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The Beach Session Album – A New Offering!

If you know me well, you know my heart is at the beach.  It’s unfortunate that we’re a bit landlocked here in North Texas, but I try to breathe in salt air and get sand between my toes at every opportunity!   To that end, I am THRILLED to say that I will soon be announcing dates for a limited number of beach sessions in Florida for December of 2011 and February of 2012.  If you will be there and are interested in a session, please let me know.

This new album is simply delicious!  It comes with a variety of cover options, including leather and, pictured here, photographic.  Its gorgeous, thick pages have a rich look and feel. Designed to lay flat as you reminisce, it’s a perfect way to remember your time at the beach.

And if you’re wondering…. YES!  These beautiful albums are available for my other sessions, as well.  Ask to see a sample – I think you’ll love it, too!

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Yes, I Cooked!!! A Little More Food Photography

My poor, hungry family has been longing for real food lately.  It seems our schedules take us in every possible direction, usually around dinnertime.  Because I am working on becoming svelte, cooking has not been on top of my list.  (Full disclosure:  I love to cook when I feel like cooking!  The rest of the time, dinner out or something quick and easy is always a very appealing option.)  Now, my family would never wish illness on anyone.  Especially out sweet German friend, Ursula.  But Ursula has been fighting a lot of battles since a kidney transplant several months ago.  She and her family can use your prayers – and to get them through, they’ve asked for a little help with meals.  So I volunteered, and bravely, they accepted!  My family were the mutual beneficiaries, and I think they’re now looking for more people I could make meal for.  At least that guarantees them something!

So yesterday was the day.  I decided to play Pioneer Woman and take photographs while I cooked.  I used to have a lot of respect for Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.  Now I have MOUNTAINS of respect for her!  It’s quite an art to cook, deal with the interruptions of life, remember where you were in a recipe, and take beautiful food “portraits,” all at the same time.  Some jobs, like working my Spätzlemachine, take two hands.  However does one hold a 5-lb camera AND make Spätzle at the same time?   There was flour everywhere…even a little on my camera.  Amazingly though, everything turned out pretty tasty!  And I don’t think I left out a single ingredient.

Started off with a salad.  I’m not too bad with salads, since I always try to keep wonderful  things like feta-stuffed olives, reduced balsamic vinegar (more inspiration from Ree!) and stravecchio on hand.  Those will make even the plainest bunch of green stuff taste wonderful!

The main course was a spice-rubbed, grilled pork tenderloin.  I’ve made this many times before, and could almost eat its wonderful mixture of spices plain.  Each time I make it, I know that the outer crust WILL burn due to the sugar content.  One time recently, it was positively black.  Imagine taking THAT to your mother-in-law as the Easter dinner offering….  But that quick sear of the sugar and spices holds in the wonderful juiciness!  Here’s the process.  Sorry, you don’t get play-by-play.  I can’t keep up with Ree.

See?  I told you it would turn black.  But it was delicious!

Then, I got brave enough to try Spätzle.  It’s probably about as smart as inviting an Italian to your house for lasagna.  (Ursula, if you read this, did I do okay?)  Normally, there are wonderful pan juices that make a gravy for the little noodles.  But my juices were either in the pork or in the grill.  The pork was pretty stingy, so the Spätzle were a little dry.  But I always enjoy making this Swabian specialty, squeezing the batter through the little holes in the chef-powered machine.  I don’t enjoy cleaning it quite as much, but have learned that a little non-stick spray goes a long way toward making this easier.  You can see that I didn’t win points for neatness in this endeavor:

And finally, dessert!  More berries!  This time, a Triple Berry Crisp.  Yum, YUM!  (I don’t think this helped on the quest for svelte!)  And sadly, I don’t have pictures of the finished dessert, as we had to fly out the door to make our delivery.  First, the delicious berry-ness:

The sugar reminded me of snow drifts around the berries.  At this point in Texas, it’s as close as we can get!

And here is the rest of the process.  The iPad is a necessity for cooking, by the way.  If not for recipes, then for music.  Usually both.  And you can check your facebook in between dishes.  So tell your significant other that if he/she wants good meals, an iPad would be an appropriate gift.

Ready for the oven…sooooo delicious!

And so ends my longest blog post ever.  Soon, it will be back to business as usual with people portraits!  I have some I’ve been waiting to share!   When (if?) the weather cools, it will be out of the air conditioning and into the wide world that is my studio.  If you’re thinking of booking a session for fall, please call me soon.  It fills up very quickly, and I want YOU to have your spot!

Blessings,

Debra

One comment on “Yes, I Cooked!!! A Little More Food Photography

  1. Deb, this is amazing! Now all I want to know is “What time is dinner?” Love your blog! Your photography is genius!

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A Joy of Summertime – Fine Art Photography

Just wanted to share some summertime joy today! Fresh, juicy blueberries that were the peak of perfection!

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Shout Out to a Favorite Artist – Justin Gaffrey

You know how some things just stick in your head, and it’s hard to forget them?  This morning, I was fondly reminiscing about an hour or so I spent perusing the studio/gallery of artist Justin Gaffrey on Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.  His enthusiasm for his art was obvious from the splatters of paint that covered nearly every inch of the studio.  And his work…oh, his work!  Rich impasto with the most amazing depth, created with palette knives and passion.  From Van Gogh-like sunflowers and landscapes to fabulous contemporary pieces, his paintings inspired me deeply.   I just had to share him with you today!

This great video about Justin was created by Sean Michael of www.longlonghoneymoon.com.  (Be sure to check out his RV travel blog and DVDs, too.  Travel and art in one blog post …does it get any better?)  Thank you both for allowing me to share your work.  Here’s to art…. AND to travel!

First, the video:

And to further whet your appetite…. here are a few of my shots of Gaffrey Art, beginning with the studio – a work of art itself!

And now you see why I’m inspired:

A closeup:

Now aren’t you ready for a visit, too?

Vincent would be so proud:

Justin’s website, since I know you’ll want to see more:  http://www.justingaffrey.com/

Sigh… looks like I’ve been bitten by wanderlust again.  If you can’t reach me over the next few days, you might just check the Florida Panhandle…

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A Couple Who Stands United – Together! Dallas Wedding Photography

Meet Melissa and Michael – one of the happiest and most gracious couples I’ve ever met!   We were all excitedly anticipating their outdoor wedding at the Swingin’ D Ranch, when just two evenings before their wedding, Michael rolled his ankle.  This was not to daunt him or his bride!  In spite of his best efforts to keep it elevated and iced (who could stay completely off it with so much to do in those last harried hours?) it didn’t look very pretty the night of the wedding.  They valiantly chose to enjoy every minute of the day, the ceremony and even a couple of dances.  Michael was aided by his custom wedding-color-crutches and of course, the arm of his radiant and graceful bride.  It seemed Melissa’s smile never left her lips.  She took it all in stride with the grace, poise, and sense of humor which so characterize her.   Michael and Melissa’s families and friends surrounded them and showered them with their love and best wishes. It was truly a magical evening.  Together, they stood strong and united on their first day as husband and wife.  And I’d say that’s a pretty great way to start a marriage!

3 comments on “A Couple Who Stands United – Together! Dallas Wedding Photography

  1. Beautiful! Artistic! Sensitive! Excellent! Made my heart rejoice all over again seeing this lovely images1 Thank you, Debra.

  2. So artistic and beautiful!! You just blessed my day by posting these!! Thank you!

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