Archive for May, 2009

Isn’t she lovely?

May 20, 2009

That’s the song echoing through my head as I edited these photos from an incredible, happy, loving, wonderful wedding last Saturday. Isn’t she?

I have just a sneak peek today, I promise a full blog post soon, Nikki and Rick!

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Sa-WOON!

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Can you guess where this ring shot was taken?

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On the signal lever of a powder-blue vintage Pontiac LeMans convertible, of course!

More soon!

Freshly hatched

May 19, 2009

It really feels like spring today, and I might even push it to say it feels like late spring, finally!

We saw prancing three-day-old baby black lambs at the farm last week when we went to welcome the official opening of ice cream season, and today I have this little lamb to share, Chase. (You know you LOVED that segue. I thought of it because he is indeed a sweet little lamb and has sweet little sheep swinging over his crib.)

You might remember his wonderful mom and dad that I met through Sarah True of True & Wesson. Joe and Marissa fed me and poured me delicious latte after latte during their maternity shoot.  Chase is the happy result of that pregnancy, and while he is a big bright-eyed one-month-old now, these were taken when he was freshly hatched and oh, so sleepy.

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Remember this chair?

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It has a new inhabitant these days.

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Mom, Dad and baby

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And we had fun recreating this shot from their maternity session:

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Now plus one!

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Happy baby, Marissa and Joe—he’s a love, enjoy every minute!

Weddings: The Creative Process

May 13, 2009

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Looks divine, doesn’t it? You just want to drink it in, making it the appropriate signature drink for the loveliest of events. (It’s the “Style Me Pretty”)

It’s as good as it looks, just like everything else at the most delicious bridal event I attended last week at Saltwater Farm Vineyard, organized by True & Wesson, and featuring Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty.

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Sarah True of True & Wesson, Abby Larson of Style Me Pretty, Yumiko Fletcher of Hana Floral Design and Lucinda Wesson of True & Wesson

The fabulous ladies of True & Wesson, Sarah True and Lucinda Wesson, invited me to photograph their fantastic bridal showcase, Weddings: The Creative Process, and let me just show you what I saw there.

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Abby Larson, editor and founder of Style Me Pretty, talked about finding inspiration all around you.

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Gorgeous bridal model Ruth, stunning in fashions from The White Dress By the Shore and Two Birds bridesmaid dresses.

This amazing wrap dress comes in so many luscious colors.

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Flowers, flowers, flowers by Hana Floral Design. And yes, those are kumquats in the pink arrangement, adding a citrus smell. Mmm. You actually need to see this pink one bigger, I just love it.

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Lovely ladies made even lovelier with the help of Jennie Fresa. I now know the secret to natural-looking false eyelashes and am hopelessly addicted to Jennie’s Sugar Scrub lip balm—watch for her line of products later this year.

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Can you believe I waited this long to get to the food? Delicious dishes by Gourmet Galley, and OF COURSE there were cupcakes. These were (yum) by Sugarbelle.

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And beautiful albums, by two photographers whose work I especially admire:

Erica of Adeline and Grace Photography (album on left) and Maggie of Maggie Conley Photography (album on right).

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And what bridal event would be a bridal event without some sparkle?

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Finally, the whole team of vendors (many that I didn’t get to mention here) that worked together on this dreamy event. Lucky brides!

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Thanks, Sarah and Lucinda, you sure know how to throw a great party!

They measured their hugs

May 11, 2009

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Mother’s Day, May 2009

I love this one, taken by my husband with the five-year-old point and shoot. I can’t believe they stayed still long enough to remain in the same frame!

I had a wonderful mother’s day with my two little monkeys and one sweet hubby. We had a great morning—breakfast out, and a walk in a nearby seaside town. All this was completed by about 11 a.m., since Will got up an hour early because he was SO DARN EXCITED to give me his Mother’s Day gifts.

At nursery school they MEASURED THEIR HUGS, PEOPLE. I can’t think of anything cuter. They made a little paper pocket (embellished with a portrait of me and Will. My fingers are approximately the same length as my arms. I so love it.) and inside they tucked a long thin strip of paper, noting that this is the length of his hug. (Along with it was a lovely hand-sewn (by Will) felt sachet.) Delicious.

