Welcome to the Green Apple Photography Blog. By viewing my stories and images, you will get a glimpse into my shooting style and personal experiences. My mission is to get you excited about your family portraits, about the moments I capture of your gorgeous children and the beauty of your pregnant body. I want you to share them with your friends and family and to see quality and artistry in every image.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Elmira Family Photographer - Guest Post: Designed for You Nutrition

I'm so excited to partner with a few local businesses and offer some great new content for the blog.  Today we have Amy Sonnenberg from Designed For You Nutrition.  

Kids and gardens - as a mom and a nutritionist, I love when these two worlds collide! I look forward to this time of the year when we can begin planning our garden as a family. I believe that talking to kids about food and how it grows is one of the best ways we can teach our children to have an appreciation and flavour for real food. Real food is found growing on a tree, in the garden, grazing in a field or swimming in the ocean. Real food is not often found in boxes or packages. It is up to us to teach our children how to tell the difference. One of the best ways to teach this important lesson is to grow some food as a family. You don't even need to have an actual garden plot in the backyard to be able to have your own harvest. Many people grow their produce on balconies or decks in large pots and boxes with much success.

Neat things happen in dirt. Starting when my children were about three years old, one of their 'jobs' was to look for worms as we dug up the soil and prepared it for planting. They were fascinated by worms. We would collect them in pails and watch them wiggle. My boys began learning about the importance of earthworms to the health of our garden and how to be kind to other living creatures. After the worm excavation, the boys would take turns planting the seeds, row by row. Each day after we planted our seeds, there was much anticipation to run out to the garden and check to see if anything had grown yet. Here they began learning about how our seeds needed water and sun to grow. As the plants began to mature and produce tomatoes, peas and beans, the boys learned what real food tastes like and to value the work that goes into helping plants grow. They also learned patience by discovering what tomatoes taste like when we don't wait long enough for it to fully ripen!

As a mom, I learned that children have a greater capacity for understanding the world around them than I had previously given them credit for. I also learned that my children felt valued when they were able to help. They loved watering the garden independently with their little watering cans or being sent out to the garden to collect carrots for dinner. I also discovered that some of the best photo opportunities for a mom with a regular old point and shoot camera was in the garden. Since this happens to be a photographer's blog, I thought I would share that some of my most favourite photos of my children are from our gardening activities. The children were often lost in wonder and I was able to capture the beauty of the moment with little effort.

Photo provided by Amy Sonnenberg

Photo provided by Amy Sonnenberg
 I encourage you to give gardening a try with your family. Some of the easiest things to grow are cherry tomatoes and peas if you are just starting out. The time commitment is minimal and the plants are fairly easy to maintain. Happy gardening!

Amy is a registered holistic nutritionist located in The Clocktower Wellness Centre in Elmira.  You can find her at http://designedforyounutrition.com/ or 519-503-7926

I love food! I really like everything about it – how it grows, where it came from, the variety of ways in which it can be prepared but above all, eating it!  Food is such an important part of our daily lives.  We obviously need it for nourishment but there is so much more.  It can be a time for reconnecting with family and friends, sharing our hopes and dreams and celebrating.  I want to share with others how to use food to our advantage, choosing the right ingredients to support our health.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Elmira Baby Photographer. Baby's First Year

Ahhh I'm so excited to be launching my baby's first year program.  Who wouldn't want an amazing, professionally photographed heirloom baby book featuring your baby every single month!  And to celebrate, I will be offering an introductory investment price to the first 3 babies!  (save over $500  at this rate) Contact me today for more information.  Not sure what the first year looks like, check this out!