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KCL Friday Finds

Happy weekend!! If you've had a hectic week like my husband and I have (or if you're dealing with the recent snowstorm) grab a cup of coffee, get comfy, and enjoy some major retail therapy. This week's Friday Finds is just the thing for some serious online shopping. I was honestly running late with this post, because I got distracted browsing through all of the products available in each shop. There are so many great finds and a sweet, personal touch to each brand. Enjoy! :) Pictured above: Black Polka Dot Print Crossbody Bag by Sudden Inspiration


The first featured store is Sudden Inspiration, a shop that sells the cutest hand-crafted bags. You can find everything from cosmetics bags and wristlets to roomy crossbody bags. The designs pair faux leather with beautiful prints and colors. As I clicked around and noticed all of the bright florals, modern neutrals, and boho-chic tribal prints; I found myself wondering where the vision behind this brand comes from. Owner Melis…

Fall-Themed Engagement Ring Photos {Krisztina Williams Photography}


I had the pleasure of photographing my best friend for her autumn engagement session in Washington DC, and I just knew I had to get a shot of the ring on a leaf or pumpkin. I chose a winter squash because the stem was the perfect size, and there was a better variety of color, which created the perfect backdrop for a fall-themed engagement ring close-up. I got one macro shot of the ring with the squash set on a bed of leaves. I found a slight slope in the ground so I could arrange more leaves behind the squash and place it at least a foot in front of the leaves so they would blur into the background. That helped to subject (the engagement ring) to really come into focus and stand out. I also did one shot with more mulch in the background so the squash would stand out more. I still can't decide which one I like best.


I also had the bride-to-be hold the winter squash for another fall-themed ring shot. The tendency for most people is to hold objects right up against the body, but to get the subject into focus and the background blurred, the object has to be held out in front of the body. It also help to angle the camera down to get the fall leaves from the ground into the background, which of course adds to the autumn look of the photo.


More Ideas for a Fall-Themed Engagement Ring Close-Up
  • Use a pumpkin or apple in place of the squash. Remember to get a lot of leaves in the background.
  • Place the ring on top of a leaf placed on the ground. Don't angle the lens straight down on the leaf. Get the camera close to the ground and angle your lens straight on with the ring to include far away leaves in the background. That way the other leaves in the background will blur, and the ring on the leaf will appear nice and crisp.
  • Place the ring on a fall-colored flower like a mum.
  • Place it on fall foliage but instead of on the ground or in the bride's hands, place it up on a brand.
  • Place it of a leaf or apple or any of the above-mentioned props, but use a hay bale as the backdrop instead of leaves.
 Images by Krisztina Williams. Do not use without proper credit and link-back. You can find more autumn wedding ideas on my Pinterest board Fall / Autumn Wedding.


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