Northern Lights | Madison WI Photographer

Last Wednesday night's solar storm brought a beautiful display of Northern Lights, which were visible from the Madison area all throughout the evening. I spent hours watching rolling waves spread across the horizon, and the lengthly storm even meant I was able to get it from multiple locations. 


Black Tea Fig Bars with Chèvre and Almond

I made up these delicious bars for an Oscar party (what punny movie themed food name did I come up with? 'Hidden Figbars") and they were a hit! They feature preserves from one of my favorite Madison WI food makers, Quince & Apple, with soft cheeses all wrapped up in a delicious pastry.  

You'll need: 

2 puff pastry sheets
2oz softened cream cheese
2oz chevre cheese
1/8 cup of sugar
Quice & Apple Fig & Black Tea spread (or other preserves)*
1 egg, beaten
Almonds (optional) 

Black Tea Fig Bars with Chevre and Almonds - Yum! YUM! #MadisonFoodie

Black Tea Fig Bars with Chevre and Almonds - Yum! YUM! #MadisonFoodie

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix together cheeses and sugar until well combined. Fold out your pastry sheets on parchment paper and spread cheese mixture in an even rectangle down the middle third of each sheet. Top cheese with Quince & Apple's Fig spread (I found 2-3 rounded TBSP per pastry worked well, adjust to your liking).

 *Feel free to substitute another preserve flavor, I also made a strawberry rhubarb version that my kids went crazy over. 

Slice the outer two thirds of the pastry in a diagonal fringe so you can fold the sides over the top in a braid (for more detailed instructions I used my friend Amy's method). Place both pastries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with egg.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, topping with almonds after about 12 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, sprinkle with powdered sugar, slice into bars and enjoy :)

My Daughter Is a Wild Thing | Madison WI Childrens Photographer

My daughter is a wild thing, an untamed spirit of wonder.
Her heart is deeply content, but her soul is not quieted. 
She announces her presence to the world in a cacophony,
Stomping, splashing, pounding, clattering, bouncing, spinning. 
She is an exporer and an adventurer. 

My daughter is a wild thing. 


Help-Portrait’s mission is to give the gift of a portrait to someone in need, free of charge. What that means exactly is up to the photographer or local group. In Madison, that means we transform a local food pantry and turn it into a giant, multi-station, photography studio one day a year and then afterward we deliver every family or individual with a packet of prints.

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