Coming Soon: Patrick & Lizeth’s Wedding-Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

•September 24, 2010 • 7 Comments

β€œLove consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.”

~Rainer Maria Rilke

Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

hmccullah@gmail.com

Savannah-Class of 2011-Murrieta Senior Portrait Photographer

•September 22, 2010 • 6 Comments

Here’s a bit more of Savannah (my beautiful niece) who is graduating next June! I just couldn’t get over how gorgeous the light was at the park we took these senior photographs at. It was the perfect setting & such a great time! Savannah is always helpful, fun & bubbly. She likes to laugh & is usually surrounded by her friends or siblings. I remember the day she was born. I remember how new, precious and beautifully perfect she was on that day. I love her for never changing! She is a more mature version of her newborn self and that is a rare find! She’s the type of 17 year old who lives life to it’s fullest! πŸ™‚

This was a HARD session.

I say this only because Savannah likes to laugh and have fun so we had a hard time capturing anything but GIGGLES. She had me giggling so much that many of the shots were blurry! The following are the shots we got in between our GIGGLING sessions.

There will be more to see of her in the coming months so please pop back in!

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It’s insane how beautiful one girl can be…isn’t it?! πŸ˜‰

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Murrieta Senior Portrait Photographer

hmccullah@gmail.com

Tasty Tuesday: “Good Stuff” Fruit Salad

•September 21, 2010 • 2 Comments

Who’s not into a good chopped fruit salad with all the fixings? I know that I am! You can buy these at specialty shops all over the place, but making them at home works too. This one has strawberries, white peaches, grapes, chopped apples, cottage cheese, raisins, shredded coconut, honey & a sprinkling of my favorite bran/granola cereal on top. Healthy, delicious and so sweet you’ll forget it’s full of all sorts of things that are good for you!

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Coming Soon: Alina Wilson (from Survivor Nicaragua) – Los Angeles Headshot Photographer

•September 16, 2010 • 7 Comments

Whether you watch Survivor every season or not…you can bet you’ll be hearing about ALINA on Survivor Nicaragua for years to come. She’s one of the most easygoing, helpful and lighthearted people I’ve ever known. Having her as an extended part of my family has been nothing less than a blessing. When hanging out with Alina it’s like you’re hanging out with your best friend. She is totally positive & uplifting to your spirit. I’m thrilled to have recently taken her latest headshots! Lookout for the rest of them in the weeks ahead.

This is my favorite photo of the day…That “One Shot Beyond” if you will. πŸ˜‰

For more photographs of lovely Alina Wilson please look here.

Tracy’s Maternity Session-Inland Empire Maternity Photographer

•September 14, 2010 • 3 Comments

Gorgeous Tracy will be a new mommy very soon. She is having a girl! I was happy to take this set of maternity photographs for her a few weeks ago. I know she will cherish them & we had such a great day together talking about baby Avery to be! I feel totally blessed to have Tracy as a friend. All of these are my favorites so there will be no extra commentary on my part. She’s got the MOMMY GLOW…for sure! πŸ˜‰

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I just attended Tracy’s baby shower this weekend where we enjoyed the following sweet treats!

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These were Tracy’s beautiful flower centerpieces.

We all had the loveliest time. One thing I know about Tracy’s little princess already is that she is destined to be one well dressed little girl!

The prettiest little wardrobe is awaiting her arrival. I wish her mommy a very speedy & easy labor!!! πŸ™‚

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Inland Empire Maternity & Newborn Photographer

Heather McCullah

hmccullah@gmail.com

Tasty Tuesday: Spicy & Thick Taco Soup

•September 13, 2010 • 6 Comments

This taco soup is the one of the most comforting & filling meals. You can vary the ingredients, spices & toppings just to your liking. There are so many good versions on the internet right now. The following recipe is just my take on all the ones I’ve tried and liked. I love mine super spicy & extra thick. You can make it with or without meat and it will still be just as satisfying. I always keep frozen turkey or beef patties in the freezer so this soup is an easy last minute meal for me to make. You can use any combination of canned beans you have, but the key to it’s creamy & thick texture is to make sure at least one can is refried beans.

During the fall and winter months I cannot get enough of this soup!

Spicy & Thick Taco Soup

Heather McCullah’s Version

Inspired by all the wonderful taco soups before it! πŸ™‚

INGREDIENTS-

2 turkey patties or 1/2 pound of ground turkey

1Β  onion (diced)

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

pinch of red chili flakes

1 tbsp lemon or lime juice

1 package ranch mix (hidden valley)

1 package taco seasoning mix (I use spicy)

1 small can no fat refried beans(I use spicy)

1 small can pinto beans (not drained)

1 small canΒ  black beans (not drained)

1 small can corn (not drained) or 1 cup of frozen corn

1 small can fire roasted tomatoes

1/2 cup frozen mixed peppers (I get them at Trader Joe’s) or you can use fresh chopped ones

1 to 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth

OPTIONAL INGREDIENTS (for toppings)-

green onions (chopped)

sour cream

shredded cheese

tortilla chips (crushed)

cilantro (chopped)

METHOD-

Brown turkey in olive oil with onion, garlic, cumin, red chili flakes, salt & pepper (and fresh peppers if using them). Drain any grease. Add all the remaining ingredients except for the chicken broth. Stir well. Add in the chicken broth a little at a time until you get the soup to a consistency that you like. I personally like it to be a chili type consistency so I tend to use about 3/4 cup.

