Kayla is the same age as my son, we grew them up as family. We all went to the same church and we home schooled together. While I was in College, Kayla's family would babysit. We shared teaching classes together, and best of all, we rummage saled together. They were all like siblings. With all the support this family gave me through school, it is no surprise, they continued when I finished. The first year Dekaios Designs was in business, this family was in for Christmas photos, and they were back the next year, and the next year. Then they moved to Texas (SO SAD!!) But moving doesn't keep you away for ever. Kayla's family came back to visit and each year they did, they had family photos! Except for last year, that's when I visited them. They are the best kind of friends, basically family. Distance and time don't change things.
This year, was an extra special year, one that makes me cry because both Kayla and my son are getting Senior photos taken. Since Kayla was only here for a short while in June, hers are finished and made me reminisce. I had to look back at the past years, and they made me aware not only about how she's grown, but how my skills and business have grown. I had to share.
The photos below are from 2010 through 2016.
This year with our Senior Photos we went to UWSP which is such a beautiful campus. Kayla wore a UWSP t-shirt because she (we) has hopes of coming here for college!
We also went to a farm, when Kayla was a child she took horse riding lessons, her family is no stranger to plants and animals. It was a very fitting place. Her new hair style, and her dress in this unique background, were perfect.
Kayla is into music, she has been playing guitar for several years now. The cool look of our downtown, with her guitar were the perfect style for her!
Kayla's family has some very precise locations they must visit when they travel to Stevens Point, it's not so crazy that we included on in our session! BELTS, yum! I am not sure if it was 2009 or 2010 that a huge trend started in Kayla's life and has since become a part of who she is. Looking at all the pictures I am sure you can guess it...Hats! She is always in one. It shows her character, she is fun loving and not afraid to be herself. I am so glad growing up doesn't mean going away! It's been a pleasure to capture Kayla's life moments so far, and it is so exciting to know there is more to come.
With Summer in full swing people are enjoying vacations, weddings, friends, and family! It's time to slow down a bit and maybe do something different or get out. All though this can be done any time of year, it seems like a good time to sit down and tell you a bit more about something fun Dekaios Designs offers and that's wine and canvas parties! Have you heard of these? They are a fun time were often adults, more often, women, get together with friends for a few glasses of wine, and a painting lesson.
The first Canvas classes we taught were at Michael's, I (Rosalind) worked there for over a year teaching about one class per month. I found the best way to instruct was to do my steps one at a time, to remind you that the canvas can be painted over, and to cheer for you. I actually can't help but teach the classes this way. The best way to teach is to show you, so I do. And I really am so proud of everyone who takes a class!
The classes supply a 16x20 canvas, easel, two brushes, the pallet, and acrylic paint. We are currently able to provide supplies for up to twenty people. A group that size is fun, but challenging because we want to be able to help you and give you time to work, with a big group we often can't get to everyone. There are two of us currently who teach the classes, myself, and my assistant, Kara. We taught together in our home school co-op several years ago and have since then made a great team! She began assisting me with these in July of 2016 when I had a group of 12, and I have wanted her at every class since.
We have a few local venue's that welcome our classes, so if we needed to provide a space we could. What we enjoy most is teaching the classes in your home. The hostess provides the wine and we bring everything else, at the end of the party we even clean up!
Some great times to do these parties are for fundraisers, we are happy to work with that! Also, bachelorette's, birthdays, or just for fun.
We can use a variety of paintings for inspiration for what we will teach in the class. In the end it may not look the same as the original but that's a good thing, since no two paintings should look exactly a like, they are each individual's unique piece of art.
One of the most fun classes we taught was one at Judah Studios in Nelsonville, we used a very unique canvas, old saw's! They were so unique.
If you would like to have a wine and canvas party, contact us anytime. We are always willing to teach one. They are one of my favorite things to do!
Happy Memorial Day! It is a blessing to celebrate this holiday.
In years past my son and I would call the veterans in our lives and ask them about the wars they were in. Sadly for the past few years we have not been able to do that to the same length because our family who fought in WWII has passed away. We still celebrate Memorial day with my brother, and with remembering what battles have been fought, both as a Nation and personally. Memorial Day is great to remember not just those who have fought for our country but those who have just come and gone. But it's not the same to remember people when they are here and when they are not.
One way I am remembering this year is through photos. I have a photo here of my Uncle in his Airforce Uniform, he fought over Germany in WWII. And a photo of family that I don't even know. This photos is OLD OLD. From the 1800s. But I love looking at it, I love the glimpse of past life I see in it, even though I don't understand it. I was thinking of the effort and cost it took to have photos taken in the 1800's, their camera's were not so easy to come by like ours, they had to stand still extra long. And I am sure the cost was more financially. Photos were rare and treasured. I am thankful now, because they give me a glimpse of the past.
These photos were not just taken for those in life then to remember, but for us, and for the future. And with that I go back to what I am always saying, Photos capture memories. And when the future is remembering, they might be remembering what is not known to them. These people we are remembering today on Memorial Day, they protected our Nation not just for themselves, but for generations to come. I was pondering today, what are we doing for the future? It seems like lately we have in our daily lives been living for ourselves, when there is really more we are living for.
Taking pictures, raising children, planting trees, fighting wars, teaching, writing, printing-some of these things are trivial, but important. These things are not for us. They are for the future. I am so thankful for what has been done in the past to help what is today.
Thank you! I would love to see some old photos you have! Please share :-)
I was running a Mother's Day Special last week and had one very cute mother daughter opportunity come from it. The special was for a mini session in the studio along with three images included for $35, what a deal! So they scheduled and came in looking so cute! As you can see they had matching dresses and even though you can't see it, they even have the cutest shoes!
How special for this sweet little girl to have these memories with her mom, I am sure they got ready together and did their hair and jewelry. I just think as a six year old, this is so memorable, and in the future this photo will always be a treasure.
I love the opportunities to capture the memories, and that is exactly what we did here.
A few weeks ago Dekaios Designs was spotted at the Love Story Bridal Expo.
(Excuse the phone quality photo, yikes!)
It is so fun to see how happy these ladies are walking around, considering all the options for their special day. Enjoying the love that is blooming and the family and friend support. Excitement is just ahead and they are planning the direction of their upcoming adventures. Marriage really is the beginning of an incredible journey that will take you to unimaginable places. It is such a pleasure to be there in the first phase of it all.
A lot of the people coming through shared that the best thing about an expo is getting to see so many of the possibilities in one place. Some examples of what was there include taste testing, both from caterers and cake makers, as well as wine samples. There was a runway with a fashion show. There were hairstylists, who you saw at work, since they were preparing the models for the fashion show. Limousine rentals, DJ's, photographer's, jewelers, venue's, and so much more. If you have never been to a bridal show and you are getting married, it really is worth checking out. I would suggest checking out a show in the town where you are getting married, if you can save yourself the travel expenses and connect with those businesses, it would be well worth it!
Some of the things we were promoting and are happy to offer include Photography (of course!), Handmade silverware Jewelry, which would be so fun for bridesmaids, wine and canvas bachelorette's, and melted glass bottles. Having the bottle from your first toast as Mr and Mrs melted into a dish would be such a unique keepsake. We actually offered this service in our giveaway drawing.
If you have any questions or interest in what we shared at the expo, please feel free to contact Dekaios Designs anytime.
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