Sips | Cardamom Rose Cocktail

I’m thinking for a while about my blog. Sometimes it feels like an after-thought, sometimes it’s just a little jumbled. Although I’m not much into having a full on “lifestyle” blog, I want to share a bit of my life, and other really, really cool stuff with you. So I thought to myself, what’s the best way to do this? And then it hit me.


It’s through what I’m sippin’.


Every week I’ll be back talking about something that may or may not be photography related, but there always will be a rockin’ cocktail/drink/beer/wine. This idea partially came about from my (awesome) wife, MaryKate, who is always making really tasty cocktails. This is one she’s been dying to make for a while.

Rose, cardamom, grapefruit, lemon, and gin are the main flavors in this concoction. The key to this cocktail though, is using Peychaud’s bitters, and using Hendrick’s gin. The Peychaud’s bitters are a more floral, lighter bitter that complements the Hendricks really well. And the word “Peychaud” is just really fun to say too. Just say it. Out loud. Fun, wasn’t it? If you want the recipe, here’s the link: MaryKate recommends making your own rose simple syrup, because store bought simple syrups are “the worst.”

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Whistler / I’m back

Being from a resort town originally, winters are usually pretty sleepy. I normally take a social media break from New Years – March. It’s not some big event, or that I need to de-compress, or anything serious. I just don’t post when I haven’t been shooting alot. Now that spring is right around the corner, I can come out of my cave and start shooting again.

Now, I just recently went to Whistler to ski with my wife’s family (I am god-awful), and what vacation would be complete without a few snapshots….

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This year we had Thanksgiving at “The Farm.”  The barn was freshly built by the Amish a few months prior and we broke it in with my wedding. It’s a large space Stan uses to teach his pastel workshops and it’s used as a photography studio sparingly, too. Next sensible thing to do is have Thanksgiving there. Now, contrary to popular belief I don’t take my camera everywhere and when I do I don’t always take pictures. Especially at family functions.

But I got a new manual focus 35 and the farm is beautiful, so why not.


So, we ran a 300 ft. coaxial cable to the barn. Supposedly you can run standard definition 1,000 ft and HD around 300 ft on a decent cable. It was $17.98 for 300 ft and 2 ends. I might need to do this more often, I could get really creative.



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Happy Thanksgiving.