the joy of polaroids: parties + a guestbook idea

For my wedding last June I incorporated some of the new Polaroid cameras with the guestbook. My cute cousins, Natalie and Madeline, took pictures of guests and sent them towards the guestbook where they put their photo in and wrote a note. It was a fun way to remember the evening and I’m so happy we have it as a keepsake to look back from the evening.

While out in Hawaii over Christmas we pulled out the cameras and leftover film and brought it along to Hokulia (actually our wedding venue) for a New Year’s party. It provided for cute, fun keepsakes of the evening (not to mention entertainment and a reason to wear New Year’s crowns). We even took some party pics of other guests and gave it to them as a keepsake.

(Why yes, that is a big sweaty sumo man posing as a big sweaty New Year’s baby.)

And an Instagram photo, because there’s no better way to end/start a year.

Anyone else have a new or old polaroid laying around they like to bust out for special occasions?


Hawaii in Photos

Back from Hawaii and hitting the ground running! A quick peek of a few of my Hawaii photos (taken strictly on my iphone). Colors are so vivid there, it’s a bit odd looking out the window to the white and brown (it is actually winter someplaces) view of my Colorado yard.

(above is our wedding venue!)

Christmas Eve yule log

(found a bucket full of Simpsons antiquing)

My New Year’s resolutions include blogging more frequently and a really fun new project I’ll tell you about this week (here’s a hint, it involves more photos). Hope everyone is surviving the first work week of the New Year!


Santa Stock

While finishing up my second to last day at this financial real estate company (hooray for having my flexibility back!), I was assigned a project requiring some Santa stock photography. It’s a given most Santa stock would be corny, but what I found was unbelievable (all searched from the term “santa”, nothing out of the ordinary). Thought I’d share a few to get you through your Tuesday!

This one is legitimately called yuletide log.

Santa on a tank…

Obligatory weight loss Santa.

Big Daddy Clause.

I can’t fathom what someone would need Santa riding a dragon for, but I like to think it’s something awesome.

In a similar world of “where in the heck would this ever be applicable??”, I give you Egyptian Santas.

Any my personal favorite.
Seriously with this one?! Santa, no!!

The photography is a completely different game, so I’m just going to share one. Nothing says Christmas like a creepy “santa couple”.

I especially like how sweaty the man is. (All images are from istock).

My project eventually featured Santa riding a fork lift in an industrial warehouse. Standard.

Merry Christmas everyone 🙂


Peep Mania

In honor of Easter this weekend, I thought I’d do an Easter inspired post. I wanted to include a mood board with a nice color palette, some gorgeous egg designs, etc. I think I’ll save that for another day this week. Because tonight I got distracted by… PEEPS.

America has peep mania. People do everything with their peeps. There are images of posing peeps in nearly every scene one can imagine including Star Trek peep scenes, Wizard of Oz peep scenes, and peeps doing yoga. While those are somewhat entertaining, they’re a bit cliche. I like my peeps to be used in edible or decorative states while embracing the natural form of the peep. Uses I found online for peeps include peep push pops, formal peeps, plush peeps, peeps in a vase, paper peeps, peep fried chicken, pikachu peep pops, stir fried peeps, topiary peeps, wreath peeps, peep monkey bread, peeps on the beach, etc., etc., etc..

And in honor of my upcoming name change…

Simpson Peeps

How do you like your peeps?