Archive for March, 2012

“I wanted to be a Big Shots Model since I first met Marla. I had heard other models say they have had a great experience, but when meeting Marla you could tell she was truly dedicated to working hand in hand with you, along with capturing who you are. She made everyone on set at ease, and she made me feel comfortable with the shoot. Her work is amazing!”

bye bye bathroom


the saga continues.  in case you’re not familiar with the situation, you can catch up here.    the amazing mold remediators from icon environmental found that the person who “redid” the bath prior to us moving in did a really sucky job.  they did so many  things wrong that looked fine from the outside but were causing nasty stuff to happen on the inside.  once icon was done ripping out all of the nasty mold (and most of our bathroom with it) it was time to rebuild.  it was like starting from scratch.

we met with fred from fred wolfe renovations, made a plan and hoped for the best.  it’s been a process.  josh and i spent two “date days” shopping for tile, a vanity, countertop, bath fixtures, etc.  needless to say, they weren’t the best or most relaxing “date days” but we got everything done.  whew!  once the decisions were made, fred’s team got to work.  as you’ll see, they pretty much started from scratch and built our new bath from nothing but floor boards and walls.

this used to be our shower.  crazy!

buzz and greg have been amazingly patient and hard working.  i’ve heard horror stories about contractors but i have none to tell.  it’s been a great experience working with them.

next up…the finished job! can’t wait!!!

what a day!  sunday was the first day i got out to shoot some of my class of 2013 senior models.  the weather was amazing!  they all showed up looking gorgeous after having their complimentary hair and makeup done at five seasons sports club spa.  we did some solo shots, which i’ll post soon, and also group images like you see here.  it was a lot of fun getting to know their friends and see them all interact.   here are my fav’s from that day…

kates and her friends

amelia and her friends

amanda and her friends

bianca and her friends

emily and her friends

it’s been a little over a week since i posted and i apologize for my absence.  life just got in the way.  family was sick (all but mom. amazing how that happens)!  and we’ve been dealing with a bathroom remodel.  you’re probably thinking, “cool” or “fun” or “wow, or anything other than what REALLY happened.

we moved into our home four years ago after josh and i got married.  i sold my condo and we bought a house in the same school district.  problem is, the schools are fantastic but most of the homes are dated and need work.  we were all set to do a bunch of remodeling until josh’s company closed the doors and he was out of a job.  needless to say, remodeling was NOT on our minds at that point.

the one thing about the home that we 99% liked was the master bath.  it was huge and pretty much updated with the exception of some paint.  so, while we couldn’t redo the house, we knew we had our 99% updated bath.  i mean look at these images we took when we toured the home before we purchased it.  not really our taste but with a coat of paint and our style infused; we figured we were good to go.

so much space and updates.

hated the carpet (in a bathroom…why?) but loved the tub!

anyway, on with our story.  we had some funky odor that started a few months after moving in.  we had plumbers and other experts out but nobody could fix the problem.  we tried many remedies to get rid of the smell but it was just relentless.  it was upsetting that our ONE room that seemed to need the least amount of work was causing us the most problems.  finally we had…duh duh duh duh…the mushroom!

it’s not the best image (shot with an iphone and a shaky hand because i couldn’t believe what i was seeing).  i sent the image to josh at work. after I FREAKED OUT,  we realized this problem was much bigger than just some funky smell.  this was around labor day.  before we left for vermont, we had a team out to check for mold and how much damage was done.  it. was. bad.  nobody, not even the insurance people who’ve seen “it all” have ever seen a mushroom grow out of the carpet.  so we had to put the fate of our bath in the hands of the mold remediators and share our kids bath for the next few months.

the mold is 100% gone now but so is most of our bathroom.  the good news is we have mold insurance that covered a lot of the remodel.  whew.  the bad news is we were taking on a bath renovation that wasn’t planned or budgeted for.  we found a great contractor, fred wolfe renovations, and got to work with his team to make our bathroom everything we ever wanted it to be and more.

thanks for your patience on the blog while this is going on.  expect more updates to come as our bathroom adventure continues.