I had a wonderful mentoring session last week with a wonderful photographer who I have seen grow tremendously over the years. She confessed to me that she is self taught besides the two mentoring session she has had with me. I am so honored that she chose me to learn from. Here is her website: Heather Rose Photography Thank you Heather for spending the evening with me-I had a lot of fun and look forward to hearing how things went with the things we talked about!

If you are interested in a mentoring session, let me know, I love working with other photographers! (My availability is limited, I offer them during my off season times only.)

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IMG_4724On a visit to Monterey, CA last year, Trent and I discovered a delicious treat from a beautiful, tiny french bakery; Cannelés. I’ve been buying them from any french bakery I can find here in the Twin Cities…nothing compares to the ones we had in Monterey. I decided to take matters into my own hands and make them myself. My first attempt at Cannelés was pretty good they tasted almost perfect, I made some adjustments (added more sugar and extract) and I think I’ve nailed it! These little buggers are so good! Crunchy on the outside and custardy in the middle. They disappear fast, they are perfect for breakfast or a dessert with some espresso.

Ingredients:

1 c. milk
2 T. butter
1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. plus 2 T. sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. rum extract

Directions:
Bring the milk and butter to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir the flour and sugar together in a small mixing bowl. Mix the egg and yolk into the flour mixture. Slowly add the milk to the batter, stirring until smooth. Add vanilla and rum extracts. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Pour batter into mini Cannelé mold, filling each only 1/2 full (batter will puff up quite a bit). Bake Cannelés 15 minutes. Reduce oven temp. to 350 degrees F. Continue baking 45 minutes. The cakes are meant to be quite dark on the outside. Unmold cakes and cool before serving.

Enjoy!

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It’s such an honor to have another feature in the Knot Spring/Summer 2016 magazine! Liz Hauge & Mike Hauge’s wedding was truly stunning+ they deserve to have their hard work of their beautiful wedding featured in such a gorgeous magazine!:) I’m actually in this issue 3 times, once for this beautiful story of Liz & Mike’s wedding, also a story about Barn venues with my photographs, and I’m on the list as mentioned on the cover as one of the best Minnesota wedding photographers.IMG_4275
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I just returned from a wonderful visit with my son and his family in Austin, Texas. My son works there as a video game 3-d artist (I know, every young man’s dream right?) I like to visit them as often as I can so I can spend as much time as possible with them. My grandson is 5 and my granddaughter is 6 months-aren’t they the cutest?! Of course we had to do an updated family portrait while I was there, especially since the weather was so nice! Austin is such a great city and my son and his wife have so many wonderful friends there. If you live in the Austin or Dallas area and would like to have me photograph you and your significant other, family, or do a Photography Class/Demo, please let me know-I am happy to come down for a visit anytime! And yes-I’m a dog NUT, so I will photograph your pet as well!
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IMG_2139Being the mom of an LGBTQ adult child and an executive board member of our local PFLAG chapter has provided me with so much inspiration and also some clear insight into LGBTQ issues. With many of my photographer friends being aware of this, some of them ask me for advice on how to properly support same sex couples who are planning their wedding day. A wonderful friend of mine Melissa Hesse (who is also a very talented photographer) wrote a very good article that was published in Lavender Magazine: Link to her article

Having a good understanding of language, pronouns, and using gender neutral business forms is a good start.

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I’m happy to answer any questions to any photographers looking for advice, feel free to shoot me an email through the contact page of the website.

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