Tuesday, December 20, 2011

No worries mate!

Do you ever feel like you had planned to accomplish so much more in a year and somehow time has just sort of passed you by? I started to feel that way this year. But then, when I finally gave myself a moment to really reflect on where I was last year at this time, and all of the plans that I had for the coming year, I've really accomplished more than I thought... I bet you have too - if you take the time to look back. Maybe that's what all of the year end blog posts are all about - catching your breath for a moment - reflection time!

So here I go... *deep breath*

Last year at this time, we were in the process of looking for a permanent home - which at the time seemed like an impossible task. I had just wrapped up teaching a four-day-a-week semester of teaching in Milwaukee and was feeling like my design business was unintentionally taking a back seat, and I hadn't been photographing as much as I had wanted to. The (feral) kittens that we had adopted that fall were just starting to come out of their kitty condo to explore the rest of the house, but were no where near letting us pet them.

Looking back, all of the fears and apprehension I felt about these things had been needless. My problems seemed to resolve themselves - we found a house that we love (with a little studio for Lily Red), I only teach one day a week now, I had an absolutely amazing summer full of second shooting opportunities, and my kittens are now snuggle-friendly and refer to us as, "mom & dad."

We also took as amazing trip to Australia to visit family, and I learned a little expression from the wonderful people there... instead of saying, "sorry" at the drop of a hat as Americans (or at least some of us) have a tendency to do, Australians say, "No worries!" - note, this usually followed by, "mate."

I love that expression! Reflecting back on what I thought were my worries last year, it looks like, "no worries" will be my motto for the new one.

Here are some of my favorite shots from our trip to Australia...

Bondi Beach // Sydney, NSW Australia


The Botanic Gardens // Sydney, NSW Australia

I spy Steve - in a reflective state...

These bats/rats with wings (scientific name - flying foxes) were hanging out in the daytime.
It freaked me out a little - I felt like I needed a racket and laundry basket...


Brunswick Neighborhood // Melbourne, VIC Australia
I loved the Brunswick neighborhood!
Check out this awesome interactive map to see the street view:

National Gallery of Victoria // Melbourne, VIC Australia
I have to admit, I sometimes roll my eyes when I see people taking pictures in an art museum, but I really couldn't help it - I loved these sculptures and their placement in the gallery!

...and the subject matter and light in this painting (title: Anguish)...

Around Melbourne...
the morning sun reflecting off this building is having a crazy/awesome effect that I've never seen before!

Night view of the Yarra River // Melbourne, VIC Australia


Happy Holidays & No Worries for the New Year!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Lily Red Travels: A trip to the Big Apple

As much as I love Chicago, nothing really gives me an adrenaline rush like visiting New York City. We lived there for quite a while, before we moved to Chicago, and we were pretty sure that we wouldn't miss it too much... the rush hour subway commutes, the garbage piled up on the sidewalks and the feeling like you always had to walk like you were on a mission.

After leaving, we realized there was a lot that we loved about the Big Apple, and on our visit there this last month, we tried to soak up all those things - here are just a few of them...

1. The Met
There's no art museum in the US that compares - this art lover could wander through its galleries forever!
The following pics are from the Egyptian and Ancient Near East art galleries.

This Renaissance era statue of a siren should look pretty familiar...

Probably one of my favorite parts of the museum is watching artists sketch in the sculpture garden!

2. The Food (and the drinks)... China Town bakery (below)

Cookshop & Red Rice Beer

3. The Architecture

4. The Shopping

5. The People
The city was buzzing as Occupy NYC marched down 5th ave (at 14th Street)

© 2011 Lily Red Studio

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wedding Invitation Design | Anne & David | Chicago, IL

Anne & David were recommended to me by Fleur - and I am so happy they were sent my way! This lovely couple has seen the world together and have all the little stories that a designer loves to hear - it's the stories that really serve as inspiration when trying to personalize a design for a couple...

When Anne & I met, she had a very clear vision of what she wanted the theme of her wedding to be - Americana with a hint of speakeasy style. They had hired a blues band to play the reception and were going to have mason jars of flowers on the tables. Anne really loved the idea of incorporating a star design as well as other little embellishments that would be reference common elements found in Americana art.

I put together a pinterest board to gather all of our ideas - here's a little preview (click on the images to see the entire inspiration board)...

I always start the design process by creating a logo for the couple, this sets the tone for the invitation suite...

I love it when a bride & groom carry the design through to all of the components of their wedding!
Below: Program | Menus | Escort Cards | Tented Table Numbers
| Bride & Groom Signage

Florist: Fleur
Wedding Planner: Five Grain Events