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The last week – and definitely this weekend – has felt extra special; we’ve been soaking in a slower pace, no plans, and embracing a let’s do what we want today attitude. We’ve purposely left our calendar (mostly) empty to remind ourselves to slow down, be still, and at the same time, be spontaneous! As such calculated people (or is that just me?) with to-dos planned days in advance, lately, we’ve been living in the moment. How novel! We linger much, much longer over dinner conversations at our favorite spots, we hop on and off the El for downtown shopping sprees, and we spend less time looking at the clock.

It’s been a rare treat.

At the same time, we’ve been trying so, so hard to keep our minds off The One. I wish we could say that days go by when it doesn’t come up in conversation, but that would be a lie. We’re still daydreaming, counting down days until the next step – even though we have no idea when that step will be.

All this makes for a mix of emotions in our home; while we’ve been enjoying our down time, we’re craving a new adventure with The One. A seemingly harmless conversation about whether or not we’ve watered the plants that week turns into we’ll need a jig saw if we want to make that headboard in the new bedroom. Our everyday talk can veer off course rather quickly if we don’t watch ourselves.

We’re reminding ourselves to take this one step at a time (how many times have we said that?), but, you guys, it’s hard. So until that next step – whenever that may be – you know we’re creating endless future lists. Lots of them! And the first line item? Get a jig saw.

PS: Our Print Shop giveaway ends tonight – get in on that action right here!

  • Been there and know exactly what you’re going through. There’s no cure for dreaming about your next space, even if it’s not a sure thing. And it’s definitely a roller coaster of emotions with the best highs (picturing exactly what the space will look like in 5 years) to the lowest lows (imagining what you’ll do if things don’t work out and you loose the space). I wish there was an easy answer (besides drinking wine, which is always a recommendation for times like these).ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 5, 2013 - 9:56 AM

    YES, Heather! YES. Exactly. Highs and lows; I’m so dramatic at times, I don’t know how Scott handles me. And it spills over into everything else, too – the funk settles over and sort of seeps into everything, making most things feel foggy and unclear.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 5, 2013 - 9:56 AM

    Oh, and edit to say – there is plenty of wine being consumed, don’t you worry.ReplyCancel

  • Two Pitties in the City - March 5, 2013 - 10:03 AM

    Good luck with the news. We are anxiously awaiting along with you, because we’re excited to see what you will be doing with The One. (And living our Dream!).
    I know I say this a lot…but you really are so talented. You even managed to make the Blue Line look beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 5, 2013 - 10:14 AM

    Two Pitties, pssh! You’re so nice. We’re looking forward to (fingers crossed!) drinks with you guys in the future backyard while we watch Jack, Mr B and Miss M rumble in the grass.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - March 5, 2013 - 10:57 AM

    How fantastic! I am exactly the same – to-do list upon to-do list! One weekend a month (if I’m lucky), I try to kick back and push those lists away for a few days. Good for you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - March 5, 2013 - 1:45 PM

    We were in the same boat this time last year! Waiting for inspections & dealing with realators can be so stressful. I hope everything goes smoothly for you guys!!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis - March 6, 2013 - 8:12 AM

    Oh how I can so relate! We had less than 30 days to find our next “One”. Selling our first home and moving across the country can add a whole new level of highs and lows. But my best (unsolicited) advice is this: savor each moment (even the highs and the lows), because being a SHO is just as special (if not more!) than being a FHO. The possibilities of a decorating/remodeling/diy-ing a clean slate are endless and exciting! Congrats on your new adventure.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 6, 2013 - 9:22 AM

    Phyllis, oh man, not sure our hearts could handle that whole other level! Thank you for the support, and we really will try to savor every moment. :)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - March 8, 2013 - 6:20 AM

    I love your first photo of the subway. I think it would make a great print shop addition!

    I am also one of those people who tries to plan out everything, so I appreciate having a weekend with no initial plans and just going with the flow. Thanks for sharing your home buying journey!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 8, 2013 - 10:14 AM

    Thanks, Rebecca! I’ve added that image to our Print Shop Pinterest page, and if it gets enough interest, I’ll definitely be adding it!


This giveaway is no longer accepting entries. Thank you to all who participated!

