Simple Winter Table Setting

Fall and Winter Simple Table Setting by Jordan Brittley Photography

I love the winter and I love decorating for the winter! Homemade wreaths, flickering candles and garland stitched together by needle-pricked hands. It’s the perfect time to share my home and DIY projects with you because wedding season isn’t in full swing for a few months! I love adding natural elements to my home because I think it makes my home feel cozy. I love pulling up really small evergreens and putting them in a mason jars full of water. It’s such an easy way to decorate!

When I am keeping it simple, I love to mix and match and add as many natural elements as possible! I paired our polka dot chairs with the wooden chairs to compliment the table’s finish. I also paired an off-white place mat with a crisp white dinner plate and off-white dessert plate to help keep things casual. I love the pop of color from the flower arrangement that sits among pinecones. And then the centerpiece is all tied together with a wooden cutting board!

Floral Design – He Loves Me Flowers by Charity

Fall and Winter Simple Table Setting by Jordan Brittley Photography
Fall and Winter Simple Table Setting by Jordan Brittley Photography
Fall and Winter Simple Table Setting by Jordan Brittley Photography
Fall and Winter Simple Table Setting by Jordan Brittley Photography

DIY Winter Sugar Scrub

DIY Winter Sugar Scrub by Jordan Brittley Photography

This weekend we announced to our family and friends that we are having a little baby boy! I love hosting people and I want them to feel right at home, so I decided to make a sugar scrub for the guest bathroom! I have provided the recipe below in case you want to make it for yourself!! Enjoy!

Recipe

1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup brown sugar, plus more for desired texture
2-3 drops of cinnamon essential oil
pinch of all spice

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add brown sugar until the scrub reaches the desired texture. Keep in mind that the sugar will continue to absorb the oil as it sits in the jar!

Calligraphy by Dans L’eau!

DIY Winter Sugar Scrub by Jordan Brittley Photography
DIY Winter Sugar Scrub by Jordan Brittley Photography

November 25, 2014 - 10:42 pm

Linda Foust - I printed it and will be using it. Thank you. Love the jar where did you get it and the spoon??????

November 25, 2014 - 10:42 pm

Linda Foust - I printed it and will be using it. Thank you

Our Baby is a Boy!!

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Chopped strawberries, yummy butters and our favorite non-wedding Saturday tradition: pancakes! Isaac and I hosted our family and a few close friends on Saturday to celebrate our little baby and announce that #littlebabyhenson is a BOY!! We are so excited to meet our little boy in April!

Isaac and I had the second ultrasound on Wednesday and the ultrasound tech didn’t think the baby was going to stop moving long enough to tell if baby was a boy or girl! He was just moving and kicking and twisting and turning. And he hasn’t stopped! This little boy is crazy active ALL the time!

For our gender reveal party, I wanted to do something warm and wintry, so I made wreaths and a garland and Charity made the most beautiful flower arrangements! A dear friend made all of the mini pancakes so I could enjoy (and photograph) the party and I can’t thank her enough! Toppings for mini pancakes included honey butter, strawberries, peanut butter butter, chocolate chips, cinnamon butter and homemade syrups: strawberry and blueberry. I even made up a recipe for chocolate chip scones that I must share on the blog soon!!

A friend gave me some animal figurines for my nursery and I mixed them in with the decor for a little extra dose of cuteness! We announced the gender through a series of ornaments that we let my sisters open and now they are hanging on the tree and making me giddy to hold this little boy!

Baby Henson is a BOY!!

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November 25, 2014 - 3:04 am

Jessie Warner - I am SO happy for you Jordan!!! Yay!!! :)

November 25, 2014 - 12:13 am

Meredith Sledge - Love this! Of course your baby reveal looks like a styled shoot! Haha!

November 24, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Gertrude Gusewelle - YAY!!!!!! Sweet baby boy! I’m so excited for you guys! & This little, wintery, sweets-filled reveal party looks perfectly heavenly too! love & hugs from the Gusewelle’s!

5 Tips for Finding Your Photographic Voice

Winter Warmth by Jordan Brittley

The smell of strawberry syrup fills our house while the oven starts to preheat again. We are celebrating our little baby tomorrow and sharing our gender news!! Oh, I can’t wait to tell you! I took half of the day off to get our house ready for our family and if you run a business, you know that means that you put in those hours another time!

I have been asked on occasion how I found my photographic voice. And while I think that I am continually defining and redefining my photographic voice as I grow, there are definitely some things that helped me to define the photographic vision that you see on the pages of my blog and website! I hope that they help you as you discover the art of business and grow creatively!

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION TO BE DIFFERENT – Give yourself permission to fall in love with your work. Give yourself permission to be different. How do you do that? Well it’s much more challenging and much easier than it sounds: go be yourself. Let yourself be the derivative of your branding, marketing and entire business vision. It’s terrifying and nerve wrecking because you have no statistical proof that it will work, but it is the only way to stand out. And in this industry, you MUST stand out.

