• Hi! Welcome to ELLENZILLA photography, and thanks for stopping by! My blog is a little bit business, and a little bit personal. My goal is to share with you the girl behind the lens, and give a better insight to my personal photography style.

    I live in Houston, TX, though originally haled from Barnet, England. I love documenting anything I find beautiful in life. I'm obsessed with traveling and capturing my experiences, but capturing fleeting moments of happiness and love from others and sharing these memories with them is a gift I truly love to give. I specialize in portraiture and event photography, but I'm interested in all sorts of things, so please contact me for any reason! I'd love to know more about you, so be sure to say hi! I always love a new friend.

andrew and crystal

well hay ya’ll! i’ve been awfully quiet, but i assure you – as per usual – it’s because i am hard at work and editing my life away! got a wedding to share very soon, so get your excited pants on! but for now i thought i would share some photos i took of my brother, andrew, and his adorable girlfriend, crystal last year.  they aren’t engaged or anything, but aren’t they the cutest? i love them both, but i love them both even MORE when they are together 🙂

chicken tetrazzini

I have to be honest… with Jake’s non-regular schedule, I’ve been a fairly lazy cook the past few years, and constantly stick to recipes that are familiar and that I always cook. Lately though I’ve been venturing out a bit and loving the results.

I have always heard GREAT things about chicken tetrazzini, but never have had it (that I can remember).  Growing up, my dad never liked any sort of pasta – so at best, we would sometimes get spaghetti (my Grandma’s recipe, will have to make it for you guys, I am OBSESSED) or macaroni and cheese when dad was out of town. After seeing this Maury video go viral, I knew I had to try some. I mean if Paul loves it, I probably will too.

Unlike my dad, I am probably one of the biggest fans of pasta (I sure love my carbs, girlfriend!), and the other day my mom told me she loves tetrazzini which got me even more excited to try it! I’m glad I went with the idea because it definitely turned out delicious. I actually want to have the leftovers!

Anyway, if you are interested, read more about the recipe below the photos!


1 box spaghetti (I used whole wheat)

3 cups cooked chicken 
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded monterrey jack cheese
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 1/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic (i love garlic)
1 small bag of sliced almonds (i may even add more next time..)
Splash sherry wine for taste
2 tablespoons sour cream
Top with shredded parmesan cheese

I love the almonds because it gives a nice little bite. But they do soften up in the oven, but just the perfect amount!


Cook spaghetti as directed. Saute mushrooms until a pale golden, then add onions until also a golden color and last add garlic. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl (I added cheese last). Pour into a 9 x 13 pan and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.  Ta da!

To Freeze: Prepare until baking. Cover well then freeze. To serve: Thaw and bake as directed. Enjoy!

Christy Tucker - These images are making my mouth water, I’m going to try this. Thanks for sharing! : )

ellenzilla - you should DEFINITELY try this. my hands down favorite recipe and leftovers taste sooooo good. i am sure it’s mega fattening, but so worth it <3

Amy Makes A Gorgeous Bride

Meet my adorable bride, Amy! Isn’t she just the cutest? As well as being one of the cutest, most adorable brides ever, she is also so incredibly sweet,  easy going, considerate and silly. And let me tell you, something I love in my clients is silliness! When I find a client is silly, I know we will be friends for life 🙂 Amy brought her mom to our session, and her cute-as-a-button dog, Nova, who made an adorable appearance alongside Amy. I love their pictures together. And though Nova IS beautiful, she certainly doesn’t outshine stunning Amy! I have to be honest, I am really obsessed with her photos! Our shoot was SO fun, and I knew so many shots were gold before I even got home. Amy just looked drop dead gorgeous. I really hope you guys enjoy her bridal portraits as much as I do 🙂

Check out amy’s entire bridal slideshow here!

simona - beautiful setting. beautiful pictures. beautiful bride. 🙂

Moy Playhouse Studio - I really love the high-fiving Dog.

ellenmarie - thank you simona! and i think the dog is so fun too moy playhouse studio! 🙂