Yeah - so seeing as I'm already up to week 12 with this project and have only shared 6 weeks worth with y'all... I def have some catching up to do. I'll post a full catchup one on Friday before I really get stuck....
In the meantime - enjoy this week's self-portrait now... and have a good mid-week laugh at my expense. :)
Everyone have an awesome Easter?
Good. Me too.
I thought I'd ga-head and share a couple layouts I was able to put together recently.
I'm not gonna go into all the products I used for them because I feel like in both of these I was testing out a lot of new things...
I wanted to do a layered style "matting" around my photos with some fun combinations of patterned paper. And I was a little heavier with embellishments than normal... but I will speak on a few of the products I was excited to use as we go along...
This photo was one from the 52 portraits project from back in January. I've been trying to get these printed as I edit and post them online so I have photo materials "at the ready" when I sit down to create a layout. It's so nice to have them on-hand vs. trying to scramble and print them to a specific size on my printer at home (which is on it's last leg and not printing the best quality lately anyway). I find that this method is a real time saver recently. I get them printed in a variety of sizes - which help to dictate the overall design. Vs. the other way around. (i.e. creating a sketch and then printing the photos to size for the sketch).
Here are some close ups...
Ok - in the photo below... see that little gold ink spatter? Yep - it's the Mister Huey's color mister spray inks from Studio Calico. I didn't own any of them and decided with my last "cart-o-scrap" at 2 Peas In A Bucket - it was high-time I try this stuff out. Officially - I'm in love. I have 5 or so colors now and I wanna use them on every layout. Again - super late to the party on this technique... but ehhh.. at least I'm consistent.
The little aqua and white chevron in the photo below was cut out from some duct tape I found on Amazon. Love this stuff. I love wrapping presents in brown kraft paper and using it like gigantic washi tape to hold it all together. :) Fantastic.
Ok - layout #2.... this was another just "around the house" photo... but I totally love it.
I know - can you believe I let him do this in the house? It's his dad's influence. Sooner or later I realize that he's going to pickup a harder ball and put it through the sliding glass doors that he's swinging toward.
I know this.
Again - my aim here was to play with a bunch of patterned papers - without it being overly pattern-y. The chevron "arrows" were just cut from some patterned paper.
The shipping tag above is also just a plain one from Staples. The stamp is from a great little site called "Cats Life Press." I have several stamps from their site.
On another scrapbooking note - I've been itching to register for this new workshop by my beloved Cathy Zielske over at Big Picture.
CLEAN & SIMPLE : The Workshop
I need another commitment like I need a swift kick in the pants - but how can I resist? It's CATHY!
She's my scrapbooking love guru. She's the reason I fell so madly in love again with this hobby 5 or 6 years ago now. Plus - I feel like the weekly homework assignments will help keep me accountable for cranking out new work... while giving me a design objective to tackle as well.
Check it out.... it starts on Thursday.
So... around Christmas I switched to Canon. I got all ticked off at Nikon's repair service one too many times and I took it out on my credit card. I'm still wondering what the heck I am thinking.... but I've pulled off the band aid and I aint looking back now.
So here's my problem. I own a crap TON of Nikon gear. In fact I made some significant purchases less than a year ago...
D800 bought in June - it is an amazing body. Powerful in low light... 36 megapixels... it's the sh%*-nit.
SB-910 Speedlight (which is awesome by the way) bought in April... great power and recycle time.
70-200 f/2.8 - bought in July (BEST wedding lens and long distance portrait lens EVER... wicked compression on your background at 200mm)
105mm f/2.8 macro - bought in September, and love for all my baby details and ring shots, etc.
Yep - that's roughly 7k in new stuff right there that I have to get rid of....
I should just go ahead and stab myself in the eye.
I did a little research to find out what this stuff was selling for on Amazon USED... and I determined that I'd just go with what they had on the low end. I mean... I wanna sell it, right? Plus, when buying used - it's nice to know it came from a source who loved it and took care of it, right?
And I'd say by now - all of you know what a freaky freak I am. I buff my gear with diapers. I clean it regularly with Q tips and alcohol... I scream at my children if dare the enter the room where my gear is stored. You get the idea. And - I also keep EVERYTHING... original boxes, paperwork, every dang piece of plastic wrapping. So when you open these boxes - it will be like Christmas from Nikon. :) Just like new!
