Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Happy Products for Happy People

A few weeks ago my someone and I went on a stroll in the nearby flea market. Even though we've been through the market and everything around it about a million times, we always find something new that we haven't seen before. Sometimes it's a new restaurant or coffee shop that pops out of nowhere, sometimes it's just an item in a shop we've past by many times before, but haven't noticed it. We love exploring and discovering new gems in there. Well, this time it was a brand new shop. It opened up a few months ago, but I guess we haven't really paid attention until now. What caught our eye to begin with was a giant elephant sculpture created out of scraps of driftwood. Inside the shop we discovered a wonderland of beautiful furniture, decor items, lighting fixtures, and tableware. We were seriously drooling over everything in that store, holding tight to our wallets. This is not a store for people in our financial situation...
But it wasn't all out of our reach. In the corner of my eye I spotted the most cheerful coffee/tea set, alongside tea pots & sugar bowls, and cake stands. They are made by a wonderful company called PiP Studio (Pasionate inspirational Products) from Amsterdam. on the bottom of their products they write "Happy products for happy People". Just what I was looking for! I was all kinds of happy. Needless to say I wanted to get it all on the spot. But I didn't. And so for the next few weeks all I could think of was getting their cappuccino set.
Yesterday while my someone and I were out at the market I led us straight to that store. I scattered around until I saw my coveted set. With no hesitation I grabbed the blue set and awarded myself with my happy gift! Hurray!
I do have plans to expand my PiP collection in the future, but in the meantime I am quite content with seeing everything I like on their creatively fun website.
Here a few snapshots I took (how could I not??!)

How cool is their logo and writing underneath :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

My New Wedding Site

If you're in the photo business in Israel there is one place you want to be - which translates to "Getting married". That is the mother of all wedding resource sites and it has been around for quite some time now. If you're a bride-to-be (ok, and sometimes a groom-to-be) in Israel, probably the first site you're going to look at will be this one, as it hosts every service you might be looking for - venues, dress makers, Caterers, wedding planners, DJ's, and of course, photographers. If you're a service provider on there you have your own little mini-site that's created uniquely for you in which you show off your work, your services, and contact information. 
Though I have been photographing weddings for a while, I didn't start off with a mini-site on there as it doesn't come cheap and I wasn't ready to make that investment... Until now. Last month I contacted to find out about their vendor packages, and I closed the deal. I met with the designer they assigned for me, and together we decided on the look of my site, with a few template limitations of course. It took her a couple of weeks to get it all done, and then on Wed. morning it was ready! 
Here are a few images from my site. Check out more here

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Giveaway winner!

Thank you to all who entered the My Rubber Stamp giveaway. I wish all of you could win something, but as in every good raffle, there can only be one lucky winner :)
The winner was drawn using

Congratulations Andrea Despot

If you'd like to host a giveaway on my blog please contact me :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Four on Tuesday

This week we celebrated Purim. It's kinda' like Halloween with the costumes, but with a whole different story and meaning to it all. I for one do not like dressing up so much, but I love seeing everybody else do so :)

p.s. You have until tomorrow to enter the My Rubber Stamp giveaway!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Giveaway - My Rubber Stamp

In my last Four On Tuesday post I featured an etsy shop called My Rubber Stamp, owned by the lovely Eunice. After posting it I got an email from Eunice asking to do a giveaway to try and raise awareness and support for Japan's recent disaster. What a great gesture!
Eunice is kindly giving away one of her regular rubber stamps in her shop. To win it, here's what you have to do (Please leave one comment for each of the following):
1. Follow both Eunice and myself on Facebook
2. Follow my blog
3. Follow Eunice's blog
4. Visit Eunice's shop and tell me which is your favorite stamp
** For an extra entry, purchase something on Etsy that proceeds go to the Tsunami Relief.

Giveaway ends Wednesday, March 23rd. Winner will be chosen at random.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Four on Tuesday

Etsy sellers raising money towards Japan Tsunami relief

Sunday, March 13, 2011

I taught him well

Last week as I was getting my face on for work, my someone grabbed my camera and started snapping away. I love it when he picks up the camera and shoots. He does it so well, and his style is so similar to mine. Makes me wonder if he has always shot that way, or perhaps a little of me has rubbed on to him....
Now if you ask me, he should give up his profession and come join me as a partner in my wedding photography business. Wouldn't you agree...?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Five stars re-design

Oh I can't express how glad i am to be blogging again! I've been wanting to put up this post four days ago and then our internet failed to connect. You see, it's been raining cats & dogs here for three days, which means it's very likely for system failures, and it just so happens that our internet line provider had a system failure in our area... Great. By the way, it's still not fixed.Although the system failure in the area has been fixed, for some unknown reason, our modem decided to play not nice with us, and it refuses to connect. Not just that it refuses to connect, it's frozen, with it's four lights constantly lit (they're supposed to flicker as a sign of communication...). We phoned the customer service line yesterday evening, and the conclusion was that we need a repair guy to come and fix the problem, BUT, since we live in Shabbat-keeping-Israel, they can only send the repair guy on Sunday, when the Shabbat is over... Great again... I was so frustrated last night with the thought of not having internet all day Saturday (which I finally have off from work...), when I got my salvation... We were over at my someone's parents house for dinner, and told my someone's dad about the internet problems we've been having. Then, he pulls out a USB modem he got a while back from Orange (communication provider) and gave it to us. Hurray!! So now, I can finally blog :)

OK, so back the original subject of this post... About a month ago I was asked by a good friend to come and shoot a room he & his team have re-designed at the David Intercontinental hotel here in Tel-Aviv. What an honor for them to have gotten this opportunity, and what a privilege for me to be able to photograph it all!
Here are some "Before" shots of how the room looked before Alon and his team got their hands on it

...And then this is how the room looked after their transformation...

...And this is the talented team :)

Thanks Alon for letting me take part in this! you guys did a fabulous job!
To see more of Alon's work visit his website here

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Four on Tuesday

A good friend just told me she was expecting (!!) so I guess now I have babies on my mind...

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Signs of Spring

The weather's a little warmer. The sun shines a little longer. The coat's thiner. And nature's blooming. Yep, Spring is just around the corner!

Tuesday, March 01, 2011