Moo Business Cards

MOO_Logo_575I ordered business cards for the blog today! I’ve always adored Moo’s mini cards and I thought it was high time I ordered some for myself!

I love the fact that you can have up to 100 different designs on the back of your card. I only ended up with 8 variations using some of my photography, but I think they’re pretty fun! What do you think? Order some for yourself and get 10% off by clicking here!

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Resource: Death to the Stock Photo

PastedGraphic-9Death to the Stock Photo is a fresh alternative to “big box” stock photography websites. Not only are their photos completely gorgeous, but a portion of their premium membership fees help fund creative projects around the world. Now that’s the kind of company I love to support!

Simply subscribe to their email list and each month you’ll receive a new series of photographs to use on your blog, social media or other outlets. Want the specifics on how to appropriately use their photos? Read the “Plain English” License here.

Friday Favorites: Flowers – What does your bouquet say?

Looking for a fresh idea this Valentine’s? Consider creating a bouquet of flowers selected specifically for what they symbolize.

Your valentine will undoubtedly feel special (and so loved!) as you explain what each flower means and why you selected it for her. A love letter of sorts, really…

Below are a few photos from a series of stunning photographs by one of my favorite blogs, Design*Sponge. Their Flower Glossary provides the pronunciation, origin, season, and symbol for each flower…

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Click here to view the full Design*Sponge Flower Glossary.

Below are a few more flowers and their meanings to help provide inspiration!

Floral Symbolism via mrslaurenbrady.com

What is your favorite flower and it’s meaning?
What flowers should I add to this list? 

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An apple picking day in ellijay

Apple picking this weekend was a first for me. I’ve picked cotton, blackberries, blueberries, limes and oranges, but never apples. The day was ripe for picking – cool, clear and crisp without a cloud in the sky… experiencing this “first” alongside my nephew, Asher, made the adventure even more enchanting!

I suppose pictures are worth 1000 words, so I’ll just let you see for yourself…

Major props to my brother-in-law, Ben, for those last 5 gorgeous photos!  Oh, and for the sake of reference… we spent the day picking apples at B.J. Reece Orchards in Ellijay, GA

Serenbe

Several years ago my husband and I stumbled across the community of Serenbe. We were completely enchanted as we wandered around the peaceful secluded community. Over and over again we talked about what a perfect place it would be for my sister’s family to live.IMG_0082

A year or two later, as they were seriously considering their move to the Atlanta area, we introduced them to Serenbe. They instantly fell in love and have been renting a beautiful farmhouse ever since.

However, it is said that all good things must come to an end…

This weekend was bittersweet as I helped my sister begin packing. I realized, though it wouldn’t be my last time to visit Serenbe, it would be my last time to visit Serenbe at their house.

While we’ve made many memories simply by visiting them – they’ve certainly made many more memories by making Serenbe their home. Beautiful hikes through the wooded trails to the waterfall and to the tree house, feeding the horses, goats, pigs, and rabbits, shopping the Saturday morning farmer’s market, and even shooting a short film on site, many memories have been made, indeed.

There is so much to learn and experience here, so much beauty. Fittingly, the evening provided a most lovely farewell with it’s stunning sunset over the lake…

More photographs from my various visits to the Serenbe community can be found on my photography page.

 

puppy portraits

Skimming through my Lightroom library, I realized I have an awful lot of puppy portraits in my collection! I thought I’d post a few of my very favorites just for fun… enjoy!

arizona travels, continued

397d028d1751b4cc8764bfae061f7ba6I recently wrote about my first trip to Arizona and the many things my second cousin, Terri and I have in common.

The ultimate hostess, sweet Terri pioneered a girl’s road trip guiding us through the cliff dwellings of Montezuma’s Castle, the Grand Canyon, (a surprisingly close encounter with an Elk), and the stunning red rocks of Sedona.

Learn Ceaselessly

I believe one should look at life as an opportunity to absorb as much information as possible; to learn ceaselessly.

I was privileged to recently audit a photography class at my alma mater, O’More College of Design It was a whole new (and wonderful) experience to participate in a class simply to learn, without worrying about a grade. David Braud is a phenomenal teacher and talented photographer. Understanding my learning style was integral in retaining the information from his class.

Sidenote: I was incredibly honored to be featured in their recent newsletter for the Alumni Spotlight! 

Though I still have plenty to learn about photography, my dear friend Lindsay was gracious enough to allow me to practice by shooting her maternity pictures, below.

What kind of learner are you?
If you were to audit a class, what subject would you choose?

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