30 Minutes in June: Father’s Day

30 Minutes in June: Father’s Day

I recently joined a group of photographers who share 30 minutes of their ordinary life through their lens. Each month we share a little slice of our life with you as we see it.

For this month, June, Father’s Day, I decided I wanted to document this extraordinary man – my husband and daughter’s father: Josh.  Earlier this year I was diagnosed with a very serious and life threatening health issue.  It was a scary time for all of us but having a positive, creative outlet through photography and blogging has been wonderful for me.  But I owe a tribute to this man right here.  He has taken over many family duties and house duties all while working full time outside of the house too. I’m one hundred percent sure it’s not easy for him but I’m also one hundred percent sure he’s nailing it.  So, here it is, you get to see a little glimpse into our life where my husband is just doing his thing – being a man who shows up for his family in every way.

I’ve read that even though Millennial Dads are showing up more, doing more house chores and spending more time with their children, that they’re also happy to be doing these things and it makes them happier people. I think you’ll be able to tell that my husband is really happy through these photos. So I’d say it’s true. Is this true in your family?

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Orlando Winter Garden Disney Photographer

Orlando Winter Garden Disney Photographer

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Orlando Winter Garden Disney Photographer

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All photos were taken in the England Pavilion in Epcot, Walt Disney World.

Thank you for joining me this month for 30 Minutes. This is a circle blog, so please take some time to visit my friend Stacey Markel Photography and see what she has to show you in her 30 Minutes this month.

Father Daughter Photo Session in Club Cool, Epcot

Father Daughter Photo Session in Club Cool, Epcot

If you’ve been to Epcot in Walt Disney World, you’ve probably stopped in at Club Cool, a Coca Cola store and soda sample spot. At Club Cool, you can taste “flavors around the world” for free as well as buy Coca Cola merchandise and coke slushies. With Epcot’s renovations scheduled later this year, Club Cool may be changing so we wanted to document one of our favorite spots before it does.

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Club Cool Coca Cola Epcot Orlando Disney Photographer

My husband has always loved Club Cool and loves popping in there for a quick, sweet taste. So I did a Father’s Day photo session here at Club Cool with my husband and daughter for the “Best Pop Ever.”

If you’ve tried all of these flavors before, you’ll know all about the “Beverly Face” so be sure to check out Elodie’s Beverly Face! Haha

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The Scoop on Ice Cream at Erin Mckenna’s Bakery at Disney Springs

The Scoop on Ice Cream at Erin Mckenna’s Bakery at Disney Springs

Earlier this month Erin Mckenna’s Bakery at Disney Springs started serving vegan ice cream again just in time for these hot summer months. And it tastes like Disney magic!

Erin Mckenna’s Bakery is an all vegan, gluten free, soy free and kosher bakery based out of New York City with a location in Disney Springs. This is a hot spot for those eating a plant based diet and also for families that have food allergies. They offer a variety of bakery items such as coffee cakes, tea cakes (the raspberry chocolate is amazing), cupcakes, brownies, bagels, eclairs and more.

Recently, they started offering hand scooped ice cream.  It is perfectly creamy and delicious! I have tried the vanilla with salted caramel in a cup and the ice cream cookie sandwich with both vanilla and chocolate ice creams.  My favorite so far has been the vanilla ice cream cookie sandwich. The ice cream with salted caramel topping was also really flavorful and creamy.

When I used to go to Disney World with my family as a child, my mom and I would eat a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich together on Main Street from the Main Street Ice Cream Shop. It’s a special memory enjoying a special treat by the castle with family. This ice cream sandwich tasted just like my childhood memory of ice cream sandwiches on Main Street.  Let’s hope they start offering this option in more locations like inside the parks! (Fingers crossed.)

