KaylaFPhotography.com is LIVE!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

This has been a long (looooonnnnggg) time in the making! I bought Kayla F Photography over a year ago and it has just sat there. Its rather depressing once you think about it. So when it came time to renew the domain, I got to thinking. "This is ridiculous. Why am I going to renew it when it has just sat there for an entire year?" So after mulling over it for about 5 days, I kicked my butt in gear and decided that the reason why it has sat there is my own fault (obviously). The idea of creating a website just absolutely terrified me. Websites are so insanely expensive. Who on Earth would design it? Do I even have enough in my portfolio to interest people? Finally, I decided that if this is something that I want to do (you know, the whole being a photographer dealio) then I need a website. Not just a blog, but a legit website.

I have heard so many amazing things about Showit and know a few photographer who use their services, let alone almost all of the photographers whose work I drool over on a daily basis. If its good enough for them, well it has to be good enough for me! I signed up and 3 weeks later "TADA!!!"

There were many nights and weekends of Robby asking me to get off of the computer and to not eat my dinner at my desk (all requests I of course obliged). There was a lot of edits, a lot of emails to one very very trusted photographer confidant, and many questions to Robby...the computer genius. But in the end, this website is 100% me! Done, 100% by me! I don't know if I could be any more proud! So, on with the tour!

I don't want to load you down with a "How To" of the site...hopefully its easy enough to navigate...but there are some little goodies tucked away! :)

On the home page, see those cute little 5 pictures?!? Click on them to see what fun awaits! 



Once you click on a picture, it will take you to one of three galleries (more galleries to come)! The first two pictures take you to my engagement and weddings. The third picture will take you to my lifestyle sessions and the last two will take you to the weddings that I have assisted with Jennie Andrews Photography! It was sooo hard to choose which photos to use, which is why I'm excited to add more galleries in the future! 


The last little hidden bit is on the hello page! See those two boxes at the bottom? Click on those and they'll take you to some awesome questions that every bride, to-be-momma or anyone whose interested in a session probably think of from time to time! The box with the big "f" not only bids a nod to the f in Kayla F Photography, but it also sends you to my Facebook page so you can get the latests photos and updates!

And that just about sums it up! There might be more pages added in the future (maybe something on my interests other than photography, more galleries, and maybe even an intro video) so keep checking back to see any improvements. And if you run across something that seems a little bit finicky, shoot me an email at kayla@kaylafphotography.com and let me know! Don't be shy!

Oh! And I have to give a HUGE shout out to my "very very trusted photographer confidant"! Kristin of KLP Photography is awesome and amazing, and I might have completely lost it and thrown my computer out the window if it wasn't for her. She gave me ideas and helped me out when things were getting intense! Plus, make sure you check out her blog! She's GIVING AWAY an engagement session! You bet your little booty Robby and I are submitting our pic! 

A DIY Christmas

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

So since I have (almost) distributed all of my Christmas presents, I figured I would share some of my fun new finds from Pinterest!!! If you aren't a member of Pinterest, then you need to jump on it! I don't believe it is invite only anymore so everyone gets to indulge in the foods that make your mouth water, the home decor ideas that get you inspired, the photography that makes my heart start racing and of course the funny little things that just make you giggle! :)

So, I really wanted this year to be a local and/or DIY Christmas! Robby and I have tried really hard to start buying and supporting local businesses and I've tried to pinch a penny or two (we are in wedding planning mode) by doing more things DIY! So here was my first project! Coasters!! Who on Earth doesn't need coasters?!?!? Especially cute little frilly ones? Well, maybe some people, but not me...or my friends! So off I went to a hardware store...now I tried to find a local hardware store, but I don't believe they exist! Seriously, if you know of one, please leave me a comment! So, off I went and found these little gems!
Disclaimer: I have to apologize for the awkward hand positions and lack of pictures. I tried to do this project and take pictures by myself...lesson learned.

.16 cents a piece!!! Seriously?!?!? No way! Oh yea! I might have had to scrounge up the last remaining ones, but you bet I'm on board the .16 cent train!
Then I went through my stash of scrapbook supplies and found EVERYTHING else! Yay!!

Here's what you need for the Scrapbook Coasters!
4 - 4.25x4.25 tiles from a hardware store
1 sheet of 10x10 scrapbook paper
a straight edge or paper trimmer of some sort
mod podge
mod podge acrylic spray
1 spongey brush
felt bottom circles (not pictures)

1. The first thing I did was cut all of my paper to 4x4 size. I wanted to have a little bit of white space around the paper.
2. Put the paper on the tile. I took the mod podge and got a good amount on the spongey brush (about a quarter size) and evenly distributed the glue all over the paper; starting from the middle and working my way out to the edges.
3. I then made sure, after each coat of mod podge, to smooth out any ripples or bumps.
4. Let the mod podge sit for about 15 minutes (I completed the rest of the tiles)
5. Add about 3-4 coats of mod podge on to the tiles/paper

*Now is where I put my camera down and forgot to pick it back up! :(
6. Make sure to do this next step outside! Do nice even sprays of acrylic spray on the tiles. Make sure to cover the entire tile and cover it good! I did 2 coats of the spray just to make sure that I got everything. It only takes about 1 min for the acrylic spray to dry.
7. I am uber paranoid about Diesel (our frenchie) licking things, so I left the tiles outside for a day to make sure they were good and DRY!
8. I then attached felt furniture pads to the bottom of the tiles. I put one in each corner.

And that is it! I have to say these little (less than $5) coasters were a hit!!!

So now that I'm in the DIY mood, I'm starting on some *Wedding DIY* projects!!! I'm trying document them as best as I can and as soon as I take care of one BIG to-do I will post the first series! :)
Hope you guys enjoy this little break from the norm. If not, let me know...but I will probably continue to do them until I'm all DIY'd out! :)
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