C.S. Photography, Inc. | Photographer | Virginia Beach | Norfolk | Chesapeake | Family | Child & Children | Newborn | Photography | Family Photographer | Life Art Decor | Portraits as Art | Hampton Roads /blog Creating life art home decor through your family and newborn photo session. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:00:04 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Our Time in Greece and Croatia…A personal share part 2 /blog/?p=1203 /blog/?p=1203#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2012 14:00:04 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1203 I’m continuing on this week with more images from our cruise. This time from Greece and a quick stop to Split, Croatia.

Our first stop in Greece was the beautiful island of Santorini. The hubby and I rented a car to explore this small island and arrived in Oia before the town awoke with tourists. 20 minutes without tourists flooding the small cliffside corridors is almost magical as you weave in and out between blue domes, coffee shops, houses and windmills.

The red sand beach of Santorini and one of the black sand beaches.

Time was running short in Santorini and the line to take the cable cars down the cliff wasn’t moving so we decided to take the long walk down the stairs. Going down wasn’t too bad as long as you watched where you stepped. We definitely smelled like the donkeys by the time we got back to the ship but I loved the experience. You can see the switchbacks climbing up the island.

The shear size of Athens is absolutely impressive and overwhelming. You can see it sprawling past past the ruins in a 360 degree view as far as you can see.

One sight hard for a dog lover to see were the stray dogs everywhere in Athens. They seem to be well taken care of and well mannered though enjoying free roam of the ancient ruins.

In Mykonos we didn’t venture far past the main town where we could walk to from the ship. Mykonos is beautifully bright but filled with tourists when the big cruise ships are in port. I’m sure it’s a love/hate relationship the locals have with them.

I don’t have much to say about Corfu, Greece. We rented a car with one of our favorite couples and had enjoyed a beach day in this little heaven of a cove.

Split, Croatia was our last stop before heading to our end port in Venice. We almost decided not to get off the boat here as exhaustion had caught up with us but decided to forego seeing more ruins at Olympia instead and I’m so glad we were able to see Split. It surprised me in so many ways. I would love to go back and explore the natural beauty here. Hubby and I would have loved to gone canyoning or kayaking here but just didn’t have the time in port to travel very far.

Friday will be my last post on our trip! I’m excited to show you some pictures of the hubby and I captured by a few talented photographers and a few that I took as part of the Orchestrated shoot in Venice!

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Our Time in Italy…a personal share /blog/?p=1148 /blog/?p=1148#comments Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:00:58 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1148 I’ve been debating how to share these images from our cruise to Italy, Greece and Croatia. I have so many that even I am overwhelmed. So I’m splitting them into 3 posts and I still think I might overwhelm a few. But we had such a fantastic time. We missed our boys fiercely but I’m so glad we took the time for ourselves and had the boys well taken care of by family.

We flew into Rome a few days before our ship left. What I remember most about Rome was the church bells. You could almost get lost walking though the small lanes in search of the bells echoing off the walls. I fell in love with cappuccinos in Rome and had my first taste of gelato. We walked everywhere we could. One morning walking out of our hotel room at 9am to explore the city we were greeted by absolutely no one. Sleepy Rome it seems enjoys their nights and their mornings even more. There were only a few people throwing coins into the Trevi Fountain. We walked to one of the Piazzas and watched the Farmers market come alive while we started and finished our American omelet as the only patron’s in the restaurant.

Cinque Terre was one of my absolute favorite places. Our day visit was way too short to see these cliffside villages. Last year they were devastated by mudslides but seem to be well back on their feet. The wine growers have built terraces on the hillsides for the grapes to grow. They use a roller coaster looking machine to bring them up the hillside to harvest. Having grown up near the wineries in California this was so intriguing to watch. The villages can be reached by train, boat or trail depending on which village you are trying to get to. The Lover’s Lane was another highlight. When they built the lane, it allowed for courting between villages. Young lovers would lock their love on the trail.

A private tour brought us to the Amalfi Coast with friends. We spent the day driving along the coast, shopping and chatting. We talked about how the Amalfi coast reminded us of the Pacific Highway in California. Except imagine lanes half the size with big tour buses coming through. :) I was very thankful we had a hired driver. We had a quick stop in Pompeii before heading back to the ship.

I’m skipping ahead of Greece to our return stop in Venice. We decided to stay a few extra days in Venice to relax and explore. Venice took a few days to open up to. Our first experience off the cruise ship was St. Mark’s Square. Surrounded by crammed tourists at every turn it was hard to appreciate the beauty that was Venice. Our hotel thankfully was outside the main tourist areas in the park at the fish tail. We enjoyed walking and getting lost among the bridges and canals. We never had a plan and our only decision was usually to go left or right. One of the most beautiful memories I have of Venice is seeing a gold and red adorned gondola floating under the bridge we were about to cross over. We stopped for a minute to watch a bride and her mother/grandmother arrive at the church for her wedding. As soon as she stepped out of the gondola the church bells went crazy. We could still hear them about 5 minutes later as we walked out of the area and decided on a restaurant for lunch.

We spent one afternoon island hopping to Burano, known for their brightly colored houses and handmade lace. We also stopped by Murano, known for their beautiful handblown glass before heading back to Venice for more exploring.

If you are enjoying these travel images I will have another post on Wednesday to highlight our time in Greece and Croatia! Santorini was absolutely breathtaking!

