Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s already 2014! Today, instead of reflecting back on this year, I’m looking ahead to new beginnings, more time with family and friends, exploring new opportunities, and going on more adventures! This past year was filled with so many amazing people and events, I have an awesome job where I am able to use my graphic design and photography skills, and I started my freelance photography business and had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful families and seniors. But it was also a very difficult year for my family and I as we watched my mom have to go through surgery and radiation treatment for breast cancer (she is now one year cancer free and we are so happy and thankful!!). I want to thank all of my family, friends, clients and colleagues for all of their encouragement and support this year for my family and I…without all of you I would not be where I am today! I’m looking forward to starting a fresh new year filled with happiness, good health, love, and joy, and I wish the same to all of you.
The above picture is of one of my good friends Eric who is currently serving in the army. He was home for Christmas this past week and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to spend an afternoon with him snow tubing and getting dinner. I’m so proud of him, and I’m thankful to everyone who is out there working to protect our country every day.
I had such a fun Christmas with my family this year! All of my cousins are getting to be so grown up, and I always love catching up with everyone. I came up with the idea of a family “photo booth” because I wanted to find a way to bring everyone together for pictures and make some really fun memories at the same time…And it was a huge hit!! Everyone really got into it and had a blast…and now we have some awesome pics to remember it by!
The set up…
Recently my uncle built a backdrop stand for me which worked perfectly for this! It’s made out of PVC pipes and has holes drilled into the two top polls (which fit inside the bottom two polls) so the height is adjustable. The width is also adjustable as it has an extra pipe that can be added or removed.
I used clips to hold a large white throw blanket for the backdrop, and found some adorable felt letters and sparkly garland and a star ornament at Target to add some pop! The hats and sunglasses were also found at Target in the dollar section.
I used a Canon T2i on a tripod with a flash attached, and bounced the light off of the ceiling. I set the camera on ISO 400, the F-Stop on 5.6 (Aperture Priority), and the flash set on manual at 1/2 power.
This photo booth was really easy to put together and now we have memories that will last a lifetime! Merry Christmas from our family to yours!