July 31, 2008

What's Hangin' {Part One}

During my insomnia the other night I had this great idea. Wouldn't it be cool to see what artwork photographers are hanging in their home? Maybe it's only fascinating to me, but here's the first of several (hopefully) submissions. I'll post as they come in.

This one is from fellow BYU Alum, Kelli Ward. I asked her to write a little about why she chose to hang these images.

1- this is a collage of pictures/frames of our "family" photographs. photos that are more personal. because we have no children i have always been apprehensive about hanging pictures of ourselves in the main area of our home so these are clustered on the wall of our bedroom opposite our bed for us to see. they include engagement/wedding photos (by jonathan canlas photography), some family snapshots, and one ink print by my uncle walter rane who is an artist.

2- these are the only two pieces of my own work that i display in my home. they are palladium prints done for my senior show while at BYU -portraits of ghanian's in west africa. they hang in the corner of my living room over my african drum and bike. i love that i can sit on my couch and see them.

3- probably my favorite piece in my home is this print done by my former professor, Paul Adams. it hangs prominently in my living room. it was one of the first things we got as a married couple to decorate our home so i have really used it as inspiration for the rest of the room. it's colorful, but serene, beautiful, and natural - the exact feelings i want my home to evoke.

Thanks again, Kelli. Your home is beautiful!

This little tutu...

This little tutu is entirely too big right now, but I couldn't resist the Old Navy price tag. I've been wanting one for Lauren, but boutiques ask $75plus. Who are they trying to kid? Tulle is one of the absolute cheapest fabrics on the planet.

Summer Swim

July 30, 2008

No Z's for me

Every once in a while I have a night where I just can't sleep. My mind will not quit. It's not that I'm worried about anything. It is usually a case of "ideas". All sorts of creative things flood my thoughts. It's no matter that 99% of what dominates my brain in these wee hours will never be realized. Hundreds of photo concepts, home decor visions, and sewing projects taunt and torture me all night long. I try writing it down. Doesn't help. I still lay there wide awake. Typically my body gives in at about 3AM. Oh no, not tonight. It's never been this bad. It's currently 5AM and there is no sign of rest. My mind is in overdrive and I'm dying here. Jeff will be up in a couple of hours and so will baby. It is going to be a very long day.

Do I force myself to stay up all day, but go to bed very early?
do I nap with baby?

{Had a really great idea for a post which means several of my photo pals will wake to a new message in their email}.


July 28, 2008


I dig smores. The ooey gooey marshmellowey goodness of it all. And I really dig campfires. The sun goes down and everyone gathers. The conversation is at it's best when the embers are barely visibible. Mmmmhmmmm....good times.

My recipe for the perfect smore: two pieces of chocolate and two marshmallows.

On a side note: Hubby was mad at me for "ruining the moment" by making him take time out for a pic. I asked for a volunteer! But then I had to "fire" him because he smashed our picture perfect smore. So I recruited my little bro who listened to my directions. I hate to be the mood killer. I really do because photographers can be highly annoying. I try my best to be normal. Sometimes I just don't take any pictures so that I too can be present in the moment.

Do you think it ruins the loveliness of the photo by knowing how much ridiculousness went into it? Oh well, that is reality.

Aunt K's House

And the lovely Aunt K who is quite possibly the nicest woman on the planet.

Baby L

I hadn't planned on having so many pictures of Baby L from a trip to visit family. We've got tons and I hardly need more, but the light coming through the window in our room every morning was to-die-for. And she just looked so beautiful sleeping.

The Cousins

Ah, Memories....

Someone looks crazy in every frame. This is as good as it gets, folks.

Hydrangeas and more.....

We visited some family friends while in PA. Their property was like the garden of Eden. Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me roam around your yard and photograph.

This is Laura near her lovely hydrangeas (her husband's request). I didn't mind but now I think I should have gotten him on his lawn mower too. That would have been funny. :)

Hasson Boys

These cuties lovingly gave Baby L the nickname "Sanchez". I have no idea why, but I thought it was adorable.

P.S. These look so much better big. I'm a sucker for blue eyes.

Knarr Kids

Her curls were so cute I could hardly stand it.

He gave my favorite response when I asked "Can I take your picture?" He said, "Sure, because you don't take as long as my mom and Aunt Missy".

Leaving on a jet plane

July 25, 2008

Random Thoughts

Heard Miley Cyrus sing live on the Today Show. Yikes! It was not good. I don't get it.

I finally realized what my power would be if I were a Super Hero. (Hubby asks me this question all the time so it really is not as random as it sounds). I've given it a lot of thought (6 years to be exact). I decided that I would like to be able to transport myself from place to place. Oh yeah!
It would be so great because I can't stand the time it takes to travel. On many a late night driving home from SLC I have longed for the ability to transport myself home....to my bed. I'm not sure how I could fight evil with this power, but it would certainly benefit my personal life and save a lot of time.

I thought I kept a clean house...until Baby L started crawling last week. She finds the craziest, tiniest particles of "stuff".

I'm secretly hoping that Hubby will watch baby for a couple of hours on Saturday so I can go see "Mamma Mia" by myself (one of my favorite things to do). And I'll go to our little theater in town. The first showing. And literally be by myself. Then I can sing along without shame and live vicariously through the movie...and pretend I'm in Greece too. I've loved Greece (Cyprus) and Abba since my high school days. It's going to be great.

I'm off to pick up all those photos....

Vacation from Vacation

Must. Sleep. Soon.

***many photos next week

Personal Silhouette

Such lovely photos. And lovely clothing.

The Sartorialist said:
"I love the idea of finding a personal silhouette and then focusing on design details to vary the look".

Oh yes, Mr. Sartorialist! Couldn't agree more. Can you help me find MY personal silhouette? It would be much appreciated.

images via this blog

July 24, 2008

Give me Strength

It's been an eventful two weeks. Hanging with family is not for the faint of heart. I'm so tired, but it's been lots of fun reconnecting. I made sure I took lots of photos. Wow...Those family portraits are a trip....definitely not for the faint of heart either.

Only the strong can handle hysterical babies. And man are those toddlers quick! Sometimes it's the teens though. Heck, I've even seen dads get in on the revolt. And during the chaos I must ask myself why I chose to subject myself to this nightmare called Family Photos. (Is it really worth updating that picture wall of mine?)

It makes me yearn for former days of fashion shoots. Cooperative models who want to be there, listen to my every direction, thanking me for my time. No turmoil. No crying. No tantrums or dirty looks. It's a dream. It was a dream.

So when I once again get asked why I don't shoot weddings/family portraits I will refer that person to this post. Or maybe I will just ask them how their last family portrait went and that might send them walking.

*****{ P.S. Family, I love you dearly! }

What's your Style?

Take this little quiz to find out what your decorating style is.

My Style: Family Modern

July 18, 2008

Style envy

These two are possibly my new favorite style icons. Ok, It could possibly be the hair not the clothes (oh, I can't wait to chop it all off). I'm going to have to up the feminine factor of my clothing to pull it off.

Just look at all those colors. You go girls!

See their boutique here. It's designer so hold your breath. I'd like to get my hands on this dress. Perhaps robbing a bank is in my future.