Wednesday, March 18, 2015


It feels as if I have been going full throttle ever since school started back up in January, and I haven't had time to even breath. It doesn't help that my son left to go back 'over there' which has left me out of sorts and anxious most days and especially nights. This pent up frustration has to go somewhere, so I have been staying really busy and working out consistently for months.  Also, I'm still posting on Love My Art Jewelry, so if you want to see what myself and the ladies have been up to check out the blog here.

 Recently, my husband and I purchased a kiln and will be working together on making beads and pendants. 

They will soon be listed on my website, along with some of these sandblasted pendants. Stay tuned!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jewelry Photography

I just couldn't take it anymore. You know, those jewelry pictures that leave you wondering how the heck did they get that shot? You know the ones...perfectly composed, clear shot, and with bokeh to die for? Well, I tried EVERYTHING and couldn't get those results. I even shoot with a Canon Rebel and sometimes with my son's Canon 7D. It drove me crazy! Even with those great camera bodies and after editing in Photoshop, I couldn't come up with the results I wanted. Jewelry photography can be a real pain is the butt sometimes.

Recently, I did some serious research into what lens would give me the results I wanted. I found it! It's the Canon 100mm 2.8L macro lens. This lens will definitely set you back a pretty penny, but it opens up a truly amazing new world. The below photos are of some pretty purple flowers that caught my eye. I was busy so I let my little cousins take the pictures and they took these shots. I have done a little after editing in photoshop to make the colors pop and increased the clarity, but that was all. AMAZING RIGHT? My photography is going to go from ehh, to BOOM! 

This photo looks like a beautiful fairy land to me.

The contrasting greens and purples are so pretty!

The background bokeh is nice and dreamy.

Taking photos of my jewelry is now enjoyable. I've also figured out how to tether the camera to my computer so all my shots automatically upload to my computer. Sooo much easier now.

Here are a few shots of my jewelry.

I shoot in a lightbox with reflective material and then do a little bit of after editing in photoshop. What a difference the right lens makes! I'm so much happier with my jewelry photography now. 

The lens is also wonderful for portraiture photography as well. If you are looking for a new lens I would definitely consider this one. Try it out if you can in the store before you buy. You will be amazed at the quality.

Happy shooting!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Parlez-vous fran├žais? Do you speak French?

I have a fascination with all things French.  Specifically the L'art Nouveau style.
  1.  Definition: a style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe and the US from about 1890 until World War I and characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms.

Tassel House Stairway
Architect Victor Horta

I have been learning to speak French and can finally say "Je parle fran├žais, un peu!" (I speak French, a little!) Why am I learning French? I hope to someday travel to France, specifically Paris, and immerse myself in their culture, art, and history. When I studied architecture design in college, L'art Nouveau screamed my name. In fact, all my Interior Design projects were done in this style.

Now that I have transitioned to jewelry design, it makes sense for me to incorporate Art Nouveau into my designs. 
I am working on a new collection called Primal Woods. Here is the first pair of earrings.  

 They embrace the fluid lines of Art Nouveau, but are also a bit edgy, almost primal. I think this influence is from growing up in the Sierra Mountains, so close to nature. I can honestly say these earrings are the most truest to my artistic nature that I have ever made. I look forward to creating more in this collection!

Merci beaucoup pour lisez! (Thank you very much for reading!)

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