DECIDE WHAT YOU LIKE AND DON’T LIKE ABOUT EACH IMAGE YOU TAKE – So you are looking at one of your images and you just LOVE it. Ask yourself why you love that image? Examine the lighting, the coloring, the composition and the styling of the image. The goal is to continue to produce more and more work that you just love!!

ANSWER SOME CORE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOURSELF AND THE VISION FOR YOUR BUSINESS – I think that diving deep and answering some challenging questions about yourself can really help direct the vision for your business. When I did this, I discovered the core of why I do what I do and I was then able to develop business strategies that reflected that drive and purpose. It’s helped to not only drive my work, but also my branding, marketing and business goals!

If you are looking for a resource to help you get started, I recommend Lara Casey’s powersheets!

LET YOUR WORK REFLECT YOU – Sometimes I hear creatives trying to restrict other creatives with rules or harsh criticism. My senior year of college business was tied up in rules and more rules. I can’t overexpose and I can’t underexpose. I can’t have images too vibrant or too warm. I cant. I can’t. I can’t.

Yes, you can.

Break the rules. Be different. Let your work inspire you and others. Forget about some “perfect” image. Focus on the beautiful that you see and go photograph it in a way that only you can.

TONS AND TONS OF PRACTICE – I remember when I first started producing galleries that really pulled at my heart strings. I was growing by leaps and bounds and finally, FINALLY seeing all of my hard work paying off. Those growth spurts are something to celebrate! Continue to challenge yourself and grow your business/personal vision so that you can continue to grow by leaps and bounds!!

Even if you have a specific vision for your work, you may find that it is hard to get there. If this happens, just take a breath and focus on the one step that you need to take to move forward. Creatives tend to be so hard on themselves and it’s important to

Winter Warmth by Jordan Brittley

Styling and Planning – Alli from Social Graces

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the ultrasound

Winter Warmth - Jordan Brittley Photography

I’m working from the kitchen table this morning. The centerpiece is simple: a little cutting board with three candles and a mason jar with tree clippings from our weekend adventure. This table holds memories of eating good food with good friends and recent candlelight dinners. It’s finish includes marks from where my sisters have slid their plates away declaring that their bodies can’t hold anymore food. I am beginning to learn to embrace the imperfection and value the symbolism behind the less-than-perfect details. People are the “things” that matter. And I am so thankful that Isaac and I have these people in our lives.

Today I want our children’s sticky fingers on this table. I want their crafts sprawled out so that no wood is left to see. Oh, praise God that He has given us a child!

There is a story (and many others) that I have wanted to share with you for a long time. And it seems fitting to share today since Isaac and I will be heading to our second ultrasound in just a couple of hours to check on our sweet baby and find out if we should call the baby a he or a she.

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Two positive home pregnancy tests, one negative doctor test and then a final positive with a blood test. All within a span of 24 hours. Talk about a whirlwind. Last April I blogged the beginning of a small story after the Lord prompted me in the early hours of that morning. Part of my story involves the Lord telling me what doctors would say and me responding, “But Lord, I don’t believe what man says, I only believe what you say.” I had been praying for months that if there was ever a positive result on that stupid-little-stick-of-sadness that I would believe. And surely when I saw that first positive, I cried tears of joy and Isaac and I were dance-hugging.

I scheduled the second doctor’s appointment and first ultrasound so that, as one nurse put it, we could “make sure the baby is where it is supposed to be because sometimes they are not.” And I clung to Romans 5:5. You might think that it was a little out of context, but the Lord had promised us this child so I was clinging to His words and hoping that any hope that could be mustered would not shame me. I was honest with the Lord and I told Him that even if He were to tell me that my child would survive, I would not believe Him. I wanted the doctors. I told Him that I needed to hear the doctors say it would be fine. I told Him that I wanted to believe what He says. And I told Him that I just didn’t.

We go to the doctor and the woman takes me to the bathroom, tells me to pee in a cup and says we will start my well woman exam right after that. In an uncharacteristic move I pivoted to face her, “and an ultrasound.” She told me that they only had me down for a well woman exam and that we would schedule the ultrasound for another time. Shocked, I just said “and my ultrasound.” She repeated those dreadful words and I had tears streaming down my face by this point as I stammered through the words, “but the woman on the phone… she…. she told me… that we would do… do an ultrasound…”

I head to my well woman exam and lie on that cold table after nurse and doctor had tried to get me in for an ultrasound. The tears had stopped and I was staring at those florescent lights and wishing I could go home and wrap myself in a blanket. The doctor puts the gel on my stomach and pushes the doppler into my skin… no heartbeat… no heartbeat. In that moment, the one where they couldn’t find my baby’s heartbeat, the Lord’s presence washed over me with an all-consuming peace and I was still. He didn’t promise me life for my baby. He didn’t give me a guarantee for this baby. He just gave me hope in Him… trust in Him.

He is all that Isaac and I have. Because the risks to this child seem even greater after birth. So we put our hope and trust in Him. And it doesn’t mean that we are skipping around with huge grins when devastating things happen. No, it probably means that we are on our knees, pounding our fists on the floor and crying out to see Him. Because He is all we have.

Off to see our little baby!

Winter Warmth - Jordan Brittley Photography