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About Justine Russo

I love to photograph love. Love between people who are light-hearted, a little bit goofy, who arent afraid to laugh at themselves. Those who cherish time outdoors, who arent afraid to try something new, and who believe that time spent with family, is the BEST time spent.
I genuinely believe a good laugh can cure any bad day. I am tall! (6foot1 tall!), I love to cuddle up with a good book and a cup of tea, I have a collection of blankets for my couch. My favourite season is usually whichever one is coming up next and I could never live where I cant see the mountains everyday.

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Homemade Granola

April 24th, 2014

This has been on my to-do list forEVER. Our son eats more food than I do and he’s only 4. We are concerned about future grocery bills.

So in an effort to fill him up with healthy, filling food, I searched for a good granola recipe. And found about 10 that sounded amazing! Well a few weeks ago we found out that our son is also lactose intolerant, so out the window went all the recipes with butter!!

So with some combining and rearranging, I managed to put together a dairy free recipe! (I know there’s probably TONS out there, but I had a son who wanted to help me bake NOW. No time for internet! haha)

So for those who asked for the recipe here it is!! One of my goals for this year is to start sharing recipes more! I miss it!!

oh yea, and yes I have already tried two bowls of it. One with yogurt, one without. And a small handful here and there as I walk by. It’s DELISH!

 

Homemade Granola

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup maple syrup (atleast 15% pure maple syrup!)

2 large egg whites

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp grated orange zest (I didn’t have any so I skipped this, but want to try it next time! It sounds so yummy!)

4 cups old fashioned oats (NOT the quick oats!)

1 cup unsalted nuts (I used chopped pecans, pumpkin seeds and slivered almonds)

2 cups mixed dried fruit (I used 1 cup dried cranberries, half cup raisins and half a cup of shredded unsweetened coconut – LOVE the coconut in it!!)

 

- Preheat oven to 275

- Place honey, maple syrup, egg whites, oil, vanilla, spices, and orange zest into bowl and blend well. Set 1/2 cup aside in smaller bowl.

- In the main bowl, add oats and nuts and mix until well combined.

- Spread in thin layer onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.

- While baking, add the dried fruit to reserved half a cup of honey mixture.

- Once finished baking, add dried fruit mix. Combine well. Bake for another 45 minutes, stirring halfway through.

- Let cool. It will be soft when you take it out of the oven. It will harden and get crunchy as it cools.

* Make sure to store in air tight container to avoid going stale or soft!

 

I would LOVE to hear if anyone tries any fun alternatives!! Next time I may try almond extract rather than vanilla, or adding freeze dried raspberries as well!! :)

Off Balance…Random Monday Thoughts.

April 22nd, 2014

One of the biggest questions I get asked as a Mom/Photographer is how I balance my life. How I balance work and family. I had the HUGE honour to host a Shoot and Share Live speaking on the topic earlier this year! (You can watch it HERE)

One photographer I’ve been working with lots on balance in mentoring session said this past week how she couldn’t wait until she had everything perfectly balanced and in place like I did. And it made me stop. (And mentally hug her for thinking that I have it all together. Trust me people, I DO NOT. Not even a little bit. Social media has a way of making it look like everyone has it all together while you are falling apart.)

I don’t believe anyone ever has it perfectly balanced and that part of being “balanced” is knowing that the balls you’re juggling will drop. They will drop OFTEN. And when they do, you bend over, scoop em up and get right back in it.

Balance is tricky. It’s dynamic. It’s one of those things that once you feel you have it and are in a groove, life throws you a curve ball and you’re down on the ground wondering what the heck happened. And that’s OKAY. In fact it’s what keeps life from getting boring. It’s what makes this life so awesome. Sometimes those curve balls aren’t fun. They’re hard. They will make you cry and give up. But sometimes they are worth it. They are the BEST things, they are opportunities that open doors for us and bring us to a better balance.

Some fun Pins on balance :) Cause a blog post without a photo isn’t quite as fun.

Bobby, Denise and Liam: Chilliwack Photographer

April 17th, 2014

Ohmygosh this may just be the cutest family I have ever had the opportunity to photograph. Liam’s personality is the best. He had me laughing so hard! At the beginning he asked if we could go find the ocean, because it’s close by and didn’t I know that’s where you’re supposed to throw sticks?! He spent the majority of our session trying to collect as many sticks as he could for his collection! I just LOVE how adventurous boys are!

Bobby is my (ready for this!??) sisters brother in law. okay that wasn’t that bad. My sister and Denise have gotten to be really close friends and I’ve gotten to know them a bit from my sisters wedding, family dinners and birthday parties! It was great to just hang out with the three of them though to get to know them better!

Denise, you are absolutely STUNNING! Seriously. I could photograph you all day long. Bobby, these two adore you! I loved getting to see all three of you together and hang out!

Thanks for heading out to Chilliwack and letting me photograph my FIRST cherry blossom session ever! ( Not sure how I missed them before haha they’ve always been a favourite!!) I had the best time getting to know you guys better!

 

The Yarwood’s: Chilliwack Family Sneak Peek!

April 14th, 2014

It’s best friends day on the blog! :)

Jessica is my person. She’s one of my “move the body” friends….as in the one I would call if I ever needed to move a body, and I know she would say “I’ll bring the tarps”.

Shawn said he thinks the internet is getting tired of seeing their ridiculously good looking faces (I added the ridiculously good looking part), but I disagree!! I LOVE their boys like they were my own sons, and am already planning to set one of them up with my daughter!

After their session, we headed up to our house for a BBQ and watching our oldest two play together is just the best. Neither of them ever want it to be time to go home, and they always beg for sleepovers. We are still working on the younger two though….Sophie is currently aggressively open mouth kissing Jackson, while he pulls away and looks at her like she’s crazy. haha

Here’s a sneak peek of their session!! :) ps. I am in LOVE with that tree and want it.

 

Jeremy and Rachel: Abbotsford Maternity Sneak Peek!

April 14th, 2014

Rachel is my best friend from elementary school. I still remember her first day of school. We were both in Grade 4 and I remember thinking she seemed really nice and I wanted to be friends with her! We were inseparable the rest of our elementary school life. (Other than our “big” fight at the end of grade 4 which involved threats of not being invited to each others birthday parties!)

So many of my memories of childhood are with Rachel. From watching Forrest Gump together (that white feather got us everytime!), dancing and trying to dress like Shania Twain, the time we tried “moon-tanning” on her front lawn, playing with her doll house, sleepovers in her basement, Girl Guides together, and endless conversations about boys.

Rachel and Jeremy are expecting baby #1, a little boy, in a few weeks and I am SOO excited for them!!

Here’s a quick sneak peek from our session today!

 

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