Hola peeps! Welcome to Casa de Lewis. We are twenty somethings who got married in 2010, bought a house in 2011, and are now trying to get it all together in 2012! We both started our careers as CPAs and now Reagan works for the Boys & Girls Club and I have my own photography business. I blog about crafts, photography, DIY projects, sweet treats, random life tidbits, and things I love! The design and migration from Blogger is still in the works, so thanks for being patient! And thanks for stopping by! Snoop around, why dontcha :)
This is one of the first pictures I took of her. I have been looking back at all of these old pictures and I can’t believe my baby is one. She looks so peaceful here…oh, how things have changed!
When I turned on Pandora this evening the first song was Seasons of Love. It’s like they can read my mind! How do you measure a year? In Paigey giggles, blowing raspberries, sweet smiles, one legged crawling, first steps, cheeeeese (her fav food), squeals, hiccups, first words, laughing out loud at sneezes, and snuggles that melt my heart! :)
I was so excited when someone from This Old House magazine contacted me about featuring a few of our house projects in their magazine! I figured I would just send them some of my photos and maybe give them a quick phone interview and that would be that. But then they emailed me and said, “Ok, we’d like to send a photographer and stylist to your house…next week. What day works best for you?”. Ummm, what?! Initial thoughts: I’m not ready! Holy crap I have a one year old, my house is a disaster! We haven’t finished decorating…anything!! And let me just tell you, you want to talk about motivation to finish up some house projects?! I was flying a million miles an hour getting stuff done! We worked on a few things up until the night before the photo shoot! I may have been painting the under side of the picture railing on our banquette…at 11pm! After the initial panic attack, I was so excited to work with a photographer and stylist! Being a portrait photographer is so different from taking interior photos, so I was secretly super excited to see them work their magic. Suddenly, the day before the shoot I got nervous again about who exactly was coming to our house, so naturally, I googled them! And helloooo amazingness…
Ryann Ford was the photographer and she was so awesome. I mean look at this website! Ahhh! And I love, love her logo. I was smitten. Please check out her work here – RYANN FORD.
And hello more amazingness! Adam Fortner of Creative & Sons was the stylist. And by this time I was just drooling over the styling and the photos on his website. (Not to mention, feeling like my house is very inadequate!) Absolutely breathtaking. Please check out Adam’s work here – CREATIVE & SONS.
So, of course, after looking at their websites I was stricken with FEAR! These amazing people were coming to see my random, quaint, little DIY house, that didn’t seem very magazine worthy! But when they got to my house they were so incredibly wonderful and down to earth. I probably had a little too much fun with them. And they were probably thinking when is this girl gonna get out of our hair?! My sister (Yes, the one with twins and a 3 yr old. Luckily Margi was there to help her!) watched Paige for a bit in the morning so that I could actually enjoy a piece of the day.
It was so interesting to watch them work. The two main areas of my house that they photographed have terrible light. As in almost zero natural light. After seeing them use their professional lighting (we use similar lighting in photographing wedding receptions), I, of course, now don’t want to photograph my house without running out and buying that equipment! Obviously, I won’t…I don’t think. Ha! But the super anal and picky photographer in me wants to! And it was so fun to see all of the things that Adam brought to style my house. We’re talking tons of flowers & fruit and then lots of different options to style the entryway from bags to umbrellas, coats and scarves. I wanted to keep all of it. Unfortunately, that wasn’t an option!
I didn’t really take many pictures to document. These are just a few I snapped at the end of the day.
The one really cool thing for me was that they ended up using a ton of stuff that I had! Vases, bowls, coats, shoes, and EVEN my funny DIY geometric painting!!
Haha! Definitely didn’t see that one coming. And yes, this is Adam holding up the canvas for the shot. They also photographed this coat hanger for the magazine, but it meant moving everything in our dining room to make it work! PS – The guy on the right is Sean. They didn’t give me his info! Sean, if you are out there, send me your info so I can post it here! He worked with Ryann on the lighting and was equally awesome! Plus, he is a dog and baby whisperer, ha! Man of many talents!
It was an amazing experience and not only did I walk away learning a few new things but if nothing else it kicked Reagan and I into high gear to finish up some projects! I am loving our living area these days and I promise to photograph it soon so you can see all that we’ve updated. First, I’ve just got to go out and buy that equipment…just kidding :)
I’m so thankful for the little park in our neighborhood lately. It’s a quick walk down there but it means we both get out and get some exercise/play time/sunshine! Paige is walking all over now so she really into exploring all the equipment!
I love these little shoes from Old Navy and they have gotten some good use so far! I love that they are getting scuffed up. Means we’ve been outside playing!
Happy Wednesday! Hoping to be back later this week to show you my newly painted dresser that I’m loving :)
You four ladies are the lucky winners of the Stuck On You giveaway! Look for an email from me soon! :)
I’m playing catch up today! Trying to get a bunch of photo packages out the door and wrap up editing from my last three sessions to start the week out with a clean slate! Let’s see if I can do it! The next three weeks I have a lot of sessions, but like I mentioned earlier this fall, I am going to THRIVE not survive!! I got a little slowed down the last two weeks when I found out that a magazine wanted to come take photos of my house!! Insert crazy, excited, nervous freak out here. It was so much fun and I will share more soon but Reagan and I worked our booties off to get a bunch of stuff ready! And I’ve also been going crazy trying to get some of Paige’s birthday prep in order. I just finished making the invites…and you know how much I love invitations these days, I maaay have gone a little overboard. Ha! Can”t wait to share them! More coming soon friends! Let me catch up on my business work and then I’ll be back!
A little over a month ago I spent part of the day videoing P. It wasn’t a lot, I think I had 18 minutes of video total, cut down to about 4 minutes. I wanted to capture a little bit of our every day. Well, in typical Sada fashion, I finally edited it last night…at midnight :)
Here is a glimpse of how our days are spent! P is closer to 10 months in these shots. Things to note: 1) I love getting her up from her naps. 2) Kid loves to flip through books, and yes, she can even read upside down! Smarty pants. 3) Kid REALLY loves to eat! We were eating cheese and turkey! 4) The Baby Love book is one of our favorites. She loves to sit down and read it and I love to read it to her. 5) Don’t hate on my awesome reading and animal sound making :)
PS – If you don’t automatically see the video just click on that link that says “A day in the life…”