Tuesday, 30 October 2012

SNEAK PEAK :: CHERNECKI FAMILY

A quick little sneak peak of the Chernecki Family. We met up this past weekend for a few quick and chilly photos in the exchange before heading on over to the toasty warm studio. It was great to meet the rest of the family and see how much Drake (the youngest boy) had changed since our session in the summer.  Enjoy and be sure to check back to see the studio photos later this week!




Sunday, 7 October 2012

HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND :: GIFTS MADE WITH LOVE

Wishing all my friends, family, and clients a cozy, relaxing & Happy Thanksgiving spent with the ones you love! 






I thought i'd take a moment to quickly share a shot of my  DIY craft & recipe gift that I made for my in-laws this Thanksgiving weekend. Everyone knows I am a terrible baker, so I try to bring the next best thing that I can't go wrong with.

If you LOVE a good soothing hot beverage, this BLUEBERRY TEA recipe is absolutely the most perfect drink to cozy up with on a cold fall or winter evening. Since the day I first discovered it, it has been my go to drink and my home is always in a constant supply of the few simple ingredients it takes. As you can see, I love sharing this recipe with everyone cause why not spread a good thing - right?!

It truly makes a great little gift to bring to parties which is always best served later in the evening while chatting with friends, playing games, or even accompanied with dessert.

As for the presentation, I prettied up a mason jar (a small round one would have been cute too) with just a few of the many crafty items I had laying around the house including lace, twine, and of course one of this beverages key ingredients, a cinnamon sticks. I also whipped up a cute little label card that fit perfectly under the lid and viola!



So now for the good part, the actual goodness in the mason Jar you may be wondering about. 

BLUEBERRY TEA RECIPE

6 Oz. Amoretto or Disoronno Liquor
6 Oz. Grand Marnier Liquor
2 - 3 Cinnamon Sticks 
1 Lrg Orange Slice or Peel 

Fresh Brewed Pot of Orange Pekoe or Earl Grey Tea

The above recipe is what is shown in my DIY gift and yields roughly 6-8 cups of delicious BLUEBERRY TEA for a small group. The mixture can sit a couple hours which will infuse the liquours with a slight orange and cinnamon hint.  It is usually served nicest in an irish mug or a brandy snifter with a sugared rim and garnished with a cinnamon stick and orange slice. The combination of the two liquors (cherry & orange flavour) pair beautifully with my personal favourite a fresh brewed pot of Earl Grey tea for a delicious aroma and taste of blueberry. You can also use Orange Pekoe tea if that tickles your fancy. For single serving for yourself at home the ratio is 3/4 oz. for each liquor or to taste really if you like your drinks stronger or weaker. 

Anyways, it is sure to be a hit especially when presented so prettily, hope you all enjoy and have a happy thanksgiving weekend! 

Saturday, 6 October 2012

MEET :: NALA

A friend and co-worker of mine was recently surprised when his mom showed up with a new addition to their family. Knowing how much I LOVE puppies, and how much his mom would appreciate some shots of their sweet little Nala, he didn't hesitate to call .

At only 8 weeks old, this beautiful German Shepard Lab Cross has energy for days that will certainly be keeping everyone on their toes, especially her new sister Meela a Toy Poodle and Yorkie cross. Poor Meela is still adjusting to her new overly energetic friend. She nervously stares at Nala from the couch unimpressed with her unpredictable puppy antics. Given time, I think Meela will come around and they'll be good little chums.

I made sure to give sweet little Meela lots of extra scratches and attention just in case she was feeling a little left out for attention. Anyways, hope you enjoy the cuteness of puppy Nala below!





Good luck with the puppy and potty training, i'll be looking very forward to some puppy play dates!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

FAMILIA FUN:: MEET THE MOREIRA'S

Meet my awesome and good looking to boot familia, the Moreira's!

We decided to embrace the last few weeks left of this amazing fall weather and schedule an afternoon family shoot at the park. It was a tad nippy and blustery, but I think we managed to get some cute shots of everyone together.  I especially loved the shots of my uncle and aunty just being candid and silly with each other!

I definitely hope to use them again sometime in the near future as my models ;) Hope you enjoy!