As mentioned in our wedding anniversary blog, I thought I’d share our recipe to the soup we served at our wedding. I found the original recipe in Cooking Light magazine, but we’ve made some changes to it over the years. It’s my favorite soup and it’s the perfect weather for it. I happen to be a big fan of Al’s meats, and I recommend their mild italian sausage. You can also substitute fresh basil and oregano if you have it. Our recipe is at the bottom of this post. Let me know if you make it and like it!


Italian Sausage Soup (Elicia’s variation)

2 packages of mild/hot italian sausage (six links)

1 large onion, minced

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

6 cups chicken broth (homemade or canned)

2 quarts crushed tomatoes (fresh or canned)

2 t. dried basil

1 t. oregano

a pinch of fennel seeds

add a t. sugar and or salt as needed

1 lb. pasta (shells, campanelli, whatever you like)



brown sausage and onion in large pot

add garlic, basil, fennel seed, and oregano. cook a few minutes more.

add crushed tomatoes and chicken broth, allow to simmer. taste for salt/sugar.

put salted water on to boil. add pasta. cook till al-dente, drain and add to soup.

add a bit of cheese to the top and eat.


p.s. sorry for vagueness in directions– ask questions if you need to! 🙂


I met the McIndoo family at Wilson Park in Mishawaka, for one last romp in the great outdoors while the weather was still nice. Since there’s two adorable little ladies in the family, we started on a hillside under a tree with a girly sort of setting. However, this setting did not last long, because the eldest was quite the explorer. We ran all over the open field, and then ventured into the woods to chase that golden evening glow that I love so much. Here are my favorites from the session!


Here is a sneak peak of a lovely family portrait session from this past weekend at Wilson Park in Mishawaka. More to come!

As mentioned in this family’s blog, here’s what we’ve been working on. The first set of images are HDR (High dynamic range) which are images that have been captured in such a way to record more information between the light and dark areas than normal digital photography captures. This process provides great detail. Being a lover of freckles, I thought Noah’s were perfect for this.

The bottom two images are cinemagraphs. If you watch close you’ll notice subtle movement. This is our first attempt with these but we think that they’re pretty cool and could be really great for online marketing of products and more.


This family portrait session took place on the Yellow River Road property. The warm light in this session was just wonderful! It reminded me a bit of Rembrandt’s colors. The Banks family is one family I loved working with. They just happen to be my family but I really do think they are kind, down to earth people. I noticed a while ago that their children are the most well behaved kids ever. I’m told that not only are they good kids, but they’re really smart. Natalie, a natural around the camera, loves to read and is a bit shy, like me! Noah has always been in high ability classes, loves sports, and playing guitar with his dad. Whether its grocery shopping or traveling, the family loves to do things together. They even agreed to have a picnic with my mini homemade apple pies. I hope they’ll love these images as much as I do! Enjoy!

P.S. Keep an eye out for another blog post on a special little project we worked on with this family.

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