Essential Oils Product Photography


So, I've been doing a little product photography for my Essential Oils group, Aroma Droppers. We are all Independent Consultants with Simply Aroma. LOVE this company and essential oils… their commitment to oil purity and their business model. That being said, they sent me some oils to do a little photography with - they happen to really dig my vintage studio - so I had some fun! Here's a few of the pieces I created for my team. Feel free to tag these lovely images and use the recipes for yourself! Share the love of essential oils! They've been a lifesaver for my family this winter. No strep throat. No Pneumonia. No flu. Only pink eye. I can deal with that.

If you'd like to check out the oils come to my demo at the studio next Saturday, March 29th. This demo is on beauty and skin care. I've not bought one moisturizer or facial cleanser in months and my skin feels amazing! Just email me if you plan to come, so I can have enough seating. We have 30 ladies coming already!!!! Join our Facebook oil group Aroma Droppers if you want to know more about essential oils!  RSVP to our event online too!


Happy Snow Days and Valentine's Day!


Wow what a week in the "snowy, everything's shut down" South! I love this place.

So it's Valentine's Day. I curled her hair and put a pretty red bow in it. She thinks she's something.

4 Years ago today we found out we were pregnant. She is definitely the love of our life.

Today, she's with me working.

We cook together often so of course when she heard me in the studio kitchen she came running.

Together we made a Luxury scrub with PINK Himalayan salt, which she thinks is the coolest thing since Rapunzel. Ok. Not really. But she likes it lots.


These are small 4 oz jars available with ANY gift certificate purchase in the studio today, Valentine's Day, from 1-4 or anytime next week!


The lady of the house will LOVE this. It will make her hands uber soft.

These are also listed on my Etsy site for those that aren't local. 

If you're not keeping up with us on Facebook please do so! You're missing the following events happening at the studio...

Art with Annie on Wednesdays - Our first class we had over 30 children! This is a free community event!

Tuesday night Yoga with Tara ($10) - I'll be blogging this goodness after our next class, when I can capture some images. Starts at 7pm sharp, you are welcomed to just show up!

Happy love day!

BONUS: Make a Luminary (cure that snow cabin fever)

Made these with Sadie Mae and my little brother over the snow days…. fill balloon with water, dip in hot wax (about 180degrees, I used white beeswax pellets), repeat repeat. Sit on wax paper to create level base. Wait then repeat dipping to make strong solid sides. Cool then pop balloon. Use hot pan or griddle to level off top of luminary - by turning on it's top onto hot surface. Insert votive. Wahlah! Love love love

Studio News | 2014


I always look forward to the new year. It's a time to rehash the business of the past and organize the business ahead.

As always, I'm constantly adjusting my products and pricing to meet customer needs.

Thinking of 2013, the one thing that really took off in the studio was framing.

My framer, love them!

You know. That long LOST art of customer service…

they've found it and as far as I'm concerned pretty much own it.

They make me look good.

So for 2014, I've made framing available ONLINE, not just in the studio!

Here's a screen capture of the shopping cart...



If there's one thing I hear from clients it's -- "I just want to pick it up ready to go on the wall, otherwise I'll never get to it (framing)."

I've also heard, "yep, my pictures are still in the bag/packaging."

Get my drift?

You - guiding my business - it works awesome that way.

I've also decided to add an additional perk for 2014 baby club clients - 15% off all prints/products purchased from club sessions. I'm extending this discount to all 2013 club clients as well, for each remaining 2014 club session.

About wedding bookings for the studio, I can probably only feasibly do 5 more weddings for 2014. If you're thinking about our services, please call us soon!

Along with those few tweaks in products/pricing/offerings, I've got some really exciting news about programs available for the community via my studio. I'm about to bust to tell it all, but there's several details to still be worked out…so I'm keeping a zipped lip.

