Healthy Pesto-Avocado Shrimp Zucchini Pasta + DIY Slime | New Orleans Lifestyle Photographer

This weekend was one for the books in the littlest of ways. There weren’t crazy adventures or breathtaking sights, but there was lots of genuine, soul-fulfilling girl time, big-bellied laughs, and the best food to fill these taste buds. I’ve truly been embracing this slow season of life, letting myself soak in the mundane moments, meditate on the why behind certain feelings, and cultivating a heart open to change and growth, even when it feels uncomfortable or scary.

As this weekend was so fulfilling for me, I thought I’d share a few of the recipes that contributed to it. From healthy, delicious meals to crafts and educational events, it was a jam-packed, yet relaxing weekend. I always get lots of positive feedback from sharing healthy recipes on here, so I thought I’d share one of my recent favorites that we indulged in this weekend!

I try to stay away from pasta, so it’s always fun to find alternatives that are both healthy and tasty. Friday night I made Pesto-Avocado Shrimp Zucchini Pasta and it was SO delicious! Here’s the recipe…

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HEALTHY PESTO-AVOCADO SHRIMP ZUCCHINI PASTA

3-4 Zucchini

3 lbs fresh shrimp

3 TBSP Grass Fed Butter

1 TBSP Olive Oil

1 Lemon

1 Jar Basil Pesto

2 Avocados

Feta crumbles (optional for topping)

Seasonings: Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder

DIRECTIONS: Peel fresh shrimp. Melt butter + olive oil in pan on med-high heat. Once butter is melted, add shrimp and seasonings. Saute until shrimp is fully cooked. Mash two avocados and add to pan along with jar of pesto. Squeeze lemon over all ingredients.

Clean off zucchini and cut off ends. Using a vegetable spiralizer (I use a VERY simple one similar to this), create veggie noodles with the zucchini. Simply add shrimp-pesto toppings and feta crumbles (if that’s your thing) and enjoy!

I was recently introduced to the world of slime on Instagram by a friend and had NO IDEA of how viral the slime trend is right now. In efforts to get my hands dirty with a light-hearted and fun craft, I bought the ingredients and decided to give making slime a whirl. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the slime craze, it’s essentially what you may have played with if you ever partook in the Gak or Silly Putty phase as a child. As with all things in our Pinterest-driven 2017 though, slime has taken a whole new world compared to the simplistic nature it came in years ago. Now, people are adding tons of beautiful colors and textures to it to create an ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) aka “sounds that feel good” aspect to the fun. It’s actually pretty cool!

I had my good friend Lauren and her daughter Emma over for dinner Friday and Emma had endless fun with the slime and rainbow beads we added to it.

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If you have children (or even if you don’t) and want to try it out, here’s the recipe I used:

EASY 3-INGREDIENT SLIME

1 cup Elmer’s Glue (white)

1 cup Shaving Cream

1/2 cup Purex StaFlo Concentrated Liquid Starch

Food Coloring (optional)

Glitter (optional

Rainbow Foam Beads (to add in for fun after slime is made)

DIRECTIONS: Mix glue, shaving cream, and starch together in a large mixing bowl. The shaving cream makes the slime fluffier. You can also add food coloring + glitter to get different colors.

If you add too much liquid starch to your slime it gets a little stiff. If this happens, just add a little water – a tablespoon at a time, until the slime puffs up again. Knead and mold the slime until it’s the consistency you like. That’s it!

You can store it in jars, plastic bags, or lidded containers to keep it from drying out.

What new projects or recipes have you tried recently that have enriched your life? I’d love to hear about them!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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Now Offering Birth Photography! | New Orleans Motherhood Photographer

For anyone who keeps up with my posts regularly, you know the strong pull my heart has always had towards capturing the essence and experience of women. I cannot fully explain it, only that I know in the depths of my soul when I photograph a woman who opens up to me or lets me peer a little into her vulnerability, that there is no other place in the Universe I’m supposed to be more in that moment. Whether it’s a high school senior, a bride, a boss girl, or an expecting mama, the women and stories that have found themselves in front of my lens over the course of my career have left me impacted in the most unusual and profound ways.

For much of my career, I’d never had any stronger pull to any particular type of womanly experience–and while I still very much love photographing ALL types of milestones, I’ve noticed an ever-growing tug in my gut over the past year or so. During this time, I’ve noticed a particular and welcomed shift to clients desiring me to document their journey through motherhood. (This is in addition to weddings, of course, which I still very much photograph). Perhaps, and likely, this has to do with my age and place in my own life (no, I’m not quite ready to be a mama just yet), but, this particularly strong pull towards motherhood portraiture and the intensity of emotion captured through the experience is something I know I’m meant to delve into deeper.

