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Letters to Our Daughters | March 25, 2014


Please visit the blog of my dear friend Rashmi Pappu | Alexandria VA, Washington DC to see her letter and photos. Then continue on through the rest of the circle and be inspired to write letters to your own children.

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  • amy grace - different and the same. yep. woven together, surprising us, breaking us open a little more. bigger rides, bigger ideas, always the two of them. how lucky is that? and having you as their mother. xoReplyCancel

Decorating with Pictures | A Photo Tour of My Home

Hi everyone! I’ve shared some of the ways I display photos in my own home on other blogs before, and some of my wall display photos have been pretty popular on Pinterest. I continue to get emails from people asking for tips on how I completed certain projects. So I’ve been meaning to prepare a blog post like this for quite some time, and when the amazing Kristen Duke asked me to participate in her 2014 Decorating with Pictures series I knew right away that I would share a little tour of some of the ways I display photos in my own home.

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Before we get to the photos, though, I need to let you know about the exciting giveaway that is taking place at Kristen’s blog. One very lucky person will receive an amazing prize package including a six-month membership to Clickin Moms (valued at $30), a 1-year subscription to Click Magazine (valued at $15), and one Click Away conference registration (valued at $399). How cool is that?! Head on over and enter to win. And then I’ll see you on the forums and at Click Away. I’ll be speaking at Click Away, so please be sure to stop by and say hello!

The decor in my home is still very much a work in progress. I have big plans to create a hallway and stairway gallery, as well as a huge wall of canvases showcasing my children through the seasons to greet guests as they walk in the front door. I’m pretty sure I’m one of those people whose house will never be “done.” I’ll always be rearranging and changing, adding and editing. As our family changes, so will our home. I’m happy with that.

This set of three matted prints from ProDPI hang on a little hall headed to our mud room on our main level. I have always admired antique flower frogs for their interesting shape and form (each one is a little different), so I decided to put them on the wall and use them to hang photos. Flower frogs like these can be found at a lot of antique stores or on Etsy. Since the matted photos are relatively inexpensive, it’s easy to swap out the photos. I’ve gotten a lot of messages from people asking what those little circular contraptions are (this particular display has seen a lot of love on Pinterest) and letting me know they were planning to make a display like this. If you have created something similar or put your own twist on it, I’d love to see!


I’ve always liked vintage wash boards and wanted to hang a few in my laundry room. But plain washboards just didn’t quite cut it, so I mounted photos to two washboards and hung a large standout mounted print from WHCC in the center. I used the washboard in a little photo shoot I did with my daughters, and then used the photos and the washboard to create this wall decor.


A few years when I was walking through an outdoor flea market, I spotted this antique bicycle wheel that I just had to have. I love the juxtaposition of the straight metal lines and the round wooden circle. I use vintage clothes pins to clip photos to it. It is perfect for hanging favorite Christmas cards during the holiday season, and I can use it to showcase kids’ artwork, too.


I use a different style of antique flower frogs (metal with spikes) to hold snapshots that I want to display in my shelf next to my desk.


I also love very simple photo displays. One of my favorite places to buy frames is Pottery Barn. The quality is good, they aren’t too expensive, and they offer square sizes with huge mats. Canvases are another favorite because they truly are a heirloom that I will be able to pass on to my great grandchildren someday. The ones pictured here are from ProDPI. The quality is amazing.

Amy_Lucy_wallsI also have pictures in frames around my house. I have a folio collection box with press printed 5×7 photos from Black River Imaging that I adore. There are 20 prints inside so I can frequently change which photo I display.


I have a Pinterest board dedicated to unique ways to display photos, so head on over and be sure to follow me there. If you have clever ways to use antiques or other vintage finds in your photo display ideas, I’d love to know! Please shoot me a message through my Facebook page. I still have lots and lots of bare walls in my home and I am always looking for inspiration.

Thank you for stopping by. xoxo

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  • kristen duke - thank you so much for participating, I just love all the unique ways you have displayed pictures around your home!!ReplyCancel

  • katie - Love seeing the unique ways you display your beautiful photos. And I kind of love they aren’t all 8x10s. :) ReplyCancel

Letters to Our Daughters | February 2014




Please visit the blog of my dear friend Kirsty Larmour | Abu Dhabi Photographer to see photos of her beautiful eight year old daughter and read her heartwarming letter. If you haven’t already joined us over on the Letters to Our Children Facebook page, I encourage you to check it out. We’d love to connect with you and share your letters and photos with our little community!

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  • shalonda - happy happy birthday to you sweet friend!!!! what a beautiful life you have so full of sweet blessings…i truly believe you get what you put out into the world my friend so please let this be a reminder of the incredible person YOU are! i love reading your letters because they always give me such comfort and just that googley-eyed-grinning-from ear-to-ear-warm-fuzzy feeling…ReplyCancel

  • Ginger Unzueta - Happy Birthday. What a beautiful family you have and I am so glad I met you on this photography journey. You have a lovely heart and are filled with so much talent. Hope your day is beautiful…enjoy !!ReplyCancel

  • Rashmi - Happy Birthday darling Amy! These photographs took my breath away.. so incredibly beautiful. You are such a gift to your children (and to your friends!). Your generosity, warmth and kind spirit comes across even though we may never have met. Hope you have a most wonderful day today. xoReplyCancel

  • stephanie beaty - This letter will be such a gift too Amy! Happy Day to you. OXOReplyCancel

  • Tina Fisher - A beautiful letter and beautiful pictures. Have a wonderful birthday celebration!ReplyCancel

  • katy tuttle - gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Wibowo - Such a beautiful and soulful letter, Amy and the way you describe the purest love of all form in your letter. I hope you had a wonderful celebration.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty - Oh Amy, what a perfect birthday gift to yourself to allow yourself these moments to reflect and count your blessings – and they are such amazing blessings – thank you for sharing them with us – and I hope you had the most wonderful day xxReplyCancel

Triplets Plus One | Woodbury MN Family Photographer

Happiness is only real when shared.

~ John Krakauer

How fortunate am I? My work consists of playing with adorable children and capturing the joy I see in front of me. This family was perfect in every way — not only were they kind, friendly, welcoming, and incredibly fun, they also gave me complete creative control to capture their beautiful family the way I saw them. What I saw was connection, strength, silliness, joy, love, smiles, and pure happiness.


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  • Kirsty - What an adorable family – and lovely summery pictures too :) ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Stottmann - Beautiful! And your packaging– wowza!!ReplyCancel

  • katie - That’s exactly how children should be photographed. And for the record, the black and white of the 3 of them eating watermelons is perfect. ♥ReplyCancel

Letters to Our Daughters | November 2013

Please visit the blog of my dear friend Julia Stotlar to see her gorgeous photo of her daughter Wren and to read her letter. She has a beautiful way with words and her photos are always stunning.

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  • Emma Wood - Oh my gosh, I couldn’t love this letter more, and that last image…tears! <3ReplyCancel

  • Therese - Beautiful girls; beautiful images; beautiful words — and a beautiful mommy.ReplyCancel

  • Therese - Beautiful girls. Beautiful images. Beautiful words. Beautiful mommy.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty - They described themselves so perfectly – I imagine them to be all these things and so much more…. and seriously Amy, those pictures…. wow….ReplyCancel

  • Debbie Wibowo - Amy, the pictures really take my breath away, especially the one where they stood together. It seems that they just popped out of the picture! The letter is cute and beautiful. I really enjoy this post.ReplyCancel

  • katie - Amy,
    You manage to outdo yourself every single time…with your images and your words. Just so beautiful.ReplyCancel

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