In fact - all of the lenses will come with Tiffen UV filters on them (they've been on since day one) - so the glass is perfect. :)
Nikon D800 (purchased in June 2012 for $3k) - 33,000 shutter count - asking $2200
Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8vr (purchased in July 2012 for $2400) - asking $2000
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4g ($582 retail) - asking $440
Nikkor 85mm f/1.4d ($1300 retail) - asking $850
Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 vr (purchased in Sept 2012 for $900) - asking $775
SB910 Speedlight (purchased in April 2012 for $550) - asking $440
Send me an email at
katiepegher (at) gmail (dot) com if you are interested in receiving any further information on any of these lovingly cared for pieces.
I'm from western Pennsylvania. We say, Pop not Soda when referring to soft drink style beverages.
So... Bearing that in mind, this is what my brother decides to cleverly add to the family photo attempt we had over the weekend at my Dad's 65th Birthday extravaganza.
Yup. You see it. I know you do.
As I stated last week - we actually made an effort in our advance planning of this photo op by discussing wardrobe a little between families.
The consensus was, navy/blue, cream/white, maybe some grey - with a "POP" of orange.
Orange was to be our "flair" color. He he.
We think we are so rad.
Except we're not.
So yes, this was my brother's smart ass attempt at orange pop.
I happen to love the photo above. It's so real. So OUR family.
Chock full of the best intentions.
Of course - my two are misbehaving - and not looking at the camera at all. Throwing some hissy fit for a totally unknown and unprovoked reason.
My nephew is probably wondering why the heck we are out here in the freezing cold anyway.
My sister in law - is totally cute and amused by my brother's michief.
My mom is just smiling and hoping we get a winner somewhere/somehow.
And my dad is suffering through it as best as possible but is really just hoping that it will come to a pleasant and speedy conclusion soon.
Life isn't perfect.
My family isn't perfect.
Lord knows, I ain't perfect.
Imperfection is beautiful.
I'll drink to that.
Now... anyone got any orange pop?
I'm going home this coming weekend. It's my dad's 65th birthday.... and he's retiring at the end of the year. We are celebrating both of these milestones as a family this weekend. Should be good fun.
I'm especially glad Sandy reared her ugly head last weekend and not this one coming up. Shew.
By the way - we faired just fine through the storm.
Our roof was apparently damaged a little. Around 12pm on Monday we realized there was a lot of water on the floor of our utility room (if it had to happen - I'm glad it happened in there!) So we have a leaky spot in the roof that the insurance adjuster will have to come take a look at... and a 5 gallon bucket now under a hole of soggy drywall catching the drips.
Other than that - we are all good. The wind sure did howl... and it rained like the dickens... but we had power and hot water the whole way through. And plenty of beer, batteries, crayons, coloring books, candles, flashlights, and did I mention beer?
It's been a nice loooong weekend having Clark home for 4 days straight. :)
Anywhoo.... back to my story.
I'm going back to visit my parents this weekend - and as is our usual custom - we ALWAYS try to arrange for a family photo op. Since this particualr get together is particularly special - we decided to actually compare notes on outfits for the photo ahead of time.
My sister in law, Lizzy - and I - being the more focused creative heads of state in our family - browsed on Pinterest for ideas and settled on a color theme of mainly neutrals with a pop of color.
Blues, creams and a splash of orange. Will make for a nice fall palatte.
In interior design, they always talk about the gallon, the quart, the pint. The gallon is your wall color, the quart is your trim - and the pint is your accent (sometimes this is conveyed with throw pillows or a singular piece of upholstered furniture and a small vase in the same color... you get my drift).
I like to think of dressing for photos in much the same way.
The gallon = the neutral base
The quart = the complimentary color to the base
The pint = a fiery pop of color
This is the quick iPhone snap I emailed to my mom and Lizzy after raiding our closets trying to interpret our Blue, Cream, Orange color scheme....
Clark will be wearing a white button down with small blue plaid pattern, a navy sweater vest, orange paisley tie and jeans. Macho has jeans, an orange and navy plaid shirt and gray Chucks. Wild Thing will be wearing a hand-knit masterpiece by my Aunt Susie - a cream cable sweater, skinny jeans, sparkly gold Mary Janes and an orange bow in her hair. I'll be wearing a pair of tall brown boots, a denim pencil skirt (with tights) a white turtle neck and and orange wool jacket from JCrew.
I think it works.
I'll be sure to post the final large family shot of all of us in our getup here for your viewing pleasure. :)
Hope this rationale helps you think about how to dress your family for your own group photos.
Promise - the next time I post about this - the photo won't be so ghetto.
