This Week’s Sunday Scroll

Weekly post featuring four Instagram photos that stopped me in my scroll.

You guys… it has been such a busy week. On top of the errands and to-do lists, there was also a lot of gorgeous autumn content on Instagram. It was so hard to narrow this week down to four, but here is what I have for you.

This is a dreamy autumn shot of @nordingarden‘s yard. It makes me want to hop on a plane to Sweden. Who else is in love with the colors of fall leaves?

This is how I get my Florida wildlife fix on the daily. @gatorboys_chris does amazing work with nuisance gators. He shares videos from his days volunteering with gators and his dives, like the photo above. Did you know that alligators are my favorite?

I love when people take part in creative challenges. This sketch from inktober’s Swing day is so beautiful. I don’t even think I knew that @annahutzky drew like this. I love it

Last, but not least – this is an account that I just started following earlier this week and I’m in awe of these photos. You guys should go check out their feed. Every day scenes taken in such a dark and striking way… I’m obsessed! Thank you, @her_dark_materials

This Week’s Sunday Scroll

Weekly post featuring four Instagram photos that stopped me in my scroll.

Aaand we are back! This week’s Sunday Scroll is going to quote varied. There were so many creatives busy this week on Instagram – it was hard to narrow it down to four!

Jumping into this Carolina Pygmy Rattlesnake found in Georgia by one of my favorite nature photography related accounts noah_fields – I love following his page. He makes all of those critters look so photogenic. I appreciate the way he shares nature with so many people on his Instagram.

Next is one of my favorite cooks to follow! huntgathercook is the author of several cookbooks that are on my to purchase list. His Instagram is full of catch and cook adventure – lots of delicious recipes to try out.

I love a good paint mess. This post from shealeenlouise made me break out our watercolors today and get a little messy ourselves! For gorgeous art, go check out her Instagram.

Last but not least, how gorgeous is this home in Iceland that stacykallenn shared with us! She explained that it was painted that way to keep the house naturally warmer in such a cold climate. Though we don’t need that where we live, it’s super tempting to just paint it that way! A house near me recently did this dark gray that I’ve been swooning over. I want to thank Stacy for keeping my dreams of traveling the world more & more vivid with her photos.

Reclaiming photographer

I have spent a lot of time behind the camera – teaming up with amazing people who enjoy modeling and makeup artists who have amazing talent. Heck, our awesome collaborations have even gotten us published in magazines a couple of times!

I had been practicing my craft for as long as I can remember. I have always loved being behind the camera. It was in 2009 though when I took it up a notch by creating a website and properly advertising.

I had many volunteers who enjoyed modeling just as much as I enjoyed shooting. We’d come up with new ideas for photo shoots and spend a couple of hours just playing around. It was some of the best times and it was a great way to explore wherever we were living at the time.

In 2017, my husband deployed soon after our daughter was born. After much contemplation, I decided that I wouldn’t have time to plan, execute, & edit like I used to. I quietly deconstructed my website and portfolio… putting it away for safe keeping.

Now I still did a few shoots for a couple of close friends. I just wasn’t advertising for new clients. I’ve been itching to get back into it. It’s one of my creative outlets that I haven’t been able to use.

So how do I reclaim myself as photographer?

Honestly, it’s been hard to get back into the swing of things. I’ve had a dedicated page on this website for a few months now that will eventually hold my portfolio. I have started keeping up with an Instagram though, so that’s progress! I have even put feelers out there for models to practice on. It’s all coming together, so why do I feel so nervous?

I photographed people for years – countless beautiful faces. It’s a craft I’ve been studying since I was a teenager. Something though – something has me holding back from the big jump.

Wish me luck, guys.

Taco Stuffed Bell Peppers

I know what you came here for and if you are anything like me then scrolling through a ton of texts & photos for a recipe is super disappointing – especially if the page keeps reloading. So I’ll make this easy!

TA-DA

Look at that! I made a recipe template. Oh, and there is the recipe. Keep scrolling for photos and all that text that I initially saved you from!

For those of you that follow me on Instagram, you are more than aware that my food photography needs some SERIOUS work. For those of you that are new here…. well I’m sorry ?

We recently purchased a learning tower for the kitchen so CJ can help me cook. It safely puts her right up to the counter height. She helped me dice the onion and tomatoes for this recipe and insisted on trying raw onion. Her 23 month old taste buds were less than impressed.

She is also pretty obsessed with my DSLR. It’s got quite the mileage on it being a Canon Rebel t3i, so I do let her play with it from time to time. I’m not too worried because it is getting much older and I’m honestly day dreaming about a new camera. My husband is probably thinking “keep dreaming” as he reads this, I’m sure.

There is a shot of her cute little hand helping me to arrange a semi post worthy shot.

The learning tower is a lot of fun for both of us though. Her willingness to try food while we are up there prepping together has really improved. I can’t get her to eat a tomato in her high chair, but at the counter she’ll gladly eat extra pieces of the tomatoes as we dice them. She also gets a close up view of the clean up process. She has taken to wiping the counters down while I rinse the dishes.

I’m really hoping to engrain cooking into her. I didn’t learn how to cook as a kid and had to dive in after marriage. I’m hoping CJ will have those kitchen skills or just the general knowledge of where her food comes from & what she’s putting into her body. My dream is that she won’t grow up to live on ramen & takeout…. so I’m starting her young!

If you have made it this far and didn’t skip out post-recipe, I am truly appreciative of your dedication! I hope you enjoy the recipe! They were very delicious and we can’t wait to eat the leftovers.