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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Meet The Walker Family

I was lucky enough to take some gorgeous photos of this lovely family over the weekend, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect! Their three girls had a blast running around ASU's campus searching for "The Secret Garden" that we took a ton of photos at! Here's a little glimpse into our day. 

Annie told me that ASU has a lot of meaning to her family since her & Scott (her husband) met there, Scott just graduated with his PhD in History this month, she worked in the Child Development Lab, and the two older girls have both gone to preschool at the CDL. It was the perfect place to capture some memories and it was her youngest daughters 1st birthday, so we were even able to take some fun birthday pictures in the middle of the family photos. Thanks so much to Annie & Scott for a wonderful photo filled day!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day (How About A Free Printable?)

It's officially summer as far as I'm concerned and the Patriotic flair is a GO! I love showing my pride in our country, so here's a little artwork for you to print out, frame, and display all summer long!
US Map Printable

Personal Use Only Please!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Family Photo Week: Props For Your Family Portraits

I just love using props for photos- they add such a fun dimension to the visual and can reflect on the memories that you want to savor for your family. They are all so versatile as well- mix & match and layer different props to create some really unique family portraits! 

{Balloons} Get a big bunch of oversized balloons in different colors and give each child their own. Then the parents can hold the big bunch together! 

{Quilts} If you have a family member that loves to sew (like I do), grab your most special handmade quilt or blanket and bring it along. You can use it as a hanging backdrop, a floordrop, folded to prop babies, or make into a makeshift tent! 

{Toys} I love this idea so much. Grab the bear your husband had as a child, a car that your son will not put down, a special sock monkey you got at your baby shower- your children have so many toys that this one is easily accessible and will remind you forever about their favorite playthings. 

{Furniture} This one is a bit harder, since it requires lugging around furniture, but the effect is fabulous. I love vintage or handpainted furniture, especially special pieces from your own home that you'd like to capture. 

{Fruit} Watermelon in the summer, apples in the fall, oranges in the winter, and buckets of berries in the spring! I love incorporating natural elements in shoots, and fruit is fun and worst case scenario- your child gets hungry and you toss them an apple to much on to prevent crabiness. Cute photo & happy child = a win! 

{Bicycles} Another tough one if you have a bunch of kids and have to tote around a bike, but such a great prop, especially if your family enjoys bike rides. Better yet, bring all the kids bikes and have them ride around for some really fun photos!

{Chalk} This one is so easy! Bring some sidewalk chalk and create some impromptu art anywhere to use as a floordrop. Or, you could even have the kids color some creations for some creative memories. 

{Books} Love love love this idea. Bring your children's favorite, your favorite, stacks to prop a baby on- you could even theme a whole shoot around a book! I this great idea for a shoot with a "Caps For Sale" theme, with a family dressing to match the color scheme and all wearing hat! 

{Letters} You can get big oversized letters at JoAnnes or Hobby Lobby and paint them in any color you choose for a fun prop. Give everyone their first initial, spell out a word together, get one giant letter for your last name.... so many great ideas. 

{Glitter} Sparkly & fun, kids love it, artsy effect- all my favorite things rolled into one cheap prop. Just make sure you do this last- it gets messy!

{Games} I've done a fun couples shoot with Scrabble before, but any game your family likes to play together would be fantastic! Twister would be great, jenga, poker, even simple games like Red Rover or Duck Duck Goose would produce some totally fun family photos. 

What are some other props you'd like to use in your family photos?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Family Photo Week: What to Wear for Family Photos

I have some wonderful family photos coming up for some sweet friends of mine, so this week will be dedicated to Family Portrait Ideas.

Today's post is all about choosing the perfect outfits for your family portraits. This is the question I get asked the most- What should we wear? I've come up with 4 cardinal "rules" to help you plan the perfect Family Photo Wardrobe

I'm pretty sure everyone knows this, but when YOU think you look good, you feel good. When YOU are uncomfortable with how you look, you feel bad. That means, if your husband absolutely hates wearing a tight button up shirt or tie; or if you are wearing a dress that you feel is cut too low or is too tight around the middle or keeps sliding up; it's going to make you entirely focused on what you don't like. Dress in something you enjoy wearing and what makes you feel like a million bucks in, not something you liked on the hanger but weren't in love with when you put it on. People photograph a hundred times better when they are relaxed and having a good time, and it's very hard to relax when you go into a session not feeling comfortable in your clothes.

Source: designmom.com via Rosemary on Pinterest

Children grow like weeds, so if your son has a favorite shirt he wants to wear everyday; or if you have a vintage dress for your daughter that your grandmother passed down to her, have them wear those keepsakes in the photos! Another great idea is an outfit you were wearing on an important day, or shirts that have a specific meaning. The family I'm taking photos of this weekend are wearing ASU t shirts for some of their photos, since the parents met at ASU, the dad just graduated with his PhD, and the girls go to preschool there.

