Friday, June 24, 2011

Hot Pepper Jam {Food Session}

The recipe for hot pepper jam, as I've had quite a few people ask for this! And some pics to accompany the recipe. I made two batches of this today, one red and one green. I used green peppers and hot green peppers (hotter than jalapenos) and then red peppers and hot red peppers (also, mega hot!) If using fresh peppers, you would want to remove the seeds first, as the seeds add even more heat. I was given my peppers from my sister who chopped them up last year and then froze them, seeds intact. So my version is really hot! Also, for my red pepper version I used apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar. But I'm sure either would work. Enjoy!

Hot Pepper Jam:
2 1/2 c. green peppers (i actually had 1 c green and 1 1/2 c hot green peppers)
1 1/2 c. white vinegar
7 1/2 c. sugar
few drops of green food coloring

remove seeds and finely chop your peppers. mix peppers, vinegar, sugar and food coloring over heat and bring to boil. boil for 6 minutes.

1 - 6 oz packet liquid certo

add certo and continue boiling for 3 more minutes. remove from heat and continue stirring an additional 4 minutes. pour into freezer safe containers. let sit on counter at least 24 hours. then transfer to freezer. enjoy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Grand Rapids Wedding Photography {Aubrie & Andy}

Beautiful slideshow from Andy & Aubrie's wedding that was celebrated on my birthday :) Enjoy!

Click here to view slideshow

Venue: St. George Banquet & Conference Center, Grand Rapids

Hair & Makeup: ecouter salon, Lauren Cole, Grand Rapids

DJ: Aim High DJ, Mark Kriebel

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Grand Rapids Wedding Photography {Tori & Steve}

Ceremony: English Hills Country Club, Grand Rapids
Reception: English Hills Country Club, Grand Rapids
Floral Design: Modern Day Floral, Grand Rapids
DJ: Aim High DJ
Photography: Tomorrow's Memories by Beca, Grand Rapids

Baby B {7 Month Session}

Baby B was a doll to work with. I have been working with his family since his twin brother and sister were newborns and I did their first session, and that was almost 2 years ago now! I am so blessed to be able to go out to the house and spend time with this special family. Baby B is now almost 8 months old and so sweet. This is my favorite age for childrens photography because the babies can sit up, but cannot crawl or walk away yet :) Thanks again for letting me come play with the family last week!

Friday, March 5, 2010

Amy Wenzel Workshop Giveaway!

“How you love, serve or inspire other people in your life, and what attending the workshop might mean for your photography journey.”

A loaded question. Not being a writer, I have no idea where to begin. My photography journey started a lot like my personal walk with God. I grew up in the church and never really had that “ah ha” moment some have when they come to Christ. I’ve never had a particularly “hard” life, no major sickness, no abuse, no struggles. I professed my faith publicly when I was 12, not looking back. Of course, there have been peaks and valleys, ups and downs, but I have always felt God holding my hand, leading me. My business started the same way, I kind of fell into it. I started small, learning as much as I could along the way. We had a baby boy in 2002 and I started my business officially that year. I also worked full time at a doctor’s office until we received the shock of our lives and found out we were having twin boys in 2007! After the twins, I went back to the doctor’s office part-time and continued photography. I also branched out into wedding photography, something I told myself I would never do, but actually have a real passion for. I finally saved up enough money to buy my dream camera and just quit my “real” job in January to commit myself full time to wedding photography and my family.

I’ve been watching Amy’s blog for a few years now and have been a huge fan. Her story inspires me with each new post. I have always wanted to attend a workshop, but living paycheck to paycheck, there is no way I could afford a seat. So as much as I hate writing and tooting my own horn, I knew I had to try to win this workshop seat! The opportunity to learn from one of the great Christian women in this industry would not only give me a boost of confidence, but I believe it would allow me to pay it forward and hopefully inspire and help another fellow beginning photographer.

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.” James 1:17 Most people who know me know that I am pretty outgoing. I like to talk, meet new people and socialize. Lately, I feel like the Lord has been telling me to trust Him, in all areas of my life. Trust He will provide. Trust He has a plan for my life. Trust He will help me make it through the day when my kids are screaming. Trust He will help me reach others and bring them to Him, that He will help me see those opportunities around every corner. Trust He will allow me to somehow inspire others with my photos. What I am reminded of every day is that it is only because of Him that I have this gift, only because of His grace that I am even here to try to inspire others. My prayer every morning is that God will be pleased with me, that my family will be inspired to seek God and know Him by my example, and that my clients will be able to see His “heavenly light” shining out of me, that little something that sets me apart from all the other photographers they could hire. Because in the end, the only thing that really sets me apart from the next photographer is “me.”

Monday, February 8, 2010


here are a few updated pics...not much happening lately, just waiting for warm weather :)

Saturday, January 2, 2010


wow, i've been very bad. i haven't made a post in months. it seems facebook now takes all my attention. will post a few updated pics of the twins on here for the couple people who still look at it. i'll get some of justin up soon...

Sunday, October 11, 2009


trying to get a picture of my three boys is impossible at this point. i've tried twice now in the past week and each time has been a disaster. i love the one of justin throwing up his hands in defeat. yikes!