{DELICIOUS} 3 Egg Omelet | Southern Ohio Natural Light Photography

For the most part, my diet is pretty clean and I exercise regularly, but we all have plenty of room for improvement. From time to time, I will create posts about awesome recipes, and also, fat blasting workouts. This is a new addition to the blog and I hope everyone enjoys it 🙂

I am sure that most everyone has at least made an omelet, so this is a super easy and filling meal to kick start your day(and metabolism).


(It is much easier to cook any meal if you already have everything prepared, so go ahead and get out everything you plan on using for this meal.)

Let’s get cooking!

1. Grab any yummy veggies you are going to use, and chop them up.(I prefer to use mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and spinach.)

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil( or olive oil) in a medium size skillet over medium high heat.

3. Toss your veggies in the hot skillet and cook for several minutes, then lower the heat a little.(PLEASE make sure that there is not water in with the veggies when you do this.)

4. Crack 2-3 eggs into a bowl and scramble them up good. Go ahead and add any seasoning you wish now.( Salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder,etc.)

*If you can handle the heat, use a lot of cayenne pepper. This is a great way to fire up your metabolism!

5.  Next, pour your eggs in with your sauteed veggies and cook until the egg is completely done.(You can fold the omelet over, if you wish.)

6. Plate your omelet and grab a few slices of a large, red tomato. Place the slices into the skillet and cook until both sides begin to get a little crispy.

7. Slide the tomato slices over on top of the omelet and there you have it!

As I continue to post different recipes, I will add in more detail steps that also include actual measurements as well. I hope everyone enjoys this awesome tasting breakfast!

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{DIY} Weathered Wood Photo Frame | Southern Ohio Natural Light Photography

Hey Guys! I’ve been meaning to create a DIY tutorial for some time now, soooo…here goes nothing!


Woodworking has always been something that I have enjoyed. Not until recently have I realized how relatively easy, and inexpensive, it is to create your own frames that are much, much nicer than the cheap store bought ones. Here is how I created mine:

{Tools Needed} :

1. Table Saw and or table router.

2. Compound Miter Saw and/or hand saw with miter box.

3. Tape Measure

4. Liquid Nails, wood glue, etc., Clear Coat, “L” Bracket and/or staple gun.

5. Last, but not least…Proper PPE!(These Mechanix Fast Fit Gloves are amazing!)

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(Don’t forget to take a half angry looking selfie before starting your project 🙂 )


I was lucky enough to find some really old wood flooring that was already weathered beautifully, but there are plenty of online tutorials on creating Faux Weathered Wood.


(If you are using old wood you have found, make sure you lightly wash away any build up dirt/grime and let fully dry before starting. You would be surprised how FILTHY it can actually be. )

Depending on the materials you are using, you may have to use your  table saw to rip the wood to the proper width for your frame. Next, you are going to want to create the frame’s inset that will hold the photograph and/or glass.


This can easily be done with a router table, or like I did, by making multiple passes with your table saw using the blade set to the correct depth.(The depth will depend on the total thickness of your photograph/mat/glass.)

Next, you are going to make your 45 degree cuts using either your compound miter saw or hand saw with the miter box.

(*IMPORTANT* Remember, when making your 45 degree cuts, make sure you are cutting your 45’s in the correct direction. Also, the inside length of your frame needs to be 1/4″-1/2″ smaller than the actual image.)


Now we can begin assembling the photo frame. I placed a bead of liquid nails on the inside of my 45 degree cuts, and then clamped the corners together. After the adhesive has properly set up, I secure the corners on the back with small “L” brackets, and also several staples for extra strength.(You could also use a Kreg Jig to create pocket holes. The Kreg Jig is awesome!)


One of the last steps is to simply apply a layer or two of clear coat to the frame. (I found a spray type to be the easiest) This is really only necessary for old, weathered wood as it will help prevent further chipping or cracking of paint.


And there you have it, one beautiful(very inexpensive) weathered photo frame! The next tutorial will go over properly installing your matted image, glass and other hardware for hanging the frame.


Thanks so much for swinging by!  If you have enjoyed my DIY tutorial, I would greatly appreciate your comments, shares and Pins.


4 Responses to “{DIY} Weathered Wood Photo Frame | Southern Ohio Natural Light Photography”

  1. Jeni Bocook

    Looks awesome Brandon! I’m def going to be needing some of these!

  2. Lolly Jane

    Fab tutorial and that wood is GORGEOUS! Love the upcycled frame- looks great! Thanks for the link back! (:
    PS Love the “angry selfie” Haha!

  3. Katie

    That wood is so perfect! And tutorial is great! I love it!

