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A Vintage-Inspired Home Office

My husband and I have a dream, and a very real goal, to buy a house that we can retire in. On my list of things I'd love for the house to include is an extra bedroom that I could turn into a beautiful home office. I envision a very Instagram-worthy desk, a place to store all of the PR samples I get, and some pretty tufted accent chairs: where I can enjoy coffee breaks with my husband, who luckily also works from home.

When I get inspiration from vintage home offices on the web, I'm most attracted to spaces with a touch of modern glam. My husband and I both like transitional decor - old meets new. For example, I'd pair a modern mirrored desk with one of these antique desk chairs. Seating isn't often the focal point of an office, but why shouldn't it be? We spend all day sitting in it, after all.


My husband and I take frequent breaks throughout the day, with a coffee break here and there and a lunch hour during which we watch one of our favorite shows togeth…

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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