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Make it again, Sam! | Personal

Even as business has been picking up for the summer, I’ve been trying to tote my camera around more in my personal life, as well. It gives me some good practice and keeps me on my toes, especially when I shoot something I’m not used to — like food.

This tasty dish was my dinner tonight, thanks to the bounty of the CSA that I joined this year! I’m so psyched that I’ll have my own haul of veggies every week. The other cool thing about CSAs is that you’re often introduced to new foods you haven’t tried before. This week I was handed a medium sized bunch of green swirls. I had to Google around before I figured out that they were garlic scapes — the spicy green tops of the garlic we’re used to eating. Most of the websites I visited suggested making them into pesto because of their complex, bright garlic flavor, and that sounded just perfect to me. I based my recipe on this dish, though I cheated and used my food processor for the pesto.

Summer squash and spaghetti noodles with garlic scape pesto

Did you know that you can make pesto with pretty much any kind of nut or seed you have on hand? I’ve used walnuts or pecans before, but tonight I only had sunflower seeds. The pesto turned out delicious!

Summer squash (I only had one on hand, so that’s what I used)
2 T butter
Whole wheat spaghetti (I used about half a box)
Parmesan cheese (for serving)

For pesto:
4 garlic scapes
1/6 c. sunflower seeds
1/2 c. olive oil
1/3 c. parmesan cheese

Use a mandoline or vegetable peeler to slice your summer squash thin. Melt butter in a large skillet and sautee summer squash with a light sprinkling of salt until tender, about 8 minutes. Cook pasta according to directions on package.

Add scapes, nuts or seeds, and cheese to food processor and chop. Slowly drizzle in olive oil and continue pureeing until well blended. You may have to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a spatula. (Scape pesto is a significantly lighter green than traditional basil pesto. Don’t be alarmed!:))

Strain pasta when finished cooking and add pasta and pesto to skillet. Stir to combine. Serve hot with extra cheese sprinkled on top!


Angie - Yum!! Sounds delicious. Jeremy and I joined a CSA this year too and we are super excited. I just love when you can make a whole meal using nothing but stuff that came in the box :)June 11, 2011 – 9:45 pm

Lauren - YUM! Since you’re in Central Ohio as I am too, what CSA did you go with? I’m dying to get into one but haven’t the slightest clue where to sign up!June 12, 2011 – 10:03 am

Lisa - We chose Bird’s Haven Farms in Granville based on the price, type of produce and pick up location at the Westerville Farmer’s Market. They also sell there weekly if you want to try them out. :)June 12, 2011 – 11:07 am

Meredith Perdue - This looks absolutely scrumptious!June 23, 2011 – 1:59 pm

Big Apple Nosh: NYC Food Blog | New York | Food | Restaurants | Recipes | Reviews | Veggie Resolution #7: Garlic Scape Pesto - […] bulb to grow bigger.  I had no idea what to do with these super-pungent greens until my friend Lisa had suggested pesto.  You better believe it – pungent scapes = suuuuper garicky pesto!  In […]July 5, 2011 – 2:11 pm

Peonies! | Personal | Dublin, Ohio

Happy Spring, everyone! I can’t believe it’s already June and almost officially summer. It’s officially peony season, and the bush just off my back deck is flowering like crazy!


Peony season also means that it’s wedding season, and I’ve been going full force for the last several weeks with engagement shoots and wedding prep work. June and July are particularly busy. You might recall that I’m a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding, and shooting my husband’s best friend’s wedding, as well as my own brother’s wedding.


If you submit a contact form through this website, I will receive it, but may not respond right away (I will try to write back within 48 hours). If you need a quicker response, please call me! I almost always have my phone with me and will answer it if I can. 614.507.1135

Love you guys! Will post more soon!

Robin + Jason | Engaged | Inniswood Metro Gardens

This April was the rainiest one on record in Central Ohio, but Robin, Jason and I managed to get together on a day with a little sun.:)

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about why photography is so important to me and it’s really changed my shooting style. I talked a little about the Beloved Movement about a year ago, but I recently participated in an online seminar on Beloved and I’ve been incorporating some of the techniques from it into my sessions lately. I have to say, I’m loving the results.

My hope is that the time the couple spends together shooting the photos is just as valuable as the pictures themselves. I don’t want to just make pretty pictures of people — I want them to be meaningful.




