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Sonoma Photographer – CornerStone – Melissa & Jamie

Here the story of Melissa and Jamie continues . . .The day after their wedding at Milliken Creek in Napa, Melissa and Jamie met us at CornerStone in Sonoma for some fun “Day After” photos.  See the post of their wedding day here:  Melissa & Jamie Get Married!

Patricia Mark Photography
Patricia Mark Photography
Patricia Mark Photography
Patricia Mark Photography
Patricia Mark Photography
Patricia Mark Photography
Patricia Mark Photography
Patricia Mark Photography
Patricia Mark Photography
Patricia Mark Photography

 

Napa Photographer – Phone Camera Art

I have recently been having a renewed fascination with plants…all kinds, both indoors and out.  If you have come to this blog and are looking for wedding photographs, elopements, portraits and events, fear not.  Just scroll past this post and you will see hundreds of them in Napa, Sonoma and beyond!  Occasionally, I like to feature something different, which reflects who I am as a person and because I simply love taking photos of many different things.  This brings me to the point of this post.  I have been taking photos for my own personal use with my phone lately and having fun turning them into what I will call “Phone Camera Art”.  The process has been purely for my own creative entertainment and enjoyment.  Here are a few examples of what I have been up to.  The Jade plant below is a piece that I found on the ground a few days ago.  It fell off of an old plant of mine that is probably close to 25+ years old.  I cut the end off with a knife and will wait about two weeks for the end to dry before I plant it in a potting mix.  I hear jade plants are fairly easy to propagate.  I hope so…I really like the unique curve at the top of the plant as well as in the stem.

Jo Ann - February 8, 2013 - 9:56 am

Oh, l am so envious. You are multi-talented. Love your new hobby.

Napa Wedding Photographer – Milliken Creek Elopement – Melissa & Jamie

As is often the case in January, it had been rainy and cold the days prior to Melissa and Jamie’s elopement but what a perfectly sunny day it turned out to be for their wedding day at Milliken Creek Inn and Spa in Napa!  For their “first look”, we had Jamie waiting on the lawn while I escorted Melissa out to where her groom was waiting.  It was a little tricky getting Melissa out to where Jamie was waiting, as they each were holding a bouquet of white balloons in front of their faces so that they could not see each other!  When they were standing in front of each other, I told them to release the balloons at the same time and we were able to capture a creative, beautiful, emotion-filled “first look”.

Their ceremony was at a beautiful location on the property of Milliken Creek Inn and Spa, which borders the Napa River performed by Rev. Blane Ellsworth of Wedding Ministries, Napa Valley.  The next day, we met up with Melissa and Jamie at CornerStone in Sonoma for some fun “day after” photos.

Patricia Mark Photography
Patricia Mark Photography

Patricia Mark - February 7, 2013 - 7:43 pm

You are welcome Melissa! Mark and I loved working with you two. : )

Melissa Maines - February 6, 2013 - 2:35 pm

The photos are wonderful! Our wedding weekend was wonderful and seeing the photos y’all took has me reliving it all over again. Thank you! 🙂

Napa Photographer – Super Bowl Pizza!

We have been making home-made pizzas for years.  Several years ago, I came across this recipe that was published in the New York Times for No-Knead Bread.  It not only makes wonderful bread but I like to use it for pizza dough as well.  It is easy to do, thus the name No-Knead Bread.  The dough practically makes itself, however, you have to start the day before you plan on eating it as the dough needs to rise at least 12 hours, but up to 18 hours is preferable.  The first photo below is what you can expect to see the morning after you have prepared the dough…it will at least triple in volume with lots of bubbles. This post is not at all meant to be an in depth-tutorial, I am just sharing photos of the way I make pizza at home.

Next, turn out onto a floured board, with floured hands (dough is VERY sticky) and let rest 15 minutes.

After the dough has rested, quickly and gently form into a ball and let rise about two hours more.

Lightly sprinkle a non-stick deep dish pizza pan with corn meal. At this point, I pre-heat the oven on convection bake at 450º, roll out the dough and add pizza toppings. The order is personal preference but we like to add sauce first, followed by meat, top that with mozzarella cheese and add veggies last.

Baking times will vary according to your oven, however, I cook it for about 20 minutes (keep checking so it doesn’t burn). If it browns too fast, I cover it and bake approximately 10 minutes longer. Remember, this is a deep dish pizza and you don’t want to eat raw dough!

Voila! The finished product!

I like to transfer the pizza to a shallower pan for cutting. ‘IF” you have any left overs, this freezes beautifully…just defrost and re-heat on a pizza brick.

Enjoy!!!

Jo Ann - February 8, 2013 - 9:58 am

Wow, looks awesome. Bet it tasted as great as it looked. Who needs Pietro’s? Go Ravens!!

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