Favorite Photo Shoots from 2015

Most of you know by now that I work full-time in insurance marketing, and I also run a photography business on the side. I normally like to do one post a year just on the photo shoot aspect of things, and show everyone what I’ve been up to in my other life! You’ll see everything from theater shots to business shots to family shots and more. So, here are a few of my favorites from last year, 2015!



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On the Road in December

Welcome to January, folks! Are you still keeping your New Year’s Resolutions?! (I had to ask, I’m sorry!)

Let’s take a post and look back on the top 5 posts from the month of December, why don’t we?


Of course, you’ll see a little bit of Christmas, but that’s to be expected. You’ll see some non-Christmas, as well!

Here we go…

1. 10 Ways to Stuff Your Christmas Ornaments! – Now is actually a great time to look at this one, because you can get a jump start for next year! 

10 Ways to Stuff Your Ornaments Promo

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Keeping Your Outdoor Gear in Fighting Shape

Now that the Christmas festivities are over, it’s time for New Year’s! It all feels like it’s flying by so FAST – is it just me?!

This year for New Year’s, we’ll be at my parent’s home in Hiawassee, Georgia.

Hiawassee GA

Hiawassee is a beautiful lil’ mountain town that doesn’t know about wifi and where you meet the locals when they break down in front of your house. It’s where the only things to do on New Year’s Eve involve a church choir and a live “possum drop”. (I’m not even joking. Not even a little.)

No matter the time of year, one of our favorite things to do when we’re in Hiawassee is explore the area via hiking…especially if said hiking involves waterfalls. So naturally there’s a bit of gear that we tend to take along with us!

Investing in outdoor gear takes plenty of time and research, not to mention being a little pricey. Here’s your guide for preventing damage and repairing your gear to keep it in tip-top shape for your next adventure and many more to come.


Get Started by Taking Inventory

Having a checklist for all of your outdoor gear is never a bad idea, and it will be a big help when it comes to keeping your gear clean and in tip top shape. Don’t forget to remove batteries from all electronic devices while not in use to prevent corrosion. Taking inventory allows you to inspect everything for wear and tear from the last trip and take notice of any little rips or tears that can be fixed right away before they become a bigger problem.

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DIY Custom Chalkboard

If you’re like me, you love a good chalkboard. So versatile – whether they’re being used for the kiddos to draw on or as a message board in your kitchen, I think we can all agree it’s good to have a chalkboard handy.

The last time we visited my parents in the mountains, I noticed a chalkboard in my mom’s kitchen that she was writing on. I asked her what it was for, and she explained to me that she hangs it on the wall, and every Sunday, she writes an inspirational thought or scripture from the morning’s sermon on it to remember for the rest of the week.

Hmmm. Good idea, mom!

So when I had a newly-expectant mother contact me last week wanting to do a photo shoot, involving what she described as “a large chalkboard”, I knew I needed to do something quickly. I have a small chalkboard, but not a large one. And with the amount of text she was requesting…large was definitely in order!

So I checked out my local crafty stores. No large chalkboard. At least, not one that was neutral. There are a lot of “special” chalkboards out there, but, if your photo shoot doesn’t call for a chalkboard in the shape of an arrow…or a bottle…or a sea bass…then you might just be out of luck.

So…I decided I could fix this my own self…with a little bit of creativity.

I purchased this at Michael’s – 40% off! This bad boy cost me about $12! And it’s an 11X14! 

DIY Chalkboard (4)

I liked the frame because it’s a neutral color, and it has some detail, but not too much! 

I removed the glass, cleaned it, grabbed my can of chalkboard spray paint and gave the glass several thin coats of paint, allowing it to dry complete between coats.

Then I went about setting up for my photo shoot!

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Coming Soon…


Hey, y’all! Happy Friday!

Normally you come by on Friday and see a new post, but today, things are a little bit different. Today’s post has been replaced with TOMORROW’S post…and you KNOW I only post over the weekend if it’s something really special! Well, it IS! 

I’m not spilling the beans yet, but let’s just say it has to do with a fabulous recipe and a live TV spot! And that’s all I have to say about that!

SO, check back tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. EST (or just sign up to the right to be emailed when a new post is published, and you’ll get a notification as soon as it’s time!)

See ya tomorrow!

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read thermal, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!