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Picture Of The Week

I was able to capture this beauty while working with a local designer named Andi Morse of Morsedesig here in Atlanta. I can't begin to tell you how warm and inviting this space was. Andi's gentle ways and infectious personality was well represented in this kitchen. It was impossible to shake the smiles and good feelings in this formal, yet relaxing space. 

Well done Andi! 

Picture of the Week

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I was down in Southern Georgia this past weekend on a photo shoot and took this one of the nights I was down there. The stars were amazing, it was a beautiful location! 

Wisteria

Its always important to stop and smell the flowers, even in the rain! While running errands near Piedmont Park on a rainy and overcast day, I was inspired to stop and photograph this beautiful garden full of Azaleas and Wisteria. Here is one of my favorites from that trip! 

 

 

Snack of the Week

Butterscotch Blondies

To say that I am a huge fan of brownies would be an understatement! My mother makes some of the best brownies out there, bar none. They are a delicious treat that everyone raves over. I put them with ice cream, in milk shakes, as a road trip snack, they're incredible. Should you ever get the chance to taste one of Mama Lupton's brownies, do not pass it up!!

This is an ode to Mama. I tend to prefer blondies, I'm not a terribly big fan of chocolate, so this is right up my alley. It combines all of my favorite things about brownies, the gooey center, the crunchy-chewy edges - there are always fights over the corners, and never seem to be enough of them. The trick of it is the sweetened condensed milk that goes in the middle. You can also add walnuts, pecans, pistachios, heath bar pieces, M&Ms, whatever tickles your fancy. This recipe is a great base for adding your own flare to it, alter it to fit your needs. I'd love to hear how you tailor it to you, so please share with me! 

Ingredients : 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips, or as many as you would like
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

Directions : 

I'm not really a fan of preheating the oven right when I start because it always finishes heating before everything's ready. So, at some point, heat the oven to 350ºF.
I feel the same about lining my pans before I start everything, I line them right when I need to pour the batter in. But preheat and line away if you would like! You'll need a 9x9 baking pan. I line mine with butter and flour, it makes a perfect seal and you won't run into trouble when cutting the blondies. 

Firstly, cream the butter and sugar together. I highly recommend an electric mixer, or even a hand mixer, they just make your life so much easier when baking. Mix for about 2 minutes, until smooth. 

Add in the eggs and vanilla. I always find the best results when the eggs have come to room temperature, they mix in much more easily. 

Mix in the baking powder and salt. Gradually add the flour and mix until smooth. 

If you're like me, this is where I grease the pan. Pour about half the batter into your freshly greased pan - the batter is quite sticky so if you're using your hands to push it into the corners, you may want to coat them with oil or a cooking spray. 

Sprinkle, or in my case, pour the butterscotch chips onto the batter. Pour the sweetened condensed milk on top - the 1/2 cup is an estimate, I honestly eyeballed it until the mixture was covered. The more you add, the gooey-er it will be, so adjust accordingly. 

Add the remaining batter on top. Add more butterscotch chips if you desire. 

Bake for about 27-33 minutes, until the top is golden brown and no longer jiggly. Allow the blondies to cool completely before cutting. 

Snack of the Week!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day everyone! In honor of this day, our first Snack of the Week is a delicious corned beef! 

This recipe is great to keep the festivities going, and your hand with a nice cold beer! By using a slow cooker it takes all the guess work out of your meal and let's you enjoy those around you instead. 

 

There are are a couple different ways you can enjoy this piece of meat and I suggest playing around with it so you can get a feel for what you like best.  For this time, I added carrots to the bottom of my slow cooker - I'm using the Cuisinart 6 QT - so it would cover the bottom and then placed the brisket on top, fat side up. Add your spices - if you're using a pre-mixed spices, be weary because they can be quite salty - and enough water to almost cover the brisket. 

 

Here's where you can get creative, you can add extras at any point throughout the the cooking process, some suggestions are cabbage, potatoes, onions, leeks, parsnips, turnips, etc. It all depends on the flavor profile your going for.  

Once you have everything in, set the timer for 10 hours. For the first hour, set the temperature to high, thereafter turn down to low. Once the cooking time is done, take out the brisket and place under the broiler (at a low broil, if applicable) so the fat may render out until golden brown on top. 

If you don't have 10 hours to spare, the meat can be done in 5-6 hours on the high setting. Any leftovers will make a great corned beef hash too! 

Picture of the Week

Sometimes it's not a bad idea to stick your face where it doesn't belong. I haven't, and no one I know has, ever looked down the center of barbed wire. It casts a light on some new perspective that's important for looking at the rest of the world.

I was exploring one rainy night by Georgia State and stumbled upon this. I thought it was an interesting new way to look at my surroundings instead of the typical way that seems ordinary.

Picture of the Week

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One of my favorite things about photography, specifically photographing people, is when you capture a moment of raw emotion. A moment that pulls your heartstrings, that captivates you years, if not lifetimes after the image was taken. 

An example of such an experience was captured above when I tried to sneak into the kitchen and surprise my nephew. Not only was he aware of my “silent” approach, he was genuinely overjoyed to see me. 

He celebrated his third birthday this month; I couldn't believe it's been three years since he joined our clan. This image was taken over a year ago. Even after looking through the thousands of photos I have of him, this one still shakes me to the core knowing that I was the reason he was so happy and furthermore knowing that this moment in time can still pull on those heartstrings. 

The smiles and laughter that fuel his curiosity and excitement for life are truly contagious to all those around him. I hope this brings you as much warmth and happiness as he has brought me.

Snowzilla

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While I was out Friday night, I captured this shot of the light dusting that Atlanta got of Snowzilla, as it has been ever so kindly dubbed. I am not a fan of cold weather, I relish in the hot sweaty summers that Atlanta brings. I will however say that snow brings a magical element to the world and a beauty that is incomparable. 

Picture of the Week

I took Bella for a walk last week before going to bed. We walked through the park and the lighting was incredible; I didn't want to miss an opportunity to do some shooting so Bella and I quickly grabbed my camera and started exploring Piedmont Park. While Bella did lots of sniffing around, I captured the character of the evening. This one is one of my favorites from that night, I hope you enjoy! More to come soon. 

Picture of the Week

A client of mine decided to surprise their children with a puppy for Christmas this year. I was invited to capture the little one's expressions as the big reveal occurred. We devised a clever scheme and snuck the puppy in while the munchkins roared with glee!!

Gavin, the beautiful English Golden Retriever, is certainly one photogenic puppy!

Being a part of this was a magical experience and one of the highlights of my holiday season! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Picture of the Week

While exploring Sweet Water State Park, I stumbled on an abandoned Paper Mill that nature had started claiming as it's own. This is one of my favourite images and I love the small details that don't hit you when you first glance at the image, but you slowly notice the more and more you look at it. 

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While navigating my way through some abandoned buildings, I came across this lot full of abandoned cars. Some were in much worse condition than the others, hence the tittle of the piece; Bottles Make Holes.

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COMING SOON!!

We will soon be showcasing a Picture of the Week, Tip of the Week and Snack of the Week

Each post will be accompanied by a tutorial documenting the execution of each related topic.