Merry Christmas Everyone!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Little soup & salad night at the Burrows's. Homemade noodles my mom taught me, pretty much my favorite food, ever.
Peanut butter cupcakes, not for the weak!
And the best for last. My first attempt at making carmel apples, not so pretty, but the story to follow was priceless! No joke, while typing this blog, the hus came upstairs with one in hand. I apologized for their not so snazzy appeal, but that never stops him. He's eating, I'm talking, and typing, then "oh noooo" I look over and he's spitting out pieces. I was like "oh nooo" is it bad? No, he said, its so good I forgot it was an apple! He ate everything but the lower half. Stem and all!! How does that even happen?!!? I haven't laughed that hard in a long, long time!! Picture is now blog worthy!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
• Walking down the stairs to see my husband standing in the kitchen, look at me, and say "why are you so dressed up". How long have we been married now? My attire is consistently changing, get used to it.
• Having your outfit "just so" and the hus comes up and changes something. I'll have my shirt tucked just a certain way, he has to come lift it up, zipper at a certainly level, he lowers it. I'll never understand the kick he gets from this.
• The words "power bra" popping into my head from a conversation Amy and I had last week. What a funny moment in time that was!
• This annoying sound that is in the bathroom vent at work. It sounds as though a bird is having its last breath of air. And its only when the light is turned on, what could that possibly be?!
• Going to a gas station only to find the pump you've chosen doesn't want to work with you. You stare through the windows at clerk with laser beams in your eyes as if they're the ones to blame.
• 8 hour days at work that seem to last for AT LEAST 12.
• Shortly after the "dressed up" comment, he'll tell me I look beautiful.
• Running across that new band that you just can't get enough. Maybe they're not even new, but they're new to you, and that makes it wonderful.
• Checking out the bands music videos, and finding that are just inspiring. The angles, the lighting, the story, all just....work.
• People that are still willing to donate towards my moms fundraiser. ~Thank You!~
• Getting an email from an old friend who says one of my posts touched her, and asked me for advice. I'm no expert, but I'll do my damnedest to help you out.
• How watching the Grinch (Jim Carrey version) and having it still make me laugh like a 12 year old!
• Knowing next week at this time will start my MUCH NEEDED Christmas break! And Amy and I will start to plot our next move in our crazy new adventure! Round up the antiques!
Happy Hump Day Ya'll! Heres the band, heres the video, they rock:
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Naturally, a shower had to be thrown. Its no secret that I'm not a girly girl when it comes to this sort of thing. I just don't get all ooooo and ahhhhhhy when a little shirt is pulled out of a bag. Its just a shirt ladies. You've seen it a million times. I also get annoyed by having to go to the store with a little list in hand. Almost always, they never have the item, or its in a totally different isle than what is stated and takes forever to find! This time, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Use my creativity and uniqueness for a shower gift.
Another chum of mine, who is insanely talented, has her own business making....well, a collaboration of things. Monster balls mainly. I work with her on a daily basis and asked if she could make a owl ball to go along with the invites and poster I had already made. It turned out awesome!! I think together, these two little things will be a nice addition to their nursery! This was so much more fun to give, than the ordinary lotion and diapers! I'll leave those gifts up to the normal people.
Anyone whooooo wants to see more of Amys work visit: http://plaiderpillar.com/
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
What a year. Its December, and I just realized my last post was in February. Not a single post in between, not even a flinch or flicker on thinking about posting something. This year has been, a test, to say the least. I've gone through a lot of heartache and growing up. I've decided I want to try and tackle this blog thing a little better, use it almost as a journal, and just get my thoughts out there. This one I'm afraid, might get a little lengthy considering its basically a year end wrap up.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thanks to facebook we can all stay connected with the world and whats going on it. My friends "Modern Photographers" are kind enough to post inspiring and very insightfull articles once in awhile. I know a lot of people who know exactly what they want for photos, and others who, well, frankly, don't have a clue! The tips below are very spot on. Just remember to be yourself the day of pictures and pick a location that speaks YOU!
Engagement Portraits have been around for a while, but their popularity has soared in the last couple of years. Couples love them because they get a chance to flaunt in front of the camera. Photographers love them because they provide a chance to get to know the couple before the wedding, which can help make the wedding day run much smoother. A well planned engagement session can create some amazing images to compliment the wedding album, but how should you go about planning for the session to make sure you get the most of it?
Here are some things to consider:
What will you do with the images? Engagement Portraits should serve to help you announce to the world that you are getting married! Use them to show off your love for each other. Here are some ways to get the most out of your images:
- Use them for save the date cards
- Create a guest sign in book with them
- Use them as table toppers at your reception
- Post them on Facebook for everyone to see
- Create a wedding website using the images
- Put together a slideshow to display before or during your ceremony
- Order custom prints for your loved ones
- Make an announcement in the local newspaper using your favorite image
- display them at your bridal shower
Once you have an idea of how you want to use your images, then you can plan on the type of look that you want for them. Think about your personalities, and what type of setting would best portray you in the images. Some locations to consider might be;
- Urban. Think brick buildings, graffiti, sidewalks, and overgrown abandoned buildings. The contrast of a beautiful couple in a rugged environment can really create dramatic portraits.
- Industrial. Metal doors, tin walls, chrome, and steel can add bold contrast to a playful engagement session.
- Natural. Frolic through the forest and cuddle by the water for a romantic setting.
- Home. One overlooked setting is your home! Show off your real personalities by creating images in your natural setting. Play Scrabble at the kitchen table. Bar-B-Q in the backyard. Drink Latte’s on the porch. Be yourself!
- The place where he proposed. Assuming he didn’t jet you off to Paris to ask for your hand in marriage, try visiting the location where he proposed to add some significance to the portraits (but please don’t feel the need to reenact the proposal)
3. What to where
Once you’ve figured out what you want to do with the images, you’ll have an easier time figuring out what to where. Most photographers don’t mind a change of clothes, so be sure to ask if a change will be possible. Do you want traditional looking images that are common among your friends and family (you know- the blue jean and white shirt look), or do you want to stand apart from the crowd? Generally, you want your engagement images to show off your personality, so wear something that you can flaunt in! It’s a good idea to stay away from busy patterns because they take the viewer’s eye away from your pretty face. You want everyone to see you, not just your clothes!
Having a concept for your session will really help things come together. Do you want fun images? Romantic images? Passionate images? Sexy images? What do you want people to think when they see your pictures? Do you want them to laugh? Do you want them to see how much in love you are with your fiance? Do you want them to see two people smiling at the camera? What emotions do you want to convey through the images? Are you daring enough to come up with a concept that would truly set your engagement images apart from those of your friends? What movies or music videos could you build a theme around? What books do you like? Pitch the ideas to your photographer, most photographers love the chance to create something out of the ordinary.
5. Choosing a photographer
If you haven’t chosen your photographer yet, consider the type of engagement portraits that you would like- then browse the engagement portfolio of all photographers on your list. Look for images that speak to you. Look for images that show off the personality of the couples in the portfolio, rather than images that just show couples smiling at the camera. Find out the reputation of any photographer you consider by a simple google search. Modern PhotographersWedding Wire and Project Wedding are also great resources to read reviews on photographers as well as other vendors. is a great place to find reputable photographers that shoot with a contemporary style. (Members of Modern Photographers must be voted in by their peers based on reputation, skill, and creativity). Wedding sites like
These five suggestions will help you create engagement images that are truly engaging! You’re in love- flaunt it!