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    holiday greeting cards



    It is that time of year again. The time where mothers start stressing out about getting a presentable photo of their clan so they  can send out holiday greetings. I am so glad to have helped lots of moms accomplish it this year. I am still hoping to eek out one of my own family but am convinced that in order to get a photo of all three of my boys looking into the lens it will have to be someone else’s. I took my little ones out last week and still have yet to look through the edit. I have been working to take care of all of you first.

    Here are a few christmas card designs I offer. If you are interested in Christmas cards from a session we shot this year you could go to the proofing galleries above and enter the password ….cards and you will see most of the designs for cards I offer. Keep in mind we can customize the designs to your taste with color and text tweeks. Final orders for cards must be sent to me by November 16th. Holiday cards are one of my favorite products. I am a sucker for beautiful stationary.





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    Took a break from editing photos to make dinner at home. I love making food for my family but I have needed a break from it lately. Fall always help me feel in the mood to cook again.

    This biscuit recipe called for me to bake. It is the perfect side for most dinners, a cross between a yeast roll and a biscuit. If you bake nothing else for your family in the kitchen this month, make these angel biscuits. If you’re the type who loves ham sandwiches like me,  roast a ham first and bake these the next day for sandwiches. yum.





    Angel Biscuits

    The recipe is from The Hamery in Tennessee a specialty retailer who cures and smokes the old-fashioned way. The recipe was featured in Relish magazine.

    1 cup buttermilk

    1/8 teaspoon baking soda

    1 tablespoon active dry yeast

    1 tablespoon sugar

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1/2 cup warm water (100-110F)

    3 to 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

    1/2 cup shortening

    1.  Mix buttermilk and baking soda together.

    2. Mix yeast, sugar, salt and water together. Let stand until foamy.

    3. Combine flour and shortening, stirring with a fork until mixed well. Mix in buttermilk mixture. Mix in yeast. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.

    4. Pat out dough to 1/2 inch thickness on a heavily floured board. Cut biscuits. I used a floured drinking glass, you can use anything circular which suits the size for your needs. Place on a baking sheet and let rise for 20 minutes. (THIS IS CRUCIAL! sorry for the caps it is just that… I was impatient with the first batch which went in to the oven so I could get dinner served. They hadn’t been given enough time to rise and they were very good. Until, I tasted the batch that came out of the oven second. Letting them rise fully  the second time is when they turn heavenly. I swear!)

    5. Preheat oven to 400F.

    6. Bake biscuits 10-12 minutes, until golden brown.

    7. Share with loved ones… if you can keep your hands away from them long enough.

    8. Let me know if you liked them as much as I did.


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    double j low

    Jeff and Jen were friends for quite some time before they started dating. The only hitch in the equation of j+j was that Jen was leaving with her daughter for a 6 month trip abroad. Jeff always supported the decision but kept wondering how he could stay connected to Jen while she was away. He wished the timing were different because he didn’t want to grow apart from someone he cared for this much.

    Jeff couldn’t wait 6 months to see Jen again. He flew across the ocean to see her and it was in that gesture that Jeff took a huge leap of faith in their future, together. Jen will be forever grateful that Jeff stood by her dream and never made her feel guilty for leaving on an adventure. Jeff is grateful Jen said yes to a future with him and that they started planning a wedding as soon as she returned from her marvelous trip.

    Jeff has been a friend to my husband and me since college. His friendship goes beyond quick hitting chats over an occasional drink and looks more like slow afternoon playtime with the kids or hours of easy conversation and laughter once they are in bed. He has become family to us and that means our family grew when Jeff married Jen. A german philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said “The best friend is likely to acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is based on the talent for friendship.” I think this is an accurate hypothesis and I look forward to forging a relationship with Jen every bit as strong as ours is with Jeff.

    The day started with a Oregon State game on tv for the boys. A fitting start to a wedding day for Jeff who has season tickets and whose bride-to-be honored his love of orange in their wedding colors. The mood was laid back and comfortable even though the Beavers were losing. The day was so much bigger than a win for our favorite football team.


    Jen and daughter Mikayla started the day as girls do… at the beauty salon.



    The happy and good looking couple.


    Bride and groom were troopers through the family portraits but it was hot. Over 100 degrees hot. Jen stepped into the air conditioning for a minute before we continued the shoot. It didn’t matter where she was, she was gorgeous.

    Knowing it would be over 100 degrees right before the wedding we took lots more photos of Jen and Jeff just after sunrise on the day before their wedding.

    Loved the desert…. to visit at least.


    A few at the house they will make a home together.

    Jen is so gorgeous in this shot. I couldn’t help but name this photo moviestarpool.



    Their custom wedding rings.

    …. if the beautiful turquoise iron gate wasn’t enough there was this fabulous hand carved door inside I couldn’t resist.

    Twinkle lights on the patio and plenty of happiness to go around.


    Rich dark wood tables accented with paper table runners and vibrant pink flowers set the tone that a special family gathering was about to happen at Arcadia Room at LGO in Phoenix. A warmth enveloped the room from all the beautiful details Jen created.

    Had to include this drink menu even though I am pretty sure you can’t read it. Beaveritas, Double J Lows, Spanish Proposal Sangria and Velvet Rose Martinis…. spot on drink tributes to the couple. Jen thought of everything.

    What could be better than double happiness. Just what we wish for them, always.

    Love you.