June 15, 2015

The Jazz Age Lawn Party 2015

This past Saturday  a group of friends and I decided it would be so much fun to transport ourselves back in time 95 years or so. We traveled nine decades back from 2015 to 1920, albeit it for only one day.

At the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island in NYC, the roaring twenties came roaring back to life with big band music, flapper and bohemian style wardrobes and all the elegant, interesting, and excessive elements that made the twenties such an iconic decade. With one slight difference that is, on this day refreshing St. Germain inspired cocktails were being sold freely and legally, prohibition need not apply in this recreation of the Era. 

I made sure to document moments from that day from my point of view. Here they are for your viewing enjoyment. 

My favorite part of the day was observing everybody's unique, colorful and creative costumes. Certain individuals looked like they had just stepped out of filming a Dowton Abbey episode. Quite delightful.

                                       I may or may have not made an appearance myself :)

Such fun!



June 12, 2015

A Gerber Baby Family Portrait Session.

My most recent Portrait Session was for a beautiful family of four, friends of mine, V and B. 

The focus of the session was their two gorgeous little sons: D and N.  With V's exotic Latin good-looks and B's undeniable Nordic ancestry, together they have created the most adorable, handsome and photogenic baby boys. 

On a perfectly warm Saturday afternoon we drove out to to the Historic Monmouth Battlefield State Park to capture these special family moments that will be sure to last a life time.

Please enjoy some of the highlights from this fun session:

This last one makes me laugh out loud. I feel it deserves a special caption, any suggestions? 

It was honestly challenging for me as a photographer to pick a favorite, this beautiful family gave me so much to work with. especially those two beautiful little boys! 

Please stay tuned as I have many more upcoming photo sessions to share this summer season. If interested in booking your own natural light portrait session, please visit my Services and Investment Page for more information.  Also, please follow more of my work on Instagram @cestlaviephotographybylyra or on my Facebook Business Page. 



May 16, 2015

2015 Spring Decor updates and DIY projects.

It has been quite some time since I have posted Decor/Design related content; however, I am constantly making small enhancements or changes to my humble abode. Constantly. Chateau C'est La Vie - our petite maison  - is  always under the scrutiny of my watchful eye. After all, it is a well known fact: a decorator can never really leave well enough alone now, can we...

My Decor philosophy has always been to create chic, stylish, personalized spaces using:  a) what I already own and up-cycling  and b) re-inventing the use of items for different purposes c) never pay full price for anything.

This is the case with my most recent DIY project. Spring always inspires me to refresh my rooms and change the decor, even if it is simply switching out of the bedding, adding fresh flowers or making something new out of something old, as I will explain below.

As I was perusing the clearance aisles of one of my favorite discount department stores - TJ Maxx - I came across this set of four fabric place mats on sale for only $10. As soon as I saw the pale blue, silvery grey and white color scheme and the ikat-esque pattern, I knew I had to introduce these into my home as decorative pillows. They perfectly coordinated with the color scheme in my living room and master bedroom, while adding a fun modern punch to my mostly traditional/cottage type decor scheme.

The DIY process itself was quite simple. Using fabric shears, some old throw pillows I had in storage and my handy glue gun I was able to create four "new" pillows for only ten bucks.

Here are a few pictures I snapped using my phone of the completed project:

And while we are on the subject, I wanted to share how I Spring-ified my dine in  kitchen using another TJ Maxx clearance aisle find as my inspiration: these delicate bird motif yellow and grey dinner plates imported from Indonesia. Only four dollars each, and so lovely.  I decided to build around them using linen items I already had to create this pretty tablescape for a special luncheon I was hosting. Ties perfectly into my cottage/farmhouse inspired decor scheme.

(all pictures taken with my phone, pardon the quality) 

And as a brief sampling of what was served during said luncheon, a picture of the non-dairy cream of asparagus soup I served as a starter. Quite delightful if I say so myself:)

I was also asked by a dear friend to come up with a Spring inspired table scape for a special dinner she was hosting. For her table my inspiration came from this cobalt blue textured table runner I had in storage. One of the souvenirs I brought back from my Peru trip many years ago. I knew that I wanted to contrast the cool blue with lots of bold warm colors like tangerine and fuschia.. This is the final result:

Last update for this post is dedicated to my on-line Fine Art Photography Shop - C'est la vie art. Make sure to stop by, explore a little.  I am constantly updating listings with unique, seasonal one-of-a-kind captures I've personally taken from across the Globe. I not only greatly enjoy the opportunity to be able to share my art with you to display on your walls, but take great pride in being able to display some of my favorite captures in my own home. I have selected a few of my favorites and display them on a wall in the living room (or as my hubby jokingly refers to as the "museum") on a special wall I have dubbed the "art-gallery".   For instance, if you are a lover of all Equidae family as I am, , you will appreciate the following vignette. To purchase any or all of these prints yourself, please visit the following links:

Thank you for taking out the time to read through the Spring updates and projects I have been working on. As an FYI, although I am currently specializing in photography sessions for the Spring and Summer, I still offer my Decor/Design consultations as a service for those interested in some advice or need extra inspiration. Please check out my Investment and Services page for more information.

Stay tuned for upcoming portrait sessions and other interesting tidbits.



May 6, 2015

A Precious-in-Pink-Princess and family, Spring Photo Shoot

My most recent Spring Portrait Session was for repeat clients , who are a lovely family of three (soon to be four.)

The focus was on the beautiful little M who is growing rapidly and beautifully.

We took advantage of the first Spring bloom to take some outdoor portraits. Please enjoy.

He loves me, he loves me not...

We had an unexpected furry friend join our photo session...

Please stay tuned as I have many lovely upcoming photo sessions to share this season. If interested in booking your own natural light portrait session, please visit my Services and Investment Page for more information.