Gift Guide for the City Guy

Christmas is almost here, and hopefully all of you have your gifts bought and ready to go. To put it lightly... I just started shopping THIS WEEK. Busyness or procrastination, call it what you want... I do better under pressure. 

For the longest time, I used to absolutely dread this time of year, because my husband is a little hard to shop for. Now that we've been together four years today (!!), I have a pretty good sense of his style and things that he would love, but it used to be so hard! Why, you may ask? Those of you who know my husband know that he has very particular interests. He watches sports occasionally, and would probably appreciate a tie (or at least the thought), but let's be real. There's a new type of guy out there. Let's call him the modern gentleman, if you will.

If you are dating, engaged, or married to one of these guys and are at a loss as to what to buy him, hopefully some of these suggestions help :)


1// Custom Library Stamp

 If your guy is an avid reader and has started a collection, chances are he would LOVE a custom library stamp to give those beloved books that extra personal touch if they're borrowed by someone else. I love this stamp from Besotted Brand.


2// Men's Bag

A man's bag has to be just right, in my opinion. My husband used to prefer backpacks, now he carries a Brooklyn Industries bag. There are many bags out there to choose, but some of these bags just look cool and smart, yanno? Everlane has some great bags on their website right now, for a reasonable cost. I adore the Snap Backpack. 

If your husband is a videographer or photographer, I'd recommend the Kelly Moore Thirst Relief bag. Isn't this bag to die for? SO MANY COMPARTMENTS -- and customizable too!


3// Print for the office or at home

I'm loving the artwork that has been coming out the last year that has really focused on cities in general. CityFabric has these incredible prints of the neighborhoods of select cities around the world. If city life inspires you in general, how amazing would it be to have a print like this in your space? 



4// Pint Glass [from their favorite brewery]

My husband is a little bit of a beer connoisseur... no generic Budweiser or Miller for him. He likes obscure microbrews that no one has ever heard of. When we went to NYC, we toured the Brooklyn Brewery, which turned out to be his favorite beer on tap. If we were thinking straight, we probably would've snagged a pint glass from the shop. If your guy is similar, perhaps a pint glass from their favorite beer company would do the trick :)


5// iPhone case

Make every accessory count! Our phones are whipped out at all times... why not make them a cool statement piece? I've been loving J. Crew's leather iPhone case and these cool Jack Spade (Kate Spade's counterpart) iPhone cases lately... 


6// Modern Reading Light

When you read, you want to have a clear head and be in a relaxed, inspiring environment. Part of that is taking steps to make your reading experience very personalized by making your reading space your own. This lamp from Restoration Hardware pretty much slays you with coolness. Let's be honest. [AND it's on clearance!]


And there you have it! This was a quick guide for sure, but thought it might help shed some light for those of us whose husbands are a little harder to shop for :)




The Herwig Family

The Herwig family and I met up last week on an absolutely beautiful fall afternoon to get some fun family photos for the year. Aaron, Emily, Holly, Heidi, and Brady are definitely a group that is on the hustle from one activity (sports, church, volunteering) to another, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I really appreciate that they budgeted time during the busiest season of the year to freeze this year's version of their family. I love them even more for letting me have the privilige of doing it for them. It's sessions like this that remind why I love what I do so much!






Holiday Mini Sessions 2012

Happy holiday season, everyone! 

Christmas is almost here! Can you even believe it?! This is the time of year where everyone starts planning and visualizing their annual family photo card... and I'm here to help!

To greatly reduce the traffic of full-time holiday shoots for me this year, I've decided to offer mini sessions for those who want a holiday (or a regular family) photo to send out to their family and friends, but don't require a full session worth of time. This is definitely ideal for the family whose little ones won't last a full session anyways :)

*Please keep in mind that there is LIMITED AVAILABILITY for thiese dates. Once all time slots are filled, that's it! ;)

SO... here are the details!


If you want more info or have any questions, please free to email me!



Christmas Card Blues

I have lots and lots of holiday sessions to post. In short, the last two weeks have been a marathon. Usually, the 10 days after Thanksgiving are a rush of photoshoots, editing, and shipping photos to my lovely (last minute) clients for them to design, order, and ship their Christmas cards on time. Black Friday Shopping? Nope. I hunker down like it's a hurricane and edit until my eyeballs fall out to make deadlines. Happy clients, happy me. That's just the way it works. :)


What if you're JUST thinking of holiday cards and it seems like it's just. too. late.

Honestly, I have never had a family photo done of my OWN family because there is just no time in the holiday season rush - but now that I have a little one, I want to. For (all) my grandparents who don't use Facebook... or EMAIL for that matter. So, I came up with a plan.

New Years cards!





And you're saying... what the what?

Yep. New Year's cards. For those of us who just can't beat the holiday rush, are forgetful, or are just way too busy to think about it enough in advance to make it in time. I will probably send these out early January. I'm really excited about this, because I've found a solution to my Christmas/Holiday card blues. And yes, there ARE websites that do these cards! I didn't even think it was possible to find them, but they're out there!

I've already started looking online at some templates, and I LOVE the ones on the Minted and Peartree Greetings websites. 

My theory is that the cards will stick around someone's house all YEAR (hence "New Year" cards), thus making my investment in the photo itself so much more worth it. 

Disclaimer: This is not -- in any way -- hinting that Christmas cards do not matter. I lurrrve Christmas cards. In fact, I have already started to display the ones I've received (see below).

p.s. - Sorry for the iPhone pictures. And the fact that this photo REFUSED to rotate. It's not my fault. But I figured your neck can get some exercise checking out my holiday card display ;)

Remember the DIY I posted a year ago for a Christmas card display? It's there all year 'round to collect the photos I love.

Oh, and do you not LOVE the Elswick's card this year? I took the photo on a glorious November evening, and Jon designed the template himself. Addi & Morgan designed and hand-knitted the sock monkey hat. Love. Love. LOVE.

Guys, I'd love your feedback. What do you think of this idea? Would you do something like this? Have you found any templates (holiday or New Years) that you LOVE? Share with the class :)