The Print Shop is live! After lighting my own fire by declaring a March 1st opening date (just the kick in the pants I needed), I’ve spent the last month gathering your votes, tallying totals (hands down, Paris #4 was the front runner!), prepping our photographs and most importantly – getting the Shop up and running. First, a big, fat thank you is in order for all of your input on our Pinterest board, and we’re beyond flattered that you’ve encouraged us to get the Shop off the floor (or, you know, out of the shadowy corners of long, lost digital files), into your hands, and onto your walls.

Thank you, thank you.

So now, we’re thrilled to finally share with you our travels, with snaps taken from our yearly anniversary trips, Week’s End snippets and most everything in between. The Print Shop is a collection of your favorites + ours, and we’re excited to watch it grow as we continue to explore, too.

You’ll find over forty 8″x10″ fine art giclée prints in the Shop, each printed on thick, acid free Somerset velvet paper, providing long term durability with an attractive matte finish. Professional, fade-resistant archival inks are used for rich, vibrant colors and overall image quality.

In other words, we wanted to create the best overall prints possible, a must for us. Nothing but the tops.

Your giclée is printed with a 1/4″ internal white border and will arrive individually hand signed and titled. Plus, every print is made to order in standard frame-friendly sizes (yay!).

We also wanted you to have the option to go big, so all giclée prints are available in larger sizes, up to 20″x24″ (yup, still frame friendly). And if you’re looking to cheer up an empty wall and go gallery-style, prints in The Shop can also be purchased in sets of three (with a built-in price break, too). Mix and match; share or don’t!

Of course The Print Shop opening calls for a bit of celebrating, don’t you think? So, let’s do a giveaway to kick this off right – and give one lucky winner their choice of any fine art giclée in the bold 16″x20″ size!

  • Up for grabs: Any 16″x20″ giclée print from The Print Shop // 1 winner // a $99 value
  • To enter: Comment on this post and tell us the print of your choice! See them all right here.
  • For additional entries: Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, then come back and leave a comment letting us know. (One additional comment for each method – up to 2 extra entries!)
  • Giveaway ends: Tuesday, March 5th, at 5pm CST
  • Shipping restrictions: None. Let’s take this global.

The lucky dog winner will be selected using and announced on Wednesday, March 6th. Good luck and happy entering!

PS… Just like our Pet Shop, The Print Shop can always be accessed from our sidebar or top menu bar.

  • Ainhoa - March 1, 2013 - 6:23 AM

    Pittsburgh 4, Los Angeles 15, Portland 1… too many to chose from, love them all. Congrats on going live, this is HUGE!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - March 1, 2013 - 6:28 AM

    I love them all! But the Bar print would look especially nice in our dining room over our bar.ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine - March 1, 2013 - 6:42 AM

    hard pick! so many beautiful shots to choose from, i think if i had to be one it would be ‘California Coast 3′ and gift it to my mum, who recently vacationed in America last year and most likely did infact drive along that area. she would love itReplyCancel

  • Marie - March 1, 2013 - 6:51 AM

    Congratulations for The Print Shop ! Paris 4 is definitely my favorite one (and no, I’m not saying that because I’m French… ;-)ReplyCancel

  • Holly - March 1, 2013 - 7:01 AM

    the jellyfish, the Chicago skyscrapers, the mural on a Pittsburgh building, these are so gorgeous! Nearly impossible to choose just one, but if I were the lucky winner, I’d go with your amazing picture of the jellyfish.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - March 1, 2013 - 7:02 AM

    So hard to choose! I think my first choice would be Paris 4 but Los Angeles 11 is amazing too. Congrats on taking this live!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - March 1, 2013 - 7:18 AM

    Congratulations!! I’m so excited for you guys and to finally have the chance to grab up a couple of your photos for our home =)

    My favorite is “California Coast 3 (Bixby Bridge)” – That light!!!


