In September we took our Christmas family photos. That’s right, September and would you believe I had originally scheduled them in August, but things came up and we moved them to the end of September. I like to get these done nice and early each year.
Due to our current location, Vance REALLY pushed for Aloha wear for our photos. I was apprehensive to say the least. The thoughts that Aloha Wear conjure were enough to scare me back to my usual solids lovin’ photos. After combing the NEX, PX and Target for several weeks and fifteen shirts later, we had three that worked for the guys. I did look for something along the same lines for myself to wear, but nothing really hit the mark.
There is a catalog company, Boden, from the UK that I adore; to put it lightly. In reality, I dream of a closet full of Boden or better yet a trip to London, with my bestie Christie, to try on my beloved Boden pieces in a retail store. Anyhow, I’m getting sidetracked! I found a wonderful dress from Boden that coordinated with the Aloha shirts and fit like a dream.
One minor oversight – my jewelry. This dress begged for a statement necklace, but where oh where could I find one that I would love for the photos and afterward? Not to mention, I waited until two weeks before the photos to get seriously looking. I was stressed.
Sooo, I have this friend. She and I attended architecture school together. At the heart of every architect is an artist and Steinen’s artistic pursuits are in the form of rocks. She now owns her own company designing jewelry. I have perused her website from time to time; the website and pieces are very compelling. This turned out to be a perfect opportunity to take the leap and get one of her necklaces.
She is amazing! She was able to talk through the necklaces and what would work with my dress. In the end, she adjusted one she had on hand to fit my frame. I did not tell Vance about this purchase. Instead he noticed it at the shoot and was struck by how beautiful it was in person. I have since purchased a matching set of earrings and find myself trolling her site more often than I care to admit.
I was also in awe of her customer service as she is a mother to four young boys! Yes, FOUR. I know, she’s a little crazy! And there are days I can barely manage my TWO! Here’s her website: Steinen Jewelry. I warn you, they are addicting.
Photos my Marina Ryan.