Symphony Park

Symphony Park

I took the kids down to Symphony Park to take some pics of them in their Easter ears. (Before you ask, just know almost everything in my life is from Target. The ears I found the first day they put out the Easter stuff.) I LOVE Symphony Park, especially in photos. The colors lends so much to the feeling of spring. I cannot quite believe Sawyer has started cooperating with photos!  Symphony Park Symphony Park Symphony Park Symphony Park Symphony Park Symphony Park symphony Park Symphony Park

I also rocked some colorful nails this week for Easter and they matched the park perfectly. So I’ll just add them to this post. You know where to get them ūüėČ Or ask for a free sample. This is Color Crush and its only available until the end of the month!

Color Crush

 

Max | One Year

Max didn’t get a smash cake session like I wanted to do, but these photos more than make up for it! I shot them on 2 different days, on 2 different sides of Mt. Charleston. Beware, this is going to be a lot of photos in this post, because how could I possibly just choose a few with this amazing little face.

Wild Things Photoshoot

Wild Things Photoshoot

Wild Things Photoshoot

Wild Things Photoshoot

Wild Things Photoshoot

Wild Things Photoshoot

I did this shoot 1 month before his birthday so we could use them for his Birthday Invitations. If you were one of the lucky ones who got one, you know there was a special request on them. In lieu of presents we wanted to do a donation instead. We did the same thing with Sawyer’s first Birthday and gave to the Cranio Carebears foundation, who were a huge support during his surgery & recovery. We are so lucky Max is a completely healthy happy baby, but we still wanted to give back. So I thought about what played a big part of the year September 2014- September 2015, and I knew just who we needed to honor. Evanna is only a couple months older than Max, so her little face was always in my mind when we celebrated milestones at home and they celebrated totally different ones in a hospital. Since the day we came home from the hospital with Max, they went in and never got to leave. She has spent over a full year in the hospital now and I cant even begin to imagine how hard this is on her family. One week for us in the PICU still seems like forever, and its long gone. Evanna has 22q11 or DiGeorge Syndrome. She has had multiple open heart surgeries among others. She is a fighter and has braved through some really low days. There is no one I can think of who deserved this extra bit of love more. ¬†You can read more about her journey at www.theirvinefamilyblog.com

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Wild Things Photoshoot

Wild Things Photoshoot

Wild Things Photoshoot

Wild Things Photoshoot

And lastly I have to share these 3 from our other last minute shoot. Alexie from Alexie Jane Photography who I love working with, helped me climb a mountain carrying a chair, balloon, my camera, AND a baby! She is a lifesaver in all things photography and my life. I could not have gotten these photos without her and they will live on as favorites for many years to come. Wild Things Photoshoot

Wild Things Photoshoot

Wild Things Photoshoot

Vendor list

Photography Lissables Photography

Both Knit Crowns Cloud Co. Clothing

Wild Pants Little and Brave

Shirts, Wild Things from Target, Max from Amazon.

Happy 1st Birthday Max!!!

Well this seems like as good a time as ever, to revive the blog I let die a long time ago. Whoops, turns out, when you have kids they suck your time dry! But then they also bring joy and fun birthday parties which inspire you to bring it all back. Wish me luck on that one.

It has been over a year since I blogged. I left you high and dry on a heavy noted post about my second pregnancy trials. Well that little monster came into this world and changed it forever. I’ll have to do a recap of his amazing first year, it flew by in a blink. And suddenly I was planning his first birthday party which has come and gone. Max was named in memory for my Grandpa, Marinus. A good Danish name I didnt want to burden a child with but still wanted to honor the memory. Max was his nickname when they immigrated to Canada and no one could pronounce his name properly. Which made it the perfect name to give this hilarious little boy. It’s also the name of a the character in a favorite book of mine, Max – King of all the wild things, ever fitting. So we celebrated him with a Wild Things theme. I hope you enjoy all the little details as much as I did.

Our little cake display area was my pride & joy of the party. I may have only gotten 2 hours of sleep because of this party falling on the same weekend as my annual scrapbooking weekend. We got home at 7pm and I baked all night and set up so that it was all ready to go by 11:30 the next morning. Might have been the reason this is one of my less elaborate cakes! haha

Where The Wild Things Are Party

Where The Wild Things Are Party

The wooden cake stands are from Indigo in Canada, I found them this summer, fell in love and ran with the whole theme based on them. I found moss at Michaels along with some light up tree’s that will circulate into my thanksgiving decor later this year. The pine cones are from our Mt. Charleston one year Birthday shoot with Max the week before. The steel lanterns are from target, and I get asked about them from every guest.