  • Amanda - March 1, 2013 - 7:32 AM

    congrats on the launch!
    Vancouver 5, Pittsburgh 4, Mackinack Island 1, Seattle 1, Pittsburgh 6. oh wait, did you say to just pick one favorite?ReplyCancel

  • Jennie - March 1, 2013 - 7:35 AM

    I love them all! My favorite is California Coast 3 (Bixby Bridge). In a cold New England winter, it makes me long for my childhood California home.ReplyCancel

  • Becca - March 1, 2013 - 7:36 AM

    Congrats!! I live Amelia island 5, as well as Paris 4 :)ReplyCancel

  • leslie - March 1, 2013 - 7:58 AM

    I don’t see my favorite favorite on there (Feed the Birds / Amelia Island 3), but I still really like Seattle 1 / Ferris Wheel.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - March 1, 2013 - 8:00 AM

    I love the Chicago Blur photo!ReplyCancel

  • Taylor B. - March 1, 2013 - 8:16 AM

    Pittsburgh 6 is my favorite! Love the brightness of all of your prints.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 1, 2013 - 8:17 AM

    I LOVE the Pittsburgh 6. The colors are fun and the geometric shapes of the bridge are awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Eric - March 1, 2013 - 8:20 AM

    Love Paris #4!ReplyCancel

  • Jhoanna - March 1, 2013 - 8:28 AM

    They are all AMAZING! But Chicago 6 (love the bright colors) and Chicago 10 are my fave!ReplyCancel

  • Traci - March 1, 2013 - 8:33 AM

    They are all so beautiful! For me it is a tie between Chicago 8 (Bee) and Los Angeles 13 (Hello, Sheep).ReplyCancel

  • leslie - March 1, 2013 - 8:35 AM

    Shared on facebookReplyCancel

  • leslie - March 1, 2013 - 8:36 AM

    Shared on twitter.ReplyCancel

  • Nina - March 1, 2013 - 8:50 AM

    Congrats on getting the shop up! So many fantastic prints, but I’d love to have the pink jellyfish from the Chicago series. Good luck with the newest part of your YBH Empire! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Sadie - March 1, 2013 - 8:52 AM

    I LOVE the Vancouver 5 (Smile) print!ReplyCancel

  • Sadie - March 1, 2013 - 8:53 AM

    Shared on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - March 1, 2013 - 8:56 AM

    Fabulous! I’ve been lusting over Paris 4 since you wrote the post explaining your living room art choices. It’s such an incredible piece! I’ll be buying prints from you soon, whether I win the giveaway or not. :)ReplyCancel

  • chloe - March 1, 2013 - 8:59 AM

    Paris 4! love that photograph – definitely getting some Massimo Vitali vibes from it :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - March 1, 2013 - 8:59 AM

    SO hard to choose just one! I’m loving the Chicago Bike Lane and the Jellyfish!ReplyCancel

  • Ilana - March 1, 2013 - 9:01 AM

    I love Paris 4 and the Jellyfish one! They’re all really beautiful. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica G. - March 1, 2013 - 9:23 AM

    Congrats on opening the shop! My favorite is California Coast 3. My husband and I had a very memorable vacation driving down the coast.ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - March 1, 2013 - 9:29 AM

    I love Los Angeles 16! Funnily enough, it reminds me of when I studied abroad in NZ (more sheep than people)ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - March 1, 2013 - 9:30 AM

    Kim! Scott! So proud and excited about this. My favorite, is hands down, Pittsburgh 6–with that beautiful sunny, yellow bridge that I love so much.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie - March 1, 2013 - 9:31 AM

    PARIS #4! Lurve!ReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - March 1, 2013 - 9:34 AM

    My Pittsburgh Posse has been alerted via Facebook. Goodness my fingers are crossed.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - March 1, 2013 - 9:37 AM

    So glad your print shop is up and running! Congrats, everything is stunning. I *think* my favorite is Seattle 1 (Ferris Wheel), but they’re all amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Steph - March 1, 2013 - 9:43 AM

    Hard to choose but Pittsburgh 4 and Paris 4 have to be my favorites. I love them all though. So delicate and fun!ReplyCancel

  • Annie - March 1, 2013 - 9:45 AM

    I love the prints you chose for your etsy shop! I’m so picky about purchasing photographs but there are some you have that I would just love to see hanging in my apartment. I think Chicago 6 (the pink jellyfish) would be PERFECT in my bathroom. I hope I win!!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca G. - March 1, 2013 - 9:54 AM

    Excited for you guys and your new Print Shop launch! I’m really liking the Vancouver pics – “Smile” may be just what I need to hang on the wall to put a smile on my face every morning!ReplyCancel

