I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and have a sale for Cyber Monday!!  Why not, right??  Today through Friday (11/30) you can grab yourself a $100 BDP gift certificate for only $75!!  There's no limit, so stock up while you can, but remember - they must be used within a year from purchase date!  =)  Have fun and feel free to share this goodness with your friends by clicking on the 'Share' link below!!

Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins - The Foodie in Me

I think this is only the second recipe I've posted here... I always feel unsure about what I should and shouldn't post or write on my blog, but remember way back when I posted THIS?  I want you to get to know ME and feel a more personal connection to the person behind the lens.  So guess what?  Let me tell you something about myself:  I. LOVE. FOOD.  Like, a lot.  I also really *try* to have our family eat healthy, which can be so hard - especially with picky little eaters in the house who roll their eyes, whine and ask "What is that??" to every little spec of color they spot in a casserole.  I recently stumbled upon this awesome blog called 100 Days of Real Food, a blog about a family eating non-processed foods in this highly processed world we live in!  It's always bothered me to look at the ingredient list in some of the most simple foods and see 10+ ingredients that I can't even pronounce.  So, feeling inspired from reading - I've decided to switch our family over to a mostly non-processed diet.  I don't want to go too gung-ho (mostly because my husband already thinks I'm crazy and my kids are putting up a pretty good fight) so we are still eating a few things that are minimally processed.  But I feel good about the change, and have been experimenting with some new recipes!  I love this one (which is based off of a recipe on 100 days of real food) and so do my kids, so I thought I'd share!  There is no sugar or white flour in this recipe, but don't let that scare you - I promise they are so yummy!  I also have a super delicious banana bread recipe and slow cooker lasagna recipe that I'll be sharing in the future (still need to take pics).  Give it a try and let me know what you think!!


2 c. whole wheat flour

1 c. white whole what flour (King Arthur's white whole-wheat flour is great)

1 1/2 teas. cinnamon

1/2 teas. allspice

1 1/2 teas. baking soda

1/4 teas. salt

1/2 c. oil (coconut oil is best, however I used canola...)

1/4 c. all natural applesauce

3 eggs

1 teas. vanilla

1/2 c. honey

3 c. grated zucchini


1.  Preheat oven to 300 for mini loaf pans or 325 for large loaf pan or muffins.

2.  Blend dry ingredients with a wisk.

3.  Make a well (or hole) in the center and pour in the eggs, oil, applesauce, honey and vanilla.  Stir until just mixed - don't overmix.

4.  Fold in the grated zucchini.  Pour batter into greased loaf pan(s) or muffin holders and bake until a toothpick comes clean in the top/center of the loaf or muffin.

Muffins: 15-20 minutes

Mini Loaf Pans: 30-40 minutes

Large Loaf Pan: 50-60 minutes 


Skate Park {Grass Valley, CA Portrait Photographer}

I've been a bit MIA the past few weeks (or months it feels...).  I packed up me and my three kiddos and flew out to CA for a few weeks to hang with family and photograph my little sister's wedding.  It's been so much fun and SO busy that I haven't had hardly any time to work.  To everyone waiting on pictures, galleries, orders, etc. - thank you so much for your patience!!  It's hard being so far away and attempting to stay on top of work and spend quality time with my family instantaneously.  

This morning I brought my kids along to the skate park with my "little" brother (who towers over me now) to play.  I brought my camera along and was able to get a few fun shots of him and his friends riding.  I love the chance to do something new with photography - especially when there's no pressure and I can mess around and try different things.  Enjoy these and stay tuned for a wedding sneak peek and much more!!

Hope everyone is having an awesome summer!!

Secretly Healthy and Super Yummy Turkey Meatballs

I'm always trying to sneak in healthy stuff to my kiddos, and it's a lot easier when they're oblivious to it.  I came up with this recipe a while back and my EXTREMELY picky kids BEG for me to make it.  We've made it a weekly tradition now and they have still yet to ask what the little green flakes are...  I think I'm a genious.  Anyway - I thought it would be fun to share the goodness with you!  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

PS:  They are SUPER easy, SUPER fast and like I mentioned, SUPER yummy!!!! 

Zucchini and Turkey Meatballs

1 lb. ground turkey

2 small-medium zucchini, finely grated

1/2 white or yellow onion, finely chopped

1 egg white

2-3 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup plain or Italian style bread crumbs

1 Tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 teas. dried oregano

1/2 teas. dried basil

freshly ground pepper to taste

Preheat broiler.  Spray 2 rimmed cookie sheets with olive oil cooking spray.  Set aside.  In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until well blended.  Use a Tbsp. to scoop mixture and use hands to form into balls.  Place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.

Bake meatballs under broiler for 5 minutes on each side until browned to perfection. I like mine a little on the dark side, but you can cook them however you like!!  Use a spatula to remove from cookie sheets.

Throw the meatballs into your favorite sauce, let them simmer for a bit, then serve over whole wheat pasta and top with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.  Ta-da - you're done!!!  

