June Newsletter

Hey friends!  It’s time for my June newsletter.  Keeping you in the loop is just what I do!

Update #1:  Newsletters will probably never make it out on the first of the month.  I’ve realized I don’t want to interrupt my blogging routine (Saturday & Sunday off, Monday “a Photo a Day,” Tuesday photography, Wednesday Words, Thursday photography, Friday free for all) so that means my newsletters will be featured on the blog the Friday after the first of every month.

Talk of the Town.

Last month I was selected to be on TV with Talk of the Town.  First time being on TV and it wasn’t too terrifying!  Hopefully I’ll have a link to the interview soon!

BRAVA Magazine.

Sometimes I do freelance photography for publications.  I’ve been freelancing for BRAVA Magazine since October and am featured on their cover for the second time this month.

  • CLICK HERE to see the full blog post featuring the cover and all of my other appearances throughout this month’s issue.
  • CLICK HERE to see the February issue with my cover image!

Wedding Season.

This is it!  I will now be seeing weddings in my every waking moment and even in my dreams!  Starting June 22 I become a sort of wedding hopper.  Every Saturday I have the privilege of photographing beautiful couples on their big, big days… and then I get to eat their food and cake and maybe even dance a little 🙂  It’s a good life.  Tiring, but very good!  To book me, shoot me an email at asunshinemoment@gmail.com – subject line “wedding photography” please.

Attention High School Seniors.

Calling all high school seniors!  There is still time to book your session with me!  Better hurry though because time flies and I get packed quickly.  I absolutely love senior portrait photography.  I love that I get to work with young adults in such a cool time in their life when the world is at their finger tips and they are reaching out to seize it!  I am a unique photographer in that it is my sole goal to photograph the uniqueness in you!  I work throughout the session to choose poses and spots that better showcase what you love and who you are.  I even welcome family and friends into the shots if you like.  Contact me at asunshinemoment@gmail.com (subject line “senior portrait photography” please) to get more info about booking me for your session.  A note of warning, only contact me if you want to have fun during your portrait session!

Citizen Way on tour with Mercy Me.

Every tour my husband finds himself on it is my goal to make it to at least one show.  This tour, the closest they got to me was Brunswick, OH… 7.5 hours away.  So, at 36 weeks pregnant I hopped in a car with my mom and we road-tripped it out there!  What a great show!  CLICK HERE to read about it and see the photos I took at the concert.

Buying a Home.

Still haven’t closed on our house but we’ve been dreaming up the place like crazy!  Our apartment is sufficiently packed up and we’re ready to go!  now we’re just waiting for our June 16 closing date!  To read more about the specifics of how huge of a blessing this is check out my blurb about it from my May Newsletter.

Having a baby.

I am 39 weeks pregnant and this little buddy is hanging on!  With a move on (or before) June 16, a due date of June 11, and wedding photography season hitting full force starting June 22 I am in for one crazy month!

Tata for now!

Kaia Calhoun

Senior Portraits Post Cards

This year I made a bold move.  I absolutely love photographing Senior portraits.  So, in an effort to gain more exposure among such folk I printed post cards and sent them out to the list of Juniors at Milton High School provided to me by their lovely secretary.  I love how these cards turned out!  Now I’m just excited to see how many Seniors love them too!

To see more of my promotional materials CLICK HERE.

POST CARD FRONT

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Remaking Home | a Summary

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Today I give you the last of my Remaking Home Blog Posts!  This post serves as a summary of the whole project from start to finish, including before pictures 🙂  I will guide you through the project in the order I finished the rooms – ironically, the last room to be finished was the first room I started so I figure by rate of finishing is a better gauge.

First, the premise of the whole project.  This Remaking Home overhall idea was born last fall.  Josh and I had spent significant amounts of time praying about a new place to live fitting in certain specific criteria.  When we moved into this home we asked the Lord for a personal relationship with our landlord, office spaces for both Josh and I, and a place that allowed dogs.  We still needed all those criteria fulfilled but we now were additionally seeking a place where I could grow a garden and open a studio.  Instead of answering our prayers with a new home, He brought me a vision of how to make the studio happen in our current home and gave me the guts to ask our landlord about our garden.  Several months later the Remaking Home project is finished, I held my first session here in December, threw my a Sunshine Moment Photography Studio GRAND OPENING, and have planted my garden.

