January 31, 2013

The Workshop


Two more spots left for the Workshop- a beginner camera class on Feb 9th.  Please email me if interested.  I can't wait to teach more of you how to get the most of that fancy camera you have!

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Remember that time we had a baby, six weeks later found a new house, two weeks after that started wedding season, then when he was 12 weeks we packed up our old house and moved?  Whew! Goodness, the first part of last year was a total whirlwind!  We house hunted FOR.EVER.  I'm talking since the year 2010.  Too many hours spent on google and looking at everything in a 20 mile radius.  We had hopes of finding a home that we could also work out of, but in a bigger way than just having a home office, which is what we did previously.  Camera stuff and samples take up more room than you think!  We had only been at the showing of our house for less than ten minutes when I knew this was going to be "our home".

It was located our preferred location, and had a big den right off the back door that I knew would be perfect for the business side of things.  The house was move in ready, but as you will able to see from the BEFORE pictures, it was far from my taste.  And though there were no real renovations to make, boy did I ever manage to find plenty of things that I wanted changed.  Have I mention lately I married a saint?!  It's true, ya'll.  With a tiny baby on my hip and in full blown wedding season, I was not much help to Joe who took on the never ending to do list...which included changing every light switch and outlet, oh, and every light fixture...just to name a few.  We won't mention the number of fans we also had to hang(remind me later to start my "cute fan" company.  None exist!).  Then, just a few times(I promise), I didn't like what I had picked and we had to change it again.  A saint, I tell ya!  It's pretty great being married to someone so handy, although he might say it's a curse:)  I have such faith that he can do ANYTHING!:)

House improvements continued all through the summer and getting my studio ready was put on the back burner because honestly, there was no time to work on it.  We just sorta closed the doors and ignored the fact that it was holding all the random furniture that didn't have a home yet and that nothing was on the walls.  This past fall it really got moved to the top of the list and were finally able to pull it all together.  I was so excited to get new samples and just have a space to meet clients that I feel truly represents me, my style and my company!

Here is a little peak at the new studio space as well as a BEFORE photo to show how far it came.

Here are a few of the details. People often ask my paint colors, etc, so I am going to list them here.

  •  Carpet ripped up and laid unfinished hardwoods from Lumber Liquidators that were painted Alabaster White by Sherwin Williams and a taupe color(have to find can for exact shade).  They turned out JUST as I had hoped!  We had this part hired out because the painting was quite an undertaking.  The unfinished hardwoods were sanded, then painted primer white, then Alabaster. Then they had a tile guy come out and chalk line the floor into the diamond pattern, then taped that off, then painted in the gray. Then sealed the whole floor.  Whew, told you it was a lot.  This whole process took over a week because the coats of paint all had to try each time.
  • Main room color:  Pale Silver  by Restoration Hardware.  Color matched at Sherwin Williams.
  • Room with desk:  Silver Sage(my favorite and also our living room color) by Restoration Hardware.  Color matched at Sherwin Williams.
  • Furniture painted white (after being painted green, sorry babe!). Found my fabric at Dale Ray Fabrics in Kannapolis.  My favorite place to shop for fabrics!  They are so helpful and have a great selection.  I had bought the bare furniture frames more than a few years ago and we have been moving them around until we finally were able to use them.

Hope you enjoy the new studio space as much as we do! A huge shout out to my talented and amazing designer friend Meredith, also owner of The Loft at 14th, for putting up with countless text messages of items I was going to buy(and then she would tell me not to buy), for her advice on paint colors, design and spacing, and just in general awesomeness.  If you are looking for a designer, she comes highly recommended as her taste is incredible.

BEFORE.  The previous owners were using this space as a den/tv room.   There was tan berber carpet.  The sun room they had wicker furniture and used the space as a traditional sunroom.

Now for the AFTER! Don't mind my cute office doggy:)

I love having this cute little turnstile from Pottery Barn to display all of the card samples.

 This fabric was really the base of the whole studio.  I fell in love with it for the unfinished wood chair frames I had, so I knew the color scheme would have to compliment this fabric somehow.

  1. Ashton:

    This makes me wish I had a big life event coming up soon for you to photograph…. :)

  2. Cheyenne Schultz:

    Looks great, Lindsey! Love it!!! xoxo.

  3. Comfy Cozy Couture:

    You guys did a fab job! Looks gorgeous!!



  4. Blain:

    LOVE everything about it! it’s gorgeous!!!! I want this room in my house!!!!!


On Mondays, Sharpe and I try to lay low at the house and I try to get a lot done.  He is usually exhausted from a busy weekend and still takes two long, good naps, so I try to get orders processed, do my editing, and catch up on email backlogged from the weekend.  Today it is so cold and dreary outside that I was SO EXCITED when I saw there was a Twilight Movie Marathon on tv!  It's the small things, people.  I know I am probably a little too old to care, but I LOVE IT!  I'm team Edward, in case anyone wanted to know;)

Getting back to work- as promised here are some of my favorite photos from my Day After session with April and Cody.  I was dark before their ceremony even started, so getting natural light Bride and Groom Portraits of these two just wasn't possible.  A Day After session is just that- they got all gussied up the day after the wedding and we went and took some beautiful portraits!  If you are a bride and groom who don't want to see each other before the ceremony AND it is going to be dark outside after your ceremony, then this is something for you to think about.  Enjoy and Happy Monday!


Brrrr...it was a pretty chilly end to December but no amount of cold could stop the warmth that surrounded April and Cody  on their wedding day:) And I really meant that!  April is one of my oldest friends and I could not be happier for her and Cody!  Truly!  I've dreamed of who I thought April would end up with for years, and I do think it is fairly safe to say that Cody trumps everyone's even best dreams for April.  They are THAT good together!   I am just now realizing that I haven't shared April's bridal portraits....AND their Day After session!  Yes, get excited, more of this couple to come! Having an evening, winter wedding, it was so great of these two to realize that we would be limited in what we could do after the ceremony photo-wise, so they decided to book a day after session.  Look for those first of the week, but for now, enjoy some of my favorites from their perfectly sweet wedding day.  You two, I can't wait to keep "doing life" together. Love you!

Don't forget to watch the slideshow at the end for more photos their wedding day!


Yes it is late January.  Yes I am still blogging all of my amazing fall sessions.  If you can't tell, the fall sorta was crazy, but in the best way.  I got to see all my families that I usually see before Christmas and also meet tons of new ones!  I made a list and there are about 20 sessions I need to get up on this blog! Whew!  It is going to be a fun couple of weeks here on the LLP blog so please stick around:)

I have known Sara since high school and just love her sweet family.  Bryce is just a few weeks older than Sharpe, so we were pregnant at the same time.  These photos were taken right around Byrce's birthday, so it was a little bit of a one year shoot for him as well.  Little Peyton is seriously a doll baby.  When we were finishing up our shoot, she had a toy microphone and sang a whole rendition of Jesus Loves Me for Joe and I.  I could eat her up!  She's changed  A LOT but you might remember this session we did of her a few years ago.  It is still one of my most favorite child sessions of all time.  Danny and Sara are the best, hope to see you more in 2013!  Happy Wednesday!

  1. Kristin:

    Love that last image. Super sweet.


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