Easter Mini Sessions 2014

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It’s that time of year again! Easter is only weeks away (April 20th) and I’ve got bunnies on my brain – ha ha. This year I’m hosting the annual Easter Mini Sessions again, but I’m revamping them! In the years past I’ve been all about the Easter decor, but this year I’m going for super simple and timeless. I think that it’s great to have bold colors and easter eggs all over the place, but every now and again it’s like a breath of fresh air to clean things up a little – know what I mean? I think that these will be some of the very best photos to date! They’ll be great for Easter, but since they are so timeless and classic they will look right at home when you have them displayed all year long in your home and offices!

The live bunny we are using this year is a little different than years past too! Our mini session mascot this year is Miss Sweet Pea. She comes to us courtesy of Red Dog Farm! She’s currently up for adoption and we are hoping that with all this publicity we’ll be able to find her a “forever home” with a loving family! She’s a sweet rabbit and is going to be perfect for this year’s photos! Check out Red Dog Farm and keep them in mind next time you’re thinking of getting a new pet. Adoption is a GREAT alternative!

So, about the sessions…

• All sessions will take place at my studio in Greensboro. This means indoors – finally! Last year we had a little cold snap toward the end of the sessions and it was a tad chilly for the little ones… This year we will have none of that:)

• Sessions are intended for children only, no parents allowed. Yes, let the kids have some fun on their own for this one. I’m usually a huge advocate of getting parents in the shots, but not this time around.

• Sweet Pea will be available for photos, if you choose. She’s totally optional. If you would rather use this session as more of a  traditional spring portrait, we can!

• There are two options for the sessions. First off, for $75 you will receive 5-8 digital images and a print release. For an additional $25 you can receive 3-5 extra images if you wish. The $75 sessions are limited to no more than 3 children. Each additional child past 3 is subject to a $25 charge – due to the extra time and images.

**Each session is intended for individual families. If you add an additional child that is not a sibling (adopted or natural) there will be an up-charge of $25 per child.

• Your images will be added to an online gallery for your download no later than two weeks after your session. No disc will be provided. The print release will be emailed once your gallery is uploaded.

To book your session, simply email or call. jordan@jordantickle.com or 336-552-4137. Sessions will book fast, and space is limited, so I suggest you book as soon as you can!

Full payment for sessions is required to book. Payment is non-refundable due to individual session reservation.

PERKS! There are a few things I’m doing with these sessions. First off, share the mess out of the ad on the Facebook fan-page and on my instagram account (@ticklephotography) for a chance to win a FREE easter mini session. When you share on Facebook, tag a few friends you think might be interested and hashtag #tickleEASTER so that I’ll be able to search it. If you’re going to share on Instagram and want your re-post to count toward the free session drawing, then make sure to use the Instagram ad and not the Facbook ad. The instagram ad is square and can be found on my instagram account, as well as floating around on facebook. When you share on Instagram, make sure to hashtag #tickleEASTER and tag THREE of your friends. I’ll draw one lucky winner from both facebook and Instagram for FREE sessions, so share like a crazy person:)

Let’s recap:

If you share and post on Facebook – tag a few friends and hashtag #tickleEASTER. If you share on Instagram – make sure to use the Instagram ad ONLY, tag THREE friends and hashtag #tickleEASTER.

OH – one more thing! For every friend that books an Easter Mini and pays in full, you’ll receive a FREE 5×7 from your session. The more friends you send my way, the more free photos I’ll give you! Just make sure to tell them to tell me that you referred them! :) [These friends must be new clients to Tickle Photography. Repeat customers do not count as referrals]

If you have any questions, let me know!

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Iredell Heart Ball 2014

heart_ball_web-34Well, this past Saturday evening I had the awesome privilege of shooting the Iredell Heart Ball for the American Heart Association! I’ve done a little volunteer work for the AHA here locally over the last few months and I must say that I’ve really enjoyed it! (Back in May I shot the Greensboro Heart Walk and then in November I photographed the Tanglewood Heart Walk)

Any hoot – Saturday evening the AHA held their annual ball to raise money for the local chapter. The night took place at the Statesville Civic Center and held a silent auction, a dinner, a live auction and several speeches. Oh – and dancing to the tunes provided by Johnny White and the Elite Band! The most entertaining moments of the night were during the live auction. Things got crazy and fun as people were bidding for things that had been donated. I’m talking everything from an Outback Steakhouse catered dinner party for 12 at your home to a weeks vacation to a home in Mexico! Yep, there were some pretty awesome items up for grabs.

Want to know something pretty amazing?! The goal for the evening was to raise $90,000… Well they raised over $150,000! How awesome is that?

I’ve posted a gallery below of some images from the evening for you to peruse. Hope you enjoy!

Artisan Cheese Bread

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Let’s talk about bread for a second. I love bread – any type of bread! I’m a fan of everything from white loaf bread to cinnamon rolls. Really though, who doesn’t love bread, right?!

Well one of my very favorite types of breads are those artisan loaves that you only see at specialty stores, like Panera, and on those fancy cooking shows on television. Literally, I adore breads like this with that distinct yeast flavor, crispy crust and soft interior that melts in your mouth, but I just don’t like the fact of having to pay upwards of $10 per loaf. I mean, when you’re feeding friends and a family of 4-5 you just can’t swing that much money on bread.

Have no fear and look no further: I have found one of THE best bread recipes I’ve ever tasted! I must admit that the recipe is not mine and I didn’t test this one a million times to perfect it… Good ol’ Marth Stewart did. Just the same, when I find a phenomenal recipe (especially one that is easy to make) I like to share it so that others can experience it too! If you want to read her version it’s here, Olive Cheese Loaf, but I pride myself in explaining things better than most – so here’s the “Jordan Tickle Version.” ha ha!

