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DIY Bunting

I would not say that I am a crafty person, my last encounter with a sewing machine I was about 12 and despite my mother’s efforts to teach me to sew like she does it just didn’t go so well. As we have been decorating Stella’s nursery though, I have decided that there are several DIY projects, thanks to Pinterest, that I wanted to do myself. One of them was a bunting to hang in the room, or as Jeremy calls it…the flag project. Many of the ideas for things that I wanted to do in the room came from wedding blogs, because I am a wedding photographer and I read wedding blogs. I figured I would share how easy this project is with everyone. Brides, this would be an easy and inexpensive way to decorate a reception! And because of my previous sewing machine experience, I am happy to say that there is no sewing involved in this project!





Pinking Shears


I just used a piece of paper and a ruler to make a template to cut the fabirc and then cut it out.

This clearly shows that I don’t sew. I would guess that most people would use straight pins, but I don’t own straight pins so I improvised and attatched my pattern with paper clips…that is what I call ghetto fabulous! Before you cut your fabric, fold it in half so that the top of the flag is a fold and will not be cut. When your piece of fabric is cut it can be unfolded to look like a diamond, as in the next photo.The amount of pieces you will need to cut will depend on how big you want the bunting to be.Once all of the pieces are cut all you have to do is fold the triangles over the twine and put some fabric glue on the inside so that they will stick together and you don’t have to sew anything. Make sure to put a little glue on the piece of twine as well so that they do not slide around.  That is it…so simple and cute. This would look great decorating a wedding with fabrics in your wedding colors…or in a baby girls room. You will get to see how it looks in the room very, very soon!


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Too fun!

Jeremy Schmucker

still not sure why they call it bunting…I like “flag project” better!

Lea Scearce

I was confused too Jeremy….bunting means wrapping the baby up to keep them warm. (but word meanings keep changing) Is it supposed to signify the old style 3 cornered cloth diapers?

Jeremy Schmucker

so I googled the definition and it said “using cloth to make flags” basically of any shape or purpose…hence why I like “flag” better because I use that word more! lol




cute idea, kristin! glad you were able to figure out a way w/o thread and needle!
but i am still a bit perplexed as to the colors you are selecting for stella grace’s boudoir…

lol, Susan – colors are basically pink, grey, and white. but we do have a little espresso brown furniture and she wanted a touch of teal too…lol – we miss you.

I’m going to have to try this! What an easy way to decorate for a party. I love DIY crafts :)

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My random life…#11

September 1st, can it be??? Somehow September makes November seem so much closer! This week was a great week with many random happenings as usual.

On Saturday I went to see “The Help” with some girls from church. We had a blast and can I tell you I LOVED the movie. It is an awesome mixture of a tear jerker and a really funny movie. If you have seen the movie you know about the chocolate pie, if you haven’t seen it yet you need to go see it!

I mentioned going to the pool last week, and let me tell you I have been enjoying it. I can’t seem to get rid of the smell of chlorine…

Today, I made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with the perfect ratio of peanut butter and jelly…this tells me it is going to be a good day.

The big news of the week was our shopping spree around the metroplex to get the rest of  the furniture and what we needed to decorate the nursery. What a day! After pouring over Pinterest the night before the trip we left early and we were out all day! We went to a lot of stores including 2 different Home Goods and of course  my favorite place, Ikea. Jeremy has been busy putting together furniture and the two of us have been working on organizing and a few DIY projects. There are still a few more projects that need to be finished before I post pictures of the whole room, but for now…here is a sneak peek of what is to come…


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That owl is a perfect addition to the nursery and it’s color scheme! Can’t wait to see the grand finale.

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I did not enjoy that I was being photographed while building a dresser! but I love you just the same…

Jeremy Schmucker

but I love how you can see the drill, the water, and tons of stuff we got for stella grace!

Nichole Nesbitt Brewer

Looks amazing, and you know how much I love pink. :p Can’t wait to see more!


I LOVED The Help and I’m heading to your favorite store tomorrow to buy an etertainment center!! The nursery looks adorable already :)

Lessons about dependence…

A few days ago I was thinking about just how much my little girl depends on me and how much she will depend on me when she is born for all of her needs. She does not have the things that she needs unless I provide them for her. She would not have the basic neccesitties like food, shelter and clothing unless they are provided to her by her Daddy and me. She trusts compltely that we will give her all the things that she needs.

As I think of the dependance of a child on it’s parents, I am reminded of the dependance that I need to have on my Heavenly Father. I have so much to be grateful for and I would not have any of it if it were not for the provision of my Father. Though I often try to take care of myself and I often think that I can do it on my own, I am completly dependant on my Savior to provide all of my needs. Lord, help me to always trust you, and never doubt your love and provision in my life.

Phillipians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.



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Shelby J

that’s a great lesson to learn!

