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Cassis, France | Kitchener/Waterloo Photographer

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wine Tasting | Cassis, France

Upon leaving Cassis for the drive back to Marseille, we stopped at a local vineyard for a quick wine tasting. Curse the building in the background for making my shots look crooked!

Yummy Baguette | Kitchener Waterloo Food Photographer

We've been in France for more than a week and I still haven't posted pictures from our trip! Shame on me for not sharing how gorgeous and yummy this country is :). Here are just a few images of some baguette, slices of parmesan cheese and red wine from our first *apero* (a little snack before dinner, usually eaten around 5 or 6PM, with dinner at 8 or 9PM).

I found a great site for *apero* ideas here. We tend to pick up one baguette (always), camembert or Tomme cheese, saucisson (sausage) and dates/figs. We've also picked up octopus and olives. One evening, our friend Simone made us incredible calamari (cleaned, covered with flour, fried in oil, and served with a little salt and pepper and a generous squeeze of lemon).

Our Garden | Growing Potatoes

The Girls and I will be growing our first batch of potatoes this Spring! We've never done this before and I had never thought to grow our own until I realized/read how easy it would be. The picture above is of our *seed* potatoes in full chit form. They have been placed in a very warm spot (atop a radiator) and are getting abundant light in front of our great bay window to encourage shoot growth.

Once the shoots reach 2-3 inches in length, we will move them outside to plant. I've included a great link to BBC's Gardening site which tells you exactly what to do to plant your own potatoes.

Once home from France, we will be spending a lot of time getting our garden ready for the summer/fall and I plan on keeping you posted regarding its creation!

Wedding Invitations | Kitchener/Waterloo Wedding Photographer

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Guess what I received in the mail?! Some beautiful, purple (fave colour) wedding invites from one of my Summer brides!
The detailing on the cardstock is beautiful, with a raised purple damask-styled print and almost watercolour textured paper.
I can't wait to see you both July 9th!

Rainbow Cupcakes | Kitchener/Waterloo Food Photographer

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Recipe, from my awesome, multi-talented make-up artist Ms. Stephanie Brown, can be found below!
Stephanie made these colourful cupcakes before she came over for her boudoir session and we snuck a quick foodie-shoot before we began.

Electric Acid Rainbow Cupcakes

1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour, sifted
1 tbs of baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup of unsalted butter at room temp.
1 cup of superfine sugar
2 extra large eggs at room temp.
1/2 cup of full fat milk
1 tsp vanilla
Gel food colouring (not liquid) in as many colours as desired

1. Cream softened butter in mixer until smooth, add sugar in three parts until pale and fluffy (about 5 minutes)

2. Add eggs one at a time, beating at medium.

3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. In a separate bowl combine milk and vanilla.

4. Add dry ingredients to the mixer in four parts alternating with wet ingredients. Beating well after each addition, make sure to end with the dry mix.

5.Now make a Rainbow! Divide your batter into separate bowls (depending how many colours you have chosen). Then mix in gel food colouring to desired hue.

6. For each cupcake spoon in approximately 1 tbsp. of your starting colour into the center. Then spoon in slightly less of the next colour into the center of that. Making sure you can see the first colour all the way around the second. Continue through the rainbow each time adding alittle less.

7. Bake for approximately 15minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


1/3 cup of unsalted butter, very soft
2 1/2 cups of confectioner's sugar
4 tbsp of milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp heavy (double) cream
blue food colouring

1. Beat the soft butter in a bowl until smooth,

2. Add the sugar milk, vanilla and cream blending until smooth.

3. Add Blue food colouring.

(add milk or confectioners sugar to deside the consistency of the icing)

Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott | Paperback Release | Author-Headshot Photographer

Hello Everyone! I'm sending along this blog entry to let you all know that The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O'Connor McNees will see its paperback release in early May! The book is absolutely lovely, just in time for Mother's Day *wink* and is sure to set hearts aflutter for those who grew up having read Little Women.

Praise for The Lost Summer:

“McNees gets the period details just right: the crinolines and carriages; the spare, aesthetic plainness of 19th-century New England. And although the love affair with Joseph is invented, she remains faithful to the broad outlines of Alcott’s biography. In fact, The Lost Summer is the kind of romantic tale to which Alcott herself was partial, one in which love is important but not a solution to life’s difficulties. Devotees of Little Women will flock to this story with pleasure.”
- The Washington Post

"...the book is so compelling and well written I hated to see it end."
- Historical Novels Review

“… McNees deftly combines historic figures and documented aspects of Louisa’s life with speculations about what might have been. Fans of Little Women may be first in line to read the novel, but the book will also appeal to others who enjoy historical romance.”
- Library Journal

“… It’s a charming novel, grounded in scholarship and fact but relying on imagination for the romance and fun. McNees discovered in reading biographies of Alcott that there was one summer about which very little was known — the summer of 1855, right before Louisa went off to Boston to become a writer. Here, McNees gives us that summer, creating a bittersweet love affair for Louisa and presenting her with the choice of marriage or career. We already know which she chose — there are all those lovely books — and so McNees’ challenge was to get us there in a believable and satisfying way. And so she did…”
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune

I was incredibly lucky to have been able to shoot Kelly's author photo for her book jacket and have posted a few images from our afternoon session in Waterloo Park.

Nouveau Boudoir | Kitchener/Waterloo Boudoir Photographer

Monday, April 11, 2011

Nouveau Boudoir is a naturally-lit, romantic and vintage-inspired portraiture session. Most sessions take place in my 96 year old home but the location is ultimately up to you (as long as there is ample light and space, as well as little clutter).

Please visit the Novella website for more details.

Nouveau Boudoir | Kitchener/Waterloo Boudoir Photographer

A few more images from a great boudoir sesh with make-up artist Stephanie Brown!

Nouveau Boudoir | Kitchener/Waterloo Boudoir Photographer

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Since we moved into our new home I've been dreaming of re-vamping Novella's Boudoir portfolio using my almost-Centennial house as a vintage-inspired backdrop and completely natural lighting. Yesterday, my beautiful make-up creator Stephanie Brown offered up her gorgeous face and unparalleled make-up artistry for a boudoir session to kick off Novella's Nouveau Boudoir Campaign.

Set against the backdrop of our 96-year-old home, we took full advantage of original hardwood floors and molding, one of three lovely bay windows and an ample amount of natural, glorious light (very excited about the natural light part, can you tell?). We kept wardrobe and accessories very feminine and soft, which paired so well with streaming window light.

Novella will keep you posted regarding future teasers - to be carried out by the end of May. For more information on booking a Nouveau Boudoir session you can check out Novella's website.

Also, head on over to the facebook Fanpage for a sneak peak of Stephanie's session!