Posted by embjones on July 31, 2013
I finally finished this three family Family Session! :) I have been taking photos of this family for several years now and it is amazing how quickly the girls are growing up and how much they change from year to year. Each cousin is so striking in different ways, I love capturing the whole family. Thanks guys! I will get your CDs to you sometime this week!
Posted by embjones on July 30, 2013
Posted by embjones on July 23, 2013
I heard this song (Oceans by Hillsong United) for the first time at church on Sunday and it’s stuck with me. I love the words so much. I just wanted to share it here. I think everyone can relate to that feeling of looking out onto a rough part of life when the waves are rough and threatening.
“Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me / You’ve never failed and you won’t start now”
Oceans by Hillsong United
Posted by embjones on July 18, 2013
I am sharing my Vintage Pyrex Candle DIY on ShopRuche.com today! Have you browsed Ruche lately? It’s amazing. One of my favorite places to shop. They offer such unique choices and I love pretty much everything they have. Their dresses are GORGEOUS and I can’t get over that beautiful camera strap! So you can tell, I browse their New Arrivals a.LOT. which means I was SO excited when I got an email today letting me know that my candle DIY is featured on Ruche’s blog TODAY! Yay!
You can find my DIY at Ruche or you can find it HERE
ALSO…I love vintage Pyrex so much that I created two different FREE prints featuring my favorite patterns. You can download both of those from our shop!
Posted by embjones on June 20, 2013
Isn’t ‘mama joy’ beautiful? There really isn’t anything more gorgeous than a mother in love with her baby. It lights their faces up. I love this picture SO much.
I am in love with the light that I was blessed with during my time with this sweet little family. My little subject was one of the most patient little ones that I’ve worked with so far in my time photographing babies. She has such a sunny disposition and I think you can see that in the glow-y feeling of these photos. What a sweet heart.
Thank you so much for allowing me to work with your beautiful little one! I hope you enjoy your sneak peek!! I had so much fun getting to know you ladies a little bit! :)
Posted by embjones on June 18, 2013
Today I am sharing my favorite summer pattern in a review on Cailamade! I was so excited to be asked to participate in Caila’s “Best of Summer” series! It is the first time I’ve been able to join in on the fun in a series and the group of ladies who are featured last week and this week on Caila’s blog are amazingly talented, I am so honored to be a part of it all.
As I was sewing, I was thinking about how many people tell me that they would love to learn to sew but don’t think they could ever do something like this. But you CAN! I promise. The best thing about sewing is that you can make a super easy piece look like something from Anthropologie just by adding your own little details here and there.
- Choose an easy pattern. The pattern that I used for the dress above is from Simplicity’s New Look 6205. It has simple lines which meant the skill level wasn’t very high at all. I simplified it even more for myself by changing the pleated skirt to a gathered skirt.
- Don’t be fooled by the design on the pattern packaging. If you look at the packaging of the pattern I used (see HERE) it is vastly different from the look I created. When I look for a pattern, I only look at the lines of the piece. I fell in love with this dress because of the neckline – it looks so vintage to me.
- Begin with solid fabric. When you are a beginning sewer, choose fabric without a print. A piece can go from simple to complicated very quickly if you are having to worry about matching up a print when seaming fabric pieces together. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started sewing pieces together, only to realize that on one side the flowers were pointed up and on the other side the flowers were pointed down. Arg.
- Begin with cotton, or some other fabric that doesn’t have a lot of stretch and give. It’s way easier to sew a nice solid piece of fabric. I used a linen-look fabric for my dress. Once you get basics mastered, you can move onto more complicated fabric, but stay simple to begin with.
- Ask questions of those nice, fabric store employees. I bought my Linen Look fabric from Joanns’ and before I had my fabric cut, I asked the employee what the laundry directions were for the fabric. Personally, I don’t buy fabric that can’t be washed in a machine for my kids. It’s not practical. You might be ok with handwash, either way you should know before you buy what the care requirements are for the fabric.
- Wash your fabric BEFORE you cut and sew! Fabrics are made to look good on the shelves which means they can have starches and other things on them. Also, it’s better to let the fabric do most of it’s shrinking before you put it together as a clothing item. Another reason I washed my linen was that I wanted to Dip Dye the skirt of this dress with Rit Dye Powder (Evening Blue color also from Joanns’) and washing any starches out prior to dying made sure that the dye would go onto the fabric evenly
- Read the WHOLE pattern before you do anything. There is so much information and it can look overwhelming but read it all before you cut and you will be glad you did! It’s not rocket science reading, just plug on through it and you will have a better plan of how to go about starting the project.
