Photo Shoot: Hanna

I’m getting back into the swing of things photo shoot wise, and it feels great!  I did two separate shoots this weekend and had so much fun.  Here is a lovely Brazilian lady named Hanna that I met when we first arrived in Brazil.  We had an awesome time together during the session and I’m really pleased with the results! . .




We shot in the early morning(9am) to capture the gorgeous light

We shot in the early morning(9am) to capture the gorgeous light

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..que beleza!

All photos taken with a Nikon D300s with a 50mm 1.4 lens.


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Three Brazilian Recipes

Thought I’d share these with you in case you want a little “Taste of Brazil!”  Sadly I didn’t take any photos of the finished products… you’ll just have to try them and see for yourself! :)

Bolo de Cenoura (Carrot Cake)

This is NOT your typical carrot cake!  In fact, it tastes nothing like what I consider a North American carrot cake to taste like.  As long as you have a blender or food processor, it’s quite a bit easier to make – no carrot grating!  Brazilians always make a chocolate icing to top it off, rather than our standard cream cheese.  Here’s the recipe I followed.  I probably made some adjustments – whole wheat flower, less sugar, etc – you can play with it however you like!

Pão de Queijo (Cheese Bread)

I haven’t actually made this since being in Brazil because you can buy it fresh on every corner, but I did make it a couple of times in Canada.  You need tapioca flour which you can buy at  It’s so amazingly yummy, and gluten free!  They sell them frozen here and they taste like little balls of cheesy heaven when you eat them straight out of the oven.  Here’s a recipe.

Bolinho de Arroz (Little Rice Balls)

Brazilians make a lot of rice and beans.  It’s kind of their staple, and it has become our family’s as well.  It’s just so easy and fast to put on a pot of rice and pressure cooker with beans.  But sometimes you make too much rice and you’re not too sure what to do with the leftovers… little rice balls are the answer!  So yummy.  Recipe here.


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Chega de Saudade

Hello hello!  It has been a while!  But here we are, it’s Valentine’s Day, and I am using that as an excuse(not that I really need one) to post a video of my favourite Brazilian love song, Chega de Saudade.  (Saudade is a word we don’t have in English… it means that you miss someone intensely.  So Chega = enough de = of Saudade = missing you like crazy!) My lovely friend Annelise introduced it to me seven years ago after I visited Brazil for the first time.  Written by Tom Jobim and Vinícius de Moraes, the forefathers of Brazilian musical genre bossa nova, it perfectly describes how I felt when Nuni and I entered “The Great Agony” – a period of five months before we started dating in which we ceased all communication with each other.  I have always meant to share the whole story on here… someday.  It’s a long, wonderful story! But for now, here’s a little Valentine’s gift from me to you all the way from Brazil. :)

Here’s my translation:

Go away sadness
and tell him that without him it cannot be
I pray that he returns
because I can’t suffer anymore

Enough missing you
the reality is that without him
there is no peace, there is no beauty
there’s just sadness and melancholy
that doesn’t leave me alone
doesn’t leave me

But if he returns, if he returns,
what a beautiful thing, what a crazy thing
there are fewer fish swimming in the sea
than the kisses I will give on your mouth

Inside my arms, the embraces
there will be millions of embraces
tight like this, close like this, silent like this
embraces and kisses that never end

Let’s stop this thing of living without me
Let’s leave this thing of living without me

John Thomas

Newborn babies are the sweetest.  I loved taking these shots of little John Thomas.  Nuni and I met his parents a couple of months ago through friends, and we have really enjoyed getting to know them.  I don’t have a lot of mom friends here yet so it has been lovely talking with John Thomas’ mom, Amy, about the ups and downs of newborns!  I felt honoured to be asked to capture these moments.  I hope you enjoy some new baby cuteness!  Congratulations on your new family member Amy and Thom, he is absolutely precious!

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"Mommy!  So many babies!!"

“Mommy! So many babies!!”

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