Spring Days

I am delighted every time I peep at the Shop…fresh new items, soft Spring colors, with an added touch of fun and whimsy.  This weekend only, save 10% off all orders with Coupon Code: FRESHDAYS10.  Offer ends March 06, 2016.

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Peachy Neutrals

This headband is one of my favorites.  It is natural and pretty, without being overwhelming.  The flowers are handmade from the palest peachy silk, dressed in dried flora.  And since this is a headband and not a tieback, you do not have to worry about it slipping around.  Perfect for the newborn photographer who loves natural tones and organic set-ups.  It is available in the Shop.

Peaches Headband

Peaches Headband 2.jpgCreativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye ~ Parker

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Garden Delights

Spring is coming, floral statement pieces are in!  This hydrangea tieback is the perfect piece for a styled-photo session.  It will work well with newborns, tots, and even adults when you want to incorporate a piece of the garden into your masterpiece.  It is available in the Shop in your choice of cream, pink, or teal.  So gorgeous!

CastAway Collection

CastAway CollectionCreativity is not a hobby; it is a way of life.

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Feature Friday ~ Peekaboo Studios

Interview with Heather Mangiardi of Peekaboo Studios

This week I had the privilege of interviewing Heather Mangiardi of Peekaboo Studios who is located just outside the Toronto, Canada area.  Heather specializes in Newborn Photography.  Her style is just so beautiful, always soft and dreamy.  So grab a cup of coffee and let’s get to know a Heather a little better.

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1. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Heather and I am a mom to two sweet boys (3 & 6) and a wife to an amazing man who supports me and all my craziness.  I live just outside of Toronto and was a clothing designer in my previous career for 13 years and still love to bust out my sewing machine to make outfits for my sweet little clients.  I am happiest when I am being creative and I only wish I had time for all the ideas that I have in my head!  I LOVE babies and feel so blessed that I get to spend everyday with these little miracles.

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2. How did you get started in photography?

After the birth of my first son I became obsessed with capturing every little moment and detail with him.  My love of photography grew from there and in 2011 I started my business.

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3. If this a full time job or a part time gig?

Full Time

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4. What three word describe your style?

Soft, timeless, simple

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5. Do you always know when you get the perfect shot?  Any surprises during the editing process?

You can tell when you have the perfect set up and the baby molds into the perfect position.

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6. What are you inspired by?

My boys, design – both interior and fashion.

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7. Are you self taught?  Learn somewhere else?

Mainly self taught but I have also taken some online workshops.

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8. Any special moments or funny bloopers you want to share with us that happened during a session?

Poop! Lots and lots of poop!

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9. Do you have any rituals that are apart of your editing process?

No real rituals, but I always have music playing while in a session or editing.

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10. Do you a glass addiction?  What is your favorite lens?

My 50 mm rarely leaves my camera.

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11. What advice you give a photographer just starting off in this business?

Work on finding your own style.  Be inspired by others but focus on your unique style and be yourself.

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12. Where can we find you? Social media links?

Website :: http://peekaboostudios.ca

Instagram :: https://www.instagram.com/peekaboostudios

Facebook :: https://www.facebook.com/peekaboostudios

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Thank you so much Heather for spending some time with us.  Truly admire your work and forward to seeing where your career takes you.  Simple and beautiful.

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Soft and Dreamy

The Eliza Halo has been a best seller for several years here at the CastAway Collection with it’s organic appeal and rich earth tones.  But Spring is on its way and I am excited to re-introduce Eliza’s sister, Elaina.

This Elaina Halo is so soft, filled with beautiful texture with just a touch of nature.  Perfect for the newborn photographer who loves neutral set-ups that are fresh and dreamy.  You will find this Halo in the Shop along with other pretty little props.

Photo by: Peekaboo Studios

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Creativity flows freely from the soul ~ Jarworski

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Feature Friday ~ Abby Custer Photography

Interview with Abby Custer Photography

The weekend is nearly here…time to take a break and get to know our weekly guest a little better.  Abby Custer located in Noblesville, Indiana.  She specializes in natural light photography providing services for newborns, children, families, couples, and seniors.  And let me tell you in advance – her work is beautiful!

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

My faith, family, and friends are number one.  I am the mother of three incredible babes that God gave me the privilege to parent. I have an awesome and supportive husband. I like to workout and try to eat healthy. But some of my favorite things are coffee, wine and dessert!

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2. How did you get started in photography?

As far back as I can remember photography was an interest of mine. From setting up and planning out play photo shoots as a child, to getting my first DSLR. I love all aspects of photography. I love capturing beauty and emotion. I love enhancing reality through  editing, to match the beauty of the memories and people that we hold so dear. That sounds cheesy, but it’s true!

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3. If this a full time job or a part time gig?

It’s as full time as it can be with three children. Two of them under two. 

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4. What three word describe your style?

I always try to keep subjects and moments as authentic as possible. I don’t like to overdo my images with editing, but I do love to enhance them to bring out the beauty of the person and moment. I love clean, natural and bright images. I guess I need four words. Authentic, clean, natural and bright.

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5. Do you always know when you get the perfect shot? Any surprises during the editing process?

I always try to make sure my settings and lighting are set for the image I am trying to achieve. But being human, I definitely make mistakes. The camera and lenses can have a mind of their own as well. I shoot wide open or close to it, so out of focus mishaps are definitely my number one pet peeve.

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6. What are you inspired by?

People. Making people happy, giving them a gift they can cherish, one that makes them proud to show off.

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7. Are you self taught?  Learn somewhere else?

I am self taught, with lots of help from some very gifted and generous friends. I have also taken some great workshops with very talented photographers.

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8. Any special moments or funny bloopers you want to share with us that happened during a session?

This job has allowed me to do some pretty incredible things and be with people at the best and the worst of times. From photographing the birth of a child, to photographing someone’s last breath. I feel so blessed that I am able to be there for those people.

As far as bloopers..Oh yes! And 100% of them have to do with newborns, their very fast digestive systems, and when and where that digestive system decides it’s going to do its thing. Having an in home studio has been glorious, because I can change my clothes any time I need to! 

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9. Do you have any rituals that are apart of your editing process?

Coffee, and if it’s been a really long day, wine and chocolate. And there is almost always a podcast or music playing in the background. 

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10. Do you a glass addiction?  What is your favorite lens?

I couldn’t live without my 50 and 35. But I love the dreamy look of the 85. 

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11. What advice you give a photographer just starting off in this business?

Practice, practice, practice. Take every set back as a learning experience. Also, know your worth and don’t compare yourself to others. It’s that same  lesson we learned when we were 5, but it’s easy to forget. 

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12. Where can we find you? Social media links? 

Instagram: abbycusterphotography

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Thanks so much Abby!  Thank was so much fun…and again, such beautiful work!  Are you a photographer and interested in being featured?  Just contact me!

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