Personal post // DIY day

Just a quick DIY personal post, the nasty weather has caused more days inside recently. My husband was complaining about not having anywhere to hang his caps and he wanted to just stick some hooks on the wall. Me, on the other hand, wanted it to look cool! So off to the garage I went to find something. I have a habit of going antiquing and finding things, then not using them for quite some time. I have had these old nasty green shutters for well over a year (maybe two now) so it was time to, "up-cycle" them and put them to use!

Hope you don't mind my sweat pant and slipper combo I have going on - so many snow days calls for this attire!

So here they are - pretty weathered and worn. To start, I lightly sanded the surface and then wiped down the whole shutter. Next was the fun part, spray paint time! I spray painted a piece for our bedroom this past summer so I used the same color to match. For anyone who knows me, it is turquoise of course! 

I bought some white hooks from Walmart and roughly measured and spaced them along one edge of the shutter. The way the hooks were shaped, it was kind of awkward to get them drilled in, but I got there.


And this is the final outcome. I love how it turned out. Below is also a photo of the dresser I refinished last summer, I'm pretty biased, but I love that thing!


Ryan & Maggie // Engagement // Zoar Village

Well, this one nearly feels like a throw back. I know its been a while but I really wanted to share it with you. I quite often have people tell me of cute little spots for photo sessions. This past summer (yes, we are all dreaming of summer at the minute!) a number of people had told me about Zoar Village and how wonderful it was. I had to go check it out for myself, and it is indeed a little gem of a village; old brick buildings, picket fences, vintage bikes and lots of awesome doors and backdrops. It is for sure a location I will be revisiting again. Without further adieu, I'd like you to meet some more of my wonderful clients (I'm not biased, promise!): Ryan & Maggie     These guys were real troopers. What you don't see is me behind the camera with my boots, coat, scarf and gloves all on, it was freezing! I love their classy, timeless feel they went for - this contrasts so well with their casual everyday outfits they wear later. © 2014, 12Stones Photography, All Rights Reserved.       © 2014, 12Stones Photography, All Rights Reserved.      

I absolutely love these Fall colors, such a great time of year to get photos taken.


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Time to get warmed up, or at least try to! Even in their casual everyday outfits they look great.

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Now it gets good... I love when people become so comfortable in font of the camera that they can just be themselves and let their personalities shine through. Maggie is so bright and bubbly, I imagine there is laughter happening wherever she is. Ryan on the other hand comes across like he is shy and quiet. That is until Maggie makes him show us his, "winking face". Verdict is still out on this one but I think it's pretty awesome!

Kruse2 Ryan also told me he wasn't going to be very good in font of the camera due to his Swedish heritage - Apparently they don't smile much! 

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I had such fun with these two - excited for their Wedding day and the moments we will capture!

Let life's stories begin...



:: A bit about me ::


Well, the time has come, I am joining the blogging scene. It’s time for my heart to be a little bit more exposed and for you to join me as I tell the stories of life through photographs.

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, married to my wonderful husband and live a life filled with magnificent people. I grew up in small seaside town in Bangor, Northern Ireland and have somehow found myself now living in Amish country Ohio. When you let Christ take control of your journey you never know where you may end up.

My heart bursts at the thought of travel, experiencing new places, sights, smells, sounds and people, it makes me a little giddy just thinking about it! Jesus, photography, people, vintage, scarves, mountains, rustic, creativity, journaling, art, coffee shops (especially off the beaten path ones!), hiking, talking, laughing… to name but a few of my loves!

:: Why Photography ::

This has been a big part of my heart for a number of years now. I absolutely adore memories but sometimes my wee brain doesn’t help me keep track of them all. For me this is why photography is so important. Images help me remember, they bring back laughter, they bring back tears but most of all they bring back moments. Don't you just love pulling out the old albums, having a laugh at the silly hair dos and the weird styles that were once oh so fashionable! My heart for my clients is that they become friends, that they become so comfortable in front of the camera that they forget that it is there. I want to “tell your story through photographs.” I want to capture moments that will be remembered for a life time and not just a few months or years.

:: The name ::

For me, the name was a pretty important element of my business. I wanted it to communicate what I am all about. 12Stones was inspired by a passage of scripture (found in Joshua 4) “These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Those twelve stones were memory markers for the children in years to come - this is exactly what I see photographs being. So wether it be a family reunion, a new life, a couple preparing for their big day or a senior making that transition in life, I would love to help you capture those moments.