Friday, August 30, 2013

Win a FREE Photography Session With Unlost Photography!



Hey, friends! After much debate (because social media can really stress me out sometimes) I FINALLY created a Facebook Page that is just for my photography services. As a way to kick it off, I'm hosting a facebook only giveaway for a free one hour couples, family or portrait session!

Click here to find out more! 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Good Eats: Pallet

 

One of my favorite parts about living in Salt Lake City is the emerging food culture. It may not be up to par with Portland or San Francisco, but that doesn't mean it won't be someday very soon. A friend and I were headed over to The Rose Establishment for some pastries, only to find that it had closed at 5 PM that day. Pallet was right next store and looked as enticing as ever!

We weren't hungry for dinner (which was sad, because everything looked incredible) and settled on dessert instead, choosing a fresh peach cobbler with basil and a balsamic reduction, and a homemade chocolate-lemon ice cream sandwich with the most delicious caramel sauce.  I feel as though I can't be exaggerating when I say that no better desserts were ever had.

If you are in Salt Lake, make your way over to this place pronto.

Images courtesy of The City Home Collective

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Easy-Peasy Wall Art (For the non-DIYer)



I am not a DIYer. I lack the coordination to draw/paint/sew/build things without totally messing up.  I was trying to come up with an effective way to display some photos from our travels and this option only took me about 5 minutes. This is so easy it really does not require a tutorial, so here's just a quick list of what you need, how much it cost and how to get it done.

Materials needed:

1. Two small nails (had them already)
2. Hammer (had it already)
3. Rope ($1 laundry rope from the Dollar Tree)
4. Clothespins ($1 pack from the Dollar Tree)
5. 4 x 6 prints from kincos (about $2)

Total cost: $4

Step one: Determine how long you'd like your string to be. Tie knots at each end. Insert the small nails into the holes of each knot and then pull tightly.

Step two: Nail the string into the wall

Step three: Hang up your photos with clothespins.

THE END. SO FREAKING EASY IT WAS RIDICULOUS I EVEN MADE A TUTORIAL FOR IT. AND IT'S SO DARN CUTE.  /caps off.

Now go decorate your space.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

That Time My Brother and I Spontaneously Went To Knott's Berry Farm



My little brother is four years behind me. I feel like I blinked, and he went from being this irritating but loveable little kid to this funny, ginormous (he's 6'4") senior in high school. He is pretty much my favorite person on the planet.

In late July (I've sucked at blogging so much I still have not told you about late July, and it's now late August) I flew from Salt Lake City to California to photograph a wedding. I booked the tickets assuming that it would also be a great opportunity to spend time with my family - until I was informed that both of my parents were actually out of town. Luckily, my little brother was able to pick me up from the Long Beach Airport at around 9 AM that Friday morning.

"Wanna go somewhere for breakfast?" I asked as we pulled away from the terminal in the beat up black volvo that I had driven all through high school.

Connor looked over at me. "Wanna go to Disneyland?" He asked me in return.

I thought he was joking. He was totally serious. We decided after a brief discussion that Disneyland requires too much committed time and I had to be back in Ventura County to shoot an engagement session that evening.  In long beach, we were only about 15 minutes from Knott's Berry Farm - and then it was settled.

We headed straight there. There weren't any lines - it was humid and drizzling slightly. We only stayed for about three hours, hitting up all of the major roller coaster.  Accelerator was probably the most intense roller coaster I've ever been on - we took off from the loading area so fast I honestly don't remember what happened during the second half of the ride. Awesome !

Sometimes some spontaneous adventure with your sibling is the best way to start off the day. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Beautiful, Crazy Life


I'm back from being MIA....again.

Life is awesome. Salt Lake City is treating me right, things are amazing at work, photography is going very well, and I'm meeting new friends and experiencing many blog-worthy moments.  Subsequently, I feel like I have significantly less time to actually blog those moments. This isn't frustrating to me, even though I do wish I could somehow program my body to go without sleep to get an extra eight hours per day to be awesome. Here's a little recap of what's been going on in this life o' mine:

+ I traveled to California in late July to attend and photograph a friend's wedding. Those photos are almost completed, keep an eye out for them on a blog near you!

+ I am headed to California AGAIN this weekend to photograph another wedding! Will also be spending time with family and hopefully heading to the beach.

+ I found out that I'll be traveling around quite a bit this and next year for my new job - working in the beauty industry for a company that sells hair extensions. Surprised? Well, I love it. My first "business trip" is this coming October to Birmingham, Alabama.

+ Photography is going very well. I'm getting multiple inquiries a week, most of which I am booking. It's becoming more and more like a full-time-job, which is both exciting and scary because I already have one of those. Blogging is also a full time job, which is why I sometimes feel like I don't have time for all three. We'll see how the balancing act goes.

+ Two of my very best friends live in Utah with their husbands. We all got together over the weekend at my place for a dinner party - I love that we can all be together here.

+ Our apartment is really starting to feel like home.  I was pretty skeptical about the place in the beginning (Steven found it while I was still finishing school in California.) The living room is very nearly finished, though I imagine it never really will be. I'll start working on the bedroom next.

+ I'm thoroughly loving life! I'm giving myself gray hairs and essentially have no left over time, but you can sure bet that I'm going to try and fit more and more in to each day. I've just started to master the yoga-at-six-am-before-work thing, which took several weeks before I could actually drag myself out of bed enough days in a row to call it a routine. Next will be half marathon training in the evening, probably around 9 PM because it's still so dang hot during the day.


And that's my life right now. What have you all been up to? 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Homemade Caprese Alfredo Pizza


You guys. You may want to hold onto your hats, because what I'm about to share with you will rock your world.  Like, to the core. 

I made this pizza the other day, and it blew my freakin' mind. And my husband's mind. And we proceeded to gobble the entire thing up in about 10 minutes. So now I am sharing it with you! Aren't you glad? You're so welcome. 


Caprese Alfredo Pizza, aka your new dream in life. 

Ingredients: 

- 1 cup of creamy white sauce. Want a healthy option? My Cauliflower Alfredo is sort of to die for. 
- 2 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded 
- 1 generous handful of fresh basil, julienned. 
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 
- 1/2 cup crumbled mozzarella, feta or bleu cheese. 



Directions: 

(Preheat your oven to 375 degrees) 

1. Treat your chicken. I put my cooked, shredded chicken in a hot saute pan with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 

2. Roll out dough onto your pizza pan of choice. We use this one.

3.  Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, spread white sauce out along the crust. Add more than 1 cup if you want, this was just an estimate. 

4. Evenly top pizza with chicken, tomatoes and shredded cheese. 

5. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Switch your oven to the broiler setting for three minutes for a nice golden brown crust. (I broiled mine for five minutes and the crust came out darker than what I was hoping for, so I'm recommending three.) 

6. Top pizza with julienned basil, crumbly cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy! 




Are you hungry yet? 


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Don't Have a Cow




I made a friend the other day. She seemed highly interested in me, until she realized my camera was not food. I suppose this friendship was a little bit one-sided.


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