homemade shirley temples

I just got back from an amazing weekend (and a few extra bonus days, thanks snow!) in San Diego. I went to the GoPro Workshop hosted by Blue Lily Photography. Wendy and Tyler have been taking our family pictures for the last three years (and will be again this fall). They are so fun, so amazing to work with, and I will cherish our images forever. I don’t know if you know this, but before this blog I was a portrait photographer. Babies, newborns, families, and weddings. I closed my business and a month later this blog was born, and by accident I started shooting food almost exclusively. I have been toying with the idea of opening my photography business again on a limited basis. I really miss working with people.

When I saw that they were hosting a workshop in San Diego in February, it didn’t take much thinking – it was an immediate YES! I went with the intention of learning more of the business end of photography (and maybe escaping some winter weather), but I was blown away by how much photography I learned. I shoot almost every single day. I by no means feel like I have mastered photography, but I felt very confident in my skills. Well, I came home with a fresh perceptive and a new way of shooting.

I am a firm believer in education. I will never stop learning, and I love teaching. Opportunities to grow as an artist should never be passed up, no matter where you are on your creative journey. I can’t wait to show you some of the images I took. Our model families were GORGEOUS. But for now, I need to unpack and go to the store to buy some food, it pretty sad, and Valentine’s treats.

love potion cocktails

I made this Love Potion Cocktail for Dixie Crystals and I love how fun they are for Valentine’s Day. They are spiked Shirley Temples. I made my own grenadine and added vanilla vodka. Why not? Obviously, you can take out the vodka to make them family-friendly, but these are going to be beautiful on your Valentine’s Day table.

homemade grenadine recipe

 You can find the full recipe for Love Potion Cocktails on the Dixie Crystals Website.