5 of my favorite BBQ recipes you HAVE to try

Summer calls for BBQ. BBQ is one of my favorite food categories. I have always been fascinated with the grill, even as a child. My father taught me how to grill at a young age, and showed me on a charcoal Weber grill. I now own that grill, but it sits unused as I have upgraded to a much bigger machine.

I felt the need to share with you some of my all-time favorite BBQ recipes. Now, not everything has BBQ on it, but it goes into that category. I hope you get to try them out and enjoy them as much as I do.

Recipe 1: BBQ Chicken

(https://foolproofliving.com/mexican-street-corn/)

Recipe 5: Instant Pot Pork Ribs (finished on the grill)

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYxQSt58zmA)

Now, it’s your turn. Take these, print them off (or watch the video), go fire up the grill and make you some amazing BBQ that you will thank me for sending them your way. I hope you enjoy. If you do end up trying one, leave me a comment on what you thought! What was your favorite ones?

Bloomington, IN Engagement Photo Session - Sam & Cam

This session was a little extra special for me because I got to photography my cousin, Samantha, and her fiancé, Camden.

I have known Samantha my whole life and I am so thankful she allowed me to photograph a very special moment for her. Sam & Cam are going to separate universities this fall and she wanted to have this special memory that she could hang up all over her room.

Their session was held in Sam’s upcoming new town of Bloomington, Indiana as we went all around Indiana University’s campus and surrounding areas. There were a few times I am pretty sure they thought I was crazy with some of the prompts I gave them, but they embraced it whole heartedly, mosquito bites and all.

Thank you both for giving me this special opportunity to photograph these memories for you!

Summer Portrait Session in Bloomington, Indiana - Lauren & Bailey

Lauren & Bailey are two people that I am so thankful to be around. Their upbeat personalities make my job so much fun and enjoyable. Any idea that I have they are all in for it. They are naturals at the portrait game and love incorporating their personalities into the photographs. Their summer collection was no different from the spring, except for that they now know what to expect from me and my ideas. The green house photos are awesome, but poor Lauren got the heat from the one of the rooms that the temperature was warmer than expected. She handled it like a champ though. Enjoy their summer session!

Can’t wait to see you in the fall!

Top 5 things to do in Bloomington this summer

Bloomington has so much to offer, especially in the summer. It may not seem like there is a lot happening with all the students gone, but it’s still a lively community. I wanted to share the top 5 of my favorite things to do in Bloomington during the summer.

Farmer’s Market

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Going to the Farmer’s Market is one of my favorite things to do. It combines me being in the sun and warmth with my love of food and support for local businesses. Plus, so many things to photograph! There is an eclectic array of people and food items. Not only can you get your produce and sometimes meat there, but you can also get flowers, and even shop some local bakeries and coffee shops. 

Lake Monroe

Not only is this something that I think you should do on the water, but also the area surrounding Lake Monroe is perfect to explore. Go hiking on a trail or even set up a tent and camp. Maybe rent a boat or a kayak and explore the water. You could even go fishing.

Bike around town

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Now with Pace bikes scattered around town, it is so easy to be able to use a bike just to get around and explore. Go on the B-Line and see what you haven’t explored yet.

Do a photo tour

This just simply means find some awesome backdrops throughout Bloomington. It’s crazy the little nooks and crannies you can find in and right out of town. Maybe you could even document it and write a blog post.

Have a picnic at Oliver Winery

I may be a little biased towards Oliver Winery because I have done some sessions there, but honestly a park or any place with some grass would be a great location for a picnic (find some shade under a tree though so you don’t melt). Get a few of your favorite bites together (you could even pick something up at a local store like Bloomingfoods) and head out for a nice day in the park.

Bloomington just has so much more to offer that I could go into. I chose these five because they have all of my favorite things combined into them. You can get creative or even check out visitbloomington.com for more ideas.

Why I absolutely love summer

Summer is my favorite time of year. It's warm out, you can open your windows (especially the car windows), go for walks, hikes, and actually enjoy the sun and air. Honestly just thinking about summer helps warm me when we are in the cold months.

It's time for the lake, the boats, the outdoor atmosphere. I love that I can feel comfortable and feel the heat on my skin. I live for the heat.

The main reason I love summer? Lighting. There is so much time in the day. Obviously, there is the same amount of time in winter, but it feels so much longer. It feels as if the days don't really end.

This really helps when it comes to sessions too. I have so much more time for sessions with the light being out as much as it is. I do have ideal times of the day I like to take photos in, not everyone can do those times or there are different moods for each session.

Summer is where you can also have really fun in your sessions. You can do lake photos, camping, picnic, etc. types of photographs. The possibilities are endless. (See my recent post on summer session ideas to get more).

Ultimately, summer is great. It's my favorite season. Plus, I get to celebrate my birthday during the summer.