A family photo shoot – Long Island Sound in Westchester County, NY

Who doesn’t love a day at the beach? My home in Westchester County, NY has some beautiful beaches and the beach is one of my favorite places to be. Every now and then I am asked to shoot family photos, and I really do enjoy photographing families, and I get excited when they want to have their photo shoot at the beach. The Westphals were a pure joy. They have two sons, one is four years old and the other is one year old. We found a great beach on Long Island Sound, the family did their thing and I followed along and captured them as they interacted with one another. It was a beautiful summer day on the beach. There was also a great park close by where we got some more great family moments.

The Westphals family photo shoot at the beach

I’m currently booking more family photo shoots. You can contact me at rodney@rodneybedsole.com for pricing and availability for your family photo shoot.


Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

My biggest weakness is chocolate. Chocolate in any form is pretty sure to be a big hit with me. That’s why, when my good friend Gail Dosik, One Tough Cookie, posted a photo on Facebook of some chocolate chip cookies that she was baking, originally posted by Deb Perlman of The Smitten Kitchen, I had to try them. Check out Gail and Deb, you’ll be glad you did. At least your tastebuds will, though maybe your waistline won’t quite as much.

Speaking of waistlines, I’ve been exercising as of late in an attempt to shed some unwanted pounds. But back to my weakness, chocolate. Like I said, I had to try these cookies. Waistline be damned. I’ll just do a few more ellipses on the elliptical machine. These cookies are worth the extra work you’ll have to endure to burn some calories.

I adjusted the recipe a bit because I only had light brown sugar and no turbinado sugar (aka sugar in the raw) in the house at the time this chocolate chip cookie bug bit me. So I substituted light brown sugar for the turbinado sugar and proceeded to experiment. To my delight, the results were great. The cookies came out super chocolatey and chewy just the way I like them.

Chocolate Chip Cookies


I doubled the recipe, because I just can’t seem to make a small amount of anything when I cook. Usually when I bake cookies, I will bake a dozen or so and save the cookie batter in the fridge for later batches of just-baked goodness. Or it can go into the freezer and then warm chocolatey treats are just a short thaw and bake away.


Chocolate Chip Cookies just out of the oven