A Little Family Love and Intro


She is the first of my family to “introduce” you to… This little girl steals my heart every day…she is our middle one and is already  7 years old!! How is that possible?

Isn’t she a cutie?

She has recently fallen in LOVE with Taylor Swift and her first music love, it is so sweet to watch her learn the songs and sing them. She loves art and creates beautiful rainbow pictures for me frequently. She is also a math wiz and has become very interested in science. But it is also so interesting watching the difference between boys and girls (our oldest is a boy – intro will come soon). And as with any little girl she loves pink and purple. She doesn’t like the cold, good thing we live in the south.

Coming soon – introductions to our other two sweet kids.

So when I’m not creating art or managing the technical side of an architectural project you will find me loving on my sweet kiddos and spending time with my family.

Until next time,


Wordless Wednesday


8 Tips to Creating Your Vacation Story

Going on vacation soon? Want to capture those special moments, places and memories? Here are a few tips to help you create your story and capture those memories. I always like to have my pictures and scrapbooks tell the story, and I can’t wait to do some scarp booking again soon.

  • This may sound silly but make sure you have your battery(s), charger, memory cards and any other camera accessories you may need. Yep, I’ve left the charger behind before.
  • Perspective – taking a site seeing photo or family photo look at things differently. Shoot from high, low, an angle, get in close, zoom out, and move around don’t standing in the same place and take these shots. You don’t have to keep all those photos, only your favorites.


(Here I took the shot from a balcony looking down over the pool area covered in palm trees)

  • Think in terms of a story – Introduction, Body, Conclusion
    • Take an introduction shot – a sign, landmark, brochure, hotel – start the story.

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         (The entrance to the park, this will be the beginning of the scrap book with a short story about our trip)

  • As you go through your day take several snapshots of the sites, family, close-ups, signs, patterns, color, unique vegetation. This is the body of your story
  • Take your end shot – what was the last thing on the tour, that you did that day?
  • Now you have a story of images for your scrapbook, maybe a wall display but most of all you have the story of that vacation captured.
  • Be candid – take fun, candid, un-posed shots. Capture the eyes, smiles, tears, screams – the emotion and personality of the vacation.
  • Locals – try to capture images that represent the local culture and the heritage of your destination. This could be the people, the architecture, the shops, the grocery store or market, there are so many things that define a destination.


(The sign of the local restaurant we love)

  • Details – get in close and capture the small pieces of objects, signs, brochures. Look for repetition of a pattern, texture, color, small pieces of the details. These can make for great backgrounds in scrapbooks or compliment the collage you can create later.
  • Lots of Pictures! If shooting digital don’t be afraid to take lots of pictures, you can delete them later but the more you take the better images you’ll get.
  • Ever go on vacation and never get that family shot with the landmark in the background? Don’t forget to capture the family with landmarks, signs, or whatever you want to remember in the background. Take the landmark shot but make sure you get the family there too.

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(You can find this image for sale at www.juliem.pro/shop)

Have a great vacation and get those shots! Until next time, Julie

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