Fox5 Good Day Atlanta – “Making Memories”

I was so delighted and humbled to be invited to chat with Fox5 Good Day Atlanta earlier last month on “Making Memories.”  It was really special this time because the crew came on sight to my home to showcase some easy and beautiful ways to decorate your space with your space with photographs.

I am a big believer of printing and archiving your beloved captures – whether they are your mobile pictures or from a professional photographer.  Here are a few simple ways to uniquely display them in your home!

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Session Share: Jack, 5 and 1/2 Years Old

I am incredibly lucky in that I have clients who trust me in finding the best locations for our photo shoots.

For Jack’s 5 and 1/2 year photo shoot, I wanted to try something different and unique that would make any 5 year old come alive.  Pair PERFECT Atlanta weather with the Atlanta Fair, and you just might have a day that he’ll remember for a very, very long time!

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Alice’s Easter Bunting DIY

I love mixing photography with Lyon’s artistic talents, and in this easy, “green” DIY, I’ve found the perfect way to combine both!

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You Will Need:
Cardboard (you can use recycled cereal boxes to keep this DIY green and cheap!)
Scissors or X-acto
Glue
Your favorite photos (printed – don’t cut originals!)
Watercolors or acrylic craft paints
Paintbrushes
Markers
Blank paper
Clothespins
Twine, string, or yarn

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1. Find your favorite helper and give him some blank paper, a paintbrush, and free reign over the paint and watch the magic happen!

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2. While your helper is creating beautiful art, cut your cardboard into 4″ x 8″ strips. You will need about 10. They will be long so you can fold them in half!
3. Create a paper stencil of an egg shape that will fit on your finished 4″ x 4″ bunting square.
4. Trace your egg stencil onto each strip of cardboard.

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5. Cut out each egg from the cardboard.

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6. Next, cut the (dry!) artwork into 3.5″ x 3.5″ squares, and cut your photos so the focal point will show through your egg cut-out.

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7. Fold the cardboard in half and paste down the artwork and photos.

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8. Apply glue to the top of the cardboard, and sandwich the art in between. Use your clothespins to secure them and let dry.

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9. While the bunting is drying, use markers to decorate around the egg cut-outs.

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10. Once everything is dry, clip clothespins to the top of each bunting, and loop string through and secure. I wanted to alternate photos in between Lyon’s paintings!

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11. Then hang in a special place!

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Park Family Vacation

Greetings from the most magical place in the world! The Park family is enjoying quiet time this week spending Spring Break with family and at Disney World…

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My little sister delivered a healthy baby girl, and our families could not be more in love with her.

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Introducing Miss Lyra Penelope Ho. Born on Tuesday, April 8th at 12:19pm.
Official birth announcement will be going out soon.

And the 3 of us kids are spending the rest of the week indulging our almost 3-year-old in the coolest kid destination in the world. Disney has changed quite a bit since when I was little.

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Happy Spring Break Everyone from the Parks!

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Alice’s Easter Egg Silhouette DIY with Free Printable!

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You Will Need:
Wooden Eggs (or real ones!)
Scissors or an X-acto
1 Tube White Craft Paint
Several tubes of your favorite craft paint colors
Paintbrushes
Contact Paper
Printed Silhouette of Your Child (make sure you’ve sized it to fit on the egg – about 1 and 1/4″ tall!)
Alice’s Free Printable Silhouette Sheet

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1. First, cover a small area of each egg with white paint. Make sure the white area will be larger than your silhouette! This will be what shows through at the end. You may need a few coats.

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2. While your paint is drying, gather your silhouettes. You can use a photo of your own child, or download my Free Printable!
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* Download Free Printable Here! *

3. Cut out a square of contact paper, and lay it over the silhouettes, clear side up. Trace the outline of each silhouette with a non-smudgy marker.
4. Then, carefully cut out each silhouette.

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5. Peel off the backing of the contact paper and press it onto the white surface of your egg. You may need to use your palm to apply pressure.

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6. Time for colors! Select your desired color and sweep the paint from the center of the silhouette outward – this will ensure that you have nice, clean edges.

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7. Finish covering the egg in paint, and repeat steps 5 and 6 on the rest of the eggs.

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9. And voila! You have gorgeous silhouettes for this year’s decor! One great idea would be to take an updated silhouette photo of your child every year and start a collection.

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Hope to see all of your Easter Egg Silhouettes this year!

