Love Letters That Shoot Straight To Your Heart!

Erin & Brett Middleton, of Bow & Arrow, are a husband and wife team based out of Brooklyn, New York. And how these’s two started their love for wedding stationary to putting together entire websites… is just as romantic as the designs themselves!

The stylish couple met while each studying graphic design and, after constructing Erin’s sister’s wedding invitations in 2006, decided to try out entrepreneurship.

Sending their fabulous color schemes, delicate craftsmanship, and intricately detailed products all over the country and the world, Erin and Brett bring happiness to all they encounter. Easy to work with, speedily productive, and sensationally creative Bow & Arrow addresses your needs when you need them, the way you want them.

Check out their Etsy shop today and take a look at not only the thrilling motifs, but the reasonable prices; then, let me know if you haven’t fallen in love with this dynamic duo! Also, by clicking on the photo of their logo you can go right to their website!

To: You | From: A Lonely Heart

Brandee & Aumber {mother/daughter} are a hardworking pair from Phoenix, Arizona. There, they dedicate themselves to rekindling loves lost, those unrequited, and provide intriguing decor for those who’s love has led them to the alter.

Most of the products for sale in their shop are handmade, repurposed, or recycled which give them a bit of a cozy and worn look. Perfect for the vintage, rustic, or backyard bride!

Prices are beyond reasonable too. For instance, their personalized, hand-stamped ribbon is only $10 for every 4 yards! And, one of my personal favorites, vintage paper heart confetti (seen below) is only $16 per 500! Every order can be customized to fit your needs, style, and occasion. With over 5,000 admirers “window shopping” on their site and over 3,000 current sales, I’d say that love for the lonely heart is overflowing!

Why not check out their designs? I bet you’ll be as fascinated as I was in the detail and ingenuity each item contains… Check out their Etsy shop by clicking the image below :)

Maternity Photos | Why Spend the Money?

You might be one of those people that despises getting your picture taken, like me, and prefers to spend time behind the camera. Or maybe, you are convinced that the pictures you take of yourself are the best.

Sure, the Instagram progress pics you take of your belly growing and the funny moments you share with your Facebook friends through home video are cute & quirky, but are you at all considering having professional maternity photos done?

Many women contemplate having maternity photos taken at some point in their pregnancy. Their partner may even join in on the idea and brainstorm. However, a lot of couples reason that maternity photos are a waste of money when “Cousin Cindy is pretty good with a camera” or “Mom is probably gonna get some next to her prized roses in the backyard”. Though, those photos are likely precious to your family members and can easily be taken during the convenience of a baby shower or family bbq, they don’t really lend to the intimacy & quality that having your photos done by someone experienced can give.

Setting up a time/place that means something to you, choosing something special to wear that showcases maternal beauty, having your older kids involved, and focusing on letting the unity & bonding with your new addition stream into your still-frames is an irreplaceable experience.

I know some of you are thinking ‘The experience is worth the time and effort, but what about the money?’ My response to you in that regard is:

  • FIND A PHOTOGRAPHER THAT FITS YOUR NEEDS. Not every photographer will charge you an arm and a leg for an hour of shots and a disc of them afterward. Do research on photographers in your area. Find out who is most cost effective and if their prices are higher than you think they should be make sure you ask why.
  • KNOW WHAT YOU DO AND DO NOT WANT FROM YOUR SESSION. If their are specific products and services that you know are offered by most photographers, such as canvas prints, coffee table/storybooks…etc. decide up front if you are interested in these promotions/special features. Also, if there are products and services you would like to have provided, such as printable pregnancy announcements or birth photography, ask in advance if these can be worked into your photo package or if you will need to take care of the customization and cost on your own later. Knowing details like this will save you, and your photographer, time & energy!
  • DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. When you succeed in finding a photographer that you “click with” to take your maternity photos, book them as soon as possible. Think ahead. I cannot stress enough how important it is to plan when it comes to getting the best, quality photos. Even if you are only 8 weeks pregnant while looking into photographers, take the time to consider how you might feel- both emotionally and physically- by the time you are 32-36 weeks pregnant. Also, think about who should be involved in your session. Do you have older children already? Would you like to just a mommy and baby shoot, or will your significant other join in? The more insight you can provide to your photographer, the better your experience will be!
  • DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE PICKY; GET COMFORTABLE. Last, but not least, don’t be afraid to have poses, colors, outfits, locations…etc. in mind before the date of your session. Granted, it isn’t necessary to go overboard worrying about every little detail, but if you are a little obsessive compulsive about wanting your photos to look “just so” make sure you let your photographer be aware of that aspect of your personality. Ask s/he if they mind you emailing them examples of things you found and like, questions if you have a concern…etc. Being comfortable with your photographer is #1 and if you can’t confirm the weather report with them 3 times in a week before your session, just because that’s who you are, they might not be the photographer for you.

