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5 unique ways to display photos in your home.

So you went out, had your daughters photos taken for her 5th birthday. You spent tons of money for the outfit, shoes and the photographer to take the images.  You finally made it in to pick up your prints and you're so excited that they are ready. 

3 weeks go by, your prints are still sitting in the same spot they were when you came home and sat them down. 

Ever been there?  I have, and I don't even have any children.  Life is busy and complicated it takes time to plan out the way we want to display the things we love  in our homes.  Not to mention that some of us just have a simple fear of putting something on a wall.  * you know who you are* 

It's a big decision, I get it. 

As a former Interior Designer I know that a person has a zillion ideas of what they want to do and not so much on the actual execution when it comes to designing of those ideas. This is why it's important to start out with a game plan. 

Finding the perfect design that speaks to you is always step 1.  

Do you like a modern look? Maybe something that is more modern? Perhaps a hodgepodge of things. An eclectic style?   Everyone is different, and that is how it should be. 

To take some of the stress away from designing a gallery wall I hit up Pinterest (Perfect afternoon if you ask me) and found some amazing options for different styles of gallery walls just for you. I also made a board for it that you can follow and use to help inspire and make your own Gallery walls.  

To save you time though, I pulled my top 10 favorites that you can totally copy and put in your own home. 

1.  Rebecca Minkoff's Mid Century Modern Apartment Gallery wall Is absolutely STUNNING!!! 

I love the idea of using shelving to host frames vs attaching them to the wall sometimes. It allows more versatility and you're able to change out your frames with no worries of messing up your wall or having to re do the whole thing. This is definitely favorite. 
 

2.  Black on white  by Interior Junkie

For a girl who absolutely LOVES color I sure am attracted to black walls with pops of white.  I also am a big fan of adding in little pieces that are not photos. Like that little drawing figure. 

3.  Matted images vs Frames

No one said you had to FRAME your images. I love this idea because it brings a unique spin on a traditional wall and if you know me. I like anything that is unique and non traditional. 
 

4. White on White by Urban Nesting

As much as I love and am attracted to black walls, I'm also IN LOVE with white walls with pops of color. Something about the clean bright look just makes my heart sing.  If you've ever been in my studio, you'll notice this is a common theme. 

5.  Big Statement pieces

I am a huge fan of BIG over the top statement pieces.  They draw attention and  are fun to look at. If you have kind of a dull space that needs a little life these are the perfect way to do it.  

There are literally so many ideas out there and the key is finding what really speaks to you.  Do you already have unique way of displaying your photos? I'd love to see. Post them to Instagram and tag me in your photo or comment below. 

How I'm Prepping For Mermaid Season

Getting to create magical worlds is one of my favorite things about being a photographer. I love taking an idea and turning it into a reality.  From Costumes to makeup, building or finding the perfect location to photograph in is all part of the journey to creating the perfect image.

One of the cool things about what I do is there are so many ways that I can achieve one idea. If you recall last year in august, I did a mermaid session where I made a costume on the fly,  had my beautiful clients hair and makeup done and we headed out to French park to spend the day playing mermaid. 

It was beautiful and I really enjoyed what came from that session. However, there are always things I'm taking notes on and trying to learn how to do better for next time. So this year to prepare for Mermaid Season - Totally a thing by the way - I've spent some extra time going over my notes to see what I can do differently to make a better image for all you future mermaids. 

When creating images like these it is super important to me that things look real. To say that I am a picky editor is an understatement. I spend an ungodly amount of time editing an image, picking at little details to make sure they are perfect. To me an image is just not worth creating if the texture, depth of field, and photoshop elements don't look like they are real and authentic. When you look at an image I want you to feel like it's a real place and not really question if anything was a photoshop addition or not- even if it was.

One of my big things that I had on my list from last August was definitely mermaid scales. Sure, makeup scales were fantastic and they are great to use if I'm not submerging you in the water but chances are, I am.  And what does makeup do when it hit's water usually?  If your answer was "Washes away" you would be correct. Yes, I know there is makeup out there that will stay in water but It's good to have a back up plan and know how to do what you need without it. 

Another thing on my list was the mermaid tail. Silicone tails can be a pretty penny and I wanted to know how to make a tail that I could change every time I used one because no mermaid is the same.  

To practice what I had learned I dug out some images from my prior session that I didn't release to the public and applied my new skills to them. I didn't add the mermaid tail to these but I promise you that it looks amazing! That you will have to wait and see this upcoming Mermaid Season. 

I love how these new images turned out and I can't wait to get rolling with new projects for this summer. 

If you or someone you know would like to become a mermaid this summer, send me a message or click here to view how dream sessions work. 

The Making Of A Mermaid

What do you think of when you think mermaid?  Probably the kind you see sitting on a sandy beach somewhere, or the little mermaid.  The "Cute" kind of mermaid. 

When I think mermaid a couple different things come to mind: mysterious, beautiful and realistic- sometimes scary.  

I've always wanted to do a mermaid session but if I was going to do one I didn't want it to be your typical style, I wanted to showcase an air of mystery and beauty that in my point of view mermaids should have. Not necessarily the "Disney" spin on it because let's get serious. Mermaids are kind of badass bitches! 

To prepare for the session, I made a Shell top, Shell crown and a shimmery tail that looked more like scales than printed fabric and one that could also be easily put on during the session as I was pretty sure we would be hiking to our destination- and I was correct! 

Our original spot we were going to shoot was Sharon Woods In Cincinnati Ohio. They have a couple waterfall areas there that looked like a perfect location. Not to deep of water but enough to put someone in. However, about 2 hours before the session started mother nature decided to let all hell break loose and shower our city with some crazy rain!  When we pulled up to the location the water was basically White Water status. - not safe for merladies! 

We ended up moving to French Park and found several beautiful spots in the woods with easily accessible mini falls.  It really was the perfect place except for some bees that stung my assistant for the day.  - Sorry Ellen!!! :(

 

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I decided to go with two different "looks"  Some images have Stephanie, our lovely mermaid wearing white contacts to showcase more so what something out of the ocean would look like and then some without. 

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 All in all this was probably one of my favorite shoots and I can't wait to do more like it.  One thing we did realize though when we were walking back is that none of us had ever seen a "Plus size" Mermaid.  I want to set the record straight right this very moment....  YOU CAN BE A MERMAID NO MATTER WHAT SIZE YOU ARE!!

Anyway.

I hope you have enjoyed this look in on my first mermaid session and if you're interested in becoming a mermaid or have other ideas Please feel free to ask! 
 

Till next time!
Xoxo - Jess