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:

2x Paint Stirrers 
Wood Glue
Measuring tape
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!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Top 5 DIY Newborn Props

Yesterday I shared with you a sneak peek at my home newborn studio, so today it only seemed fitting to share with you some of my favorite DIY props tutorials. Even if you aren't a professional photographer, these props are a lot of fun to make and photograph on little ones. Here were my top 5 picks!

These bows can also double as newborn little boy bow ties! 
Twice the prop for half the work!

Easy romper tutorial using upcycled materials 

Super simple crown tutorial 

Great tutorial for natural wraps using household materials 

Adorable angel wings tutorial 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Newborn Studio: Sneak Peek

During the whole process of buying land and building our home, I've been putting a lot of thought into other aspects of my life, like my career. Apart from home building I still had a few places left to check off on my travel list but apart from that we have been talking a lot about settling down and starting our family.

Call me greedy, but I still want the best of both worlds. I love my photography career, after spending the last year rebuilding my clientele my business is doing amazing once again. I've managed to fully book out a few whole months already with weddings. But, I've decided this year will likely be my last wedding season.  

Why you ask? Mainly because I love working with children and families. Like, love love. To be honest it's the second time in my life I was adamantly against doing something for whatever weird preconceived notion, but once I tried it I was seriously addicted. I mean come on, look at these faces!

So between all of the wedding craziness I will be bulking up my children's portfolio. This big transition from one end of the photography spectrum to the other will allow for me to work from my home studio with minimal travel which is always nice. I spent the last few weeks bulking up my studio with new props and equipment.

So with all of these props I've tried about a thousand different tutorials on how to DIY-- so tomorrow I will be sharing some of my favorite prop making tutorials with you! 


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