Whoo hoo! TGIF! I hope everyone had a great week!
I wanted to let Emilie, from Photo by Emilie pop in and share a quick photography tip, when using your camera. It's something that some of you might already do, but I have to admit, one of THE best tips, so it never hurts to share :)
Who doesn't love cute little things!?! I love little cute things and even more than cute little things, I love PHOTOS of them. Lighting is everything when it comes to taking photos of those little things; so here is my favorite set-up to achieve the best photo possible, whether you have a point and shoot or a fancy DSLR camera.
Use natural light and avoid taking photos at night.
Inside lights are no good for photos. They typically don't give off enough light, the direction of top down light is not flattering and the color of inside lights distorts the color in the image. My favorite set up for shooting small items is next to an open door or window. This set up gives plenty of light, the side direction of light is very flattering and the color of natural light is perfection. Here is another Example...
These cute little things I photographed are called Happy Snappers. I use them to help me get perfect smiles from little ones. They are the best and this is just one of the varieties that Karen sells on her Etsy site.
Thanks Emilie! I have to agree, I'm a HUGE fan of natural light, and it even works wonders with iPhone photos... which I have been using for blog posts more than I'd like to admit. Can you say convenient!?
For more tips and tricks head on over to Emilie's New Blog and be sure to check out all the info on her online Photography & Photoshop classes starting this month.
In other news, things are a bit crazy around here. (what's new. ha!)
Do we have an office, girly bedroom and master bathroom to finish?
Did Cason decide that he wanted to re-haul the kitchen instead?
Our initial idea was to do a cool treatment on this wall, for some visual interest when we photograph our favorite shelves for the holidays (don't worry, they're definitely going back up) but one thing turned into the next...
Sooooo, we went on the hunt for the perfect backsplash tile. We were looking for gray ceramic rectangular tiles, but had no luck at the big box stores. We DID find this mosaic set of white tiles placed in a subway pattern at Lowe's. Since our kitchen is teeny tiny, this size is definitely going to be our best bet. It's a 2x4 tile.
Here are some other pretty tile samples that we picked up from Lowe's while we were there. They actually have a lot of really great options, but as far as custom sizes and colors... I'll have to do a little more searching.
PS: Don't you think that octagonal tile would look fab on my laundry room floor!?!?
gah, focus Shelley, focus.
I always tell people, when starting to decorate, restyle or remodel a space, to start with a storyboard or inspiration photo of some sort, to get them going on the right foot... so here's mine.
1. Love how they took the backsplash tile all the way up around the window
2. Farmhouse sink... 'nuff said :)
3. The floors in this photo are similar to ours, and it gives us a good idea of what our cabinets would look like painted white.
4. The gray on this island is subtle, yet lovely!
5. Loving the light granite and maybe even thinking marble (???)
Is there anything wrong with our kitchen? Nope.
But we were ready for some changes, and so, here we go! We'll keep you posted on the rest of our kitchen developments as they unfold.
And just so you don't get too annoyed with us and our "decorating ADD", here is a shot of how the twins' girly room is coming together!
I'm not totally sold on all the pillows in the front, so I'm keeping my eye out for some others, but I'm in LOVE with the tufted bench and blush colored headboard I snagged from Joss & Main!
By the way, this room is about the hardest space to photograph, maybe EVER! And while I'm obsessed with how pretty this new lighting fixture is from Overstock.com, and how cool it looks at night... it definitely doesn't lend itself helpful when it's time to photograph. haha!
Also, I must add that a brand new Target store opened about 5 minutes away from my house and I've literally been like a kid in a candy store. SO MANY GOOD THINGS and everything is IN STOCK! It's like a dream come true for me, and sort of a nightmare for Cason. hahah!
I found this adorable ruffle rag pillow for $19.99 and an awesome gray pencil holder for only $1.00!
I've also been working on something fun, that I'm super excited to show you next week
And guess who cleaned up her workbench outside this morning, so her husband doesn't throw inappropriate words around, every time he pulls into the garage and has to suck himself in as thin as possible, to get out of the car...?
So I pretty much feel like my life is all about cleaning up one mess, to create another.