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
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
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
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
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
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!
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 8x10, 2 5x7, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Yay! And Merry Christmas! P.S. I'll be posting examples of the Christmas cards next week, so be looking for that post!
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
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