29.4.11

Little Lives {Personal}

"And I learned what is obvious to a child. 
That life is  a collection of little lives, 
each lived one day at a time...
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(pic from a wedding two years ago.)
That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers 
and poetry 
and talking to animals. 
That a day spent with dreaming 
and sunsets 
and refreshing breezes 
cannot be bettered. "
nicholas sparks

Unless those breezes come from air in Ireland.
Three.more.days.

;)

28.4.11

Disney + Deschanel {Personal Inspiration}

Woke up today
It was another lovely day
To watch the sun
Rise and fall again
zooey deschanel | cotton song
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This past week I went back down to Florida to visit mi familia.
As always, we had to spend some time at Disney.
Disney, for my family, isn't just a theme park or a vacation pit-stop.
"It's a whole neeeew WORLD!"
My grandparents took my mom as a baby and it's pretty much in our blood to love this place.
The creativity, the details, the joy, the enthusiasm.
Walt was a dreamer, a family man, devoted to excellence and creative as heck.
His parks show it.

It's been a long time since I've gone to the Hollywood Studios park,
but this trip just had my jaw-dropping right and left.
I freaking love EVERYthing about it.
I was so inspired I could have just sang.
But there was a Disney Cast Member singing and whistling next to me,
so I had to take a picture.
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Another major source of inspiration for me is the lovely Zooey Deschanel.
(who I first learned about in this movie. An all-time fave.)
Her fashion is to die for.
I love how she is so feminine, colorful, creative and original with her clothes.
And brave.
And classy.
And I love her hair.
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I put all my new Disney-inspiration cell-phone pictures in a folder
and found that a lot of them "matched" my Zooey pictures.
Funny ;)
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Love every single pattern and texture in this set:
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Love the "GIFTS" font, the white lines in the grey building 
and the black lines on top of the white building.
And everything about Zooey.
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I'm SO stealing this in my house someday.
Maybe a backsplash?
Or bathroom floor?
I love the three different blues all mismatched.
With a pop of yellow?
Maybe some daffodils on the counter?
Or a lemon-colored bathroom mat?
Yum.
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The skirt.
The salmon color.
The font.
The slight touch of Tiffany blue
(her shoes + the cross on the lamp.)
Mhhhmmm.
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Such a fan of salmon pink and teal blue! GAH.
I'm a sucker for some good, bright colors.
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Another font I heart.
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Perfection.
Can I get an "amen" for the metallic gold?
And the red lips?
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I just want to go decorate something!
Or design something!
My juices are flowing like a creek post April showers.

Anything particularly and consistently inspire you?

19.4.11

Re-cap {FunShop}

This is surely not 
What you thought it would be 
And I lose myself in a daydream
taylor swift | speak now
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This is potentially too-long a post.
Maybe it should be broken up into a few?
But I'm just still pumped (and I don't say that word) about the past FunShop.

I based our time off of six "D's."
Why "D"?
I Don't know. Duh! I just wanteD too.

;)

But we started with 
Define, 
Dream,
Design,
Do it!
Donate,
and Details!

After some hard-core defining + dreaming,
we got to go to town in design.

My sweet, mature, blithe Rachel Clarke + I collaborated to come up with this for her business
(will link to her live blog soon!):



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Anna is a bonafide country girl with a heart as big as the Oklahoma farms she comes from.
Love what we came up for her, as well!
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And darling, long-time friend Ellie slightly modified her current brand to capture herself PERFECTLY.
Love love love it!
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Each day we spent a portion of time shooting. 
I already posted about Audrey + Janet.
The photos of each of the girls headers was from a shoot in Harpers Ferry.

We, on a stormy, rainy, lonely Saturday went downtown for some "senior" photo shoots.
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The sky really parted and cleared up RIGHT when we arrived
(after our fantastic Metro ride.)
It was so lovely in the Union Station area.
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Wain, wain, go away....
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Little country girl in the big city!
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You may have seen on facebook or on my website that I coached basketball this past winter.
Our wonderful models were two girls from the team.
Love you Natalie + Megan!
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The final day, we each got our own couple to shoot.
I don't like at workshops/etc when I have to share shooting with a whole bunch of photogs.
I feel like a little runt piglet.

So I got four couples, and each of us go to go to our own location,
shoot our own style,
and REALLY focus on our own brand.

I had the complete JOY of shooting Todd + Leanne.
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They have been together 20ish years.
And they are from South Carolina.
So they have amazing accents.
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And I want to be as stinkin' adorable as Leanne when I grow up.


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Though Leanne didn't play sports,
she graciously offered her time to greet at Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA) events.
I mean, hey, college-age Christian single athletes... I mean...
Just sayin'...
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After that first meeting/greeting,
these two became friends.
Actual friends.
Not "I have a crush on you but we're 'friends'" friends.
Just real friends.
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And God slowly drew their hearts together.
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ps.  I love Leanne's lips.
Is that weird to say?
I love tulip lips.
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And I love laughing.
That's not weird to say.
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Both kids were done with "dating around."
They wanted to be intentional, serious and patient.
God truly blessed that.
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And brought them together for life.
And what a life it has been!
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Five children, a number of moves, a hundreds of memories later,
they are still mischievous, happy little lovers.

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This is one of my favorite moments of the shoot.
An intern was out shooting in this field too, and needed some help.
I left Todd + Leanne for a few minutes to give her a hand.
When I turned around they were standing just like this.
Precious? Preeeecoius!
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I want to give the girls a chance to post their shoots,
and update their blogs, but then I'll let you see their marvelous work.
And get to know them on their own sites.
And they're amazing. Seriously.
And I love them (because my Love Language is Singing in the Car,
and they all sang with me.)

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If you want to see a little iPhone-video-recap-love,
check out this video!
I especially love the very end... these girls CRACK me up.
And confuse my neighbors.
You gotta see it ;)
More FunShop dates coming soon!
Holler if you want to come?
Hollllllller.
I want to coooome!

18.4.11

The Rain {FunShop}

Feel the rain on your skin,
No one else can feel it for you.
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open.

natasha bedingfield | rain

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It poured and poured and poured and poured on Saturday.
We decided to head downtown anyways.
And the rain took a break just as we arrived.
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I told the girls that I love to act graceful, elegant, demure and regal when I'm downtown.
Like Princess Diana.
Like Jackie-O.
Like Grace Kelly.
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Not.

16.4.11

Adventure {Personal}

"if you want something you've never had,
then you've got to
do something you've never done."
anonymous
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"she looks for adventure around every corner."
anonymous

"adventure is out there!"
charles muntz | Up

15.4.11

It All Begins {FunShop}

Time it was and what a time it was it was,
A time of innocence a time of confidences.
Long ago it must be, I have a photograph
.
simon and garfunkel | bookends

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Today is the first day of my little FunShop!
We got to take some pictures of Audrey and her lovely mommy, Janet.
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Audrey is learning how to walk.
It's adorable. 
So wobbly yet brave...yet terrified?
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I heart baby arm rolls and baby hair pigtails.
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Really really really love those pigtails.
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Aw :D
Audrey is such a happy little cookie.
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I was very proud of my girls!
They really did so well on this first shoot I threw them into.
We've spent the day shooting, talking about being real,
dreaming and defining ourselves, business + brands.
Stay tuned to get their blog addy's, see their pictures and learn about THEM!
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(Sometimes baby's need water breaks too.)
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We are so colorful! And fun.  I'd want to hang out with us.
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I hope you all have fun the rest of the few days!
And that I don't annoy you too much!