  • Trista - March 1, 2013 - 10:12 AM

    Amelia Island 2 is my favorite!!!
    Congrats you two!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - March 1, 2013 - 10:14 AM

    I love so many, but since I’m missing my CA roots, I’d have to go with the California Coast #6. LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • Jen N. - March 1, 2013 - 10:17 AM

    So hard to choose! I love the Paris 4, Vancouver 5 and 3 the most.ReplyCancel

  • Emily H . - March 1, 2013 - 10:20 AM

    Congratulations! I’d have to choose one of the Paris photos (ack which one!) since I got engaged there this summer :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma - March 1, 2013 - 10:26 AM

    Finally! All of your photographs are so beautiful. I’m happy we have a chance buy a print and appreciate them in our own home! My favorite print is DC 3 Bus Stop. I will soon work in DC (but that is not my bus stop)!ReplyCancel

  • Stefani - March 1, 2013 - 10:29 AM

    This is so difficult! I think I have to pick Pittsburgh 6ReplyCancel

  • Tara - March 1, 2013 - 10:37 AM

    I love Amelia Island 2. Not only is my little girl named Amelia but we just moved to Georgia from California. That print would be perfect in her nursery.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda @ Our Humble Abode - March 1, 2013 - 10:45 AM

    Shared on Facebook. :)ReplyCancel

  • Paulina - March 1, 2013 - 11:08 AM

    Congrats on the launch!I love:
    Chicago 4- I live in the suburbs and would love this for my gallery wall
    California Coast 3- Just went there with my fiance past summer,good memories :-)
    Vancouver 3- love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly H. - March 1, 2013 - 11:20 AM

    Congrats on the new shop! The beach-y prints are my favorite. If I had to choose just one, I think it would be Mackinac Island 1.ReplyCancel

  • Lindy - March 1, 2013 - 11:46 AM

    I love Chicago 8 bee!ReplyCancel

  • Cara - March 1, 2013 - 12:01 PM

    It’s a toss-up between Amelia Island 2 and Paris 4. Lovely photographs, and congratulations on the new shop!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - March 1, 2013 - 12:08 PM

    Congrats! The shop looks awesome!! My fave is Los Angeles 13, super cute sheep, baaaa!! :) Of course shared on FB too!ReplyCancel

  • Emily K. - March 1, 2013 - 12:49 PM

    You have so many lovely prints! I love Burt Lake 2 :)ReplyCancel

  • Valerie - March 1, 2013 - 12:56 PM

    Congrats on the opening! The prints are absolutely gorgeous. I especially love Paris under the Eiffel Tower and the Chicago 6 Pink Jellyfish.

    Thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - March 1, 2013 - 1:00 PM

    My favorite is Chicago 9 (The El). It’s quintessential Chicago and I love it. Congrats on opening the new shop!ReplyCancel

  • Erin - March 1, 2013 - 1:04 PM

    I like the Pink Jellyfish!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Whitmore - March 1, 2013 - 1:06 PM

    Lessss be honest…I’d take any of em. Seriously. My favorites? Vancouver 5, Seattle 1, LA 12. Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - March 1, 2013 - 1:12 PM

    I LOVE Chicago 6 (Pink Jellyfish). It’s awesome! Congrats on the new store!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly @ A Swell Place to Dwell - March 1, 2013 - 1:18 PM

    My fave is definitely Vancouver 5. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Trude - March 1, 2013 - 1:18 PM

    Congratulations on the opening!! So excited for you guys, all these big events happening. It’s tough to pick just one favorite, but I think the one of Bixby Bridge is just perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Miranda - March 1, 2013 - 1:37 PM

    Yayyyy! I’m so glad that the print shop is open! :) And I’m SO GLAD that my favorite print – Paris #4 – got in on the action!!!! Many blessings opening your new venture, Kim & Scott! :)ReplyCancel

  • Jesse - March 1, 2013 - 1:43 PM

    Hmmmm…I love all of these, but I think I love Chicago 9 the best. It’s a pretty city, for sure. :)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy - March 1, 2013 - 1:56 PM

    I love all your prints, so it was hard to choose a favorite. I’m gonna call it a tie between South Haven (pier) and Chicago (blur). My Sears Tower obsessed 4 year old is pushing for the latter. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sara - March 1, 2013 - 2:07 PM

