and they just happened to make nachos and pizza when we got back from the grocery store:
Only seven weeks away, and if you make a week’s allowance for shipping in time for February 14th that really only leaves six weeks. This year the name of the game is preempting the seasonal trends. Two months seems like a long time, but for research, development, execution, photography and listing it’s not that much!
Above is a popular photograph I sold last year, available both as an 8×10 print, or a 8″x8″ photograph framed in a 10″x10″ frame. The photograph is of an outhouse my Grammie has outside her cabin in rural VT, which she’s using as a toolshed. Let’s also not forget that on this very same photo-expedition in the woods behind her house I also saw a HUGE BEAVER gnawing on a tree, thought it was a baby bear, and promptly ducked behind the biggest tree I could find lest its Mama Bear found me to be a threat. But then after a bit I am thinking to myself “Why is that baby bear chewing on a tree?” and quickly remembered the beaver pond was due east. Ha-ha! The pictures of the beaver aren’t the clearest, but if there’s enough interest I may throw a snapshot up on the blog.
I’m also excited to report I’ve done a little Photoshop, graphic design fun time and came up with the above graphic as a future ‘set of 3′ magnets + pins. I’ll also be making mix n’ match earrings and barrettes with the designs as well as pendants.
We used to have a bar here in Portland called The White Heart, a spoof off the famous UK watering hole called The White Hart. For those of you in-the-know, you are totally aware that mature stags (appx. 5 years and older) used to be referred to as ‘harts.’ Now they’re just plain awesome. I’m really digging these graphics because although they’re clearly seasonal, they’re applicable any time of the year. I was considering doing a pink/red version of the set but something about that feels wrong so it’s just going to stay as is. I might be persuaded to do red/baby blue since that’s my favorite. In any case: tell your friends! Or don’t tell ’em and get them a nice, $5 set of 3 pins or magnets as a little way of saying “I ❤ you” this Valentine’s Day.
You know what else is happening around Valentine’s Day? Our band, Bath Salts, is playing its first show up in Brunswick with excellent acts: Foam Castles, The Rattlesnakes and Berth Control. Details to come – but you should come hang out with us! Ok!
Has anyone ever accidentally stumbled on the best wedding website ever? OnceWed is a tasteful, aesthetic dream come true when it comes to wedding planning, inspiration and easy-to-execute craft ideas. Click here for a circus-themed wedding that I find the cutest. The only slightly troubling thing is when you go to the “Vendor Guide” tab at the top there is no search option in Maine. C’mon guys! We have some of the best backdrops, flora and fauna in the country. New mission: get on OnceWed, take Portland’s camera, floral and crafting talent with me.
On a more personal note, Brian and Tara from the Rattlesnakes are getting married in a couple of weeks. I’m pretty sure this is going to be the rockingest wedding I’ve been to ever. It’s at One Longfellow in downtown Portland and Kate and I (honorary volunteer photographers) have been given explicit instructions to get drunk while we’re shooting. Yes!
Lastly, I’m about to start putting together an album for Amanda and Dan, whose wedding I shot in August at the Regency Hotel in the Old Port. Great space! Outdoor ceremony and swanky indoor reception. These two were really wonderful to work with, made me really realize why I embrace the massive undertaking that is wedding photography. Hopefully will have some “product shots” of the album to share with you in a couple of weeks!
And here is a little vignette from Mike and Rebecca’s wedding way back in July. Oh, Summer…see you again in 10 months or so.
As for dressing one’s self for the event, I found one endless-night-searching-for-random-things-on-Etsy successful when I found these sweet, traditional wedding dresses at EllanaCouture. I might just sell enough necklaces to get one of these for myself and go as a debutante for Halloween.
One thing I’ve been bouncing around in my head for some months now is the idea of making custom wedding favors for guests or members of the bridal party. Could you see it now? A unique little magnet stuck to every metal napkin ring…a set of 6 magnets featuring all the members of the bridal party as a post-wedding ‘thank you’ gift…a necklace with a special photograph in it as an inexpensive way to tell the bridesmaid how you appreciated her hard work and stripper-hiring. OK depends on the wedding. 😉 Still — any feedback you want to send my way please leave a comment below! Would love some guinea pigs to try this out on…