Halloween Mini Session

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I’ve throw together my first ever mini session. I’m officially in love with them. I get to use all my creativity & create something super fun & take pictures adorable kids. The adorable kids in the photos bellow are my kids… they make the perfect models.

As much as I love offering my services & wonderful experience that I provide when working with my clients I also love sharing my tips, tricks & the way I create what I love (& what I hope you love too). As you follow me & my photography career I will always be more than willing to share my experiences, secrets & ides with you that way you can learn from me, my mistakes & my accomplishments. With all that being said I’ll dive in & share how I created my Spooky Mini Session.

It was simple to put together. My house has nice natural lighting & beautiful flooring so all my studio setting photos are in my house. I hung up multiple layers of cobweb on my wall & cut out black bats using this template. I let Adalie pick out a few pumpkins from Trader Joe’s & set them in the background. I grabbed little bottles & the chest from Hobby Lobby & the hand bowl is from Target. Add some dry ice & you have the perfect Halloween setting. I got the template for my advertising on Etsy. I am no graphic designer so I always head to Etsy for anything that is beyond my skill level!

I’ve had countless photoshoots with kids this summer & have come to discover that they are happiest when they are doing something fun. You’ll get real & authentic moments from them if you give them something to do & capture all of the fun they’re having. What’s more fun than getting photos of your children being children?

I can’t wait to share all of the mini session photos with you all later on & I can promise you that this is just the beginning. Mini sessions are going to be a regular for me! For now enjoy my adorable little models making some magical potion that they probably hoped would turn me into a frog.

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How cute are my models? They always do a great job with my constant photography needs. If you haven’t booked a session yet shoot me an email at ali@craftfoodlove.com & we’ll lock it down! If you feel like creating your own little photoshoot with your babes it’s easier than you think. Do it & hashtag your photos with #craftfoodlove so I can see all the adorableness!


Have you ever done a mini session? If so, what are some tips you’ve learned from doing them?


DIY: Wildflower Bouquet


I have been lucky enough to take my sister’s engagements as well as her bridals which has been the perfect way to involve me because it’s what I love to do. She was having a hard time getting ahold of her florist to get her bridal bouquet so I offered to make one. 

This is the tutorial on how I made it. It is simple, bright, & delicate. I truly loved the way it came out. It was so easy to do! I promise anyone can make their own bouquets. 


I began with two bouquets of wild flowers from Costco. They seem to have the best bouquets for the most reasonable price. I trimmed off the ends & put them in water until I was ready to use them. 



I layed out all of the flowers in a row so that I could quickly grab whatever I wanted to add into the bouquet. 


As I added flowers to my bouquet I tore off the leaves all the way to the bottom of the stem. So that it the stems had a clean look. 




When I was done adding one section I would tape it off with floral tape. Floral tape is not sticky so you have to squeeze it together so that it will bond & not come apart. 


Periodically I would look in a mirror or take a picture & see how the bouquet was coming together. Looking at it from these angles helped me decide what I did & didn’t like or where flowers needed to be added or taken away. 



Continue adding flowers & taping it together until you feel you have the perfect bouquet. 

Once you have completed your bouquet and floral tape it well to insure the flowers are being held tight. 



I wrapped the burlap around the bouquet as tight as I could to help hold the flowers in place. I wrapped it down the stems & back up & tucked the fabric in the top once I was finished. 

After that I added the lace but did not pull it as tight as I did the burlap. On the lace I also wrapped it down & back up. 


After that I pinned down the bouquet with the sewing pins. I pushed them down into the bouquet not straight into it that way they didn’t stick out the other side & poke my sister. I got simple ones with pearl balls at the end. You can find them at any craft store. 


Last step is to trim off the long stems. You can leave them as long or as short as you would like. You can even leave them all cut at different lengths. For this bouquet I wanted it all cut evenly. 

That’s it. You’re done & have officially made your own bouquet! 


It came out perfectly & looked so beautiful. The lace & burlap gave it the perfect rustic look. 


I am by no means a florist. Although I wish I had enough talent to work with flowers all day everyday. Any florists out there? What tips would you add when DIYing your own bouquet?

DIY: Elastic Hair Ties

My sister is getting married in four short months. She asked me to help her come up with a clever way to ask her bridesmaids to be in the wedding. 

I found this elastic on Etsy (check out their shop here!) & thought it would be the perfect way to ask the girls to be apart of her big day. I ordered the elastic in her wedding colors, which will be gold & plum.

Step one: Cut elastic nine inches long. 

Step two: Tie it on the ends. 

Step three: Cut ends of the elastic at an angel.  

Step four: Use a lighter to singe the edges of the elastic. 

That’s it. It’s that easy to make your own elastic hair ties… & you can be insanely creative with them as well!

I used stamps to write “WILL YOU BE MY” & decorated it with a few random stamps I had. Not only can the girls use them for their hair but they can wear them as bracelets as well. 

What are some other creative things you did for your bridesmaids? How did you ask them to be in your wedding?