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How To Take & Edit Amazing Travel Photos as a Couple or While Traveling Solo!

HOW TO, TravelKayla Nord1 Comment

Hey friends! The question I get asked all the time is how we take and edit our photos when we are traveling! I’ve actually had people ask if we take a photographer with us… which is both hilarious and also the best compliment ever!!

The majority of the time when we are traveling, it is just the two of us, so we have to get pretty creative when trying to capture the moment + both of us! There have been a few times we have had friends, family or a guide with us that have taken our photos— so that’s nice, but you still have to know how to coach them to take a good picture. I hope these steps below will help you all with your travel photography— or even photography at home

Spring Inspiration

In the Studio, Little Life in LexingtonKayla NordComment
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Hi friends!! Sorry for the long absence of a blog, but I have been way busier than anticipated!! So, don't mind me as I blow the dust off of this section of my website and oil up my rusty writing to share with you all how excited and inspired I have been feeling lately......

Ahhhhh, I know, I know.... an artist and her inspiration.... so cliche. But don't you guys have those moments when you are scrolling through Pinterest and you just get so pumped up to go create something? ...That feeling of endless possibilities and inspiring plans that you can't wait to try?!

I have been feeling like this a lot, so I thought I would share with you all what has inspired me this week and how it is impacting life in general!

So naturally I have been getting super excited for all things Spring (duh.) It is such a beautiful season of new beginnings, rebirth, and freshness! The little bit of warm weather that we had last week made me feel like a totally new person... and made me want to run and frolic through flowery trees......

....kind of like here. lol. Thanks On a Whim Photography!

....kind of like here. lol. Thanks On a Whim Photography!

Springtime really is one of my favorite times of year, and a time that I think just about everyone wants to redo their decor, clean out their closets, and get a fresh start with everything! 

This is the time of year I actually start working out (thanks hot yoga!) and want to get rid of all my possessions in order to have a fresh and uncluttered house. 

Anywho, I wanted to share some of my favorite pins with you all and my recent inspiration board in my studio. I perused Pinterest for a while and that is when I realized there was a definite pattern here. Every single pin that I was saving was springy & blush colored. Looking at these made me giddy and got me excited for the warm weather, decluttering my house and for all my paintings that are in the works!

(ps... how cute are those floral sandals?! They are only $16 at Shein.com.... you're welcome.)

After looking through all these, I decided I needed to create a physical version of this in my studio (ahem, my upstairs bedroom) to look at and get that creative spark while I was painting.

I had always thought this process was overrated, but after completing it and staring at it for a few days, I realized how much it helps! As much as I love a good Pinterest board, there is nothing better than touching and visualizing all of your ideas with a physical board in front of you. I hope to be able to share these more often to show you all my creative process!

....Because I am usually so busy I never saw the importance of getting prepared for a project, but it totally helps! Who knew! Even if you are redecorating your house or trying to complete a room, printing things out, pulling pictures out of magazines, using paint chips, fabric swatches and making a mood board is a great way to bring your ideas together. I highly recommend it! Plus, it looks really cool and can get you in the mindset to create!

It also gives you a reason to continue hoarding random notes, pictures, cards, etc! ;) (The rest of my boards came from Home Depot in the paint swab section! These are great for mixing and matching colors together and really seeing what works before diving in to a painting or before decorating a new room....)

If only I had known how helpful these were a long time ago! Here are some of the paintings I have been whipping out because I have been so inspired! I am actually heading to Michael's here in a bit to purchase said blush paint because I am all out. (This is becoming a problem.)

Not only have these boards impacted my artwork, but they have impacted my decor and wardrobe!  I have found myself dressing in all blush and putting blush flowers all over my house (sorry John)

.... so as you can see I am somewhat obsessed! This below is in our bedroom... I wasn't feeling the painting I had there so I repainted over it and threw some flowers in this room! It feels like a brand new space!

 

Enough about me....! What inspires you all?! Do you have any good tips for getting ideas and thoughts together? Do you have a good pinterest board that I should follow!! Please let me know!! 

....Well, happy decorating, painting, and living!! Have a great end of your week and a wonderful weekend, friends!

