It was six weeks of what felt like 5 months of labor, but it is finally ready to be enjoyed by all! I had an absolute blast working with Jenny Keller of Jenny Cookies photographing her amazing creations for her new book. I have to say, I am a terrible baker. There’s just not much forgiveness in the measuring and that’s a tough one for me. That said, I have tackled quite a few of Jenny’s delicious recipes with sweet success (yes, that was intentional!) She shares her recipes, her how-to’s and personal insights with humor and transparency that makes it a delight to read. Did I mention how lovely the book is?! It’s so very pretty. Pretty like sparkling dew drops in the sun. Pretty like the perfect Mother’s Day gift! In light of my super happy heart and giddiness over seeing my photos printed in such a beautiful book, I feel the need to give a copy away. One lucky reader will receive a copy of Eat More Dessert so you can began creating masterpieces in your own kitchen. Ready to learn how? It’s as easy as Jenny’s cake pop recipe. Two steps: leave a comment (by clicking on the ‘comment’ link at the top) and sharing your favorite thing to bake & head over to ‘like’ KCB photography on Facebook. Easy, right? Now get going! Contest ends 4/19. Winner announced 4/21. Can’t wait til Monday? Not to worry, just head on over to Amazon and order your copy today!
Yes, this is blatant bragging. Don’t be surprised if it’s highlighted with sparkly glitter and smiley faces in my copy.
I just had to include a few of my favorite images from the shooting. It really was so much fun! Not to mention all those yummy desserts that had to be eaten after every shoot. Oh, the perils of the job.
I have set a goal for my kids. By summer’s end Landon & Addison will be ready and enthusiastic (because attitude counts!) about summiting Mt Pilchuck with me. I’ve always enjoyed hiking and have decided that they have finally reached the ages to tackle the dream alongside me. We started our super fun outdoor training over spring break taking on Mt. Erie, Ice Caves (a bit premature for the season), and Peshastin Pinnacles. I am so proud of them and their tenacity. I’m pretty sure they are completely done with mom’s catch phrases, triggered by any form of discontent, and so climb upward with smiles on their faces to humor me. Who knows, maybe they’ll come to love it as much as I do. If I look hard enough, I think I might see Rainier in our future… Unfortunately I didn’t bring a camera to Mt. Erie. Epic fail, I know. Just means we have to do it again. Ice Caves with the Duncs was quite the adventure. Turns out, the trail isn’t exactly ready for adventures. At least not adventurers in tennis shoes & shorts. We didn’t let a little (or a lot) of snow & wet feet stand in the way of fun. Road trip to Leavenworth! There is something pretty special about watching your kids play with your childhood friend’s kids. Next generation and all that. I’ve been friends with Carrie since friendship bracelets and New Kids on the Block singing about The Right Stuff.
There is a certain level of idyllic wonder that is found in a snow covered mountain lodge wedding. Your guests brave snow packed roads to travel many miles. As they enter, your friends and family are met with a glass of wine as they shed layers of hats, coats, and mittens while stomping off boots. They have arrived at a secluded getaway that is both romantic and charming. Snow is gently falling and the afternoon and evening hold the promise of a beautiful wedding followed by a celebration of two people who have met their match. Amazing.
Brittany & Casey’s wedding at Pine River Ranch in Leavenworth was truly a wonderland. These two are completely smitten with one another and watching them revel in their day was such a delight. So much laughter and fun, especially highlighted when the giant snow plop fell out of the tree onto Brittany’s head or the spontaneous snowball fight (between none other than the bride and groom!) Thank you to Jennifer Apps Photography for allowing me to enjoy the day shooting with you.
Birthdays are celebrated in a myriad of ways. Some people want to hide or keep quiet in hopes they can skip this annual inevitable jump to another year, while others enjoy the full band-grand banner waving-balloon flying joyous celebration. I’m a much bigger fan of the latter. The Mesnick’s definitely chose to embrace the merriment for Riley’s 1st birthday celebration. In the company of friends and family they delighted in their sweetly grinning one year old.
