Happy weekend, my friends! I hope you are enjoying the Housewarming Party! You all are so thoughtful and share yourselves so freely with me, so I thought this would be a great time to share a bit more of myself with you. How about a look behind the scenes?
When you watch people online, you truly have no idea what kind of work and time goes into a blog, videos, social media, etc…and I’m always fascinated myself when people give a peek behind the scenes.
I wanted to share a bit more about how this blog and branding make over came to be…specifically about the photos for the new home.
I knew I was going to need a few carefully chosen outfits…so I grabbed my friend, Erika Post, and went to the mall! Erika loves her some Pinterest and knew just how to put outfits together. This shopping trip was pretty much an all day affair and we had a ball!
Erika snapped some photos along the way (the first one cracks me up – you can see her in the mirror, lol!)…these photos are a far cry from what we ended up with, right? please excuse the quality…
I also knew I was going to have to get the photos done by a professional. I did some research and found five different photographers.
The first four were really good…but the fifth one that I checked out was INCREDIBLE! When I looked at the photos on her website, it was like they had come straight out of a magazine. I knew she was the one. Her name is Abby Carter Franklin and you can check her work out here.
The photo shoot took an entire day. I was up bright and early and headed to my friend, Rosa’s salon (on the left in the After photo). Rosa and I go waaay back – back to the days when I was doing scrapbooking classes in my home!
She got her classes for free and every few months, she’d do my hair before she left. I’d walk around with color on my hair as she finished up her pages.
When I got to the salon, I was really nervous! All these crazy thoughts were running through my head…what if it rained? What if the photographer didn’t show up (sorry, Abbie!), what if I didn’t like my hair when she was done? (sorry, Rosa!), what if my clothes were all wrong? What if the giant zit on my cheek couldn’t be covered up?
Yeah, I worked myself into a tizzy. That’s when Rosa handed me a glass of wine. You know the drill…it’s 5:00 somewhere!
Lyndi (on the right in the photo above) did an amazing job with the make-up, too…I was pleased with the results! But I did have one worry… I had more make up on than I’d ever had before. They assured me that under the lights, I was going to need it, otherwise my features would wash out.
When I arrived home, the photographer was already at the house. PHEW! AND she had already driven around to scope out some locations for the shoot. All the photos in the orange dress and teal shirt were right in my neighborhood.
I showed Abbie all my clothing options and she really was the one that decided what outfits I would wear in which photos. I think she completely NAILED IT!
The photo shoot took just over 3 hours in four different locations…at first I was nervous and a bit uptight, I would say. But Abbie has a natural ability to make you at ease and I ended up having a blast with the shoot!
I have a funny to share before I go…when I got the photos back I had to LAUGH! The room, my hair, make-up, clothes…all dressed up. But I still, no matter how hard I tried, could not reach perfection.
Take a peek at my stamping table…the top shelf on the left near the basket…that is my pile of scraps and leftovers that need to be filed away. And look at the middle right of the photo, you can see a pile-o-junk on the floor between the two tables.
Pretty much sums me up. I try to be professional, but I just can’t shake my imperfect nature. So, will you be on my page? Fun, but not perfect?
What did I learn from all of this? Besides perfection being nearly impossible for me to achieve, it is that taking care of yourself and having a day of fun is essential.
As women, we get so busy taking care of everyone else. Running everyone around, making sure everyone else is happy. Sometimes, taking a day to play dress up, or be pampered, or play super model is absolutely necessary. I highly recommend planning something big for yourself: a retreat in nature, a spa day, or yes, even a photo shoot, so you can keep being that reliable amazing person for everyone else in your life.
Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your busy day to peek behind the scenes with me. All of the support and love that have surrounded me over the years of having this blog have lifted me up, created happiness in my life and have made me a better person. Thank you for being here and being a part of my journey.