Sofia – 18 Days

On April 10th little Sofia Anna was welcomed joyfully into the world by her parents Joe and Sarah (who you might remember from their wedding in 2008 and their more recent belly shoot!) I got to meet her this week and wow – what a little lady! She is so alert and strong for eighteen days and already her personality is developing.

When I arrived she was not fazed and was snoozing 🙂 Ahhhh…..a sleeping baby 🙂

She was so good as we got her undressed to take some details shots….a different take on the wedding details I am usually photographing 🙂

I called Sarah an hour before to confirm that she was all set and she said ‘I just have to give her a bath before you get here but we’ll see you in an hour.’ I convinced her to wait until I got there knowing we’d get some great shots – Sofia wasn’t such a big fan of the tub but at first she was just hanging out 🙂

Eh – I don’t know about this Mom!

All snuggled up and nursing made her happy again 🙂

Dad came home and we went up to her room for a few photos

First time in her crib!!

Joe & Sarah are already crazy in love with their little girl 🙂

I love how she snuggles against Joe

The scale difference was quite striking 🙂 and TOTALLY adorable!

I guess she’s not ready to sit at the table yet 🙂

A few final shots once she calmed down again

Joe & Sarah my heart was filled up as I left your house – have so much fun with her and I hope to see you again soon!!

xoxo

Ten Eyck Tuesday Lighting Workshop

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending another Ten Eyck Tuesday workshop – this time on lighting and specifically off camera lighting and flash! Most of the time I prefer natural lighting in my photography because it looks more….well….natural! Occasionally however it’s just not possible you if that’s the case you better know how to rock your flash! The more I practice the more comfortable I feel and I’m looking forward to really incorporating it more fully into my photography this year – especially at wedding receptions!

Our models were Tony of Datura – A Floral Garden and his lovely wife. They had a great funky style and were very patient models as we waited out changing light conditions.
We started in the middle of the afternoon in Carla’s backyard in harsh harsh sunlight…..usually in this situation I’d find some beautiful open shade but I really wanted to push myself to not go to my safety zone! I was happy with how these two turned out.

Sometimes at workshops I get more involved with shooting what’s happening than shooting the models….this was the case with Carla and her cutie patootie daughter Georgie 🙂

Carla had been away for the few days before the workshop so Georgie couldn’t get enough snuggle time with her 🙂

The rocking and beautiful Carla Ten Eyck

Ms. Georgie bean working it for the camera 🙂

Love this one.

I spy Jackson in the background 🙂

The group shot at the end of the night taken by Carla – I’m on the left hand side rocking my LL Bean blue fleece….what else is new 🙂

Check out Carla’s posting on the workshop

Carla – you the bomb….thank you!!!

xxoo

Brandon & Madison – Operation Love Re-United

Before we left for vacation I met up with Madison & Brandon on a beautiful April afternoon for an Operation Love Re-United photo shoot! They are a super sweet young couple and we had a great time!
Love this one 🙂
They went along with my hokey ideas 🙂
The trees were in bloom everywhere!
Love these two

Brandon – safe journey and safe home – it was a pleasure to meet you both!

Recipe – Sausage Lasagna

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I’m not sure how posting this recipe escaped my attention – we’ve made this three or four times this past winter and it’s always a hit….and great for leftovers!! The best part of this dish is you can do all the dishes while the lasagna cooks 🙂

The recipe is from Food & Wine!
1/2 lb. lasagna noodles
3 T. E.V.O.O.
1/2 lb. sweet Italian sausage, casings removed (we usually use 2 hot and 2 sweet for flavor)
1 c. water
4 large garlic cloves, thickly sliced
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
S&P
Freshly grated parmesan
1/2 lb. mozzarella (fresh) cut into 8 pieces
6 oz. Italian Fontina, cut into 8 pieces (we use Romano if they don’t have Fontina)
2 T. unsalted butter, softened
1/4 c. thinly sliced basil
Preheat the oven to 425.
Cook lasagna noodles for 5 minutes and then cool in a cold water bath for 2 minutes. Pat dry and toss with olive oil.
Squeeze sausage meat from casings and brown in a skillet w/ olive oil for 3-5 minutes (or until brown). Add water, cover, and simmer until just cooked through – 4-6 minutes. Reserve sausage in bowl and DO NOT discard water it was cooked in.
Wipe out skillet and then saute garlic for 3 minutes until golden. Add the tomatoes and juices and cook over moderate heat for 10 minutes- stirring occasionally. Add the sausage and it’s poaching liquid and simmer for 4 minutes. Transfer sausage to a plate.
Simmer the sausage over moderate heat until thickened, about 12 minutes. Coarsely break up any larger sausage bits and season with S&P
In a well buttered 9×13 pan arrange 3 noodles on bottom. Coat with sauce and three cheeses and repeat until all the noodles are gone. Sprinkle additional cheese or sauce on top so no noodles are showing (they will burn)….brush the softened butter on any bare pasta or curly edges.
Bake the lasagna on the top rack of the oven for 20 minutes or until the sauce starts to bubble. Raise the oven temperature to 450 and bake 7 minutes longer until the top is richly browned. Let the lasagna rest for 10 minutes, then scatter the sliced basil on top.
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Notes:
– As I mentioned above some stores don’t sell Fontina so I substitute Romano.
– We’ve found that there isn’t really enough sauce for our taste so we just add some store bought jarred tomato sauce to supplement as we’re assembling the lasagna
– Last night I also added some oregano as the tomato sauce was cooking for flavor
– Last night I forgot to reserve the poaching liquid and never added the sausage back into the tomato sauce as it was cooking….no great loss – it turned out great!
Enjoy 🙂

Jeff & Meryl Featured on The Wedding Channel!

The wonderful and super sweet Jeff & Meryl are being featured today on Wedding Channel as the wedding of the day – GO CHECK IT OUT!!

They were married last July at Jonathan Edwards winery.

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