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Creating family

I met Ariel at age 9 and today here she is with her family, four beautiful little girls who call me “tia”. Lily ran up to me giving me the biggest hug and said, “Tia! I missed you sooooo much!” I’m about to place a pony order for her.

I don’t regularly photograph young kiddos, but posting this is simply to share to my “little sis” from Big Brothers and Big Sisters, all grown up. Our relationship is evidence that the time you spend with anyone can continue to throughout your life, and friendship that’s like family, is such a beautiful gift. I wasn’t blessed with sisters, but thankfully God has placed so many incredible women in my life who I consider my family.

I half kid that because I met Ariel at such a young age, I already feel like I experienced a bit of the parenting (which is why I am passing on having our own)  – but let’s be honest I hardly parented Ariel. I was more of the fun big sis who mentored her, attempted to set an example, give wisdom, all that big sisterly stuff. What I’ve learned from our bond is that true friendship and unconditional love is proven over time, through ups and downs, through trials and triumphs and in the end, a good friend (and sister) is one that sticks by you through it all. Ariel has been a great little sister who has talked me through some difficult times and takes care of me as much as I take care of her – which I can only assume is what sisterhood is all about. ❤

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Now onto sharing lights for the studio (see full reveal here). Lighting was a very important piece of the project. Replacing the blah ceiling mount lights was a must – I wanted something not only functional, but pretty, since I bring clients in here and I create myself. I believe making every space have personality makes everything enjoyable – even when you have to run to the space to grab a hammer and creativity can happen in creatively designed places.

Build.com, my favorite place to buy housewares (kitchen pot filler and sink) sent me two satin nickel light flush mount ceiling fixtures. It also comes in a bronze finish.

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There were lots of beautiful ceiling mounts to choose from but I liked this one because it had a cage – so if I’m moving equipment whether it’s our huge ladder, broom, or lighting, I won’t accidentally break a bulb – and Benjamin too *wink*

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I decided I wanted LED bulbs at 5000k daylight (bright white) and dimmable. I found these dimmable filament tubular bulbs on Amazon and thought they would be perfect since they were cute and they would be visible – I look into every detail, function is important as well as style.

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I picked 5000k temperature on purpose. In homes I prefer warm light, it is a cozy look. If it’s too cool, rooms can look clinical.

For a photography studio, these lights are what daylight color looks like and I prefer that than have to adjust temperature in post which can often disrupt skin tones. Another option are these Edison dimmable bulbs which are 6000k. I bought this dimmer Amazon recommended with the bulbs, and it was perfection!

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I love the way these flush mount lights look in the space – they are so wow! When I was searching I wanted to make sure the ceiling mount didn’t hang too low since clearance was only 7.5 feet. Now I’m ready to see my space and clients better!

Thank you Build.com for providing lights and the AC/heater for my studio project.

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