Shannon Berrey

Wendy Updegraff's colorful home

Monday, March 31, 2014

With a snowy, rainy weekend behind us, it's so wonderful to have a beautiful sunshiny Monday! The grass needs cutting, the tulips are in full bloom, and the Bradford Pear trees are at their prime. Everything outside is on the verge of so much color. Another place that is bursting with color is the home of my friend, Wendy Updegraff.  

Wendy and I met in church. Well, that's not exactly true....I emailed Wendy to tell her how much I loved her photography and the wonderful kids parties that she creates and she was in church when it popped up on her phone  :) That was several years ago. Since then, we have stayed in touch and I continue to admire the talents of this busy, sought after Florida photographer. I have featured her on the blog before here. When I think of Wendy, I think color -- bright, lovely, citrusy color. She shares her home with her husband Mike and their kids, Bella and Preston.     

Wendy's family moved into the home 10 years ago. Her newly reupholstered bright pink chairs are new additions to her easy, relaxed living room. When she began her decorating process, she was debating what direction to go with colors. Her sister asked her 'Well, what colors make you happy?' Wendy thought 'Well, of course pink, green, and aqua make me happy but those aren't house colors!' Her sister came back with 'Why not?' 'And now', Wendy states, 'I can honestly say that just being in my house makes me happy!' 

I love the subtle tone on tone wide stripes on her living room walls. Pops of blue can be found in almost every room which really creates a sense of unity between all of the main living spaces.  Personal photographs are the best kind of artwork and Wendy's beautiful family photography is hung in every room of her home. 

In the mudroom, each family member has their own initial hook under a photo of their feet to store their goods. Below this, is Wendy's dad's childhood bed which she inherited. They didn't have an extra guest room, so Mike cut it down and created a bench.  

The Master Bedroom showcases a gallery wall of family vacation photos and loads of pinks and greens.


Thanks for sharing your happy home with us Wendy!! To check out her talents, visit her website. If you are in the Jacksonville, Florida area, you need to book her!! 

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?.

Terri Clark Photography: Prom 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

{OK, if you are not in my family, then you may want to skip today's post. I completely understand}

 A few weeks ago, I shared with you photos I had taken from Maris' prom. Today, I wanted to share some of my favorite professional shots taken by the very talented photographer, Terri Clark



We only had to step out the back door because we are so lucky to live on the most beautiful creek. 






We were lucky to have Gigi {my mom} in town for the big weekend.



That's the front of our house in the background.

Just Kidding. We met Josh, Maris' friend, at the historic Jackson County Courthouse {now Library} in downtown Sylva.


And then a bunch of her friends trekked up the 100+ stairs to pose at the top of the courthouse. 

Maris and Tate--one of her besties.

The heels did not last long up those steep stairs.


And they were off...

Did you make it through them all?? Bless your hearts!! That was only 20 out of more than 130! Terri does beautiful work and is so easy and wonderful to work with. To take a look at more of her work visit her website.     

Rapunzel, Rapunzel....

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tucked in the Western North Carolina Mountains, just a few miles outside of my little town,
lies Tuckasegee {tuck-uh-cee-gee}, NC. This is where you will find Castle Ladyhawke.

Originally built as a private residence in 2005, the 62 acre mountain estate is now offered for
weddings and other special events.

Imagine reserving your own private castle for your wedding...

The outdoor gardens are just as magical as the interior. I think I would have a hard time
deciding where my event would occur!

There are 3 spacious suites in the 10,000 square ft castle for all of the preparations.  

The bride descends the 60 ft timber framed staircase.

If your guests need some activities to keep them occupied--there is a pool table on the bottom level,
a beautiful golf course just a mile away at Bear Lake Reserve, loads of mountain trails and
 nearby waterfalls to discover. Or, just a few miles away, shopping in nearby downtown Sylva. 

Oh, and there is a helicopter landing strip if you just can't wait to start the honeymoon!

{pics 2, 5- Kellie Kano Photography, 1,6,10- Nick Breedlove Photography 3,4- Caroline Ghetes Photography 8,9,11,12-Luster Studios}

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