Friday, February 14, 2014

Vday and the album winner

Who says Valentine's Day has to be a romantic, smoochy-poochy, I looooooove you kind of day? Is there a rule that says only Cupid gets to party on V-day? Isn't Valentine's Day a celebration of love in all of its forms?

 In case you don't know me personally, that's me on the left with my BFF and wedding partner-in-crime, Kelly.  We were working in this picture - showing wedding guests how to make a photo booth picture look cool.  We are so much fun, if I don't mind saying so myself.

Yesterday I read an article on Huffpost Living, Canada about a family who decided to celebrate love in all its varieties with a vintage-inspired family Valentine's Day photo shoot. Genius.  I'm dying to shoot a themed session. Who's with me?

Click here to read the full article.     Click here to book your photo session today. :-)

To share the love this month, I decided to give away an album to those of you who have supported me on this wonderful journey by liking, linking, commenting, or following me. Thank you so much - I felt the love. Kelly are the winner of a PFL pocket album!  Shoot me an email/message and we'll work out the details.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Her lobster and an album giveaway!

I have a new obsession with Pinterest. I realize I am about three years late to the party on this, but nevertheless I'm hooked. I never understood what all the fuss was about until a few weeks ago when my account got hacked. Why anyone would care to hack my Pinterest page is beyond me. I wasn't a "pinner."  I didn't get the whole "pinning" thing.  I went on there to figure out how to tie a scarf and check on some wedding trends, and I think I had a total of five pins when it happened...I'm sure said hacker felt a little silly when s/he opened up my page to find the weave scarf tying technique and a few holiday crafts for toddlers. But I digress, my account was hacked so I had to set things straight.

Enter Kelly and Ross. I walked into their house for their maternity session and my jaw dropped.  My inner interior design goddess started shouting things like, "I want that, I love that, I need that, how'd they do THAT?!?"

Ross and Kelly's home spoke to me: in this house we love.  I can't wait to meet baby Emma next month and see how her parents show her what love is all about.

I had to get down to business, though I could have spent hours gushing over all of the personal touches that Kelly and Ross chose in order to transform their house into a home.  While shooting, I asked about the "Love" signs above their bed and the artwork in Emma's room.  I learned not only that Kelly is an avid "pinner" but also that Ross is an avid "doer."  She's got the ideas and Ross makes her ideas a reality.  They are a great team.  He's her lobster.

Kelly's dad created these two amazing paintings for Emma's nursery. Notice her name?  Ross put up the crown molding in the nursery.

Custom bookshelves a la Ross.

When I left Kelly and Ross's house, I felt inspired to get back to my own home projects. We moved last June and slowly but surely we've been turning our new house into a home. Jay and I had just finished painting and decorating the twins' Mickey Mouse themed bedroom the day before Kelly and Ross's session. Okay, so really it was all Jay. He fired me after I got more red paint on the carpet and baseboards than on the walls.  Ironically, however, when I arrived home that afternoon Jay was standing at the door with a look of absolute horror.  "Go see what the twins did," he said.  I wish I could post the before picture.  The one that showed all of the time and effort Jay put into creating a Mickey Mouse belt and carefully placing all of the Mickey ears and Mickey characters.  He turned the beds so each boy had a great view of their pals on the wall.  But no such picture exists because the twins decided to redecorate, and this is all that remains.

A torso-less Mickey with no friends, no clubhouse, and nothing cool to "pin" about.

So, I got to work reclaiming my Pinterest page and looking for things that inspire me.  I've enjoyed seeing what my friends have pinned and looking for new ways to express myself.  Not surprisingly, I find that I pin at least one food item (if not more) each day.  I love to eat!  Can I decorate my house with food?

And now for the giveaway. This is a giveaway for new clients or existing clients.  Check out my Pinterest page and if you like what you see, follow me.  Repin one of my PFL pictures and you'll be entered twice.  Not a pinner?  That's ok you can still enter by leaving a comment on this post.  If you become a blog subscriber I'll throw in another entry for you.  Finally, you can 'like' my Facebook page.  Leave a comment on the page (privacy issues don't always show me who has liked the page) and I'll enter you in the drawing.

What's the prize?  I'm offering a new product called the pocket album, and I'd like to unveil it with this giveaway. A pocket album is fifty of your favorite session images sent directly to your smart phone or tablet.  The images have my logo on them, and they can be uploaded to your favorite sharing site or sent to your favorite family member.  They are a great way to showcase your PFL photos.

I'll announce the winner on Valentine's Day...because all you need is love. xoxoxo Happy pinning. :-)

Kelly and Ross, thank you for just being awesome.  I can't wait to meet baby Emma (and see your beautiful house again). :-)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

Thank you for making 2013 one of the best years yet.  I wish you all peace, health, and happiness in 2014!