Cheesecake Ice Cream

This past weekend, I made some Cheesecake Ice Cream. I'm a regular Martha Stewart. My mother gave me the recipe and she did not disappoint. I was fairly displeased with my last attempt a photographing food, so I decided to give it another shot. I took a Lynda course on food photography prior to doing so and I think it (obviously) made a big difference. Drool away.

Cheesecake Ice Cream 01

And, because I know some of you want it. Below is the recipe.

12 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream, room temperature
1/4 cup mascarpone, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole milk, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Put the cream cheese into the bowl and mix until smooth. A mixer with a paddle works best. While mixing, slowly add sugar and salt. Add mascarpone and mix until well-combined. Slowly add the milk and vanilla and mix until smooth. Fold in the sour cream. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Pour the mix into your ice cream maker until the consistency is to your liking. I like to put it in the freezer for a couple of hours before serving.

Making Mandy

My friend Mandy asked if I would help her put together a website. She bakes, does crafts - basically all the things I imagine people do on Pinterest. So, this weekend she spent some time cooking and baking and I spent some time stuffing my face with all of the deliciousness. It also provided the opportunity to practice some food photography. This is my second time giving this a go, but I need to take a course on Lynda or something about photographing food. I see the idea in my head, but struggle getting it to appear in the camera. Anyways, here are some favorites from the afternoon.

Also, this gem.


Once the website is complete, I'll update the post with a link. 

Anne and Ryan

I've known Anne and Ryan for a few years now, so when they asked if I would take some photographs for their "Save the Date," I was honored. We chose a beautiful Saturday in late afternoon to drive south to Serenbe, a progressive, farm-centric community on the edge of Atlanta, and captured some photos in the golden hour.

Being friends, and tasked with capturing an important memory in their relationship, I wanted to make sure that we left with some amazing photographs. I was excited, and relieved, with how much they enjoyed them. And, we had a lot of fun in the process. Below are some of my favorites. 

Towards the end of the shoot, Ryan was kind enough to allow me to take a photograph of him for my portrait project.

I started the shoot with my 17-70mm zoom lens. I always default to it for it's flexibility, but I found myself using my 50mm prime lens for most of the session. Clearly, it lacks the zoom capability of my 17-70mm lens, but it forces me to simplify the photograph and move my feet to get the right shot. The proof is in the photographs. Lately, many of my favorites were taken with a the 50mm.