Well! Here we are for the next installment for the Orban family! Sweet baby S arrived on June 15th of this year. Perfectly perfect. A most beautiful little bean. So so so loved and anticipated by her first time parents and grandparents!~
She was about four weeks old by the time I was able to see and play with her for our photo shoot. A little older than most of the newborn babies I photograph... but this little one was so wonderfully sweet and accommodating.... and slept for me when I really needed her to!
Once again - because Nicole and Phil live in Richmond... we were invited to shoot on a wonderful property in their family here on the shore. Now, with full summer swing, the flowers were out, the pool was open, the fountains were running, and the shoreline was humming with boat life. What a glorious place!
I absolutely adore this family... You can view Nicole's maternity session HERE.
Without further ado... May I present, Sweet baby S.
A little before and after... :)
Another before and after that I loved...
"This was our second time working with Katie, and hopefully not our last. It's not just that the pictures are beautiful. They are, they're gorgeous. Katie is incredibly creative, and can find the perfect shot anywhere. Most importantly, she always had Sloane's safety in mind, Nicole and I were put at ease from the moment we met her. Our only regret is we can't go back in time and have her shoot our wedding!
~ Phil Orban
My Clark and Jeff go way back. Way back to those college days that I'm SURE they'd rather not talk about. They played on the university baseball team, and they were both from the 'Burgh. I shall say NO more. :)
When Jeff introduced Clark to his new girlfriend, Danna, shortly after they graduated and were in their first rounds of employment - Clark knew Jeff had found his match. When I was finally in the picture - I got to meet her too - and thought she was just as fabulous as Jeff and the rest. Clark and I attended their wedding and we've maintained a close friendship ever since. In fact, when we moved to the Maryland area - they were our "go-to" friends for lots of stuff!
We've been friends through the births of all four of our children... spent many Sunday afternoons together watching the boys beloved Steelers play on TV... cooking and eating and drinking and having a grand old time watching the kids play.
This family has been there for us. So, of course it was my absolute HONOR to photograph them in their lovely new home this past July. We kept the party indoors for the first portion.... else we would've melted. It was +100 degrees outside. Luckily - their sunroom was abundant with light and plenty of AC!
Of course - I wanted to let the boys do their thing too - so eventually we made our way outside to their playground set and let them go to town. What fun.
And because I just can't control myself... clicking my camera is like a nervous tick for me... I just kept going - long after our "official session" time had expired and captured a few slice of life shots as well that evening and following morning as we continued our visit.
Thank you so so much you guys. You know we love you. Jeff - thanks for putting up with me and my goofball behavior! You are a great sport! Danna - you are just the epitome of grace and loveliness. You are authentic and kind and loyal. And I love you girl.
Until next time friends...
Big man just turned 5... Just so ya know.
"Family photos with Katie have become an annual tradition. I love photography, and take tons of pictures of my kids, but at the end of the day I'm always behind the camera and never in front of it.
This year's session was in July, on a 106 degree day and I had a very cranky two year old and a husband who doesn't love to have his picture taken. I knew Katie had a challenge on her hands! I love what she was able to capture in just a few short hours. The shots are beautiful and so clearly depict our family dynamics. Once again she came through in the clutch and I couldn't be more thrilled."
~ Danna Stanyard
Sooooo.... I've been very sneaky.
I've been working on a behind-the-scenes project for a few months now. I've hired a design company to re-brand my business.
I tried to do it on my own - but every six months or so - I'd grow bored of it... and I never really felt I had NAILED it, if you know what I mean. Nailing yourself is hard work. I mean - who the heck am I, really?
I haven't a clue.
It's like writing an autobiography, I suppose. It's hard to look inside yourself and come up with a set of colors, images and typefaces that are representative of you... and the YOU you want to be. AND stay relevant to the business you are running and the career path you are hunting down.
In much the same way the folks who own nice cameras already - hire me to capture their newborns and weddings on a more professional scale... I knew that even though I certainly know my way around the Photoshop dancefloor - I needed some serious professional help with this.
It's the same principle.
Just because you CAN take pictures - doesn't mean you are able to capture a scene the way you see it in your mind.
Just because I know how to create logos and brand identities and doesn't mean I should for myself.
My work with them (in-so-far as the branding is concerned is now complete) - and they've featured me on their blog today...
I'm feeling very rad at the moment.
You can check out the post by clicking the image below...
I absolutely cannot wait to roll out this new look and feel across the board... new website, new BLOG, new business cards, packaging, etc. The whole shebang. There's a lot of fires burning around here right now and I can't wait to share it with you all soon!
THANK YOU BRAIZEN!!!