Sep.29.14 Giveaway / Win $255 to This Is Paper Shop

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I am so fortunate to be a part of such a loving & generous creative community. Last week our dear friend Tara Victoria celebrated her birthday, so what better way to celebrate than by giving away a special gift to our amazing readers! And this gift, my friends, is one I’m quite swooning over myself. We’re giving away a $255 giftcard to This Is Paper! — an incredibly curated publication that I am continuously inspired by. They also offer housewares, knitting goods, gardening products and some of the most stylish rucksacks I’ve ever seen.

Take a look around This Is Paper, I know you too will soon fall in love! Let us know what you would spend your $255 giftcard on?

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Sep.25.14 We want to hear from you!

I am always at work improving Of Trees and Hues, making it a place for bloggers and creatives alike to come and be inspired, to find new artists & bloggers to fall in love with, and to spark connections among one another. And one of the ways to improve, is by hearing what you have to say!

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You, my lovely readers, are such an incredibly big part of Of Trees and Hues. I can’t thank you enough for the never-ending support, encouragement and all-around awesomeness that you continue to share. Thank you!

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In efforts to improve this space, I have created a survey that will allow me to hear what you have to say. And as a thank you, for everyone who fills out the short survey, will be given the above image to spruce up your desktop in time for Autumn!

Take the survey & grab your desktop!

Sep.22.14 Creative Process Blog Tour

Last week I was tagged by the lovely Corina to share my creative process with you guys. I’ve chatted about my daily workflow recently but I am quite eager to delve more into the creative process of my projects with you!

Creative Process | Of Trees and Hues

What are you working on?

So much! My plate is quite full but I absolutely love the projects that I have going on right now. From photography shoots, personal branding, web-design to partnering with some pretty big companies that I can’t wait to tell you about! I feel at a really good place right now and I’m incredibly fortunate to work with so many fantastic people. I am, as always, updating and improving Of Trees and Hues. I have so many personal projects going on that makes my heart happy. Designing a media kit and updating the blog design is a few of the many things happening right now!

How does your work defer from others of it’s genre?

Just like every individual is unique — so are artists. We all bring something new and exciting to the table and I like to think my driving edge is my passion & heart. I’m incredibly loyal and hard-working, and that means that I, no matter what, will do my damnest to create something that not only will my client love, but something that completely embodies them and who they are.

Why do you design / create what you do?

Living a creative life absolutely makes my heart happy. My love for art & photography was something that I acquired at a very young age and I honestly could not imagine myself doing anything else. It’s my fuel, my purpose. And being able to work with other creatives is an absolute joy. Nope, I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

How does your design process work?

Well, since I have my hands down various creative paths, each process will be a little different from the another. With any branding or web-designing, we always start with a short but fun questionnaire — which creates a clear vision for me as well as the client. Once that’s done, the fun really begins! I invite the client to a Pinterest board so we’re able to visually swap ideas and that is how the moodboard will come together — which is always exciting! Lots and lots of sketching will be done, emails swapped, drafts sent and eventually the final product will be created and shared with the client!

Much like design, my photography process always starts with a questionnaire, this helps determine whether or not it’s a project I am ready to take on. And if it is, further conversations through email are exchanged. Photography is a very intimate thing and I feel like a connection between me and the client is crucial. We schedule a consult at a local coffee shop to chat, get to know one another, and hammer out all the details of what they hope their wedding/session entails. Usually another, more in-dept, questionnaire is filled out at this time and will become more of a timeline and goal sheet for me and the client.

And then the fun part. The actual shoot! No matter if it’s a wedding or portrait session, I like to send little teasers to them the day after and then a week later, a few more for them to share with their family and friends. The editing process can take 1-4 weeks depending on the project and once everything is complete, I design a cd box and package their images with a thank you note inside. Always the exciting and incredibly fulfilling part!

I’m nominating Breanna, Tara and Danielle to share their creative stories with us!

Sep.19.14 Photoshoot / An evening in Sacramento

I am beyond giddy to share with you my recent shoot with the lovely and incredibly gorgeous Irene. We’d chatted prior and decided to do something a wee bit different — instead of planning anything, we wanted to grab coffee and just wander around our home of Sacramento. I had never done such a candid and spontaneous session like this before, and I have to say — these type of shoots are now a favorite of mine!

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Irene is a young gal overflowing with life and energy, and, when I’m around her, I can’t go very long without bursting at the seams with laughter. She has a talent for making people smile, and I did nothing but that during the entire shoot. Enjoy, my friends, as I take you along on our little wandering photoshoot!

Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues

We started the afternoon off with coffee, and, after settling into a booth near the window, Irene confessed to me that she had never had her portraits taken before. I assured her it’d be absolutely fun, but it wasn’t until I showed her a few candid photos from just minutes earlier that her nervous smile turned into an adventurous one. For the rest of the evening, she was completely at ease and eager to explore.

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Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Imagery by Of Trees and Hues

After coffee, we wandered around Capitol Park. The sun was just beginning to set — my favorite time of the day! — and it enveloped the park with a beautiful golden glow.

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Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues

Sometimes, not making plans has a way of opening up some amazing opportunities, and what could make a portrait session better than a gorgeous vintage Cadillac!? A huge thank you to the incredibly kind couple to let us borrow it for a few minutes!

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Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues

Just before the sun completely set, I found this quaint little spot illuminated by dozens of lights. I just love the glow on her face! It completely embodies her warmth and kindness.

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Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues
Portrait Session by Of Trees and Hues

Such an incredible portrait session. One of the many reasons why I enjoyed this type of photoshoot is that it allowed me to leave my comfort zone. And I’ve found that sometimes, when we force ourselves to do something strange and new, we have the potential to create something truly amazing. This day was nothing short of that!

Sep.15.14 Life in Stills / 02

Happy Monday, friends! I feel like this month has flown by, so allow me to reminisce a bit by sharing a few snippets of my every day life with you, using captures from my Instagram and VSCO feeds.

Life in Stills | Of Trees and Hues

Imagery of my travels and adventures are flooding the pages of this blog, but I wanted to take the opportunity to share those candid moments, the ones from simple every day living… I think, in doing so, it will inspire & encourage me to live a more happy & adventurous life!

We’re only half-way through this month, but already, September is proving to be a fabulous — roadtrips to Southern California, visiting in-laws in the Midwest, lots and lots of coffee to fuel the creative & productive weeks, and taking moments through out the day to spend with my husband, despite how busy our days have been. It’s the little things that have the biggest impact on us, and I’m trying to be mindful of the details. To enjoy life — every little ounce of it.

If you would like to follow along, feel free to follow me on InstagramI would love to see what every day moments you’re capturing! So leave your instagram handle in the comments below. Have a happy week, friends!

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