Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sharing a Foodie Day with my Sister

My sister Lisa was up visiting her in-laws a few weeks ago. I haven't seen her since last summer so it was wonderful to get the chance to get together in person. (Thank goodness for FB and texting!)

I'll take any excuse to plan an adventure and what better reason than a day out with your sister?

Lisa's not a gardener as I am and I'm not a champion bargain hunter like she is (Lisa bought Holly's gorgeous wedding dress for $100!!). That meant our adventure couldn't include garden centers or shopping centers.

That's not really a problem though, because we share another love that we inherited from our dad and his parents.

Food. Interesting ingredients, like the cinnamon our sister Tamara brought back from the markets in Vietnam, or the vanilla Lisa and her husband bring back from trips to Mexico, get our creative juices going. Handy tools and unusual baking pans get our heart racing.

So we knew what kind of adventure we wanted. A Foodie day . . .

First up on the agenda was a visit to Duchess bakery. Lisa had never been and I use any excuse I can to go back.

Have you ever been? If you haven't you are missing out on some of the best food I have ever had. Even Lisa, who has traveled the world, said the same.

My favorite, even though I love all kinds of baked goods, is actually their quiche.  It is lovely and custardy and just . . . sigh. So.delicious.

We spent a little time in their store next to the restaurant where Lisa got inspired, I bought a jar of salted caramel sauce and we went home to bake apple crisp.

We didn't bake any old apple crisp though. We baked beautiful, individual apple crisps that I could freeze and bring out when special company came over.

And oh . . . how tasty they were topped with Chapman's french vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce.

All in all, the perfect foodie adventure. I can't wait until the next time we get together!

Thanks for a fabulous day sis! I can't wait until next time!

Check out the video for the full experience  . . .

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Birthday Girl

I had the sweetest little girl and her mom in the studio.

It was little miss's first birthday and her mom wanted to record it.

Mom didn't want the traditional cake smash but brought along a dress she had worn as a girl as well as her daughter's new birthday dress.

I put together a few setups that we could play in. ( I LOVE that part of my job!)

Mom also brought a cupcake she had saved from the birthday party for a bit of a mini cake smash at the end of our session . . .

What fun! She was such a sweetie.

And . . . because I love a good video slide show, I took bits of video and melded it with my favorites images and some great music: (as always,watch on YouTube and click on the cog in the lower right corner to watch it in HD 720p)

Happy birthday to a darling little girl!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Rachelle. A Bridal Shower

Back in April, when Henry's mom had the big celebration for her 80th birthday, my sister-in-law Evelyn came up with a plan to surprise our niece Rachelle who, along with her family, came from Ontario for Grandma's birthday.

Rachelle and her fiancee Garnet are getting married in the beginning of June. Most of the 'western' family won't be able to attend, so Evelyn decided to throw Rachelle a surprise Bridal shower, English tea style.

It was a beautiful event and we were all thrilled for the opportunity to share, even just a bit, in Rachelle's special day.

You can see the story by watching her Bridal Shower video.

(Want to see it at it's best? Watch it on youtube, click on the cog in the lower right corner and set it to 720p HD and then in full screen. :D) 

I pray God blesses you both as you prepare for your wedding Rachelle and Garnet.

Love, Aunt Rosa.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Val and Doug. A Couples Portrait Session

A while back, during an unusual mild spell, I had the chance to visit Doug and Val at their beautiful acreage for a couple's portrait session.

I had done Laura and Anthony's anniversary portraits there, late last summer, so I knew I would have some amazing locations to work with.

I wasn't quite sure how this portrait session would go though. Doug's always struck me as a real 'man's man', and I wasn't sure how he'd react to my somewhat whimsical approach to portrait sessions. After all, blowing bubbles and 'a man's man' are not two things that you naturally think of as going together . . .

He was such a good sport though! We tried out an assortment of locations on their property, each one lovelier than the last.

Doug and Val got a little snuggling in (while being closely observed by one of their boys hiding behind the wood pile! There is no privacy when you're a parent . . .)

Not only did Doug take all the bubble blowing in stride he even allowed me to post the pictures on the blog! Now that's a sweet husband. :D

I love couples portraits. So often, once you have kids and are in the midst of the demanding busy-ness that brings, you put your identity as a couple on the back burner, telling yourself you'll pick it back up when the kids get older. Taking time out for the two of you as a couple and then printing your favorite photo from the session is a great way to reconnect and remind yourself that you are more than just 'mom and dad'.

Here are some of my favorites from Doug and Val's session:

Thanks for playing with me you guys!

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Brad and Amanda. A Wedding Story.

A few months back I got a text from my son Morgan. "Was I free March 27th?"

I texted back "Yes. Why?"

His best friend Brad was getting married and was looking for a photographer. Would I do it?

Are you kidding?! Of course I would! I've known Brad since he and Morgan were preschoolers and his fiancee Amanda is the sweetest girl. How could I pass that up?

We had  a great time with their engagement shoot so I knew the wedding would be lots of fun as well. The bonus for me was that Morgan was in the wedding party so I'd have plenty of opportunities to embarrass and mortify him with my behavior.

Win, win all around . . . 

They really are such a lovely couple.  The day was chill and laid back. (aside from the emotion just before and during the ceremony of course . . .)

I truly enjoyed spending the day with Brad , Amanda and their family and friends and I pray that they will be blessed in the years ahead as they begin married life together.

Congratulations you guys!

(*warning! Lots (and lots) of photos ahead . . . Brevity is not my strong suit! ;D)

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