8 Tips For Taking Better Portraits: The Secrets of Cruise Ship Photographers


When I went on my first cruise I wondered what was up with the many photographers and ornate backdrops set up as you traveled to and from dinner. Families, couples and even the single ladies were dressed to the nines, waiting for their chance to pose. It took me a few days to try it out, but then I couldn’t stop. Masters of lighting and art direction, the Carnival cruise ship photographers know exactly how to get a flawless portrait that you will love. It’s a thrill to run to the walls of the photography area, where they display all of the prints, the next morning to see yourself glowing back as never before. How are they able to get such amazing, flattering shots with a small set-up and literally minutes?  Of course we asked, and managed to get 8 of their secrets to try at home!

From lighting, to composition and relaxation advice, read on for a list-o-tips that will give you aspiring shutter bugs some greats ideas for how to improve your own portraits with beautiful results. (more…)


Fabric Friday

Fabric Friday on Pretty Prudent

If you follow Jaime, Jacinda, and I on Instagram, you may have seen that we met up in Seattle yesterday before their Land of Nod book signing and craft night.  While I was mostly just excited that we were all together, I was also super excited that Jacinda brought along a bunch of new Fabricworm fabrics. How cute is this Rebekah Ginda for Birch Organic Fabrics, Picnic Whimsy, Breezy Floral fabric? Lucky for you, we are giving it away!

Enter for the chance to win one yard of and find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…



DIY Polymer Clay Cross-Stitch

DIY-Polymer-Clay-Cross-StitchToday we are combining our love of sewing with clay crafts to create this DIY Polymer Clay Cross-Stitch. You can use any cross-stitch design you’d like for this project, however, I suggest starting with something simple like numbers and letters for your first project. I love that you could combine this technique with our Marbled Clay Gift Tags to make personalized tags for holiday gifts.

For more beginner polymer clay tutorials, check out our Clay Rope Baskets and gold leaf ring dish.

DIY Polymer Clay Cross Stitch (11 of 12)

Learn how to make the DIY Polymer Clay Cross-Stitch after the jump…



A Hard Rockin’ Weekend

Hard Rock Riviera MayaI recently had the pleasure of spending the weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. This Hard Rock has everything you are used to from the Hard Rock experience (lots of cool music memorabilia, and a fun attitude), AND it is an all-inclusive resort. The added bonus of this spot is the music-related activities.

Besides all the great night clubs and pool-side rockin’ out, you and your friends or family can participate in the Music LAB, where you learn to play instruments, make a music video, or spin like a pro DJ. So I threw on my leopard print and got into the spirit (I played the keyboard in our rendition of Sweet Home Alabama).
Hard Rock Riviera Maya Selfie

It was super fun. But my favorite part was definitely all the beautiful views.
Hard Rock Riviera Maya

Check out more fun from my hard rockin’ weekend… (more…)