Lastly, as you may have read on a previous post, I now offer essential oils in the studio. I hope to have another oil party in the studio soon! Essential oils are great for ANYONE and have really been such a blessing for my family and our health this winter. If you are interested in oils and how to purchase or just need more information you can start at my pinterest board, message me, or stop by the studio. If you already use oils and want a place to purchase quality oils go straight here, 

Happy 2014!

Are your goals written down yet? Do it now!

Shout out to my friend and fabulous photographer Susan Brewer of Susan Brewer Photography. She's my silent business partner in the way that we both talk about business, our dreams, our fears, what's working, what's not. It's so awesome to have a friend who gets "it." Who helps me to be a better business person, photographer and friend. Her and I take little work retreats to her family's cabin in Asheville. Grateful for her and the opportunity to hash things out together!

Essential Oils

Lola Granola, Tree Hugger Call me what you may.

Seriously, a Prius fell in my lap, several months ago. Had no idea what the car hardly was, until I went with the hubs to trade his truck and ended up trading my Honda!

Good things happen to good people.

Love that car.

It was used, but barely, and a fabulous price.

Moving on a few months and I'm now crazy for essential oils!

Maybe it comes with the territory - Prius/Essential Oils - an overall mind of conscious living.

I've ALWAYS hated medicine though. Seriously I hardly ever even take a tylenol. Ask my mom, I've always been that way.

So, when I found oils it just fit like a glove.

Essential oils are all natural -- used since antiquity, seriously ancient.

Why in the world we've come so far from them, I have no clue.

My most favorite use at the moment -- Apricot Kernel oil with a drop or two of Frankincense and Lavender…after my raw honey and castle soap face wash of course!

Since having Sadie Mae my face has been all sorts of crazy. I also tried Bare Minerals at about that time and I swear it gave me some sort of acne on my cheeks.

Anyhoo - finally, finally, finally.

I've found a natural alternative that works miracles for me! BONUS-I can pronounce all the ingredients. Yes.

So, this brings me to Simply Aroma. LOVE this company! They've just launched and I am so extremely privileged to be a Presidential Founding Candidate, meaning I'm one of the FIRST consultants on board. Crazy, crazy. I knew somebody, who knew somebody, who knew somebody, and got the special invitation.

Good things happen to good people.

Last week I had a make and take launch party at the office and thought I'd share a few pics that I took before things got crazy. Body scrubs and bath salts were on the menu!

IMG_1665IMG_1667IMG_1669IMG_1672IMG_1673IMG_1674IMG_1675IMG_1676IMG_1677Want to know more about oils and their many many uses? Check out my pinterest board here:

Want to buy oils to try? Go here: OR if you want them ALL the deluxe kit is on sale through Friday for $189 (in celebration of company launch), includes all 13 oils and diffuser! Crazy good deal!

Want to host a show? Email me! info at

Get off social media and REALLY get together with your Facebook friends for some fun and relaxation, host a party!

I'll also be keeping a light stock of oils in the studio, AND you can find me and my team with possibly some homemade goodies at local craft fairs. I'm sure you'll see posts of the sort at some point.

  • Valentines Day Pink Lemonade Sugar Scrub: 2C White Sugar, 2/3C Sunflower Oil, several drops of lemon essential oil - small drop of pink food coloring if you wish
  • Cold and Flu Relief Bath Salt: 1 1/2C of Coarse Sea Salt, 3/4C of Epsom Salt, 1/4C of Baking Soda, several drops of eucalyptus essential oil (you could also add lemon) - small drop of blue food coloring if you wish

Manger Scene Portraits


The Holidays are upon us! I feel like I've been rush rush rush...and now the baby's sick.

I think that happens on purpose so I'll slow down. Or maybe she gets sick because she misses me.

So anyway, squeezed in some quick manger scene portraits today. In all the sickness I totally forgot some props, but hey - it's still adorable. I prefer simple always. Anyway.

So there you have it if you were wondering what they might look like.... along these lines, yep, they'll be.

Here's the link to the previous post if you need information about dates of manger scene portraits and cost.

Feel free to pin, but PLEASE don't steal my work. Yes, that actually happens.