Happy Halloween…

With best wishes for ghostly ghouls and friendly witches….

Dressing Up at Cliveden: Heels and Pearls…and Ribbons in my Hair

Little girls love dressing up fun with heels and pearls.  But when the dressing up happens someplace special, like Cliveden, it becomes pure fantasy.

Last week, we shot the layout for the Winter edition of The Little Book – Windsor:  5 children.  A stunning location.  Gorgeous clothes (so gorgeous, I would love them in MY wardrobe!!).  9 different sets. This was truly my photographic dream!

I just love doing stylised portraits of kids.  There is something extra special about these shoots.  And they always produce wonderful and unexpected results.

Even though I was working behind the camera, every once in a while, I would peek around to see my little girl enjoying the dressing up.  And my heart would melt.   How quickly the growing up happens….

I can’t resist sharing a little sneak peak with you here.  Stay tuned for the full story once the magazine is out in print…For those of you in Windsor, The Cliveden Set will be out in the next week or so.

Macro Inspiration in a Green, Green World

It is always wonderful to see the natural world through a macro lens.  It becomes utterly indulgent on foggy mornings with dew drops and soft light.

At the Shutter Sisters Camp, we spent some time exploring macro photography.  I dusted off my neglected lens and have been so inspired by the results.  I hope you are too.

What are the details of your natural world? What colour predominates in this season for you? Is it green? Or is it something else? How about sharing some of your images in the comments below? I’d love to see…

Super-Easy and Super-Quick Garlic Broiled Chicken

There is nothing better than garlic and chicken.  There is also nothing better than super-easy and super quick.

Since I’ve come back from Shutter Sisters Camp, my life has been a whirlwind!  I seriously don’t know if I’m coming or going.  Last night, I wanted to make something delicious for my mother’s last night here.  But I needed something that was fast and easy to cook.  This dish does it all.

As an added bonus, if made with legs and thighs, this recipe will help you stick to your budget. However, the flavours give it a decadent, yet comfy feel.  It smelled so good coming out of the oven that I forgot to photograph the completed dish BEFORE we ate most of it. Hopefully, you will forgive me for this and get to cooking my new favourite dish!!  Enjoy….

Garlic Broiled Chicken 

6 chicken thighs or chicken parts

1 onion, roughly diced

A handful or two of cherry tomatoes

3 tablespoons butter and a dollop of olive oil

3 tablespoons soy sauce

3 tablespoons minced or crushed garlic

1 tablespoon dried parsley + more for sprinkling

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Pre-heat the oven broiler. Layer onions and tomatoes in an oiled baking dish.  Place butter, oil, garlic, parsley, pepper and soy sauce in a saucepan. Heat on medium until melted.

Toss the chicken in this sauce before placing into the baking dish.

Broil the chicken for 20 minutes, or until the juices run clear.  Turn the chicken pieces once or twice during the cooking process to re-coat with the butter-garlic mixture and ensure the skin gets crisp.  Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

This is absolutely delicious served with couscous and roasted butternut squash.  DOWNLOAD the recipe card HERE.

Cameras and Connection

How YOU connect is the most important thing you do with your camera.  I discovered this at Shutter Sisters Camp.  Sharing the full story HERE at the Inspiration Studio.

A Postcard from the Beach {Shutter Sisters Camp}

Finally, I’m back from a most amazing time at the beach with the Shutter Sisters.  Though there are still bags to be unpacked, laundry to be done and the garden to mow, I couldn’t wait to share this little postcard with you.  More to come in the next week as my feet (and my heart) float back down to earth.

 

 

Inspiration {Taking Time Away}

As you know, I’m taking some time away this week at the amazing Shutter Sisters Camp.  So far the experience has been magical:  full of  learning, inspiration and connection with some wonderful women.   The beauty of Big Sur and Pacific Grove is immense.  I just had to share…

I’ll be back up and running next week.  In the meantime — Enjoy!

 

Just Gotta Have my Shoes!

Oh my gosh! I can’t believe it’s already Tuesday.  I’m crazy busy doing 101 things, getting ready for Shutter Sisters Camp at the end of the week! I’m so excited! I can’t wait!!

In the meantime, I’m putting the finishing touches on my last family portrait session.

Remember when wearing your mama’s shoes was the absolute best thing in the world??

Don’t these just make you smile?  (And, if I may say, drool? What fabulous shoes!)

How to Photograph Fabulous Fruit

Come on over to the Inspiration Studio where I am sharing my tips and tricks for creating fabulous fruit photographs.

In Tribute

 

The last few days have been wonderful days, full of celebration for my daughter’s 3rd birthday.  However, simultaneously, they have been immensely sad, for the loss of Steve Jobs.  Though I never met him, I recognize his genius and adore the products of his creation.

It is tempting to say, ‘What if? What if his life were longer? What would he have created? How much more did he have planned?’

But, perhaps, his life was full and perfect as it was.  Perhaps his journey, and his tasks, were completed in only a few short years.

One thing is true.  Steve Jobs followed his heart and his passion.   I only hope that I can continue to do the same for all of the rest of my life.