Senior Portraits Flyer for J. Rose Photography


Working with Jessica from J. Rose Photography is such a dream for me! We have worked together on such a range of projects and have really grown to trust one another through the process. We each inspire one another on all our projects—even when we are working with other people we still show each other our work to get feedback which is truly invaluable.

When I work with Jessica on her personal projects she will usually give me a pin board of ideas, but for her business our usual process starts with her sending me the images she personally has taken and wants to use. And in turn her images will inspire my design and collage composition.

And this was our exact process for her 2013 Senior Portrait postcard flyer… she sent me her images and asked for some elements from her site to be brought in, but otherwise just asked me to go for it. As soon as I saw the image of the senior girl in the blue floral shirt, I knew that would be the base of the design.



As you can see from the giveaway on the back of the postcard, Jess is such a generous photographer… she’s always doing giveaways for free stuff! On her birthday she gave away half a dozen cupcakes—too bad I didn’t win those!

But right now she’s doing a new giveaway… all you have to do is share this post from her Facebook Fan Page. She’s giving away a $10 In-N-Out giftcard for every 10 shares so hop on over and share share share! It only lasts until midnight tonight so get on it!

The flyer you need to share can be found here.

Evernotes Every Friday

Last night I mentioned that I have been quite a busy worker bee. Working a full time job leads to late nights working on freelance projects. Which then leads to no time to get an Evernotes Every post together.

So this edition is going to be a little different and maybe something I can start doing once every few months (??).

Today I am giving a glimpse into a few different projects that I have been brewing. I’d love to know if you like this kind of post, let me know if you like in the comments.

1. Soccer Camp

Two weeks ago I worked on a graphic for the coach’s t-shirts for an upcoming soccer camp at my church… this week we produced posters and banners to promote the camp. More details here if you’d like to sign up your kiddo!


2. Womens’ Luncheon Flyer

The annual design for our church’s womens’ luncheon. You may notice a trend in the handwritten lettering look in many upcoming projects. I am sort of obsessed.


3.  Modern Type Based Badges

This is a super new project that I just barely started… no details to share quite yet but its also for my church. 🙂


4. Baby Announcement

Well this baby announcement is for a family at my church to keep with the theme of this post so far. And also its for a little miss—yes a few of my friends actually do have girls! yay!


5. Baby Shower Invitation

Speaking of baby girls, here’s a glimpse into a baby shower invitation for a shower I am helping to plan for this May. Really looking forward to the frills and feminine touches going into the party planning.


Ships Ahoy, Illustrated Pirate Themed Baby Shower Invitation


I just love collaborating with Jess on all these shower invites for our church! She asked for a combination of “starry night” and “pirates” and then we both wrote to each other simultaneously to depict a pirate ship silhouette at night. We were both so excited that it didn’t take long to complete the invite—it’s crazy how fast you can complete a design when you’re struck with inspiration.


I quickly mocked up a sketch so I wouldn’t lose focus once I started on the digital version, illustrated the various pieces with pencil and marker, scanned them in, and then used Illustrator to complete the design.


Another fun aspect of this shower’s pirate theme, is that our home is immensely decorated using trunks, pirate ships, and glass bottles so Jess was able to borrow a lot of the pieces in our home to decorate the shower—like the trunk I used in the first photograph.

Hope you enjoyed a little glimpse behind the design!

P.S. Jess is such a good shower planner! I loved how she served up a hot chocolate bar to go with the starry night theme. We also worked on the Central Park Picnic and Woodland Creatures invitations along with a church luncheon invite together—plus a ton more that haven’t even been posted!


Lauren’s, Picnic in Central Park Themed, Bridal Shower

Years, seriously years ago I thought about a Central Park themed shower for our friend Lauren. She just loves the city of New York and the Yankees so obviously Central Park is the girly side of that! Thankfully my usual partner in crime, Jessica from J. Rose Photography, and our fellow bridesmaids, Trisha and Jamie, all came together to bring this shower to a reality.

This shower was Lauren Lauren Lauren! Every decision was made based on, what would Lauren choose? What would Lauren want? So instead of the normal frilly girly shower, we had a hot dog bar and a popcorn machine. Instead of playing the usual shower games, that the bride can’t participate in anyway, we played a revamped version of corn-hole, Pass the Bouquet (aka hot potato), and then the ultimate finale of a potato sack race! And instead of floral centerpieces we had picnic baskets that kept the guests’ plates, silverware, napkins, and the smore’s pop favors. And instead of everyone at tables, most sat on a collection of thrifted picnic sheets with pillows to lean on. Oh and Jamie and Jess concocted the most amazing vintage set up for a beautiful backdrop for Lauren to open her gifts.

Enough chit chat, the pictures really tell a better story than I ever could.

Many of the below photos are from Jessica’s post on her blog, check it out.

And for more photos of the invite, see yesterday’s post. 🙂

Lauren loves loves loves ketchup, like really really. She puts ketchup on her ketchup. So a custom ketchup label for the future Mrs. Wagoner was only appropriate.

Lauren and Kellen’s beach cruisers… tied with “Almost Married” cans.

I love how you can see the shadows of everyone waiting for their turn!

Way to fight Jamie, props to Megan for beating out the competition (in black above).

Another favorite of Lauren’s is chocolate milk so she had her own individual drink to accompany her dinner.

The Hostesses with The Bride

Oh and who can forget Mr. Grayson who so patiently put up with all of us the whole day and shared his mama!

What a great shower, so so much fun!

