Shannon Berrey

Capturing sun rays

Monday, July 02, 2012

Maris is home!! For those that have asked to see the flash mob video, I have yet to see it myself. Someone supposedly taped it but we haven't been able to track it down. I will share it if I ever see it!

I have almost reached my 2 year mark on being a blogger. wowser! Not only am I a blogger, but I am a blog follower of many fabulous blogs. I have learned so much from so many gracious photographers who give us insight into their skills through their blog. My photography skills, as a result, have improved {or at least I'd like to think so!}. 

  One of the basic rules in photography is to shoot with the sun over your shoulder. Meaning: don't shoot into the sun. But, lately I have seen some great images {shot by professionals} where they are actually allowing the lens flare into the shot. I think it's kind of beautiful and I wanted to try it myself and take some shots of my flowers just as the sun peaked over the mountain and then again at dusk.

See the beautiful rays of sun that are washing over the flowers? I got down low to the ground, and tipped the camera up just high enough to allow the rays to leak in. The light literally changed every minute as the sun creeped up the sky, so almost every shot was a different look. You can let in as much of the sun as you want and this also dramatically alters the image. It can give a cool vintage vibe to your shots.


The images below were shot at dusk.   



 I haven't tried this with people yet. baby steps. But I have seen some professionals who use this idea and it's so dreamy.




Speaking of photography skills--do you guys know of any great online classes that you would recommend?.

Welcome July!

Sunday, July 01, 2012


I’m ready for you!



Hub of the House

Friday, June 29, 2012

Are you familiar with Cultivate? It's William Sonoma's online resource for kitchen inspiration and design. They offer really great insight on remodels, appliances, design mistakes and color selections. Every week, they showcase a spectacular kitchen and a back story on the designer.

I can't remember which one of my design magazines first introduced me to the talents of California designer, Karen Harautuneian. But one of my very favorite projects was the remodel of her own home, specifically, her kitchen. I mean, how fantastic are the leather koi chairs?! love her 'European Cottage-meets SoCal stye'. So, I was tickled to see it pop up as Cultivate's featured kitchen this week. 

With the eclectic selections, at first glance, it's hard to know that it's even a kitchen in the pictures.The  cabinets are stained a rich aubergine and topped with thick teak. The wall above the sink is painted pine paneling which is a great backdrop for her collection of vintage art collected from trips to France and antique shops. And what better way to cook and enjoy the beach breezes, than with a brick red dutch door.     


People get nervous about the storage they give up when choosing open shelving, but look at the loads of space she has under her window seat {also known as Karen's favorite spot in the house}

The knotty pine adds another texture while hiding storage. Let's just inventory all of the components, shall we? Clear sealed knotty pine walls, teak counters, painted clear pine walls, stained oak floors, stained maple cabinets, and natural oak dining table...I mean, that's a lot of different woods, in a small space, living superbly happy together. 

To check out more of Karen's portfolio, visit her at The Hub of the Houe

flashing and moving on

Thursday, June 28, 2012

If you remember, Maris has been on a mission trip with her youth group, in DC, this week. They were not to use any 'devices' while there, but I insisted that she text me at the end of each day. I have anxiously waited each night to get my 'I'm safe, everything's good!' message. For those who don't know my Maris, there is no one I know who lives her life to the fullest, loving every second of it, more than she does 

This was last nights text:

{sorry about the grammatical errors, mom ;) }

That's my girl! I can.not.wait. to see the video and hear all of her stories!!

Today she is leaving DC, flying into Raleigh, and meeting up with the rest of her team for basketball camp at UNC.


I so love being her mom, but the worry never ends!

 Thanks for the reminder, Maris!! Love you!!

Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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