bling? Or no bling? Weigh in on the new Fall/Winter line of camera straps

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I’m busy working away on the Fall/Winter collection of camera straps for the bluebird chic shop inspired by… you guessed it! Evening wear! My husband could tell you I love to dress up for an evening out – we just shared a couple drinks together at the trendy Tap 42 the other evening. It’s nice to take a moment to de-stress and just chat together about things that we have going on in a spot that’s really geared toward professionals. (Stay tuned for fashion related posts that I have planned for this fall on my personal blog starting next week with my favorite color trends for Autumn. Yum.)

So the question to go with this sneak peek is: to bling or not to bling? I’m torn. I honestly love both. These are stitch on rhinestones, so no glue involved, obviously. What would you love most?

The new camera strap collection will launch the week of September 7th and will feature soft, subtle, feminine designs like this gray chiffon. Sigh. They’ll fit right in at any upscale event that you’re photographing! And as always, we’re still committed to strength and dependability first. (I’m so excited!) What do you think?

Brand Ambassador Spotlight | Meet Rahel Menig

I’m so happy to share the spotlight today with Rahel – I’ve admired her crafting, scrapbooking, and now her photography for a very long time. Everything she does is infused with a light airiness that just lifts you to look at it. The organic, natural feel just feels… natural. Just the way it should.

That’s why I’m excited to dig a little deeper into the life of the amazing lady behind Rahel Menig Photography.

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Rahel (pronounced like ‘Michelle’) is originally from Switzerland, but now lives in California and works as a full-time wedding photographer. She’s married to her best friend Adrian since 2010 and they have a furry baby, Leya, their King Shepherd. The three of them love to go on road trips, explore and discover new places, eat ice cream, document life and work in their little veggie garden. You can find Rahel on her website, Rahel Menig Photography.

How long have you been a photographer?

Photography came into my life at an early age and when I turned 16 years I started an apprenticeship in Switzerland, studying photography. Then in 2011 I decided to start my own wedding photography company here in California. I guess that makes it the fourth season as a wedding photographer?



What made you decide to pursue photography?

In the beginning it was just a fun hobby, but I would’ve never thought that one day I would be shooting weddings. After my own wedding I felt like I had something to give other couples and slowly but surely the idea was coming together to start a business.


How would say your photography has changed over the years?

My work has definitely evolved a great deal over the years. My style has become very distinct in a dreamy, soft way. Even more though, the way I interact with my couples, which makes the biggest difference in how the images turn out. From slightly awkward looking (and feeling) to natural looking, relaxed couples. It’s all about making them feel relaxed and at ease, knowing that they can trust me all the way.



What kind of camera(s) do you own and what role do they play in your life?

I’m a sworn in Nikon user and my Pelican Case holds a bunch of D700’s and a selection of lenses – my favorites being the 50/1.4 and the 85/1.4 These two are my workhorses and I couldn’t live without them. Dramatically speaking, of course. When on trips with the family, the 50mm is usually the only lens I bring with me. I’m the lazy kinda gal when it comes to schlepping around gear 😉


Rahel’s love of soft colors and feminine florals inspired the NEW Limited Edition watercolor wedding camera straps. Available in both padded and scarf styles, this design features lightweight cotton lawn fabric with one-of-a-kind patterns hand-painted by yours truly.

What do you love most about your bluebird chic strap?

When Leah said we could help design our own strap, I was over the moon! Knowing that I would love something in a feminine palette, something a bit dreamy, soft and bright, the idea of using watercolor fabric was born. Thanks Leah for this opportunity :)

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[ ***limited edition*** watercolor wedding straps ]


Thanks for sharing with us today Rahel and thanks for supporting the bluebird chic brand!

Now I’d love to invite all of my readers over to Rahel’s blog where she is hosting a giveaway. Yay! One of you could be a lucky winner of this beautiful Limited Edition watercolor wedding scarf strap designed with the help of Rahel herself! So head on over for more details on how you can win!

waxed canvas camera bag update + LAST CALL items

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I hope you’re enjoying the final month of summer! I’m reluctantly getting ready to start school with the boys in a couple of weeks. Even though I LOVE school and teaching, I’m still enjoying the more relaxed schedule of summer with lots of swimming, movies, and time to hang together as a family.

End of summer also means I’m clearing out lots of items in the LAST CALL section for 50% off. I have so much planned for the Autumn/Winter season, and it’s time to make room in my overflowing studio space. Items are only listed for sale through the shopify online store (and not the etsy shop), because the online shop allows me to set specific items on sale. Just use coupon code LASTCALL at checkout to receive the discount! This is a great way to pick up a gift for someone, or grab a second, backup strap for yourself!

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[ waxed canvas padded camera bag]

I also wanted to send an update regarding the waxed canvas padded camera bag that I put together for my Fund on Etsy campaign! The campaign has ended, and even though I didn’t make my funding goal, this lovely item will be available in the shop and made to order using the waxed canvas and cotton fabric lining and accents. All hardware is industrial grade, so you can count on the quality and reliability of this great bag. I’m also up for custom lining requests to match your camera strap! Just shoot a note or email along with your purchase, and we’ll work together to make it perfect for you.

If you contributed to the campaign while it was live, please know that your card was NOT charged by etsy, since I didn’t reach my funding goal. Now that these items are listed and live in the shop, I’ll be sending an email this weekend getting in touch with you personally so that you can still choose to purchase your items if you like! Thanks for your support!


a sweet deal on some lovely photo actions from my four hens photography



I wanted to pop in today to share that the very lovely Sarah of My Four Hens Photography is celebrating the “birthday” of her photography business with a sale on her awesome photo actions! (Please note: she said that the savings is now 55% off, which I still think is an awesome deal.)

You can also stop by her facebook page to check out some of the giveaway action going on to celebrate!