Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle’s annual holiday showcase event is incredibly awesome and inspiring and i’m so pumped i got to photograph it. every year, the magazine sets up shop in an on-the-market available home. not just any home, though. a VERY VERY nice home. this years event was on Blackland Road in the biggest house i have ever seen. the home is designed from bottom to top with designers from all over Atlanta getting one room or entity of the home to do with what they will. i love this idea and feel honored that i got to take part.
if y’all our in the neighborhood and looking for something interesting to do, definitely check it out! information here.
i live for weekend getaways, and thankfully, Atlanta is the perfect jumping off point for such getaways. centrally located between mountains and sea, Atlanta makes getting away for the weekend a cinch when you’re in a pinch. i had a big hankering to get out of dodge and i’m pretty sure anywhere would’ve worked just fine, but our unplanned plan worked out very well.
we had somewhat planned a north georgia weekend trip, but through twists and turns we ended up chugging all the way north to Bryson City, North Carolina where we found Mrs. Bacon and the West Oak B&B. Bryson City is pretty ideal for travelers wanting to get out of town, but not be completely removed from society. it’s a quaint town with little eateries and shops as well as the Great Smoky Mountain Railway.
chock full of beautiful hiking trails and winding roads, we explored the area in our hiking boots. we did a drive + hike on the "road to nowhere" which is a 6 mile scenic drive that was never finished. it ends at an abandoned tunnel which is the perfect setting for scary movies. it is also the perfect spot to explore via camera. we drove through a few other fun tunnels which is always a thrill. the trip also afforded us a stop at historic Fryemont Inn for a little coffee and complimentary breakfast. around since 1923, this hotel is a nice shout out to the old-school days of travel and accommodation.
and of course, like moths to a flame, we found a used bookstore. i found a first edition Jim Harrison book for $3 (!) and we both bought Tom Wolfe novels for $5 each (say WHAT?) all proceeds went to the local library which is pretty awesome and the store is in an old drugstore complete that had the retro food counter that unfortunately no longer ran. how cool would that be if it did??
the view from our cabin, not bad…
all in all, a great weekend was had by all. we even have the cheesy photo op to prove it.
happy travels, y’all, and happy weekends.
for reasons unknown, this Fall in Atlanta has been by far and away the most magnificent Fall that i can remember. we atlantans were plagued by a few unpleasant bits of weather this Summer, so when Fall opened up and proved itself to be worthy of our time, we all paid attention. i finally got a chance to pay attention and wander the paths of Piedmont Park. it was a lovely reminder of why i love this city so much. just see for yourself…
my beautiful friend + partner in many photography projects, Katie, probably didn’t think i would post these, but i love them!! she and her kid Oliver, aka KidOH, are the coolest and best portrait trial subjects!
speaking of, we’re still taking appointments for our “ho ho holiday” mini portrait sessions. appointment times are filling up so secure yours today. email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
as the holidays approach, some of us are beginning to scramble to compile the perfect menus for festive and easygoing entertaining while the rest of us sit in happy anticipation of what will be served to our hungry tummies at said parties. either way, if you’re reading this post, wherever you fall on that pendulum, you can walk away from reading this with satisfaction.
when i think of the holidays and holiday eating the first thing that comes to mind is deviled eggs. i’m a southerner so this a natural choice, but i’m also an anxious party goer who finds herself, no matter the situation, standing smack dab next to the food table nervously munching and holding whatever food items i can easily maintain…hence my love for deviled eggs. these little bite size beauties are perfect for party throwers and party attendees alike. they are breeze for both sides.
so when honest cooking needed some holiday recipes for prosciutto, i thought, “how perfect? deviled eggs with prosciutto. done.” so here is my favorite deviled egg recipe with a little added prosciutto. i hope for those of you cooking, you find this easy and enjoyable to make, and for those of you eating, you find it even more enjoyable to eat!
deviled eggs w/ capers + parma ham (prosciutto):
6 eggs, soft boiled*
2 TBS capers, lightly chopped
2-3 slices of proscuitto sliced small for the deviled part and some to top eggs (i bought a little over 1/4 lb. and it was more than plenty for 6 eggs)
3 TBS dukes mayo (it is the best)
1 TBS dijon mustard
a couple chive stems
1/4 tsp paprika
salt and pepper to taste
1. cut eggs in half and decanter yellow centers into a bowl.
