Thursday, April 16, 2015

Just a little Nervous.

The preliminary blueprints came in, and I'm already nervous. I always watched those HG TV shows and wondered how people could be so indecisive when it came to choosing stuff for their home. Now that I'm on the receiving end of it I totally get it. These plans are just the rough draft and I went from loving them to 5 minutes later, well, this... 

I've added 10 more notes since I took that photo and I will probably add another 10 before bed. My poor architect, he really is a saint for taking me on as a client. Here's to getting this sorted out tomorrow. 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

DIY Faux Rust Project

I've been itching to update the front porch for the last few weeks. About a week ago I got fed up with the old wreath on my door and threw it away. Of course after it had left the curb, I felt bad. It wasn't the wreaths fault I've been neglecting my front stoop. It was collateral damage I suppose. 

Now with a guilty blank spot on my door winking at me every time I entered I was pondering and dreaming night and day trying to figure out what I could replace it with when I remembered a metal tin I bought from a flea market a while back (and by a while I mean 2 years-- this is the depths of my craft depravity). I was drawn to it because my mother originally had the same tin but in a different color, I must have been thinking on how cool my moms was when I bought it because honestly the white version wasn't cutting it for me now. 

I had a client a few weeks back who came prepared for her photo shoot with props in hand. One of which was a rusty lantern which she proudly declared she had made. I probably looked at her like she was nuts, until she explained how she made the 'rust' all over the lantern. It had seriously fooled me and so I carefully filed it away for some future project and it wasn't until I was staring at this boring white tin that it hit me! 

I swear when you see how easy it is to make faux rust you will be dusting everything in your house-- er... or maybe that's just me. Either way it's a fun tid bit you will no doubt need at some point in time, a little rust never hurt anyone. 

You can really spend a whole dollar or two on this project by picking up some cinnamon at your local dollar tree and some mod podge or glue. A brush will come in handy as well but you can just as easily blot it on with a paper towel for a different texture. 

I picked up my flowers on sale at Michael's for around $18, all of their spring flowers are on sale so get them while the gettin's good. I had a dry foam round for sticking them into but it's not necessary. Oh and you will also need your item to be 'rustified'

Paint your glue on in your desired areas, I painted mine going down like drips but you can do yours however you like. 

Dust with cinnamon and tap excess off. 

And shazam! You got yourself one rusty bucket. I seriously love cinnamon about 10x more than I did before which is saying something. I sanded mine down a little too, I think eventually I might just coat the whole thing in cinnamon and then seal it. I seriously love it that much. 

Once the flowers were in my porch was looking better already!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ethereal Weekend

It's been another crazy week, and I'm beginning to sense a pattern. I actually flew down to Florida this past weekend to photograph a wedding. Word ended up getting out I was in town and I some how managed to get scheduled for a maternity, engagement and boudoir sessions as well. No rest for the weary. Even though the photo shoots went well, pretty much everything else took a que to fall apart. From the clouds of mosquitoes, droves of traffic, lack of sleep and expensive equipment dropping-- lets just say I was so excited to get home that it wasn't until I was pulling in the drive way that I realized my next day off wouldn't be until the following Monday. 

No rest for the weary indeed. 

I'm not complaining though, I really do love what I do. 

I finally wrapped up editing the maternity session photos and I have to admit I am in love with all of them. I don't think I could pick a favorite, so I will show you my top picks. 

Isn't she lovely? 

Monday, March 09, 2015

Martha Stewart Inspired Sunroom

I was recently asked to help design a room inspired by Martha Stewart for the super fun blog Cut Out and Keep. It was tough choosing from all of the amazing DIY projects but I managed to find some cool picks for a eco inspired Martha sunroom. 

Be sure to check out the post here! 

Friday, March 06, 2015

DIY Crochet Hook Holder

I've been making a lot of crochet photography props for all of the newborn sessions I have coming up and I realized I needed a better system for my hooks since I have accumulated so many different sizes. The plastic zip bag just wasn't cutting it anymore. So I dug through the garage and found some spare wood and got to work. 

I seriously love it! I made it super narrow so it could be hidden behind my lap top on my desk and it's made finding the hook I need a much quicker and easier process. Plus I didn't spend any money since I was able to use supplies I already had on hand! Can you say bonus! 

Materials Needed
Three pieces of wood- cut the same length and width
wood glue
drill + bits
primer + paint

Make sure your wood pieces are cut to the same length and width you desire. Mine ended up being about 12" long and 1 1/2" wide. 

Sand your edges smooth. 

Glue all three of your wood pieces together and clamp them making sure they are evenly stacked. Allow to dry 24 hours before proceeding. 

Using your hooks as a guide find drill bits that are slightly larger than your hook and mark where they will be drilled on your wood. 

Drill your holes and sand smooth once more. You can prime and paint your piece if you choose, I picked a teal color I had leftover from some Lowe's samples I bought. After it's dry your ready to use it! 

Monday, March 02, 2015

Hiatus & a Museum Wedding

You might have noticed I've been on hiatus these last few weeks, I'm headed into my busy season for photography and while writing/blogging has been on my mind these last few weeks I just haven't been able to sit down and write anything worth reading. Since moving to Raleigh my business has tripled, and for the first time in my career I'm actually booked out for the next several months. Between my exploding business, building the new house and struggling to have some semblance of a personal life-- I know that some things have to take a back seat on the priority train for a short while. 

So while I may not be able to share as many tutorials and recipes as I would like, I will share with you my photography exploits along the way. We have some fun trips planned for this year, so hopefully it will be worth the wait. Thank you so much to my loyal readers who plan on hanging in there, you haven't been forgotten for a moment. 

Onward to the fun stuff. 

This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing a wedding at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science-- it was probably one of the most fun wedding venues I've ever had the pleasure of photographing. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Invitation Design

For a good while, in addition to my photography services I have been offering my clients custom invitation design services as well. This was a service I saved almost exclusively for my clients but after posting my first invitation design for my sisters wedding last year, I've gotten quite a few emails requesting orders. 

So I thought I would add them to my Etsy store and offer them up for the world. Designing these invitations is not only something relaxing that I enjoy doing in my downtime, my clients seem to really appreciate the uniqueness of the products I offer which is super flattering on it's own. So all this week I will be getting my invitations photographed and listed for your viewing pleasure. 


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