A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to photograph a super fun engagement session in San Diego. Kelli & Chris are a great couple, so in love… We had a blast walking around Mission Trails Park.

I Loved the location we chose. I am thinking this is where I will have my next family shoot.

Fun life style engagement photo shoot with a country look in San diego south California part 1
Fun life style engagement photo shoot with a country look in San diego south California part 2

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  • Jordan - Interested in your services for my wedding. Can you give me prices?

  • Andrea - @Jordan I emailed more information about our wedding packages last night. Congratulations on your Engagement!

I don’t really have any bad vices. I have never smoked, I don’t drink either. To be honest I’ve always wanted to be able to drink beer, socially, but I never acquired a taste for alcohol. I tried, but could not get more that a couple of sips down. I pretty much made that “bitter beer” face every time.

I do have one major addiction, I LOVE sugar!!! I really, really do. When I was little I ate chocolate everyday of my life, now I don’t eat chocolate any more because it gives me migraine headaches but there is plenty of other sweets out there. I still love sugar and I eat it everyday, I don’t really care for sodas, but deserts… Ahhhh deserts I can’t resist.

Today I am sharing one of my favorite deserts Condensed Milk Pudding (“It is not flan”, flan), it is very much like a flan but 10 times better (way creamier) and it is gluten free. This recipe does not take a lot of prep time but to achieve the creamy consistency it has to cook for a very long time. So with no more delays here it is:

Condensed Milk Pudding (It is not flan)

Sugar Syrup – Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Pudding – Ingredients
1 can of condensed milk
1 and 1/2 cans of milk (I measure in the condensed milk can)
3 eggs

Start by making the Sugar Syrup: In a small sauce pan, mix the water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved, close with a lid (I use a glass lid) and cook over medium heat for 15-20 min until golden brown.


Have your pudding mold ready to receive the sugar syrup, please remember the sauce will be very hot and as soon as you pour it into the mold the mold will become very hot. I always place my mold inside a deep pan (I use my turkey pan, mostly) so I don’t have to move it once I pour the sugar syrup.

Now that the hard part is done let’s move on to the pudding mixture.


To make the Pudding: In a blender mix all the pudding ingredients on high speed,

pour the mixture into the pudding mold. Place the deep pan in the oven, pour enough hot water in the deep pan to make at least 1 1/2 inch deep water bath. I like to use hot water, but cold water will work too, it just may take longer for the pudding to cook.

flan in water bath

bake for 1 hour 40 min at 325F (maybe 350F depending on how hot your oven is)

To test and make sure it is ready, insert a knife into the pudding if it comes out clean then it is ready.

The end result should be a very creamy, silky texture. If you ended up with little bubbles instead, your oven temperature was too hot or you did not have enough water in the pan for the water bath.

Artisan Milk Pudding – Custard type desert



When Brooke and I talked about her family shoot she thought it would be nice to incorporate the fall look into the shoot. Fall Leaves are not the easiest thing to find in Southern California but we did find a nice location that had some leaves on the ground and a enough variety to give us a few different settings. It ended up working out quite well.

I made a little video with our favorite images, they turned out great!

I could not help myself and I had to post my favorite image. This little one is so chunky, love those chubby cheeks!
Toddler sitting with fall leaves falling all around him in North county - Carlsbad

  • Brooke Dupper - We had such an amazing experience! Thank you so much Andrea!! You were so great with our little man and the pictures came out perfect! Look forward to working with you again in the future! 🙂

  • Holly Goldstein - Andrea, you are amazing!! These pictures are beautiful, I will send everyone to you.

Artisan Photography famous Cranberry Chutney jars

It is that time of year again, I can’t believe it is November already! I love this time of year, the great weather, the great food, lots of parties and of course Artisan Cranberry Chutney. This year I finally got organized and typed the recipe. I love making these, last year I made over 100 jars and gave them all away. I even made a few extra ones to keep and use after thanksgiving, they go great with pork or chicken.

You can download the recipe here


For a smaller batch just divide the recipe by 3.

I Hope you enjoy it!

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