Saving money is often a key objective when you are saving to have a new little life join yours. However, saving on memories is something we all regret doing at one point or another. The weeks and moments right before you bring your bundle of love into the world are some of the most priceless… Capture as many as you can :)

Green Baby… More than just reusable diapers!

productimage-picture-snappi-fasteners-73I told you guys that through some of these postings you would get to know me personally. This post in particular, for all you moms out there- especially those in Wilmington, NC- this is a step towards our friendship!

My 3.5 month old baby boy, Ezra, started teething about a month ago. Although I had heard about the woes and tribulations of teething for both the baby and the parents, I never imagined it would be quite like this. Granted, for each child it is different. Some babies suddenly have one or two teeth appear in their mouth and their parents never ever notice a difference in their little one’s personality. However, for me, this hasn’t been the case.

Ezra started sleeping through the night when he was 2.5 months old. But, suddenly, a week later, he was shoving everything into his mouth, drooling, and very cranky. Not only was his personality not the normal happy-go-lucky that it normally is but, he was no longer sleeping! He stayed awake almost 24/7… sleeping only 20-30 minutes at a time. My husband and I stayed up for virtually 10 days! I was pulling my hair out trying to think of everything that I could to help my poor teething baby.

I had heard of baltic amber necklaces being natural pain relievers by releasing acid in your body that is the natural equivalent to ibuprofen. They make them for babies but, I had always been skeptical; especially because I had never met anyone who had actually used it.

One day, last week, I went for a jog at The Loop at Wrightsville Beach and met a woman who was wearing one and so was her toddler. She highly recommended them and, being desperate, I decided to try it out. The woman told me that Green Baby Diaper Service (Oleander Rd) was the only place in town that sold them so I rushed right over (so far, the necklace seems to make a difference). As soon as I walked in I felt at ease and was very pleased with the way that the store was set up.

Liz, the owner and pictured above with her youngest son, was very friendly and helpful. She explained a lot of the products in the boutique to me and I definitely plan on revisiting! Liz stocks a lot of unique products that are for all babies to use, not just those who have reusable diapers. The environment in her storefront is laid back and easy going. I must have stayed there and visited with her for over an hour!

Liz is personable, fair, and reasonable. The prices of the items she has in her inventory are amazingly affordable! I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. She is also very talented; hand-making items for pleasure that she is willing to sell to families on a budget that want to spoil and/or care for their little ones with natural solutions and adorable merchandise. If you happen to visit her, ask to see the pinwheels that she constructs- they are fantastic!

Visit the Green Baby Diaper Service website by clicking on the photo above, or show their Facebook page some affection by clicking the icon below.

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Theme Maiden Works Magic!

375883_503085983036477_3011072_aSo, you may wondering, while looking at this site, who it was all put together. Well, let me just say, I cannot take the credit in the least! Shannon Hansen (left) of Theme Maiden is a miracle worker and plastered her magic all over these pages. She is not only a website builder but, she also blogs and share insight for those who are attempting to construct their own.

I found her when I was looking for affordable website solutions and was at my whits end with try on my own to mess around with software I had no clue how to use. Even my husband, who works on computers daily, was exhausted with each endeavor to make progress.

When I discovered Shannon’s ready-made themes, reasonable prices, incredible work ethic, and incomparable customer service, I knew she was the web designer for me! She was there to answer every question and provide all the support she could in order for me to get the site up and running. Shannon was also unbelievably fast with the install of my theme. She emailed me all the tools and instructions to customize and maintain the appearance and content as well.

If you’re interested in giving your business a virtual facelift consider giving Shannon a shout and see what ideas and concepts she has to offer. You can also browse the inventory of her Etsy store to get a feel for her style and read feedback from her many satisfied customers or show her Facebook some love– just click the icons below! Also, visit her blog (by clicking on her photo) for more information.

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Greetings!

Hello All!
I am so glad you meandered your way to the new Laughing Lark Photography website! Hopefully it will answer all questions and satisfies any curiosity you may have. This change/upgrade has been a long time coming and, thanks to my awesome web designer, Shannon, it’s finally HERE!! I can only hope that you are just as excited as I am.

This blog will not only contain information and exciting things about what’s going on business-wise but, will also help you get to know me better personally.

Please, feel free to explore all the galleries and social media connections on the site and drop me a line, if you feel so inclined!

Can’t wait to chat with you all very soon!

XO,
Quin