jack + deb

jackndeb

jack + deb special delivery cd envelope

Dropped off a little package of goodness to some friends who were hitched in October ’12.  Jack + Deb play in a local band, alex keaton, and they are wonderful.  So it was really nice to be there for their casual, food-and-fun-filled evening.  Let me just say, the potato leek soup at RiRa was delicious and I still talk about it, even though I ate it three months ago.  Here are some other fantastic and visually delicious moments:

ceremony

ceremony

The ceremony was held on the second floor at RiRa, in Portland, Maine’s Old Port right on the water.  You can just make out the parking lot for the Casco Bay Terminal through the windows!  What you are seeing there is some mid-October dusk action here in Maine.

guests

guests

I was particularly happy with the way this shot turned out, pictures of guests can be hard to capture if you’re looking for natural poses and full faces but efforts were rewarded.

bride + baby

bride + baby

Any opportunity to photograph a bride and the youngest infant at the party should be taken – not sure why but it always looks fantastic.  Beautiful baby borrow!

jack + deb

jack + deb

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Audrey.  Where have you been!

The truth is pretty sweet, actually, I’ve been off in the land of being-a-wedding-photographer for the last two weeks.  It would not be so bad at all to do this for a living!  I’d sit around in my underwear all week editing photos and then put pants on on the weekend to go share one of those big life events with the most amazing people.

Most recently, Deb and Jack:

And the week before them, Rocco and Megan:

I would sure be a lucky lady if I could spent every weekend (or ALMOST every weekend) doing this for a living!

xo,

aud

Wedding Snapshots

After months and months of contemplation, and future plans for an actually, really real wedding photography website, I’ve updated my wedding photography portfolio.  I’m strictly against flash movies, vomit-inducing midi files and hard-to-navigate web galleries so the portfolio is a scroll-down what-you-see-is-probably-what-you’ll-get type portfolio.  I’d love it if you had the chance to scroll through, and of course comments are always, always appreciated.

Potential clients can rely on a few things:  I’m goofy, but I’ll keep it under control on your special day.  I’ve been told about once per wedding by a family member or client that I’m super discreet (“I barely noticed you during the reception!”)  I’m a sucker for details, and you’ll probably have just as many pictures of your centerpieces and floral arrangements as you Aunt Trudy.  I shoot in film and, ta-da, as of December 2010, with a digital Nikon camera, too.  I can offer as little as a couple hours of service or as much as an entire weekend, and I’m also keen on striking deals with other talented people if they have goods or services they can offer in return for my wedding photography time.

If’n you have any questions about getting Little Eye for when you get hitched, you can contact me by commenting on the blog or emailing littleeyedesigns {at} gmail {dot} com.

Love!

Your Custom Little Eye Magnets

A couple of months ago I was delighted to receive custom orders from Malaika of Hand Me Down Designs and Laura Duplissis LeBrun of Sweeter Salt for two very different wedding-related orders.  Malaika needed gifts for bridal showers (magnet sets with the couples’ images and two bottle cap charm necklaces of the same) and Laura wanted some unique, DIY-type gifts for all her wedding guests.  Tonight, I want to illustrate the custom option that Little Eye has to offer for wedding favors, birthday presents, stocking stuffers, Easter hide-ables, baby showers, etc. etc. – the sky is the limit!  I love working with people and their designs, making them fit in bottle caps, and working together to color coordinate the caps for maximum customization.  It’s all about you, guys!

Laura wanted little wedding favors that were affordable and memorable – the first thing you should know about custom work from Little Eye Designs is that bulk ordering (100 pieces or more) is priced wholesale.  If I can get a whole bunch of work done at once I’m happy to pass the savings on to you!  So, Laura’s graphic design-savvy fiancé (now husband!) designed the perfect graphic to describe them, illustrated it in their wedding colors and passed it on to me:

Ross and Laura Sailing, Waving

Yes!   Ross sized the image in to a circle for me, but most of the time I am working with raw images and I will do a few crops and submit to my customer’s approval.  Some images are better at being ‘circled’ than others – I usually recommend that people send 2-3 images of the thing they might want in their custom caps, that way if one picture is not as good as the others for the crop then there will still be plenty of options.

After receiving the image, Laura and I decided that sunshine-y yellow backs for the bottle caps would be the perfect color to complement the image on the front as well as their wedding colors.  Coordination is everything, no?  Now, Audrey — get to work!

Custom Images - Printed and Cut

First, I made templates and printed out the design Laura and Ross wanted – then I cut them all out and stacked them up in little columns.  I am a bit specific about my process…

Prepared Caps and Fixed Images

The little Rosses and Lauras are then put in to prepared bottle caps (backs painted, half-filled with epoxy) and fixed with a crafters glue to prevent any color bleeding.  Then I did this about a 100 more times while I watched silly programs on television – most likely “The Cosmos” with Carl Sagan because I don’t have the right kind of attention span for “The Bachelorette.”

Ahh, finished!