Simmer covered for 30-45 minutes. Then let sit for another 10-15 minutes covered. Will freeze well. Makes an enormous amount so use a BIG pot!

One of Freshman Football’s Finest

•September 10, 2010 • 5 Comments

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.” Β Β 
– Archie Griffen

I always wonder where my son gets his “fight” from while playing football. I’ve came to the conclusion that it’s built into him along with an unwavering love for the game & a compacted powerhouse of ability. His size has NEVER held him back in any way. I can give you a hint on how the 1st game went…this little guy of mine gave it all he had & shined!

Oh…and they won!!! 28 – 2!

More of Colt during the freshman football games coming soon.

Class of 2011-Murrieta Senior Photographer

•September 8, 2010 • 10 Comments

I got to spend a little time taking senior photos of my two beautiful nieces & daughter last weekend. They are all three graduating next June from the same school. It was super hot out the day we took this photos, but I seriously don’t think you can tell. This was a lighthearted casual session to kick off their school year as SENIORS! I am so grateful that these three are family and have had each other to grow up with. They already have a lifetime of memories between them & will for sure be making many more to come!!!

Many more individual portraits of each of them to come featuring their unique personalities.

Be on the lookout.

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Half way during the shoot they got to giggling non-stop!

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My gorgeous nieces…Savannah & Brionna-their individual senior photos will be coming soon!

Chad & Evelyn’s Wedding- Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

•September 7, 2010 • 7 Comments

Chad & Evelyn have to be one of the most stylish & relaxed wedding couples ever! I loved everything about their wedding & reception. All the details were taken care of in a simple, but beautiful way. The reception was held in a family member’s enormous backyard. The weather & setting were so perfect for their celebration with family & friends!

The dress…

The shoes…

The beautiful bride…

The flower girls…

The ceremony…

The kiss…

The bridal party…

Off to take some photos by some train tracks (Evelyn’s awesome idea)

Mr. & Mrs.

The reception…

The 1st dance…

The dinner menu…

The setting…

The sweet treats…

The dance floor…

Chad & Evelyn,

Thank you a million times over for having me photographΒ  your beautiful wedding day! I will always cherish having been there and watching you two become a family.

All my best to you both!

Coming Soon: Tracy’s Outdoor Maternity Session

•September 2, 2010 • 4 Comments

“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”
— Lin Yutang

Inland Empire Maternity Photographer

hmccullah@gmail.com

Dylan & Emile’s Headshots-Los Angeles Portrait Photographer

•August 31, 2010 • 6 Comments

I just have to say…I was so impressed with Dylan & Emile during our time together for this session. They were so polite! They even knew my name before I arrived and called me “Miss Heather” all day long. It just made me smile so much inside & out. πŸ™‚

Here are some headshots and candids of both the boys. They turned out fantastic. Both boys are super photogenic and eager to please! This all makes my job so much easier. Love it!

DYLAN – Age 5 years

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EMILE – Age 2 years

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We took a little break and let the boys race each other to get some of their energy out. It was so fun watching them race over and over again!

Loved this special unprompted moment between the boys…

So adorable…I’d want a huge canvas of this one if they were my boys. πŸ˜‰

My Summer Reads

•August 30, 2010 • 4 Comments

Now that summer is over…I have to find new reading material for fall & winter. I love the upcoming seasons more than any others and tend to enjoy reading many books by the fireplace while sipping hot drinks. I am running out of ideas. I have read all of these in the past 10-12 weeks. Have you read any of them? Do you have an all time favorite book?

Can you recommend some of your top picks? I’d love to hear about them!

Coming Soon: Chad & Evelyn – Inland Empire Wedding Photographer

•August 25, 2010 • 4 Comments

Love it when brides bring a little BOLD to their ensemble.

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Inland Empire, Murrieta, Temecula & Riverside Wedding Photographer

hmccullah@gmail.com

The Ballard Family-Los Angeles Family Photographer

•August 24, 2010 • 8 Comments

When the Ballard family contacted me for headshots of their adorable boys I was so excited to do it for them. I went to school with Nicole and couldn’t wait to see her again and meet the rest of her awesome family! We decided to take some family photos the same day as we took the headshots of her boys (which are going to be posted soon). I absolutely loved the bright summer colors they decided to wear for their family photographs!

Aren’t they the most phenomenally beautiful family of four?!

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I’m currently booking fall & winter appointments for family holiday sessions. If you’re interested in one of your own please find more information on family sessions here.

Contact me at hmccullah@gmail.com.

Los Angeles Family Photographer