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You surely must know that I'm obsessed with the beautiful soaps from Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium from Hot Springs, Arkansas. If not, please see this blog post! I went in recently to the Natchitoches boutique to grab something floral, and I walked out with more than a handful of slices, which, in my opinion, are PERFECT for spring! Clicking on the name of the soap will take you to it's product page on the Bathhouse website!
Rose & Lilac
How luscious does the top of this slice look? This is heavily fragrant, and omigosh this isn't your grandma's favorite rose scent, but I bet she'd enjoy it!
Personally, I think gardenia is the most southern out of all the scents. I don't know why, but it reminds me of sitting outside during the evening.
Venus is super lovely and probably the fruitiest floral I picked up.
I wish that Goddess had it's own page on the Bathhouse site. It's lovely and I can't adequately describe it. Sorry, y'all.
Bright, spring days. Lavender may be considered a "mature" scent, but my gosh this one is gorgeous!
I had to share this article that my friend Rachel Taylor over at Daylight Fading Photography shared on her photography page, but with a little insight from me, of course. The article is linked below.
I am a photographer, yes, but I'm also the first to scream at the top of my lungs that I'm a curator, too. See, I take photos of people, they then go on about their lives, not noticing the incremental changes they are constantly going through. Changes that are only evident if one has a perfect memory or photos to remind them of how things used to be.
I am a curator, like at a museum. I'm not preserving memories or moments for the right now, because what would be the point? You know what you currently look like, what your family looks like, what your love looks like. I'm curating these memories for the future. For your children to look at, for their children to look at.
The evolution of photo storage out-dates its previous incarnations. CDs, DVDs, and optical drives are all but obsolete. USBs eventually get lost or broken and many tablets and mobile devices don't have the ports to use them. Cloud storage might be the way files are saved now, but being able to access your photos whenever you want from a computer can be a hassle and it means few rarely do.
I'm willing to bet money that most of us grew up in households where the home was overflowing with photos. On the walls, on tables, mantles, shelves and even the fridge, were physical copies of photographs. You could look at them whenever you wanted, all you needed was light. Those photos lasted awhile, too, as long as they were well taken care of. Today, fewer people are printing their photos, and if they are, they happen to be using "convenient" and cheap drugstore printers.
Now, there's nothing wrong with that, except for the fact that these prints weren't made to last. They're quick and nearly effortless, and you get what you pay for.
Often, we wish we had more photos of an event or person, and most of the time, that thought occurs much too late.
So, take photos. They don't even have to be professional-quality (am I shooting myself in the foot here, or what?) just be sure to print them on materials that will last longer than just a couple of years. Technology changes quickly, and if you don't have access to pull photos off of discs, jump drives or other soon-to-be retro technology, you may be left without those memories.
If any of my clients or followers have questions about where to get great personal prints, please don't hesitate to ask! I will point you in the right direction!
The link to the WONDERFUL Huffington Post article that spurred this blog post.
Gus is by my side constantly. "Guard Duty," as I call it. He puts up with my daily ritual of photographing and otherwise humiliating him for the world to see and for that I'm grateful. Sometimes, I may be feeling a little more lonely than usual, but he's always there to keep me on track. He has a schedule and he makes sure I abide by it.
This post was a part of a photo challenge blog circle, and San Diego Photographer, Alicia Jeanne Photography shared one of her fabulous photos for the challenge, as well. Go check it out!
I felt like I was in a rut, both emotionally and creatively. Over the winter, I became more closed off than I’ve ever been. I needed something to shake this feeling. Something that would help wake me up. “Big Magic” has been talked about in creative circles since it was published last year.
The queen of finding yourself, Elizabeth Gilbert, author of “Eat Pray Love”, had put her very own struggles with fear and insecurities into a beautiful, anecdotal book that I've quickly devoured.
Yes, it’s a self-help book, but it’s more of story of a woman working to understand how creativity happens instead of a bland “you can do it, just believe in yourself.” Gilbert’s genius comes in and blasts down that seemingly insurmountable wall, saying it’s OK if you say no to creativity if it’s beneficial to you. It’s ok that you’re scared. Find a way to accept that you are afraid but continue to trudge forward. To hold onto ideas lightly, because the Universe has a way of changing your perceptions and if you hold on too tightly, you might lose it and your drive.
“Big Magic” was a quick read for me, but it’s almost indecent how much time I can spend in a day reading. Your mileage may vary. Now that it’s spring, it’s the perfect time to dust off those thinking caps and figure out what you need to do in order to become fulfilled and there's absolutely nothing more inspiring than reading the work of a person who's done it many times over.
What have you enjoyed reading lately? Let me know in the comments!
Who doesn't love a good bag? No one. No one doesn't love a good bag. Ask around and draw your own conclusions. Security, maneuverability, space for stuff, cuteness factor. These are the four things I looked for in a bag, and I found all four tucked inside this roomy House of Flynn bag. Yes, I, Emilee Self, have an Evermore, and I'll give it up... Nevermore? OK, cheesy, but yeah, not letting go of it.
1 dSLR body, 3 lenses, 2 flashes, 1 film camera and 2 lenses, 3 battery chargers, 6 dSLR batteries, memory card, iPad, shoot emergency kit, AA batteries, AAA batteries, and on and on and on.
What do you think about my new baby? What style/color Flynn bag can you see yourself with? There's a virus spreading in the HoF community: Flynndecision. Maybe you won't catch it. Who are we kidding? You're smitten already!
I spent some time with my mom's side of the family today. We had great food (which I had a helping hand in!) watched A Christmas Story about three times, and had some fun with sparklers and Roman Candles. I love spending time with my family, and here are a few shots from tonight as well as some of my favorite quotes from A Christmas Story.
My sister, holding a sparkler.
Cousin Maddie, also holding a sparkler. Smoke build-up was real, though.
This was an ornament given to my mother and her two sisters. Even though my youngest aunt's name is spelled differently, it still means an awful lot to them.
What are some of your favorite Christmas movie quotes? Let me know in the comments!