Interior Design | Lila Pryor Frank
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I had the pleasure of photographing Caroline and Daniel’s Tuscaloosa, AL Engagement Session and Birmingham, AL Wedding several years ago. We had the best time together! After the wedding, they moved to Atlanta for Daniel’s job. Earlier this year I got an email from them asking me to photograph them with their pup at Piedmont Park to document a city that’s now also part of their story. How sweet is that?! I couldn’t say yes fast enough. I’m thankful they want me to keep capturing milestones in their lives because they really are the sweetest! And, we were blessed with some amazing fall color in the park that day.
A few years ago I photographed the Levin family at their beautiful Lake Martin home. So, I was excited when they asked me to photograph them again as their sons, daughter in laws and granddaughters all gathered at their home in Birmingham for Thanksgiving. The Levins are such kind people with adorable kids/grandkids. Clearly they have a great deal to be thankful for!
Every year I enjoy heading back to my hometown of Birmingham for my annual weekend(s) of Fall Portrait Mini Sessions. It’s fun to recconect with loyal clients who, over the years, have become friends as I’ve watched their children grow up through my lens. I also enjoy meeting new clients. Fall Mini Session dates and online booking is announced each year the first week of August, so mark your calendars to grab your spot. Here are some of my favorite images from the Birmingham sessions. And, you can see the Franklin, TN Mini Sessions here.
Happy New Year! Christmas cards have all been mailed, opened and posted on the fridge. Gifts have been exchanged and holidays have been celebrated. Bowl games have been watched, the ball has dropped, and now I can share highlights from my Fall 2017 Mini Sessions in Franklin, TN and Birmingham, starting with Franklin sessions that I shot in historic and quaint Leipers Fork. I will follow up with a separate post for Birmingham portrait sessions.
Kids and family portrait sessions are how I started my business 15 years ago, so it’s always fun to shoot what began it all for me. This year, there were new clients and returning clients in front of my lens…so many beautiful families, kids, couples and pups! Mark your calendars for the first week of August when I will announce Fall 2018 Mini Sessions dates on social media and online booking through my website. In the meantime, here are some highlights from Fall 2017 in Franklin. And, you can see Birmingham, AL Fall Minis here.
It’s a new year with new personal, business and fitness goals. For me, fitness has never been a New Years Resolution to consider, but rather a lifelong commitment as part of a healthy lifestyle and a more fulfilling quality of life. I starting exercising in high school and have been a certified fitness instructor since college, so exercise is just part of my day like sleeping and eating. I love it! But, I also know so many people don’t love to exercise and it’s a struggle. For some, fitness goals for a new year might be running a marathon or doing a triathlon. For others, it might mean finding a new format you enjoy and changing it up occasionally to stay interested and committed all year long. And for many, it’s simply getting off the sofa and starting to exercise for the first time, like taking walks in the neighborhood or hopping on a bike.
So, to encourage you to kick off the fitness part of your new year strong, I’m sharing a playlist from 26 years of teaching group fitness classes and countless hours spent putting together playlists for different class formats that will motivate my participants. Now, I know this is a risky post, since I live in music city where there are so many people who know way more about music than I do; but just like anything, music is subjective and I’m sharing what works for me. This Spotify playlist includes some of my favorite workout songs from years of cycle classes, boot camp classes and my own runs. Songs that fire me up to keep going and push harder. I hope this playlist helps keep you motivated to stay committed and reach your fitness goals in 2018. And remember, it’s not just what we see in the mirror that counts. Fitness starts from the inside out. Fit mind, fit spirit, fit body. Have a happy and healthy 2018!
It was a pleasure photographing Nashville top designer, Jonathan Savage’s personal home decorated for the holidays. His Christmas tree was appropriately dressed in shades of his branded Savage Interior Design orange with Hermes bags under the tree for extra holiday cheer. His pup Artie was even in the holiday spirit for our shoot. Cheers!
Designer: Jonathan Savage Interior Design • 615.244.5674
There are only a few days until Christmas and I’m finally wrapping the first gifts to place under our tree! Thankfully most have been purchased (thank you Amazon), but sitting in a closet waiting on my work deadlines to be completed before they could be wrapped. I’m SO behind, but better late than never!
I love everything organically scented. My favorite candles and men’s colognes are the ones that smell like nature. So, why not create packages that also smell fragrant? And you don’t have to wait until Christmas! You can wrap birthday, thank you, wedding, baby and house warming gifts this way all year long. Here’s a quick and easy tip on how to do it. And, please excuse the iphone images. It’s all I had time for before packing and heading out of town for the holidays.
The key is to purchase simple wrapping paper and ribbon. You don’t want the gifts looking too busy. I purchased simple and inexpensive kraft wrapping paper and baker’s twine from Michaels craft store. You can also purchase an array of baker’s twine colors for year ’round gift giving from Etsy. I’m usually not a Christmas red and green kinda girl, but this year, I chose just a touch of red in my baker’s twine since the rest of my house was decorated in all white and greenery. Next year I think I will choose the white baker’s twine just to change it up a little.
Once you have your gifts wrapped, walk out to your yard and clip greenery sprigs such as rosemary, head to the nearest nursery to purchase a small plant, or go to a florist, online resource or Whole Foods for some seeded eucalyptus. Anything that looks pretty and smells fragrant (and also dries well) will be perfect. Keep in mind that it will need to to be used on all sizes of presents, and cut accordingly.
A few years ago, my Mom and I heard a lecture at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, by Jason Powell, owner of Petals from the Past, about planting fragrant flowers and shrubs near entrances and exits of your home, to give your guests a scented welcome. So, last spring, when we’d only been in our home for a few months, I planted rosemary near my back porch, where we entertain, for fragrance and to use for cooking. For my Christmas packages this year, I clipped several sprigs since it was handy. It’s also a good idea to make sure they are clean and dry, by blotting them with a paper towel, before you place each one on your packages.
Here’s the simple, easy and inexpensive package I’ll be giving to friends and family this year. I chose a more casual look, but you can also do a formal version of this idea by using solid white paper (also available for purchase from Michaels) and gold or silver ribbon. I hope this post gave you a little bit of inspiration for your own unique gift giving and that your holidays are just perfect, surrounded by the people you love, sharing lots of memories. laughter and good food! Merry Happy Christmas!
PHOTOGRAPHY | Heather Durham
FLORAL DESIGN | Lisa Smith, Thorne & Thistle
DAHLIAS | Stone Hollow Farmstead
TABLE SETTINGS| Robin Wilhelm, Tea and Old Roses
CAKE ARTIST | Amanda Hinton, A Joy Cakes
CALLIGRAPHY | Melissa Gullatte, Gracefully Made Art
INTERIOR DESIGN: Lisa Flake, Caldwell Flake Interior Design
ARCHITECT: Eric Dale
BUILDER: Paul Davis, Ruff Reams Building Co.