Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Banning Family | Clarksville Arkansas Photographer

Just in the midst of fall family sessions over here! I had two very FULL weekends for the last two weekends and now that November is approaching I have only this weekend for family sessions and then the following for a wedding, family and senior sessions and then it's on to Christmas and holiday sessions. People keep asking me how I'm doing all that I do and the answer is coffee and an awesome supportive husband and in-laws. Honestly I'm not one to sit around and watch television or do nothing…I always have to be doing something and I'd rather it be productive if anything.

Up above are photos from the Banning family from here in Clarksville Arkansas. They were SO fun and we laughed a lot during our session. It's been so fun meeting families with vibrant personalities and it makes my job so much easier when I can really capture their personalities in their photos. I have been loving meeting so many people in our new town and I'm blown away at how quickly I filled up with sessions. I had to start turning people away I am so full. Ah! Next year Emerson will be a little bigger and can handle some day care and I hope to be more available to everyone for the next fall season. I'm just so happy to be doing something I love and sending joy to everyone who books with me when I send them their finished galleries and packages of discs, prints and other goodies. It feels so rewarding.

You can see more of my photography work on my Facebook page Erin Wilson Photography.


Caramel Apple Dipping Bar

We've been trying to check everything off our fall bucket list lately. We haven't made halloween cookies or carved our pumpkin yet and tomorrow is Halloween so you can imagine we have a busy night ahead of us. Ah! Running two small business' with a baby and a 1st grader means life is busy and crazy. We like it that way.

So back to our fall bucket list. Penelope and I browsed through some little fall ideas on Pinterest and we saw a little caramel apple dipping bar and we wanted to make our own at home for an after school snack. I don't even remember where we saw the pin or where it was linked so we tried to do it from memory. I just grabbed various apples and some light caramel apple dip and toppings. The sticks helped keep our hands from getting sticky and made dipping easy. We just dipped our apples in the caramel and then dipped them in the toppings. We used miniature candies, chopped heath bar and mini-chocolate chips. If you wanted to serve these at a party I would recommend dipping your apples in lemon juice to keep them from browning and then using caramel made from scratch or the kind you melt in the pan to get the caramel to really stick to the apples. If you want a quick any easy little treat for your house this is the way to go. Quick, very little clean up and easy.

We can't wait for Halloween this year because there will be TWO trick-or-treaters this time. :) Penelope has had her halloween costume for this year picked out since Thanksgiving last year. It was talked about over and over all year long. Emerson is going to be a little ferocious animal. Can't wait to show you pictures!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jones Family | Clarksville Arkansas Photographer

The last two weekends I have several fall family sessions scheduled and I wanted to share a few of the session pictures with you guys. This is the Jones Family and their son Nelson is SO handsome. We met at a gorgeous wild field a little out of town about mid-afternoon and caught some dreamy light. We giggled and Nelson gave me his best fake laugh which of course turns into real laughs and we all have a good time. Kim's sweater was gorgeous and I think it just really makes the pictures look so perfectly fall. The Jones family is awesome!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Fall Wreath

Hold on to your pants friends, I have been crafting. I don't even know who I am right now. I have a 7-month-old baby, running two small business' and I'm baking and crafting. Whoa. It's because I started up a full blown coffee habit again. So sue me.

Anyway…to the crafting. I made this garland and wreath on the same day last week. Super easy and quick projects. I used the same gold leaves and feathers to attach to a wreath to create a rustic and cozy wreath for our front door. Here are a few quick steps on how to make your own:

Painted feathers (see this DIY)
Silk Leaves spray painted gold
Wheat stalks
Hot Glue
Glue Gun
Twigs or faux fall berries

Use my previous DIY to make your feathers and gold painted leaves. Next trim your wheat stalks and berry/twig stems shorter. Start hot gluing your wheat cascading across two sides of your wreath. Next add your berry/twig stems, then feathers and then leaves. You can arrange these in different ways but this is the formula I used to create mine. Super easy and inexpensive project to make your home more fall and cozy. Happy crafting!