Boost Your Roost Contest Winner

October 18th, 2012

Hey there everyone!  I’m excited to announce that after all the votes are in, the winner of the Boost Your Roost Contest sponsored by House Logic has been chosen as the worthy Smith family.   House Logic has awarded the family a $20,000 renovation which will include building them an accessible backyard the family can enjoy together.  

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Throughout the next five weeks a portion of the backyard renovation will be revealed and readers who watch the video documenting the makeover will have the chance to enter to win $1,000.  To enter, readers watch videos and answer quizzes, and after all of the videos have been revealed, a winner will be announced.  All the details can be found over at House Logic.

Hop on over to House Logic to meet this sweet family and see the beginnings of the remodel, and enter yourself for a chance to win $1,000!


*This post is sponsored by HouseLogic, a website for homeowners from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. HouseLogic offers solutions to help you enjoy, improve and maintain your home while connecting with others who also value homeownership.


Styling and Shooting: Five Things I’ve Learned

October 17th, 2012

I’m constantly experimenting with photo styling as I continue on this blog journey, and I absorb inspiration from all sorts of places, from magazines, food stylists, prop stylists, Pinterest too.  One of the things I’m always looking to improve is my photography.  I’ve come a long way since the beginning of this blog in 2009 but I think I still have a way to go, I aim high!

When I look at the portfolios of professional stylists, I’m always so impressed and inspired, and when I’ve had the opportunity to work or converse with them, I try to learn a thing or two from their many talents.  Here are five tips I’ve learned in the past year when it comes to styling and photographing a project, scene, recipe, or room.

Shoot from Above.   Taking a picture of a scene from a bird’s eye view is one additional angle to consider when taking pictures of your latest tablescape, project, or recipe.  This can be complicated for larger scenes because you need a lens that can capture all of the subject matter and the advantage of height above it, and it doesn’t work with everything, but it’s a great trick to keep in the back of your mind when you’re taking pictures from the side, think about snapping a picture from a high above angle too.

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Agent Bauer

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Halloween tablescape for Dabble Magazine

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The Marion House Book


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