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Monthly Archives: December 2011
This weekend I attended the Woodlands Civic Ballet production of The Nutcracker. I got to attend their dress rehearsal so I could shoot some photos of these lovely ladies. I LOVE shooting dance photography. It’s definitely a challenge on my part, I have to click the shutter at the exact moment. I’m also fascinated by dancers, the movement, the poise, the athleticism. It blows my mind every time.
I’m also a huge fan of Edgar Degas, a painter who did quite a bit of dancer paintings. Bill and I got to see an art show of his complete works in Philadelphia last year and it was extraordinary. Some of my favorites of his works are not his completed paintings, or even the most popular ones, but his sketches and unfinished drawings are some of the ones I find the most interesting.
I also have this feeling about dancer photography, that it should always be in black and white. Maybe it’s because the first dancers I took photos of I shot with black and white film. And there is something about developing your own photos and black and white and dance that makes my heart happy. Here’s a few black and whites that I really like.
We did our first run of the live photo booth at the Upside Down Christmas Tree Party and Art Show last weekend here in Houston. It was a grand success because people love photo booths and they love to be silly. I love that I still get to interact with people and that folks feel like they are a movie star walking the red carpet (you know that, plus silly fake mustache props).
So in the honor of this being a new service from Diliberto Photo & Design, and of everyone being so thrilled about it, we’d like to do a three hour photo booth session at a New Year’s Eve party this new years. Did we mention we’d like to do it at no cost? Yeah, that means FREE.
But, “why would you do it for free?” you may ask…well it’s new service and we feel with any new service we need to test run it a few times and work out all the kinks before we feel like we can honestly charge people for it. Even with how well it went on our first run at the Upside Down party, we learned a lot and we feel like we could learn some more, so why not do it on New Years Eve for free.
So here’s all the details:
What You Need:
1. People, aka a New Years Eve Party expecting 50 or more guests. We want to take A LOT of pictures so unfortunately for this round small parties are out. The more guests the better, but we’d like to top it off at 175-200, any more than that and we just wouldn’t have time to take everyone’s picture in three hours.
2. Your party has to be in the Houston area. While we’d normally be totally willing to travel, this time we’d like you to be local. (We might consider Galveston too, just let us know).
3. A space where we can set up, we need about a 8′x8′ space at the least. In a corner or against a wall is great, it can even be outside. Believe it or not, the photo booth at the Upside Down Christmas Tree Party was outside at night.
4. A desire to have fun. We want to do some insanely fun photo booth pictures!
What You Get:
1. A FREE live photo booth for three hours (roughly a $600 value). Live mean’s its more of a back drop with lights and a person with a camera running it, think red carpet event photos, rather than your traditional teeny photo booth.
2. Lots and lots of props. We’ll bring all the props, this includes the fun lips and mustaches you see in the pics above as well as some special New Years Eve themed props.
3. All the photos are posted on facebook within two days of the event for your guests to share and download. We bring little cards for people to take that have all the info for downloading.
What You Need to Do:
1. Check out the pics from the Upside Down Christmas Tree Party on our facebook at www.facebook.com/dilibertophotoanddesign. While you’re there we’d really appreciate if you’d “like” our page, it makes us smile a lot. And please share this with your friends!
2. Leave a comment on this blog post with the time of your party, general location (ie. area of town), number of guests expected and e-mail address (to prevent those pesky spam bots from stealing your email, feel free to type it like this: info at dilibertophoto and design dot com).
3. Make sure you leave a comment by Tuesday, December 28th. Because on Wednesday we’ll be picking a random party. We’ll contact you via e-mail to work out all the details.
We’re looking forward to it!!
We’ve been considering adding another service here at Diliberto Photo & Design, Live Photo Booths! The concept is similar to your traditional photo booth, we’ve just added a little human interaction and a ton of insane props. We did a test run at the Annual Upside Down Christmas Tree Party and Art Show this weekend. It was a blast!! Here are a few of my favorites…
We’ve been organic for over a month now, so far its been positive. I’ve never seen Bill so excited about produce as when we pick up our share from The Rawfully Organic Co-op. He practically danced around the parking lot gleefully singing, “I love organic organic produce” yesterday when we went to pick up our third share. I always wash the fruit/vegs right when we get home and lay them out on towels to dry over night. This morning I saw both a red pear and orange gone. I love that he loves fruit.
Like I said, this experience has been positive so far…except for last night at about 3:00am. Bill and I met my dad for dinner after we picked up our share yesterday at this great little hole in the wall Mexican food place. It’s very clearly not organic, much less healthy. We shared Queso Flamiado (spanish for a big bowl of melted cheese chock full of greasy meat), which was delicious. Then we shared a GIANT plate of beef, chicken, and shrimp fajitas with loads of guac and this place serves them with fried potatoes. All food I haven’t really eaten in over a month. Delish too, but about an hour after I felt like there was a boulder in my gullet.
Fast forward to 3am when I am awoken by a lump in my throat. A giant vomity lump. I am very passionately against vomiting so I got up, went to the bathroom and just sat there trying to push the feeling down. I went back to bed, tossing and turning, trying to find a position that would make me feel like NOT vomiting all over the place.
I finally fell back asleep.
This morning as I process the happenings of last night I am amazed at how quickly my body has changed and has started to reject unhealthy foods. We haven’t eaten a lot of meat lately either, mostly due to the high price of organic meat. So I don’t know if it was the grease, or the cheese, or the insane amount of meat I ate but something did me in.
I’ve raised my little white flag of defeat. Body, I surrender. I promise not to do that again.