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Session Share: Grayson, 7 Months Old

I recently spent the afternoon with this family on the most perfect Spring Day. After a what seemed like half a year of Winter, we were so blessed with the sun, the blooms, and a beautiful, happy-spirited child! I just adore these 7 month portraits of Grayson.

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Fun Bloggers to Follow!

The blogs I follow has evolved quite a bit over the years. When blogging first became popular, it was right around the time I was getting married so naturally I loved all things wedding and wedding planning. Then, I became fascinated with design blogs, cooking, baking, decor, DIY, house hunting, and now I’m currently obsessed with blogs that focus on child-rearing, sleep training, and nursery design. Go figure!

Along the way, I’ve kept up with some pretty incredible bloggers who are just so real and witty and stylish and fun. Here are some of my all-time favorites:

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Gabrielle’s blog has transformed quite a bit over the years too. She is a mother of 6, a designer, and also the founder of the infamous AltSummit that I have yet to attend! I love Gabrielle’s clean and senseless aesthetics. The Home Tours are so much fun, and she gets moms and children more than most people I know. Pretty awesome.

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2) Little House Blog

The title caught me. Lindsay and her husband are self-proclaimed DIY-ers. Their house transformations are amazing… But what I love about Lindsay’s blog is her style and love for bargain-hunting. Beautiful design can cost a fortune, and many times – it’s well worth it. But you can find such great treasures if you know how to hunt, repurpose, and have a good eye. Be sure to check out some of their Ikea Hacks!

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3) Oh So Beautiful Paper

This is where my obsession with paper goods and stationary and gorgeous invites started. There, I said it.

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4) Oh Happy Day

Such a fun & happy place that I love to get party-planning inspiration from. And I love the photography!

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5) Oh Joy!

Joy is the everyday girl. The bright, fun, happy girl that is so easy to make friends with. Oh, but she’s also a mom and an incredibly talented graphic designer! I have loved watching Joy’s career completely take off over the years…. Even with rejection from jobs she worked so hard from, she stayed humble and resilient and kept on putting herself out there. Now, Joy has collaborations that designers can only *dream* of, she’s authored 2 books, and she has a following that is unreal.

That’s what I love about bloggers. I don’t know them personally, but because they’re so transparent through their online presence, I feel like I’m qualified to dictate their life story. It’s funny that way.

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6) A Beautiful Mess

Pretty self-explanatory. Lots of great content and written by two smart chics!

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7) Young House Love

This blog follows the journey of a young couple re-doing & updating one room at a time in their house. They also mix in a little bit about their growing family, projects outside of the home, and easy transformations that others have shared. Everytime I visit, I’m inspired by a new project for Kyu and I to tackle! It’s a love-hate relationship.

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8) Pretty Plain Janes

This is a new blog, written by 2 incredibly NOT plain Janes. One of the writers, Brandy J is a good friend of mine, and I’ve been a big fan of her style. I love this blog because it’s the perfect mix of style, cooking, house projects, beauty and fashion. And when they post about their two daughters, you just want to melt…. Jettie and Lyon are about the same age, and well – that’s a whole other blog post! I also love how emotionally connected you feel to these bloggers because of their writing. Little personal anecdotes on life that make you feel great inside as a mother, wife, friend, and diva. It’s a great daily read and they’ve done a fabulous, fabulous job with it!

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I have so many more favorites, but these are some of the few I follow daily. What bloggers do you love?

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Session Share: Clyde, 10 months old

You may recognize the adorable faces of this family. Baby #2 arrived last Fall, and we just finished the 2nd session of their series. Some of my favorites…

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Go Do It.

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Featured: StyleBlueprint Faces of Atlanta

I was so thrilled and humbled to be featured in one of my favorite online publications. StyleBlueprint is a local lifestyle publication that expands across many cities in the Southeast.  They cover home design, fashion, recipes, local shops and restaurants, and a favorite weekly series which showcases woman in the community – their “FACES of” series.  It’s the perfect publication for the everyday woman who likes to be “in the know.”

When their editor reached out to me, of course I was so delighted and humbled.  And then when they sent a photographer to photograph me, I got a little nervous ;)  There is a reason I love staying behind the lens during photo shoots!

I love chatting about how my photography has evolved over the years and how motherhood has influenced everything that I do now.  There were a number of routes I could have taken with my brand and business, but when Lyon joined our family, it was incredibly important that I shift my business around him and his needs, rather than the other way around.  It was fun and meaningful talking about that during our interview.

If you have a chance, take a peak at the feature here!
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