Why You (Yes, You!) Should Start Using Manual Mode

If you’re serious about photography, you already know there’s way more to it than pointing and shooting your subject. And the first step to leveling up your game is getting out of automatic mode. It’s time to go manual! You might be avoiding making the switch because shooting in manual mode seems overwhelming at first. […] Read More

8 Key Photography Tips for Amazing Portraits

Portrait photography is one of the most popular types of photography. Portraits are something that, when done right, will last a lifetime and no matter when they were shot will always make you say wow. Amazing portraits have something unique about them that make viewers do a double take. Shooting a portrait is not difficult […] Read More

5 of the BEST Polaroid Cameras of All Time

When you think of Polaroid – you instantly think of pictures, vintage memories, and a timeless, retro camera. Since 1947, when Edwin Land released the first ever instant camera and revolutionized photography forever, we have seen Polaroid create new, unique cameras, inspire millions of people, and help others to capture memories for over 50+ years. […] Read More

Canon announces two new RF mount lens, the 85mm f/1.2

Meet the newest Canon has announced two new RF lenses for its full-frame mirrorless camera system: the RF 85 F1.2L DS and the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM telephoto lens. These are the ninth and tenth lenses to join the RF lens family and will be good options for sports shooters, event photographer, wildlife, and portraits. At 5.75 inches, the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM one of the world’s […] Read More


Somewhere between the gentle rolling hills and foggy mists of England, I fell in love with black tea. After moving to the United Kingdom for a few months, surrounded by a new culture and colorful accent, afternoon tea seemed like a very British tradition to experience. Up until this point, I had never been much […] Read More


I made this cake a year ago to share with my dear friends Tom, William, and Meghan who were returning from an expedition to the Grand Tetons. My intentions were sound as I assembled the ingredients and baked the cake. However, once I tasted it, all good intentions were thrown out of the window. I […] Read More


Two big moments quietly arrived last week—Pastry Affair‘s 4th birthday and my own 26th birthday. Pastry Affair‘s momentous occasion arrived with little to no fanfare, forgotten at first, and sheepishly remembered a few days later. It feels so natural for me to identify as a blogger now, to spend hours each week in the kitchen and […] Read More


There are a dozen or so recipes that are regarded as family recipes in my home, passed down from earlier generations. Among those held most dear are our honey cookies, which grace the dessert table when the holidays arrive, and my Grandmother Irene’s orange rolls, which are made when the snow melts and stand for the hallmark beginning of spring. As I’ve grown older, I’ve […] Read More