fall porch photo shoot

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business

Thursday morning, I hit the snooze button a few times and then lazily scrolled through Instagram with one eye open until I felt like I could function enough to coax myself out of bed.  My throat had been sore for a couple of days and now I could feel that I didn’t just have a dry throat from the A/C running … Read More

behind the scenes | producing videos

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business

I have been asked several questions about the videos I make, so I thought I would answer them all in one post, for those who are interested. Videos have been an on-again-off-again thing for me over the past few years.  I started them initially when I wanted to share how I made slipcovers.  I tried to write posts detailing how, … Read More

styling tips | for photo

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business

Welcome to the third and final part of this “styling tips” series! If you missed the first two parts and want to catch up, the links are below… styling tips | for home styling tips | for retail In this part, we’ll talk about styling for photography.  This is the one that I do most.  I think even when I’m … Read More

photo shoot at the retreat

Marian ParsonsMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Photography, Running a Business

Let me go back to the Lucketts Spring Market a couple of years ago.  Suzanne, the owner of The Old Lucketts Store and Design House, came and sat with me on a slow Sunday afternoon.  We were chatting about all of the business opportunities we’re working on and the things we’re dreaming about.  And she shared about a manor house … Read More

cottages & bungalows photo shoot

Marian ParsonsPhotography

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 ParsonsPhotography

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

how to custom mat a photo | video tutorial

Marian ParsonsDecorating, My House, Photography, Tutorials

I’ve shared before that I grew up an Army brat.  Some kids really hate the instability of moving around, but I thrived on change and, despite crying when they were ripping up flower beds to work on WWII era pipes, I loved living on a military base.  We could walk everywhere and had so much freedom as kids.  There were … Read More