Every year since Bill and I have been married we’ve done a custom Christmas card to send out to friends and family. It’s one of those things I put on that “when I’m married I’ll get to do ____” list. I look forward to designing our Christmas card every year, coming up with new ideas for the design and for the photo session.
Now that we’ve accumulated three cards (I can’t believe we’ve been married for almost three years) I’ve been trying to come up with an interesting way to display them at Christmas time.
I’ll be posting my idea here in a few weeks. In the mean time I’ll be finishing up custom holiday card designs for several of my clients as well as addressing the envelops for this year’s card.
Several Christmas’s ago we did a double trip, one week in Philadelphia to visit Bill’s family and one week in Buffalo, NY to visit mine. With snow on the ground and about 12 degree wind chills I took Bill to Anderson’s in Buffalo. There is not a season where I wouldn’t eat their chocolate custard with chocolate jimmies. Not a single season. Its a Buffalo staple and a family tradition.
Here’s the second installation of the sub category What’s In The Box of The Granola Escapades, which mean’s we’re still going with this whole organic thing!
This week we received: romaine lettuce, MORE kale, an unknown green (it’s sitting on top of the kale on the right), cilantro, cherry tomatoes, assorted pears, assorted apples (I bought extra granny smiths for Thanksgiving apple pie), cucumber, green bell pepper, celery, beefsteak tomatoes, red onion, oranges, avocado, carrots, sweet potatoes, persimmons (never had one of those), and pomegranates!
I’m super excited about this week’s share! I have plans for home made salsa and organic home made apple pies. I’ve never tried a persimmon but I hear they’re a delight. Is it totally lame that we’re going to have to google how to eat it? And yum for pomegranates.
My question this week is does anyone know what the mystery green leafy veggie is? Also how to cook it would be grand? And while the soup was delish, we’re still looking for kale recipes.
Before my grandfather passed away he had his local pub save boxes and boxes of wine corks for him. I think they were originally going to go to my aunt but somehow I ended up with them. I’ve been pinning tons of wine cork projects on my pinterest and finally settled on a wine cork wreath. I found one similar to the one I created above but it lacked any sort of instructions so I figured I’d make one and tell the blogosphere how to make a wine cork wreath.
Start with a straw base like the one above. They come wrapped in plastic wrap, you’ll need to take that off, but wait until right before you start the project, otherwise you’ll have straw everywhere.
You’ll also need a whole heck of a lot of wine corks. Though I think you could probably make this with the plastic ones the real cork ones work best. A variety of shapes, sizes, and labels are also a plus. A few other things you’ll need are a hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, thick floral wire (the strips, not the roll), wire cutters, ribbon, and berry picks (if you want to use them).
Many of the tutorials I read said to just hot glue the corks on the straw. I wanted to make sure they lasted over time and instead of attaching them on their sides (where the surface area would be larger) I wanted to glue them on their ends so they’d stick out and have more texture. I also really liked the look of all the shades of red from the ends of the wine stained corks.
So I developed this way. I cut about 3″-4″ long strips of floral wire (the thicker kind), dabbed a bit of hot glue on the cork and on the end of the wire and jabbed it into the cork. There was already a hole in most of the corks from when the cork screw went in so I usually just used that same hole. This process takes a while because you have to do it with each cork and there’s at least 100 or so on the wreath. Bill and I had fun doing it together, listening to music and chatting. The time it took actually flew by.
After you get quite a few going you can start putting them in your straw wreath.
Put some hot glue on the end of the wine cork (the end with the wire sticking out) and a little bit on the wire itself. Then you stick it in the straw part of the wreath. You want to go in a line starting with the part of the wreath that will sit against the wall.
It’s important to rejoice at every completed row!
Once you complete row one start on row two and keep going row by row until you fill the whole front side of the wreath. You don’t want to go all the way around because you won’t see what is on the back and you’ll want it to lay flat against the wall or door you hang it on.
As with any home project Sam is there to help by smelling and inspecting things.
I love the texture and colors. The advertising side of me loves seeing all of the different brands and logos. They’re all so individual.
We wanted to make it even more festive by adding red ribbon and some fake berry picks. I chose the dark red berries to replay the colors of the wine stained corks, but really you could use any kind of berry pick or holiday pick. I think feathers would be really cool, or something glittery.
I weaved the berry picks in between the corks, cutting them down when needed. Once I got everything where I liked it I went back and stuck them into the exposed straw where I could and hot glued them down.
To add the ribbon I knew I wanted a bow at the top and enough ribbon to hang the wreath. I weaved the ribbon around the corks and left enough on each end to tie a bow and leave a good bit to hang it with.
The last and final step (if you want to) which I didn’t take pictures of is I took a bit of left over felt and hot glued it to just the back of the straw wreath where it lays against the wall. Really the only reason why I did this was to keep the straw from littering my house every time I took the wreath out.
And that’s it! Our wine cork holiday wreath is currently hanging on the inside of our front door. We love it!
If anyone else follows this tutorial I’d love to see photos of what you create! What holiday crafts are you planning?
I promise by blog hasn’t become all about the organic world. I’m still working, doing photo sessions and designing things.
This weekend I did a photo session with Natasha at her dad’s lake house on Lake Livingston. I’m so glad we did the session here. There was great scenery and she looked gorgeous, my job was way easy.
It’s also rare that I get to do a college senior session. Sometimes it’s like there is this void in my client’s photos. We do high school senior portraits and I don’t see them again until they get married. I’m pretty sure this is completely ridiculous. What about when the graduate from college, or get a dog, or buy a house, or heck just for fun?
Anyways that was a total tangent from the subject at hand, which is Natasha and her Lake Front College Senior Session.