In order to open a studio in our apartment I knew the whole home needed a serious makeover.  I knew my clients would be walking through my living room to get to the studio and they would walk through the living room, kitchen, and bathroom if they needed relief.  That left one room for our bedroom but instead of using that space for our bed we decided to give Josh a music room.  We were excited about our artist’s bungalow and resolved to sleep on our hide-a-bed indefinitely.  I am happy to say, this arrangement not one works but our hide-a-bed is actually more cozy than some normal beds and I have been thriving in my studio space!  God is so good!  Thank goodness for his brilliant idea 🙂

ROOM 1 | Kitchen

The kitchen was done first because this room didn’t need any repainting and I needed to move the furniture around anyway.  This was our most initially successful room. When we first moved in I chose this subdued red color for two of the walls to blend the cabinets and the counter tops into the space better.  With a trip to IKEA, Josh and I decided kitchen ware as “wall art” would be a nice touch so we proceeded to buy the prospective equipment and hung our pots, pans, and baked goods in the corner by the oven.

All I did to touch up this room was ditch a table, bring in a smaller one, and resituate the knick knacks.  (INTERIOR DESIGN TIP:  don’t underestimate knick knacks – use them for accent colors and presentation and the key is quality, not quantity.)

For the full blog post on Remaking Home in the kitchen CLICK HERE.

BEFORE

Not a true before picture because I had already moved the yellow and brown tables from their original spot but the knick knacks are different.  Sorry for my forgetfulness in the BEFORE picture department 🙂

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AFTER

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ROOM 2 | Bathroom

The bathroom was another easy fix room – mostly because it’s such a small space to work with.  For this room I switched out all the linens, added a shelf, switched out the toilet seat, and painted two walls.

For the full blog post on Remaking Home in the bathroom CLICK HERE.

Sorry, I don’t have a BEFORE shot of this room…

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The living room was my next easiest fix.  Like the kitchen, Josh and I were mildly successful in painting the first time around and the general position of most furniture.  However, it did need some serious adjustments.  In this room I switched out the upholstered furniture in favor of some new items, painted the remaining tan walls, built a collage of images of Josh and I as a visual centerpiece, adopted a rustic shelf from Mom and Dad Calhoun, rearranged our media and knick knacks, refurbished and hung a chandelier, reworked the lighting, changed the hardware on the entertainment center, and changed our shoe department.

To see the full blog post on Remaking Home in the living room CLICK HERE.

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This room needed the most work.  I needed it to serve as my office, the place where we sleep, a place to hold meetings, and a place to conduct various photo shoots.  That’s a lot of activity to fit in one space while trying to uphold an open and beautiful space.

Everything about this room is different and new.  Not a speck of original furniture remains.  With a lot of repainting, repurposing, and a little bit or purchasing I finally came up with the perfect convertible room.

CLICK HERE to see the full blog post with images from each room arrangement and function.

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This room didn’t actually need a lot of work, but it posed the biggest creative black hole for me.  I puzzled over this room in circles.  I would come up with the perfect idea and then that perfect idea would be over taken by another perfect idea and so on.  Finally, with the push to finish the room before the a Sunshine Moment Photography Studio GRAND OPENING party I moved my last item and painted the last wall only two days before the open house.  This room stretched me because it was everything I didn’t know.  My job was to create a space that would serve as Josh’s office while be the ideal space for practicing drums, keys, and guitar.  Since the room doesn’t have a lot of available wall space due to the radiator, double doors, window, and closet spaces I was left to puzzle through all the pieces I needed to artistically display within the space.

For the full blog post on Remaking Home in the music room CLICK HERE.

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My desk used to be wedged into the corner of this room.  This shot was taken after I had already moved my computer.

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0001 0002 0003 0004Thanks for reading about my Remaking Home adventure and I hope it was educational, inspirational, or both 😉

To see all of my Remaking Home blog posts CLICK HERE.

