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a perfect spring afternoon

Friday, April 26, 2013

Phew. I am so excited to finally be able to share this session! I have been in a whirlwind for the past few weeks as I finish up the semester at school, and I couldn't wait to sort through these images. It was one of those sessions that I just knew was going to be good. It was the perfect warm, slightly sunny yet overcast afternoon. 

As a wannabe/aspiring photographer I find it super hard to be able to find my personal style of photography.  Sure, I can admire other photographer's styles but the truth is I will never be them. Even if I shoot with the same camera or lenses or even in the same location, I will always be me. Lately I've been coming to grips with this reality and focusing being happy with who I am and where I am at this very moment in time. To be honest, I usually over plan for photo shoots by looking at Pinterest for inspiration or stalking Facebook for ideas. More often than not I find that the more I plan, the more I hate the work I produce. I create impossible standards for myself instead of embracing the artist within me. 

For this session, I just winged it. I grabbed my camera and a sweatshirt, and took one last look at myself before heading out the door. I took a deep breath and was on my way to a small field on the side of a parking lot. I didn't pack any props or extra gear. I just let it be

I am seriously so proud of how these images came out. Maybe it's not your style, but it's mine. And for once in my whole life - I'm perfectly ok with that.

room tour & decorating on a budget!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I wanted to do a quick tour of one of my favorite places in the world, my bedroom! I come from a long line of creative genes and decorating is one of my many hobbies. I am blessed to live right on the water. I’m not gonna lie, I have one of the best views in the house! The main inspiration for my bedroom was the lake. I wanted everything to feel light, airy and relaxing but still look chic. I took this inspiration and made it come to life with a lot of creativity and only a little bit of money!

Let me start by saying decorating a room is not a one shot deal. You might not find the perfect piece right away, and more importantly you might not find a good deal right way. I am a firm believer in never paying full price for anything. For example, my picture frames are from Walmart. I want to say they were about $8 each. I love how clean and simple they are, and I love how they are odd sizes. I bought the Andy Warhol poster of Marilyn off of eBay for super cheap, and ripped the other photos out of magazines. (The bottom left is a picture of my boyfriend and me!)  My little wall gallery probably cost no more than $50 and it really added character to a huge and previously empty wall.  

Speaking of the Marilyn poster, how awesome is that jewelry box?! When decorating your bedroom, it’s essential to buy pieces that are practical and extra storage is always a must. Think of what you really have a lot. I don’t know about you, but I’m a beauty product junkie. I love makeup and getting all dressed up. With this being said, I needed plenty of storage for countless eye shadows, hairsprays, serums and styling tools! I made sure to choose a vanity that had plenty of drawers. For the extra stuff, I picked up this sweet basket-thing at Marshalls for only $12! It holds all of my brushes and hair stuff. A clean, clutter free space = a clean & clutter free brain!  

If you don’t have a creative mind, it can be hard to find inspiration for a room. Something that I always do is look at catalogues for ideas. Pottery Barn & PB Teen are some of my favorites. The prices are outrageous – but I try to find similar pieces elsewhere. Did I mention that I LOVE going to thrift stores and tag sales?! Vintage items can really add character to any space and won’t break the bank. 

Your bedroom should be your oasis. It’s where you get your rest and where your sanity is renewed each and every night. It is the first thing that you see every morning. I can honestly say that my oasis cost less than $500 to create. I promise, you do not need to be rich to create a beautiful space.

Be inspired!   Xoxoxo

Item Specifics:

Black and White Ottoman: Home Goods

Bedding: Home Goods

Black and White Mannequin: TJMaxx

Black Picture Frames: Walmart

Hanging Jewelry Box: JCPenny

Room Darkening Shades: JCPenny

Lamp + Shade: Family Dollar

All Other Accessories: Tag Sales & my grandpa’s house!

Anchors Aweigh Cupcakes!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

I was so excited to get to combine my love of food and photography for this super fun project! Sadly, I've been sworn off of carbs for a month or so. You can only imagine how hard it was for me to not dig in to these beautiful little cupcakes. Especially that hot pink one - come on, how adorable is it?! Please check out Anchors Aweigh Cupcakes and contact my girl Belinda with all your cupcake needs! Xoxo