Category Archives: Photography


December 1, 2015

Laina Rose 2015Hello friends! Most of you know I’ve taken a leap and gone back to school for Digital Photography. My first class is winding down, but not without a big final project! It’s been a wonderful learning experience and I’m leaving this class with even more ambition than when it began. I thought to share my final project with all of you since it’s something I’m so passionate about…just like this little space!


The greatest gift I’ve been given in life is Laina and the opportunity to be her mother. She is part of my legacy.  In the short time we’ve had together so far, she has taught me a love so fierce I never knew existed. For that I am forever grateful.  Her Dad and I hope she values and holds pride in her family and all the earlier generations as much as we do.  Without them, we wouldn’t be blessed with our own life.  This project is an ever-evolving one; building a display of her beautiful family members and preserving their stories. Stories of happiness and achievements, storms weathered, places lived, places traveled, successes, failures, lessons learned, growth, love, loss and new life.

I can't help but wonder what Laina's legacy will be.

I can’t help but wonder what Laina’s legacy will be.

It's like we gave each other the greatest and motherhood.

It’s like we gave each other the greatest gifts…life and parenthood.

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I want Laina to know where and from whom she came and continue to carry and share this beautiful legacy for generations to come.  So who is Laina’s family?

It sorta began with us...

Mom and Dad on our wedding day!

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This is Laina and her Nonnie (my Mom) Summer 2015. They are two peas in a pod; sharing the same level of love for shoes!

Laina's Italian family: Great Grandparents and her Pop-Pop. I love the large picture of my parents...

Laina’s Italian family: Great Grandparents and her Pop-Pop. She will not have the chance to meet her Pop-Pop or her great grandparents, but we will share their beautiful stories.

And so I began weaving Laina’s family together with a piece of twine. Pouring through a few dozen photographs of family members to build the pieces of her beautiful gallery, it’s humbling to see the life that was before my time. A snap shot of time shines a little light on happy moments from the past. Final Project-7

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One of my favorite photos of all time is this one of my Mom when she was pregnant with me! Taken two months before I was born, this photo was a gift to me at my own baby shower.


Laina’s German great grandparents fresh out of high school. And her other Nonna and Grandpa on their wedding day.

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Laina’s family, weaved together. Grandparents and great grandparents on their wedding day and as children themselves! See Laina at the top left? Like she’s looking out at her family.

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Laina and her big brother, Finn. She holds him on the highest pedestal, as you can see, she wants to be just like him!

Over time, I look forward to taking Laina on a journey through her families’ past and ignite the many moments and stories of her past.  We hope she holds the same level of gratitude for her life as we do.



Lessons in Lettering : 02

October 29, 2015

It’s been a little while since the first installment of Lessons in Lettering, so let’s get rolling already!  I’ve been practicing a few new hand lettering styles as well as perfecting with a new nib. Holy crap I LOVE the Brause 66 Extra Fine nib. Hello to those beautifully thin lines that have been hard to get until now!calligraphy

Today’s lesson, thanks to this awesome quote: Once in a while, blow your own damn mind. What’s that even mean? We are all human and can’t be perfect every day and maybe some days we can’t even put our best foot forward. But once in a while….once in a while, we can blow our own damn minds. With work, with our families and with any great life decision. What do you want? If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. And when you make it happen, you will totally blow your own mind. I plan to blow my own damn mind. I think each day I get closer….stay tuned! And for starters, I gotta say I’m super pumped that all these photos were shot in manual mode! (I’m gett’in it!) Do things you don’t think you can do and you will realize your capabilities. You’ll never know unless you try, right?calligraphy calligraphy calligraphy

Tell me, have you blown your own damn mind lately? What have you done?

Blueberry Muffins + Shutter Speed

October 15, 2015

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Fast shutter speed used to freeze the confectioner’s sugar. SS 1/800

Hello Friends! Some of you may or may not know that I recently decided to go back to school for photography (while still working AND being a mama and wifey full time)! No idea how I’m managing, but I am. And I’m loving photography school. So much that I thought to share a piece of my latest assignment with you. Last week was all about shutter speed and our assignment was on the technical side as we had to submit 30 photos demonstrating three different shutter speed types: Freeze, Blur and Panning. Well, I took WAAAAAYYYYY more than 30 total, but I’m sharing just this one since I’m super proud of it! AND, it wouldn’t be complete without some kind of baking extravaganza, right? I played it safe and made blueberry muffins because I really just wanted to focus on the photography. Combining multiple passions….baking + photography!

So, to make these yummy blueberry muffins…

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flou
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg


  • In a small saucepan, bring milk and butter to a boil and remove from heat.
  • Place fresh blueberries in a bowl and pour warm milk/butter mixture over them and stir gently.
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl and blend with a wooden spoon.  Carefully add the blueberry mixture with dry ingredients. Add the egg and mix till incorporated.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a muffin pan (or use paper liners) and spoon the batter in each cup 3/4 full.
  • Bake 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack, Top with confectioner’s sugar and enjoy!shutter speed shutter speed

A Fall Simmer

October 10, 2015

fall simmerHey friends! Hope you’re all having a beautiful weekend and perhaps you are doing something fall-ish! I don’t know about you, but I love bringing the scents of fall into my home! Ushering in the autumn season is all encompassing; the mums, the pumpkins, the cooking and baking, the activities AND the scents of fall. Here is a cozy fall simmer recipe that you can easily make and fill your home with those scents we love!fall simmer


  • peel of an orange
  • sliced apple
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon whole allspice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • water to coat

Combine all your ingredients and cover with water. Simmer throughout the day. You can re-use the ingredients for up to three days!fall simmer fall simmerfall simmer

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