best of 2008

So one of my favorite parts of the end of the year is sorting out all of my favorite photos from that year. I love going back and looking through all the weddings, reliving my favorite moments.
Well, did the math, and I think we took about 50,000 pictures last year. Of those, these are my favorites. This is a wholly subjective collection; I'm sure someone else would pick entirely different images. But for whatever reason these are my favorites. Please enjoy.
Warning: this is freaking long! Seriously: there were 200 some pictures, so it takes a while to get through them all.

best of 2008 from Laura Dye on Vimeo.


goals 2009

It's good to write these things down, right? This way I can see how overly ambitious I actually am! (Or perhaps what a procrastinator I am.) So last year I completed maybe half of my list. I accomplished many things that I didn't even think I could, which is completely exciting. So here go my goals for 2009.
  • Lose 20 pounds. This will be the year I am finally confident in a bikini. I have no idea how much I've lost this summer, but I felt crazy awesome in a bikini this year! Wooo! (fact: friends who tell you that you look awesome help. Seriously. You have no idea.)
  • Shoot 25 weddings Well, I shot either 22 or 23. That was PLENTY.
  • Throw three "grown up" parties, starting with an Oscar party. FAIL. Had an Oscar party, and there I STOPPED. I have people over all the time, but maybe "grown up" parties are beyond my abilities.
  • go swing dancing, finally. FAIL.
  • Mail Christmas cards before Christmas. Ha! Another year without sending Christmas cards.
  • Make 90% of my christmas gifts. FAIL. No time. Really.
  • Read one non-fiction book per month. I think I managed this, if you average it out.
  • Buy a new computer for the business. Ordered it 5/11/09
  • Run that 5k, finally. FAIL.
  • Sort and organize my clothing collection. Completed! Getting ready to do it again with the move.
  • Have an art show of just my work. FAIL.
  • Start writing that book I've been mulling over in my brain. FAIL.
  • Adopt a bulldog. Didn't happen. But we did get a bunny.
  • See a broadway show. FAIL. Despite two New York trips.
  • Take a mini-trip with le husband. (Or a full-length one, but I'm not stretching too hard here!) Also didn't happen.
  • Visit LA! (Lauryl and CS, this is to see you guys.) Visited Michigan instead.
  • Have a garden It's in progress! 05/09
I'm sure I'll add to this as I think of it.

So. There was much that I didn't do in 2009 that I originally thought I wanted to. But there were tons of other things I did that I'm super-proud of. I'll get it all written up eventually.


Christmas present pictures at long last!

This is the Twinkle Hoodie from Twinkle's Big City Knits. I couldn't find buttons to match the color, so I did fabric covered ones.

These are both the Princess Capelet from the same book. The one on the right I used a vintage pin to hold closed; for the yellow one I threaded satin ribbon through the knit. She tied it several different ways, resulting in several different looks.


a christmas tree!

I've been loving our christmas tree this year, and wanting to take pictures, but just not taking the time. Tonight, however, I'm blowing off work for a little while to get the house ready for family, and had to pause and just love all the white lights.

So please excuse the clawed garland on the lower left-hand side. The LewisCat thinks that it is AMAZING, and has made it his personal mission to take it all off. I'm trying to spray him with water when he does, but since I'm gone so much, he's quite crafty.
So here's the story on my tree: in previous years I've done a gold/red/silver/clear thing, but after last year's amazing Blueprint cover, I decided that red needed to be replaced with pink. Well, I haven't been able to find any pink ornaments in the stores. At least none that were the right shade. However, I was able to pick up a ton of them in the thrift store, so there we go. And my previous red tree topper wouldn't go, so I found a vintage star thingy for $2 at Salvation Army. (And people say I have expensive taste!) All the garlands are an exhibition of my one OCD tendency: I can never find the garland that I like, so for the past three years I've made family members string tiny glass beads and create my own personal garlands. My tree was delightfully decked this year before it got attacked. 
After looking everywhere for pink wrapping paper that wasn't baby-themed, I caved and bought red-and-white awesomeness, planning to add pink ribbon. And then I went to Ikea, where I discovered this amazing pink and red paisley. That reverses to orange. How freaking awesome is that? I just can't believe I didn't buy out the store. 
Anyway, don't expect much from me--the inlaws are in town this weekend, so we're busy. But expect pictures of Christmas presents after they leave; I plan to make recipients model! Woo! 


wednesday wonderfulness

May I just preface this by saying that I can't WAIT to post pictures of all the Christmas gifts I've made! But for now you'll just have to excuse my absence and trust that every possible moment is spent either editing or frantically working on gifty goodness. So, here you are.
And that's all for now, folks! 

another chance to vote

I've submitted another image to jpg mag. Vote please.



review: Australia

So I've been excited about this movie since the first time I heard about --Baz's first film in twelve years! I am SO in. But of course, I'm a Luhrman fan, and if he made a film about the reading of the dicionary, I'd probably watch it. So I wanted to go see it opening weekend, but there just wasn't time, and I haven't had time to see it since then. I mean, a three-hour movie? Plus the critics have been ravaging it. But le husband convinced me friday night that I wanted to make time, and I am so glad we did. 
It. Is. Gorgeous. Just about every frame of the film could be framed and hung on the wall. One major complaint that I've heard is the painted sets, but I loved them. Definite throwback to major Hollywood epics. So yes, this film is over-the-top, and yes, it's sentimental, and yes, the characters aren't wildly nuanced. But ohmyword I loved it. It was gorgeous. Nicole Kidman's costumes are amazing (I want a parasol!), Hugh Jackman is insanely ripped (seriously--in this film he makes Wolverine look puny), and the images are absolutely lovely. The light! So, so gorgeous. I want to learn to shoot like that. 
Anyway, totally worth the $10 ticket price, and I may go see it again.


wednesday wonderfulness, the craaaazy edition

So there should be more, seeing as how I've missed this for TWO WEEKS now. But (excuses, excuses) I've just not had time to prowl around and find goodies. So here, in no particular order, is the wonderfulness I've been hanging on to, some of which I wanted to arrange into more focused posts, but that's just not going to happen. Here goes. 
Just so you know: I can't post pictures of Christmas gifts right now, because people would see them before the big day. So expect a flood of pictures post-Christmas. 



Threadless is currently having a holiday $5 tshirt sale. Get over there!

In other less exciting news, today we're shooting our last wedding of the year. Don't look for me to resurface from the bog of end-of-year edits in which I find myself for about another week or so, but I promise I'll be back before too long, with pictures of all the gifty goodness I've made this year! 


my grown up christmas list

It's more a dream list than anything else--price was decidedly no object! (Although it's not all expensive.)

my grown up christmas list by vintagechica


do bloggers dream of unlimited shoes?

I know I do! So I've been thoroughly chastised this week for my lack of bloggage; trust me, I know and I feel bad. I'm a bit slammed right now, trying to get all my engagement shoots edited and printed in time for Christmas cards. We did three shoots this weekend; engagement shoot on Friday at the beach (going to be amazing!), wedding on Saturday (lovely!), and engagement shoot on Sunday afternoon (absolutely gorgeous and cinematic). And did I mention that the inlaws were in town this weekend? Um, yeah. It was intense. But good.

Anyway, this image is from the November issue of Domino, and it's the closet of the head designer for JCrew. And it's gorgeous. This is the closet that we want (and my sister totally had, for a while, darn her). View the enlarged image--it's amazing.