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Cranberry Almond Muffins | Kitchener/Waterloo Food Photographer

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What a beautiful day!  Such a nice reprieve from the past two chilly, chilly days too.  I was lucky enough to get out for a walk along the Grand River Trail (found some excellent spots for my next Casting Call engagement shoot) and snuck off afterwards to the grocer for some cranberries and almonds for my next muffin recipe.  This is my second time making this recipe and I think I have it perfected now - which is great news for both you and my Husband (who graciously accepts every baked offering I place before him :).

I've also decided to splurge and buy Martha Stewart's muffin cups EVERY time I bake muffins/cupcakes.  They're absolutely gorgeous and the colours don't seem to fade after taking your baking from the oven.  I bought these minis on-sale at Michaels after Valentines Day and I really like how the colouring matches the shade of the cranberries.

Cranberry, Almond Muffins

1 c. almonds
1.5 c. white sugar
1 tsp salt

4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. butter, room temperature

1 c. flour
1 c. cranberries
1-2 tbsp milk

1/2 c. finely chopped almonds

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 C.  In a food processor, combine 1 cup almonds, white sugar and salt.  Gradually add eggs, one at a time, as well as vanilla and butter (my food processor is quite small so I added this mixture, minus the butter, to my mixer and then added the butter).
2. Add flour and cranberries to the above mixture and blend until cranberries create a pretty, light blush-pink well-mixed batter.  I like to add a little bit of milk to lighten my batter.
3. Once mixed, add to muffin cups and top with finely chopped almonds.
4. Bake in oven for about 15-16 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
5. Let stand in tray until cool enough to place on countertop.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!  They're quite delicious and have just that slight healthy kick from the almonds ;).

Location Scouting | Kitchener, Waterloo Photographer

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Yesterday morning I was able to get out in the sun and location scout with one of my lovely brides!  I would recommend every photographer do this with their clients.  Not only do you get to reconnect with your couples/families etc, but you may also find a few hidden location-gems in your city.

I love seeing these images and pre-emptively thinking about how to pose my bridal parties as well as my post-session editing strategies.  You may notice that my editing scheme varies according to location.  In the images directly above and below, I've enhanced the purples, blues and greys, which makes everything appear crisp and cool, showcasing the contemporary feel of the location (which happens to be Balsillie's School of International Affairs, Waterloo).

The above image is of a blank wall belonging to the Seagram Lofts, Waterloo.

The next few images were taken in Goudie Lane (just off of Queen St in Kitchener).  We loved the facade's patchwork of different paints, windows and protruding bricks, as well as the retro peachy pink paint job.

The little blue door is located near Vincenzo's in Uptown Waterloo (but I can't remember the street it's located on).

And the matching garage door was located around the corner.  Not sure if we'll be allowed to shoot here but I'm sure a quick stop for a few images of my bride and groom will be enough to coast under the owner's radar!

Wedding Invitations, Handmade | Kitchener, Waterloo Wedding Photographer

One of Novella's Brides of 2012 made these gorgeous wedding invites (including envelope)!  I was soooo pleased and surprised that I had to take a few pictures!  Super-gorgeous invites leading to a wedding that'll be sure to knock your socks off.  Love them!

A Hazy, Sunny Saturday Evening with the Lees | Kitchener Waterloo Family Photographer

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I thought I would post a very quick image taken from last night's Family Session.  We had the most beautiful weather a photographer and family could ask for!  This image was taken towards the end of our session, as the sun was just starting to slip behind a hill, casting a gorgeous, warm and hazy light on Mum and her little guy.

I'm very excited to get the rest of your images to you!

New Arrivals | Novella Photography Photobooks & Prints

Friday, March 16, 2012

I just had a few parcels dropped off and thought I would post a few shots of the products before bringing them out to a family of mine.  

The images shown above are of Novella's Lay-flat, hinged photobook.  For this particular book, all images were printed on beautiful and thick satin paper with a smooth lustre coating.  The hinged papers allow open pages to lay flat and contribute to a thicker, more upscale photobook.

Families and couples who decide to order either a low or high resolution DVD of all of their images will receive their DVD(s) in a hard, fabric-wrapped DVD case, complete with a custom-designed DVD.

Most sessions with Novella will include complimentary prints (in this instance, Newborn Sessions receive one 8x10 print and four 4x6 prints).  All prints are printed on a smooth lustre paper and are printed locally at an amazing printlab in Toronto (Yay!).

To add a bit of a textured hierloom-quality look, I choose to add a linen overlay to my prints - which you can make out in the image above.

All prints larger than 8x10 are adhered to thick cardstock for durability and a higher-quality print for you to place in your frame.

Mom's Engagement Ring

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

While over at Mom's this weekend I was able to snap a quick photo of her engagement ring.  I didn't have my "wedding ring lens" on me but the one I did happen to use did the trick (although a reshoot with my 100mm macro is still a must).