What are you going to so with these photos? Are they being used for Christmas cards, or are they going to be hung up in your living room? Will you be using any for graduation announcements or will they be  used as a header on a blog? Each of these things go along with specific color schemes, so you may want to dress accordingly. If they are for Christmas cards, and you've found a great design you love that is aqua & red- stick to that palette and stay away from burgundy and forest greens. If your living room is painted bright yellow and has all black furniture (like mine), it would be a good idea to stick to a neutral wardrobe palette. If your child is graduating high school and you want to use the photos for his purple and gold announcements, dress in complimentary tones. And if your blog has a heavily patterned background, stick to solid colors so the outfits don't clash with your blog.

Last but not least, if you want to add interest to your photos bring along lots of different layers and accessories to change up the photos. Cardigans and funky jewelry are super easy to throw extras in and when everything coordinates its easy to mix and match for lots of different looks. Hats, ties, watches, shoes, and jackets for men are great extras to bring along to layer and mix around. 

Eye candy

Eye candy by shezzie featuring handcrafted necklaces

I'll be sharing lots of wardrobe sample in the future, as well as introducing a very special guest that will help walk you through the overwhelming task of collecting the perfect photo ensembles- stay tuned!

Friday, May 18, 2012

What Coming Up Next Month...

I spent the morning designing the marketing pieces for my very first Mini Session coming up next month. Stay tuned for more details friends! 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Peter Pan Pretending

My mother works at the Disney Store, which means my children have an unlimited supply of dress ups to  play in all day long. It's kind of a pain tripping over Cinderella shoes every day and making Penelope take the Little Mermaid costume off to go to bed in tears, but it's really sweet during Halloween, when my kids can be 5 different things at 5 different Halloween Events.

Anyway, today was one of those dress up days and Landen wanted to join in the fun. This cute costume comes complete with quotes from Peter Pan, "Here we goooooo.....off to Neverland!" and "Hook, you're a CODFISH". I'm itching for another trip to Disneyland now that my kids are older and will actually like the rides instead of being terrified that most of them are in the dark.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Havana in the time of Hemingway

I am lucky enough to be best friends with the oh-so-talented Stacy Snyder of The Hip Hurrah, who needed an invite designed for the 2nd Annual San Clemente Garden Party she was in charge of planning. She chose the brilliant theme of "Havana in the time of Hemingway", which is sure to be one of the most amazing parties anyone would be lucky enough to attend. 

By looking at her vision for the party via her pins on Pinterest, I chose my favorites to use for inspiration for the design 

I found the Habana font at Lost Type, then used Traveling Typewriter from dafont as a nod to Hemingway's writing, and his signature for his name at the top. I am totally enamored with the idea of throwing a party inspired by the life of your favorite author; parties about books have been done before, but this idea is so fresh! What would your party theme be? 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Our Gender Reveal Dinner Invite

We found out this morning what we are having this 6th time around- but we've kept it a secret! All our family has to wait until our Dinner tonight to find out if it's a boy or a girl! Stay tuned for the details of our little soiree!

**mustache & bow designs from Rhonna Designs!**

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

I had a baby shower to go to this morning, so I whipped up this cute little baby shower card in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo

**Doily design from Rhonna Designs**

Then I realized how fabulous a Fiesta themed baby shower would be, there are so many fun details you could incorporate such as tissue paper flowers, handmade pinatas, fringe banners, and deliciouso Mexican fare. My favorite thing are those adorable little pinata cookies- just brilliant! 

As a little Cinco De Mayo Gift to you, I've also designed a little Hola! printable for you to print, cut out, and string up anytime you want to add a little Latin flair to your home or party. 

**Free Printable created with art from Rhonna Designs, offered with permission from Rhonna Designs. Personal Use Only. Copyright & all rights reserved 2012 Rhonna Designs.

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Girl and Her Dog

Since Mother's Day is around the corner, I've been trying to get some shots of my kids that I can pass out to Moms, Mother In Laws, and Grandmas that have been begging for some, for like ever. It's embarrassing the lack of photos I have of my own family, you know, being a photographer and all. I took my little Penelope out with her best dog Frannie and snapped away- I think I may have a couple wall worthy ones.

Penelope is a girl who is one with Nature. Whether it be playing in the dirt in the garden, or swinging in the fresh air by herself, or her infatuation with horses & dogs; she is a free spirited little pixie who's mood swings may get to be little much, but when she's happy, she's HAPPY.

Maybe it's a middle child thing. I should probably get this Drama Queen in musical theater STAT.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Brand Launch Special Offer

To kick off my new blog, website, & facebook page launch why don't we offer all our friends & family a sweet deal for May, yes?

Please email me at rosemary@rosemary-watson.com to book your session. Mother's day is rapidly approaching so if you are wanting to give your mom some new family photos hurry and email me this week!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hello there, I'm Rosemary

Wow, this is my first official blog post on this blog. It took me so long to find the direction and voice for this big step and it's such a relief and so so exciting to finally begin. I can't wait to share all the wonderful adventures we're going to have here with you. Here in sunny Mesa, AZ I am learning and creating everyday to grow and build my skills and business along with my partner and husband Braden (who took this photo- go baby go!)