When I am 85, I will wrap that strip of paper around me and remember what it felt like to have a four-year-old boy wake up at 5:40 a.m. because he wanted me to open the gifts he had made for me. Home run, nursery school teachers, at least if you were aiming for tears of joy!

Henry’s sweet little handprints on a wall hanging were no slouch, either.

The only thing I didn’t get was the extra time in each day that I had asked for. Maybe next year?

And speaking of a happy mother’s day…I snitched this off my sister’s Facebook page. Both babies off breathing support in this image (they’ve been back and forth back on CPAP and under bili lights, but are doing very well.) Thanks for all the good wishes.

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Kate with Bella (left) and Andrew (right)

TenEyck Tuesday

May 6, 2009

I’ve got wads of photos to post and stories to tell, including new photos my sister sent of the twins, and dang, they are cute little things, completely OFF all breathing support if you can believe it. Today they hit a big milestone, 32 weeks gestation, though I’m not sure you can call it that when they have been ex-utero for ten days. Photos coming soon, I promise!

But. In the thick of all this I went off to spend the day with the lovely Carla TenEyck at her studio, where she taught an all-day photography workshop. We had a blast, and learned a lot despite shooting in the pouring rain for hours and then doing lots and lots of quality critique. Plus it was Cinco de Mayo and Carla COOKED…yum. Pozole, plus we had guac and salsa, and girl scout cookies and brownies…like I said, yum.

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One of the day’s models, Strider.

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Our shooting goals were in learning to see differently, and looking for beauty where you might not expect it.

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We found it in the lovely Amanda of Orchard Cove Photography, who was our very patient model (and guardian of Strider).

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Participating in the seminar with me was the always amazing Bruce Plotkin, Nicolette Theriault and twin mama/photographer Stacy Tarlow. We had a fantastic time.

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She’s looking at Strider, of course.

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Bruce shooting Amanda. His stuff was DREAMY.

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We all seemed to work dandelions into our shooting assignments.

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I thought they went well with diamonds.

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Leave it!

He did.

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Thank you, amazing Carla (and Amanda and Strider!) for a fantastic day of fun, learning and food. I highly recommend other photographers of all skill levels think about this one.

It’s a terrific, creative day, and you won’t regret it!

Ten Eyck Tuesdays

Food Friday: May Day Muffins

May 1, 2009

It’s a damp and cool May Day here, but that didn’t stop a herd of nursery schoolers in our town from delivering blooming baskets to unsuspecting neighbors all over town.

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But before they delivered their wares, they fueled up with these May Day Muffins (it was our day to bring snack). Apricots and butter, yum.

May Day Muffins

3 cups all-purpose flour (I used half all-purpose, half white wheat)

1 cup sugar (I used 3/4 cup)

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups plain yogurt

2 large eggs

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

2 cups dried apricots, diced

1. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the over to 375 degrees.  Line a muffin tin with muffin papers.

2. Mix four, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Whisk yogurt and eggs together in a medium bowl. Gently fold the yogurt-egg mixture into the flour mixture with a rubber spatula until just combined. Fold in melted butter. (TAKE NOTE: I think I mixed too much, and my crust was SLIGHTLY tough. Definitely don’t over mix.)

3. Use a large ice cream scoop to divide the batter evenly among the muffin cups. Bake until golden and a toothpick comes out clean, with just a few crumbs. Be careful not to overbake. (25-30 minutes)

4. Let muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

(Easily customized, of course. If you don’t have apricots, make lemon-blueberry muffins, adding 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries. Or orange-cranberry. Or lemon-poppyseed. Or raspberry-almond. Or banana-walnut. You get the idea.)

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After snack and basket delivery, it was time for the Maypole.

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And on a completely different note, a wiser mom than me saw Henry permanently attached to me this morning, noted my frustration about not being able to walk three feet away from him without fuss, and quietly reminded me, “They won’t always need us. Enjoy it while they do.”  Thank you, Amanda. You are so right.

They also won’t always delight in making crowns of ivy and wearing them. I’ll snuggle up with them while they do.

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Happy May Day!