***I like to use whole wheat spaghetti - another great way to sneak in some healthy goodness to you and your family!  I also like to open up a can of diced tomatoes and throw those into my favorite pasta sauce!  I told you I was sneaky!! 

- Enjoy - 

PS: Don't mind the pictures - I took them with my phone!  Did I mention that I'm lazy too??  =) 

Revolution Dance & Gymnastics - Dance Portraits Preview

I'm so excited about doing Revolution Dance & Gymnastic's ballet and dance portraits this year!!  This is the first time I've done something like this - I'm always up for a challenge and an adventure, so here we go!!  I decided it would be a good idea to do a test run to check out the lighting/background/location etc. where we'll be shooting the images.  I love that Kate took the time to get all the girls dressed to a T - their hair and makeup done perfectly and in record time too... she's amazing.  I love working with the girls at Revolution!  They were even sweet enough to hold my baby while we wrapped up the shoot!!  

They have a recital coming up in the middle of May which I will be shooting as well.  I'm loving all these images below - can't pick a favorite.  I'm going to blow up a few or create a storyboard type display for the parents of the dancers at the gym.  I want them to have a good idea of the look and quality of my images so they know what to expect.  I'm looking forward to taking more soon - but in the meantime, enjoy these and let me know your favorites - I'm terrible and making decisions!!!!

February - Instagram Style {Johnson City TN Portrait Photographer}

How did it take me so long to discover Instagram??  I'm still not sure, but I don't care.  I'm in love.  It was love at first sight... An app that can take my boring old iphone pics and turn them into something COOL???  Yes please!  If you aren't familiar with Instagram - you can check out their website {HERE} and download the app {it's free!} and even read up on their blog.  But to give you the rundown - it's basically an application for your smartphone that offers VERY simple {as in your three-year-old could do it with ease} editing options for your phone images.  You can then post them and share them with friends, as well as automatically post to facebook etc.  If you have a smartphone - check it out!!  It's a fun way to take your pics to the next level.  

Along with my new obsession came an idea that I'm SOOOO excited about!!!  Beginning with February, I'm going to share each month "Instagram Style" - I can't share ALL of the pics I take each month because that would take up WAY too much space, but will force myself to narrow it down to my top 20.  I thought it would be a fun way to get to know a different more personal side of Brandilyn Davidson.  *WARNING: Probably 99.3% of my pictures are of my kiddos - so get used to seeing these sweet little faces!!  =)  

Here's the first month... Stay tuned at the end of each month for more!!!  

I'd love to see what you're taking pictures of - you're welcome to add me on Instagram - queenbrandy17 {lame I know}.  Happy Instagraming!!!!

2011 Favs...

I still can't believe another year has come and gone!!  Where has the time gone?  To say the least, 2011 was AWESOME here at BDP - thanks to YOU!  As a tribute - below are some of my personal favorites from this year's sessions and a few of my personal pictures thrown in the mix too.  I have been and am so blessed with such truly kind, fun and real clients - it has been my pleasure to photograph you and your families!!  I'm looking forward to another wonderful year and can't wait to see what and who it has in store.  

Changes: I have updated my 2012 Pricing - which can be found under the "Investment" tab in the menu.  I am happy to announce that I am offering all return clients a special thank you for the entire year - your choice of two complimentary gift prints!!  Just because I love ya so much.

Side note: I will be taking a maternity leave beginning next week until who knows when... February or March probably.  Stay tuned for pictures of our new little guy who is due to arrive any day now!!  In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me with questions, scheduling, etc. and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Enjoy this little peek into how lucky I was this year... Happy New Year!!!!



Hello Stranger feat. Dale Jett - sneak peek {Bristol, VA Photographer}

I had such a great time with these guys!!!!  This session was actually supposed to take place back in September, but one thing after another kept getting in our way, from rain to sickness to who knows what else!!  Finally today it happened!!  We pushed the session back a few hours in hopes of warmer weather and less chance of rain and it all worked out.  It was still freezing, but they were troopers!  This was my first time shooting a band and I must say I love it!!  Not only did I get to hang out with these cool folks all afternoon, but I got to rock out while shooting...  How fun is that?  

Stop by and check out Hello Stranger feat. Dale Jett's facebook fan page {HERE} and become a fan - you'll love them!!  And while you're at it - are you a friend of my facebook fan page??  Click {HERE} if you're not already to get with the program!!  =)

Thanks again Dale, Teresa and Oscar for a wonderful time... Enjoy your sneak peek!

Costume Cuties - sneak peek {2011 Costume Charity Shootout}

Once again, this year's Costume Charity Shootout was a total sucess and was so much fun to be a part of!!  It was a little crazy this year because I had to leave early from the shootout to meet family who flew in from across the country and we headed out of town for a week!!  I know I missed a few of you and I'm so sorry!!  Everyone looked great and it was so much fun to spend a few mintues with each of you and your kiddos.  Here's a sneak peek of your cuties!!! Thank you for coming and supporting a wonderful cause!  Many families were so grateful for your donations!  Enjoy!

You can see last year's sneak peek of the costume cuties by clicking {HERE}.