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The World’s BEST Artisan Bread

3 c. All-Purpose Bread flour (I used King Arthur)

3/4 tsp. Active, Dry yeast

1 tsp. Salt

1 1/4 c. Grated cheese (I used Jarlesberg)

1 1/3 – 1 1/2 c. water

Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir together. It will be a pretty sticky dough, but that’s what you’re going for. (Start with 1 1/3 c. of the water and add a little more if it feels too dry) After mixing it all together, scrape the sides of the bowl. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let it set at room temperature for 12-18 hours. YES! Twelve to eighteen hours. I know, that’s a TON of time, but that’s what it takes to develop that distinctive yeast flavor and build the right amount of gluten for the texture we love.

After the 12-18 hour wait (literally anytime between the 12-18 hour time is fine. I let mine rest for like 13 hours because I was so anxious to bake it. lol) pull it out of the bowl and knead it lightly with flour. Turn the edges to the bottom, creating a smooth loaf, and place on a piece of parchment or wax paper that has been floured well. Dust the top lightly with a little more flour and cover with another piece of wax paper. Make sure that the dough is covered (loosely) so that almost no air is getting to it. (You can cover the wax paper with a tea towel to weigh the edges down a bit) After about 2 hours the dough will have doubled in size. To see if it’s ready to bake, lightly press the dough. If it springs back, give it another 15 minutes to rest. Once your finger indention holds then you’re ready to bake.

Here’s where the fun part comes in – this is how we get that AHHHHH-MAZING crisp crust!

You need to use a cast-iron or enamel coated cast-iron dutch oven for this – it’s beyond imperative.

Pre-heat your oven to 475 (or 450 convection). Place the bottom half of the pot in the oven about ten minutes before you want to bake the loaf. Once the loaf is ready, pull the pot out of the oven and carefully pick the dough up and drop it into the pot. Try to place it carefully, but be careful not to burn your hands. (Don’t worry if it lands a little weird, it will fix itself – trust me!) Once the dough is in the pot, place the lid on, and put back into the oven. (Oh! If the handle on your lid is anything other than SOLID metal or cast-iron, be sure to remove it. 40 minutes at 475 will melt even the strongest of plastics) Place the loaf in the oven, with the lid on, for 25 minutes. After the first 25 minutes, pull the lid off and continue to bake for 15-30 minutes. Keep a check after about 15 minutes to make sure you pull the bread out when it get’s that beautiful, golden brown.

Let the bread rest for just a few minutes and then turn it out onto a rack. Feel free to let it cool, but I promise you’ll be dying to cut into it – just like I did. I can’t lie… Between my parents, my fiancé and her best friend, we had the whole loaf gone within 2 hours! It’s seriously THAT good!

Alright – now some things to think about. Martha uses Gruyere cheese and olives. I don’t like Olives and I’ve never tried Gruyere, plus it’s pretty pricey. I used Jarlesberg and it was GREAT! Another thing is that Martha says to cube your cheese – which I did – but I think I’d prefer to have it grated. Feel free to decide on your own. My next step is to experiment with this recipe by adding dried herbs, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, etc. I think this might become my new obsession.

So – give this recipe a try! I assure you that it’s as easy as it sounds and it’s even better than it looks!

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Surprising Jodi [Fort Jackson, SC]

ft_jackson_family_day_tickle_photography11This morning I was able to photograph one of the sweetest things of my career! Jodi has been in basic training at Ft. Jackson in SC for quite some time and her husband, Carl, and baby-girl, Joellie, have been thousands of miles away in Arizona. Due to Carl’s orders, there was no way he would have been able to be there this morning to greet his sweet wife with their baby girl. Fortunately, Carl was able to re-work some of his orders and make it out to SC for family day! Jodi literally had NO idea that Carl and Joellie were going to be there to greet her.

I’ve got to admit it – I teared up just a little…

It was such a beautiful thing! This evening we’re doing family photos on base and then I’ll get to shoot her graduation tomorrow morning! Can’t wait for what the next day holds!

Thank you Carl for choosing me to preserve these memories for your sweet family!

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Asking the Fellas

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Alright. Let’s talk about one of THE coolest things I’ve ever done. It’s not something huge and crazy, but I think it’s pretty stinkin’ neat – even if I did do it myself!

As I’m sure you already know, I’m in the midst of wedding planning with my wonderful fiancé, Heather. We finally reached a milestone a week or two ago and nailed down the wedding party. (Shew – talk about hard work! It’s tough trying to pick the best of your best friends… We’re just praying that nobody has any hurt feelings by the time the wedding is over.) Well Heather did the super cool deal of putting a ring pop in a box and “popping the question” to her girls. Yeah, I was pretty bummed because I just knew that there were no cool ways to ask guys – aside from crazy expensive cigars (none of my guys are smokers anyway). Now, I have to admit, I didn’t come up with the concept by myself… I had a little help from the every-trusty Pinterest. (Can I get a “woot-woot?!”) I saw the idea one night and decided to make it my own.

I went to Target and bought travel sized cans of shaving cream and disposable razors. Then I ran by Hobby Lobby and picked up some kraft paper card stock and clear cellophane bags. Being a graphic designer I just HAD to create a super cool, somewhat vintage, tag. Wanted these bad boys to look store-made and as if they should be hanging on a rack somewhere.

Off to the studio I went to generate custom tags for each of the guys. Once I had them compete, I printed them and cut them. A little stapling and glue later – here they are! I must admit that I’m in love with them… Really I am!

Best thing I’ve ever seen. I’ll be the first to say that none of my fellas were filled with *quite* the enthusiasm I was, but I know that they thought they were pretty stinking awesome just the same.

Here’s to making everything you do special and unique!

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