Posted on August 7, 2018
Popsicles could be my favorite treat, they are generally easy to make and very adaptable. Usually I am able to make with what I already have in the fridge. They make the perfect warm day treat for everyone to enjoy and cool off a little. They also bring a bit of nostalgic memories to summer days at grandma’s house sitting on the porch dripping in popsicle juice. I’ve gathered some really fun, easy and scrumptious recipes for you and your kids to try on your next warm day, even one for just adults.
Easy Breakfast Yogurt Pops –
A little breakfast popsicle to get your morning started. Surprise your kids with a little treat to start the day off.
- 7 oz. greek yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 2 tsp. wildflower honey
- ½ cup granola
- 1 cup berries diced
– Mix together the milk, yogurt and 1 tsp. of the honey.
– Place a few berries into the bottom of each mold.
– Divide the yogurt mixture between your popsicle molds.
– Add another layer of berries and top off molds with the remaining yogurt
– Place a wooden ice cream stick into each mold and top the yogurt with a little granola
– Place the popsicles into the freezer for at least 5 hours before consuming.
Creamy Lemon Raspberry Pops –
These pops were a real hit at our house with both kids and adults! Sweet, tart and creamy all in one for something a little different than your usual fruit juice pop. Made with fresh squeezed lemons and mashed berries there’s nothing but wholesome goodness in these pops.
- 1 1/4 cups fresh raspberries
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 8 oz. greek yogurt
- 3 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– Place the fresh raspberries in a fine mesh strainer. Add the granulated sugar into the raspberry puree. Stir to combine. Set aside. After about 5 minuets press the raspberries with a spatula and continue to work it until all of the juice is in the bowl and only the seeds and some skin is left in the strainer. Discard seeds.
– In a mixing bowl, add in the yogurt, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Stir to incorporate.
– Scoop the yogurt into four popsicle mold cavities. Try to keep it even.
– Put the raspberry puree into a cup with a spout or spoon it into the molds to the top.
– Using skewer, poke the raspberry puree down into the yogurt mixture until it’s mixed to your liking. Avoid stirring to get the swirled effect like mine.
– Place the popsicle sticks or tops in. Freeze overnight until set.
Coconut Blueberry Cream Pops
These pops were probably the simplest to make using just four ingredients and a smoothie blender. You can even substitute the blueberries for any fruit or berry to mix it up. I found these make a great alternative too to the store bought yogurt tubes if you’ve run out.
- 1 can Thai coconut milk
- 2 tbsp. honey
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
– Mix the coconut milk, honey and vanilla in a blender until smooth.
– Add the blueberries and pulse until they’ve’ been “smashed” but not completely blended.
– Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 5 hours.
Peanut Butter Banana Pops –
Another crazy simple and unique popsicle that takes less than 10 minuets to whip up. After they have been frozen the dipping and topping options are pretty endless. We went simple and just did chocolate, but you can add peanuts, sprinkles, pretzel bits, sea salt etc. etc.
- 8 oz. plain greek yogurt
- ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup whole milk
- 1 banana
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/3 cup sugar
- melted chocolate, for dipping (optional)
– In a in a blender blend together the yogurt, peanut butter, banana, milk, vanilla extract and sugar.
– Divide the mixture into popsicle molds and insert popsicle sticks. Freeze the pops until frozen solid, at least 4 hours.
– When ready to serve, remove the pops from the freezer and release them from the molds.
– Dip or drizzle them with the chocolate sauce. Serve immediately.
Pomegranate Champagne Pops – Adults only!
Here is a great pop to end those endless summer days or a fun backyard party treat. A little something for the adults to enjoy too on those warm nights when the kids are finally in bed and tucked away.
- 1 cup fresh pomegranate juice
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 limes
- 1 ½ cups Champagne
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 lemon
- Dixie cups
– Combine 1 cup of fresh pomegranate juice and 2 tablespoons of sugar, then whisk until sugar is completely dissolved. Divide the pomegranate syrup amongst the Dixie cups and add your popsicle sticks; freeze it for 2 hours.
– Combine the juice of 1 lime, the remaining sugar, and a splash of the champagne. Whisk the mixture together so that all of the sugar is dissolved. Now add enough champagne to measure out 1.5 cups. Give it a gentle stir to combine with the lime syrup.
– Slice remaining lime into thin disks and seed the pomegranate.
– Remove the popsicle mold from the freezer and fill each individual mold with a few some pomegranate arils. Now top off the molds with the champagne mixture and lime on top and place them back in the freezer.
– Let the popsicles freeze for about 10 hours before serving.
