Aurora, OR ~ Heirloom Revival Co. {2014}

Vintage style weddings seem to be an ongoing trend and the Heirloom Revival Co. in Aurora, OR is just the place to discover the perfect props!  An antique table for the candy buffet, a vintage suitcase for cards,  a shabby window frame for a thank you sign…. The ideas are endless!  I wanted to share this little shop with upcoming brides and grooms, wedding planners, and antique buffs!

I was so excited to see my very dear friend and her family at their new shop – the Heirloom Revival Co. in Aurora, OR.  It is adorable!  Its filled with fabulous antiques that each tell a story…they really tell a story! You can pick up an antique here that comes to life with its own information card included.  They have the cutest cards attached that may include what it is, where it came from, etc. The super sweet bistro can serve up your favorite beverage of choice for you to enjoy while you browse the treasures.  {This is wedding planning juice!}  They even have a drive through if your need a cup of joe to go! CAM00196~2~2~2


Bend, OR ~ Photography Workshop taught by Jill Rosell {09.13.2012}

I waited a year to attend this photography workshop.  I wanted to attend last fall, but was unable due to personal circumstances.  So, the ever lovely Jill Rosell held the workshop again this fall and I want to share the experience with you and encourage all to attend.

Jill Rosell Workshop

The workshop is taught in Bend, OR by New Zealand native, Jill Rosell of Jill Rosell Photography, who is also known for starting the I Love Bend Oregon photo site.  The workshop starts off with boarding the infamous cyclepub.  It’s like a carnival ride for grown ups!  Each student sits on one of the bike seats around the center bar of a trolly looking vehicle.

We were served beer and wine while we pedaled our hearts away and our driver steered.  As we discussed our photo interests and cruised around Bend, Jill would indicate locations she had staged along the way to stop and take some shots.  She would instruct on shutter, aperture and ISO and how to accomplish a great image by adjusting these settings appropriately.  I have working knowledge of this, but it never gets old to shoot and practice.  We photographed flowers, people/models, and a pretty cool dog.   It is good to bring a small camera bag that can be easily carried and accessed as you stop and reload at the different places.  The citizens of Bend seem to love the cyclepub and cheered at us as we cruised the streets.  We stopped for pizza along the way and I must say, I do love Bend, OR.  Its gorgeous!

The workshop ended a little after 8 o’clock and it was dark.  I suggest bringing a light jacket if you attend in the fall.  Jill passed out a couple of informative sheets along with a little treat.  My cycle mates and I parted ways with the assignment to post our images to a site Jill would send us. The site is private and serves the purpose of showing, telling and learning from the experience.  We are to share our images, wrong or right and indicate the settings and what we would do differently or not.  Below are three of the many photos I took.  The left side is straight out of camera, and the right is edited in Adobe Lightroom 4.

If you are considering attending this workshop, I give it two thumbs up and highly recommend you go!


I Heart Faces August Photo Challenge Theme {Pet Faces}: Molly Dog ~ 08.07.2012

This is my entry for the  I Heart Faces  August Photo Challenge Theme {Pet Faces}.  Her white flecks of fur and majestic poise are the by-products of a being a loyal, sweet hearted and attentive companion.  She had the demeanor of a lioness watching over her tribe.  After a long day of swimming on one of our family fishing trips, Molly is drying off in the evening air.  I do hope others love this image half as much as I do because I would really LOVE to win the Drop Studio Giveaway!!!

The Molly Lisa

Most Loyal Dog In The World