Friday, September 12, 2014

Goodbye Summer.

Our summer has been so full and fun. We have loved living near family during this season. From trips to home towns, to summer vacations, festivals and fairs…it's been so great. A few weeks ago we went to our new little towns summer fair and I snapped these photos. Would you believe that up until 4-ish years ago I had never been to a fair? Growing up in Houston I never noticed fairs…that just wasn't something we did living there. We did, however, go to the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo…which is basically like a fair on steroids. In fact, my art was shown there and won awards several times. Not that that's super special or anything because lots of kids did that but still. I am having all these funny situations happen to me that would never happen living in a big city and it's like major culture shock. Like learning that teenager's parents won't let them drive on the highway until they're 18 when I grew up learning how to drive on a highway. Then there's all the people I see over and over again out and about town but I don't know who they are but it's so small I just keep seeing them. Then people complain about traffic here…(this is me giving a major eye roll). Haha. It's all funny to me and living all over the country now it really is interesting to see all the different ways people live life. We really are enjoying life here and have been extremely busy and knowing the fall and holidays are coming up it's just going to get busier.

Life is good. I'm sad to see such a good summer end but I love fall so I'm not that mad about it. Bring on the apple cider, pies, leaves and crisp weather.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

DIY Flower Crown

I made a couple of flower crowns for a shoot this last summer, in fact, after that I had several requests for real flower flower crowns so I thought I'd share a quick DIY for you here. It's really simple (at least to me) but some people aren't always DIY inclined it can seem daunting. Here's what you need to make a fresh flower flower crown.

Floral Tape
Thick Wire
Wire Cutters
Hot Glue and Glue Gun (optional)

1. Start by separating all your flowers and cutting them off near the base but leaving 1/2 to one of of stem to wrap up in the crown.
2. Measure the head needed for a crown and leave a 1/2 inch of extra room and then wrap the ends of the crown around.
3. Start by attaching flowers to the crown with a bit of glue (this is optional…you can also just start wrapping tape around the flower and the wire to secure it but I think hot glues makes them a bit more secure). Add one flower, wrap some tape around the wire and the flower itself and then place the next flower down and repeat. You'll want to repeat this step until half your crown (or your entire crown if you want) is covered in flowers facing towards the outside of the crown so when you place the crown on your head the flowers are facing out.
4. Wrap the floral tape all the way around the rest of the wire and then double wrap the area covered in flowers to keep them extra secure.

Then you're done! It took me about an hour to make three crowns from start to finish. They lasted about 7-12 hours looking fresh. Happy Making!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Girls Weekend Forever.

Earlier today I announced that I had started a photography business here in Arkansas (well and to wherever I get to travel to). I wanted to share one of my first few sessions from earlier this summer. I went on a big girls weekend trip and photographed some of my very best girlfriends. We took large group photos taken by my friend Angela Sostarich and I took some fun styled photos of the individual girls and a couple group shots as you see here. I have a real flower crown tutorial for the crowns used in this session coming soon.

Big thanks to Kim Kicker, Erin Kearns, Cassandra Kuykendall and Rachel Adams for letting me photograph you. It was so much fun. I've done about 15 sessions in the past couple of months so I have sooo much more to share as well as some everyday updates, baby updates, recipes and and some tutorials. I have a computer full of photos and info ready to finally be blogged now that I've got things settled down over here.


All the Madness.

I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged. My life has been INSANE lately. It's been awhile since I've worked 12 hour days every day but I am loving it. You'll notice some changes around here lately. My blog name has changed from 'Carosello' to 'Erin Wilson' not really much of a change, it's just me and my name. For the last 3 months I have been working on starting a photography business while simultaneously expanding and improving my Sunshine and Carousel's shop. I've done three new photo shoots for the shop and new product photography as well as several new designs and color options. I am so excited about all the new changes and where my business' will take me.

In the back of my head for years I've always thought that I would one day start a photography and styling business but I always thought I had to finish X amount of things or do X amount of classes and so on. I was doing my collaborative shoot with my friend Angela Sostarich Photography and we got to talking about photography as a business and I just finally felt the push I needed. I've spent hours upon hours doing my research, taking online workshops, reading books and then getting out there and setting up sessions. Obviously I've been working on my photography for my product photos and blog for over four years now but now I've pushed myself further and further for a photography business. I knew when we moved to our new town in Arkansas and bought a house and made real plans to settle down for a long long time that this would be the perfect place to start my photography and styling business (with hopes that one day to add event and wedding planning to the job title). I believe I have fresh perspective to Josh's small home town and I have the opportunity to travel all over Arkansas to photograph. Arkansas is GORGEOUS and I never really knew how stunning it was but it's the perfect backdrop for every photo session. If you want to see more of what I've been up to with my business see my facebook page or my website Erin Wilson Photography for more. I can't even believe I can say this but I'm already 95% booked for the entire month of September! It's incredible what has happened with my new business and I'm busier than ever and loving it. My life is Sunshine and Carousels from 9-3 p.m. and then sessions and editing in the evening with baby snuggles and little girl hugs in between. I'm so excited for what's to come.