    Seattle 1 is my favorite. And would look really good juxtaposed with another piece I have on my wall!ReplyCancel

  • Robin - March 1, 2013 - 2:24 PM

    Pittsburgh 6!ReplyCancel

  • Dana - March 1, 2013 - 2:28 PM

    It would be a toss up between Chicago 4 and California Coast 3.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - March 1, 2013 - 3:08 PM

    Shared on Facebook! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Lynn - March 1, 2013 - 3:12 PM

    And apparently my last comment was lost …. it was too long anyhow so in summary, I’d choose Chicago 9 and am so freakin’ excited for you guys (and that the Grand Rapids photo made the cut).ReplyCancel

  • April - March 1, 2013 - 3:16 PM

    California Coast 3. I wish you had more Portland ones!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - March 1, 2013 - 3:29 PM

    Pittsburgh, sunny bridges :)ReplyCancel

  • Emily R. - March 1, 2013 - 3:29 PM

    Mackinac Island 1 (Beach Cruiser)! I am a born-and-bred Michigander now living in Tennessee, so it would be lovely to have a gorgeous photo from that amazing place on my wall. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kate - March 1, 2013 - 3:49 PM

    Oooh! The Chicago 6 (Pink Jellyfish) is so adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Kyley - March 1, 2013 - 4:07 PM

    Hard to choose just one! But I think I’d have to go with the ferris wheel print!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline - March 1, 2013 - 4:12 PM

    Congratulations on the print shop. Stunning photos. I love Vancouver 5 – smile and Paris 4. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth G. - March 1, 2013 - 4:14 PM

    I love the Amelia Island 2 (Serene Beach).ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth G. - March 1, 2013 - 4:15 PM
  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - March 1, 2013 - 4:23 PM

    Paris 4, Paris 4, Paris 4!!!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - March 1, 2013 - 4:24 PM

    Bonus entry–I plugged the giveaway on my facebook page.

  • Libby - March 1, 2013 - 4:32 PM

    Palm Springs is lovely!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ Yeah. We Bake. - March 1, 2013 - 4:36 PM

    Vancouver 5, Paris 4, Amelia Island 2ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer M - March 1, 2013 - 4:48 PM

    I love pittsburg #3 no parking!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn W. - March 1, 2013 - 5:02 PM

    I love Mackinac Island 1 (Beach Cruiser). But it was hard to narrow down my favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren M. - March 1, 2013 - 5:11 PM

    Congrats on the launch of your new prints, they are lovely! I especially love the “Pittsburgh 4 (Bar)” print. I can see that over my buffet/bar in my dining room!ReplyCancel

  • Monika - March 1, 2013 - 5:23 PM

    Congrats, Kim! Loving the prints you chose. I know the Print Shop will be a super success! Way to rock it out.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - March 1, 2013 - 5:24 PM

    They are all so gorgeous! It would be a tough choice between Seattle 1 (my home!) and California Coast 3 (so gorgeous!!)ReplyCancel

  • Mary - March 1, 2013 - 5:48 PM

    I love the Chicago ones, especially the bike lane one–familiar sight (that I sure miss right now)!ReplyCancel

  • Angelica Smith - March 1, 2013 - 7:34 PM

    Chicago 4 is my fav!ReplyCancel

  • cindy - March 1, 2013 - 7:39 PM

    Paris 4, Seattle 1, gosh all the paris ones? Haha, they’re all beautifulReplyCancel

  • Karen - March 1, 2013 - 7:52 PM

    i LOVE Pittsburgh 4 (Bar)ReplyCancel

  • Nicolette - March 1, 2013 - 8:17 PM

    Cant pick only one so… Chicago #8, Los Angeles #6, and all the California Coasts prints (my home town!)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah @ Babytalk Bungalow - March 1, 2013 - 8:45 PM

    I love the Bixby Bridge California Coast one — we were actually out there the summer before last, and had to stop for a photo there since the view is so lovely. It was a little foggier for us, though!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - March 1, 2013 - 9:06 PM

    Congrats on the new shop! I would choose “underneath the Eiffel Tower,” because I am going to Paris for the first time next month!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - March 1, 2013 - 9:21 PM

