Last Saturday, Lori and Joe met Justin and I at the Bannister Road entrance to Fish Creek Park. The weather was perfect, and we spent an hour and a bit shooting some photos as we strolled around the paths and enjoyed the gorgeous colors of the Calgary autumn season.
I can’t get over how lovely Lori’s pretty red hair looks against the fall foilage – isn’t she just so gorgeous?!
The story of the location chosen for Crystal & Darcy’s engagement photos is pretty adorable!
I asked Crystal a couple of weeks in advance if there was a spot that was particularly special to the two of them that we could shoot at. She immediately thought of Penticton, BC – their favorite vacation spot, and also the place where Darcy proposed!
Unfortunately, this was a little bit out of the way! On the morning of the photoshoot, I headed out with my dog and scouted out a few different parks, eventually settling on Nose Hill Park, near the 14th Street entrance. As the three of us drove there just before sunset, Crystal blurted out, “Ohmygosh! I think the spot we’re going to is where Darcy took me for our very first date!”
Sure enough, it was! Crystal was new to the city at the time, and Darcy had taken her to the top of Nose Hill so that they could overlook the city skyline. Without even purposely planning for it it, we had ended up shooting their engagement photos at the exact location of their first date.
I hope you enjoy these photos of this gorgeous couple! Their beautiful baby Autumn (fitting name, right?) makes a brief appearance as well : )
Yesterday while at work, while on Facebook (but of course), I noticed my boss’s birthday had passed the prior week. My co-worker and I had planned to do something special for his birthday: he’s a HUGE Saskatchewan Roughriders fan, so we thought it would be cute to fill his office with green balloons, streamers, treats, etc. Even though we were almost a week late, we decided “better late than never!” and headed out to the party store on our lunch break to pick up our supplies. Continue reading →
When my sweet niece and bridesmaid Victoria asked me to take some photos of her and her best friend Hailey, of course I said yes. Getting to spend time with her is always great, and the fact that they wanted to get all dolled up in their matching purple grad dresses was just an added bonus! Aren’t they just ridiculously adorable?
They had a handful of photo ideas already in mind, including jamming out on their guitars and blowing bubbles, so we loaded up my truck and ended up at Baker Park just in time to catch the sun dipping behind the horizon.
Justin and I had a cruise ship-themed birthday party to attend last weekend, so I thought it would be fun to bake some creative and colorful nautical-themed cookies. I decided on baking both shortbread and sugar cookies for some variety.
Don’t be intimidated by the amount of steps in this tutorial – it looks like a lot of work at first, but it’s really easy if you break it up over a couple of days (the fondant shapes need to sit overnight to harden), and it’s really a lot of fun! Continue reading →
Engagement sessions rank as “absolutely crucial” in my books. However, some people might not quite understand what the purpose and benefits of engagement photo sessions are, when to have these taken, or what the associated costs may be.
Hopefully, these basic answers will help to shed a little bit of light on the topic!
Mmmm, chicken cordon bleu! The French term “Cordon Bleu” translates to “Blue RIbbon”. There are many variations of the dish, but all involve a cutlet (usually chicken or veal) that is wrapped around cheese (usually Swiss) and cured pork (such as ham or prosciutto), then breaded and pan-fried or baked (we’ll be doing the latter!)
This recipe makes 4 servings which translates into 1 piece of cordon bleu chicken per serving, but at just 175 calories each, I’ll usually have two for dinner – a delicious way to meet my daily protein requirements!
For those of you that prefer/don’t mind pounding your own chicken breasts into flat cutlets, feel free – however, I built this recipe using pre-cut thin chicken breast cutlets (brand: Maple Leaf Prime), as they’re always readily available at my grocery store. Easey peasey! Continue reading →
I have a newly-found love relationship with extra-lean ground chicken and turkey meat. (Perhaps, I might love the chicken just a little bit more, as I find the turkey can dry out more easily).
They’re packed full of protein, low calorie, and incredibly versatile. Anything you can make with ground beef or ground pork, you can make with ground chicken or turkey. I love it in meatballs (see this recipe), in place of ground beef in salads or chili, and now, in these delicious chicken patties. Continue reading →