Delicious and unique food catered by Blue Ribbon, a simply incredible ice cream dessert table by the amazing Jenny Cookies and you have a recipe for a fantastic party. It was such a treat to capture and enjoy this family. The cake smash was filled with the parental enthusiasm and lackluster interest by the birthday girl herself. Riley finally did realize the golden opportunity presented to her but it is such fun watching the revelation happen. Photo Booth pictures allowed guests to take a walk on the goofy side and strike a pose with some creative props.
Overall it was truly a successful afternoon filled with love & birthday wishes.
This little guy has done some serious growing in the year I have been photographing him. And by growing I most definitely mean in both body and personality. He is a riot! He can go from happy to sad to happy at the speed of a hummingbird wing. It’s a talent, that if harnessed correctly, could really be the driving force behind his dramatic career. Loves to you my little man.
Sometimes my kids are semi-willing participants in my games. I was working on controlling directional light and Addison was nice enough to give me 5 minutes of her time. I do love this kid and her many silly faces. Working to emulate the timeless National Geographic photo has made me realize the opportunity I have to teach my children thru photographs. The gift of awareness for the world outside our door. Today she learned about an Afghan refugee.
A new Baby Bowie has joined the ranks, which is most excellent since mine kiddos no longer qualify. Baby Lux is simply adorable and I’m not biased. Really. I’m pretty sure her shock of thick blond hair would quickly convince even the most skeptical. I am in love with the tiny toes, big baby yawns & a total disregard for my desire for sweet sleeping photos. Loves to you my sweet girl and huge hugs to your mom & dad.
Every year I decide this is the year we’ll forgo the party and just keep it low key. And every year about a week before the birthday train comes around I cave and start the frantic planning. Some lessons are just tragically harder to learn than others. I did try to convince Addison that a fun pool party or girls-day-out pedicure party would be the most fun EVER! She wasn’t convinced. All she wanted for her birthday was a Frozen party with her friends at our home. Clearly she isn’t aware that Disney is holding all Frozen paraphernalia hostage until the release of the DVD in March. Terrific. Now I get to plan a themed party with no help at all from the party aisle. My uber talented mother stepped up to the plate in a big giant Fairy Godmother way and made her an Elsa dress since there was not one to be found. Since it is absolutely fabulous and not scratchy in the least, Addison won the golden ticket with that costume and I’m confidant she’ll wear it til it’s a rag. Did I mention my sweet, fickle, newly six year old doesn’t actually like the movie Frozen? It’s all about the dramatic songs and YouTube clips. The fact that Prince Hans turns bad was just too much for her happily ever heart to handle. I hear ya peanut little. I hear ya. In the end it was a super fun day and I’m glad we made it happen. Huge shout out to Jenny of Jenny Cookies for the delightfully themed cookies & cupcakes, PagingSuperMom for their crafty Etsy Frozen downloads, Jennifer Brown for the creative Olaf bean bag toss and everyone else who made set up and party a breeze. You know who you happy helpers are! Only 363 days til we do it again…
We had about 5 minutes of snow the day before the party so we ran out and tried to embrace the theme. I’m not gonna lie, it was with a loving determined heart that I forced her to participate.
It’s a proven face, no party is complete without a little dance party.
Pay no attention to the ginormous flame licking up the top of the cupcake. Take two was much more successful without the cake topper.
Party guests enjoying their party favors. How cute are kids in scarves?
There are so many ways to celebrate and marvel at the love in our lives. This year I made rainbow too many rubberband bracelets, bought small valentine bags of fish crackers, searched unsuccessfully for a Seattle Times Superbowl paper, spent a delightful dinner out with my husband & friends (slightly pre-Valentine’s Day) and traveled to Leavenworth with one of my all time best friends. Pretty terrific if I do say so myself. Another love relationship to be treasured, admired and simply enjoyed? A brand new baby in the arms of loving parents. Only one for today, but the love is palpable. Happy Valentines Day!