My husband and I took a drive through Logan Canyon this October and marveled at all that fall had to offer - the crisp clean air, the smell of rain in the distance, and all the bold colors! My husband took this picture and I love it - there is something so calming about it. I am going to blow it up, frame it, and hang it on my wall.
I have to admit there is a little “Martha Stewart” in me that just wants to set tables and throw little themed parties. This is really quite humorous if you know me, because I am not the party-going kind of person – I’m definitely a homebody. But every time I see finger food recipes and ideas for dinner parties, I dream up all the details about how I would throw the perfect brunch. I found this recipe for Mint Juleps in Utah Style and Design magazine; it is so good that I just had to share it with you. So go ahead and plan a small get-together with this drink as the focus – your guests will be dazzled!
Just like every other woman out there, I adore a good love story! Romeo and Juliet, The Notebook, Pride and Prejudice, Ross and Rachel…I could go on forever. I just finished the book, The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Ann Brashares and it is amazing. It is one of those stories you think about all day long, planning when you have a free minute to read a chapter here and a chapter there. I love when someone recommends a book for me to read so I am recommending this book to you—I promise you will love it!
I am rebelling…rebelling against the term “scrapbooking.” Whenever people ask me what I do I say “I design custom photo albums for families,” and they always question, “photo albums?” And then I do it – I don’t want to but it seems the only way to gain mutual understanding, I say “like scrapbooking.” Immediately they reply “Oh, how cool!” See I feel that the term scrapbooking implies that the albums I create are crafty, full of lace and froof - not that I have anything against froof, but that’s not really what I do. Although my pages have a little spunk, my photo albums are designed to showcase the pictures - not the other way around. After they understand what it is I’m trying to explain, I would just love to give them my whole theory on why I prefer the term photo album instead of scrapbook but I usually never get to (not to worry - I realize that I may be the only one who really cares about the distinction anyway. Oh well.).
Taking photos is easy. We all take pictures of birthdays, vacations, holidays, sports events, milestones, or just for no reason at all. But taking great photos is harder than it looks. Have you ever taken a photo were the people in the picture are so far away that you can barely tell who they are? We all do. My number one tip for taking “the perfect photo” is to GET IN CLOSE. Stand closer to the subject you are photographing and zoom in, that way your picture is of the person and not all the stuff around them. It always makes for a better photo album when the pictures are creative and clear. Here are three versions of the same photo. The first is untouched, the second is slightly zoomed in, and the third shows that you can never get too close.
Great photos always inspire my design... We are a picture taking people and yeah for that!