Time is flying over here at the studio as I wrap things up at my job of 12 years at Beinfield Architecture. I’ve got just 8 more days until Sequined Asphault Studio Photography gets 100% of my career attention. And as I clean out one office that’s been a wonderful and challenging learning experience, I am putting together another room that’s sure to be even more challenging and hopefully, even more wonderful.
This is a peek at the awesome nursery mobile I found at the Etsy shop, Pink Cheeks Studios. Multi-cultural kids, dressed as bears, and going to a party. You can’t beat that. Nichol also has some great dolls and prints. I love the use of colors and textures throughout the collection.
I can’t wait to show you more of our new baby’s room as things progress, and of course, a full nursery tour in the not to distant future.
So I’ve decided I’m finally ready to discuss this on the internet, since there’s really no hiding it anymore. I’m waddling around with 8 weeks to go until my due date. We are having a baby! Apparently soon.
Today was another snow day here in New England, so it was perfect timing to prep a tiny, little knitting project. Don’t read into the yarn color choices because it’s all a surprise. Not so much a surprise that I don’t like pink or baby pastels, but you get the idea. I’d dress the kid in all grey and black if I could find that in the store.
I’ve been exhausted, which explains my fall/winter blog hiatus, but as I wrap things up at my day job, I’m finding a bit more energy. I cannot wait to share all the upcoming excitement and changes going on around these parts. We’ve also moved, so not only are we designing a nursery, we are trying to get the rest of the house and my studio in order before week 40. I’m keeping everything crossed here so there are no early deliveries.
We are definitely feeling really blessed. And I am thrilled and excited for the opportunity to create a completely new, fulfilling, creative life for myself over the coming years. Thank you for being part of the journey. xoxo
The awesome Budgie Striped Sweater Pattern is by Grumperina. The yarn you see is Black Worsted Merino Superwash from Plymouth and the scrumptious Dragonfly Fibers is Superwash Merino in Traveller. The variegated little purple cake is some Tiny Owl hexapuff-destined Koigu.
Mini Chewbacca and his best brother Rufus both turn 5 years old today! It’s a huge birthday week over here at Sequined Asphault Studio because Dug’s birthday is on Sunday, and he reminded me that my three best boys are all 35 this year. Course math is no problem for Dug if he’s counting dog years. That’s Ru on the left rocking his party garb. As much as his Dads mock me for putting them in the occassional compromising position, Rufus generally carries it with ease while just Chewie tolerates/ignores it all.
These guys are the best. They are amazing dogs, and I hope we are as good as ‘their people’. They bring so much love to our lives, it’s incredible. Having never had a pet before, I was so afraid Chewie was going to prevent me from having fun – that thought now is laughable since all he does is bring smiles.
To commemorate his birthday, here are some pics from the first week I brought Chewie home. When I thought he was a pooping machine and that he’d never sleep. Ever. Just cry all night. And poop. And stare at me. Waiting expectantly for me to play with him. I thought I’d been lied to for the first year and a half. People say dogs sleep all day. Not this guy. Now, though, he’s narcoleptic. And grouchy, but only on the outside.
Happy Birthday, little guys! And thanks for all the love.
I am incredibly proud and pleased to present to you my new and updated Sequined Asphault Studio Architectural Photography web site and portfolio! I’d be honored for you to take time out for a peek. And even more thrilled if you can share it around. Email it, or better yet, use one of the social sharing buttons below. You can always access my site from here on the blog by clicking the banner you see highlighted by the famous Baby Madeline point above. Thanks so much for all of your encouragement and support.
Since we’ve just gone live, there may be some kinks. I’d be grateful to hear if you find anything trippy while you are taking a tour. Misspellings, duplicate photos, anything that doesn’t feel right to you. I’ll be elbow deep in the web site’s search engine optimization for the next week, and then I’ll be able to switch my other domains over to the new site. Soon there will be some great functionality for you Clients out there, including a lightbox for viewing proofs and a new digital delivery system.
And a bit further on the horizon, I’ll be offering fine art prints for sale.
We’ve got some exciting new features planned right over here at this very blog, Tripping on Asphalt, during the next couple of months, so I hope you stick around and enjoy. And tell your friends! We love comments and visitors.
And a special thanks to our beautiful niece, The Baby Madeline, who turned 2 this week. The photos above are from our shoot with her at 1 year, and at 6 months respectively.
In their custom CawfeeGuy Knits sweaters.
And my teeny Nephew Rufie, in a rare moment of serious and still. I think he’s still feeling a tad guilty since moments before this photo he was crapping on the bottom shelf of the tv stand. I still don’t know how he managed that.
They were totally exhausted after this shoot and required treats, incessant petting and an afternoon of napping. The Talent is so demanding.
UPDATE | After CawfeeGuy posted his comment I was reminded of several fun facts about this particular shoot that I totally should have shared. I’m already in vacation mode so apparently I’m forgetting crap right and left. Also, I totally take the boys’ regular comedy routine for granted.
For those of you who don’t know, Rufus is Chewie’s brother and whenever I get to puppy sit for my nephew, we do photo shoots. You can see them here if you search my ‘little guys’ category on the side bar. I’m not linking for you (vacation mode). In order to get Rufus to stand still, because he doesn’t. Ever. I ply him with string cheese. String cheese and poached chicken are pretty much reserved for photo shoots. Rufus is going to be 5 years old this summer so at this point, let’s just say he gets me. Also, for dog shoots, I generally have a helpful and enthusiastic puppy wrangler, Dug.
This day, though, everything was different. I was alone with the boys when I put on their sweaters and groomed them. Then, I set up the equipment in front of the boys so they immediately understood what was coming next. From that point on, Rufus pretty much called the shots. I started with him because Chewie gets tons of camera play. I placed him on the floor by himself on set. He quickly decided he wanted to be standing on the pebble stool where I was going to park myself to shoot. After he hopped on it twice I moved it into frame for him and he posed patiently through about 15 minutes of commands. I discovered that if I made a particular, totally embarrassing sound, I could get him to place his ears exactly the way I wanted them. Eventually Chewie, who had been watching disinterestedly from the couch, decided Rufus was getting too much attention and he hopped from his perch and sauntered into the frame. As for getting the two of them on the ottoman together, well, I just plopped Chewie on top and told them both to deal with themselves. Chewie was pretty much stuck because he does’t like to walk on the uneven ground under his paws. After I checked the shots for focus on the computer I dragged Rufie’s bed over and told him to make love to the camera (while making that super odd noise again). And that’s it. No treats. Not a single one. No begging, pleading, or empty promises of bitches. No divas storming off set. Just 2 consummate professionals modeling.
The calendar and coffee table book are in the works.
- graphic design
- hustle and flow
- iPhone photo
- little guys
- on the nightstand
- personal projects
- rolling in glitter
- sarcasm font