Redfish Lake | Boise, Stanley, Sun Valley, Idaho photographer

Last month I had the pleasure of photographing Rick and Teresa’s wedding at the Redfish Lake Lodge.  The lake is located just a few miles south of Stanley Idaho.    Although I stayed in the lodge on this trip, camping spots are available all around the lake. 
All the shots shown on this blog are within 10 minutes walking distance of the lodge.   I think the next time I visit, my husband and I might pitch the tent.  I love crawling out of the tent bright and early in the morning to see scenes like these.

Up On The Roof | Boise, Idaho Photographer

Last month my husband and I spent an evening touring some of downtown Boise’s historic rooftops. Preservation Idaho put together a special tour called Up On the Roof.  The tour was a lot of fun and we had a great time seeing Boise from a different perspective.  
Thank you Preservation Idaho for organizing this walking tour!
Idaho State Capitol Building
  View from a top Plaza 121
The new space of 10 Barrel Brewing Company….viewed from atop the Washington Trust Bank
The Owyhee Plaza has a great view of the old Idanha hotel as well as some of Boise’s more modern architecture.

Balsamic Pickled Apricots: Home Canning | Boise Food Photographer

It’s been about a year since my last food blog.  Around my house, it’s canning season, so I thought it would be a good time to present a new recipe.  This one is extremely easy and it’s for all the home canning enthusiasts out there.
What you need:
1 cup–white balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup–sweet vermouth
1/2 cup–honey
1/2 cup–water
2 –3″ sticks of cinnamon, broken
6–whole cloves
2 pounds–ripe apricots
Step 1:
For syrup:  In a medium stainless steel saucepan combine vinegar, vermouth, honey, water and cinnamon.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes.  Make sure to Remove cloves & cinnamon sticks.  (I place mine in a tea diffuser while cooking to make for a quick and easy removal)
(I forgot to take a picture of the mixture in the saucepan.  Here’s a photo of the mixture–right before step 7)
Step 2:
-Fill large stock pot with water and bring water to a boil.
-Blanch Apricots:  Carefully submerge scored apricots into boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds.  Immediately transfer hot apricots to a bowl of ice water.



 Step 3: 
When apricots are cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skins
Step 4:
Cut each apricot in 1/2 and remove the pit.
 Step 5:
Return the vinegar & vermouth solution to boiling (Sorry no picture)
 Step 6:
Pack apricot halves into hot sterilized canning jars….leaving 1/2 of head space.
Step 7:  
Pour hot syrup over the apricots to cover…maintaining the 1/2 head space.
Remove air bubbles with a knife.  Wipe jar rims and adjust lids.
Step 8:
Process jars in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.  (start timing when your water returns to a boil)
Step 9:
Remove Jars from the water bath.  Let cool on wire rack.
And here it is…the finished product.
The seed like item you see in the broth is actually an apricot kernel.  It’s extracted from the inside of the apricot pit and tastes like a bitter almond.  This is a slight modification from the above recipe.  my husband and I chose to add 1 apricot kernel (chopped up) to the each jar….a little trick we picked up from making jam and marmalade’s recipes in the Blue Chair Jam cookbook.


Rick + Teresa = married | Redfish Lake & Stanley Idaho wedding photographers

O’ how I love a wedding in the mountains!  I guess it’s because they remind me of my childhood home….Montana.
Anyway, this post is not about me…it’s about Rick and Teresa.  One of the sweatest and most down to earth couples I have ever photographed.  Their wedding was about the love the two not only have for each other, but the special bounds they each have with those closest in their lives.  A small group of family and friends gathered along the Redfish Lake beach to witness the exchange of vows and then moved inside to the Redfish Lodge to continue the celebration. 
Congratulations Rick & Teresa!  Thank you for inviting me to be a part of your special day.

Venue:  Redfish Lake Lodge
Gown:  Formal & Bridal Center
Catering: Redfish Lake Lodge
Cake:  Brenda’s Creative Cakery
FlowersPrimavera Flowers
Officiant:  Dave Lowry (friend of bride & groom)
Photographer:  Leap Photography

Michelle Edmonds–Part 1 | HERLIFE Magazine | Boise family & portrait photographer

Today I’m highlighting another HERLIFE Magazine portrait shoot.  This post includes images taken  of Michelle Edmonds and her family during the first ever cover shoot for the Treasure Valley edition of the magazine.  
Michelle anchors for both Todays 6 On Your Side News (KIVI) and Fox 9 at 9.  Make sure to pick up the July issue to find out more about Michelle and all she does for the Boise community.

Tie the Knot HERLIFE Magazine | Boise Wedding Photographer

I think some of you will recognize this couple from previous posts of this blog and the Leap Photography website.  Tiffany and Richard were married last June and I had the pleasure of being their wedding photographer.  These two are just the so sweat together and I think the perfect couple for the “Tie the Knot” section of the new Treasure Valley HERLIFE Magazine.

Happy July 4th! | Teresa & Rick Sneak Peek | Red Fish Lake Wedding photographer

Happy 4th of July everyone!
Today we’re getting a little sneak peek into a recent wedding I photographed at Redfish Lake outside of Stanley Idaho.  The lake is just gorgeous and any time spent in the lodge or surrounding area is just so relaxing.

In my family July 4th was always a day to relax and spend with family and friends and when I look at this photo I just get the warm fuzzy feelings.  It reminds me of some of the 4th of July gatherings from my youth.  

Teresa and Rick were surrounding by some of those who love them the most.  The day was beautiful, the food was excellent and I really don’t think the two could have asked for a better day.