Updating!

Black and blue photo packaging

I’ve been busy updating stuff lately. Almost too busy! With the new Facebook timeline up, I wanted to create a nice presence there. I’m also working on a brand-spanking-new website with the new URL (www.DarylEverettPhotography.com). Currently that links back here. I designed some new business cards (want some?) and new packaging. There have been a few (OK many) times when I have thought, “I need to outsource this!” But I’m too much of a control freak to let anyone else do it. Anywho, I plan to have some new images and stories to post up here soon.

B&W Photo challenge

I happened to see a contest today for black and white photos and with only 20 minutes left to enter I had to work quickly to pick one!  Most of the other entries seem to be babies so I wanted to pick something else. Here is a recent shot of a teen. Tell me what you think!

Check out the challenge at Iheartfaces.com 

On your Feet Photo challenge

I love feet so almost all of my sessions have a foot shot in them. This makes choosing one for the contest extra difficult. I have some dirty feet pictures, some baby feet pictures and some toddler feet pictures. Those are kind of standard though so I decided that although they may be better technically this shot has a better story.

This is a shot of the feet of six of the family’s seven children created as part of an anniversary surprise!Image This photo has been entered in a contest on

Animal Therapy {a day at the zoo}

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{all of the above images are ©Daryl Everett 2011 and were taken at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. }

This past week was incredibly busy for me. We left the house at least once a day and usually for at least three hours each time.

As the week progressed, I was able to feel the stress wearing me. By Sunday evening I had turned to “Facebook Therapy.”

I started thinking of when I could get in some Mama-to-Mama time with a friend which led me to thinking of all the things that needed to be done this week and in only two days since it’s Thanksgiving week! The list was overwhelming and it was still growing.  All of my fellow mamas appeared to be busy this week and I needed a quick intervention.  I considered a few things and they all seemed like they would contribute to my stress levels increasing rather than to my feel-good hormones increasing. Scenes of laughing with an excited toddler played in my head. Then I got it: the zoo.

When you go to the zoo you write off the whole day to strolling in nature and enjoying the animals, in my case with a little boy who loves animals. What could be more healing for a Mama with increasing fight-or-flight hormones? Me thinks, nothing. (Save a long soak in a candle-lit tub with soft music and a personal masseur.)

And with that the decision was made to take a day off and go to the zoo. No “to do” list, no dishes, no laundry, no portrait edits, no cooking, no cleaning, just the train, the animals, the child and the camera.

While the day wasn’t some ethereal experience, but it was restorative. It’s quite amazing just how exciting the reptile house is when you’re almost two.

I had to remind myself a few times that the agenda for the trip was to have no agenda, not to see every animal at the zoo. We loitered in the aviary  because those double doors are just so cool. We looked at all the snakes at least twice, just in case one of them decided to do something really neat. We chatted with the goats and looked into the eyes of the gorilla, wondering who was really on exhibit!

And one of us slept all the way home.

All in all it was a great experience.

Cookies!

Have you ever had a day when you just had to have a cookie? I normally am not a cookie fan, but this week they have been screaming my name. Daryl…Daryl….Daryl! Today it was too much.  I had to bake some. Even though I didn’t have any dairy-free butter substitute, I would find a way to enjoy a cookie.  Lo and behold: you can substitute oil for butter. So I used the recipe from egglesscooking.com and away I went.  I substituted 1/4 c. sunflower and 1/2 c. olive oil for 1 c. butter and 3 TBS ground flax seed mixed with 9 TBS hot water and left to congeal for a few minutes for the 3 eggs. I used Ghirardelli semi-sweet chips.(Sometimes the main page has a $1 off coupon!)

The results were very moist, but still delicious, so I added a bit of cracked wheat to the remaining dough.  Those are not as moist but you can certainly detect the wheat in them.  The first batch even passed the test of my husband, who thinks all things with egg- or dairy-substitutes are near blasphemy.  He declared “they were good babe.” That’s like getting an Oscar around here!

I just had to snap a few pictures to share with the three people who read my blog Hi Dad! the world .  I’ve become sort of obsessed with food photography lately, even if it is only my food.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed creating them and the cookies.

I’m not sure why they got dark when I saved them.  I’ll work on that tomorrow or so and repost them with corrected lighting.

Great Strides: Walking to Blow Away Cystic Fibrosis

It’s been a busy month!  I had two portrait shoots and two charity events in one week!

The charity events were two local Great Strides events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Cystic Fibrosis is a condition that affects one of my dearest friends, so these events were extra special for me.  To learn more about CF visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The weather was great for both events and everyone had a wonderful time.  If you’d like to see all of the pictures from the event follow this link.

Group of walkers at the Cystic fibrosis Foundation (CFF) Great Strides Fletcher Medical

Two children on bicycles


Two female students from Sandalwood's ROTC program greet returning walkers

two lines of children tossing water balloons