5 Things

There's a few things making life a little brighter around here...

1. Plants I haven't killed. My mom gifted me this big lovely mix of succulents maybe 6 weeks ago and I thought for sure it would go the way of the dodo. But I've finally accepted that there are only a few spots that get enough light inside, so I put this on the front stoop and it's been very happy. It even bloomed! :)

2. You Must Remember This podcast. Found out about this one via Hello Giggles (their daily newsletter is awesome) and loved it from the minute I read the description. Chronicling the secret and forgotten histories of Hollywood - I'm all over that! The Judy Garland episode was fascinating, and the Star Wars series is great.

2. A new taco meat recipe. For someone who makes Mexican-inspired recipes for 8 out of 10 meals, finding this deeeee-lish recipe over at Love and Olive Oil made me super happy. If I'm being super lazy I can always go back to "brown beef, dump seasoning packet", but this isn't much more work and a whole lot tastier. I use it for burritos/tacos and usually add a can of black beans into the meat once it's thickened up for extra protein. WARNING: if you're a pansy like me, cut the amount of chili powder in half (at least!).

Also, awesome dressing for everything = Ranch + salsa + lime juice + cilantro. You're welcome.

3. Shooting with an ExpoDisc. I'm SO GLAD I finally picked this up. It was a total lifesaver when I was shooting in a variety of lighting situations for my mom's projects and it saved me hours of tedious white balance adjustments in Lightroom. Plus it's so quick to set that you won't leave clients hanging.

4. Newborn snuggles. My boyfriend's third nephew came into the world a few weeks ago, all adorable and tiny and perfectly healthy. Photographing him was a dream.

5. Sense8Despite the spelling, which makes me twitchy, I blew through this Netflix show in less than a week. The biggest draw for me is how they actually film in all the different countries - a reminder of how we've become so used to green screen! The interaction between the characters is great, plus the cast is fantaaaastic.

What's been making you guys happy lately?


Catching Up

Well, that was a fun three-day stomach flu bender! No really, the weight loss was totally worth it! :) I keed, I keed. I’m finally back to normal after the worst stomach flu of my LIFE, and playing catch up is the name of the game.
So without further adieu, first is a sneak peek from a lovely session that I photographed last Sunday, which included two kiddos, two dogs and two cats!

Ellingsen Photography Family Long Beach Los Angeles Pets Kids Petography

So stinkin’ adorable. I had so much fun with them, can’t wait to share the rest!

I also mentioned that my auntie was in town, and she leaves this morning – major sad face! So last weekend was a whirl of birthday dinners, shopping excursions, coffee breaks and gourmet cooking. Elissa’s food is amazing and I’m so glad I was around to partake in the deliciousness that is her shrimp and filet mignon dinner:

Ellingsen Photography Shrimp Steak Dinner

Mmm yes. She also made grilled pork chops Sunday night but we gobbled those down too quickly to photograph.

And last night I made her and my mom sit for a few sister photos before she left. Luckily they’re good at cracking themselves up and all I have to do is press the shutter.

Ellingsen Photography Grown Up Sisters Portraits Orange County

So what did I miss? What’s new with you guys? I’m thinking a quiet weekend is in order, with maybe a quick trip out to the shelter.


A-Makin' A-Pizza

My parents love making homemade pizza (and growing their own herbs and spices). Lucky for me they let me join in on the fun! This time we just set out all the ingredients and let each person make their own just the way they wanted. Yummmm….

Ellingsen Photography Making Homemade Pizza-Basil
Ellingsen Photography Making Homemade Pizza-Ingredients
Ellingsen Photography Making Homemade Pizza-Cheese

Somebody really wanted basil… :)

Ellingsen Photography Making Homemade Pizza-Finished

And of course, whenever food is involved, the dogs aren’t far behind, trying to look all cute and innocent.

Ellingsen Photography Making Homemade Pizza-Dante Begging


P.S. Sorry about the lame blog title.

Siblings & Cake

Ellingsen Photography Trude and Her Tall Brothers

Both my brothers are younger than me, but I’ve been the shortest one for at least ten years. I’ve just about come to grips with that. And yes, we totally coordinated our shirts…ha.

My dad graciously snapped this for me back in June when we got together to celebrate Lars (the one on the left) and his girlfriend Sarah’s birthdays – they’re a day apart (say it with me now: Awwwwww). Love how they’re obediently smiling because mom and I held dinner hostage until we got a few photos together! :)

We all sat down to enjoy an amazing spaghetti dinner followed by icebox cake that my mom made using her mother’s recipe. Soooooo goooooood.

Ellingsen Photography Icebox Cake

You guys, this cake is a total deceptacon. It looks all light and fluffy and delicious so you cut yourself a regular piece, and then you’ve overcome by the dense cream halfway through and no one sitting at the table can finish what’s on their plate! So don’t come back here and say I didn’t warn you. (You can find a great recipe for icebox cake over at Smitten Kitchen.)

A totally random post from your friendly neighborhood photographer. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


P.S. I’m closely following the news this morning that there was a bombing in Oslo. The Guardian seems to have the best updated news right now. So disturbing. My heart goes out to my motherland.