Signature Storybook Session: family dinner in CT

 

 

 

I love photographing Signature Storybook Sessions. It’s an honor to photograph in someone’s home.

For many families the idea of family pictures is daunting. Somewhere along the line a horrible ideas spread…. If you’ve ever had a stressful portrait session you know them. Everyone has to look perfect, be dressed in identical outfits and be still and happy and the photographer will most likely be shouting to smile. When I opened my studio, I set out to break that mold. Our Signature Storybook sessions are designed to capture images that are relaxed, natural, authentic and narrative. I encourage my clients to be themselves. Often my clients choose to have their session in their own homes. It’s a wonderful opportunity to document daily life, the objects that create your environment and the space you call home.

The beauty of a Signature Storybook Session is that life doesn’t have to stop for photos. Quite the opposite! The family I’m sharing today is so much fun! It’s a house of smart quirky folks who know how to enjoy little things. Little A was just about to celebrate his first birthday when we photographed at the house. As you will see, he is going to be a voracious reader and has a big personality. Kate is a great cook. Dinner is an event when you have a curious almost-toddler. There’s this wonderful dance of kid + cooking that happens. This family does it well and this little guy might just be the next James Beard! Take a peak at the image of Gary and his son at the piano. It was a moment of kid-distraction while Kate was finishing dinner. So perfect. So relaxed. So very them.

 

Those simple interactions are the stuff of great memories.

 

There are so many possibilities for Signature Storybook Sessions. Here are just a few ideas…  A visit from a favorite relative. A newborn session. Tubby time when you are small enough that your bath tub is the kitchen sink. Pancakes!  A day when everyone is home at the same time! Go on a picnic and play on the swings. Play in the back yard. Go apple picking. Family dinner.  Making a special family recipe. An anniversary session… grown ups deserve great photos too! Go on an ice cream adventure with Grandpa. What fun idea will you come up with for your Signature Storybook Session?

 

 

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Grandpa George’s Irish Soda Bread

 

Every Saint Patrick’s Day my Grandpa George made his signature Irish Soda Bread. It was simply a magical event. Simple ingredients, mixed and molded with care, would transform into the most wonderful bread. The house would be filled with the sweet scent of his bread. As soon as I could stand on a chair next to him at the counter, I got to help. When I was away at school, packages of carefully wrapped bread would arrive at the campus post office. I love to bake and I tried to change the recipe… There were the whole grain attempts, swapping out honey for sugar, and an ill fated yogurt addition. Over the years I learned to make soda bread just like Grandpa and learned that some things are perfect as they are. There are a few important things about making Grandpa’s bread.  Measurements are a suggestion. Be patient and let the buttermilk, egg and baking soda do their bubbly thing is essential. You must cut the bread before baking as he would say “to let the devil out”.  Despite his recipe title, you must not add caraway seeds. Sticky is good. You must have fun. The bread will know… And share!

When Celeste and I got married we gave each of our guests a copy of this recipe and our recipe for Fig Challah. Something Old… Something New. Here are a few photos of this year’s bread and Grandpa’s recipe in his own hand.  Enjoy!
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Happy Valentine’s Day! : A Very Julia Child Wedding Shower Brunch

Take a peek at this very Julia Child themed wedding shower brunch! Now I must say, we are one very lucky couple. Our family knows us well and they threw us this fabulous party! We are foodies who love bright colors, Paul and Julia Child’s love story, and all our quirky lovely people. They came up with so many wonderful ideas and in the colors we love. Heart shaped cookie cutter garlands! Wooden spoon gifts for guests… in Great Grandma Lizzy Flynn’s McCoy mixing bowl filled with red lentils! (I’m not so sure how she would feel about red lentils… a staple around here…but oh my the wonderful things that have been made in that bowl!)  Heart shaped liner cookies! All of those lovely flowers came from the good folks at Floribunda . Dave and Donna are amazingly talented. Working with them is great fun! (We loved what they came up with for our wedding!) Celeste and I were showed with the love, talent and generosity of amazing friends and family. Enjoy or maybe more fitting…Bon Appetit!

“The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person… you know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.”        – Julia Child

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