Tell me what your favorite one is! I think ours was the Creamy lemon ones.
Post originally featured in Volume 11 of Beauty and Lifestyle Mommy Magazine’s Family & Child issue.
Posted on July 25, 2018
I have had this vision for sometime now. I wanted to do it with myself while I was still pregnant with Easton, but he decided to show up early so I wasn’t able to do it. So when I found out Stephanie was also going team green I thought it would be really cool to shoot her second pregnancy and use the smoke bombs for her.￼ Since my in laws garden was in full bloom for summer I thought it would be beautiful to shoot the session there. Seeing how it turned out to be a secret garden magical shoot. I’m so ecstatic with the end result. The light was perfectly golden and the smoke really came out how I envisioned.
After we were done playing in the garden we decided to change dresses and head down to Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson and do a few shots there too and cool off in the water since it was about 100 degrees that day.
If you’re interested in learning more about sessions and details check out the investment page.
Posted on June 21, 2018
I’ve gotten to know Alice and her family pretty well now since our move back to Long Island two years ago. She’s not only a long time friend to my husband but she’s become a really great friend to me too! And she’s crazy creative and artsy too… like the knitting she does is 10,000% – check out her insta here!
I have done countless session with her from her maternity to her home birth to newborn images of Ellie. I was really excited when she wanted to gift her in-laws-to-be a extended family session for the holidays. We waited until we had one of those sneaky spring days back in May when it was warm and the sun was shinning so golden. We choose to have the session at Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson. The tide was low and the wind wasn’t so bad – I absolutely adore how this session went!
Once the big kids ( not shown here for privacy reasons) started laughing at my corny jokes we were getting some genuine playful smiles! After the whole family was done Alice, Adam and Ellie wanted to venture onto the dock for some more and I of course happily obliged – I mean, who wouldn’t.
I can’t wait for August to get here and watch Alice and Adam get hitched – it’s going to be absolutely gorgeous.
If you love what you’ve seen and want to book your own extend family session I’d love to send you more info about it – head over to my investment page to send me an email!
Posted on June 13, 2018
Last month I got to meet baby R and his sweet family during their Fresh 48 session. Usually these sessions take place within the first 48 hours – hence the name fresh 48, but I met this little guy about half way through day 3. He had to spend just a little time in the NICU upon arrival so our session got pushed back just a day later than usual. None the less he was absolutely adorable and the sweetest little guy his mom and dad could have wished for. He also LOVED his paci which I find pretty normal for NICU babies; my oldest was obsessed with hers! Take a peek below to see how cute mister R is.
– The Traveling Dress – A Special Project with Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine – Jessica Michelle Photo
Posted on June 5, 2018
The Traveling Dress Collaboration is a brilliant creative project brought together by several photographers within the Motherhood Society (Beauty & Lifestyle Mommy Magazine’s endorsed professional motherhood photography communication). As elite creatives, each photographer was impressed with one another’s different photography and editing style and they decided to celebrate different women, all from different ethnicity, different stages in their pregnancies and in different settings, using the exact same dress to make their unique visions come to life. Each photographer had one single week with the dress, a custom design from Sew Trendy Accessories; styling the dress with their own creative vision and shooting it with their own style, before mailing it off to the next person. To avoid creatively influencing the vision of one another, the participating photographers agreed to refrain from sharing the images until each of them had the opportunity to shoot with the dress and submit their images for publish in the magazine. The dress traveled around the United States between eight participants, each very different in shooting style and artistic voice, we are so excited to share this collaboration with you!
I had the pleasure of working with Dana who was about 22 weeks during the time of our shoot last August. I wanted to do something fun and different that I had before. Dana is an art teacher here on Long Island, so I wanted to incorporate that in some way. I originally wanted to shoot at the MET in NYC but they don’t allow editorial shoots. So I went in a different direction and played off the teacher part and what is so commonly associated with teachers? Apples! I reached out to my favorite orchard on the East End and set up shooting before harvesting began. Harbes Orchard was in its prime and the trees were full of apples that hadn’t been touched yet! Dana was stunning in the dress and the light was so dreamy. After we did some in the traveling dress I had her switch up her dress and do some in another dress I had.
Check out Dana below as well as my favorite from each of the other photographers who participated in The Traveling Dress project.
Dress : Sew Trendy Accessories
Makeup : Heather Ann Makeup
Hair : me
Location : Harbes Orchard & Gibbons Family Estate
And here are my favorites from the other ladies who participated in this beautiful project! Be sure to check out their blog post too with more from each of their sessions linked below each image.