    Paris 4 or Chicago 5. I just love the jellyfish!ReplyCancel

  • Jaclyn - March 1, 2013 - 10:54 PM

    Paris 4 or Seattle 1!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole T. - March 1, 2013 - 11:12 PM

    I want to buy them all! I CANNOT PICK ONE! They’re so good. <3ReplyCancel

  • Beth - March 2, 2013 - 6:31 AM

    I really like Paris #4!!!ReplyCancel

  • ann - March 2, 2013 - 7:49 AM

    Just have to choose Amelia Island # 2 since it holds fond memories of our long weekend there with you both.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Joubert - March 2, 2013 - 8:20 AM

    Love two chairs, jellyfish, pink trashcan, and bar!! And a bunch more. I think I would pick…2 chairs.ReplyCancel

  • Laura - March 2, 2013 - 11:10 AM

    I’ve been in love with Paris 4 since you first showed it on the site awhile ago – it’s perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - March 2, 2013 - 2:29 PM

    Congrats on the new shop! They’re all amazing, but I like the Chicago 6, pink jellyfish the best!!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly McK - March 2, 2013 - 4:16 PM

    Pittsburgh 4, but by a very narrow margin… It was nearly tied with every other option :)ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Villeneuve - March 2, 2013 - 7:55 PM

    Great prints – Vancouver 4 or Paris 4. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nicola - March 3, 2013 - 2:59 AM

    Congratulations! It’s so hard to choose! My favourites would have to be Palm Springs 2 (love the pop of red) and Mackinac Island.ReplyCancel

  • Sabrina - March 3, 2013 - 5:50 AM

    Congrats on opening the store! I really like DC 3.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - March 3, 2013 - 6:29 AM

    All the photos are gorgeous! I’m wavering between Paris 4 and Pittsburgh 6. They are both awesome!ReplyCancel

  • emily - March 3, 2013 - 8:05 AM

    cali coast 3ReplyCancel

  • Irene - March 3, 2013 - 9:42 AM

    Congratulations on your shop! The prints are awesome. My pick would be Paris 4 (Under the Eiffel Tower).ReplyCancel

  • Irene - March 3, 2013 - 9:52 AM

    I shared the giveaway on facebook :)ReplyCancel

  • Katie - March 3, 2013 - 10:08 AM

    Congratulations on opening the shop! So excited that everyone will be able to have your gorgeous photos in their homes :)ReplyCancel

  • Hannah K - March 3, 2013 - 5:08 PM

    Yay! SO excited for the opening! We’d loooove Pittsburgh 6!!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry - March 3, 2013 - 6:54 PM

    Congratulations on the shop – beautiful work! The prints are just gorgeous, and I’m finding it hard to decide between Paris 4 and Seattle 1. From Auckland, New Zealand.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica@CapeofDreams - March 3, 2013 - 10:26 PM

    I am so excited for you and your new endeavor. May you have great success. Your pictures are stunning. I particularly like Chicago 11 (bike lane) for my cyclist/triathlete husband.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - March 4, 2013 - 12:26 AM

    What a tough decision as every image is absolutely lovely – but I was immediately drawn to Chicago 11 (bike lane) for the exact same reason as Jessica – the cyclist dude in my life/heart.ReplyCancel

  • Heather S. - March 4, 2013 - 7:48 AM

    Mackinac Island or Amelia Island – how gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - March 4, 2013 - 8:39 AM

    I’m on a red kick, so Palm Springs 2 for sure! :)ReplyCancel

  • Christina M - March 4, 2013 - 8:59 AM

    Paris 4 (Under the Eiffel Tower) – congrats on the shop opening!ReplyCancel

  • Steph - March 4, 2013 - 9:51 AM

    Loving the colors in California Coast 1 (In the Distance).ReplyCancel

  • Liz (e.louise) - March 4, 2013 - 10:49 AM

    Congrats! I love Paris 8 & Burt Lake 2- it was so hard to choose just one :)ReplyCancel

  • Alex M - March 4, 2013 - 11:40 AM

    It’s hard to choose just one! I do love the Los Angeles prints :)ReplyCancel

  • julia - March 4, 2013 - 12:08 PM

    i love chicago 5, vancouver 3 and 4!ReplyCancel

  • Pie - March 4, 2013 - 12:28 PM

    SMILE! I love when graffiti / street art gives me a warm fuzzy inside.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - March 4, 2013 - 2:41 PM

