cottages & bungalows photo shoot

Marian ParsonsPhotography34 Comments

Last fall, I received an e-mail I wasn’t expecting.  I had worked with Cottages & Bungalows for years as a contributor to their DIY essentials column, but when the editor asked me to work for them as a photographer and stylist, it was a total surprise. I felt like I could do it, but I was really, really intimidated. I … Read More

BHG Kitchen Photo Shoot

Marian ParsonsPhotography17 Comments

Two whole years ago, a stylist and photographer came to my home to photograph my kitchen for the Better Homes & Gardens special interest publication “Kitchen + Bath Makeovers.”  I was beginning to think the shoot ended up on the cutting room floor, but then it appeared in the Spring 2015 issue! …and now that it’s out in the world, … Read More

styling the jelly cupboard

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Photography, Tutorials24 Comments

I’ve been under the weather for the past few days.  I’m getting better, but hanging out in bed doesn’t make for very fun blog posts.  I checked out my draft folder to look for posts I started, but never finished or posted, usually because something more exciting comes along to write about.  As I was digging through the drafts folder, I found … Read More

photo styling gone wrong

Marian ParsonsPhotography61 Comments

I love looking at catalogs and magazines where the styling is creative and artfully done.  Of course, one I enjoy most is Anthropologie.  Their presentation is amazing and always so inspiring. When I saw the use of a hand mannequin in their gift look book, I thought it might be fun to get one to use for pictures of our … Read More

improve your photography…

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials30 Comments

I’ve been planning on writing this post for a while and I kept forgetting about it in favor of sharing a furniture makeover or some progress we’re making in the studio, but I was reminded of it as I was shooting pictures of a home for Cottages & Bungalows last Thursday.  I’ve had “real camera crews” come shoot rooms in … Read More

process of styling | part two

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business, Tutorials22 Comments

If you missed the first post on my styling process, you can find it HERE.   In this post, I’ll talk through how we styled this hand painted piece as a buffet as well as sharing my camera settings. This is where I started with the styling… I’m shooting in my studio and I am working with a white wall … Read More