I love re-using items and making crafts. Love it. A good portion of my home has been made from refurbished furniture and lots of crafting. When I came across this link for 41 Ways to make something new out of something old, I had to share! Take a look at these cool ideas: http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/green-crafts-0309#slide-1. Here are some of my favorites:
(Lara Robby/Studio D)
And these are just a couple of the cute ideas that they have. So go forth and craft!
As much as I love Milestone collections, I am always said to see them end. It usually means that the baby I have photographed is turning one, and is now entering toddlerhood. I have had the honor of photographing Parker and his wonderful family since he was in his mommy's tummy, when I did their first maternity session at Longwood Gardens. Since then I have watched Parker grow into an adorable little guy, and his big sister Natalie grow into a smart and wonderful little girl.
Even though this was Parkers 1 year birthday session, I focused on photographing the entire family just loving each other and having fun. I was super happy to have Parker and Natalie's grandmother available for a couple of images! Take a look below:
I still remembering photographing Shasta's first maternity session when she was pregnant with her and her husband Fred's first daughter Elsa. I was pretty new to the photography game, and was thankful that they allowed me to document that special time in their lives. I have since photographed them quite a few times since then, including their most recent maternity session.
Let me first just say how adorable Shasta is, and how awesome her family is. I love them to death, and they are all amazing people. I am so excited for this family! Take a look at their amazing studio styled maternity session with a bit of a retro flair:
I get asked all the time when I am out on shoots, what kind of camera bag do I have, because my bag is so cute and doesn't look like a camera bag. I take that as a HUGE compliment! I have a serious purse addiction to begin with, so with all of the options of camera bags out there, I know first hand that it can be difficult to pick one. So here is my review of my two camera bags from JoTotes . Besides being affordable, stylish, and amazing, these bags are really great quality.
My first bag that I purchased was the Rose bag in teal. I purchased this bag well over three years ago, before I had Charlotte, and it has held up amazingly. I am pretty rough on my gear, and this bag has been through countless weddings, being dropped, being tossed into the car, and my gear is safe inside of it.
(all product images directly from the JoTotes website)
The Rose bag was big enough for me to carry two bodies, two lenses, flash, batteries, cf cards, and my personal items such as my wallet and keys. When I shoot weddings, I am pretty firm on what I shoot with, and that is my 5dMkii with (at the time) my 50mm 1.2 and 70-300 lenses. If I rented a different lens, or had more gear on hand, I would keep my back up in my back up bag that was with my second shooter, and add whatever gear I needed. One of the features that I love the best is that the inside is velcro, and the sections are padded, so you can adjust and move the sides to fit your gear perfectly no matter what you want to carry. Also those metal studs on the bottom keep the bottom of my bag from getting scraped and messed up. I now use this bag as my back up bag which has my two back up bodies, two back up lenses, charger, batteries, and battery grips for those cameras. For a while, I actually used it as a diaper bag for my daughter. The fact that it had sections that I can move made keeping the diaper bag very organized.
Now, as a treat to myself in 2013, I purchased a new bag when I went through a rebrand of my business. Of course, I already knew that I was going to pick another bag from Jo Totes, but which one? After an hour of searching and flipping out, and asking my husband and sister which one I should get, I settled on the Gracie bag in the color Greige. A nice, neutral, khaki type color. Unfortunately the site does not have the bag in my color, so this is it in Butterscotch and Lilac:
I love this bag because of the size. It is nice and roomy, and fits nicely when slung around my body with the include strap. Plus the metal feet on the bottom. Also, pockets and zippers! Since being with my husband, he has instilled in me the importance of pockets, and this bag has pockets and zippers galore. Typically I keep my extra batteries, charger, business cards and keys in the front two pickets. My wallet and person stuff in the inside zipper section, and I can even fit my ipad into this. Now that I mainly photograph families, this bag hold my main camera body and my two lenses, with room for my water bottle and snacks.
Both bags are made out of high quality faux-leather, so they are vegan friendly.
The Rose bag was $89, and the Gracie bag was $119. In my eyes, money well spent, and again, the waulity has been amazing. If you are in the market for a great quality bag, Jo Totes is the way to go!
“Childhood should be a carefree time filled with wonder and joy..."
I think we should all take a lesson from children. They look at the world in a totally different way. They are constantly learning, constantly growing, almost everything brings them joy. Even the simple things, like jumping on the bed.
Tell you what, next time you are angry or having a bad day, crank up some Disney music and jump on the bed. Just jump wildly with no abandon. Throw your hands up, scream, laugh, have fun. Let your inner child come back out.
Why is it that when you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, we tell them that they can be and do anything they set their minds to. Yet, when an adult is asked the same thing, if what they say seems to be outside the norm or unattainable due to some weird standard, we tell them to be more realistic with their dreams and goals, and are very ready to knock down their dreams. At what point do we go from telling kids to shoot for the stars and don't be afraid to dream, to telling people that their dreams are too big for them, and to tone it down. Is it because so many dreams my be unattainable? Is it because others feel that since they have not accomplished their own dreams, they should knock down others? Who knows? All I know is that I have a dream list a mile long, and I will slowly but surely cross them off. Some may seem random, some may seem like they are never going to happen, and some are so big that they terrify me and even I think they are crazy.
But, if I don't dream big, what am I even doing here? So here is a list of some of my dreams & goals, in no particular order:
Become an actress (basically act in a show and be a member of SAG)
Be interviewed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
Photograph celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce, Steve Buscemi, Tom Hiddlestone, David Tennant and More
Have a thriving and successful photography career and studio based out of NYC
Meet Lupita Nyong'o and possibly become best friends
Have an amazing re-do of my wedding
Win a major photography competition
Win the powerball
Walk the red carpet and attend an award show
Start a non-profit that creates and gives out packages to homeless people that contain Gore weather gear, packaging that converts to a tent, and money/food
Start an animal sanctuary
Be financially stable
Vacation in Disney World at least once a year
Meet, photograph and be photographed by Sue Bryce
Have the wedding of my dreams, well now it would be a vow renewal
Travel the world for photography
Be interviewed on a photography blog
Have my work featured on photography blogs
Have my work in a magazine
And that is just some of my dreams, just some. I'll be glad to come to this post and cross things off!
If you know me, you know I live for the warmer weather of the spring and the summer. I was born in the summer, and I just love everything about it. The weather (as long as I can escape the heat with an AC every once in a while), the long sunny days, picnics in the park, and more. This past summer was absolutely amazing, and it involved a lot of travel. Just after my birthday, we drove up to New York so I can photograph a Bar Mitzvah, and then right after that we drove directly down to Longport Beach in New Jersey so I can photograph a family session for one of my longtime clients. Of course, I wanted to document Charlottes first time at the beach.
Call me corny, but i've always had a love for vintage nostalgia. The grainy, fast paced home movies that skipped every couple of seconds, laid with a soundtrack that evoked happy emotions. So with my husbands I-phone and the 8mm video app, I recorded and made a video of our little trip and Charlottes first time at the beach.