Kids Gifts and Games from Pinhole Press

*This is a sponsored post from Pinhole Press.  Which I am really happy about because I am going to spend the money at Pinhole Press on Christmas gifts and party decor.  All opinions are mine.

games and gifts from pinhole pressHave you guys seen these amazing gift options from Pinhole Press?  As you may have guessed from reading my blog, I really enjoy taking pictures of my kids.  I’ve been dying to try out some of their products but haven’t found the right opportunity.  I’m super excited that I am going to finally get to try out some of their photo party products just after Christmas for my youngest son’s birthday.  And I hope that the elder member of my family aren’t reading this because they will be receiving these custom photo puzzles (#1) this holiday season.  What I didn’t realize is that Pinhole Press has some great kid’s gifts too!  I’ve always wanted to create photo flash cards for family and friends with new babies.  But the design part was so daunting.  Pinhole Press did it for me with their flash cards (#3) so now I just have to upload photos and I’m done.  Same with the memory game (#2).  What kid wouldn’t want to play with memory cards showing their personal family, friends or toys?  My youngest is really in to art and having his own personal scribble pad (#4) would make him so happy!  Remember to order early to make holiday shipping deadlines!



Lyric Camera Purse by Epiphanie

lyric bag by epiphanie bags


When I got my new camera, I knew that I had to take my camera bag game up a notch.  A few times, I have tried to use the smallest camera bag I can find and just put it in one of my larger purses.  But that seemed janky and not the safest for the camera.  So I started looking and fell in love with multiple Epiphanie bags.  In my opinion, these look most like a purse I would actually use. epiphanie camera bags


I thought the color would be a little more blue in person but I still really like it.  It comes with this braided shoulder strap and also a padded cross body strap.  So cool.
what's in my camera bag


In the large compartment alone, I can fit my wallet, my son’s epipen, my sunglasses and sunglass case and a pouch (a large pouch) of my necessities like lip balm, hair ties, etc (I have a lot of necessities).  Plus there are the two pockets on the front, one zippered pocket inside the bag and one on the back of the bag as well!  You are definitely not hurting for storage with this bag.  inside my camera bagThe inside of the bag is lined with a super soft material throughout and has velcro-able (yup, a word) padded dividers to section off the inside however you would like.  Having this bag has made me take my camera out more and get some really fun pictures.  I usually just bring my camera and 30mm lens but I totally have room to bring other lenses along if I ever need to.  I am totally loving it.  I highly encourage you to get a camera bag purse if you don’t have one.  I heart my Epiphanie!

*Not a sponsored post.  I just really love it.  I’d also like to mention that their customer service is awesome and shipping time is quick!  You totally have time to order it and get it before your next vacation. :)


Open Love Letter to Dez and Tam Photography

Desi and Tammy and FamThere are many reasons why people get in to blogging.  For me it started out as a creative outlet when I was stuck in a job that I did not love, that did not utilize my creative talents.  But it has grown in to an avenue for meeting the most amazing people.  This family is very dear to me.  Desi and Tammy, and their two precious boys, are an awesome family.  They are endlessly supportive, extremely talented and ridiculously nice people.  Their photography and the fact that they are willing to share their passion and skill with me is something I truly treasure.  If you look through the photos taken of my family over the past 2 years, my favorites were taken by them.  They have a way of capturing my kids in states of pure joy that makes me tear up every time I see them.  Their style is casual and they do minimal editing of the photos, keeping the moment real and not over processed.  The result is beautiful treasured memories.

I am going to be sharing more of the things I love on the blog.  And I love Dez and Tam Photography.  I know I have posted about them before and I will continue to.  They are amazing at what they day and should be celebrated.  If you are looking for someone to shoot a birthday party or family portraits, these are the photographers for you!

*Desi and Tammy are very kind to me and often work for me at no charge or a discounted rate.  They did not ask me to write this post.  I am writing it because in my opinion, they are the best and I want everyone to know about them!

Image Credit: Connie M. Chung Photography

Head Shots by Dez and Tam Photography

blogger head shot 1So I HATE having my picture taken.  I feel all odd and uncomfortable and I don’t know what to do with myself.  But, I needed some pictures done.  So as I was chatting with Desi and Tammy about pictures, we decided that we would just go play around with different locations and fun techniques and see if we could get any good shots.  I have grown pretty close with them so I knew that if I was going to be comfortable in front of anyone, it was going to be them.  And they got some great shots!

blogger head shot 2They started asking me questions about how I wanted others to see me and what is my brand.  I was like, “huh.”  They told me they saw me as more smirky than smiley.  Hold the phone.  I’ve been taught to smile big when a camera is pointed at me.  But I don’t have to!  Holla!  I do like that some of the shots came out as sort of a cross between a smirk and a smile as if my face was fighting itself.

blogger head shot 3And then when you bring a cutie like Lauren along, well, that makes it even a bit more of a challenge.  But we had SO much fun playing around and Desi and Tammy got some awesome photos.  I am such a fan of their work!  So who needs a picture of me?  ‘Cause I have some.  See more images of the photo shoot here!


*Thank you Dez and Tam for taking these photos for me for free.  Because they are cool like that.  But all these opinions are mine.  And these two are my favorite.  Tru dat.

Rad photos of some rad people

I knew that Callaway Gable was the ish but when my pal, Anita, showed me her engagement photos shot by the LA photographers, I fell in love even more.  Anita and Mark are funny, talented and adorable.  And the photos totally capture their spirit, their love of life and each other.

How freaking stunning is she??  Check out more from their session over on Callaway Gable.  I REALLY hope they post pics of the wedding too.  Tons of cool details!