a vintage birthday shoot

Using vintage props in a photo shoot is not a new idea but it is always a good idea, in my opinion.  When my sister-in-law asked me if she could use our fantastic French ticking settee for my niece’s first birthday shoot, of course I was on board!  Normally we just admire this petite piece of furniture and finally it was called into duty.

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To execute the vision we needed to scout locations, sort through props, try on hair flair and arrange outfit changes for the model, as well as, a nap.  Such a diva!  Fortunately Hadley was pretty agreeable to the arrangements we made and signed off on the whole “first birthday photo shoot” deal.

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She’s pretty much a natural at working the camera and the vintage.

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We warmed up with a portrait shoot using the driftwood inspired wall as a back drop and a hot pink slipper chair – another vintage find that I knew I was saving for a special reason.  While the vintage pieces play a nice supporting part in these photos, I think it’s clear who steals the show!

When you have a vintage Pedigree pram, it only seems appropriate to pose the baby and doting parents with it, right?  But the faux fur stole completes the look.

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It’s a tough call but my favorite are the photos with the settee and that adorable one year old…

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend with your babies.

framing memories

November always puts me into nesting mode.  It brings my attention back to my home after a busy summer & fall season in the shop.  This year is no different.  In fact, I got a head start about a week ago when I began moving furniture around late one night.  My living room has been bugging me for a while.  It has never felt finished or quite as inviting as I’d like.  There was one specific corner that was always dark and the massive brown sectional wasn’t helping to lighten it up.  I started by scooting my linen arm-chair into that corner and it instantly feels brighter!  I’ve also finally pulled the trigger on ordering the sofa I’ve been lusting over.  I can’t wait for it to arrive just in time for the holidays.

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In the meantime, CanvasPop offered me a print to review and GIVEAWAY!  I’m over the moon with the quality of this product.  The 16 x 20 art print is framed with a 2.5 inch mat.  It has certainly helped to elevate this corner in our living room.  We had this photo taken a couple of years ago during our “Mess the Dress” session after our wedding.  We worked with wonderful photographers during that time in our life and, to be honest, we haven’t done much with the professional photos yet.  It can be so overwhelming.

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CanvasPop was exactly what I needed to get this memory professionally framed and matted.  They made the process so quick & easy!  My art print arrived neatly packaged in just 10 days.  I love the content of the photo too and how it plays into this evolving space.  Although this was a professional photo, CanvasPop can work with photos of any resolution and you can even import them from Facebook and Instagram.  How is that for convenient?

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Now it is your turn to win a CanvasPop 16 x 20 framed photo paper print with the 2.5″ white mat + free shipping. The winner will have until November 30, 2016 to order their free print. 

Click the CanvasPop banner below to enter and leave a comment here letting me know what you plan to frame if you win! Contest ends November 10, 2015 at 11:59PM PT. The winner will be contacted by email.

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photographing a hoosier

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to visit Miss Mustard Seed’s studio in PA.  It is an inspiring space, as I’m sure you can imagine, yet totally approachable and comfortable.  It is filled with Marian’s signature style and brand which seem to be just that.  Approachable and comfortable.

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Around every corner, another familiar milk paint color bats an eye at you.  Even when not staged, its beautiful.

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And this vintage, chippy counter!  Love that original color.

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The space was basically a blank canvas with fantastic light that Marian turned into a studio for painting, teaching and photography.  I was there for the latter, a photography boot camp class.

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Great pictures can elevate a brand.  This is an area I’ve been interested in developing further for some time now.  I knew I had hit a wall with my own technical knowledge of photography.  Well, questions were answered with a few aha moments!  I’m looking forward to upgrading my equipment starting with a new lens and lighting tools.  I’m not sure that I’ll ever be an all-star photographer but it is great to work at it and “get it” more from a technical standpoint.

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When I returned home, I was so excited to put a few of my new skills to work.  I just finished this Hoosier last week which I absolutely adore, especially in this space at my parent’s cottage.  However, it is for sale and will be moving to West End Garage very soon.  At any rate, this little vignette was the perfect candidate to photograph.

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The Hoosier is painted Mustard Seed Yellow and finished with hemp oil and some antiquing wax.  The oak countertop was revived with hemp oil and is a real stunner!  The farmhouse sign is hand painted with milk paint too – grainsack for the lettering and a custom mix for the shadowing.

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I can’t wait for my new lens to arrive so I can work on sharper images but for now I’m happy with how this wild bouquet of zinnias looks in the foreground.

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Do you have any photography tips to share?