    Paris 4 of course.ReplyCancel

  • Dan Polley (@polleydan) - March 4, 2013 - 5:26 PM

    Love the Chicago 11 (Bike Lane) photo.ReplyCancel

  • Renee D. - March 4, 2013 - 5:39 PM

    I love a handful of prints!! I am currently in love with the following:
    Seattle 1, Pittsburgh 6, Paris 8, Vancouver 5, Chicago 8!! Amazing photos! Congratulations on the Print Shop!ReplyCancel

  • shannon - March 4, 2013 - 5:49 PM

    Love them all!! Paris 4 would probably be my fave!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - March 4, 2013 - 6:04 PM

    I am completely in love with Pittsburgh #4 Bar!ReplyCancel

  • Erin W - March 4, 2013 - 9:17 PM

    I love Chicago Blur and smile….ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - March 4, 2013 - 9:25 PM

    hooray!!! i am SO excited for this shop. and you know i love paris 4. total fave.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - March 4, 2013 - 9:43 PM

    My fave is definitely Vancouver #3 (Red Balloon). The colors are fab!ReplyCancel

  • brianne - March 5, 2013 - 1:35 AM

    I reallu like the Seattle Ferris wheel and the palm springs 2. But really they are all pretty amazing.ReplyCancel

  • blair @ design that inspires - March 5, 2013 - 9:33 AM

    hooray!! I have 3 empty 8 x 10 frames at home right now. I love Petoskey 1 with the Pink Trashcan. That street is so bright!ReplyCancel

  • catherine - March 5, 2013 - 11:04 AM

    Love the bee and lavender print if I have to pick just one.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - March 5, 2013 - 11:05 AM

    Shared on Facebook!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - March 5, 2013 - 11:05 AM

    I am OBSESSED with Seattle 1 (Ferris Wheel). Obsessed I tell ya!ReplyCancel

  • Deann - March 5, 2013 - 11:20 AM

    Chicago 6 is my fave! Love the colors !!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - March 5, 2013 - 11:26 AM

    California Coast 6 Railroad. It’s a beautiful soft and understated piece, the simplicity makes it visual perfection!
    A great piece for any room, to create a relaxing atmosphere.
    Love, love, love this shot!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - March 5, 2013 - 11:47 AM

    Pittsburgh 6 for sure… love the colors and the geometric effect! Beautiful work – congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Kellynne - March 5, 2013 - 2:49 PM

    I can’t choose! My favorite Chicago print is the Blur of the skyline. But I also love all of the Michigan prints (I’m a Michigan native!), including South Haven, Petoskey, and Mackinac Island. LOVE THEM!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel H - March 5, 2013 - 3:48 PM

    Congrats on the new adventure! I really love Grand Rapids 1 (Star)! They’re all so great, it was hard to choose!ReplyCancel

  • Kat - March 5, 2013 - 4:01 PM

    Paris 4! Or Cali coast! Shoot, how do I choose??ReplyCancel

  • Dani - March 5, 2013 - 4:14 PM

    They are all great, but Paris #4 is hands down my favorite. I’ll probably buy the print. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - March 5, 2013 - 4:53 PM

    I love Paris 4 and the Vancouver prints (it’s my hometown)!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - March 5, 2013 - 8:23 PM

    My favorite is the “To Telescope” one; Los Angeles 15. You guys do beautiful work!!:)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - March 8, 2013 - 6:15 AM

    Hands down, Chicago 4 (a blur) is my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Mirela - March 8, 2013 - 2:37 PM

    Congratulations! I love the Los Angeles 15 (Telescope) print!ReplyCancel


Rather than spend our whole weekend triple-checking our phones for missed calls on the one (nope; not a word), I thought it would be fun to work on a mini project that would keep our one-track minds off of the only thing we think about lately. And since we’re limbo-living – and because tweaking our home again would just be insane (although I’m itching to build, paint and fuss) – we’re taking this time to hibernate (it’s cold here!), eat more soup than normal and craft. Craft for crafts sake! For fun.

