So – the spookiest night of the year is nearly upon us. This weekend, will be full of last-minute costume shopping and assembly, and pumpkin carving. But when you’re not answer the door for the trick-or-treaters, here are some fun family things we’ve found for you to do on Halloween with your little ones:
These shadow puppets, from Chez Beeper Bebe, are super fun, and the website has free downloadables!
And how adorable are these popsicle scarecrows for your preschoolers from Little Family Fun?!?
And when everyone’s home, why not play a fun game of Jack-o’Latern Bag Toss, as shown on Parents.com?
Here’s another cute craft for the little ones, from Kinderart:
And, of course, you have to have a spooky treat when the day is done. Here are some ghostly rice krispy treats, from The Idea Room.
Happy Halloween to you and yours!
Fall is my absolute favorite season. Living in San Diego, it’s a brief season. And it’s long-overdue this year. We had a taste of fall for a couple days last week, and hopefully after this coming weekend’s cool-down, fall will be here to stay. With the long hot summer, I’m behind in decorating for fall, as it has been too darn hot. However, I’ve been inspired by so many creative ideas on Pinterest, that I just wanted to share some beautiful fall decor for your home this season!
Shanty-2-Chic has a fabulous article with step-by-step instructions to turn ordinary pumpkins into extraordinary decorations for your mantle, tabletop or other display areas:
And how perfectly simple and elegant is this idea from My Hearts Desire? Fill glass jars with autumn-colored beans and/or grains, and add a candle!
And nothing says fall, like the fall harvest of wheat. I love how it is simply, and elegantly displayed here (from Castles and Carriages).
And, of course, you can’t be without a stylish way to greet your house guests this season. This is a lovely wreath to adorn your door. Love the texture of the “moss” and burlap bow from The High Heeled Hostess.
For more “Pinspiration”, come visit us on Pinterest. Happy Fall, y’all! – s
But who should you ask to join you on your big day? Here are some things to consider before you choose your bridesmaids:
Most wedding planners recommend a bridesmaid for every 50 guests in attendance. If you have a small wedding, it might look odd to have four or five bridesmaids next to you. On the other hand, for a big wedding, it might look less formal to only have one maid of honor. Either way, it’s always nice to have a matching number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, so take your fiancé’s expectations into consideration as well.
Once you have a number in mind, be sure you don’t ruffle any feathers. If you have sisters, they should always be included, even if you don’t get along that well. It’s perfectly okay to have your best friend as your maid of honor, but it’s rude to leave family members out of the bridal party.
You probably have lots of dear friends that you would love to share your big day with, but keep in mind that you will rely on them for many things—least of all looking polished for pictures and the ceremony, and most of all—moral support. If you have friends that are chronically late, will insist on casual footwear or tend to get excessively tipsy, think twice about including them in your day. (You will regret it.)
You have chosen your special friends who will stand next to you on your big day, but it’s still appropriate to ask them to honor you in this way. After all, it is a big commitment of time and money for them, so a more formal request goes a long way. Consider inviting them all to a special night out, or giving them a personal gift like this one.
Something Turquoise.com – They’ll be sure to say yes!
While it’s common for bridesmaids to buy their own dresses, it’s a thoughtful gesture to buy their jewelry for the wedding day. You can choose something that coordinates with the dresses, which will also make a great gift for them to remember the occasion.
Use a personalization option to use gemstones that coordinate with your wedding color.
If you couldn’t include everyone you wanted to, don’t forget that there are other ways for them to be involved in your big day. They could do a reading during the ceremony, perform a musical number during the reception, hand out programs, and of course still take part in the bridal shower and bachelorette party.
- Ice Skating
Find an outdoor skating rink and rent some skates. Bundle up and grab a thermos of hot cocoa (with maybe a touch of peppermint schnapps), some mugs and a camera to document your winter wonderland memories.
