Cooper is a busy guy. He was almost too busy for senior pictures, but mom made sure we nailed down a date and I'm so glad she did. It was hard to go wrong with such a good-lookin fella. He'll be headed to College Station in the fall and I'm certain a good Aggie he will make.
Shawn has been a busy bee trying to get her summer line ready. It's complete and the fabrics are so adorable. We met up a few weeks ago to photograph her summer stuff that is up and ready to be snatched up on her etsy shop. Check out her etsy and her blog!
P.S. I'm about to close my May calendar. Here are the slots I have left:
Is it just me or do seniors these days have a sharp sense of style? Cortney certainly has a style of her own and it is so much fun to photograph. I met Cortney and mom downtown for this shoot. The weather was so nice and the setting was modern and traditional all in one. We had a few giggles at the suspect lurkers that hung around to get a look at what we were doing, but we managed to have a lovely shoot regardless. Thank you, Ladies, for a fun afternoon!
Dalton has an impressive plan for his future. He'll be going to school in Oklahoma and will be joining a livestock judging team and get to travel all over. Impressive, eh? All I knew when I was a senior was that I was going to A&M and I desperately needed my bath towels to match my bedspread.
I met Dalton and mom in Liberty, TX to shoot some pictures of Dalton that would suit him. I think the location was right up his alley. And though he is all grown up, mom was not far behind us admiring the baby she raised into a fine young man. I think I'll keep my son in kindergarten for just a few more years...
I've received some emails and phone calls regarding appointments for shoots. I do have a few appts. left for the month of May. However, my son was diagnosed with mono this week so I'm finishing up client work for this week and will respond to emails on Monday provided he shows improvement. If it becomes apparent that he will be well in the near future I will certainly be opening up those appts within the next week or so and will get in contact with you ASAP. Thank you for your patience.
Marissa and her parents made a day trip from Longview, TX for her Senior shoot and I promised to have her blog post this week. I couldn't disappoint her after a long trip to see me!
Little Gus concludes the mini sessions at the Victorian house, which incidentally is open for business on Friday. The first time I photograph a child it takes a while to get them to warm up to me. BUT, by the 3rd or 4th time I photograph them they are hugging me and we are suddenly on a first name basis the instant our eyes meet. Such was the case with Gus. He was completely uninterested in me and my shenanigans the first time we met in November of 2008, but he was practically in my hip pocket this go-round. Happy Birthday, Andi!
They're cousins, but I have a feeling that these two cuties will grow up more like sisters. Emma is definitely the leader and had no problem with stealing all of the attention. Ella is so laid back and so content to watch her older cousin in action. I can't wait to hear stories about the things they get into together when they're older. I am sure my Natalie won't be too far behind. Enjoy these darlings in their bright and sassy dresses.
I know many of you have asked and I'm happy to tell you that he gift shop will be opening this Friday. The new owners have worked hard giving the house a makeover and it looks wonderful. Don't forget to stop by and have a look for yourself!
This week I'll be concluding the last of the mini shoots. Alice came to see me a few days ago and her cuteness starts at the tippy top of her wispy ponytail and goes all the way down to her pink flippies. She never gets old.
For reasons unbeknownst to me, this meal makes me want to use adjective phrases like bomb-diggity or off the chain. I'll spare you the lingo and do my best to use adjectives appropriate for a person my age. But let it be known that 'bomb-diggity' is scrolling through my head like a CNN ticker at the thought of this meal.
Meet Julie and her massive chalkboard:
Julie, kindly agreed to make for me the fish tacos I've been asking her about for so long.
There are really several recipes that make up this meal so I'll break it down and start with Julie's easy guacamole. My husband would prefer to have a hot stick in the eye than taste a raw onion in anything he eats so this smooth guacamole would suit him fine.
There are few ingredients, but the seasoning packet is so full of flavor (bought at HEB).
Just mix all of the above ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to serve with chips alongside your fish tacos.
Next, Julie made for me her AWESOME fish sauce. You'll need a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, a small tub of sour cream, and a lime. Empty the sour cream in a bowl. Dice up 2 chipotle peppers (more if you like it extra spicy) and add them to the sour cream and mix.
Julie likes to use her spoon to strain out some of the adobo sauce and add it to the mixture.
Squeeze in a lime, mix, cover and set aside.
Next you'll want to chop up your toppings. Cilantro and cabbage are perfect for fish tacos. Have on hand your favorite hot sauce.
Next you'll prepare the fish. For this recipe Julie used tilapia.
Spray a baking sheet with Pam and lay your fish on top.
Coarse chop some fresh parsley.
To season the fish you'll do the following on both sides of the fillets.
1. pour olive oil over each fillet and rub it in.
2. season with salt and pepper
Then, top with parsley, lemon juice, and a pat of butter.
You will bake your fish in the oven at 375 for 8-10 minutes or until white and flaky.
Julie also fixed shrimp. I can really appreciate the way the shrimp and fish are prepared so simply. The trimmings are so flavorful that there is no need to go overboard when seasoning the seafood.
For the shrimp, Julie rinses the peeled and deveined shrimp, prepares a skillet with olive oil and butter and gets it good and hot. In the pan she seasons with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. You'll sautee the shrimp until they're pink and no longer translucent.
When the fish and shrimp were ready she brought it all to the table so that we could build our own tacos. I have to tell you about the corn tortillas she bought at HEB. They are the closest thing I've tasted to homemade. They were delicious and thick.
We made our tacos complete with Julie's special chipotle sauce and on the side had a heapin' helpin' of guacamole and tortilla chips. My mouth is still watering.
I happen to know these little ones personally and they are always dressed so cute in their matching outfits. Their momma is just as adorable and if you know her you know what I mean. The girls were ready for pictures and ready to have fun for the camera. It's so cute when little girls come out of their shells for the camera. I love it. This first one I love with its muted colors and Pressley's hair blowing in the wind.