Family Photos: tips & BTS

Family Photos: tips & BTS

For today’s post I wanted to share with you some of the family photos we just had taken by the super talented Renee at Domus Aurea Portraits. I though it would be fun for y’all to see what goes into an in home family session from the view point of a photographer. There are lots of little tricks you can use to make your home look amazing (fresh flowers, hiding cords, etc.).

So for the day of the shoot I took my camera to pick up a few last minute things I needed and then walk you through how I rearranged the parts of my home that I knew we would be shooting in.

When picking outfits for our photos I knew I wanted something colorful because our house is pretty neutral in color, so my bright pink dress actually acted as a pop of color! But if you are ever struggling with what to wear for photos, you can never go wrong with jeans and a white shirt. Looks casual and put together AND timeless which is important if you don’t have pictures taken too often.

I hope you all enjoy my video and seeing some behind the scenes. Please leave me a comment below and let me know which outfit you like best!

What the hell is Vlogmas?!

What the hell is Vlogmas?!

That’s the million dollar question all small YouTubers ask themselves come November. At least that is how it was for me this year…

Because I had just officially started my YouTube channel in the months before Christmas, I decided that I wanted to partake in this crazy thing called VLOGMAS!

So what is Vlogmas? Vlogmas is when YouTuber make videos for every day in December leading up to Christmas. So what the heck are these videos about? These usually tend to be daily vlogs but if you are not used to daily vlogging (because editing, filming and posting in 24 hours is just so much work, there are plenty of other video ideas as well!

  • decorating for Christmas
  • baking cookies
  • looking at Christmas lights
  • favorite Holiday traditions
  • Christmas crafts

Well folks, I gave it my all but I only lasted 10 consecutive days…working and vlogging and editing and doing my side hustle photography… it just became way too much! But I will say that I am super glad that I tried because a) I made some fun videos and b) I got a lot more comfortable talking to the camera just because I was doing it every day!

Take a look below at my playlist and some of the videos below and feel free to leave me some feedback and drop your links if you have done Vlogmas before – I would love to see!

Happy 2018

Happy 2018

2017 was a year of some really high highs – traveling to the PNW, watching our little muchkin grow and closing on our dream house. But also some really shitty lows with our house flooding again, having to throw away so many of our belongings and praying we would be able to sell that house…

2018 can only be better!

Our house flooded…

Our house flooded…

This is a post I have debated writing for a while now. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you have seen me posting that our house flooded in April and we have had to move into my parents house while our house is being repaired. The only reason I hesitated in posting this, is because I generally want this blog to be a collection of happy memories and this is anything but. BUT, it is something that has affected us for months and months and has resulted in a remodel of our whole first floor.

On April 17th,  Houston was hit with some serious rain and chance of flooding. Which, when you are from Houston doesn’t really have to mean anything. My husband had spent the day laying new laminate flooring in our dining room (he had done our bedroom the week prior), so we went to bed exhausted hoping the rain would let up by morning. We woke up around 4 am to some serious thunder and lightning and went to go look outside. This is when we realized that the water was almost up to our front door and then we looked into the empty dining room and saw a puddle between the new laminate floors. Great, right? Then I went into the kitchen and looked into the office which had the sub-floor exposed because again, we were laying laminate and the entire floor is wet – cue full blown panic mode!

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Then we notice it’s wet by the front and back door, in both of our closets the carpet is wet… basically it’s a disaster. My husbands closet backs to the living room and is near the center of the house which is what really scary because clearly that’s not just water seeping in from the outside, it’s coming form the ground. Just to clarify, it’s not like water is poring in from the outside, it’s just kind of wet in lots of places.

So as soon as 7:00 hit, we call our insurance (thank God we have flood insurance) and then call my parents to come and help us get the water out of our house and pull up all the brand new laminate – which is now trash because it’s all wet, tear out the carpet in the closets, part of the stairs… it felt like a nightmare. I won’t bore y’all with all the boring details but imagine trying to live in a house with industrial fans blowing in every room with a 1 year old. It just wasn’t possible. And after having some contractors come by and tell us they would have to tear out the drywall up to 2 feet in every room, that our kitchen cabinets were wet behind, as well as our bathroom, we gave up, packed our things and moved to my parents house for what we hoped would be 6-8 weeks. Guys, it’s been 3 months.

Welcome!

Welcome!

Hello, and welcome! I’m Sarah and this little corner of the internet is where I share bits and pieces of my family’s adventures. I love celebrating motherhood, family, travel, good food, and life’s simple joys. I hope you will follow along!

the name Haus von Floof is essentially just a string of words I thought sounded good together  🙂 Haus because that’s home in German and Floof is the nickname I gave my daughter when she was born!

Who knows how the “internet” is going to evolve but I think it would be amazing to leave behind something for my daughter to be able to read and look back on when she gets older!

Feel free to follow along on instagram @hausvonfloof!