February 28, 2012

Pretty Petal Studio - A Proposal & Engagement

 On Friday I had the rare opportunity to photograph a proposal at Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard!  (My very first...I wondered if I was more nervous than Alex at times.)  When Alex contacted me to shoot the proposal I was so excited and hoped that everything would work out and that she'd be surprised, that I'd be inconspicuous, and of course, that she'd say YES!  Which she did...woo-hoo!

Thank you Alex and Camila for letting me share in this joyous moment.  Congratulations on your engagement!

February 26, 2012

Pretty Petal Studio - Outdoor Decor - Mason Jars on Tree Stumps

I recently saw an idea on Pinterest that inspired me to do this in my own backyard.  A couple of years ago lighting hit one of our trees.  My husband, Brian, and my dad cut the tree down and the stumps were left where they lay in the very back of our heavily wooded yard.  We were going to get rid of them this spring...until I saw the idea of placing them in a cluster like little tables and placing mason jars on them with tea light candles!  I just love this idea and can't wait to have a fire pit gathering with this little nook lit and oozing cozy romance.  I'll especially love it more when our trees and shrubs are in bloom and we can't see a neighbor's house in the distance and the fence.

February 23, 2012

Pretty Petal Studio - Maternity Session

On Saturday I got to meet up with a previous wedding client of Brian's to do their maternity session.  Their wedding was one of my favorites...a gorgeous couple with beautiful taste.  So I knew the maternity session would be magical as well.  Whitney didn't disappoint.  Isn't she stunning!?  And I loved her idea to use big white balloons.  Right up my alley!
Congratulations Whitney and Tim!

February 21, 2012

Fine Art Gifs - "Cinemagraphs"

Okay...so I recently became obsessed with animated gifs and I've been trying to make a few of my own from recent sessions.  I can't wait to share them!  
The photo that I posted here isn't quite a "gif"...this is something called a Cinemagraph - "A Cinemagraph is an image that contains within itself a living moment that allows a glimpse of time to be experienced and preserved endlessly."  Masters of this art are Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg.  They have some amazing work on their site Cinemagraph  (I especially love the NYC set!) and on their other site, From Me to You.  

February 16, 2012

Ruche - Spring Sneak Peak

 I love Ruche and their new video sneak peak. Oh the beauty and simplicity. It makes me want to run out and shoot mini videos, which my camera can do, but I have no idea how to begin. I've tried video editing before and it was a failure. I think it's time to try and figure it out!

February 15, 2012

Pretty Petal Studio - Clothesline Wall Hanging

Something simple...clothesline wall hanging.  This is the beach collection that hangs in my bedroom.  Five 5x5 prints of photos from the beach hang from twine and mini clothespins.  It's such an easy way to showcase some of your favorite photos/art...and change them often to suit your mood or season!   

February 14, 2012

Pretty Petal Studio - Valentine Giveaway!

I'm giving away my recent shot of the red barn in snow.  I had this photo framed for my own home and I thought it turned out so sweet, so I wanted to do a giveaway.  The giveaway is for an 8x12 print of this image (matting and frame not included).

I change out my art according to the season (especially in small spaces like my bathrooms)...so why not consider the same.  It's a small change with such a big impact.  If you'd like to enter to win the print, just go to my Facebook biz page and tell me what was your most memorable Valentine's Day.

February 13, 2012

Pretty Petal Studio - Robot Valentines via Pinterest

So I consider myself pretty crafty and artsy and all that good fun stuff...so...Aidan and I decided to make his Valentine "cards" this year.  I once again went to the beloved Pinterest (if you don't know about Pinterest, you really should...it's fabulous!) and I found some really unique ideas.  Aidan loves robots and when I showed him this idea...that was it.  

We bought all the supplies and laid everything out on our kitchen table (last night...nothing like procrastination), only to discover that we bought tic-tac boxes that were the big size, not the little adorable size that they should have been.  So what that they have tiny Starburst heads and the paper doesn't really cover their body...right?!  Oh and owl googly eyes, since I thought that Aidan had the smaller ones in his craft box and didn't think to check and buy smaller ones for this project.  Oh well!  We made it our own and I think his classmates will get a kick out of them!  

Next year...store bought Valentines with tattoos or lollipops already included.  Did I say that!?  Good thing Aidan doesn't read my blog!

February 9, 2012

Pretty Petal Studio - Hygge Bedroom

 Bedroom in the day

 Bedroom at night...with sleeping Aidan

Have you heard of the word Hygge before?  The first time I did was many years ago when I stumbled upon a blog called "Alex the Girl."  I got swept away into Alex's world of making everything ordinary, extraordinary.  Hygge is the Danish word for "cozy, comfortable, simple, lovely, charming"...loosely translated.  While Alex doesn't blog on "Alex the Girl" anymore, she has another wonderful blog called, Hygge House.

So now that I defined Hygge...I can move on to why I blogged photos of my bedroom.  Recently I became "obsessed" with origami and from gathering ideas on Pinterest , I decided to make origami cranes and hang them from our four post bed.  I love adding whimsical, bohemian style elements to my room and I think this exudes Hygge!  Even my son Aidan wanted to sleep in my room tonight because he thought it looked so cozy.  Who knew that adding little flying birds would be such a treat.  Ooooh, and you should have seen his face when I turned on the fan for a while. We just laid on the bed and pointed out which ones were our favorites as they gently swayed back and forth.  (Aidan pointed out each one.)  :)

February 8, 2012

Pretty Petal Studio - 50% off Sale in my Etsy Shop

I'm having a 50% off sale in my Etsy shop today!  It's my Etsy anniversary month, as well as my birthday month!  Enter coupon code prettybirthday at checkout to receive your discount!  

February 7, 2012

Pretty Petal Studio - Snow Day

Appalachian Trail, Maryland

 I like to call this "Hugs and Kisses"  (Pond Reflections)

My trusty stead, waiting

...and waiting again

 South Mountain Tree Farm

Dahlgren Chapel (where I got married!)

No more apologies.  I'll just write when I can.  Over the weekend we had an unexpected snow storm and so on Sunday morning, I woke up early and headed out.  I truly believe God gives us gifts when we're ready to receive them.  And this was one of those days.  

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