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A Summer Beach Session | Virginia Beach Family Photographer /blog/?p=1136 /blog/?p=1136#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 14:00:53 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1136 With the weather turning cold I thought I would bring back the beach weather and share a few sessions I had yet to blog over the summer. Looking back at this family session reminds me of their zest for life. An infectious energy that the bring with them. A session where you return home and can’t stop smiling.

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Welcome Home Rawhides! | Norfolk Homecoming Photographer /blog/?p=1128 /blog/?p=1128#comments Mon, 05 Nov 2012 14:00:57 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1128 The USS Enterprise returned home this past weekend and this lucky lady was one of the first to greet her husband in the 1st wave of homecomings. After two extensions and a hurricane delay it was an emotional sight to see the ear to ear grin on her face. Thank you for your service and sacrifice and WELCOME HOME!!!

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Roasted Eggplant Garlic & Feta Dip & Spicy Roasted Eggplant | Virginia CSA /blog/?p=1113 /blog/?p=1113#comments Fri, 02 Nov 2012 13:00:27 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1113 Are you brimming with eggplant like we are this fall? We started our CSA (community supported agriculture) with New Earth Farm a few weeks ago and I’m so excited to start cooking with some new and local produce. I thought it might be fun to start sharing a few recipes that I come across using our local Virginia produce. Hubby picked this recipe out for a few of the eggplant and I began tweaking it.

Roasted Garlic Eggplant and Feta Dip (original recipe found here)
2-3 smaller variety eggplants (or 1 medium eggplant)
1 head of roasted garlic
2 T lemon juice
1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
1/2 c feta cheese
1/2 c chopped onion
1 small bell pepper chopped
1 jalepeno pepper seeded and minced
2 T fresh basil
1 T chopped parsley
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/2 T honey or to taste


To roast the head of garlic, begin peeling the outer shell while keeping the individual cloves still intake as a whole. Cut off the tips of the cloves and drizzle with olive oil. Wrap in tin foil and bake in oven at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until the cloves are easily squeezed out of their shell.

To roast eggplant poke a few holes into the eggplant and place on baking sheet lined with tin foil. Broil the eggplant turning often. Smaller eggplant will take about 10-12 minutes to broil. Increase the time for thicker eggplant. Like the original recipe says, skin will be charred and a fork easily inserted at the top of the eggplant near the stem when it is ready. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes to touch. 

Cut the eggplant in half and scoop out the flesh. Add lemon juice to flesh. Add oil and stir. Add remaining ingredients including the roasted garlic cloves and stir. Serve warm with pita chips.

Spicy Roasted Eggplant

Tomato sliced thin
Extra virgin olive oil
Black Pepper
Red Pepper Flakes
Italian Parsley

The upper right picture is the roasted spicy eggplant that I came up with. It makes for a super easy lunch. Cut eggplant into thin 1/4″ slices. Top with thin slices of tomato. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Top with italian parsley and roast on baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes or until done.

Hope you enjoy!


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Twins in the Orchard | Virginia Beach Outdoor Newborn Photographer /blog/?p=1103 /blog/?p=1103#comments Mon, 03 Sep 2012 13:00:10 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1103 An apple orchard made the perfect location for these newborn twin girls. Their daddy sadly is deployed and won’t meet them for a few more months. This concept was developed with the ladies over at the Hampton Roads Creative blog. The 8 of us had the challenge to interpret the word “Apple” into a concept shoot. I adore outdoor newborn photography and wanted to bring in the natural elements of the orchard for this shoot. You can read more about this concept and the other 7 girls over at the HRC blog! It’s pretty amazing to me how 8 photographers can come up with something completely different using the same idea. :)

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Baby S | Virginia Beach Newborn Photographer /blog/?p=1086 /blog/?p=1086#comments Sat, 01 Sep 2012 22:16:29 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1086 Meet Baby S. You’ve seen his big brother and sister all over my blog as they are my boys beloved best friends. I’m so happy this little man is here. I’m getting my newborn fix with snuggles and newborn puppy grunts as often as like. I visited them in the hospital on his birth day and then we stumbled upon a magical little hidden hideaway at one of my favorite locations.

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Baby A | Chesapeake Newborn Photographer /blog/?p=1081 /blog/?p=1081#comments Thu, 26 Jul 2012 11:00:30 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1081 Our crazy Hampton Roads weather had better plans for this newborn session when the skies became black and started raining buckets shortly after we started, making it impossible to shoot natural light indoors. We ended up rescheduling and venturing outdoors for part 2 of this session and I’m so glad we did. I adore outdoor newborn sessions. Check out the nursery though. Dad handmade the tree bookshelf which I am absolutely in love with!

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A Beach Vacation | Virginia Beach Family Photographer /blog/?p=1076 /blog/?p=1076#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:00:56 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1076 They were here for just a short stay. I had such a wonderful time with them on them on the beach though. It was one of our crazy weather days where every forecast is calling for rain and then it clears at the last minute. We had the most amazing overcast light for their session.

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For Daddy | Virginia Beach Family and Children Photographer /blog/?p=1068 /blog/?p=1068#comments Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:00:30 +0000 admin /blog/?p=1068 These were a Father’s Day gift for a deployed daddy. What a special gift for him. And this momma will be very happy to have him back home soon. <3

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