I am so looking forward to this coming weekend where Lauren will marry her best friend and beloved Kellen. I just can. not. wait!!!!

Grayson’s Baby Announcement and Family Photography

I just adooooore how this birth announcement came out for my good friend Jessica’s baby boy Grayson! Just loooove it!

Another thing I love is when Jess and I get to come together and use both of our gifts! She took each of these just adorable photos of her son and then I designed the card from the laying out of the photos to the type on the banner. Isn’t he just the cutest??!


Jessica has such a talent for newborn photography! And I am sure she felt pressure on her own son’s photos but they are just amazing. And another note, Jess is such an AMAZING mother. I’ve luckily seen her love in person for her little boy but she blogs the sweetest little posts about her baby boy and the joys of being a mom.

Jess also asked me to come by and help get a family of three photo for her. Which was quite nerve racking… photographing a photographer! Lucky for me, Jess had all the lights ready for me! All I had to do was minimally guide them in their poses and point and click her fancy camera. But I just love how they came out so I want to share a couple here for you. You can see the rest on her blog here.

Okay okay, enough, but seriously, aren’t they just the cutest family!!?

Jamie’s Baby Shower Invitation: Woodland Creatures

The theme for Jamie’s baby shower had been decided to match the nursery for baby Owen: woodland creatures. And when Jamie posted a photo of this little fox plush from Sleepy King on Etsy,** that she had purchased for the nursery, I was inspired to match the invitation to the same look and feel. The color palette was pretty open, natural earth tones. I’ve always loved Jamie’s taste and was excited to create a shower invitation that was unique to her.

The shower itself, you can see Jessica’s post about it on her blog, was the most adorable shower I have ever been to. Everything was detailed to match the theme down to the food which included acorn cookies and little fox chow. So so cute!

Jessica also asked me to make a little print with Owen’s name on it for Jamie to keep after the shower as well! And you can see in this photo the wood and other stuffed animals Jessica used to decorate. Again, it was all just so cute!

Little Owen was welcomed into the Chapin family already 7 weeks ago (I am so behind in posting this!!) and he’s just as cute as I pictured him to be! So I can’t help but show a photo of the little man from this past weekend, napping away in my arms.

Aww so cute!! Make sure to check out Jessica’s post of Jamie and Owen’s full shower!

**Sleepy King characters used by permission.


Teaming Up with J. Rose Photography this Christmas

A Christmas Special from J Rose Photography

I know I have mentioned my friend Jessica before, but as a reminder, she is the owner of J Rose Photography, and we are combining our talents this Christmas to bring you some extra holiday cheer! I am designing Jessica five custom Christmas cards for her clients’ cards, but as a reader of my blog she is giving you an extra 10% off your portraits and session! Meaning you will get 1 8×10, 2 5×7, 8 wallets, and 25 Christmas cards with your portrait session for only $135. So grab your husband, your wife, your kiddos, or even your whole family and call Jessica at 951.903.4092 or email her at Yay! And Merry Christmas!

P.S. I’ll be posting examples of the Christmas cards next week, so be looking for that post!

Women’s Luncheon: The Ultimate Fruit

Every May, our Women’s Ministry at church hosts a women’s luncheon, head up by Jessica Williams, of J Rose Photography. For the past two years, I was asked to design the bulletin flyers to announce the lunch and the tickets to the lunch. In addition, I have been putting on my crafty pants and, with the help of my mom, making a shadow box inspired by the printed collateral. It’s always been a fun —read: a uber feminine— project as I design in a way that I don’t normally get to on a day to day basis.

This year, Jessica, chose the theme of “The Ultimate Fruit.” The name was taken from one of Pastor Josh’s Sunday messages and she used the following verse from Galatians to center the theme upon:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

She planned to craft a lot of the decor and favors with different kinds of materials like fabric and felt. I was inspired by her choice of fabrics and in turn scanned them into the computer and used them as design elements. It was so fun and in turn, the luncheon had a very cohesive look to it between the decor and the printed materials to go along with it.


Chase + Steph, Engagement Session with J Rose Photography

I am not a photographer, but I sure love to take photos! Photos of anything! Landscapes, plants, architecture and more recently, of people. At the end of January, my point and shoot Canon camera broke, but luckily I had been saving for SLR and was able to get a Nikon D3000 and it rejuvenated my love for photography all the more!

A wonderful friend of mine, Jessica, of J Rose Photography, invited me to come along with her on an engagement shoot. She was going give me some pointers about how to even use my camera and give me a chance to be on the other side of the camera on a photo shoot. I knew photographers had a stressful job, but I had never understood the urgency and efficiency needed on a shoot. I had always been the one being photographed, usually by my husband’s boss, Carolyn. I always felt so relaxed, it was always fun getting your photo taken. But wow, are things different on the other side! When we first started the shoot, I was still figuring out the right setting on my camera and Jess said they were ready for the next location! The other thing that I have yet to understand, is the art of masking the stress you’re feeling and making your client feel comfortable. Jess was able to make so many jokes while I was just scrambling around behind her making sure my images were in focus.

To sum up, there’s a lot more to photography and being a photographer than just owning a nice camera. You not only need an eye for composition and lighting, but in order to be a portrait photographer, there’s a personality needed too!

Thanks Jess for letting me join you for an afternoon, giving me a mere glimpse of your side of the camera…

Here  are my two favorite photos that I took that day. There’s many more that Jess took that are posted on her blog.

Chase and Steph

Chase and Steph 2

Happy Tuesday!