Queensberry Sample Album

Last year many of my couples chose a 12×12 Matted Queensberry Album to show off their images. A 9×9 or a 10×10 are great sizes but this really feels hefty and shows off the images beautifully. Since I didn’t have a sample album to show a few months ago I ordered one from James & Katie’s Shelburne Farms Wedding.

I chose a Classic Leather Chocolate Cover. The inside pages are white with chocolate borders – very summery!

I also included a vellum page with their names and the date on the first page. Keep in mind – these albums will last FOREVER and even though you remember who you are and when you got married future generations will want to know!

As always I kept the designs simple, symmetrical and uncluttered – it’s a very classic look and one that won’t go out of style

For the ceremony spread (bottom image) I took advantage of Queensberry’s flip out pages – see the next image to understand

Similar to a four page spread in a magazine the pages pull out from the center to create a real showstopper!

This wedding was so wonderful – it was hard to narrow down which images to include!

Another flip out option is showcased on the right side of this spread which opens up on the seam between the two vertical photos (a bit hard to notice if you’re not looking for it!)

It’s nice to change the design up a bit and surprise people with this design feature

 

 

 

Congratulations Katie & James!

To see many other images of finished Queensberry albums CLICK HERE

Recent Book Recommendations

I’ve read some great books in the past few months…..see below for a rundown

I can’t remember who recommended The Book Thief to me but it’s been on my list for quite some time. Heavy subject matter but beautifully written and a lovely story – I’d recommend it.

The Book Thief

I really enjoy reading so-called “Foodie Biographies” and Born Round was no different. Frank Bruni is the former food critic for the New York Times and writes candidly about his lifelong food struggles. It’s at times moving and at times laugh out loud funny – I loved it. If you want to read another great Foodie Bio by a former New York Times critic try Ruth Reichl’s Garlic and Sapphires which I read a few years ago

Born Round

There has been some recent controversy with Greg Mortenson but I really enjoyed reading Stones into Schools – a kind of sequel to Three Cups of Tea. Regardless of the controversy his organization has done some incredible work in building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and this book is at times fascinating as it describes the lengths they had to go through to make it happen

Stones into schools book cover

Jeff and I just canceled our Netflix subscription so this will probably be the last of the movie recommendations for awhile as it seems we never actually go to the theater (I still haven’t seen the Hunger Games!)

The Switch is a lighthearted romantic comedy – it’s like a beach read in the form of a movie. Not terrible but not fabulous

The switch Movie Poster

The Tiger’s Wife was the most recent book I finished. I enjoyed it but found it difficult to become really absorbed in – I picked it up and put it down a few times. It’s an interesting story and there are good parts but overall I didn’t love it.

The Tiger's Wife book cover

I loved the book Water for Elephants so assumed I would love the movie (Reese Witherspoon is one of my favorites) – it didn’t disappoint. It’s a sad story at times but I really loved it.

water for elephants movie poster

What have you all been reading and watching lately? Any suggestions I should add to my list?

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend

I hope everyone had a lovely Memorial Day Weekend. Jeff and I arrived Friday night for the first time since Easter to discover that the lawn was in BAD need of some TLC. Jeff manned the lawn mower, Giles manned the weed wacker, and I did some spring cleaning inside sweeping and mopping the screened in porch and setting it up for the season. By Saturday afternoon things were in MUCH better shape and we were able to relax and have a quiet evening!

Have a good week!!

VT Baby Photography :: Hamilton

Last week I was down in Austin, Texas visiting my friends Alyssa & Joe and their adorable seven month old son Hamilton (and who could forget Sutton??) They moved there at the end of last summer and Hamilton was born in October so this was my first time meeting him. We had a great time catching up and of course taking many photos πŸ™‚

I got in after Hamilton was in bed on Sunday so Alyssa and I went out to a big girl dinner at Guero’s Taco Bar – yum. The next morning Hamilton greeted me with a big smile and we were off πŸ™‚

He’s sitting up well and also crawling a bit too!

Sutton is a doting big Brother and is so gentle with Hamilton

Yum – breakfast (Alyssa impressively makes all of Hamilton’s food!)

That afternoon I went to get Hamilton after his nap -I love the simple design of his nursery

Cheerful guy after a good sleep!

Beautiful Mom and her son πŸ™‚

Quilt lovingly made by his Grandma

He loves chewing on Sophie

More smiles as he gets up from a mini nap πŸ™‚

Dad came home early!

Hanging out in his room

Anyone who has kids will recognize this face πŸ˜‰

Hanging out with Sutton

Wow Big Brother you are SO tall!!

Some more formal family photos πŸ™‚

With a break of peas in between πŸ™‚

And a few more in their front yard

Mirror time πŸ™‚

He loves kicking his legs in the bath and making big splashes

Laughing at Daddy

Love love love this one….a bit of nursing and storytime before bed!

The next day we took more photos – he has the most amazing eyelashes

Fun on another quilt made by Grandma!

We can’t forget about the original first child πŸ™‚

Um – can I have some food too?

Storytime in his room

I miss you all already – move back east!!!

xxoo

Herby Cucumber Salad Recipe

Cucumber-Salad-Recipe

Cooking Light had this yummy Cucumber Salad recipe and we cooked it last week – it’s delicious and a perfect light summertime recipe!

Herby Cucumber Salad (6 Servings)

1/4 c. plain low-fat yogurt

2 T. coarsely chopped fresh dill

1 T. coarsely chopped fresh parsley

2 T. fresh lemon juice

1 T. EVOO

1 1/2 t. coarsely chopped mint

2 t. Dijon mustard

1/4 t. sugar

1/4 t. salt

1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper

1 garlic clove

5 1/2 c. thinly sliced cucumber (about 2 large)

2 1/2 c. thinly sliced red onion

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Combine Β the first 11 ingredients (through garlic clove) in a food processor or a blender and process until well blended

Combine the cucumber and onion in a large bowl.

Drizzle with the yogurt mixture, and toss to coat

 

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