How To Make a Mood Board with InDesign and Why I Love Mood Boards For My Business

How To Make a Mood Board with InDesign and Why I Love Mood Boards For My Business

Mood boards serve as a crucial element in my design process.  The collection of patterns, textures and images eventually become a style guide from which I build my client projects.  Essentially, a mood board is my visual sandbox and a place where I can openly experiment with the different facets of any given design project.  A mood board allows me to creatively show my clients a beautiful collage that represents their brand and vision.

Brand Styling Tips for Creative Business Owners and Why It's Important to Grow Your Business

Brand Styling Tips for Creative Business Owners and Why It's Important to Grow Your Business

Today I'm combining beautiful images from a recent brand style session with Elixir Cafe & Floral Design with a guide included at the bottom of this page to help you achieve gorgeous images from home!  When my journey into entrepreneurship began, I started with learning how to style my pictures for my Etsy shop.  They weren't good!  I admit that because I didn't know what I was doing yet and I didn't have the knowledge yet to accomplish beautiful imagery.

How to Start a Blog for Your Creative Business

How to Start a Blog for Your Creative Business

In this past week I've been asked over five times something that goes like this, "Emma!  How do I start a blog?  Can you help me?  I love your blog!"  In an effort to be more present with my daughter and clients, I started compiling a list of questions that I'm commonly asked so that I can publish blog posts to answer them.  

Elixir Cafe and Floral Design | South Bend, Washington | Nancy Nisbet Head Shots

Elixir Cafe and Floral Design | South Bend, Washington | Nancy Nisbet Head Shots

Have I ever told you how much I love Elixir Cafe and Floral Design here in our little town?  Well, if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you have seen my stories and posts about my weekly visits to the shop.  The owner is named Nancy.  She's also a florist and she's also insanely talented.  Nancy and I started talking almost immediately after I moved to South Bend.  She was one of the first people to make me feel welcome.  

My Journey to Hybrid Photography | Shooting Film for the First Time on my Hasselblad 500cm

My Journey to Hybrid Photography | Shooting Film for the First Time on my Hasselblad 500cm

If you asked me one year ago about film photography, I wouldn't have had an opinion or any knowledge whatsoever about this whole idea of hybrid photography (shooting film and digital).  It never even occurred to me that this is something that would peak my interest.  Well, after being part of the Mastin Labs Community for over a year and falling in love with drool-worthy images shared within the group, I quickly realized the ones that drew me in the most were typically shot on film.  

University of Washington Engagement Session | Seattle, Washington Wedding Photographer | Natalie and Connor

University of Washington Engagement Session | Seattle, Washington Wedding Photographer | Natalie and Connor

I find myself here on the blog once again talking about my not-so-little-brother and his soon to be wife!  In case you missed the surprise proposal story, check that out right here!  I still think about that day and how I felt capturing it all behind my camera.  It was truly special.  Fast forward to this past weekend, it was time for their official engagement session!  Natalie and Connor wanted their session to be somewhere that meant something special to them as a couple.  

Downtown Seattle Courthouse Wedding Elopement | Seattle Wedding Photographer | Carmella + Chris

Downtown Seattle Courthouse Wedding Elopement | Seattle Wedding Photographer | Carmella + Chris

I couldn't think of a better way to end 2016 other than doing what I love the most which is documenting love stories!  Carmella contacted me a few months ago after finding me from Carly + Austin's Seattle Courthouse Elopement Downtown.  How fun is that?!  It's so exciting to me how the world of social media works because it works!  When you put it out there, people find you.  If Carly never would have found me on Instagram, Carmella + Chris never would have found me.  

Seattle Magnuson Park Senior Session | Keely Class of 2017 | Seattle Senior Photographer

Seattle Magnuson Park Senior Session | Keely Class of 2017 | Seattle Senior Photographer

When Keely first contacted me about her senior portraits I could just feel her energy and knew it was going to be so much fun.  The minute Keely walked up and I got to meet her for the first time in person I did a happy dance!  She looked so dang cute!  I always tell my clients not to overthink their wardrobe and keep it simple.  I know clothes aren't everything, but they do help me do what I do best which is documenting timeless and beautiful photographs that won't go out of style next year.  

South Bend, Washington Lifestyle Family Photo Session | Pacific Northwest Wedding and Portrait Photography | Tienhaara Family

South Bend, Washington Lifestyle Family Photo Session |  Pacific Northwest Wedding and Portrait Photography | Tienhaara Family

I don't know if you know this, but I live right on the Willapa Bay in South Bend, Washington.  Our area is so beautiful!  While I find myself shooting outside 95% of the time, you can also find me inside with clients for lifestyle photo sessions!  These are some of my absolute favorite sessions to photograph.  There is something so intimate, relaxing, and beautiful about capturing a family in the space that they are the most comfortable, their own homes. 

Posing For Couples | For Brides and Grooms on Their Wedding Day

Posing For Couples | For Brides and Grooms on Their Wedding Day

It's no secret or surprise that getting your pictures taken can sometimes be uncomfortable.  I have been doing this long enough to know that even I can get a little flustered when I'm on the other side of the lens!  However, I'm also learning that there are ways to make the entire experience more relaxed and comfortable.  First things first, schedule an engagement session with your photographer!  This is so important.