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Picture-less Vacation| Boston Family Photographer

I carried it with me as if it was another appendage on my body.  It was with me when we rode past the Boston Marathon and through the quaint hills decorated with cobblestone streets and lanterns that spoke of an older world. It was with me as I licked my chocolate filled ice cream cone…it was obnoxiously with me as I attempted to embrace friends and family, resulting in a camera bag sandwich.  And there my camera remained, in it’s bag.  A few picture-less days passed and  Matt asked me why I wasn’t taking pictures.  I just shrugged and continued walking with it by my side.  Occasionally, he would suggest for me to pull out my camera, but it just didn’t feel like every other day. If it had been every other day, I would have photographed breakfast with my best friend and my unusual order of oatmeal, I would have captured Matt and his best friend from childhood playing catch with a very encouraged stranger at the park.  I would have photographed moments of laugher as if none of us had ever been apart.

But, on those days, I just wanted to walk, to laugh, to take joy in just being there. Funny thing is… that my eyes were taking pictures the entire time.


Joie - From your description, I can see all the photos you took with your eyes. Beautiful!

Kelly Johnsen - Cassandra, I can TOTALLY relate to this! I tell people that I have to make a choice…to either “be the photographer” or to “be in the moment”. I struggle to do both. And so for many of my favorite family photos, there is no camera involved at all. Once I realized it, I found it quite freeing. Now I even leave the camera bag at home sometimes so I won’t feel tempted or guilty… I love having my camera phone so if it’s a moment I just really want to capture I can do so without considering light, apertures, shutter speed…just snapshots. But most of them are just snapshots in my head. And that’s ok too. Good for you for having a true vacation and staying in the moment!!

Visiting DC| Boston Family Photographer

I thought I felt like a tourist riding around on a red double decker bus, until the guy next to me whipped out a 6 foot lens and tripod.  From my much cuter and smaller lens to you…here is my week in beautiful and warm Washington DC.

I arrive back to Cleveland with a little more knowledge about Congress, the Pentagon, sea turtles, flight into space, and pandas among many other things.  So I will leave you with one small fact for today…did you know that China owns all pandas around the world?  We pay 1 million dollars a year per panda!

rachel - renee introduced me to your site and i love it! i like your mash of photos of DC in the spring.

Amy - Very talented photography! These pictures make me wish I was a better photographer. Renee is doing a good job of promoting you!

Joie - You are my new favorite!

All American Chocolate Chip

I know this is a bold statement, because who really has ever had a bad chocolate chip cookie, but these may be the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten?

So give them a try and let me know if you can top these chocolate chip cookies from Baked.


2 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2  eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 1/3 cups chocolate chips (I add chocolate chips until the dough can’t absorb any more:)

My very short abbreviation of the baking notes:

Mix the dry ingredients. Cream the butter,sugar, vanilla, and eggs.  Add everything together including the chocolate chips.  Drop 2 tablespoons balls of dough 1 inch apart onto a greased cookie sheet (or use parchment).  Bake at 375 for 12 minutes.  My oven runs on the warmer side, so I baked the cookies for 6 minutes.  Make them crispy or make them soft and doughy (my favorite).

Lovin’| Boston Newborn Photographer

A few things I am lovin’ right now…

1. The stack is building, but I just can’t seem to get rid of even one.  My mother in law sent me a subscription to Food Network Magazine last year and I am absolutely lovin’ it.  Whenever I am stumped by dinner, I just grab the stack and start flipping through the pages.  Other food magazines have left me disappointed as I have flipped through ad after ad. This magazine is jam packed with recipes.

2. Pininterest.  What an amazing idea!!!  Basically, as I surf the web I can “pin” products, pictures, outfits and create my very own storyboards.  Here are some pins for future kitchen decor!

3. It’s smooth, not sticky, and the smell is heavenly.  I picked this up at a lodge while skiing this winter and now carry it in my pocket everywhere, hoping never to lose it.

4. Anthropologie ooo you are tempting me like crazy with your new spring line.

5. I use these Crate and Barrel Bowls almost everyday.  They rank number three on my list of favorite kitchen items ( right under my mixer and garlic press).  I love the colors, plus they stack inside one another!

6. Her voice, her words, the piano in the background…this is what I am listening to today. Audrey Assad.

7. This one is coming…and I am trying to be patient, but I am craving the fruit and flavors of Summer.

Renee - love this post. I am loving pinterest too!