Edmonton Yeg Maternity Photography {Toastography by Stephanie T}

Today I am sharing the lovely maternity session I had with the Knights’! I met Kacie when I was still in school for Photographic Technology at NAIT. When he were given our thesis assignment I naturally wanted to combine two things I love: Photography and Hoop Dancing. Kacie was one of the lovely ladies I photographed for my assignment. Her amazing personality shines so naturally that she was one awesome woman I would not forget! Now her family is awaiting the arrival of their baby girl anytime now! I was lucky enough to squeeze a last minute maternity shoot with them. Here are a few samples I would love to share with you! I threw in one of our plenty goofy photos at the end 🙂 This one was my fav! Have an awesome weekend ya’ll!

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Edmonton Art Showcase: Our Book

The past couple of months have been a ridiculous growing experience for me. As I make the transformation from student to full time photographer each day is full of uncertainty. Having your own business can be intimidating and requires much patience. It can also be a rewarding experience.  Not only seeing my creativity come to life, but realizing much along the way in regards to passion, inspiration, and influence. The power behind a one person show is the influence of many other people. Some of the major foundations for me have been my family. Constantly believing in me even when it seems like I may be tapping out, but the fire doesn’t die it just breathes one day at a time. However, I need to talk about another major influence in my life. I met this amazing guy a couple months ago who is a living example of true passion and real inspiration. There are few words to describe how much one person can give of their time and energy to inspire the globe. I am talking about my friend Duncan and his growing creation, Our book.

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But I don’t want to be the one telling you about our book. As much as I am proud to now be a part of this project, photographing different languages and generations of our book as well as other related projects, Duncan’s rhyme schemes describe the project perfectly.

Our book is a neat little creation,
An open and group sourced, Creative Commons, global art demonstration.

It’s main mission is the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
Scripted into Our Book in every translation, who knows what it will insight.

The U.N. recognizes 432 official translations,
We have 2 done, but more to follow as this project grows with sensation.

The project started March 29th, 2012 while living under some staircases in Calgary,
3 months after becoming full time art and leaving a cushy job with a salary.

Our Book also has a few side projects to share,
Books of quotes, Kiplings “If…”, as well as Our Poems to show we care.

At the moment we have a full Gandhi and Neil deGrasse Tyson book of quotes,
With more to follow, we need to capture all the brilliant things once wrote.

Rudyard Kiplings If, I’ve been collecting translations for over a decade now,
We’ve scripted in 22 languages so far, with 5 more to do, if you want to help, I can show you how.

Our Poems are written by folks for Our Book specifically,
With 5 done, more on the way, the first seed planted at the Rite of Spring initially.

Our Book is 54 pages of layer upon layer of art,
We paint over the words every time, so every day their are opportunities to take part.

Development of the binding process took a little over 1000 gifted books,
Primarily developed while I was working as cook.

After 30 months of development,  it is now a part of Edmontons nextfest 2014,
And with winning part of the Enbridge Award we can gift 3000 mini books, now Our Book will be seen.

Sincerely

Anonymouse Publishing and Productions

 

Basically, Our book is an inspiring source for creation. Creation of ideas and manifestation of art. The encouragement to grow as a global community in common practice not just of equal human rights, but to encourage self expression and art practice. If you want to know more about the project you can check out this link to a short local global news segment on the book. If you want to get involved, remember, this is your book too! Near or far, wherever you are!

Edmonton Photography Blog Eyedeas Promo Video

Thank God its Friday! I am currently taking a break from editing photos of models for Numa to write you this blog! As promised, here is a post containing the video I mentioned for Eyedeas Photography. This was a school project where we had to create a promo video for at least one person in a group of us. I video taped and edited a video of my friend and fellow photographer Hannah Merkosky of eyedeas photography! A lot of work went into this, and for not being a videographer myself I would say I did a pretty good job 🙂 Both of us were super excited with the result! So please enjoy and look forward to seeing some posts containing the photos of models I am photographing for Numa models! Have a great weekend everybody!

Click Here to watch the video on YouTube!

St. Patricks Day themed Cupcakes

Hello all!

Welcome to another lovely day for blogging! Today I am sharing my photos of my friend Kelsey making cupcakes! These cupcakes are St. Patrick’s Day themed for march! Along with the photos will be a recipe for her delicious Lime cream cheese icing! First I must start by mentioning just how adorable Kelsey was when I showed up at her house. She was ready to bake with her vintage apron! So, here we go!
Kelsey’s Vanilla St.Patricks day cupcakes with Lime Cream Cheese Icing

First we will start with base: The Cupcake itself.

Vanilla Cake:
1 Box white cake mix
1/3 cup oil
4 egg whites
3/4 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
green food coloring

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pan with cupcake liners.
2. In a large bowl, gently combine oil, egg whites, buttermilk, sour cream and vanilla extract.
3. Sift in cake mix and stir.
4. Separate batter in to 2 halves. Add green food coloring to one of the halves.
5. Fill cupcake liners 1/2 full with the white cake mix. Then add green cake mix until liners are ¾ full and marble the two colors together with a toothpick or fork.
6. Bake for 17-22 minutes, or until and inserted knife comes out clean.

Lime Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 cup Butter
½ package of cream cheese (1/2 cup)
Icing sugar to taste
2 3.7ml bottles of Lime oil
green food coloring

Icing:
1. Add butter and cream cheese together. Beat until combined.
2. Add icing sugar until desired consistency and taste are reached
3. Add lime oil and food coloring. Beat until desired consistency and color.
4. Pipe on to cupcakes once they are cool. (Kelsey used a Wilton 1M tip)

So there you have it! Delicious cupcakes in time for St.Patricks Day. I can definitely verify the deliciousness of these cupcakes. Don’t like lime flavoring? You can buy different oils for different flavors. Just make sure the bottle reads “Edible” or “for ingestion”. If you can’t find any local oils, I recommend DoTerra oils. Therapeutic grade oils that are good for your health and safe to ingest in a variety of flavors.

Show your love for Kelsey’s cupcakes and future ideas for us to experiment with in the comments below! She has also done pineapple icing and baking oreos into cupcakes (both I am quite a fan of). I will feature a post once a month with Kelsey’s cupcake experiments.