I dug up this tutorial from How About Orange about creating bokeh shapes with your camera and went for it. I’ve thrown around the term bokeh in the past (haven’t I?), but it’s simply the out of focus area of a photograph, most visible (and magical) when there are highlights in the background. You’ll see this a lot around the holidays – on blogs, cards and commercials – those fuzzy, sparkling Christmas tree lights in the background and something in focus in the foreground. (See, for example, Jack + tree at the bottom of this post.)

But! Back to the bokeh shapes. By fashioning a little paper cap for your camera lens, you can force the bokeh to mimic any shape you choose – that is, as long as you can cut it (or you could cheat and use a paper punch, you fancy thing, you.)

What you need: black construction paper, a straight edge/ruler, scissors, X-acto knife, pencil/marker, tape and a DSLR with a lens that has a large aperture:

I used my 50 mm lens for this project, so I cut a strip of paper wide enough to cover and long enough to wrap around the lens. Then I cut a circle big enough to enclose my little “paper cap” and cut a pattern with the X-acto knife into each one. I made 3 inter-changeable circles – for triple the fun, obviously – and used tape to hold everything together. In the end, you should have a cap that’s snug on your camera lens, and it’ll look like this:

Now, onto the good part! As I mentioned, I used my 50mm lens for this project, and I set my camera to Manual mode (although Aperture Priority would work, too). To get these photos, we headed to Wicker Park on Saturday night – a busy, bustling neighborhood where we knew we could catch twinkling lights. We brought along a toy giraffe as our subject, and we went armed with our camera, tripod and bokeh caps.

To get the bokeh effect, I set my camera on the tripod and opened my aperture up to 1.8 and used a shutter speed of 1/15. To balance my large aperture on a dark night, my ISO was set to 400. Scott set up our little giraffe on the tops of news stands, bike racks and hand rails, and with my paper caps in place, I focused on the giraffe, causing the background to go out of focus (the bokeh!). Then, I took these:

Fun, right?! The out of focus background lights mimicked the shape of our paper caps (hearts and Xs), just as planned. It made for good conversation for those walking by, and we got a real kick out of it. While we were out and about, – and to further remove our brains from the one – we grabbed drinks and dinner with friends, and on the way home, we snagged a late night doughnut snack. (God love Chicago for selling fresh doughnuts at midnight.)

So, go forth! Create your bokeh shapes!

PS… Learn even more about bokeh and how to replicate it in these tutorials: here, here and here.

PPS… We had only one minor glitch during our outing; our giraffe fell from his perch so many times during our bokeh shoot (due to clumsiness, the rumbling train and passers by) that he now only has one ear and one ossicone (had to look that one up!). Scott has since nicknamed him Half-y Giraffe-y.

  • Paige - February 26, 2013 - 8:44 AM

    That’s pretty darn cute. You may have just inspired me to try it! I’ll just have to find an equally adorable safari animal for my subject.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - February 26, 2013 - 9:58 AM

    Looks like fun. I keep meaning to try this out. I wonder if a paw print shape would work…ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 26, 2013 - 10:02 AM

    Paige, yes! Pick one up at any dollar store!

    Crystal, now THAT is an adorable idea. And pose your pup in the foreground… too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - February 26, 2013 - 10:14 AM

    How neat, love it! I’m definitely going to try this :)ReplyCancel

  • Kat - February 26, 2013 - 4:43 PM

    Omg, love the heart bokeh giraffe — please add to print shop!! Also, Scott: halfy giraffey is a fantastic name :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim - February 26, 2013 - 6:06 PM

    Kat, haha, I love the giraffe + hearts too – maybe it’ll make its way into the Print Shop!ReplyCancel

  • Eric - February 27, 2013 - 7:43 AM

    Thanks for sharing this — so cool. never knew you could do this!ReplyCancel

  • Vanessa - February 27, 2013 - 6:20 PM

    That’s so cool! And here I thought bokeh was just an iPhone filter… hahaha *clueless*ReplyCancel

  • Trude - March 1, 2013 - 1:10 PM

    Love the results, especially with that subject! :) I’ve had black construction paper sitting on my desk for this exact purpose for over a year, it’s really time I got motivated to try it too!ReplyCancel

  • Darren Mattinson - March 19, 2015 - 6:39 AM

    This is great, especially that last one! May try this on a rainy weekend.ReplyCancel