Shauna Gutierrez

Aww :) Loved this!

Jeremy Schmucker

thanks for the reminder. love you

For Photographers…building a portfolio

For an aspiring photographer building a portfolio is one of the first things that you need to do. You can’t make a career out of being a photographer if you don’t have some great images to show potential clients, but how do you get from just starting out to building a successful business. I don’t claim to be an expert, but I can share what worked for me!

1. Practice, Practice, Practice! It may seem simple, but it is really the key to becoming a great photographer. You need to learn your camera and how to work it and you need to learn to pose people and work with those in front of your camera. Whether it is photographing a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter or having your best friend model in all different lighting situations, practice is key.

2. Learn to shoot in Manual! I know I say it all the time, but it is SO important, this combined with practice is really the key to taking your pictures from “Ok” to “Amazing”. Learn the relation of Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO and learn to nail the perfect exposure straight out of camera.

3. Shoot for Free! I am fully aware that there are lots of photographers that don’t think you should ever shoot for free, but I am just telling you what worked for me. When I was first starting I asked friends to let me photograph them and I was able to get images that were the beginning of my portfolio. Ask newlywed friends to put their wedding attire back on so that you can shoot them as if it was a wedding day and give them the disk of images for free.  You can also get in contact with wedding photographers you look up to and offer to 2nd or 3rd shoot for free to gain experience. When you are starting out, every great image you can show is a valuable asset to your portfolio and to me it was worth doing things for free to build up my website.

4. Present your photos online in a professional way! People are looking for a photographer online, so that is where you need to make sure your images are seen. I LOVE Showit and ProPhoto Blogs, but there are other ways to present your photos in a professional way. Focus more on quality than quantity, and try to have a variety of subjects.

5. Stop Shooting for Free! You may be thinking that this contradicts what I just said, but I promise it doesn’t. After your initial portfolio building stage, which the length of will vary for each person, it is time to stop doing it for free. You may start out with fairly low prices, but you need to put value on the work that you do and others will too. How do you know when it is time to stop giving free session? It is different for every person, but I would say that when you feel like you have enough photos online to show your talent, you know how to work your camera, you are comfortable directing and posing subjects, and you have a good number of people asking to be photographed by you, it is probably now time for you to start charging.


As always if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at  and I will get back to you as soon as possible!

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Bronwyn Elizabeth

Thank you so much for writing this! I’m just starting out, and have been doing shoots for free, to build my portfolio, but now I think I’m ready to start charging. Would you mind sharing how much you charged in the beginning, so that I might get an idea of what a good rate might be? Thanks again!:)

Jeremy Schmucker

great tips on how to start a photography portfolio and business!

Kristin Schmucker

I would love to give you more details! Do you have an email address that I could send some info to you at?

Hi Kristin. I’m just starting out and these tips are great. Thank you so much for putting it out there for the new folks! I’ve been looking into upgrading my blog to ProPhoto. Hopefully I will soon!

Baby Bump…

It is hard to believe that I am already 27 weeks pregnant and just starting my 3rd and final trimester…the finish line is in sight. It seems like just yesterday Jeremy and I were anxiously awaiting being able to reveal to all of our friends and family that we were expecting. Let me tell you this little one is growing like crazy and moving like crazy! I guess I should try to enjoy the fact that this is the only time in life when people actually want to see my growing belly, I must admit it is a little strange. There is so much to do in the next few weeks to prepare for her arrival, starting with a big trip to ikea tomorrow to get the last of her nursery furniture! Can’t wait to show you all the finished room!


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Cindy Clinton-Kinsey

Love it!

Rhonda Hooper

I know we don’t know each other but I just have to say that you look beautiful! You are really glowing, and you will be even more “glowy” once that beautiful baby is here. Congrats…it only gets better from here.

Patty Thompson

Congrats! what a beautiful mommy to be picture.

Elaine Joy McDonnell

You look so cute! :-)

Shelby J

awwww! You look so adorable!

Jeremy Schmucker

love love love you both! the third trimester is finally here!

Ashley Gargano

Hi, I’m one of Jeremys friends from Illinois and want you to know that you look great! I’m happy for both of you!

Kristin Schmucker

Thank you so much Rhonda!

Kristin Schmucker

Thanks Ashley!

Kristin Schmucker


Kristin Schmucker

Thank you!

Rhonda Hooper

Oh, you are soo welcome. I miss being pregnant. Have you laid in the bathtub and watched the baby move around? To me, that was the most special time from my pregnancy.

Rhonda Hooper

For me, the third trimester was not only the most exciting, but also the most painful. I know you are probably rubbing her feet and her back and walking slower with her…but it will all be worth it when you see that beautiful baby’s face!! Love you guys!!

Kristin Schmucker

Oh yes! One of my favorite things to do these days!