The Annual Cottage Trip | July 2016

With a usually larger than normal group at our annual trip to our friend Cory’s cottage, we sized down and had a more intimate group this year. These best friends had a good time. I took over 900 photos, managed to size down to 100 edited photos and I’ll highlight the best of those on here for all to enjoy!

 

Thanks for taking the time to scroll through our weekend! We had a wonderful time!

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me unless otherwise indicated. Please respect that these photos were taken for a private event, and are not to be shared unless with permission by either myself or those in the photos. I often retain non-watermarked photos, so if you are interested in those please contact me directly at Jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com or through Facebook.

Laura Kelly Photography | Workshop

In March I had attended my first photography workshop. With camera in tow, I was very excited to learn more about my lenses and shooting in manual.

Time to step it up a notch, Jenn!

When my own wedding photographer Laura Kelly posted that she was hosting her first workshop I didn’t even hesitate to sign up. I have been following Laura’s blog (both wedding and personal) since before I was married, and even 3 years later, I still love to know what’s going on in her exciting life! Her business has grown exponentially since I was a Laura Kelly bride, and I am so happy and excited for her!

She really went into detail about shooting in front and behind natural light, understanding our camera’s numbers (and what they mean), and helping us however we need it. Since this event was a few months ago, I am pleased to say I have gotten even better since… practice makes perfect! 🙂

Who couldn’t resist Wheezy’s charm? 😉

Laura had many beautiful things in her living spaces that had different lighting opportunities to take photos of.

I really had a great time and definitely practiced what I learned from her workshop. I would recommend checking out her blog post for more photos from the event!

Kelvin’s Birthday | The big 30!

One of my best and closest friends – Kelvin- just celebrated a milestone! His parents and friends were very eager to make it special for him.

We had an old school type theme, though I had decided before discussing with his mother that I was going to do a “punks not dead” cake, so in the end it worked out pretty well. I spent a lot of time developing a great white cake with black, white and red (albeit, looks pink) icing. Topped with silver edible ‘studs’. The boys aren’t overly fond of fondant, so I did my best to work with purely buttercream frosting. Doesn’t matter anyway, it tasted amazing (if I do say so myself)!

The cake baking I took with snapchat… haha, I was so excited.

So I had found a trick to make pure red icing, but apparently I added too much black to the red, and it ended up turning dark purple. I was really disappointed but improvised and pulled out the black food colouring and went that route instead.

I have learned over my time baking cakes that it’s better to let things sit to cure, if you will. I let the black icing with silver sprinkles sit overnight, and did the remaining decorating the following day.

I did the anarchy symbol on both sides, ‘punx not dead’ one side, and his name on the other. Suffice to say, I’m pleased my writing with my icing is getting much better.

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So before I got this all wrapped up, I found this artwork at Toronto Comic-con from an artist, and got it professionally framed. As soon as I saw it I had to get it for him.

Gandalf was having fun playing with the string on his gift, haha.

His mom had a fun time cutting out these skulls and incorporating this into the decor.

Burgers and dogs were ready to go!

Great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors! Country air felt so good for all of us.

Inside, we await cake to be served…

Kelvin’s being a good sport about posing for all the photos I’ve been taking, haha.

Kelvin checking out the cake details, and finally we get to see what it looks like on the inside! I’ll end here with Kelvin opening our gift. Lighting was getting tough though so I decided to stop taking photos.

Thanks for scrolling through. We all had a lovely time!! What better than to spend your birthday with the people who mean the most to you. 🙂

Disclaimer:

All photos have been taken by me unless otherwise indicated. Please respect that these photos were taken for a private event, and are not to be shared unless with permission by either myself or those in the photos. I often retain non-watermarked photos, so if you are interested in those please contact me directly at Jennifer_rapkins@hotmail.com or through Facebook.