After years of inquiries, pleas, and suggestions that I fearfully turned down, I have now decided it’s time for me and this camera of mine to extend my services to include birth photography and/or hospital photography. IMG_0976

 

Motherhood photography encompasses a wide scope of experiences. Currently, I document many mama moments from maternity, newborn, to growth and regular family lifestyle portraiture sessions and have many clients who purchase my Motherhood Collective which allows comprehensive documentation of these. With this, I’ll now be offering the option to add birth photography or the option to hire me exclusively for your birth experience or time in the hospital with new baby.

Many families are interested in documenting their birth experience; however, some instead prefer to have the experience documented during the first few moments of life after the birth. Whether you’d like me to document the pushes, tears, and intense emotion of your birth or the tender moments together within the first 48 hours following, I am available for either form of documentation.

As this is a brand new venture for me, I’m offering introductory pricing to the first 5 bookings for Birth Photography or “Fresh 48” After-Birth Photography. If you are interested in having me document this part of life for you, please contact me at kali@kalinorton.com for more detailed information + pricing.

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Summer Elopement in Cancun | Alli + Steve: Mexico Wedding Photographer

“Now that I can talk to you from age forty, I can tell you–don’t worry, it’s all good. Life is the same, only better. Never perfect, never settled, never figured out, but ever beautifully flowing.”

– Garance Dore, Love Style Life

As I spent the week in Mexico laughing, dancing, and conversing with Alli and Steve’s nearest and dearest friends, it filled me with so much joy to be able to spend so much genuine time getting to know and love those who support them the most. I’ve known Alli since college, and without a shadow of a doubt, she’s deserving of the abundance of love and joy that is present in this season of her life. Alli is one of the most thoughtful, selfless, and positive humans I’ve ever had the pleasure of calling a friend, and after spending the week watching Steve completely and utterly dote on her and speak on the qualities he adores in her, I felt just how genuine the respect the two of them carry for one another is.

Alli and Steve eloped for a destination wedding in Cancun at Dreams Playa Mujeres Resort. This was my first time in Cancun and from the resort to the locals, food to the gorgeous sights, it was one of my most favorite trips, to date. In a blog post soon, I’ll post about the trip and personal adventures, specifically, so stay tuned! For now, enjoy these dreamy photos of their elopement!

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

One of my most favorite parts of the day is watching couples exchange letters. It always gives me a little glimpse into the little quirks between the two of them. Alli is a graphic designer and creative through and through, so naturally, her gift for Steve was laid out in the most picture-perfect way.

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Steve’s relationships with his guy friends was so neat to soak in–most of them friends since childhood.

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

The details and anticipation of bridal prep just never get old.

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli and Steve chose to keep it traditional and not see one another until the ceremony, so we snuck outside with the girls to the other end of the breathtaking resort for a few quick photos.

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

When I tell you that Alli and Steve have the most genuine group of friends and family, I’m not exaggerating. I’m pretty sure holding back tears was difficult for everyone during the overwhelmingly joyful and emotion-filled ceremony. 

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Wedding

Alli + Steve Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Wedding

There was no shortage of fun to be had with this crew, when in Mexico. The fiesta game was strong.

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Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

And as I walked over to photograph the guys, I found them already posted up…

Alli + Steve Wedding

Alli + Steve Wedding

Quite possibly my favorite detail of the day was the Mariachi band that played during cocktail hour. Mexico cocktails to a mariachi band at sunset, yes please.

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli + Steve Portier Wedding

Alli and Steve, thank you for not only asking me to document this time for you, but also, inviting me to connect with and soak in the genuine personalities of those who love and support the two of you the most. Spending the week documenting the two of you enter into this next chapter is something I’ll never forget.

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Milk Bath Maternity | Awaiting Ivy: New Orleans Maternity Photographer

“I guess I always believed the moments that would one day end up defining me would be loud. They’d be noticeable. I pictured fireworks. I thought I would definitely be able to point the moment out from all the rest if you put them side-by-side in a lineup. I’d be able to stand there, on the other side of the glass and say, ‘That one. That one was loud and big and mammoth and I knew it would change my life.’ But you can’t put moments in a box. You can’t keep people forever. Those moments are meant to happen and disappear.”

Excerpt from If You Find This Letter by Hannah Brencher.

How eerily true is this? I think it’s so easy for us to be ready for what’s next in life, that we so often don’t take the time to fully embrace the seasons we reside in in the present. Whether the season be happy or sad, it’s a natural part of the human experience to wonder, plan, or anticipate what’s ahead. When I first read these words when reading Hannah’s book, they stopped me in my tracks. Umm, hello reality check. Moments, seasons, experiences exist for us to feel what we feel from them in those moments and mold us into the future human we evolve to.

