Sunday, April 29, 2012

New Blogsite Launched!

Hi folks!  I've been focusing and putting my energy towards my passion, Coach House Pictures for the past 2 weeks.  And my goal was to merge the 2 platforms (blog + website) together to help create a more cohesive brand.  I also wanted one place to direct clients, bloggers, and friends to come and connect as well.  So after much thought I finally found a blogsite platform that seamlessly has everything I was looking for!  I was a bit scared and hesitant at first because it runs on Wordpress (I'm still feeling my way around) but the more and more I use it I find it to be as equally user friendly as blogger is. Joe and I are passionate about getting our photo business to flourish and re branding our site is just one of the steps we feel will help us take that next step in the right direction.  

With a heavy heart I have decided to step away from posting on this blog (for now) so I can focus my energy and time to blogging over at the Coach House Pictures blog.  On the new blog I  will still be posting about inspirations but with more of a focus on the business of photography and of course our photography as well. 

I feel like I am leaving my first baby, because I've worked hard and passionately for the past few years  to build and grow this blog to where is it today.  But at the same time I am over the moon excited to focus my energy on what I love to do and share and connect with a great supportive online community!  I love what I have built here and I am not deleting this blog, I am simply stepping away for a while to dedicate more of my time to CHP.  I'd love to stay connected with you!  To help me do this as well I've already added a friends list on my sidebar so we can continue to exchange ideas, thoughts, and inspirations.  You can also connect with me through twitter, facebook, and Instagram @coachhousepictures.  

I want to give a BIG thanks to Theresa, Leah, Tori, and Lauren for inspiring me to focus and follow my heart! You ladies are inspirational and I am so glad you are in my life! 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Free Photo Download for Earth Month!

Maybe it's the Eco conscious, earth loving side of me that really stops and thinks about ways to be kinder more gentler to the planet especially as Earth Day is fast approaching! Besides recycling everything, using reusable water bottles, using real cutlery at work for lunch, shopping second hand for furniture, taking the train to work, and buying organic/local when possible what else would you recommend I add to the daily earth friendly rotation?

As a reminder to stay green and to do your share for this beautiful planet that gives us such enjoyment I'm including this free moss heart print as a free download today. Click here to find it in my flickr album. Continue to live green lovelies!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

IKEA Family Live

Have you heard of this great source of interior inspiration known as IKEA Family Live?  I just found out about it last week and am excited to be sharing some of my favorite interior shots with you today!  My favorite thing about this site is that all the homes are real! You can tell, too..they just feel so comfy and lived in, love it!  All of these images can be found under the home stories page, where you can see and read in more detail about the singles, couples, and families that have transformed there spaces to work for them and their living needs.  I find it so fascinating to see how people from around the world set up their homes.  Don't you? Enjoy browsing through these archives!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

DIY: Photo Booth Roundup

::one: :Giant Paper Flowers  ::two:: Bling Ring   ::three:: Cardboard Heart

::four:: Fabric Strips  ::five:: Lace Fabric  ::six:: Chalkboard  ::seven:: Lilys

With wedding plans on the brain this week, especially since we are taking a tour of The Grove Redfield Estate tomorrow morning (eekk..super excited)!  One of the elements of our wedding that we want to include is a photo booth...naturally!  And since we are doing everything DIY style I created a sweet roundup of fun props and backdrop ideas I'm loving right now.  Have you been to a wedding recently where they had a photo booth?  If yes, what did you think?  

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Current State of Mind

quote found via Pintrest

This weekend I took a trip over to my local floral shop Larkspur to pick up some of these beauties to do a mini photo shoot indoors. I was in need of a mood boost, since the skies were grey and my heart was a little down.  Nothing to do with recent family health events, they are all fine and well, thanks... I think this quote  just speaks to how I've been feeling lately.  

Monday, April 2, 2012

Day Trip: Lake Geneva

Remember this trip we packed for the other week?  Well funny thing happened when we got to our destination...I was all excited to take pictures and then I realized that I forgot my memory card for my camera.  Luckily Joe had brought his Holga and as always have the trusty iphone to take snapshots as well.  So that's exactly what we did. The reason for the delay on these was that we had to wait to get the film processed!  Haha, remember those days? I especially loved the way the holga pics turned out...soft and dream like!  It was worth bringing along, I'll say!

Thanks for all the well wishes this weekend!  I feel fresh and energized and ready to take on a new week!  How was your weekend?   Oh and Happy April to you today too :)