Yesterday I took some family pictures for a friend Katy from highschool. I am the first to admit, I'm not a "professional" photographer but what really makes you one? Sure the website and obviously the clients you get but I just love taking pictures. It all started when I had Presley and I know several other friends that really got into it after they had a baby. I know that professional photogs charge a lot and also don't usually give you the CD of all of your images after the session. This is the main reason I started taking pictures when P was born. I didn't want to pay an extra $300 for all my images! Don't get me wrong, they are amazing at what they do and that's how they get their business but maybe I will do it for fun if people ask and charge like $50 and give the cd with all the images. It's not like I'm trying to do weddings or be a full-time photographer. I do know that I have SO many ideas for pictures of P and I know other moms out there would love them just as much! I have ideas brewing as we speak :) Here's a few of my favorite images I captured yesterday!
So there ya have it. My first official "photo shoot" other than Presley of course :)
Wow, it's been FOREVER since I did a post. I always say I will get better at updating on a regular basis, so this time if I don't say that, maybe it will happen. I'm VERY excited because it's officially my favorite time of year (even though I started decorating several weeks ago)!!!!!! I love everything about Christmas. The reason for the season, the glitter, the lights, the garland, the smell of all my candles burning, I just love it all! This year we moved and thankfully have a lot more space and room for our big Christmas Tree! We decorated it in red, purple and a hint of pink. At first, Shane was skeptical, BUT I proved him wrong which in his book never happens, lol. Here's a few pics :)
I also saw these painting of Santa about a month ago and the problem was the painter wanted $100 for a painting. I thought hmmmmmmm, I can do that and voila! I took a picture of it and spent $7 total. I'm not a freelance painter but if I have a picture, I think I can paint okay :) You can't really tell in the picture but its silver with a light purple glitter layer on top. It's really pretty in person! I can do red, green and any other color really but I wanted it to go with my purple and silver Christmas decor.
I also made a Cream Cheese Pound Cake on Thanksgiving that was yummy! It's super easy here's the recipe:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened at room temp
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened at room temp
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
PreparationBeat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy (do not over beat);
gradually add sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until combined. Crack eggs into a bowl first before adding to the mixture to make sure you avoid shells in the cake mix. Sift 3 cups of flour. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition and stir in Vanilla.
Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch Bundt pan. Bake at 300° for 1 hour and 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and let cool completely on wire rack. My pound cake had a crazy crusty layer on the bottom that I just peeled off. It was like candy, it was so sweet and crunchy but it wasn't pretty so I just threw it away.