Feel like winning some stamps?
We're having a Christmas Competition over on the Darkroom Door blog!
Are you buying handmade this Christmas?
I've been wanting to start up an Etsy store for a while now, and I finally took the plunge! I only have the one type of product on there at the moment, but what a fine product it is ;)
If you're interested, check it out here!
Here are some more photos from Pete & Fran's wedding.....
So there you go... a small look into the wedding. Of course there are many many more that I could have shared, but I had to stop somewhere!! Didn't want to embarrass them too much! One of the benefits of being a photographer at a wedding is you get to spend the whole day with the newlyweds. From preparation right through the ceremony, formal photos, then through the reception. I was so lucky :) I had so much fun with them. I love being with Pete & Fran, as they are so enthusiastic about everything they do. The energy just rubs off onto you, and you can't help but feel like you can conquer the world!
Congratulations you two... enjoy the journey.
I was reading Jennifer McGuire's blog today (go and check it out! I'll wait for you to come back.... ok maybe you won't come back cause there's so much to look at on there. So read this first ;)
Anyway - on her blog today she shared a video on resist techniques. If you're not familiar with stamping resist, Jennifer runs you through several different fun ideas. I've been playing with resist lately (I have an article coming out soon about it), and so I had most of the supplies already out on my desk. When Jennifer asked her readers what was the first stamp we ever bought, I immediately thought of an old Hero Arts sun stamp that I have. It's not the first stamp I ever had (I really can't remember the first one!) but this was certainly one of the first Hero Arts ones I purchased. So just for fun I've created a little gift card using a resist technique and the Hero Arts stamp :)
Stamps: Hero Arts 'Happy Sun' E1452, 'Box of Words" LL001
Distress Ink: Spiced Marmalade & Mustard Seed, Versamark
Embossing Powder: Ranger Antiquities Crystal
Other: Ribbons, tag and rhinestones (It was the first time I've used rhinestones for his eyes! I love how newer product can bring life to older stamps!)
Do you know your first ever stamp? I challenge you to pull it out and create something with it! Please leave a link in the comments here so we can have a look too!
And don't forget to check out Jennifer's blog!
Specifically Monday nights show?
We were in the mosh pit right up the front of the band on the right hand side. If you watch some of the videos from the show, you can see us briefly in a few of them. We had made signs (with Ranger stickles!) for each of the three remaining contestants and you can see them sometimes too. Mind you, the signs were a last minute thought, so they're not extravagant. The glitter was still drying as we were waiting in line to go in, but with the wind outside, they dried right up just in time.
I loved watching the whole process of the show, from what goes on behind the scenes to how different the sound is in the studio compared to what you see on the TV. I thought that Luke sounded a lot better live than he comes across on TV. But Wes, he just rocked the house whether it's in the studio or watching on TV. My money's on him for the grand finale this Sunday.
Here's a couple of other photos...
1. Interviews with the final two Luke & Wes.
4. Final two Wes & Luke do a quick photo shoot on the stage.
So there you go....! While we were there, Stew, Ethan & Zoë were watching at home, and Ethan was the first to spot us on the TV. Apparently he was so excited! 'THERE'S MUMMMMMM!!!!' LOL.
Here's the link to the website to see the videos.
I have been going through the photos from Pete & Fran's wedding, and with hundreds to choose from it has been a hard task to just show a few here. Especially since I'm such a proud sister!!!!
But here are a few from the ceremony...
Oh, and here's a story... Just before the ceremony, my camera decided to break! The lock up mirror crunched and fell apart during an exposure. It was the most horrible sound, and my heart sank. It was totally unusable. I couldn't believe it. My trusty Canon 5D had spit the dummy, and of all days! I was outwardly calm, but I could have really said some profane words right then!! I was certainly thinking them. The only good thing about the timing was it happened before the ceremony, so I did have 5 minutes to sort it all out.
Luckily I had another camera I could use. Not the same as my original set up (I only own one 5D body), so I had to concentrate far more than I usually need to. But it was fine. The show went on, and I captured it all :)
More photos soon...
Pete and Fran's wedding was beautiful. Such a wonderful celebration with close family and friends. The weather was perfect - even rained in the morning to freshen up the botanical gardens and give the happy couple a dose of good luck :)
There are hundreds of photos, and I want to spend some time going through them thoroughly. But I wanted to show one at least!! This is Rohan (the best man) holding the wedding rings. I'll be back soon with more....
First, my brother Pete. He's had a girlfriend called Frances for quite a few years now. We first met her when we went out to a concert together in about 1999 or 2000. I can't quite remember the date. But we liked her. She was fun - and dare I say it, even MORE happy go lucky and excitable than Pete. What a match!
Fast forward to this year. Fran was planning a trip to France. Pete couldn't go because he wasn't able to get time off work (she was going for 4 weeks). Fran left for Paris, and two weeks later Pete goes missing! According to his answering machine, he was on a secret mission. Long story short, he surprised Fran in Paris... they went on a hot air balloon ride... went to a castle... and he asked her to marry him.
Tomorrow, in front of the sundial above, they will wed.
I'm the photographer. So there'll be pictures :)
Let's hope the rain holds off!
I've been home from Melbourne for a couple of weeks now, but have been so busy from exhibiting Darkroom Door at two trade shows that I've not had much time to update the blog with photos or news. But I wanted to still share these photos from our time in Melbourne when we traveled there for the Paperific Trade show.
The beauty of doing trade shows these days is that I get to travel with Stew! It is so different. We used to always travel together years ago, but the past few years I have been traveling alone. I still do a fair bit of lonesome traveling, which means I just sleep or read on the planes... but it's such a treat to have Stew to talk to when he travels with me. We were really busy while in Melbourne for Paperific, and didn't have much time off, but one night we managed to get out for a nice dinner. We didn't have plans, just went into the heart of Melbourne and walked around until we found somewhere we liked. We walked up Degraves St and found a bunch of cafes. We ate at the Andiamo Cafe.
Then walking further down the laneway we came across a nice paper store.
And beside it was a clothing store. New Darkroom Door uniforms perhaps? I told Stew he'd look great in the black one ;) Ha.
Photos of the actual trade show can be seen here.