Where The Wild Things Are Party

I made a monthly banner and if you are counting, yes I did end on month 10, always a month behind but consistently, so that counts for something right? And that beautiful blue highchair that has had color identity issues is going to stay this mint color for the rest of its life because it caused major heartache while trying to cover the last shadows of pink. For some reason the paint kept spraying out a different color when I went to cover the last spots. Driving me INSANE. But I finally did it and its beautiful and so worth all the cursing.

Where The Wild Things Are Party

My mantle is one of my favorite places in this new house. We had the tv outlets removed and moved, and a mantle custom made so I could decorate it every month. I have loved watching it change this last year. So September was all about this Baby’s 1st Birthday. Some throwback photos from my pregnancy, and his first days. And his brand new photos from his one year shoot. The big canvas is from his nursery and one of my favorite quotes. The letters are Heidi Swapp Marquee letters from Michaels. I obviously didnt add the marquee lights for the party but I will for his room! I ordered a book just to destroy for this party. Sorry book gods! Top it off with a banner & it makes it hard to pull it down for Halloween decor next!

Where The Wild Things Are Party

Where The Wild Things Are Party

If you know me, my decor is usually centered around photos. They are my love and life. We took these a week before his birthday and they sing to my soul. They are everything my heart dreamed of with his shoot. I will share the actual images in another post! I added a custom banner, I got the letters from target in a banner kit. Way too cute and easy!

Where The Wild Things Are Party

Wild Things Birthday Party

My cake took a backseat this time. And that still is bothering me. But when its 3am and you know your baby is going to be awake in 3 hours, you just slap some frosting on that thing, add some sprinkles and call it a day! And besides, it tasted good and that’s all that really matters! I made 50 mini cupcakes too! Because you can never have too many cupcakes. And they made their way home with a lot of guests too!

Where The Wild Things Are Party

Here’s where procrastination will never teach me a lesson. I had these elaborate favors in my head. I let it go until the last minute, and instead whipped these babies up. Thank goodness for my hubby and putting up with my endless, “Can you make me this in photoshop?”

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The food was awesome and incredibly easy!! And you know what, it was the most recipe requests I’ve ever gotten! So here they are in all their easy peasy glory, but with no pics because I just wasn’t that on top of it!

Spinach Artichoke Pasta Salad

Ingredients
  • 12 oz pasta (I used rotini)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ¬ĺ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 package (1.4 oz) vegetable soup mix
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 can water packed artichokes
  • 4 cups chopped & lightly packed fresh spinach
 Instructions
  1. Cook pasta el dente according to package directions.
  2. In a large bowl combine sour cream, mayonnaise and dry soup mix.
  3. Drain artichokes well and cut into quarters.
  4. Toss pasta with sauce. Gently fold in spinach, green onions and artichokes.
  5. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

 

SWEET AND SPICY SLOW COOKER KIELBASA BITES

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 packages kielbasa, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce
  • 1 (10.5 ounce) jar red pepper jelly
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes (or more if you want it extra spicy)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook on low 6 hours, increasing to high for the last 30 minutes of cooking (or on high 3.5 to 4 hours total)
  3. Stir every 30 minutes to make sure the bottom kielbasa isn’t burning.
  4. Enjoy!

I mean seriously two of the easiest things I’ve ever made and SO delicious that we thoroughly enjoyed the left overs! I made the pasta salad the night before so it had lots of time to set. We also had brushetta, chips, carrots & dip too. And gourmet PB & honey sandwiches for the littles.

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And then we sang Happy Birthday and let a little dude go to town on a BIG piece of cake! He was ready for a nap but decided he could spend some extra time destroying this thing. For never having cake before, he sure knew he liked LOVED it!

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And then he went off and slept a solid 3 hours! His best nap yet. So do I just bake him a cake everyday for that perk? #sugarcoma

 

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Max loves his new chair from his GB&PopPop. He was stealing Sawyer’s a lot recently, and with 2 kids you know you need 2 chairs! We were so lucky to celebrate this birthday with both Grandma’s in person. When you live in another country from family, this isn’t a given, its a privilege and these boys are constantly spoiled with visits, their biggest gifts on birthdays! So we had some traditional Birthday video chats with our other long distance families, Auntie Kimmy and Braxton entertained Max right up until bedtime. Making it a chalk full of perfect happiness for this little boy!

