Guest Post: Photography Tips

Did you see the winner of the giveaway? Check it out HERE!

Hi guys! I recently asked Tara, one of my sponsors,  
to give my readers some photography tips. 
Make sure to check Tara's page out,
(after reading her awesome tips, of course!)
you will LOVE her style! 

Without further ado, here is Tara~~

"i am so stoked to be able to talk to you all on this amazing blog. 
don't you all just love emily with all your heart?
i seriously hope some day to be as crafty and cute as she is.

she asked me to share some photo tips with all of you
which is possibly my absolute favorite thing to talk about,
so i will do my best to try and keep it short and sweet,
but i am not making any promises. 
and i am going to focus on photographing people
cause that's my fav. 
but if you guys have any questions at all, 
feel free to contact me at taraphotographics [at] gmail [dot] com

tip number one
always make sure the eyes are sharp & bright
when looking at pictures of people.. the first thing people will look at are the eyes. 
if they aren't sharp, something just feels off
i put my camera on single point AF, lock the focus on the eyes, and then compose the picture from there.
all you need is just a crisp sharpness
and last but not least.. get some light in those peepers!
having bright crisp eyes is night and day for a great picture.

tip number two: 
the awkward foot crop...
this is especially hard with groups or families when you are trying to get everyone looking good at the same time. 
but this will make the difference of "taking a picture" and "making a picture"
anyone can take a picture but it takes an artist to make a picture. 
i actually made this mistake yesterday let me show you…
so i cropped it in and i still have a little bit of foot croppage on Meranda, but it's much better i think.
 so when taking pictures of groups (especially at weddings) show their feet! 
they work hard to look good from head to toe so you should see it.
so i guess what i am saying is crop things intentionally
have fun being creative, but it is in your best interest to not cut people off at their ankles or their toes.
Either photograph all of them or crop in.

tip number three: 
Pay attention to the space above their heads!
Because i took this picture this way.. the only way i could fix it is by cropping it in.
your best bet is to capture the entire subject (head to toe) to give yourself both options (cropped or not cropped)

the space above the head thing can save your pictures.
don't have unnecessary space up there unless it has a purpose.
(like the picture below)

 i hope all of this makes sense. 
and every "rule" has exceptions 
(except for white vignettes and harsh shadows on faces but we will save that for another day. hah.) 
but hopefully this will give you something to think about and experiment with. 
have a fantastic day."
Thanks so much Tara! 
Remember, let her know if you have 
any questions (or leave them in a comment here, and we might have a follow up post!)  
Make sure to check out her awesome blog and drool over the gorgeous pictures.

(I will be linking this up to some of the fabulous blogs found here!)


  Using, we have a winner!

"Burcin said...
Please enter me! following with gfc: Burcin Like on facebook: Burcin Thank you!"
 Congrats Burcin! 
Send me an email with your info and I will get the prize info to you asap!

Stud Earring Holder

  First off, make sure to enter for a chance to win a gorgeous custom charm from Mon Amie Jewelry, HERE!! 
 Giveaway ends this Saturday!
Ok, so do you remember this  earring holder that I made here?

Well, I decided I needed a solution for my stud earrings- 
I've seen lots of cute ideas and tutorials for adding lace to a frame (with no backing),

like this adorable one


I love it, but I don't have a place to put it- except on the wall and honestly,
I'd be too lazy to have to take it up and down every time I get a pair of earrings.

So, I decided to just add a little lace to my frame! 
My hand fits perfectly behind the lace, 
making it super easy to put the earrings on and off.

I just grabbed some extra lace, and tied it around- making a knot in the back! 
P.S. Do you use pinterest
It's SO fun! Need an invite? Shoot me an email. 
Make sure to follow me on pinterest!
I will be linking this up to some of the blogs found here.

Mon Amie Jewelry Giveaway!

It's GIVEAWAY time! 

 Mon Amie Jewelry 
is one of the vendors in the upcoming market


So...what's up for grabs?
 A Custom charm by Mon Amie Jewelry:  
This handmade piece can be customized with your own design or photo (initials, pets, children, ect) or you can visit the Mon Amie etsy shop and pick any charm design you'd like! You can add this pendant to your necklace, bracelet or keys!

To enter this giveaway:
1. Follow my blog and leave a comment! - Required
For extra entries:
2. If you RSVP to the 'For Your Basket Market' here - leave a comment!
3. Like me on FACEBOOK!  - leave a comment here
 The contest will close this Saturday at Midnight PST!
I will be linking this up to some of the blogs found here

New Sponsor and Giveaway!

Hey guys! 
I am so excited to introduce one of my newest sponsors to you!

If you live in or around South Eastern Idaho, then this is something you do NOT want to miss. 
For Your Basket is a handmade and vintage market being held at Taylor Crossing in Idaho Falls next Saturday, the 27th! 
The market features 25 local vendors who offer unique clothing, accessories, art, decor and gifts. 
The first 100 customers to the event will receive a free cupcake from The Cocoa Bean Cafe! 
If you haven't had a cupcake from The Cocoa Bean Cafe, you are missing out-- they are amazing!!
You can see all the info and a list of vendors HERE.

So, since not all of you live close enough to attend-- I will be having a fabulous GIVEAWAY
from one of the vendors starting on Monday!!
Here is a little sneak peak:
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and/or hosting a giveaway, click here for more info.

How To Cover A Breaker Box

Right when you walk into our new town-home,  you see this lovely breaker box...
not the prettiest, eh?

Well, I found this vinyl chalkboard sticker for 70 percent off! 
I figured it was worth the $5!

 I decided to cut around the edge of the frame, for a more custom look. I also decided not to peel the back off-- 
Then I added strips of self adhesive magnets ($3)

 And here is what it looks like! Don't mind my handwriting... or the whiteness of the picture, we get a TON of sunlight in our front room.

See? It really is under there! 

Total Cost for this project:
Less than $8.00! 

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I will be linking this up to some of THESE awesome blogs...


Laundry Money Container

 Unfortunately, our new townhouse does not
have a washer/dryer- or free laundry.
It does have onsite facilities though, so it could be worse.

We've been saving all our quarters for laundry, so I decided to make 
a cute little container for them.

I got this fun vintage glass jar at a thrift store a year or so ago.
With the help of my new
it's now the perfect place to store our quarters!

New Items

 Sorry I've been AWOL lately- 
we are still adjusting to the move. 

I am slowly starting to get my shop back up and running... here are a few things you'll be seeing soon!