 

To make living itself an art, that is the goal.
-Henry Miller

 

Kayla :)

My Little Life in Lexington

Little Life in LexingtonKayla NordComment

Hello everyone! So this website and blog has been a LONG time coming. I have finally figured out exactly how to juggle my time between teaching, painting, being a part-time wedding and event coordinator, spending time with family and friends, and now this whole business side of being an artist! I am so excited to be able to share some of my ideas, tips and tricks, travel adventures, and my creative process with all of you. This post will be short and sweet, but I wanted to first introduce myself to anyone who has never met me!

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My name is Kayla Weber Nord, and I live in Lexington, Kentucky. Ever since I was a little girl my mom gave me crayons and a coloring book and I have never stopped creating! I took art classes all throughout middle school and high school, developing a love for painting. Going into college I knew I wanted to be an elementary teacher and began my journey at Transylvania in the education department. My junior year of college, I realized (with the help of a very smart advisor) that I should switch to Art Education, rather than just elementary education. By doing this, I was able to study abroad in Florence, Italy, and further developed my art skills. Traveling had always been a big part of my life, due to my extended family's reunion trips all over the country (thanks Gramma Joan!!), but my travel bug was solidified after my four months living in Italy. 

A shot I took overlooking Florence my junior year of college!

A shot I took overlooking Florence my junior year of college!

After graduating from Transy, I got a job that summer at Southern Elementary as the Art Teacher. Not long after, I started dating the P.E. teacher who taught across the hall from me! After about a year and a half of dating, we set off on a summer European backpacking adventure through Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, and Italy! It was an amazing trip and to top it all off, John proposed in Florence, overlooking the city. I was on top of the world (literally!).

Right after John proposed at Piazza le Michaelangelo (my favorite spot in Florence!). Ignore the purple teeth... we had some red wine!

Right after John proposed at Piazza le Michaelangelo (my favorite spot in Florence!). Ignore the purple teeth... we had some red wine!

Coming back, I started planning for the wedding and trying to find a venue. My parents own a garden center and landscape business on an old tobacco farm. On the property there is a 1930 white tobacco barn, which I have always loved. Ever since we bought the property when I was 6 years old, I always knew I wanted to get married there. Now that I was actually engaged, I brought up the idea to my parents, who quickly shut my idea down. I kept working on them both and eventually convinced them to start cleaning up the barn, add a floor and some chandeliers and get it ready to host my wedding reception. 

The old tobacco barn before updates!

The old tobacco barn before updates!

I come from a perfectionist family, and with that being said, we all put 110% into making the barn the perfect venue. After 6 months of hard work, lots of antique shopping, and bouncing ideas off of each other,  we turned it into an incredible event venue. We planned every detail of the wedding and reception (I went completely overboard on all of the minor details and artsy pieces), but had an absolute blast leading up to it. John and I were married on July 18th, 2015 and it was a perfect day (minus the 97 degree heat!).

The tent for our 250 guests! The clear tent allowed for beautiful lighting, being able to watch the sunset and didn't block the barn!

The tent for our 250 guests! The clear tent allowed for beautiful lighting, being able to watch the sunset and didn't block the barn!

Our bride and groom pictures on the farm! Thank you Rachael McCall!!

Our bride and groom pictures on the farm! Thank you Rachael McCall!!

The inside of the barn! Could it be any prettier?

The inside of the barn! Could it be any prettier?

Everything turned out perfectly and the day couldn't have gone better! It has been such an amazing journey and now my family and I are sharing this venue with other brides. As soon as John and I got back from our honeymoon we had so many inquiries for future weddings, and we jumped right into being an event venue. I absolutely loved planning, styling, and doing the details of mine, so now this is another business venture that we have set out on! So far, we have had 7 big events at the barn and they have been amazing!

Side view of the barn with the lights over the dance floor!

Side view of the barn with the lights over the dance floor!

If I'm not teaching, painting, traveling or coordinating events, you can find me hanging out in my little Cape Cod style house with our golden retriever, Bulleit! John and I have been blessed with amazing neighbors, family, and friends that are always ready for a backyard barbecue or for watching football on the weekends. We host a lot of small get-togethers and truly enjoy just kicking back with good friends! 

God has blessed us so much and we are thankful for this chapter of our life together. Stay tuned for more updates about our little life in Lexington and for more inspiration, adventures, and art!! Thank you all for reading!!

 

                                Kayla :)