Isabelle and Ben | Edmonton Engagement Photographer

 

It was so wonderful to spend an amazing Sunday morning with these two! We started off at Nellie McClung Park…where their first date was! It’s a spot that over looks Edmonton and it was a great place to start off. Then we went over to U of A and explored many of the buildings there. We went into the observatory building, where they slow danced under the planets….yup and I got to capture it! We explored the U of A Arts Building, which is very pretty on the outside. As we walked around, they told me stories of when they were both attending the U of A. It was great getting to know them more.

We ended our day at Hawrelak Park which is on the river gallery and covered with very pretty tress.

 

 

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Sweet Macaroons

OH MY GOSH! I love Macaroons! I’ve been wanting to photograph them for a long time. I had to find the perfect place to buy them from. Macaroons come in so many colours and flavours. There are so many different ways to photograph these. These cute little desserts are perfect for a wedding, bridal shower, baby shower…. or just that Saturday night at home watching a movie. I picked theses up at Duchess Bake Shop in Edmonton.

 

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So many lovely colors!!

 

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Rose, Pistachio, Chocolate, Coconut,  and Lemon Macaroons!

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Definitely pick some of these lovely Macaroons if you get a chance! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Rosemary Pretzels and Recipe

Rosemary Sea Salt PretzelI saw this recipe for rosemary sea salt pretzels on Pinterest and had to try it! The last time I made pretzels was in my foods class in high school. I never thought to put rosemary in pretzels but I figured why not?  So I tried to make the dough and failed the first time trying haha. I originally went off a recipe I found on Pinterest and then I tweaked it a bit. To see the original recipe visit:

http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/rosemary-sea-salt-pretzels-with-rosemary-cheddar-cheese-sauce/#_a5y_p=1034216

Here is how I made the pretzels:

Ingredients:

For the pretzels:

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
90mls (6 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary (how ever much you prefer. I put 1 tablespoon in)
Canola or vegetable oil, to grease bowl
2/3 cups baking soda
1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
Coarse sea salt

Directions:

1. To make the pretzel dough: In the Stand Mixer bowl, put the brown sugar, warm water and the the yeast Let sit for 5 minutes. The yeast should double in size.

2. Slowly add the flour into the mixture in low speed. About halfway through adding the flour, add the butter,  salt and rosemary to the mixture and mix until combined. Increase the speed to medium and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and begins to pull away from the side of the bowl, about 3 to 4 minutes. If the dough appears too wet, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. Once combined, remove the dough from the bowl and knead into a ball with your hands.

3. Coat a large bowl with canola or vegetable oil, add the dough and turn to coat with the oil. Cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until the dough doubles in size. This will take about 1 hour. After it rises, you can cover the bowl and put in the fridge overnight.

4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

5. Remove the dough from the bowl and place on a flat surface. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a long rope. To shape into pretzels, create a U shape with the ends facing down. Take the right side and cross over to the left. Cross right to left again and flip up.

6. Slowly add the baking soda to the boiling water. Please be careful when adding the baking soda. I added to much at one time and the water boiled over onto the stove (it’s a mess) Boil the pretzels in the water solution, for 30 seconds, splashing the tops with the warmed water using a spoon. You can two at a time if you want as well.  Remove with a large flat slotted spoon. Place 4 pretzels on each baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg wash and season liberally with coarse sea salt. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until pretzels are golden brown.

6. Remove pretzels from oven and let cool on a wire baking rack.

7. Now eat and enjoy!

Sea Salt Pretzels

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If you want to try Sesame Pretzels, then check out the recipe below!

http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2011/08/soft-sesame-seed-pretzels-cooking-with-kids.html

Let me know how they turn out when you make them! Hope everyone has an amazing weekend!

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Wedding Rings: My Favourite Shots And The How To

One of my favourite things to shoot is the details of the weddings. I love being able to capture the jewellery, the flowers, the rings(obviously) and all those special details. I always shoot the details of the day with my macro lens. I have a Nikon 105mm 2.8 lens. It allows me to get super close to the object i’m shooting! You can still do really great detail shots without a macro as well. For example, the Nikon 50mm 1.4 lens is another one of my favourite  go to lenses, but you have to be at least a foot and a half away from your subject to focus.  Usually that’s plenty of space, but when you’re shooting something so small, you want to get in close and show of the details of what your shooting.  Macro lenses are specifically designed to shoot at close range.

 

ERINSWEETPHOTOGRAPHY Ring PhotoI usually do limited editing on my detail shots. The main thing I do for rings is desaturate the diamond and then add some brightness. I find there is always some colour reflecting in the diamond from what ever is in the background. Here are a few more of favourite shots I’ve taken!

 

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I Hope you enjoyed today’s post!! Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays!

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Araya | Edmonton Newborn Photographer

Araya was born on November 30 and was 8 pounds 2 ounces. She is the such an adorable baby! I absolutely love her faces she makes. During the shoot she was either smiling or sleeping…it could not have gone any better!

Check out her adorable photos below! Congrats again to Kaila and Daniel!!

 

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I love her face in the one on the right. She looks so happy!!

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Sarah Krysa - Absolutely precious! These pictures are perfect! <3

Roseann - Well done Erin! These are marvellous!

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