Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A lovely delivery

Today I got an exciting delivery - Matt and Miriam's guest cards. These little cards tell guests where they can view the beautiful couple's wedding photographs when they're ready. They will direct them to a lovely little site made especially for them, coming soon with my lovely new website!

I love these cards, with a different picture on each one. It's always fun seeing guests swapping them and picking their favourites!

Seeing these pictures again takes me back to their engagement shoot last September (see them here and here- I have a smile on my face :)

I can't wait to hand these out next month, at the end of what I'm sure will be a beautiful day.

Happy Wednesday! Tomorrow I'll be posting some of my favourites from Liz and Ossie's Hampshire engagement session!

Much love, R. x

Friday, 9 March 2012

Chicken Katsu Curry: Personal

Last night a couple of friends and I tried to recreate Wagamama's chicken katsu curry. It wasn't in a recipe book, but after a lot of internet research I managed to cobble together a recipe that could potentially work. I'm a big fan of Wagamama so I'm delighted to pronounce our efforts a success!

I thought I'd write a few notes on how we got on, just in case you'd like to try it too! We started off with a trip to our local mini market. I'd seen long and complicated recipes for the curry sauce, but also suggestions that S&B's 'Golden Curry' was pretty similar to the curry sauce. I thought I'd give it a go, as a pre made curry sauce is a little more convenient than making one from scratch ;)

We came back from the market with above mentioned curry sauce and some panko breadcrumbs for the breaded chicken. Success!

I was a bit sceptical about the curry sauce, the instructions were a little vague and the sauce itself comes in a big block. The instructions also talk about adding the sauce to meet and veg in a pan, which I had no intention of doing! We came to the conclusion that we'd use half of the sauce (it came in two sealed blocks) and half the water, and add that to softened chopped onions. It was pretty impressive! After a few minutes simmering, it looked and tasted like the katsu curry sauce! Result! My only comment here is that we bought the 'medium' version of the sauce which was a little milder than the Wagamama sauce.

For the rice, we bought thai fragrant rice and cooked it as normal - I wanted to press it into little bowls to make it look a little more impressive but we ran out of time, and abandoned that plan!

The chicken was pretty simple. We coated chicken breasts in seasoned flour, beaten egg and the panko breadcrumbs in that order. Then we shallow fried them in about 100ml of oil for 5 mins on each side.

We served all three with a simple salad and I have to admit, it was pretty delicious. I've frozen some of the leftover sauce so it will be even quicker next time!

This may have been incredibly boring to read, and if so, I apologise! I have my first engagement shoot of the season this weekend so I'm busy cleaning my equipment and thinking about love :) Rest assured, from now on there will be more engagement sessions and next month, the wedding season starts up good and proper for me! I can't wait!

Have a lovely weekend,

R. x

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

One to watch.

I saw this film this morning. If you don't know who Joseph Kony is (I didn't), then watch this video.


There has been debate on the internet surrounding the organisation: Invisible Children and whether this video is helpful or not. I've spend a while reading about it and so far, I can't really pass judgement. What this video did for me, however, was to tell me about something I knew very little about. It has caused me to think, to read and to pray. Hopefully, we can find a way to do something about it, or at least to try.


This article has some enlightening things to say about the situation, if you're interested.

Much Love, R. x

Thursday, 1 March 2012

It's back!

For those of you who have known me for a while, you'll know that I started a 365 project last summer, which means I was going to take a picture every day for a year. This project fizzled out a bit when life started to get busy, and I was doing more and more of my passion in photography - couple portraits and weddings. 

So the project got put on hold for a while and for a while I didn't really miss it. This time of the year is a little quiet as a wedding photographer and I realised that I wanted to be taking pictures every day. I wanted to be thinking about what I could capture, and I wanted to be creating. 

So, the 365 project is back! It's a little more relaxed than before, I'm starting up where I left off and it doesn't really matter if I lose a day here or there ;). Here are my pictures for the last 8 days! You can head on over to my facebook page for descriptions and all kinds of fun!

 I hope you have some sunshine where you are! Have a lovely thursday :)

Much Love, R. x