Sweet and Savory ~ French Apple Tart Delight!

Ok ok ok… I know I am sooo guilty. This post was definitely delayed – but I will post on time this upcoming weekend! PROMISE!:)

I absolutely lovvvveee this recipe!!! French Apple Tart! The aromas from the apples was AMAZING!!!! Loved every moment baking this delicious desert! I got the receive from HERE and it didn’t disappoint! Check out the ingredients below:

For the Pastry:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 tablespoon sugar

12 tablespoons (11/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, diced

1/2 cup ice water

For the Apples:

4 Granny Smith apples

1/2 cup sugar

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, small diced

For Jam/filling: 

1/2 cup apricot jelly or warm sieved apricot jam

2 tablespoons Calvados, rum, or water

The Final Product!!!!

You should definitely give this recipe a try!! If you have great recipes to share, send them my way! I would love to try!:)


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Tara - Mmmm! This makes me want to bake! And you know I don’t cook :)

Serena - This looks so delectable! =)

Engagement Party : Tanika & James

I had the opportunity to shoot an engagement party for Tanika and James. These two one of the sweetest couples I have ever met! They are so loved by their friends and family who came to celebrate their special night!  Here are some of my favorites from the night!

The engagement party took place at Lobby at Twelve 
The couple with James sister (left) and Tanika’s God-brother (right)
Loved Tanika’s dress!:)
Tanika thanking her mother
…and thanking her God-Brother who traveled from Miami to be with Tanika that night! Such a sweet surprise!
Thank you for allowing my to capture your special evening!  :)

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A Night with Jasmine Star!!

Words cannot express how excited I was to FINALLY Meet my Photography idol – Jasmine Star!!! She is the one person who I truly admire her humbleness and her willingness to give. She was so welcoming and warm-hearted and her personality is just as bright in person as it is in her blog! Oh how I love this girl — Can I get an AMEN!!??! (those that were there last night, knows what I am talking about!)


Some of the points I took away from The Fix:

“In order to change we MUST do it TOGETHER!”

“Influential artists thrive on each other”

“Once you make friends, everything will change”

“Go forth + Do : Sacrifice doesn’t guarantee success, it’s merely a prerequisite of success”

Action: Do the WORK. “Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.” – Peale

I made a New Year’s Resolution to meet her… and I finally did!! ::check!:: Here are some images I captured of the night!

JD is truly a sweet guy! Jasmine is one lucky girl!
Loved the venue – The Foundry at Puritan Mill!
Met some new friends at The Fix!!!:)
Ok – so anyone that knows me… KNOWS How emotional I am!!! I started speaking to Jasmine and I honestly don’t know how my words came out! Freaking out, I started tearing up because I was so happy to finally meet her… and she said “OMG, if you cry I will cry” so I said “ok I will hold it together “- we both took deep breath and smiled for the camera.

The set up for the evening…. I love it!
Reading a passage from Exposed – The Copycat
She is so gorgeous!!! 
Thank you Jasmine for such a wonderful evening! I have learned so much from you and will continue to strive to be the best that I can be! 

Another goal that I finally completed was to get business cards!!! These pretty babies came in just in time for The Fix! I ordered them through Moo.com and I absolutely love them!:) ::Check!::


 This year has been pretty amazing so far and I am loving every minute of it!


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Christy - Aww – you are so gorgeous in those pics! And now you’ve made me even more excited for The Fix in Chicago – next week! YEAH! :) xoxo!

Abbey - Aw Janelle!!!!! So glad you had a great time at the Fix. Well, I’m gonna get my “Fix on” this Friday night in the NYC!!! I can’t wait. I agree with Christy, you look fabulous in the pics….

Dana - it made my heart smile when I saw how HAPPY you were after meeting her!!! :) so glad we met & shared such an awesome experience! love your recap! :) xo,dana

Kimberly Murray - Janelle, how awesome is that to cross two things off your 101 in 1001 list?! I love how genuine your reaction was to meeting your idol. Great meeting you!

Amy Paulson - I am SO very glad that you were at the Fix! And that you made your New Year’s Resolution happen! Cannot wait to see the changes you make and the ways you will grow this year!

101 in 1001


I have been itching to do this for a very long time – and now it is finally complete! I have created 101 goals to complete in 1001 days!!! I first heard of this idea from a few photographers I follow: Melissa Jill, Gail Warner, and Deborah Zoe – just to name a few and fell in love with the idea! I personally love to do lists – so I think this list will hold me accountable to complete my goals: both business and personal. … So I start today March 1, 2012 and I hope to complete this list Thursday November 27, 2014!

If you are looking for more information on how to start your own 101 in 1001 list, click HERE. If you are ready to get started – but you are not sure of what your end date will be, click HERE!

Take a moment and check out my goals! If you think you can help me along the way, I would be the happiest girl in the world! I’ll be updating the list and blogging about my progress as I knock em’ out, so stay tuned:)

… Wish my luck! What are some of your goals?


