Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Runion Wedding

Here are more images from the sunrise elopement. Enjoy!

Blumer/Kay Family Highlights

Such a beautiful family. It's so easy to see the love they have for each other.

There's something so special about being a photographer—I get to pull the rawest emotions from people and document it for them.
Truly one of the coolest things ever.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Angel Food Cake

I made this for my mom's birthday. I'm usually too lazy to make cakes from scratch, but she asked for this recipe and since I love her....of course I made it. =) Credit to Southern Living.

12 egg whites
1 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sifted cake flour
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat egg whites (at room temp.) until foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt; beat until soft peaks form. Add sugar, 2 tbsp. at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Sprinkle flour over egg white mixture, 1/4 c. at a time; fold in carefully. Fold in vanilla.
Pour batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan, spreading evenly. Bake at 375 F for 30-35 min. or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert pan; cool 40 min. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula; remove from pan.

*for Chocolate Angel Food Cake, sift 1/4 c. cocoa with flour.

Chocolatey Raspberry Crumb Bars

This recipe is certainly not the most healthy thing I've ever baked....but they were pretty good. Very rich. Enjoy.

1 c. (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2 c. flour
1/2 c. packed light brown sugra
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. (12 oz.) semi-sweet choc. morsels, divided
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c. chopped nuts (optional) (note: I hate nuts in my desserts, so I did not include them in my bars)
1/3 c. seedless raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 13x9 inch baking pan.

Beat butter in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in flour, sugar, and salt until crumbly. With floured fingers, press 1 3/4 c. crumb mixture onto bottom of prepared baking pan; reserve remaining mixture.

Bake for 10-12 min. or until edges are golden brown.

Microwave 1 c. morsels and sweetened condensed milk in uncovered microwave-safe bowl on high for 1 min. Stir. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10-15 second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted. Spread over hot crust.

Stir nuts into reserved crumb mixture; sprinkle over chocolate layer. Drop teaspoonfuls of jam over crumb mixture. Sprinkle with remaining morsels.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Crowley Wedding Highlights

Ethan and Emily are such a beautiful couple with a beautiful story; their wedding fully reflected that. It's impossible not to notice the love they have for each other. I'm lucky that they picked me to document this day for them.

Sunday, August 7, 2011


One of my top ten favorite mornings ever. I got to photograph the elopement of my dear friend, Lauren Ridley, to Joshua Runion.

I met her at 6:15 in the morning before the sun had risen but by the time we got downtown, it was getting brighter. At 7:00, the minister and I went to the center of Liberty Bridge. Joshua came from one side and Lauren from the other and met us in the middle. It was easily one of the most beautiful and (extremely) personal marriages I've ever seen. Their love is so beautiful and powerful.

Thank you Lauren and Joshua for letting me be a small part (25% haha) of the best day of your lives. Love you lots.

Just some highlights of the day. I'll be posting more later. Enjoy.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cheese Bread

I've never done a food post before, but cooking is definitely an art form. Homemade bread is not something I've done before (not counting bread machine+bread mix here) so this was fun. The recipe was actually in a dessert cookbook

so it wasn't difficult and it didn't have to take time to rise or anything like that.
Simple. Easy. Yummy. Here's the recipe if you want to try it. Enjoy!

Savory Cheese Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/2 teaspoon oregano, crushed
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted

In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, onion salt, oregano, dry mustard and cheese. In a separate bowl, combine milk, egg and melted butter; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened. Spread batter in greased 8x4 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes on wire rack. Remove from pan. Makes 16 slices.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pottery Show

My friends/classmates, Brittany and Ruth had their senior art show this past weekend. Here are some highlights from all their lovely pieces.