Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Conor & Elina's Engagement

When Conor & Elina came to me wanting a woodsy engagement session, I knew just the spot to take them! There's a secret little patch of Redwoods hidden next to the freeway by Balboa Park. Not a sight you'd expect to see here in our own San Diego backyard. And while it's nothing like the lush, towering forests of Northern California, it still made the perfect backdrop for this couple's romantic and adventurous photoshoot. :)

Interested in booking your own photoshoot with me? Get all the details at corinnealexandra.com!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Life Lately - 22

Amidst wrapping up this final semester of design school, compiling and reworking projects for my portfolio before the spring show, designing lots of work for current clients, and trying to plan a wedding, blogging has fallen way WAY low on my priority list.

Since setting my blog to the side, life has sped up exponentially. Weeks go by like days and the month is gone in a blur. Before, blogging gave me an opportunity to reflect on each day and slow things down just enough to see what was going on around me. Lately I've been keeping my head down, chiseling away at the mound of responsibilities, never taking a step back to appreciate and admire what I've accomplished. And it's sort of depressing.

While I definitely do not have the time to blog nearly as frequently as before, I want to make the time to reflect, make the time to appreciate all I've managed to accomplish, make the time to enjoy this incredibly busy yet exciting season of life. So much is happening right now and I want to be able to look back on it with clarity and fond memories, not workaholics amnesia.

All of that to preface, life has been so good! My studio courses are pushing me to grow as a designer, and I've been bringing a whole new level of professionalism to my freelance work. I'm working on a bunch of client projects and revamps of old personal projects I can't wait to share. Wedding planning is starting to get crazy. I just got our save-the-date postcards, am finishing up our wedsite, and finally picked a dress! Our super ridiculously awesome church has had so many incredible world-renowned guest speakers lately (Ben Donovan of Generation Church in Manchester; Brian Houston of Hillsong in Australia; Phil Pringle of C3 in Sydney; Greg French of C3 in Oxford Falls, Sydney) and it's left me feeling so pumped the last couple weeks. Oh, and my 23rd birthday was this month. Still working on a new 23 before 24 list (if I ever get make the time to finish it). More to follow. :)

In An Instant: 1// Designed our save-the-date postcards and even shot our own engagement photos. Either I'm a DIY lunatic, or I have control issues… 2// A squished white-lined sphinx moth. Thinking of getting some entomology pins to start preserving these kinds of finds. 3// Pretty proud I managed to finish painting my nails without messing them up once. 4// Got my new logo made into a rubber stamp a few weeks back and I'm super stoked on it! 5// Ordered a pillow with my charcoal drawing on it from Society6 and love the way it turned out! 6// Relics from my childhood. The strange, contextless things I kept in a jewelry box when I was a kid.

Links I'm Loving:
• On Being Busy - The House That Lars Built
• American Horror Story Announces the Season 4 Theme - FearNet (So freaking excited!)
• The Commitment Phobic Creative - Braid Creative (I'm guilty of so many of these, but I'm working on it!)
• Do Something You Love - On Eating Elephants (Really loving my friend's new blog project. Super inspiring!)
• Coaching for Creatives: Behave Yourself - And Kathleen (Behave like what you want to be and you will be)

Words of Wisdom: "Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength." - Mary Engelbreit


Hope everyone has been having a great last couple weeks! :)

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Artwork + $5 Off Every Item & Free Shipping!

I just added a bunch of new(ish) artworks to my Society6 store! :) The charcoal drawings are old pieces that were previously requested that I make available as prints, and the antler flower photo is a new work I created today. I love the way it looks on a phone case! And how rad is that pillow case below?

Society6 currently has an awesome artist promotion deal going on right now so take full advantage of it! Get free shipping AND $5 off each item. Make sure to use this link below:

I think I'm definitely gonna have to treat myself to this tote bag of my raccoon skull charcoal drawing.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Check me out on Alex Beadon's Thursday Throwdown

Woke up to a fun feature of my site on Alex Beadon's Thursday Throwdown. :) Alex is a photographer and business marketing guru. Every Tuesday, she shares videos chock full of tips on how to brand your creative business and better reach your target audience. I especially love her critiques on creatives' websites. I'm always looking for ways to improve my web presence, so I offered my site up to be reviewed for some constructive criticism in her new Thursday series. Check out the video at alexbeadon.com for one simple tip to get more clients.

Thanks Alex for reviewing my site and for the super helpful tips!

ps. My name is pronounced like this, haha. ;)

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Be My Bridesmaid? Boxes

It's hard to believe the wedding is already almost 6 months away! We're entering major crunch time mode where all the details need to be fleshed out, save-the-dates are scheduled to send, dresses are being ordered, and my mom is constantly flooding my inbox with ideas. Amidst all the craziness, my favorite part of wedding planning so far has been making all the things! I'm a DIY bride through and through (which I'm sure will be my sanity downfall once we get closer to the final stretch). But adding personal touches to all aspects of our wedding has been really important to us. When it came to asking my ladies to accompany me on Dave's and my big day, I knew I needed to go all out and get crafty.

I was majorly inspired by these bridesmaid boxes from Bethany of Rinse Repeat and Rifle Design's paper doll chains. For several weeks, I slaved over 5 of these personalized paper dolls, carefully cutting exact hairstyles to match each girl. I hand-painted each girl's name on the outside and a message on the inside lid. Inside the box, I included nail polish, paint swatches for color reference, moodboards, and info cards about the wedding weekend, the dresses, and a funny little list of duties (including "convincing me out of any gaudy taxidermy or zombie related decor" and "making sure Zach doesn't get out of control at the reception"). The girls absolutely loved them and I'm so excited to party with these babely women!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Moodboard - Friendly Techie

I'm part of one of the raddest schools, and the ideas that come out of this place are mind-blowing. Some of the students here have engineered an innovative 3D printer and the Zahn Center is teaming up with our design studio to develop their branding and identity system. Their goal is to make 3D printing accessible and affordable to entrepreneurs and small businesses. Unlike most of the other hi-tech companies out there that have very cold and sterile corporate designs, this new startup wants to employ a fresh approach that's energetic, people friendly, and approachable – technology with the human element.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Snapshot - Escape to Big Sur

We drove 9 hours up the coast on Valentine's day to Big Sur, where we set up a tent in the dark and camped under the redwoods. Being in the outdoors surrounded by fresh air and a sense of adventure was exactly what we needed. We've wanted to take this trip for over a year, but coordinating work and class schedules never aligned in our favor. After Dave lost his job, we said, "Welp, now we have a chance to go camping!" and spontaneously headed up the 101 without knowing exactly where we'd go.

The next morning, we cooked bacon in the crisp coastal air and headed out to explore the forest, gathering tiny pinecones and awing at the immense size of the trees. We packed up our tent and head back down the coastal highway, stopping at the turnouts to marvel at the natural wonders of our incredible state. We ran through fields on the side of the road, investigated an old cabin in the distance, hung out with elephant seals piled on the beach, watched the fog consume the cliffside, and saw a herd of zebras graze in the valley of Hearst Castle.

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