As Danielle got out of her car and greeted me, it was the first time I’d ever met her. It only took a few sentences of dialogue between us for me to notice the calm, peaceful personality she emanated. After spending that afternoon with her and looking through her photographs, I was able to put my finger on what was so alluringly tranquil about her–she embraces the now of this beautiful season of life she is in, awaiting her daughters, Ivy and Lily.

It wasn’t until after her session that Danielle shared with me the news that she learned weeks ago that she lost one of her girls, Lily.  She is currently still carrying both girls. I had no clue of this while photographing her, and now looking at these photographs radiates her strength during this season in a whole new light.

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

I cannot begin to fathom both the fear and excitement she has for her delivery next week. Observing the contentment and love for that beautiful belly and the spectacular ability her body possesses during these months was so incredibly empowering. Nine months, a “moment” so inherently special to her, Lily, and Ivy alone, that she can never replicate in this exact way again.

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

The morning of Danielle’s session, there was a stirring in me to do something more than just dreamy, creamy photographs of her in a field. We’d never spoken other than through email before, but as she picked up the phone and I introduced myself, the conversation went a little something like this, “I know we’ve never met, but umm, are you down for a milk bath?”

I’m incredibly glad she was open to the idea, because the way they display the beauty and strength of her body during this season of life is so profoundly breathtaking to me.

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle Pauli Maternity

Danielle, I have no doubt that you will execute motherhood just as gracefully as you do the road leading to it. Thank you for allowing me to capture your strength and beauty during this stage of life for you, Lily, and Ivy.

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Fort Pickens Summer Family Portraits | Lawson Family: Pensacola Family Photographer

 “There comes a day when you’re gonna look around and realize happiness is where you are.”

It’s no secret that I covet the women who have come into my life throughout the years with souls full of sunshine. Stripping down the hippie-leaning adjectives, what I mean is, I have a massive appreciation for positive, uplifting women who exude a warm persona. I suppose it’s the confidence of a lady being joyful in her own skin that I find so absolutely breathtaking, or perhaps it’s the fact that I truly believe that there is next to nothing more enchanting in this world than a happy woman. Either way, it moves me.

Kady is one of those women.

Our paths crossed seven or eight years ago through mutual friends and we instantly clicked. I knew from the moment I met Kady that she possessed character traits that uplift and inspire those around her. To put it simply, she glows from the inside out.

Kady and Brandon are high-school sweethearts, together for eleven years. When I first started my business, Kady was the first bride to ever book me for a wedding. A Santa Rosa Beach outdoor wedding in front of a beautiful historic home–basically a photographer’s dream. These types of weddings are almost NEVER the weddings new photographers get hired to photograph. I was both completely honored and baffled at her unwavering trust in my abilities. At the time, despite me being scared shitless to actually call myself a wedding photographer, I knew that she was exactly the type of client I hoped to attract–I just assumed it would take me years of establishing myself before I came across work of this aesthetic.

Kady’s trust in me stuck with me and her radiant personality still inspires me daily.

She and Brandon now have a daughter, Stella, whom I got the pleasure of meeting for the first time during their shoot. Here are a few favorites from the Summer afternoon we spent together at Fort Pickens in Pensacola…

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Lawson Family

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Lawson Family

Lawson Family

Lawson Family

I cannot fully articulate how much it fills my heart to be invited into familial units to document personaliy quirks, growth, and love during various life stages.

Lawson Family

Lawson Family

Lawson Family

Lawson Family

It was such a joy to watch Kady so naturally embody motherhood. I was equally joyous to photograph the perfection that is Brandon’s hair styling abilities. Brandon coaches high school football, but I’m pretty sure he was a high-fashion stylist in another life.

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Lawson Family

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Lawson Family

Lawson Family

I was hoping that we could end the session by the water. When Kady informed me that Stella would fully embrace her inner Moana, I was not nearly prepared.

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Lawson Family

Stella saw the water and she had her mind made up that no one was going to keep her from it. This sweet baby loves the water as much as she loves her mama and daddy.

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Lawson Family

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Lawson Family

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Lawson Family

We snuck away for a few more beach shots of Kady and Brandon before saying our goodbyes.

Lawson Family

Lawson Family

Lawson Family

Lawson Family

Lawson Family

Kady and Brandon, thank you for inviting me to peer into your life again, this time with sweet + sassy Stella. If you’re interested in booking a session to capture the love, life, and personality of yourself and loved ones in Fairhope, Pensacola, or Navarre, I will be in the area in the month of August. Please contact me at kali@kalinorton.com for more information. Until next time…

 

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