Find a tranquil outdoor setting and bring an air mattress, hammock or some reclining chairs. For an unforgettable time, mark your calendar for the next big meteor shower and get ready to make some wishes! Bring a nice bottle of wine and ask 20 questions while you gaze. Make your own constellation.
- Take a ski day
Hit the slopes with your love, and be sure to spend some time by a nice roaring fire at the end of the day. Make s’mores and then hit the hot tub together.
- Scavenger Hunt
Whether it’s throughout your house or throughout the whole city, make a scavenger hunt for your love and help them follow the clues to a picnic or dinner at a nice restaurant.
- Row, Row, Row your Boat
Rent a row boat and take a few leisurely spins around a lake. Timeless romance. Sigh…
- Go to a Game
Get tickets to a home game and tailgate together. Wear team jerseys and be super fans together.
- Play Strip Poker
And let them win a few games!
- Get Fresh
Go to an orchard or berry farm and pick some fresh fruit to enjoy together. Bring a nice bottle of champagne (of course) to reward yourselves for your efforts. Find a nice spot to plant a tree together. Go back and carve your names in it on an anniversary or special occasion down the road.
- Be Adventurous
Go bungee jumping, skydiving, rock climbing, anything out of your comfort zone. You’ll get a great adrenaline rush and wonderful memories with your loved one.
- Dance the Night Away
Take a dance class and then go to a nice dinner afterwards.
- Volunteer Together
Find a common interest and donate some time together. Visit a nursing home for a monthly bingo night, help out at a food bank, visit children in the hospital or clean up a trail or park.
Hope this list helps your imagination run wild. Get out there and spend some quality time with the one you love!
Just use an empty condiment bottle and some pancake batter—delicious and so yummy! Add strawberries and whip cream for a special touch. (Don’t forget to mix in some love. That’s very important.)
Pillowbox Alligator Valentine
This adorable do-it-yourself valentine can be downloaded for free and filled with candy.
Heart and Lollipop Flowers
A fun and simple gift—perfect for school valentine exchanges!
Crayon Heart Valentines
These gifts are candy-free, adorably sweet and easy to make too!
Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies
Use a heart shape for fun twist on this decadent treat.
Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at BlueFlair Photogarphy!
Are you looking for economical ways to generate buzz for your business? In today’s tough economy, we all could use a boost.
One of the most effective ways to create some fresh interest about you and your business, is to update your image. What does your current headshot image say about you? Are you being passed over? If you’re a social media user (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) you know how curious people are when one of their friends or colleagues updates their profile image; we’re curious by nature. Satisfy their curiosity and show them the “new and improved” you! Stop people in their tracks with a professional image that tells the world you’re ready to take it by storm!
Give us a call (858.356.5859) if you’d like to schedule a new headshot session, or if you’re interested in purchasing digital web files from a previous session.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS:
To learn more about strategically using social media for your business, check out social media guru, Bridget Ayers, at Get Smart Web Consulting Group
To learn more about creating effective marketing strategies, check out marketing expert, Shonna Jordan, at Jordan & Jordan.
Or, if you’re needing to reinvent your image, or you need to develop a personal brand, contact Katy, image consultant, at Puris Image.
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Following an overwhelming response June 5 at the inaugural BlueFlair Photography casting call, nearly 100 kids made their way through the doors in hopes of being chosen as one of twelve finalists in Kidsville’s official Wall of Fame.
An announcement, releasing the names of the 12 finalists and 3 alternates will be posted to facebook and the www.blueflairphotoblog.com on Sunday, June 12, 2011 no later than 5:59 p.m. PST
Those selected will return to Kidsville later this month for an exclusive photo shoot featuring a dozen the façades that make up the imaginative experience behind the pretend-play city. The twelve finalists will earn a year membership and a fine art canvas totaling more than $650 in value.
Owners of both businesses were pleased with the response and look forward to the unveiling of the new wall in early August. A special event and autograph signing featuring the twelve finalists will be held in accordance with the grand opening of the Wall of Fame. In addition, an on-location contest will run to choose the 2012 Cover Model for a charity benefited calendar.