- Own a Seam Ripper. This little guy will be your best friend! You can rip out a seam without damaging the fabric and start over! The BEST. Any of the ladies participating in “Best of Summer Sewing” will tell you they keep theirs close at hand!
- Be adventurous. Give yourself time to finish a project. I can’t tell you how many times I go back and forth as I’m sewing a project. After one step, I’ll love it and be so excited and after the next step I’ll think – “ugh, this isn’t going to turn out at all”….just keep going! Give yourself time so that you don’t feel pressure but finish it! It’s totally worth not giving up :)
I hope you feel inspired to try sewing if you’ve never tried it before! The schedule for Caila’s series is below and every day has featured a review of a great pattern that you can try for yourself. Browse through the posts and you will find something you would love to try! These ladies are WONDERFUL resources for all levels of sewers!
Posted by embjones on June 11, 2013
Posted by embjones on June 7, 2013
We had this photo shoot planned for a WHILE. We pinned ideas, we conspired by email, we had some fun plans up our sleeves…and when these adorable sisters found out that their parents and I were making them wait ONE extra day to find out if they were getting a new brother or sister, they were not too happy. But I THINK they decided the wait was worth it.
They had no idea what color balloons would pop out when they opened this box…neither did I!
A baby brother!!
The excited family! I am so happy for them…the girls are going to be SUCH good big sisters to their new little brother.
Posted by embjones on June 4, 2013
Several weeks ago, I took some Senior Photos that had an aspect of them that was new to me.
This photo session featured a horse named Little Dreamer.
I’ve worked with babies and dogs before but never a horse. And I have to say that horses are a bit tricky.
Not because they have bad attitudes (although LD got a little irritated when all his buddies got their food and he was still out in the pasture having his picture taken). It was tricky because they are HUGE.
It was good practice for me!
So now I can add “horse” to my photo resume. That’s not something you get to do every day.
Thanks for not being TOO much of a diva, LD. Your rider was pretty well behaved too. ;)
Posted by embjones on May 24, 2013
A few weeks ago, I met these adorable sisters and their mom in the park. Our shoot was top secret because the photos were to be a birthday gift for their dad…even though, RANDOMLY – (although I don’t even know why I was surprised, our city has such a small town, running into someone you know everywhere you go feel to it), Zac almost spilled the beans. With some quick thinking, and some quick mouth shutting by Zac, I think they were able to cover and I’m PRETTY sure the surprise wasn’t spoiled :) Sorry about that, Susie! From now on I will fill Zac in COMPLETELY on all of my sessions so that he doesn’t randomly mention top secret sessions in chance run ins at fast food restaurants.
I think this outtake might be my favorite from the whole shoot because it shows how much fun these girls were having with each other. They were hilarious and so fun. It made me think of my own three girlies and how they will interact as they grow…sisters are awesome. And occasionally infuriating (mine were anyway. Ha!) …but mostly awesome.
I loved working with you girls – I’m so happy the surprise was kept and I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating this week!
Posted by embjones on May 14, 2013
If you haven’t visited A Little Artsy yet, it’s a wonderful blog to follow. Lots of artsy ladies contributing all kinds of amazing posts. I love it and I’m so honored to be able to post alongside these talented women.
Please visit, you will be glad you did!
Posted by embjones on May 7, 2013
We got up early this weekend and went on a little morning trip way out North.
I had never been out this way before, we love to explore our city. Once again, we were in awe of the views that are just a short drive away from our home. We feel really blessed to love where we live as much as we do. Our drive was fun and gorgeous and at the end of it we got to meet a new friend that will be joining our family in a few short weeks. Meet our 6th member. His name is still to be agreed upon…stay tuned…
Linking up with Mary Beth at Annapolis & Company today, sharing our love of the weekend!
Posted by embjones on April 22, 2013
This has been a sad week. So many horrific things happening in our country, a little girl gone missing, the evilness of the acts of Kermit Gosnell and the media’s decision to look the other way, the tragedy in Boston. It is hard to know how to function with the darkness that is surrounding us right now. Hard to know how to not just sit with my arms tightly around our kids in our home, never letting go.
It was hard for me to leave the house yesterday with my kids. I didn’t want to move. I felt hopeless. So I did the only thing I knew, spent the morning searching through and reading every instance of the word “HOPE” in the Bible. There are a lot. Hope is an important word to the Lord, important enough to repeat in many ways, in many instances…I think so that we know that in all things, even in the darkest moments, if our hope is in Him we will be held, will not be forgotten.
Posted by embjones on April 17, 2013