A Mini-Session: Teen Portraits in the Park

Two brothers. The end of summer. The fields. Windsor Great park. A setting sun. It doesn’t get much better than this…

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Food on Friday: Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

You may have noticed, it’s been a few Friday’s since I’ve shared something from our kitchen. I’ve been wonderfully (and crazily) busy with lots of photo shoots. I can’t wait to share those with you…but now, it is time for a snack.

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Next week is American Thanksgiving and these muffins fit this holiday perfectly. They are so healthy, I would eat them for breakfast. Or they are perfect for snack.

PUMPKIN CRANBERRY MUFFINS

Paleo, very low sugar, gluten & wheat free, dairy free. Yummy and moist too. :)

makes 12

2/3 cup mashed pumpkin (or butternut squash)

1/4 cup grated carrot (I used the carrot remains from my morning juice)

1 banana

6 eggs

2 teaspoons maple syrup

2 tablespoons of chia gel (chia seeds soaked in water)

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup + 2 teaspoons coconut flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen) (and perhaps extra for sprinkling on top)

Blend all the wet ingredients (except for the cranberries) together in your mixer. Whisk all the dry ingredients together to break up any lumps. Mix the wet and the dry ingredients together. Add the cranberries.  Spoon into a muffin tin lined muffin papers. Bake at 170 C / 350 F for 30-35 minutes.

Today was the November fayre at Phoebe’s school. I made these and took one in for her. Kids were everywhere eating chocolate Santas and licking huge colourful lollipops. Phoebe never glanced their way. In fact, I had to stop her from eating the paper casing!

If you try these, let me know what you think.

 

Visiting Windsor…

Surrey-Family-Portrait-PhotographerI just love living in Windsor. Even more, I love that we get lots of visitors who stop by on their way through Heathrow. This Autumn, we had three different out-of-town guest visits. So wonderful!

Our most special visit was with this beautiful couple…who I hadn’t seen for 25 years. (25 years!!) When I was growing up, their house was just down the hill from mine. We spent Christmas at each other’s houses. My brother, sister and I played with their kids. She taught me to love the piano…and still inspires me to play today. He charmed me with his stories…and still does.

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We started our day together with a walk on The Long Walk followed by…of course…a delicious lunch. I don’t think we stopped talking for a second. We found connections from the past…and new connections from the present. Sometimes the threads that join us grow and stretch through time in surprising ways.

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Time flew. Phoebe cried to say goodbye. We know we will see each other again…this time well before 25 years passes again!

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Dinner in a Hurry: Autumn Minced Beef and Vege

Somehow, in September and October, my days never seem long enough. Is it this time of the year as we come away from the holidays of summer into our work-school routines? Or is this just life with a little one, a business and now a yoga teacher training course?  :) I can’t quite decide, but I suspect you all are just as busy.  Yourr busy-ness might come from things with different names, but busy days are busy days.

And so, I thought I would share one of my go-to recipes for days when luxurious cooking is not an option. This recipe is economical and fast. You can make it ahead and warm it up in a few minutes flat. You could even throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning to enjoy in the evening. If you eat grains and/or gluten you can serve this with pasta or rice. Phoebe and I find this quite filling on its own. Tonight we finished the leftovers with some steamed cabbage.

‘Please Mama, would you make this again?’ she asked. :)

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Autumn Minced Beef and Vegetables

1 tsp coconut oil

2 small onions

2 stalks celery

500 grams beef mince

2 sweet potatoes

2 large carrots

1/2 butternut squash

1-3 cloves garlic (how much garlic do you like?)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp each of turmeric, thyme and oregano

black pepper

chicken stock to moisten & form some juice.

Saute your onion and mince beef together in the coconut oil in a large frying pan (if eating straight away) or stew pot with a lid (if re-warming later). While this is browning, chop up all the other vege into similar size pieces. Throw everything into the pan. Cook down until the vegetables are soft (about 30-40 mins.)

Enjoy with a drizzle of olive oil or parmesan if you eat dairy.

 

 

Senior Session: Beautiful and Elegant

We had the most wonderful senior session today. Time flew. More to come…

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A Big Beautiful Family

What an amazing shoot this was! It isn’t often that I get to combine the joyful exuberance of a child with the self-conscious assurance of a teen on the edge of adulthood…all into one shoot. But here I did, twice-over.

Isn’t this family gorgeous? We had so much fun. There were dogs and footballs, reflections, skateboards, indoors, outdoors, laughter and lots of energy. :) Enjoy!

Teeny Tiny Baby Max

Remember this little boy who surprised his Mum by coming 3 weeks early?  Despite his early arrival he is apparently turning into a very sweet and laid back baby.  And in my opinion…totally gorgeous too! Just had to share more. What do you think??

Baby Boy…5 Days Old

Meeting brand new babies…Watching families grow into their new and bigger selves…Seeing little girls turn into big sisters and little boys into brothers.

Sometimes I feel so lucky to do what I do….

A very quick sneak peek for Mum who’s little boy came more than three weeks early.  He’s tiny and sleepy and ever so gorgeous. More to come… :)

 

A Portrait of my Father


I hadn’t planned to write a post about my father…especially so soon after one featuring my mother.  However, when life intervenes, things change…

Last Friday, my father had a heart attack. He is now in the hospital. And today he is undergoing a procedure to find out more. As I write this, I wait to hear the news.

My father is a conundrum in many, many ways.  He was at one time an electrical engineer and designed computer chips for IBM.  He is now a Reiki Master and massage therapist and regularly swims in the sea.  He is complex.  He likes to grow things in his garden.  He can be quite demanding and stubborn, but he can also be very understanding about the most unusual things.  His view of the universe is multi-faceted.

My father and I have had a rocky relationship over the years. But we have weathered our storms and come out the other side. I spent lots of time this weekend remembering and went looking for these images in my library.  They were taken just over a year ago when my father was digging in the garden, planting a rose bush for my sister. I love the way his happiness glows from his face.

If you have a moment, please send a wish, a thought a prayer out to the universe that my father recovers and goes on to do more of all that he loves.  I know he would appreciate it.