Here’s the “scoop” on their current ice cream situation as this is written on June 15, 2019:

  • The ice cream is hand-scooped and coconut based (ingredient list for vanilla below)
  • You can get scooped ice cream in Small, Medium or Large cups
  • They have toppings available to make it a sundae
  • Both chocolate and vanilla flavors are currently available
  • They do sell out occasionally, so it may be best to check before going
  • Pricing list in photos below

I hope you’re able to try this “nice cream” and love it as much as I do!

And then be sure to enjoy your time at Disney Springs as well. Disney Springs is an outdoor shopping mall where it’s free to go and free to park! There are many restaurants and fun shops to check out. There is often live entertainment, usually in the evenings. You’ll even find some fun photo opportunities here!

Lastly, a couple money saving tips: 1. A cup and a cookie or brownie bite ordered separately would be less expensive than a cookie sandwich. 2. If you’re a Disney Annual Passholder, remember to ask for your discount!

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Vanilla Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Topping

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Vanilla Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Cup Sizes Offered

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Erin McKenna’s Pricing Menu

Erin Mckenna's vegan ice cream Disney Springs

Ingredients List for Ice Cream

Escape Game Orlando

Escape Game Orlando

Have you been to an escape game? We went to our first one last weekend!

I’ve been wanting to try an Escape Game but we hadn’t tried it because we didn’t know how it would go with a toddler. Luckily we were invited by The Escape Room Orlando – thank you for having us!

The game itself was immersive, with plenty of interactive clues, critical thinking, and yes, a little math. Our team was able to cooperate, communicate, and pool our skills to solve the elaborate puzzle while taking time to appreciate and enjoy the fine details the Escape Game has challenged you with. This experience is a MUST for any lover of adventures, puzzles, and fun with family and friends.

The Escape Game is geared toward older children (age 13 and up) and adults but children of all ages are welcome. I had asked a few questions about bringing a toddler before going and here are the answers to those questions.

Will it be too scary for a toddler or young child? Spoiler alert: it’s not very scary and you aren’t really “trapped.” You can get out at any time and although it’s timed and slightly suspenseful, it is not scary!

Will the room be okay for a toddler? There were small stairs and even a small tunnel in our room and also some pretend animals. My daughter at almost 2 was able to navigate all of this safely and happily. She was hopping like a frog and loved going up and down the stairs.

Will it be too much or too little activity for a toddler? I found the energy of the room to be just the right amount. Because you’re solving clues and there’s room to explore, it was just the right amount of activity for my daughter.

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Three tips for going to an Escape Room with a baby or toddler:

1. Consider bringing a baby carrier. As you probably know by now, we love babywearing in our family. Our daughter started out the game in a baby carrier which gave us some time to listen to the instructions. Also would give a younger child a calm, safe place to snuggle or nap if needed.

2. Have a designated person to be the point person or designate duties. If there’s one thing for sure about babies and toddlers, they’ll always need something! Whether it’s a snack or a break or a diaper change, they will be sure to ask for something. I suggest picking a person in the group to be the point person if the child needs something to alleviate any stress of making the decision in the middle of the game.

3. Prepare to have fun! It may look a little different (as life and travel with a young child does) but we had a lot of fun solving the puzzle and playing along with our daughter at the same time!

If you are looking for a fun and family friendly activity that promotes communication and cooperation, definitely check out The Escape Game Orlando. 

We escaped… Can you?!

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Through My Lens: Animal Kingdom Adventures

Through My Lens: Animal Kingdom Adventures

“The best camera is the one you have with you.”

This is the reason a majority of our daily adventures are captured with an iPhone. It’s rarely practical to carry around a camera all day. But I do regularly bring my camera with me, especially for short adventures.

Today, I brought my professional camera to Animal Kingdom and was able to capture some of these special memories of my daughter in high quality images. I love the way I’m able to capture more of what I see and feel when I bring out my camera.

Elodie did amazing today. She sat through a long design appointment and barely complained at all. So we wanted to give her lots of space to play and run around while also having some fun family time. She had a magical evening playing throughout Animal Kingdom. And I was able to find a good amount of time to play along and some time to capture the moment through photography as well.

