin sauce in an 11x7 inch baking dish, coated with cooking spreay. Top with 3 noodles. Spread 1/2 cup pumpkin sauce to edges of noodles. Top with half of mushroom mixture, 1/2 cup ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Repeat layers. top with remaining noodles and sauce.
3) Cover and bake at 375 degrees, for 45 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining Parm cheese. Bake at 10-15 minutes longer until cheese is melted.

(I think it needs another 1/4 cup skim milk added to the sauce, to add a little more moisture)

Nutrition facts: 6 servings. 310 calories, 12 gm fat,497mg of sodium, 32gms carbs, 5 gms fiber, 17 gms protein. Diabetic exchanges 2 starch, 2 fat, 1 lean meat.

Monday, October 5, 2009

ok, the website is back up....!

Thank goodness for good customer support from my web template business.

website is offline....I crashed it tonight.

and I'm waiting for some Customer SErvice to help me out.....lesson learned- don't try this late at night, when you need to get up early for work!

Please be patient if you were hoping to see my site. Thanks!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

macro images with the Nikon 105 2.8 VR

I am having fun using my macro, and it's really neat to see the much smaller world that is out there, that you just walk by on an everyday basis. Hope you enjoy.
a split open rose hip

a thistle flower

a clematis

backlit dandelion

timothy with morning dew

Kaitlyn's birthday shoot

You'd never know by a couple of these images, that Kaitlyn was turning 14 the day after this shoot. With about an hour of fun, Tyra Banks-type "you could be America's Next Top Model" goofiness and seriousness, we came away with some really nice images.

My favorite, is this B+W, a crop of the second image.

The next collage is based on a favorite collection she has of rubber duckies, which started as a child, from I believe, her grandfather reading her a story. The collection grew from there, and despite being 14, these are her favorite pictures, and time she had during the whole shoot!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

McLean -Bassett Wedding 9/19/09

On one of the last really nice weekend days that we had, I was able to spend it with Marti, Steve, and their family and friends at the White Eagle Conference Center, down in Madison.
It was a beautiful sunny day, evidenced by the fall colors that were starting.

We completed a lot of the preliminary shots early on, and then everyone was able to relax before the ceremony started.

Senior Roxy- Ilion HS

Roxy is the last of my 2010 seniors this yr. What a fun time I've had with so many individual kids, and the pleasure I've had getting to know them, and their families. Roxy is as down to earth as they get, and she's a true country girl. I have to admit that I too was smitten with her black lab puppy, Bailey. She's a special little one, that looked awesome in her picks.

Senior Justin- Frankfort Schuylar

The last of my senior boys this yr, Justin is a football player from Frankfort Schuylar. The burning balls went over really well this yr, and this shot is no exception! He looked great in all of his images, and I know I had a hard time picking ones out that I really liked too!

What was really nice, is that his step mom brought him for his pictures, and we used to go to school together many moons ago. It was nice catching up after several yrs of not seeing one another. Thanks Kim and Justing, and Timmy too.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chaivs-Mahardy Wedding

I'm behind again in keeping my blog updated, but I'm catching up now.

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful Cyrece Chavis, and handsome Mathew Mahardy, in the village of Dolgeville. They had a beautiful day, despite so many rainy days this summer. Their reception was held at the Crystal Chandelier in Middleville. Besides a beautiful cake, they had this incredible candy bar, full of candies of many was such an original idea!

Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your day!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Time to plan your Christmas photo shoot.....

It's almost October, which means it's time to start thinking about Christmas time too. Unfortunately, the warm, beautiful weather is going to leave us, and the cool rainy weather is going to replace it. If we have a typical winter, we'll even get some snow in October!

Shoots for Christmas will need to be done in the months of October and November, so please plan accordingly. If you call early, and want an outdoor shoot in the fall colors, you'll need to do so as soon as possible.

I'm going to be getting some new drops for this season, so be sure to stay tuned for what is ahead....(I'm having a hard time choosing between a few, so I'm sitting on it thinking).

Please call 845-8880 for an appt time to set a session aside for your family. And don't forget, Christmas cards are available in multiple sizes.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dane- senior guy

What a surprise to find out that this handsome young guy, happens to be the son of an old friend, whom I haven't seen in many yrs.....

Anyway, Dane wanted a country setting, and that's what we were able to find for him. His cousin Kassie, also had her senior pictures done on this same road, but we were able to mix it up, so they didn't have duplicate images....You have to love the light on the one that highlights his face.

Thanks Dane, Brenda, and Danica for coming out this way! I'd love to do a family session for you too!

And who said girls are attached to their phones????