Thursday, September 15, 2011

Countdown to Round Top & Warrenton

It's just around the corner and time to go visit my most favorite happy place - Round Top/Warrenton, TX.

I have been making a list of things I am on the hunt for. I know I will not be able to buy it all, but it would be great to come home with some of these teasures.

Most of my finds are props I will be using in my photography shoots. First on my list is looking for an old rustic Radio Flyer Bike and vintage toys. They add great prop backgrounds to children set-ups. I've seen lots of bikes around Warrenton, but they always want crazy prices for old worn ones. I just don't understand it! Maybe one vendor will be forgiving and give me a break.

Next on my list is a vintage or rustic chandelier. I would like to add some charm to my front porch and I think this would be a great piece to replace the ugly outdoor lighting that we currently have.

HalLOwEen stuff - particularly apothecary jars. I would like to create a table display like the one below. I've seen alot of apothecary jars and antique glass bottles in Warrenton. I think this is going to be an easy find!

I would like to find one of these beverage carts to display the apothecary jars and later to use in my foyer for display.

Overall, I'm just looking forward to visiting Warrenton and seeing all the goodies, even if I don't buy anthing. My Happy Place!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

I think a photography class should be a requirement in all educational programs because it makes you see the world rather than just look at it. ~Author Unknown

My daughter, Samantha is taking an art class this year. The other day she was telling me all about the things they have planned for the year - sculpting, photography, abstracts, pottery, and drawing techniques. The first week in art their focus was on photography. She wanted to borrow my camera to take to school, but I just could not take that risk. Luckily the art teacher had a few cameras around and he let the students use them.

Over the weekend I saw Samantha taking pictures of nearly everything inside and outside of our house. She said, "Mom, I can see why you like photography so much. It really makes you look at things differently." OMG!!!!!!!!!! She has finally seen the light! Okay it took another person to show her the beauty of photography but she finally understands why photos are so important.

Photography is an art, preserves time in family history, provides an outlet, and makes the viewer and photographer smile.

Within the past few weeks, I have gotten a couple of request for photography quotes. If they all take place, I am going to have a busy Fall! Which is not a bad thing, because I love my hobby which has turned into a great side job!

Below are some pictures I recently took of Winnie Kate Bryant. She was a referral from a friend. Her mom wanted pictures to create for her first birthday invites and then decided let's just do family pictures while we are at it. The day we took these it was a scorching day and I sweated my hind off, but little Ms. Winnie was a trooper considering the heat.

This was her invite that her mom created. I love how she picked the invite background to match her outfit.

I always like creating one out of the ordinary photo. I like the frame shot, but think they could have been a little closer.