Making Lemonade

When I became a professional photographer, I saw a pretty immediate decrease in the number of pictures I was taking of my own family. Thankfully, this leave has been an excellent opportunity to capture my life, my family on a regular basis and in regular moments. A beautiful thing about having a child is that they make the most ordinary moments extraordinary with their sense of wonder and pure joy. With that in mind, I've been trying to remember to take photographs of my daughter just being herself. Playing, helping, discovering. It's such a wonderful time!

One of our favorite things to do together has been making lemonade (recipe below). She helps pick the lemons, juice the lemons, pour the water, and stir it up. And the whole family enjoys the refreshing outcome! It's simple moments like these I have remind myself to capture because I certainly don't want to ever forget them.

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Homemade Lemonade


  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 8-9 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice*


  1. Boil 1 cup of water with the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Cool and refrigerate this syrup.
  2. Juice the lemons. We use a simple hand juicer to juice the lemons and a mesh colander to get the pulp and sneaky seeds out.
  3. Stir the syrup, lemon juice, and 7-8 cups of water.
  4. Fill up glasses with ice, pour, and relax with your delicious cup of homemade lemonade!

*How many lemons I need depends greatly on the lemons I'm using. Their size, and how thick the rind is. I've used as little as 3 very large lemons from our tree and as much as 9 lemons from the store.