Thanks for not looking at me like I was crazy for all the questions I asked and the things I told you to do, Robin and Jason! You guys are awesome.:)

Chicago, here I come!

I could not be more excited for this boudoir event! Not only do I get to shoot in Chicago for the first time, I also get to meet one of my best online friends, Jenna of Jenna Cole and That Wife. She’s one of the people that inspired me to follow my dream and start my business, so I’m thrilled that we get the chance to collaborate on these mini sessions. Jenna will be shooting with a little more of a sweet slant, while I’ll tackle the sassier images. 😉 You’ll have about a half hour session with each of us, and you’ll get three edited files on disc from each mini session. We’ll have a hair and makeup artist on site for booking.

Attendees will also have the choice of purchasing an album custom designed by either me or Jenna. She has a simple, clean design style with white backgrounds, while my boudoir albums feature a variety of sexy backgrounds with a little more depth. We’ll have examples on site for you to look at on the day of the shoot.

Only SIX ladies will be accepted for this awesome shoot, so contact either me or Jenna ASAP to reserve your spot! Call me at 614.507.1135 or send me an email at to book.

Chicago Boudoir Mini Sessions in May | Jenna Cole Photography – Chicago, IL - […] Mrs. Bunny!) and we are teaming up for a boudoir marathon on the 14th of May. Details on her blog here! You can use my contact form to inquire about open spots, and if you know me in real life and […]April 22, 2011 – 11:19 am

Boudoir Mini Sessions with Lisa Rice - That Wife - […] writing about this because I’m doing a marathon of mini sessions with Lisa Rice. Details here (there is photo of a girl in lacy panties on that page, please consider yourself warned!) […]April 22, 2011 – 11:52 am

Three Randoms (and swimming advice needed) - That Wife - […] We still have two openings for our Boudoir Mini Session day. Details here! […]May 13, 2011 – 6:02 am

Engagement photo tips

This is from a series of posts that features advice from brides, wedding planners and Lisa Rice from Lisa Rice Photography.  Check the Lisa Rice Photography blog Tuesdays and Thursdays for more about how to have the best wedding photos ever! Upcoming topics include engagement photos, planning your wedding day schedule, and how to deal when everything goes wrong. Click here to view all the posts in the series. 



I kinda skipped around a little bit from the order that I planned to publish these posts because I wanted to tell you all about boudoir photography and my upcoming boudoir marathon. So if you don’t remember, I recently posted about why it’s so important to have an engagement session with your photographer, if you can.

Plan your session out
Talk to your photographer about what to expect on the day of.  Where and when will you meet? What should you wear? Do you have a particular vision for your photos?  Maybe you want to take photos at the bar where you met; Your photographer needs to plan for the low-light in this situation. Maybe you want photos of you two shooting some hoops at the local park. Also think about PDA – public displays of affection. Modern wedding photographers usually expect to take photos of couples kissing. If you’re not comfortable with that, you should speak up. All of these things you should talk about with each other and with your photographer ahead of time.

Wear your best
Wear clothing that makes you feel comfortable and fabulous! For best results, don’t wear overly “matchy” outfits with your significant other and bring more than one outfit.  Usually one outfit that is dressier and at least one that is more casual. Bright, rich colors, especially “jewel tones” look great, and patterns are fine as long as you don’t overdo it.

Arrive on time

Photographers usually schedule sessions in the hours right after sunrise or right before sunset because that’s when the light is best for photos. If you show up late, you’re limiting the amount of time you have in the best light. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.:)

Bring props (but only if you want to)
Items that are special to you as a couple or things that represent your personalities are fun to incorporate into pictures. Don’t be surprised if I ask you to surrender your engagement ring for 5 minutes so I can grab a great pic of your bling. I promise I’ll return it safely!

Have fun!
The more willing you are to get a little crazy, the more fun and unique your photos will be. “Crazy” might mean lying down on the ground, climbing a tree or a ladder, or crawling inside bushes. I bring a blanket for my couples to sit on if they’re worried about a particular item of clothing, but if you want to wear a new designer dress, consider bringing another “playtime” outfit, too. Trust your photographer even if you feel a little silly.

Funny story: These pics aren’t from an engagement session, either! I asked my cousin and his girlfriend and my brother and his fiancee to come out and play one day awhile back and snapped these shots just for fun.:)Daniel and Emma, the couple in most of these photos, are two of my favorite people. Love you guys!

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