Beach Pictures & A Recipe Perfect for Labor Day

This weekend was Kevin’s BIG 30th birthday!! :) To celebrate we spent a long weekend in a cozy condo right on the beach- no dogs, no cats, just us. :) Even though the hurricane was supposed to come through, we didn’t have any bad weather, it was bright and sunny all except for one day. For Kevin’s birthday dinner we got fresh crab claws & shrimp right from the gulf and fried them up for a celebration meal.

And by a stroke of pure chance, it just so happens that on the exact same weekend at the exact same beach where Kevin and I were vacationing, my BFF from grammar school (who now lives in Oregon) was staying just *two* condos down the beach from our condo. We were just a stroll down the beach from each other!

My beautiful friend, Niki – she has not changed a bit, she has always been this gorgeous!!


I was so, so lucky to get to do a beach photoshoot with Niki and her beautiful daughter Amerie. (Isn’t it crazy when your friends start having kids?? :)) And I got a chance to try out my new Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens! :)


Amerie was the sweetest, happiest baby. She is not shy one bit! :)


Good genes run in the family – Just look at that precious smirk and those gorgeous eyes. There was no photoshop work done here! Her eyes were just as clear, blue and sparkly in person. :)

In other news… If you ever need a delicious, crowd pleasing recipe for a gathering of friends and family– I have the perfect dish for you…

Perfect Pulled Pork – It’s slow roasted, seasoned, and sa-vor-y!!! Let me tell you. :) It’d be perfect to make for Labor Day this weekend…. :)

perfect pulled pork recipe slow roasted seasoned savory cooking blog

Thanks for looking!! :)

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11 Responses
  1. sarah goodwin

    Gorgeous Amanda! How do you like your 24-70mm? I’ve been looking at the Sigma version & wanted suggestions – got any!….you need to give some pp tips too :) do you use any actions or presets?

  2. latenightfontaffair

    Pulled pork-love it. Why isn’t it more common? I mean, c’mon, a chicken sandwich, a hamburger, but no pulled pork. That’s just wrong.

    How do you (all you photographers out there) get this look? I feel like it’s a conspiracy….I can’t figure it out. Bright light, bright colors. What gives!!!

    Ps. I am thinking of sending in a font to be, I’d love to help. Anything I can do in exchange for the font?

  3. Virginia Dare

    What lovely photos, I am sure your friend is thrilled. I think she looks like you! (the mom) the little girl, Amerie is darling and so is her name!

  4. Heidi

    Hi! I just had to pay a compliment to the beautiful pictures in this post! You are truly talented! :)
    It really helps that the little girl was absolutely gorgeous, but the way you’ve captured the precious moment with her mum, and the wonderful expressions in the other pictures – just perfection! I’m inspired! I visit your blog all the time for inspiration! :D
    Love, Heidie

  5. creole wisdom

    Your friend IS so gorgeous, and so is her cute daughter. What a treat. I am glad you weren’t harmed or affected by the storm. I am sending lots of prayers down to the Gulf Coast : )

  6. Holly

    What wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing them. Wish Kevin a Happy 30th Birthday!! Pulled Pork for my dish to share on Labor Day. Perfect! By the way, I am LOVING all my new lenses. I followed your advice and bought the exact ones you have. I can never go wrong with your recipes or advice on products. (the ribbon holder is still my all time favorite) I love your blog! Thanks for sharing your life with us.

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