I just wanted to take a moment and introduce you all to the newest members of our tribe. We haven't picked out names yet, but they are just too cute not to share. These adorable little chicks were just hatched (3 yesterday and 2 this morning) and are just about the cutest things ever! If you've never raised chicks, I highly recommend it.
October typically starts my busy holiday portrait season, but sometimes I get a nice surprise and a family would like portraits in the middle of the year. The Lee family took full advantage of the beautiful weather and skipped the crowds all together by planning a June portrait session.
Josiah and Megan make such a cute couple and I recently got to spend the afternoon with them and get to see how they interact with each other. They are clearly able to be themselves with each other and don't feel the need to be anything else.
Having met several years ago while working at the local ice skating rink, they quickly formed a bond and fell in love. Now, preparing for their wedding, they are happier than ever and prepared to start their life together. I can't wait for their wedding this coming October.
We recently started a 3 year time capsule journal with our 2 children. They each have their own and I am so happy I found these journals. Just like the journal I use (which I love), this asks a question every day and the kids answer it the best way they can. My 6 year old girl really likes to see how long she can get her answers to be, so she elaborates a lot. My 5 year old son likes to see just how silly he can get with his answers. I'm excited to see how the answers change over the years and I plan to buy new ones every time we get through the old ones.
I'm sure they make several versions, but the one I got this time is a 3 year journal. It would be fairly easy to continue these same questions on your own after the 3 years, but it's kind of nice to have a nice, neat book to keep on the bookshelf and refer to later. I might make my own copy of all these later so I can give them the original, but still look back whenever I feel like having a good cry when they have grown up and moved away. Now that I think about it, I should do that now, so I don't have to copy years worth of entries all at once!
We all get nervous. There's no way around it. Some people get nervous more than others and I like to think that I keep my cool most of the time. I think the most nervous I ever get is the hour right before I am going to photograph a wedding. I also think it's a good thing that I get nervous.
When I first started out photographing weddings, I would get nervous for at least a week before the wedding and I was nervous most of the day when I was at the wedding. I was unsure of myself and my abilities as a photographer. I wanted so badly to do a good job for the couple, but I was unsure of the specific ways to do that. I missed my kids terribly and I wanted, more than anything, to do an awesome job and get home to my family.
Now, things are a little different, thankfully. I have learned a lot along the way. I went to school for photography, developed my style and became really secure with my images. Not to say I never have my moments of self-doubt...I do just as much as anyone else...but I am confident in my abilities and I know I can deliver what my clients have hired me for.
I do still get nervous before a wedding and I'm glad I do. I feel like it makes me aware of the importance of the day and I hope I never lose that feeling. I'm not a social person, by nature, and I struggle with new social environments, so that tends to add to my nervous energy. Over the years, this has improved dramatically and I'm happy for it. I'll explain a bit more about this in a future post, but for now, just know that I get a little shy when in social situations of any kind.
Whatever new situation you are in, I think it's good to be at least a little nervous. If nothing else, it helps create nervous laughter and laughter is always a good thing.
Giseli from Sweet Brasil was kind enough to invite me into her home to sample some of her delicious treats and get a first-hand look at how they are made. It's truly amazing how natural it seems for her to make these chocolates and how much skill is involved.
She grew up in Brazil and learned to make these sweet confections from her mom. She started out helping in the kitchen and soon realized she could make them on her own and make a little money for herself on the side. Easter was a big holiday for her chocolate-making skills. While she didn't intend to be making them professionally all along, her passion has evolved into a wonderful profession. In Brazil, Giseli had gone through medical school and was doing what she loved. When she met her husband and moved to the Sates, she taught women's health for quite a while until so many people loved her chocolates that she gave up her teaching position and started devoting her free time to chocolate.
It's really quite a skill to be able to make these brigadeiros with such ease. There are no timers, no candy thermometers, no fancy kitchen gadgets in sight. As for how you know when it's done cooking..."You know it's ready when it's done." Simple, right? Every batch is made from scratch and takes more than 24 hours from start to finish. Each candy is rolled by hand and coated in one of many different "toppings" ranging from dark chocolate pieces to almonds or cashews. It's not all just plain chocolate either. Any number of flavors can be added and a spicy chocolate version is a popular choice. I was skeptical about the pepper going into to the mix while she made the batch, but I was pleasantly surprised when I tasted it. It somehow comes together to be some of the most delicious chocolate I have ever tasted.
I really hope to see many more of her chocolates at weddings I photograph and I can just imagine the beautiful displays that can be created with hundreds of these gorgeous brigadeiros.
Hi! My name is Linda. I am a photographer in San Luis Obispo, CA and I absolutely love weddings and families. I specialize in outdoor lighting for weddings and family portraits. I would love to help you shine on your special day!
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