Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Jewelry Accord: Our Book

Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon and Cords
by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel

 Book News! Check out my post on A Jewelry Accord Blog...

A Jewelry Accord: Our Book: If you've been following us for a little while now, you know that Lorelei and I are writing a jewelry-making book all about creating beaded ...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Taking Jewelry Photos

I'm thrilled that Kerry Bogert is offering an e-course of her Snaptastic! Photography class! I was considering attending ArtBliss this year to take the class there, but with a baby, buying our first home and finishing up the book, I just couldn't make it. Kerry is one of those people in the bead and jewelry world I admire very much for just about everything she does. I'd love to meet her in person someday, but I was really thrilled she was offering her class as an e-course. Now, that I can do! I have some new plans in the works and I really need to be taking better photos of my jewelry. I feel I used to be able to get some good shots when I could take most of my photos outside, but I don't have an outdoor space to take photos where we live now. I need to learn how to get better shots inside. I also need to learn how to use the settings on my new camera. Even though I have a point-and-shoot camera, it still has settings and modes for things like aperture, shutter speed, manual, program, etc. Ack! I have no idea.
The e-course will be starting in a just few days. You still have time to registrar and take the class with me. I was a little too anxious to get started, so I bought her e-book version and I've gotten a little head start! I made some new earring designs I'm very excited about, so I wanted to get some good shots of them. I've been taking photos for 3 days straight and I'm exhausted!

Below are photos I managed to come up with after reading Kerry's e-book:

These were taken in natural light. It was cloudy all three days I took photos, but I think I managed to get some okay shots. Still, a bit dark. These are probably the best photos I've ever taken of jewelry, so at least there's improvement! So, what do you think? Be honest, now. I'm looking to improve, so don't be shy with the critiques!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

10th Wedding Anniversary

October 7th 2001.
Here we are on our wedding day, 10 years ago!

An Apache Blessing read at our wedding:

Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be th warmth to the other.
Now you will feel no loneliness, for each of you will be a companion to the other.
 Now you are two bodies, but there is one life before you.
Go now to you dwelling place, to enter the days of your life together.
And may your days be good and long upon the Earth.

We are so lucky we found each other. We built a life together. We found the best together. There is no joy greater than living this life with each other.