Tuesday, February 9, 2016

//Victoria & Todd//

I could not be more excited when a beautiful young lady called me about receiving a gift card from a friend of mine for a maternity photo session (last posted here). She is the teacher of my girl friend's daughter. Astrid's daughter is very fond of her teacher and she is about to give birth to their first baby boy. So Astrid my girl friend bought a maternity photo session for her little girl's teacher "Victoria" from me.

I remember our conversation was so smoothly. At first she wanted to be photographed out door but she truly realized by the time the baby bump is showing it will be in the middle of winter where we live in New York. So she settled to be photographed in my studio in my home.

She also wanted to be photographed wearing a see through maternity gown. Luckily I bought few materials from my trip to Jakarta Indonesia. I knew material are very cheap in Indonesia. So I bought several colors like pink, green, purple and white. I also wanted to sew these gowns myself. Although I never sewn a maternity gown - thought it could not be that difficult to do.

By the time Victoria came to my house to see the studio, I showed her the materials and the gown sketch on a piece of paper. She was thrilled. 

I was a little nervous about the gown because this was my first time creating a maternity gown. As you can see on below pictures it was  beautiful on Victoria. I am also proud to admit that I created the backdrop myself. I always wanted an artistic backdrop that gives a beautiful dark and light shadow playing around on the background that compliment and in contrast with the people position in front of it. Although it is hard to achieve it - I am keep on tweaking the paint but more less I am happy about it. 

 And the session went smoothly.

A week a go I received an email from Victoria thanking me on how hard I worked for her and how fun the session was for them. And of course I am very happy for them too.

Note: If you want a maternity session with me - I can make the gown for you. Ready made maternity gown can be very expensive. Just let me know and work with me in advance.

Thank you so much!




//How to Photograph an Art Work for your Blog//

Please forgive me for I have not posted anything for almost a month now.

I have been having a severe cough that does not seem to go a way that cause a severe pain on my lower rib cage. I went to a Dr. and "thank God" I do not break any bone in the rib cage but the pain also seem to never go a way. Well, it goes with the cough. The cough caused a sore to the group muscle on lower rib cage around the back since the cough does not go a way the sore will never heal.

Right now I still cough a little and not as severe as a few weeks a go but the lower rib cage still in pain when I position myself a certain way. Anyway, this cough caused aching in chest and back to shoulder muscles and although I do not have fever it is very uncomfortable. 

Right now we are in our home in Florida - with the sun shining I am hopeful it will dry and heal very soon.

Anyways, I wanted to talk about "how to photograph an art work for your blog".

I love painting using water color here in our Florida home. I found it very soothing and peaceful. And I love photograph them as well. Thought I could share a few small tips on how to photograph them here on my blog.

1. Include "the object" of your art in the photo (in a vase).
Including an object of your art when photograph the art work itself  is the best way to show case your art work in the blog. Here the Lisianthus flower in a vase.





2. Position the fresh cut flowers next to the art work
It can be on the side or right corner, left corner or from above. Scatter the flower petals around the art also a pretty way to show your art work on the blog. It is a good idea when the flowers are getting old and start to change colors as you might not want to pluck the petals from a good fresh flowers.

3. Include the art materials; brushes, water well, paint tubes, etc.
This is another easy and beautiful way to display your art work by including the art materials. You do not have to include everything but there is no limit rules as to what you can put with your art work to be photographed for your blog. 

Then, you can just have fun photograph them. Take the photo of an eye bird view, eye level view, angle -just play around with your camera and your art.

So those are my tips. Do you have another idea that I miss here?

Thank you so much! 
And have a beautiful day!



Monday, December 28, 2015

//A Simple Christmas Decor //

I can't believe that it has been almost 2 years we have been living in this house.

There is not much change in the decoration in hour home.  But I did add a small decorative items here and there.

I did not wish  to have a Christmas tree in the house for Christmas this year. Our family is not a devoted Christian. Having a half Italian and half Jewish husband - and myself as a Moslim we celebrate Christmas just to follow Steven's mother side of tradition. We do celebrate Passover as Steven's father is Jewish himself. And me as a Moslim, we get to celebrate Ied as well. So we get to taste a little of everything in our house hold.

To have a Christmas feel in the house I only put a Christmas wreath placed on top of the mantel.  And on the mantel I put the small decorative Christmas trees  I created last year. That is the only Christmas decoration in the entire home.

The plan was to have Steven's mother come over for Christmas eve dinner. And it is Steven's mother side of the family whom are "Italian" that sea food is ideal to serve during Christmas eve.

Steven told me that I should not put too much of small decorative items as the room will look overly crowded. And I totally agreed with him about this.

I bought the two tole brass sconces on each side of the mirror from Ebay. And I love them very much. Ebay has so many beautiful stuff similar to these  that I can get carried a way buying  for the home. I think a good decorator is to know when to stop decorate. And I think I better stop now.














The wintry floral center piece on the dining table is part real winter greens mixed with white silk peonies. Last seen here.












I adore the Eiffel Tower decorative sculpture on the coffee table. We bought it the last time we visited Paris. If you ever came to Paris you will not miss seeing vendors selling this cute mini Eiffel Tower at most famous landmark in Paris. And you must get one or two for yourself or as  gifts to friends and families.








I can not get enough of roses. The more is the better. I love roses in every corner of each room in my house. They are the most prettiest flower to decorate that add an instant beauty to a room.





This velvet teal covered chair has not finished. I must admit that I have not gotten time to finish it. It need a trimming to cover the staples on the edge of the fabrics. But still it is pretty for the time being as it is.





The simple gift was created using decorative ribbon and embellished with spruce that grows in the back of our home. Playing with gift wrap, ribbon and winter plants gives a pretty hand made one of kind wrap as a gift to your love one. Do not afraid about the color, the more contrast they are in color - the prettier it became. I also like to create my own gift tag. I usually painted a leaves cut out using water color. It surely create a special feel to the person you are giving the gift to.


Again, the center piece of this table setting are winter greens growing in the back of our home. A long with the greens that embellished the napkins. I love the simplicity of this table setting. The cream color, green with a touch of red is very clean, simple and elegant.









The menu are,
First course; Mozzarella and Tomato salad with Sweet Balsamic Vinegraette.
Second course; Breaded Shrimp with Pasta and Italian Red Sauce.
Last course; Miso Ginger, Honey Salmon with Sauteed Baby Bokchoy

I love baking a cake but for a health reason Steven and I on a strict diet that I decided to buy a small chocolate cake. 



And last, I am the happiest person this Christmas to receive a gift of my dream; Nikon camera D610. And oh, 2 dozens of pink roses. I counted days for the past 3 months until December 24th to arrive to have the camera in my hand. And here it is - the big smile tells everything.

 Happy New Year Everyone?