Sometimes I accept forms of payment in…chocolate. And why not? What better way to trade than to get scrumptious, home-made, artisan deliciousness in return for a day’s work? I can’t think of a more winning combination!
We had passed French Broad Chocolates several times on our way to the Thirsty Monk (no need to mention why it’s our most-visited place!) and I was just dying to try the chocolates and coffee. Each one was prettier than the last! But the one item that totally captivated my eye–literally I zoned out–was the beautiful home made macarons! The cutie on the other side of the counter told me that they were “chocolate hazelnut macarons with Kahlua cream centers” and there was no turning back! Can I just tell you hoooow slowly I ate that macaron? It was divine! Absolutely my new favorite, hands down. Pair it with a perfectly foamed latte and a beautiful room to sip it in, you’ve got yourself a wonderful afternoon break. Drop your notebook on the distressed wooden table with the sunlight pouring through the windows and let your mind wander, it’s exactly what you need to slip into a world of your own.
This week’s installation of what I learned is being brought to you by the coffee that I thought I gave up. Being that we stayed up way-extra-late last night…I’m indulging so that I may write! And also, nothing can really replace real-live coffee 😉 So this week I learned:
- I learned that I missed last week’s post! But it’s ok because while I wasn’t writing, I was out shooting a gorgeous wedding for a sweet couple! They were super fun to spend the day with and I can’t wait to share the images!
- I’ve learned that the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays–fireworks, barbeques, warm summer rain and shirtless little boys catching fireflies are awesome.
- I’ve learned that I surprise people with how patriotic I am–I actually cry during the National Anthem. It moves me. My father’s family gave up a lot to move here and LOVED the fact that they became Americans.
- I’ve learned that I love the fact that my neighbors bought about 50 fireworks last night–we didn’t even have to leave our backyard! We sat on our back porch listening to Matisyahu barbequing flank steak, and watching fireworks light up literally right in our faces! It was so fun, reliving fireworks through children is exciting again!
- I’ve learned that I loooove shooting in a chocolate shoppe! More photos to come–right after I finish this huge thank you box of chocolates…
- I’ve learned that I’m really proud of myself for memorizing “to and from” directions from my house to Pittsburgh. I love going to the city, but the fear of getting lost has held me back, and then I got a GPS…and I didn’t even need it yesterday. Woohoo!
- I’ve learned that I have missed my ritual of morning coffee. Tea just isn’t the same…
- I’ve learned that I can shoot in the rain, and it doesn’t bother me at all. It reminds me of Ireland, and makes me happy. An overcast, moody sky is so gorgeous and romantic to me…it inspires me to shoot something emotional.
- I’ve learned that caramel made with honey and macadamia nuts is my absolute new favorite candy…I could literally order a slab just for myself!
- I’ve learned that doing puzzles with my oldest son is a very relaxing and satisfying activity. We talk, we help each other out, and he’s so excited when he gets a section put together. He’s growing up and I’m so proud of who he’s become.
- I’ve learned that revisiting your wedding day can cheer up a bad day! I love hearing from my girls that they were uplifted by seeing their blog post, like this doll face bride!
- I’ve learned that I’m always the one to make the beer run! I’m dependable and responsible! And also, always the DD.
- I’ve learned that I really want to write a book, but…have no idea how to do it.
- I’ve learned that I love the British Comedy and Dramas…anything on the BBC is awesome!
I’m ending this post with a lovely breakfast photo. The wonderful white-chocolate-raspberry scone was purchased from Boldy’s Bakery, paired with my favorite coffee mug! Ta-rah!
As a photographer and aspiring artist, I’m always looking for ways to show more feeling, more emotion, more of the feeling OF your wedding day. This is so important because these emotions are incredibly passionate–passion in the way of feeling so strongly for someone that you commit your life, soul, and heart to them. Think about that for a second–that’s astounding! Usually brides and grooms are very calm and cool on the mornings of their wedding. They hang out with their friends and families like it’s just another gathering or party, and no tears are shed, everyone is laughing, dancing to an iphone that’s playing their dance mix, and having a few mimosas. The tears come and the nervousness sets in when….they get dressed!
Suddenly “ITS HAPPENING!” sets in! They are a bride and a groom! She has on THE dress that made her mom and sisters cry at the bridal shop! He has on the tux and his mom is pinning on the boutineer on her baby boy who is now a man. The reality of a life milestone sets in and…the emotions flow. And it’s absolutely gorgeous!
It’s amazing to watch two people so lovestruck with each other that the rest of the world melts away. The photo below was taken in Angela and Chris’s bridal portrait, two people that I had the honor of capturing their wedding day. I say it was an honor because seeing how much they cared and respected each other was so moving. When they looked at each other, they were immediately in their own little world. And that’s how it should be! They were so enamoured with each other, not letting go of each other, that they barely needed any coaching with their poses! Not that it mattered, because every time I tried to coach them, they were too busy kissing to listen to me 😉 haha! But again…that’s how it SHOULD be! Every one of their expressions tells their perfect story.
Here is one of their artistic shots, which is a little more emotional than something creative in the way of interesting poses or something fun or goofy. Pintrest is awesome for something funky and neat, but what about something more heartfelt? Something that blurs the line on what is “correct” and moves into the realm of “romantic, earthreal, dreamy” and so forth? Of course, clear, crisp images were taken in this pose, but sometimes putting a photo slightly out of focus takes the weight off of being “right” and just being “here in the moment”. That’s what I want to bring–a passionate feeling, a fleeting moment, something you’ll want to remember forever.
Usually, on a good day, I’ll wake up before the children. I love having a few minutes to myself to gather my thoughts and actually taste what I’m eating before I have little hands climbing on me! This time I was fortunate enough to have visited Jean Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery in Millvale the previous evening. Below is my favorite mug, the Keep Calm and Carry On printed on a Union Jack, and a Brioche roll filled with Almond Custard. If you are ever near Pittsburgh, take the time to travel 10 minutes to Millvale, you will be SO glad you did! Aside from these delicate brioche rolls, there is a fantastic assortment of other French desserts, including croissants, palmiers, tarts, pies….and macarons! It won’t replace a trip to Paris (sigh!) but it’s almost as good because Marc brings Paris to you! 🙂