• LIFE

    It’s all four generations. It’s a mother and daughter. It’s a little boy climbing a tree. It’s a chance encounter with a horse. It’s chasing down a windblown hat. It’s an unexpected wave soaking your feet.

  • LITTLES

    There are toothless smiles, sticky kisses, dirty hands, rain-booted feet jumping puddles, and bugs in jars. There are chubby chub thighs, hands waving bye-bye, and rides on daddy’s shoulders.

  • LOVE

    Love looks like your grandmother’s wedding ring, love sounds like an inside joke, love feels like his sweatshirt, but love will also tell you there is spinach in your teeth.

Missy Marie Photography . MMP Storybook . Photo Album Book

I am so delighted to tell you about an exciting new product which makes its debut in the MMP Boutique today!

Drum roll, please…..

Announcing the custom MMP Storybook…a gorgeous flush mount, thick paged, beautifully printed (on premier photographic paper) session photo album book! It is available in many different sizes and cover options. This is a wonderful way to put your favorite session (or sessions) photos in a archival quality book! Some details that you will want to know:

  • one piece wraparound cover available with custom image(s), leather, etched leather, linen, with or without a cameo…so many beautiful options
  • beautiful Kodak Professional Premier photographic paper
  • available in 10 x 10, 8 x 10, & 12 x 12
  • tons of beautiful upgrades including gilding, foil stamping, debossing, etc.
  • comes with a graphite album box
  • starts at $395.00

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Missy Marie Photography . Family Traditions . Swedish Cream Cake

This past Christmas, I drew my dad’s name in our annual family gift exchange. I really wanted to do something thoughtful, so, I came up with the idea of making him a cake. Now, this wouldn’t be just any cake, I wanted to make him the cake that his mom used to make for him on his birthday every year….a Swedish Cream Cake. She was in her 90’s when she passed away about 7 years ago. And before that, she lived in a home, with no access to a regular kitchen. So, it had been a whole bunch of years since he had had Swedish Cream Cake.

I looked all over the internet for a recipe, and just couldn’t find anything. On to “Plan B” ~ call a bakery, and have them make it, and even deliver it. Well, none of the bakeries I found, either local, or nationwide had even heard of such a cake. I kinda gave up.

I am sure you have heard me talk about my sister, Abigail, before. Besides being awesome, she is also a really good “keeper of sentimental stuff”. I was lamenting about my Swedish Cream Cake, and conjuring up some back up plans, when she told me she thought she had Grandma J.’s actual recipe for the cake. I about leapt through the phone. She took a photo of the recipe and sent it to me. This was it! It even had her notes at the bottom, in her sweet handwriting that I remember so well.

So, off I went to our market to pick up the ingredients. So easy, well, except for sweet summer strawberries in December, but I think I found some decent ones. A couple observations to this recipe (please remember that I am NOT a baker, but did have my baker friend over to assist):

  • When you beat for 15 minutes, really beat, with a beater at a fast speed
  • Again, when you beat until light, really beat until light
  • I suggest using parchment paper to line the cake tins so that the cake comes out of the tin easier
  • After much research, I have decided that a “moderate” oven is about 325 degreees
  • Check your cake after about 12-15 minutes, depending on your oven (mine may run hot), but it definitely doesn’t need 40 minutes
  • I made 4 layers, instead of splitting 2

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Once everything was out of the oven and cooled, I froze the layers overnight. I also put the cream filing in the fridge overnight; be sure to cover the top of the filing with plastic wrap.

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The whip cream topping was actual heavy whipping cream with sugar and a tad of vanilla. It was DELICIOUS, and very much worth making. Don’t use Cool Whip like I almost did. My baker friend about died when I told her I was going to use it; that is how my Grandma did it. It tastes much worse than I remember.

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Once it was all complete and decorated the way my sisters and I remembered, I put it in a plastic cake box from Michael’s, and gave it to my dad. He was so surprised and I think his brother was actually a little envious.

Family traditions are the best. I will definitely be making this again.

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Sarah Chase - Lovely! You’re making me hungry ;)

Jaimie Gurney - Awwww how lovely, what an awesome story :) lovely family traditions and well done to your sister for keeping the recipe, cake looked scrumy xx beautiful photos too,

amy - that cake looks so yummy!!!!! lovely images!

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Missy Marie Photography . Manhattan Beach photographer . Jackson, Harper + Peyton

Can you hear the giggle-fest comin’ from these 3 littles? They were so fun to hang with.. And, this momma and I share the same first AND middle name! I look forward to meeting up with them again…

xoxo missy

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Katie Myrick - Such a FUN session!! Love the emotion and light!

Kayla Gonzales - Adorable family!! This is such a beautiful session!

heather Heiney - Oh my goodness these are absolutely lovely! It looks like everyone had so much fun :)

Kelsey | Las Vegas Newborn Photographer - Love all the smiles you captured xoxo

Sarah Chase - Beautiful! It looks like they had a ton of fun!

Caroline - Love, love, love!! Beautiful session and the light is just perfect!

Anna D. - Looks like so much fun! Great captures and lovely light. <3

Cassie B. - gorgeous family! beautiful photos!

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Missy Marie Photography . El Segundo family photographer . big sister and little brother

The suspenders on this little fella?… I can barely handle the cuteness!  This big sister and little brother took me on a tour (with their parents) through their beautiful home, and then to a favorite spot, Kreation Juice, for a smoothie.  It was a really good day.

xoxo missy

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Stephanie - Love the lifestyle approach! <3

Julie - Wonderful lifestyle imagery!

Linda Marchese - Magnificent photographs….capturing the moment in the lives of such beautiful, sweet, loving, affectionate people.. definately looks like a “picture perfect” family to me…I love the story it tells of… Love and Family!
and yes, the “Cuteness factor is off the scale!!!” Are these actors or real people?

admin - Thank you so much for your kind comment, Linda!

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Missy Marie Photography . Manhattan Beach photographer . Miles

4 generations of family got together for photos, and it was awesome.

xoxo missy

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Sarah Chase - Beautiful!
I love their home, and connections! You did a great job capturing them. Ahh and those cheeks! <3

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