Playtime just got more fun with our graphically designed playdate cards featuring your child! When you’re out and about with your young ‘uns, these playdate cards create a buzz among the other mommies, because your child has their own ‘calling card’ to set up future playdates.
We’ve even had some “mom-preneurs” comment that having their business email on the cards has helped increased their business visibility, and helped them connect with more potential clients.
What’s more, is that when your friends book their session with us, and say they were referred by your child’s playdate cards, YOU receive referral credit with BlueFlair Photography!
So how do you get some of these for yourself? Here’s how:
For a limited time, BlueFlair Photography is offering a specially priced child portrait session that includes 48 playdate cards! Book your child’s session now for just $79 (regularly $150) and mention special offer code: PLAY11 to receive 48 complimentary playdate cards (a total value of $145).
But hurry, this special offer ends April 3. Call for details: 858-356-5859.
To see our complete florist branding session, click here. For more examples, check out our preferred vendors categories in the drop down above.
Some locations (more than 15 miles from studio) may incur travel fees. Call for details: 858-356-5859.
Tea Time/Tee Time
Singing in the Rain
Mommy & Me
Daddy & Me
Red, White & You!
Back to School
$395 Haute! Includes a calendar, 90-min session, makeup included, up to 3 outfits.
$595 Haute! Includes makeup, 4-5 outfits, 2-1/2 hr session., 20-pg little black book.
Nicole R. Matthews, CSEP, is Principal and Founder of The Henley Company, LLC. With over twelve years of direct event management and marketing experience, she has produced a long list of distinguished events for notable organizations such as: Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP, The University of San Diego, The Golden State Museum, Best-selling authors Dr. Kevin & Dr. Jackie Freiberg, Classic Residence by Hyatt, The Sacramento Kings – NBA Franchise, and Prudential Plc. Nicole works closely with her clients to turn every event into an extraordinary experience.
What She had to say…
“…I have had the pleasure of working with the Blue Flair team on more than one occasion. Just when I think I have seen their most amazing work, I am blown away by yet another photo that captures the most cherished moments. They are masters at their craft! Their photos are not just pictures, they are in deed individual works of art. I can’t speak highly enough about their talent! Nikki has given hours of her time to support my event, Brides Against Breast Cancer. Each year I look forward to working with her because she helps every bride in the room feel like the most beautiful woman in her wedding gown! I can’t thank her and Stefanie enough for their support of The Henley Company’s projects.” December 2, 2009
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity
Nicole Matthews, CSEP,
hired Blueflair Photography more than once
On a Side note: Every now and again, as business owners, we receive a letter or review that reminds us why we do what we do. These are the moments that help make our love for photography real, and each one is brought to us directly from you, our customers. Have you had an exceptional experience with Blueflair photography? Has your business crossed paths with our business? Would you like to see yourself featured on our blog? We appreciate all recommendations and are more than happy to share them with you the readers. You can write, email, facebook or carrier pigeon your kind words to us 24/7. And thanks again from the Blueflair team for making our smiles shine so bright.
The Sexy Seven: What to wear to look and feel Haute
1. The right pair of shoes. Nothing says sexy like thigh high boots or a pair of 4 inch stilettos.
2. Jewelry. Long pearls are a favorite among Blueflair Haute-ies. The right pieces can enhance your sex appeal and make you feel like a million bucks.
3. Corsets vs. bras. Both come in a variety of colors. Both look absolutely sinful with nothing but a pair of panties.
4. Fantasy outfits. Sailor, nurse, police officer… the ideas are endless but the trick to taking it from costumes to fine art is keeping it simple and sexy. Fantasies are all about imagination and leaving as much to his as possible.
5. One word: Fishnets.
6. Nothing says “come hither” like wearing nothing but his dress shirt or tie. Tousled hair and pouty lips never hurt either.
