Sweets Tour NYC - Part 5 - Big Gay Ice Cream Shop & La Churreria

By Shannon Mulligan, Posted in Food Photography, Get to know me..., Travels and Adventures

Well today is the last installment of our NYC East Village Sweets Tour (tear-tear). What a day it was...from cupcakes and doughnuts to ice cream and churros. The last two stops on our tour include Big Gay Ice Cream Shop and La Churreria.La Churreria was an amazing little shop that offered churros, chocolates and coffees; along with soups and sandwiches. I used to think of churros as long, heavy, deep fried dough covered in cinnamon and sugar; like the ones you'd get a Great Adventure.  Well the churros... read more.

Sweets Tour NYC - Part 4 - Food Photography - Puddin' NYC

By Shannon Mulligan, Posted in Food Photography, Get to know me..., Travels and Adventures

My sugar rush is almost over....only two days left. But let me tell you...these  two days are full of amazing-ness! Who would have ever thought there would be a shop dedicated to just pudding?! Well we found it. Puddin' is located on St. Marks Place in NYC. With a super friendly staff and super fresh ingredients we knew we had hit another amazing shop. We were able to sit right outside and enjoy some classic chocolate/vanilla pudding, just as the sun was starting to go down.And I could not get enough o... read more.

Sweets Tour NYC - Part 3 - Food Photography - Little Cupcake Bakeshop, NYC

By Shannon Mulligan, Posted in Food Photography, Get to know me..., Travels and Adventures

Onto the third shop we go...Little Cupcake Bakeshop. This was the largest sweets shop we visited on our tour. There were plenty of tables to sit at inside and benches outside. They had windows into the kitchen so you can see what was being made! There is nothing better than being able to see the treats being made right before your eyes.I treated myself to a cranberry mini pie and boy or boy was it tasty! Little Cupcake Bakeshop had so many choices; cupcakes, cakes, coffees, teas, and of course mini cupcakes... read more.

Sweets Tour NYC - Part 2 - Food Photography - Babycakes, NYC

By Shannon Mulligan, Posted in Food Photography, Get to know me..., Travels and Adventures

I hope you all enjoyed Part One of the NYC Sweets Tour at the Doughnut Plant. I am still thinking about the warm coffee doughnut. Delish!Our next stop of our tour is at Babycakes NYC.  Babycakes NYC is a vegan bakeshop which offers all-natural, organic and delicious alternatives free from the common allergens: wheat, gluten, dairy, casein and eggs. The shop was so cute! There was pink everywhere and the gals behind the counter were so friendly and helpful. The kitchen was open therefore you could sneak... read more.

Sweet Tour NYC - Part 1 - Food Photographer - Doughnut Plant, NYC

By Shannon Mulligan, Posted in Food Photography, Get to know me..., Travels and Adventures

On October 12, 2013 my husband, my best friend and I headed into New York City for a Sweets Tour of the East Village. We visited 9 sweets shops, 2 bars, 1 restaurant and a Starbucks. Let's just say it was a fun, belly filling day!  I've been wanting to go on a Sweets Tour for over a year now and we just never got it together. Then, one day I was watching Good Morning America and they had a feature on a newly released book called New York Sweets by Susan Pear Meisel. I ordered it that night and started... read more.

Eating My Way Through Chicago – Chicago Part I

By Shannon Mulligan, Posted in Food Photography, Travels and Adventures

Over Memorial Day weekend; Matt and I headed out to Chicago, Illinois for a wedding. We ended up making a long weekend and in the five days we were there; we saw a ton; we were busy-busy-busy! What a beautiful, clean, friendly city. This was the first time for both of us; and we absolutely loved it.Of course; we had to try all of the “Chicago Originals” like deep dish pizza and the Chicago Dog. The food was amazing; everywhere we ate, we tried something new and loved it all.I wanted to share wit... read more.

Mom and Dad - Aruba

By Shannon Mulligan, Posted in Couple Photography, Travels and Adventures

Meet my Mom and Dad! This past week; we were in Sunny Aruba and I did a sunset photo shoot for my parents who have been married for 39 years this past March! We were on a six day vacation of relaxation, fun, and lots of sun! We had such a wonderful trip. Photo shoots are not just for babies and newly engaged couples; they can be for anyone at any age!My parents were such good sports about me wanting to do a photo session for them on the beaches of the crystal blue waters of Aruba.Here’s too many more... read more.

New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show – Bronx, New York

By Shannon Mulligan, Posted in Travels and Adventures

Spring is finally arriving here in the Northeast! Yesterday, I took my mom to the New York Botanical Garden’s Orchid Show. If this show does not represent spring; I am not sure what would. With thousands of beautiful orchids; this sure did warm up our day. The Orchid Show is on display each year in the Enid A Haupt Conservatory. It is truly breathtaking how they display the orchids each year.This year, (this is my fourth time attending) I wanted to shoot the show with a macro view. I used the Nikon 10... read more.

Wineries/Vineyards in Northern CA Part II – Northern California

By Shannon Mulligan, Posted in Travels and Adventures

As some of you recall; I posted a blog back in February on some of my favorite wineries and vineyards in Northern California. For those of you that missed it; please check out Part 1 and enjoy the tour through Northern CA Wine Country.Today; I’d like to focus on what those beautiful, enchanted wineries and vineyards specialize in; grape growing. If they were not growing some of the best grapes in the country; we would not be drinking the fabulous wine they produce.I LOVE macro photography when it come... read more.

Wineries/Vineyards in Northern CA Part I – Northern California

By Shannon Mulligan, Posted in Travels and Adventures

Well as many of you know, my husband Matt and I are huge wine drinkers. We love to swirl, smell and sip many different varietals . This past December, we made our third trip out to Northern California's Wine Country. We absolutely love it out there. There is nothing better than sitting back with a 2009 Reserve Zinfandel, next to the one you love, overlooking acres and acres of vineyards. We spent six days exploring wineries/vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley, and the Dry Cree... read more.

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