Where The Wild Things Are Party

Where The Wild Things Are Party

Thanks to everyone who came and wished this favorite one year old of mine a Happy Birthday! It was a delightfully perfect day spent with friends and family. I’m sure I’ll blink and be posting his 2nd Birthday.¬†Where The Wild Things Are Party

And stick around, I’ve already got a couple blog posts scheduled for this week! Im back, and I hope you are just as excited as I am about that!

 

Braxton | An Unexpected Session

My blog is back!!! We have {hopefully} fixed all the hacking issues and I am able to post for the first time in about 6 months! Wow I have missed this and I know from all the messages some of you actually missed me too! I’m going to go back and start blogging my favorite work of the past months and also continue with current topics. Thank you so much for sticking around through this annoying period. I appreciate each and every single one of my readers so much! Hooray we’re back!¬†Lissables Photography | Braxton

If you follow my work, you’ll see that this little boy is no stranger to being captured. His chubby little face has been photogenic since that first hour. This is my darling nephew Braxton and I love when he is my subject. We had a little walk in the park beside my parent’s house which turned into an unexpected session. The best kind. Enjoy Mr. Braxton and his beautiful mama.

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Stay tuned, I have sooooooo much to share now that I can finally post pictures with my posts, and we are live and functioning. I really can’t tell you how excited I am about this development! Please leave comments if you love these pictures or are happy to have us back. I read every single one and I love hearing from my readers.

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Justin+Jordan | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

This is only a sneak peak at Justin and Jordan’s beautiful wedding set against the ocean. I have only begun to touch the week long event that they celebrated with friends and family aboard the Carnival Magic. This was my third wedding and my first destination wedding, and it was such a fun new experience, I will always remember it.

Your going to want to stay tuned because on their wedding day we were very time restrained and didn’t get to any bridal shots. So she braved getting all ready again on a second day, just so we could take some stunning photo’s around the ship.

Enjoy and Congrats Mr&Mrs Merrell.

 

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

Jordan+Justin | Destination Wedding Photographer

 

Your going to want to stay tuned for all the other amazing moment’s from the cruise Destination Wedding. You can also stay updated at ¬†www.facebook.com/lissablesphotography

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Wedding Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Wedding Photographer

Two weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to be a second shooter with a long time friend and photographer in Houston, Texas. It was such a fun experience. Being a second shooter gave me the ease and time to focus on details and small moments. Don’t get me wrong, I love shooting wedding’s, but there is always a level of stress to capture every little thing throughout the day. It’s a big job. It also helped that these two were the coolest, low-key, and totally in love couple ever. She got married outside in the rain. Can’t say most brides would do that, but she had a dream wedding and rain was not going to halt it. And it was even more beautiful because of it.

Enjoy and Congrats Mr&Mrs Kraft.

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Kara+Chance | Las Vegas Photographer

Mallory+Kyle | Las Vegas Wedding Photographer

Mallory+Kyle | Las Vegas Wedding Photographer

 

Thursday, September 5th 2013. A beautiful Las Vegas day. A day Mallory & Kyle will always remember. As well as myself. This marks my first official wedding! They could not have made it easier on me, with the beautiful settings, touching little details, and absolutely perfectly paired couple.

I am so thrilled with the results and cannot wait to finish this amazing wedding. Here is a few teaser’s for the lovely couple.

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Family Session | Las Vegas Photographer

Lissables Photography | Las Vegas Photographer

Last January I embarked on a new journey, professional photography. You see if you know me in any way, you know my camera has been attached to my hand since 2007. It’s been my greatest passion and I feel that I have grown as a photographer in those 6 years. Back to the story, my first client of Lissables | Photography was under 10 pounds. Little Brynlee was just 4 weeks old, and although that’s above the average newborn photography stage, she was a perfect little model. I was hooked. It’s been one year to that date, and to commemorate it her family booked another session for all the siblings. Focusing on little Brynlee of course!

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Looking forward to shooting another session with Christina and little Aidan tomorrow! Make sure you stay up to date with Lissables Photography on FB OR contact me at lissables@gmail.com to book your own session!