If you have a camera, how do you find the balance between capturing your family’s memories and carrying around equipment? Leave a comment here letting me know.

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Misty puddle jumping

Animal Kingdom Photography

Misty Dancing

Animal Kingdom Photography

Gorilla Falls Waterfall Dancing

Squirrel Safari

She remembered Pocahontas giving her a leaf here and found one and did some leaf dancing herself

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Pandora Waterfall

Adventurers Outpost

Kissing Mickey

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Disney Animal Wall

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Intimate Family Wedding at the Mayor Tree in Orlando, Florida

Intimate Family Wedding at the Mayor Tree in Orlando, Florida

Yesterday I had the honor of documenting this family’s small, intimate wedding at the Mayor Tree in Orlando, Florida.

The Mayor Tree is a 200 year old tree with sprawling limbs located outside the Menello Museum.

This couple chose the Mayor Tree because of their love of nature and the outdoors. The location was beautiful. The Bride looked beautiful. The Groom was so happy. Their one-year-old son got to take part in their sweet ceremony. Their officiant spoke of their adventures together and how their love has made them grow through adventuring together.

I have a special place in my heart for small, intimate, outdoor weddings. They’re so charming and the love and light both shone beautifully during this wedding.

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

Orlando Wedding Photography Mayor Tree Florida

 

Our Newest Adventure: The Adventurers’ Abode

Our Newest Adventure: The Adventurers’ Abode

Our Newest Adventure

It is with great excitement that I’m sharing with you the big news on our newest adventure…

We are building our Dream Home: The Adventurers’ Abode!

Our current home is in a great neighborhood with great neighbors, but it was clear for about a year or so now, it’s just not our home. We need a little more space and little more our style. Two and a half years ago, our adventures (also known as work haha) brought us to the Orlando area. I found out I was pregnant the same week we moved here so we quickly found a home so we could have a space for our baby and dogs. But as time went on, we realized it just didn’t fit us well.

So we started in on a search for our Adventurers’ home base.

We spent hours upon hours looking around the area we currently live which is just north of Magic Kingdom, exploring the different options. We found a smaller neighborhood with the most beautiful amenity center. We will be able to see fireworks from the back yard and be at Disney in just a few minutes. And the home layout, size and design options were perfect. So we were sold pretty quickly, signed the paperwork and are on the journey of building a new home now!

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Does this contract say I get the master suite?

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Amenity Center

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Model Home Kitchen

We are so excited for our newest adventure and would love to share it with you. I will be documenting our process of building a home from ground up here and I hope you’ll join us in seeing this adventure unfold!

What’s your best advice for buying a new home?

Our Adventures at Typhoon Lagoon

Our Adventures at Typhoon Lagoon

Recently we went to Typhoon Lagoon at Walt Disney World. This was a part of an Annual Passholder Event where the park was open just for the special event.

Typhoon Lagoon Disney Water Park

Babywearing in a Water Carrier

I had not been to a Disney Water Park since I was a teenager and was really curious how we would like it as a family and if we would want to upgrade our Annual Passes to include the water park as a family with an almost two year old.

What I loved about Typhoon Lagoon was that it definitely has the Disney feel to it.  It is an extremely clean and well organized water park.  I felt safe and comfortable the whole time.

Typhoon Lagoon Disney Water Park

There are several age appropriate activities for toddlers.  The large wave pool has a beach style entry where my daughter could walk in on her own and happily played for hours.  She loved the big wave and she had a whole system down by the end of the night. There is also a lazy river and splash pad area perfect for younger children as well.  I would not hesitate at all to bring a family with young children here.

Typhoon Lagoon Disney Water Park

Typhoon Lagoon Wave Pool

There are also plenty of big slides and rides for the older kids too.  I’ve been told that the waits are usually pretty reasonable for these as well.