Remaking Home | Studio

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Back in November of 2011 I started working for Houzz as an Ideabook Photographer.  Then, in December of 2011, I started working at Sherwin Williams as their Design Product Specialist.  Lastly, in mid January Josh and I moved into a new apartment where I was granted permission to paint the walls.  My very first walls to paint!

My spark of a love for interior design was quickly provoked into a steadfast fire because of my new involvement with interior design.  All of a sudden it was a huge part of my life – making its way in as a profession, into my photography, and into my personal space.  I started finding myself standing around my house dreaming up new ways to make it look better all the time.  However, professional interior design requires capital and I couldn’t justify laying down the cash to upgrade and rework until God nudged me to open an in-home studio space.

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This room was the reason behind my redesign.

As I mentioned in previous Remaking Home posts.  Opening an in-home studio space required upping the quality of most of the rest of my house.  I was aware that my clients walk through my living room to get to the studio and they would walk through my living room and kitchen if they had to use the bathroom.  This meant I had to at least work on my living room, kitchen, and bathroom.  Well me creating a studio involved kicking Josh out of his office and moving his stuff into storage.  A couple of days later, on a coffee date, we were talking about my new project and the forlorn look on his face in regards to not having personal space gave me an idea.  The idea:  forget having a bedroom, we are artists and our art is our priority.  So the bedroom transformed into the Music Room, Josh’s office became my studio, and now we sleep on a hide-a-bed.

My first step in the studio was a repainting overhaul.  I knew I wanted yellow because it is my favorite color and my business name is a Sunshine Moment.  I mean, come on, it had to be yellow!

I painted it once.  It looked like I had spread Velveeta macaroni and cheese sauce all over my walls.  So I painted again.  The second color choice was one I actually brought home back in June and was a color my friends Aaron and Lynette used in their kitchen that I love.  On this rare occasion the transplant of a color looked beautiful.  My walls are a warm yellow color that fools me into thinking every day is at least partly sunny.  That is good for my soul.

My next step was finding a desk.  The desks Josh and I had before were no longer satisfactory due to the new nature of interior design perfectionist.  So, we disassembled the “desk” portion and I painted the shelves the same yellow as my studio walls and stuck them in my studio.

I knew I wanted a corner desk with shelves and at least one drawer – shelves for easy access to the supplies I use daily and a drawer to hide my keyboard and mouse when I’m not using them.  I also knew I wanted something made of real wood that was not too dark but not too light.  Lastly, I wanted a desk that a rolly desk chair would push in all the way when not in use and that would fit my legs comfortably even if I sat cross-legged (because that’s how I sit at least half the time).  I was picky because I knew what I wanted after having many a desk before.  Finally I made a trip to IKEA and rolled chairs over to desks so I could sit and get a feel for them.  After scouring the web and hefty personal debate I decided I would spring for the Hemnes Corner Workstation.  It’s awesome.

My next step was furniture.  I agonized over this detail and feng shuied every room every other week until I finally settled on the arrangement below.  With a the little addition of a coat rack for my clients to hang their coats and purses and a rug to break up the floor space I was finally satisfied.

When I was finished fussing with the furniture I could work out lighting.  This room doesn’t have an overhead light, though it doesn’t matter anyway because Josh and I light our world with lamps.  The first lamp was easy because I obviously would need some form of light at my desk for working in the darkness.  Over Christmas I was inspired to hang lights around my big front window because there are no outside outlets.  I like it so much I’m keeping it up, they are just white lights after all.  And finally, I worked on the lanterns.  I already had hanging lanterns in this room so I simply moved those and bought one more for a little extra fun.

Finally, I added my canvas prints to showcase some of my favorite work in my favorite space 🙂

This space is functional.

The set up featured below is what my space looks like when I have client meetings and certain photo shoots.  It has four purposes total and three functional set ups.

PURPOSE

  1. Office (included in all arrangements, desk remains set up in the corner)
  2. Meeting Room
  3. Photoshoot
  4. Bedroom

SET UPS below…  and Sam modeled a little bit, he has to be involved in everything 🙂

Meeting Room and Portrait Session Set Up

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