Posted on May 30, 2018
Springtime is here and I’m so excited! I’m ready for the warm weather and to be outside enjoying the sunshine. All last week everyone in the house was sick, except for me, of course! So once everyone was feeling better on Monday we decided to venture outside and do an impromptu little photo session once the sun peaked out and the grass was still tall. I put Emily in these pretty pink velvet overalls that I had since the fall that I had planned on using for her birthday photos that we never got around to. For Edward we dressed him up in a charming blue button-down and jeans; he decided to add his cool plaid hat. It’s been a staple for his look for the past few months I think it’s pretty darling. Easton wasn’t feeling great so we only snuck him in for a few shots. I’m so glad we were able to capture some cute springtime photos even though not everyone was feeling great.
These two fight like cats and dogs but are also the sweetest with one another – I can’t wait to see how Easton mixes in.
If you’re interested in capturing your families sweetest moment check out the Investment page for more info on sessions.
Posted on May 22, 2018
It’s always so nice to be a part of someones family journey and capture the special moments. With Jessica I was able to capture both her maternity session and then Pierson’s Fresh 48 session. His fresh 48 was extra special because his big brother Anderson was there to meet him too! Anderson took surprisingly well to meeting Pierson and even better to me being there with my camera. He was such a sweetheart with Pierson, talking with him, holding him and giving him lots of kisses.
It was so nice for Jessica and her family to have me there capturing such a special moment for them so soon after birth. Pierson was just a mere 12 hours old when I arrived. Jessica and I were able to chat about our birth stories and how similar they were – subsequent babies really do come fast!
If you want more info on Fresh 48 or any other sessions I offer please check out the Investment page. Now booking fresh 48 sessions for June – Dec 2018.
Posted on May 14, 2018
This was an extra special session for me, because it was for a good friend I’ve grown to know since meeting my husband. Taylor and her family were my husband’s childhood home neighbors and still are so we see them often when visiting my in-laws. We found out we were pregnant just a few months apart and we shared pregnancy woes and insomnia. It’s always great to be able to gift your friends your favorite sessions, and this was perfect for Taylor. It’s always special to be a part of such a special moment with families, but it’s even more when it’s for friends and family. Mackayla was such a doll and had the fullest head of dark hair. I can’t wait to spend summer days at the beach and watching her grow up.
When she arrived it I made it a family affaire and had my boys join me when going to meet her and do her fresh 48 session. Edward was really excited to meet another baby and kept showing Easton the baby that was just like him! Also thankfully Taylor’s parents were there to keep him occupied while I worked, he loves playing with them. Easton on the other hand slept the whole time and was a complete champ again during a session!
Here is me holding both Mackayla and Easton – I love my job!! And thank goodness for this Ergo carrier that’s gotten me though 3 babies and working!
If you want to find out more info about Fresh 48 sessions and to book yours check out the Investment page for details.
Posted on May 7, 2018
Just a little behind here on getting Josie’s session up on the blog. We shot her session just a week before my own little guy decided to surprise us with an early arrival. Thankfully the weather has warmed up since her snowy session. Josie was joined by her husband and sweet little boy during her session too. He was pretty shy and really wanted nothing to do with being in front of the camera, but I was able to snap a few with all of them together and some on his own. We chatted about how he loved PJ Mask and who his favorite character was. Then Josie and I went and did some images of just her! She was absolutely gorgeous in the sheer Sew Trendy Dress we got just for her session. With the golden sun behind her and the royal blue dress she just shined the whole time.
If you want to learn more about maternity session or to book yours now check out the Investment page for details.
Posted on May 1, 2018
It was such a pleasure to get to meet Lorelei last month, she was absolutely adorable! I met Katelynn at a special brunch held last year by East End Playdates for moms and moms-to-be. Katelynn entered the raffle to win her very own Fresh 48 session from me and was so excited when she won!
I’ve become quite the regular over at Stony Brook Hospital doing fresh 48’s and I have so many more set to happen in the next few months. They are truly my favorite sessions. When I arrived to meet Lorelei I had my very own assistant, Easton, with me since he was only about 4 weeks old. He was perfect and didn’t make a peep the whole time. He has accompanied me on every shoot since.
Lorelei has the sweetest features and the best head of hair so far in 2018. Mom and dad were totally amazing too, we chatted about so many things during the session. She had the sweetest disposition but really wanted to suck on something the whole time and you will see that in a few of her images below. It was so cute. I even shot some video as a new addition to add onto your fresh 48 packages.
To find out more information or to book your own Fresh 48 session check out the Investment page.