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
clamps
drill + bits
primer + paint
sandpaper


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. 

Thursday, February 05, 2015

DIY Doll Bed

My niece recently started really taking an interest in American Girl Dolls, and her birthday is right around the corner. I thought it would be cute to make her a custom doll bed and it seemed a simple enough design to make. So I grabbed all of my supplies from Lowes and got to work, and this is how it came out... 


Pretty cute huh? The whole project took around an hour and only ended up costing me around $12. 

Ready to get started? Here's what you will need:


Materials: 
2x Paint Stirrers 
Wood Glue
Nails
Hammer
Measuring tape
Jigsaw*
C clamp
Paint or stain*
Wood (see below for lengths) 


To start I wanted to create the box or frame of the bed, so I cut two lengths of 1/4 inch wood to 16" and then two lengths were cut to 8" long. Glue seams and secure with two nails. 


Now for the top slats I cut 8" x 5" lengths. Glue the seams and nail into place.


I cut 5" lengths for the feet... 


Glued where they touched and using a C clamp secured them in place before.. you guessed it-- nailed it into place. 


For the headboard I used two paint stirrers on either side of a remaining wood scrap I had. 


This is what it looked like before getting two coats of flat white paint.



I'm so in love with how it turned out that I'm going to make one for me to use in my newborn studio! 


So there you have it, one $12 baby doll bed (or newborn prop bed)! 

Monday, February 02, 2015

A Long Process

We closed on our property last Friday, so we are officially Lake property owners. I can already tell the process for getting this house built the way we want it built is going to be long and tedious. In the age of pre-built, 'custom' homes it's almost unheard of to hire your own architect and do the whole process from scratch. Not that there's anything wrong with prefab homes, It's just not for me. So this week we are meeting with the architect and giving him the paperwork to get the ball rolling on design. 

I'm most excited about this process since I will be able to see my ideas in a functional floor plan. Creative person I am, I could not figure out even a rough sketch of my ideal design. I'm over the moon with excitement.

We have also decided to add in a mother in law suite onto the detached garage, a small 450 foot living space for my mom to use when shes visiting in the spring and summer. Apart from it being attached to the garage I've pretty much given her free reign on designing that layout for herself.


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With there not being a huge amount of information out there on how to do all of this, I will probably write quite a bit over the next year about this process. What I do know for now is I can't wait to get my hands on those blueprints!

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