  4. Brandon Smith Photography

    Thanks ladies! I think it turned out great. Lolly Jane, you have the best tutorial on the web for fake weathered wood(I have looked at a lot of tutorials too) and I will always give credit where it is due.

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Miss Austin | Southern Ohio Natural Light Childhood Photographer

What can I say, this little girl is a STAR and I am pretty certain she will be famous one day. Her momma is also pretty awesome and talented. I started photographing Austin way back in 2010 and every session since then has been such a blast. She is so full of life and I love everyone minute I am able to spend capturing that.  Happy 5th Birthday Austin, you ROCK!!!

2 Responses to “Miss Austin | Southern Ohio Natural Light Childhood Photographer”

  1. Dee Miller

    Austin you are beautiful just like your mom. Beautiful pictures. Love you both. Happy soon to be 5th Birthday Austin. Love Aunt Dee and Uncle Ray.

  2. Katie

    I LOVE every photo from this session. I know, I think I say that every time..but it’s true! You are amazing at what you do. It doesn’t hurt that you’re a great guy who is wonderful with kids too! You’ve been capturing beautiful images of Austin since she was one and I’m so glad I have so many awesome photos to share. As long as you’re in this business you will always have me as a customer telling everyone how great you are! Thank you! 🙂

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The Man Behind the Camera | Southern Ohio Natural Light Photographer

Rarely do I find myself on the opposite side of the camera, but I figured it was about time to do so. (I needed a good updated photo anyways). Don’t let the thin jacket and skinny jeans fool ya, it was below freezing with a windchill probably in the single digits! As photographers, sometimes we get caught up in always photographing others and forget how important it is to also be in front of the camera. Hope everyone is staying warm out there!

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Senior Mini Sessions | Southern Ohio Senior Photographer 2014

Hey Everyone! There are a lot of beautiful locations right now with all the recent snowfall, and I am really wanting to create some stunning images before it melts. These Senior Mini Sessions will be 30min. with one outfit and a single location. I will have several Senior Mini Sessions throughout the year, but if you are looking for some amazing images in the snow, now is your chance.  Please contact me as soon as possible to book your session so that we can discuss your personal style and session details.

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John + Chelsea | Maternity {Southern Ohio Natural Light Maternity Photographer}

This was the first maternity session that I had ever photographed…sooo….I must say, I was a little nervous. John and Chelsea had invited me into this special time in their lives, and I knew that I could create some amazing images for them.  The location was more than beautiful, with such a warm and golden light, and they were such a fun, young and in love couple (which made things SUPER easy on my end). I had a blast, and was definitely honored to help document this amazing journey of theirs.

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Matt + Ashlie | Married {Southern Ohio Natural Light Photography}

I had the great fortune to photograph this awesome couple’s first born, all the way back in 2010, and then had an AWESOME engagement session in 2013. Now, I have also had the pleasure of being their wedding photographer. Everything about this wedding was gorgeous! It was held at the Maylon House in West Virgina and let me say, the owners did an amazing job making this a stunning wedding venue. Holly and I had an absolute blast photographing Matt and Ashlie on their big day, and I can honestly say I have not seen many couples that share a love and connection like these two. I wish you guys nothing but the best in your lives together and cannot wait till our next session.

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The Longest Time of the Year

I am going to go ahead and say it, I LOVE Winter, and all of the beauty that comes with it. Watching huge, soft snowflakes fall out in the country can be one of the most magical scenes to witness. But…I will also be the first to admit, this is my least favorite time of year as well. There is nothing more dreadful than looking outside and seeing dark, looming clouds and all of the dull colors from the dead vegetation. This winter has been especially WET and dreary.  I would love nothing more than to be back down on the beach with my toes in the sand, watching the kiddos running around playing. Until the warmth of summer arrives, we will have to look past this dreary Ohio weather and find it’s beauty when mother nature presents it.

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Beautiful Southern Ohio Winter

FINALLY…a gorgeous January day here in Southern Ohio. The weather here as been more than crappy and extremely cold this year..brrr..Seems as if all the beautiful, snowy days we have had so far have been almost too cold to even enjoy(temps have been in the low teens a lot during the day with the windchill below zero). It was much warmer today, and the sun even graced us with it’s presence. Nothing like finally feeling the warmth of the sun this time of year. We decided to spend almost the entire day outside sledding, building snowmen and having snowball fights. Today was definitely a BLAST! To make things even better, there was an amazing, golden light this evening. I couldn’t help but break the camera out for a little bit and capture some of the fun. There is nothing more important than spending time with family. We all get caught up in the hassles of our daily lives, but we must remember what is truly important in this life! I am rambling on at this point…anyways…hope everyone had a fun day out there 🙂

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