  1. Find a place of solitude
  2. Travel to California
  3. Make a snow angel
  4. Make a snow man
  5. Have a Showit portfolio site
  6. Attend a Jasmine Star, Katelyn James, Melissa Jill, Christy Tyler, or Ross Oscar Knight workshop!
  7. Meet my photography idol – Jasmine Star! (My New Year’s Resolution!!!)
  8. Network with other local photogs
  9. Gain the opportunity to second shoot or even third shoot with some people who I admire from afar –  My Sorority sister: A. Anaiz, Cendino, Ross Knight
  10. Get updated head shots
  11. Finally go to Jamaica
  12. Travel to Alaska
  13. Own a home
  14. Upgrade my camera body and lens
  15. Photograph 3 weddings this year
  16. Attend a Beyonce Concert
  17.  Lose 25 pounds — Yeah I said it!:)
  18. Revamp logo & brand for my business
  19.  Bake every weekend for 2 months straight
  20. Travel to Europe
  21. Travel to China
  22. Get into the habit of reading daily devotions
  23.  Get business cards made
  24. Have my work published on a style or wedding blog
  25. Go parasailing
  26. Attend WPPI
  27. Join PPA
  28. Turn my business into a LLC
  29. Own a pair of Louboutins
  30. Do a styled photoshoot
  31. Really enjoy NYC Nightlife
  32. Run another 5k – but with my hubby!
  33. Spend Christmas outside of Florida
  34. Get a new laptop
  35. Photograph a military homecoming
  36. Ride a helicopter
  37. Ride a train
  38. Blog everyday for a month — gulp!
  39. Take a carriage ride in Central Park
  40. Take photos of my parents
  41. Watch the Sunrise and Sunset in the same day
  42. Go apple picking – and make an apple pie
  43. Make wine— from scratch
  44. Get canvas prints made
  45. Visit Hawaii again – maybe Maui?
  46. Go on a picnic
  47. Graduate with my MBA
  48. Find an inspiring quote and work it into my home décor
  49. Complete a 365 photo challenge
  50. Complete a month photo challenge
  51. See a drive-in movie
  52. Host Thanksgiving at my home
  53. Attend an ugly sweater party
  54. Own a shootsac!
  55. Have a baby!!!!!:)
  56. Streamline my workflow
  57. Have lunch with a local photog
  58. Be published in a regional Bridal magazine
  59. Finally meet Justin & Mary Marantz just to tell them how much they inspire me – Maybe even buy them lunch? That would totally make my year!:)
  60.  Ride a zip line through a jungle
  61. Visit the grand canyon
  62. Attend a fancy New Year’s party
  63. Go rock climbing (maybe indoor rock climbing?)
  64. Go fishing
  65. Visit Jerusalem
  66. Swim in the Red Sea
  67. Photograph local vendors to display their products
  68. Get a hot stone or deep tissue massage
  69. Try a new restaurant once a month for a whole year
  70. Go on a mission trip
  71. Rent a beach house and stay with family and friends for a weekend!
  72. Make a coffee table book out of our travel photography
  73. Plant a small veggie garden
  74. Host a wine & cheese tasting
  75. Go salsa dancing
  76. Finally get a Georgia driver’s license…I am still holding on to my Florida License (I love my picture!)
  77. Learn to fold a fitted sheet! You guys don’t even want to see how I currently fold my sheets..lol!
  78. Go kayaking
  79. Take a cooking class
  80. Create a Facebook fan page
  81. Make a promo video for my business
  82. Learn off camera lighting.
  83. Work on packaging and branding materials.
  84. Update my passport to reflect my married last name
  85. Have custom thank you + note cards designed
  86. Photograph a destination wedding
  87.  Travel to Africa & go on a real safari trip
  88. Photograph an engagement session in the snow
  89. Photograph a wedding in the snow
  90. Create a Leather Craftsman Album
  91. Take Lucy to get doggy pampered
  92. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  93. Attend an Atlanta Braves game at the Braves stadium
  94. Hire Promise Tangeman to re-brand my business
  95. Photograph a charitable event or cause.
  96. Comment on other photographers’ blogs – I am mainly an observer, but I do have to step my game up.:)
  97. Organize my office.
  98. FINALLY attend Trinidad Carnival and PLAY MAS!
  99. Buy an Ipad
  100. Develop a client referral program
  101. Create holiday cards from my husband, Lucy and I every year!



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Yasmin - Yay for having a baby!!!! And I got you in October for military homecoming 😉

Tynnille - Can’t wait to have you finally come play mas…… and the baby one I can’t wait…

Jaime Bannatyne - i read this entire list, that’s how much i love you, and you said travel to Europe twice…so technically your list is only 100. lol

Maya - #99 wait until iPad 3 where the picture resolution should be better. Your pics will look beautiful as you preview them on it…good luck…I may do this:) my former girls, my future inspiration:)

Janelle - LOL! Thanks everyone!!! Jaime you would notice that… but that just shows how BADLY I want to go to Europe! Girls Trip, anyone!? Any whoo, its updated to travel to ALASKA!!!! :)

Saadia Me*Chel - Looks like you can cross one of these off your list after last night. Woohoo to meeting J*!!!

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Alana - Great idea! I am going to try this too! I love how it plays right in with what Jasmine was talking about Monday night. :)

Alana - Great idea! I am going to try this too! I love how it play right in with what Jasmine was saying Monday night. :)

Serena - Oh, I loved going through this to-do list of yours. I’ve never walked the Brooklyn Bridge or gone parasailing either – but someday!

You should totally try rock climbing, if you haven’t yet. I frequently go to an indoor rock climbing gym and it’s a super fun way to stay in shape + keep active. =)