Typhoon Lagoon Disney Water Park

Typhoon Lagoon Rides

Typhoon Lagoon Disney Water Park

Water Slides

We were able to enjoy a plant based dinner at the quick service Leaning Palms.  There is an entire plant based menu with several options as well as an allergy friendly menu. I enjoyed the plant based rice bowl which was both vegan and gluten free.  My husband and daughter enjoyed the Impossible burger and Beyond brat sandwich.

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Plant Based Rice Bowl (Gluten Free)

Typhoon Lagoon Vegan Plant Based Food Disney

Beyond Plant Based Brat

Typhoon Lagoon Vegan Plant Based Food Disney

Impossible Plant Based Burger + Fries

There are snacks like popcorn and pretzels as well. There’s plenty to choose from here for a plant based family.

Overall, we had a blast and would happily go play here any time.  We decided for our family, we won’t upgrade our passes to include the Disney Water Parks for now but only because we have so many other resort style pools available to us within about the same driving distance.  I would absolutely recommend to any family with young children wanting to visit Typhoon Lagoon to do so whether it’s a whole summer cool off plan or just for one day!

If you choose to go, I recommend having a plan for your belongings.  We did not really have a great plan and the locker area was extremely busy. It may be best to go with just the bare minimum like towels and a room a Magic Band. Otherwise, I’d plan on getting a locker if you’ll be there for the day.

The large wave pool was definitely the highlight for our family.  Our daughter refused to get out the entire time.  Plus, it really is neat to watch! Check out the video of Typhoon Lagoon below:

Have you been to Typhoon Lagoon?  What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Hospital Newborn Photography Session at Winnie Palmer – Fresh 48, Lifestyle

Hospital Newborn Photography Session at Winnie Palmer – Fresh 48, Lifestyle

Baby Emily.

When a family goes through a loss, their babies born after are rainbow babies.  Babies who came after all of the tears bringing in joy creating a rainbow of brightness in the family.  Baby Emily is a sweet rainbow baby.

This session was done at the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women in Orlando, Florida.

Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

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Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

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Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

Horizon West Winter Garden Orlando Photographer Lifestyle Newborn

I used a prism (with help from Emily’s dad here), to create this beautiful rainbow light for this rainbow baby session.  I love documenting the newborn stage of life.  Welcoming a new baby into the family is a time of joy (and exhaustion!) and it’s an honor to be able to capture these special moments for families.

Be sure to check out this video from their session as well. You can add a short video to any photography session.  Just email me for more information.

Are you interested in booking a photography session with me? Simply email theartofadventures@gmail.com today!

The Art of Adventures Photo + Film – Serving Central Florida – Orlando and surrounding areas, Winter Garden, Horizon West, and available for travel. Specializing in intimate family sessions that encourage connection and joy, documented.  “Turning your adventures into art.”

A Bright and Beautiful Maternity Session at the Grand Floridian Beach

A Bright and Beautiful Maternity Session at the Grand Floridian Beach

This bright and beautiful maternity session for the Ivey Family was done at the Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Ivey Family requested a beach location so they could capture this moment in time at one of their favorite places before they welcome their third child soon.

I was honored to be able to meet them here so that they could get the bright and happy photos they described imagining them hanging on their walls.

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The Ivey Family

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Romance is in the air

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Playing together

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Excited to be a big sister

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This girl loves her sister so much already

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She can’t get enough of her!

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Some time with the big brother

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Who loves to play

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Sweet snuggles

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And time with Mama

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Waiting patiently to meet sister

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Mom glowing beautifully

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Everyone is excited to meet this sweet baby girl soon!

Are you interested in booking a photography session with me? Simply email theartofadventures@gmail.com today!

The Art of Adventures Photo + Film – Serving Central Florida – Orlando and surrounding areas, Winter Garden, Horizon West, and available for travel. Specializing in intimate family sessions that encourage connection and joy, documented.  “Turning your adventures into art.”