All posts tagged: Europe

The evolution of Gingerbread

OUR TIPS FOR TRAVELING WITH CAMERA EQUIPMENT OUR LIST OF FAVORITE EQUIPMENT FOR TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY In the United States we know gingerbread at Christmas made into a gingerbread man, a dark cookie sweetened with molasses.  But in Europe it takes all kinds of shapes.  It is thought to have originated in Basel Switzerland as Basler Lackerli, a spiced bread sweetened with honey and kirsch and with hazelnuts and spices added.  That sounds like a great addition to the Christmas tradition.  In France it is known as pain d’epices, or spice bread. Traveling with camera equipment can get a little tricky, so we have listed some of our favorite tips for making it easier. Take only your favorite camera and lenses use a comfortable cross-body camera case always carry a polarizer use watertight and shock resistant equipment put gel packets in the camera case CAMERAS – Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon 5D Mark II LENSES – Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L II, Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L, Canon EF 17-40 f/4L USM Ultra Wide angle Zoom, Canon …

Published in Italian wedding blog Partecipando

The photos from the engagement session we did with Allison and Conrad at the beach in Santa Cruz were just published in a blog in Italy “Partecipando“.  The couple were having a romantic picnic on the beach and had brought wine an flowers to mark the occasion.  The colors in the photos made the collection look very elegant.  As wedding photographers in Santa Cruz we are thrilled when the photos are published internationally. Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography.

Almonds at Weddings

Candied almonds have historically been given as wedding gifts or served to the guests as wedding favors.  In France, Calissons d’Aix en Provence are said to have been served at the wedding of the king in the 1400s.  The Italians serve five almonds to signify five wishes for the bride and groom –  health, wealth, happiness, children and long life.  known by many names – dragee, confetti, Jordan Almonds, mlabas, koufeta – they are popular at many American weddings as well.

The chocolates of Bruges

CAMERA AND LENS DETAILS LISTED ON THIS BLOG IN THE RIGHT HAND COLUMN Bruges is famous for it’s medieval buildings and it’s chocolates.  We made it our mission to sample as many as possible.  In case you are wondering, Mary’s chocolates won the contest – they are the Chocolatier to the royal family – we can see why! Bruges is now my favorite place to travel.