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  • For the Love of Blogging began many years ago as the space for a young (and slightly naive) design school graduate. Since that time, I've grown a bit wiser and (hopefully) matured in my design perspective. So, my goals for this blog have evolved, and now I look forward to using this space as a way of sharing my experiences with Braizen, motherhood, and as a Jedi Master of design.

  • That's me: mom, greatest wife ever, designer, business owner, and the single largest contributer to Diet Mountain Dew's vast soda fortune. It's hard to believe that my journey into design and branding began nearly a decade ago with this blog and a drive to create dynamic brands for boutique photographers in the Atlanta area. Today, I'm the founder of Braizen, a small business branding design firm, and I dabble in a handful of other design-centered projects. This is my life, thanks for reading. Look for me on DribbbleFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram or head over to Opieh Studios to see all works in progress.

  • You read right – our's son's name is Opie. Well, his really name is Oliver Paul, but everyone calls him Opie. He's a real cool kid who loves to draw, makes messes, get dirty and work on cars with his Dad. He knows no strangers even at 4 years old and we expect he'll never be the shy kid in class. He is known for his many expressions and the conversations he spurs are off-the-wall-hilarious. He has an imaginary friend from California named Jack who is six and can drive. He's not really into social networking yet, but stay tuned. I am sure he'll add a twitter app to his iPad shortly.

  • Aside from being incredibly handsome, my husband Paul is one of the most intelligent people I have ever known. I love him for his nerdiness, mostly because it means he can fix just about anything that goes wrong on the homefront. He's a brilliant engineer, loving father, and always manages to keep me interested, no matter the subject. For all of his awesomeness, I let him maintain a significant workshop in the garage, where he tinkers on his cars, motorcycles, and top secret projects with which I'm certain he will one day rule the world.

A Working Mom

I’ve resorted to this… carrying around a sleeping baby in this interesting sling-wrap-shirt-thingy (the Snugglewrap) because Opie has developed Holdme Syndrome in the recent weeks. He’s even getting a little fresh with me. This is what I have to put up with at work! Who’s in charge?!

July 10, 2008 - 1:24 pm

Ted - Holdme Syndrome…hmmm…may have to use that one on my wife… :)

July 10, 2008 - 2:19 pm

Crystal Goss - OMG! how stinkin’ sweet is that?!!! Absolutely adorable. OH, I miss those days when they snuggle and even get a little fresh!

July 10, 2008 - 4:47 pm

Photography By Shay - Awww, he’s SOooo cute though!

July 10, 2008 - 5:29 pm

Jodi - Yup, a little fresh indeed! :o) No matter, he is still a bundle of preciousness.

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A Fresh Coat of Paint

Leave it to me to get a little bored with my brand!? So I gave my brand a fresh coat of paint… something a little fresh and minty… Yum! Whatcha think? Same minty changes coming soon to all my sites… of course I’ve just been SO swamped with all kinds of great new projects, so the painting might take a little while.

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Jessica & Brad

I had to opportunity to second shoot a wedding this weekend for one of my favorite design clients – Tiffiney. We had a blast and I’m so glad I finally got to meet Tiffiney, but I gotta say I’m pooped after all that work! When do I get to do it again?! Ha! So… check out some of my favorite images from Saturday’s wedding… okay, maybe there’s more than a few.

Leave it to me to figure out how to include typography in my photography!



Before the guests arrive…



The First Kiss… check out the look on the ring bears face… priceless!


The groom had the best sense of humor.


These two were a couple of characters… meet the flower girl and the ring bearer.

Officially Official!



Mmmm Yummy… Jelly Rings.



June 30, 2008 - 9:23 am

Tif - Ash these are great! I knew you’d do a fantastic job. It is so nice to have another creative head like yours!!! I’ll have some on the blog today. When I do I’ll link to you so she can see your stuff too. Again, thank you thank you thank you! Can’t wait to help you in the fall…when the tables are turned and you’re in charge, hehe…and I can free float with creative juices!

July 1, 2008 - 11:04 am

Jodi - Good stuff, girl!

July 1, 2008 - 1:45 pm

tunji sarumi - I like the 1st. picture.

July 9, 2008 - 8:58 pm

Roxanne Miller - LOVE the flower girl/ring bearer shots!

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my desk

Happy Friday! So week-one back at work has been interesting to say the least. I’ve jumped right into everything feet first and I am so happy to be working with some super cool new clients! And I am even more happy to report that I haven’t lost my creative juices. My desk on the other hand has lost a lot of it’s spaciousness. It now has something a little extra on it. Now… if I could just figure out how to grow an extra arm – I’d be a much better multi-tasker! Anyone have an extra arm laying around that I could borrow? I promise I’ll give it back eventually.


June 20, 2008 - 8:20 pm

sarah goodman - you are truly blessed to be able to stay home and do something you love! he is beautiful! It gets easier! :)

June 21, 2008 - 9:48 am

Eva - This is adorable and hilarious! It really is impressive that you are up and running so quickly … no matter how you are having to manage it ;) He is just so cute!!!

June 21, 2008 - 11:26 pm

donna - I will be glad to lend you an arm anytime you need help with Opie. He is precious! Ragan came home wanting a baby. Sorry that isnt going to happen in the McCoy home. Cant wait to see you all again soon.

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