7. Less is more. Don’t under estimate the sex appeal of you. Strategically placed hands and shadows or the crisp white line of a bed sheet are staples of fine art boudoir photography.
We want you to have fun and feel beautiful! We provide a pre-consultation in order to optimize your session. We also work with professional hair and makeup experts, to enhance your beauty, and compliment your wardrobe. For your convenience, professional makeup is included in all of our packages. And we even include a champagne toast! *
BlueFlair Photography provides the utmost comfort and quality for your boudoir experience. You’ll feel at ease with 2 female photographers. Nikkie and Stefanie work together with you, and will gently guide you with posing, outfits, accessories, and lighting to capture your most beautiful features.
*must be 21 or older to consume alcohol
Tell us what your favorite Boudoir look is and be automatically entered to win a complimentary $100 studio credit good toward any Haute! session.
2011/2012 Seniors! We have earned a reputation as San Diego’s finest source for senior portraits. Students from San Marcos High School, Mission Hills High School, Santa Fe Christian High School and many others have trusted us to take their senior portraits and deliver quality prints, albums and other products. Let us help you capture your moment!
Check us out on Facebook and enter to win tons of cool prizes all year long. We will be hosting city wide scavenger hunts, Trivia Quests and more! Follow us on Twitter for up to the minute details!
Limited Time Offer*
$199 for up to 2 kids OR
$299 for a family (up to 5 people)
Both include a set of 3 mini-accordion brag books OR a set of 24 holiday cards (5×7 flat, with envelope)
Plus! This Week Only
Schedule your session by Oct 18, 2010 and receive your choice of a 4th mini-book OR a complimentary 8×10 Print.
All time slots are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.
Weekends fill up quickly so call now to book your session.
*Must call to schedule your session by Oct 25th. Session must be completed by Nov. 15th, and ordering completed by Dec. 5th to ensure holiday delivery.
October Free Kids Days at the San Diego Zoo
10/01/10 – 10/31/10 Throughout the month of October, children 11 years old and younger receive free admission. Kids’ Free Days is designed to give children who may otherwise be unable to purchase an admission ticket the opportunity to visit the Zoo and learn about the Earth’s amazing creatures and conservation efforts underway to save them.
In your opinion… Which part of the body is the most attractive?
Cast your vote by commenting below!
From the dictionary, “boudoir” is a French term from the late 1700s used for a woman’s
dressing room, bedroom or private sitting room derived from the verb “bouder”
meaning “to pout”. Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boudoir
Now, a great deal of “boudoir” is created in the photographer’s studio or in
luxury hotel suites, where it has become very fashionable to create a set of sensual
images for women in “boudoir style”. This often takes the shape of partially clothed
images or images in lingerie, and has become more than just a passing fad for brides
to surprise their future husbands. Although in the past there were many negative
connotations associated with boudoir photography, in recent years the trend has
quickly gained momentum, and the entire look of boudoir photography has begun to
evolved into highly fashionable, tasteful, sensual portraits!
Bridal boudoir photography is becoming particularly popular. Brides often have an
album of boudoir-style photographs made as a present for their soon-to-be husbands.
Boudoir photographs given as an anniversary gift is also a common theme. Source:
At BlueFlair, our boudoir clients have ranged in age from 21 through 62! Whether the
reason was for a suprise gift for their beloved, because they achieved their weight loss
goal, or just because they wanted to feel sexy and create a memory, those who have
chosen a boudoir session always have a great time, have an improved self-image afterward and even find themselves showing off their photos!
So what about the guys? Playfully called “DudeOir”, there is an increasing demand for
men to have something similar to female boudoir photography. Low-slung jeans, open
or no shirt, masculine poses… men are finding that tasteful “DudeOir” is a really
special treat FOR their sweetheart… or for social networking to FIND a sweetheart!
If you are considering a boudoir session, summer is the perfect time: Skin glows a bit
more, the natural lighting is gorgeous, and lasts longer, plus, you’ll have your album or prints in plenty of time for the holiday gift-giving!