2. add capers, mayo, dijon, paprika, salt, pepper to egg mix and stir until contents are well mixed and creamy. add prosciutto and fold into mix. using a piping bag or just a spoon, spoon egg mixture back into the halved eggs. top with a bit of folded prosciutto and garnish with chives.
* i have found the best method for proper soft boiled egg consistency is to submerge eggs in a pot of cold water. put onto medium heat and bring to a boil. i let it boil for 1-2 minutes, take off heat, and let the eggs simmer for 3 minutes in the hot water. remove and place immediately in a cold water bath. peel once eggs are completely cool. i find that the older the egg, the easier to peel. also non-store bought eggs also yield easier results in my opinion.
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it’s that time of the year when you start to ponder whether or not you really want to take that holiday portrait. well, we’re here to make it a little easier.
Dodge&Burned Photography will be teaming up with Katie Duris Photography for our “ho ho holiday” mini sessions! in studio portrait sessions (in CABBAGETOWN) starting at $150. you’ll receive 15-20 final images and the ability to print on your own terms through PASS. it couldn’t be easier! we’ll have holiday props, but the option for no props is obviously available. babies, toddlers, parents, aunts, uncles, friends, whatever… some dogs* are also welcome! come one come all!
we’re opening appointments for November 3rd, 8th, and 10th from 10am-4pm. email email@example.com to make an appointment for a specific hour (example: November 3rd at 3pm) or if you have any questions. it’s first come, first serve, so reserve your session today!
*types of dogs that are welcome are those dogs that like humans, respond to commands, and generally know how to sit and relax. please do not bring a dog that hates humans, poops indoors a lot, or in general, is just bad. you will be liable. thanks!
this is hannah:
this is andrew:
together they form “handrew:”
this flannel sporting, pitbull adopting, jean jacket loving couple is just like every other red blooded american duo, but there are a few things that set them apart.
1. as seen below, they know how to pose so that awkwardfamilyphotos.com will be knocking on their gmail account.
2. when it came to selecting the photographer to do their Olan Mills-esque holiday/family/engagement series, they knew who to call.
3. they called me. and after a short 30 minute mini session, they had a portfolio of amazing images to share with friends and family this season.
and you can too! stay tuned for information regarding our holiday mini sessions taking place in CABBAGETOWN, USA with the one and only Katie Duris. i’m very excited.
a weekend in charleston, no matter the season or weather, always finds me leaving me with a happy disposition and a very full belly. visiting friends who make us happy while also joining us in our love for all things food doesn’t hurt.
this most recent visit to charleston was cause for celebration: both sets of friends had acquired new homes, and one set was celebrating an engagement. so what does that mean? we shall just have to eat and drink more in our merriment. so we did. while also buying glorious books at my second favorite used book store: blue bicycle books. the rest of the weekend afforded us awkward beach photo time, pet photography ops, and lots of good conversation. we also got to visit the rarebit, the ordinary*, wild flour pastry, and the grocery.
* the ordinary blew my mind. the newish restaurant resides in a converted bank with the kitchen resided mainly in the old vault. the food is fresh and well presented. and the cocktails, from what i tasted, are amazing. it’s worth a visit if you’re in charleston.
one of these photos is not like the other…
such a lovely evening at such a lovely store…
steve mcKenzie’s is a color lovers dream. he’s got a very cool spot on the westside and the store just celebrated it’s 1 year anniversary. the spot is stocked with a plethora of local goodies and beautiful wares for the home and self. it’s definitely worth a stop!
"doggie fart, gladdens my heart." - a very long engagement