Family Picnic Photo Shoot

by Tina on July 31, 2014

in photography

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Just before we left Denmark there were weeks of beautiful sun and warm weather and one of the happy results were some gorgeous photo shoots with several families.  We hope to share more of these family portrait sessions with you in the coming days, but today we want to start with the lovely Phillips family.  Polly and Al are British expats who recently moved to the Copenhagen area and invited us to join them for a family picnic by the sea.  We met them at their home and couldn’t resist snapping a few shots of Al feeding their little one a quick snack.  Her big gorgeous eyes were enough to melt my heart!

Then we were off to capture their family picnic and some really beautiful moments as their little one dipped her toes in the sand and then the water for the first time.

We always feel so honored to be invited into such personal moments that are really important to a family.  We are incredibly passionate about capturing stories and for families, these little moments are ones that oftentimes pass by unnoticed, but are what deeply knit a family together.

It was so hard to narrow down the Phillip’s photos, but here are a few of our favorites…

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If you are interested in booking a portrait session and/or event with us, we will be in Atlanta, Charleston, Auburn, several cities in Florida, Asheville, and NY over the next few months.  E-mail Jack for details on pricing and scheduling at: jackfussell@gmail.com

Photography: Jack and Tina Fussell

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While we were in the Alsace region of France we heard rumors of a cake so delicious that we had to go on a little hunt for this mysterious Kougelhopf.  While we may not be able to tell you just how to pronounce it, we can assure you that the hunt was not so laborious and was certainly worth every bit of the effort.  A Kougelhopf, much like the brioche, is made with butter, milk, nuts, and dried fruit.  It is baked in a traditional Kougelhopf pan which gives it a perfect dome and a twist then lightly dusted with power sugar and served as a breakfast treat.  I like the way the French think, don’t you?

We found several bakeries in our gorgeous town of Riquewihr that offered this divine little treat warm for the early riser.  If you have never had a Kougelhopf, we highly recommend adding it to your bucket list.  Slice it and enjoy a bite of French baking with a warm cup of coffee and you will be on the right track to enjoying your day in the Alsace region.

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Photography: Tina Fussell

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I am completely in love with my Daniel Wellington watch from Urban Trait.  If you are on the hunt for a cool, modern, and simple watch design then Swedish based, Urban Trait, is definitely worth checking out.  They are focused on finding the latest gear for Urban Creatives and have a great selection of watches that are focused on good design for guys and girls.

I have been wearing my watch nonstop because it is so versatile.  It can be dressed up or down, which is perfect for me since I am traveling so much and don’t want to lug around lots of jewelry and accessories.  While we were in Basel, Switzerland, I went dressy casual since we were roaming the streets with the camera and I was looking for an excuse to wear my ruffled top from H&M’s Conscious Collection, but I have also worn it with a t-shirt and jeans and on the airplane back to the US.

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Photography: Jack Fussell

Clothing: Top: H&M, White Jeans: Gap, These Also Recommended, Bag: Zara, Shoes: Similar here, Budget Friendly & no heel option here, Sunglasses: Rayban, Earrings: A Merry Mishap, Necklace: COS

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Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company

by Tina on July 28, 2014

in Travel Files, USA

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The great thing about returning to a town that we grew up in is that we have fresh eyes to see our city and a sudden eagerness to be tourist.  Over the next few months we will be visiting towns all across America, but for now we want to start sharing some of our favorites from Atlanta and the surrounding area.

Our first stop is in Virginia Highlands, a gorgeous little leafy oasis in the middle of downtown Atlanta.  Here you will find Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company, located among great shops, local restaurants, and tree lined streets where many families call home.

What we love so much about Cacao is that the shop is gorgeous and modern and the chocolates are equally beautiful and tasty.  We recommend grabbing a cup of Batdorf & Bronson coffee to accompany your chocolate bar, or if you are feeling a bit devilish, splash out for a rich gelato.  Cacao has a high commitment to it’s bean-to-bar philosophy so that every product is created with the highest standards.

If you are in the Atlanta area, we highly recommend popping in for a visit, but if you can’t get your chocolate fix in person, Cacao also has a tempting web shop that has my mouth watering just from taking a peek.

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Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company: 1046 N Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306, (404) 892-8202

Photography: Tina Fussell

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There are so many beautiful places to visit in Europe, but one of our very favorites is Lake Como.  Last year we had the chance to visit Lake Como and made a special trip to the charming village of Lenno to visit the Villa Balbianello, or what many may recognize as the house where several key scenes in Star Wars were filmed.  My husband and kids are huge fans of the Star Wars movies and I love touring beautiful, old homes, so visiting the Lake Como Star Wars House was a great fit for our family.

We recommend taking a boat from Lenno to visit Villa Balbianello to get the full experience of the house and the surrounding area.  It is absolutely breathtaking and we all felt a little more in touch with Princess Amidala as she arrived by boat in the movie.  The grounds are stunning and the viewpoints seemingly endless.  If you are a Star Wars fan, then you definitely should grab a photo by the bench that overlooks the same scene where Anakin and Princess Amidala looked out over during their wedding.

The Villa Balbianello itself is also worth a tour if you fancy grand old homes with old world style, and again, the views are gorgeous and painfully soothing.  The home has been beautifully preserved from the time when the explorer and adventurer, Guido Monzino, filled it with amazing and wanderlust inspiring treasures from around the world.

Here is a little peek at our visit, because visiting Villa Balbianello is definitely bucket list worthy…

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More Information on visiting Villa Balbianello, and more reviews here.

For more Bucket List ideas, click here.

Happy Weekend!

Photography: Jack and Tina Fussell

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