You can see from the shiny-ness above that these are the finished caps.  The glued images were then covered in a layer of epoxy and let to dry and cure for maximum strength.  .5″ diameter ceramic magnets are then attached to the back using jeweler’s glue (pretty powerful stuff) which makes for a strong hold (3 take out menus?  One exceptionally heavy macaroni craft?), good functionality while not being too bulky.  You can also see the bright, yellow finish with white dappling which is my handy-dandy “Little Eye” technique.  Now put these babies up on a vintage ‘Frigidaire’ door at the entry of your wedding’s dining hall and you’ve got a really cool way to help your guests remember you, your wedding day and how much fun they had every time they open up their refrigerator door.

Here are some applications for custom Little Eye magnets.  (I make pins, necklaces, hair clips and rings, too!):

-Bridal Showers (photographs, wedding date, a ‘set of 12’ as a gift)

-Bridal Party Favors (flowers, images of the bride (and groom), sayings)

-Wedding Favors (illustrations, photographs, wedding date)

-Baby Shower Gifts and Favors (ultrasound images, illustrations)

-Stocking Stuffers (inexpensive gifts for everyone)

-Baby Announcement (set of 2 with photograph of baby and birth date/weight) in addition to greeting card announcements

-Birthday Presents (do your friends really like Twin Peaks?  How about a magnet set!?)

-Band Pins (your band’s logo or photo to sell at shows with other merch and music)

-Anything else you can dream up in your noggin!

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you’re interested in any of the above or more!

You can reach me at the ol’ gmail at:  littleeyedesigns

Metal Feathers Band Pin with Bumper Sticker Graphic - Click to See Their Page!

You Either Stay Up Late or Get Up Early

…or Both.  Sometimes I do both.

I’ve been rather neglectful of this little corner of the internet.  I like to think of it as the cyber equivalent of my bathroom which, up until I had guests over exactly seven days ago, had been ignored in the same, increasingly inconvenient way.

A little recap, here is what I’ve been busy on:

Poster by Meagan Anderson and Kris Johnsen. $8 on Etsy!

The BIG THAW Portland – she is coming to a Mayo Street Arts Center near you and it’s going to be just brilliant, I am sure of it.

Shallots, $6.50 for 5"x5" Print

I’ve been listing photos on Etsy, which while not totally profitable is getting my work included in lots of treasuries, so I cannot complain.  Above is one the community just couldn’t get enough of the first couple of days it was up.

Metal Feathers is Good.

The ‘busy season’ has started at work again, so I’ve spent less time trolling the internet for awesome things.  But in the meantime, you should probably just check out Mike’s tumblr.  Which is fun to watch because Metal Feathers, my boyfriend’s band, is on their sometimes playing, sometimes heckling the people who are playing.  All in good fun, much like their new album, Contrast Eats the Slimey Green, which is so worth listening to.

Set of 6 Bottle Cap Wine Charms, $8 on Etsy

Lastly, but not leastly, I’ve been working on a new project do develop bottle cap wine charms.  I’m also in to the idea of flipping these guys upside-down and doing custom orders for weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, etc.  The wedding market is truly untapped by Little Eye Designs.  Why, oh why?  First of all, I love weddings.  I love shooting weddings.  So why wouldn’t I furnish them, too?

This is just a little dose for now.  If you’re jonesin’ for some smarmy writing it’s probably better if you go visit The BIG THAW for awhile until all the dust settles in mid-April.  That’s where most of my efforts are, these days!

Wedding Planner #1: Molasses and Sea Foam


Wedding Guide #1: Molasses and Sea Foam by littleeyedesigns on Etsy.

Wedding Guide #1:  Molasses and Sea Foam.

Before we dive in here, let me just be clear on one thing:  Etsy will ruin your life. Treasury-making, to be specific.  I am constantly browsing, marking favorites, lurking to find that perfect inspiration.  I dream of treasuries at night.  I eat them for breakfast!  I have no time to wash my armpits.  This is terrible!

Or, perhaps the absolute most perfect thing for a latent art student who hasn’t had a chance to edit photographs together in four years.  (Sad!)  How you pay $30,000 for this very specialized skill, I’m trying to remember.  Point is, these just feel so right!

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All my treasuries can be found at the ‘Shopping Guides‘ tab at the top of the page.

However, I’ve started a series of treasuries that I’m especially fond of:  curating items for weddings based on varying color schemes.  I’ll be featuring these as entries and going in to a little more detail about the products I selected.  Why?  Because:  a) weddings are the most awesome versions of theme parties, ever. and b) every little girl wants a tricked out wedding and if you don’t think so you’re just in denial.

That brings me to #1!  Molasses and Sea Foam.

It’s a totally ridiculous combination of textures and tastes, but the whole chocolate and sea salt thing is in right now so I’m feeling pretty good about it.  A wedding color scheme with teals, sea foam and turquoise grounded by earthy, brown chocolate is sophisticated, youthful and everything looks just absolutely edible.

Here are some highlights:

 

50s XXs/XS Tiered Cream Gown by flourclothing on Etsy.

This is your wedding dress.

