Taking pictures of two girls
Easter Family Picture
Pictures of a ballet dancer in her tutu
Easy dessert, similar to a dump cake

Easter Bunny Chocolate Cakes

Easter Bunny Chocolate Cakes

Spring is in the air and what’s more springy than sweet bunnies?I’ve got these cute little Easter Bunny Chocolate mini Cakes to share with you today, and my friends with their bunny ideas, too! Get your PIN fingers ready and check out these 10 bunny themed projects, then read on for the full tutorial how to create your own Easter Bunny Chocolate Cakes.

Quick and Easy St. Patrick’s Day Silly Straws

DIY St. Patrick's Day Silly Straws | Teal & Lime for kristendukephotography.com

Hi, Jackie here from Teal & Lime.  I am dropping in today with a little St. Patrick’s Day cheer for the lunch box! When I was growing up I always wanted to have the perfect thing to wear on holidays and special occasions. You know, pink or red to wear on Valentine’s. And, especially, a green shirt to wear on St Patrick’s Day. Because, I am proudly 3/4 Irish…I have the freckles and a red-haired… Continue Reading

Photographing Family Gatherings

Fun Ideas for Photographing Family Gatherings

It’s Photo Tip Tuesday! I missed last week, but it’s still heavy on my mind that there is a desire for more photography posts out there–I’ve made a list of things to share coming up!!!  Today, I’m sharing my article, How to Photograph Family Gatherings, that is over at the New York Institute of Photography. A lot of us are getting together for Thanksgiving or Christmas with friends and family, and will bring the camera. I’m… Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Turkey Song~I Don’t Want to Eat the Turkey

thanksgiving turkey song

When my second son was in kindergarten 4 years ago, he came home one early November day singing the Thanksgiving Turkey Song~I don’t want to eat the turkey, with so much exuberance and gusto that it has stuck in all of our heads as a favorite each year. It is a cute little song about a child who has come to love the live turkey, and wants to keep it as a pet. This could… Continue Reading

Family traditions~ our little cabin in the woods


For the third year in a row, our family took a little 2 day trip to a cabin in the woods. The last two times, we went the week after Christmas and the kids opened the package with all the details as a Christmas present.  Since it was no longer a surprise that we were going, and an expected outing during the winter break, we decided to take advantge of the full week the kids… Continue Reading

Photographing Fireworks on New Years Eve


Originally posted on The Idea Room Have you said “no” to Auto?  If not, these tips might not be so helpful, or maybe it will help you get off of that little green box;) {Source} Fireworks with reflection in the water These images were not taken by me.  When I first wrote this post, we were under a burn ban in Texas. I’m not sure if our rain lately will allow us to do fireworks… Continue Reading

gingerbread houses

gingerbread houses

It seems that every other year we pull out all the makings for a gingerbread house.  It is VERY messy, but the kids just LOVE it. One of my sons wasn’t very excited about the idea until he realized he got to decorate his OWN house instead of all of them decorating one (I didn’t think we had done that before).  He ended up making a family of gummy bears, and as my most imaginative,… Continue Reading

Zucchini Soup & My Christmas Lunch

zucchini soup

For ten years, I’ve had a lunch with friends where I serve this delicious Zucchini Sausage Soup. My husband had a bad experience with zucchini’s growing up, and though he’s a very tolerant man, I’ve decided not to subject him to this type of torture. Instead, I lunch with my friends over this hearty and delicious meal. Before I get to the recipe…our elf J.J., has been very mysterious and colored on our large family… Continue Reading

Christmas card rambling

stuffing Christmas cards

Oh me, oh my…I shoved 172 Christmas cards into the box at the post office yesterday.  I could hear a hallelujah chorus singing as I did so, but I couldn’t help but feel a slight anxiety: Did I put stamps on each one? Did they all have a letter enclosed? Were the addresses correct for everyone? Will it really reach my hubby’s roommate that we’ve never heard back from? How many will be returned this year?… Continue Reading

Photography tips: How to take Christmas Bokeh shots


*The term bokeh comes from the Japense word boke, which means “blur” or “haze” -wikipedia ISO 1000 SS 1/250 f 1.8 I love to see holiday photography with a little bokeh in the background.  The lights all a-blur and sparkling up the image.  Here are a few tips for capturing that beauty, but first you must Say NO to Auto, my friends. 1. Wide aperture (low number)–I shot on 1.8 with my 85mm lens 2. Place a… Continue Reading

My mantle with handmade stockings


I printed the center subway art from Eighteen25 last year, and I love it so much! Spray painted my frame red, and included some other simple decorations. Nothing too crafty.  Now to my stockings…I am SO bummed I can’t find the page I ripped out of a magazine years ago (I had it right here yesterday, but it must have been needed by the aliens who stole it).  It was a crate & barrel magazine… Continue Reading

White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies a.k.a. Hootycreeks


Oh yes, you read that right. A year ago, I went to a holiday cookie exchange and had some delicious cookies that I kept daydreaming about.  I love myself some craisins, and they were inside this delectable cookie.  I remembered the cookies had a really odd name, that had the word “hooty” in them.  I just called them hooty cookies.  I lost the recipe, got it again from a friend, forgot about it, kept daydreaming,… Continue Reading

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas~Holiday print


I stumbled upon an etsy shop called 120 Designs the other day with the cutest little Christmas print.  I fell in LOVE with it, and had to order it right away.  For a few seconds I did think…I should try to do it myself, then I thought about the time I considered trying to find all of the letters in “nature” and just got overwhelmed.  It’s a process!  It’s hard work to find letters that look… Continue Reading

School Lunch Jokes: Christmas Edition

christmas lunch jokes

Happy December!  I am so excited to share some Christmas traditions and treats and gift ideas in the next few weeks.  I am officially DONE posting client images sneak peeks, and now get to play!  (Though I do have a few straggler sessions for friends/family here soon). I thought I’d kick it off with the Christmas lunch jokes. I had a facebook friend, Chantal, asking me when/if I was going to post these because she and her… Continue Reading

Happy Thanksgiving


It’s turkey day!  I picked up these turkey cake pops from a local gal, Got Cake Balls. I had my daughter hold up some orange fabric for a quick pic. I thought I’d share a little poem my mother in law sent us.   The Night of Thanksgiving ‘Twas the night of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t sleep. I tried couting backwards, I tried counting sheep. The leftovers beckoned- the dark meat and white, But I… Continue Reading