Well, it doesn’t have to be.  And I would suggest unless you’re one of the two people I know who are under 5’2″ and weigh less than 110lbs. you probably shouldn’t attempt getting in this XXS dress for fear of explodin’ a beautiful piece of antique clothing.  The flounce on the tiered skirt layers starts at about bellybutton height and is childishly adorable – I think some wrist-length lace-finished ladies’ gloves are in order, here.

 

Vintage Mink Stole, $95, from detroitpicker on Etsy.

Pobody’s Nerfect.

If you have a major problem with fur (like I do) and a sense of humor (like I do) this one’s a noodle-scratcher.  My friend, Kate, has one of these and it is absolutely one of the most sickly fun things to play with.  Vintage fur is kind of like getting Grandma’s beautiful engagement ring that you KNOW is from a bad time and place in manufacturing history.  So if you’re totally grossed out — sorry, I completely understand.  But in the interest of aesthetics, this mink stole (handed down for at least 40 years now) would be an excellent accent in the getaway limo/car/boat when you and your brand new hubby are off to see the world on a whirlwind honeymoon.

 

Sea of Blue Vintage Collage Bracelet, $52 by lonkoosh on Etsy.

Holy found objects, Batman!

This is a really gorgeous collection of vintage jewelry finds all coming together to make one simply charming piece.  It’s dainty and feminine while chunky and bold.  This covers your something old AND blue.  Lucky!

 

Check back for the next Wedding Planner treasury, featuring… Mustard and Midnight!

I Spy With My Little Eye: November

It’s been awhile since I’ve had time to troll the internet for excellent things, but luckily I’m stuck in bed right now, unable to move left or right for fear of upsetting what little food I could eat, all because my adorable niece, Kiley, wanted to share her stomach flu with me.  Thanks, sweet potato!  Now I’m looking for beautiful things, handmade or not, that remind me of November.

#5.  Angela Adams, “Emma” wallet in Earth

How could I not? $110 at Angela Adams

Let’s be honest, really.  When a neighbor like Angela Adams has such an acute sense of style and a clear vision from inspiration you can’t help but try and justify spending a third of your paycheck (wait, that’s just me?  damn it!) on a beautiful leather wallet.  I chose the longer version because I think in November it’s the perfect time to carry a long, skinny purse with a long, skinny wallet in it.  You should probably also be wearing a long, camel’s hair peacoat and some kind of felt or wool cloche.

Speaking of cloche…

#4.  Queen of Hats – Ivana Cloche by Diva

Ivana Cloche by Diva. $100 at Queen of Hats.

Have you seen Boardwalk Empire, the new HBO series with Steve Buscemi?  If not you should do everything in your power to sweet talk a friend with cable so you can.  It will single-handedly bring back the good parts of 1920s style like cloches and rich fabrics falling off-the-shoulder while leaving things like tan stockings behind.  Thanks again, HBO.  All I want in this world is a cloche, which must be French for ‘the most perfect head adornment that makes everyone look flirtatious.‘  Queen of Hats is one of my favorite stores on Congress St. with probably my most favorite shop owner in town.  She drinks her coffee black and always has a remarkable hat on her head.  I oh-so-badly want to shoot their product sometime, someday, it is so unique and inspiring.

#3.  Ivory-Colored Pearl Necklace from Dutch Pearl on Etsy

Simple. $75 at Dutch Pearl on Etsy.

Whenever I’m staring down the barrel of the winter months in Maine I have a tendency to simplify.  Where I might have combined hot pink tights with a navy blue tunic a couple months ago, it’s now time conserve energy and go with what’s always been right.  Pearls are just one of these things.  Dutch Pearl is consistently one of the most prolific posters of items in the Portland area on Etsy.  Her pieces are simple and striking.  And, luckily, at $75 this means I may be able to pay my electric bill and look wonderful all in the same week.

#2.  Straight Curves Mug by Agru on Etsy

Straight Curves Mug, $22 at Agru's Shop.

You can be head-to-toe together in November but without a place to put your coffee, you’ll be lost.  I like this mug because it’s simple and it doesn’t look like it would be too heavy.  Mugs really are the best branch of the cup family tree.  Their sole purpose is to carry beverages that usually have caffeine in them or, for a change, soup.  These are two great things to put in your feed hole.  Now I have this picture in my head of a lady, clad in camel hair coat and cloche, a strand of pearls around her neck with a sweet little wallet.  She’s having a cup of coffee at a local cafe…but oh, what is she missing?

#1.  OBVIOUSLY, a vintage Mamiya C330

The perfect camera. Click to visit blog for photo source.

The perfect accessory.  All 1.7kgs dangling from your neck, passers-by can not help but stare, trip over their feet or ask plenty of questions.  It seems everyone I meet has a father who ‘had one of these when I was a kid!’ so it’s heartwarming every time someone stops to talk.  But more importantly, it takes images that look like this:

Bradbury Mountain, 2008.

Everything looks older and wiser.  You have to use your noggin to use this camera and I like that very much.  You have to be an enterprising risk-taker to pop a roll of film in a medium format FILM camera these days.  I like that, too.  I suggest searches on Etsy, Ebay and a visit to B&H (either in Manhattan or online) to try and find your own.