Behind the Scenes - O•HEN•E Artisan Bath Soap

Behind the Scenes - Product Photography

I recently completed my very first product photography shoot with O•HEN•E Artisan Bath Soap. First off, tipping my hat to all product photographers out there! This was no easy feat.

Ohene artisan bath soaps are vegan, handcrafted, and made completely of organic oils and butters. I wanted this to come through each photo - the thickness and quality of the soap as well as the attention to detail of the brand. My family and I have been using Ohene soap for the past year, and we love and stand by each product.

I used two set ups - one in my bathroom with a marble background with a white poster board to reflect the light and my wood desk with a black poster board background (unfortunately I forgot to snap a picture of that setup). I mounted my Fuji X-Ti and 23mm f 1.4 lens on my tripod with a horizontal camera mount, grabbed a few props, and got to work. I typically use this setup for my documenting layouts as well.

Below are a few of my favorite images.

You can see the entire gallery here.

For more, check out Ohene Beauty.

Life, Lately

Simple moments of my life captured on 35mm film from the last month or so. As always with film, these images feel so personal and intimate to me. I will always love how film captures my feelings and mood, in addition to what I see.

35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

Nothing beats the first image from the roll.

Puzzle pieces on 35 mm film by Azzari Jarrett

We worked on a puzzle together as a family.

Alligator at Prejean’s Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana | 35 mm film by Azzari Jarrett

I made a quick trip home to Louisiana.

Bienvenue, Prejean’s Restaurant in Lafayette, Louisiana on 35 mm Film by Azzari Jarrett
Dress captured on 35mm Film by Azzari Jarrett
35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
White Roses on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Morning cup of coffee on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

Morning light and my first cup of coffee.

Dried flowers on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Puzzle on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

More progress on the puzzle.

Brunch on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Morning Light on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Watercolor on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Boat Life on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
White sheets on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Viiolin on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Puzzle on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

We finally finished the puzzle.

Afternoon Light on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Breakfast on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Shadows and Light on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Morning Light and coffee on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett
Morning Light and coffee on 35mm film by Azzari Jarrett

If you look closely, you can see my reflection in the last photo.

All images captured with my Pentax K1000 and Kodak Portra 400 film.

Habit Story Kit

Azzari Jarrett | Habit Story Theme | Ali Edwards Story Themes

When I received last month’s Habit story kit from Ali Edwards, I knew exactly what I wanted to document. I am using this beautiful 8.5 x 11 dark floral album in the photo above to hold all of my story kit layouts.

Here’s a look at what I created with the Habit Story Kit.

Azzari Jarrett Habit Story Theme | Ali Edwards Story Themes

Ever since the birth of my 3rd daughter, I have incorporated running into my life. I run three days a week. It is definitely a habit now, like brushing my teeth. It is a part of who I am. Every decision I have made in the last 5 years has been on a run. But it definitely isn’t easy. It’s a choice I make, and something that I am committed to doing.

In Photoshop, I added a white box over my photo added journaling directly on top. I adhered “habit” on the bottom left hand corner and used a few embellishments from the kit to finish up the layout.

Azzari Jarrett | Habit Story Theme | Ali Edwards Story Themes

Here’s how it looks in my album.

And my 3 truths for running:

Azzari Jarrett | Habit Story Theme | Ali Edwards Story Themes

You can see all of my story kit layouts here.

Viewfinders - Returning to Normal

Azzari Jarrett | Blur on Purpose

I captured this image in September 2018.

My family and I had just evacuated our home in preparation of Hurricane Florence. So many thoughts and feelings associated with this image. Will our community withstand the direct hit? Would we have even a home to return to?

I’m sharing more thoughts on this experience, Returning to Normal, over on Viewfinders today.

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling

On my trip to Paris, I decided to try something a little different. Instead of waiting until I returned home, I decided to bring along some essentials and document while traveling. Kind of the best of both worlds - memories documented without the stress of having to do it when I returned home.

Here are a few things that surprised me while documenting on the go…

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling | Azzari Jarrett

1. The airplane folding tray was just enough space to create.

I didn’t intend to use the airplane folding tray as a space to create, but I was so excited to get started. As it turns out, the airplane folding tray is the perfect size. I was able to write down my feelings and intentions about the trip. Be sure to pack your supplies in your carry on bag.

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling | Azzari Jarrett

2. Limiting your supplies makes you more creative.

I know it sounds counterintuitive, but when I have my entire stash available, the decision making process about what to use can be daunting. By limiting my supplies, I actually used everything. Not once did I think, “I wish I brought ….” Instead, I made do with what I had.

Here’s what I packed: Midori Traveler’s Notebook, Midori Blank Traveler’s Refill, small palette of gouache, travel paintbrush, black ink pad, date stamp, stickers, Micron journaling pen, Scotch adhesive roller, binder clippers, my current favorite Kelly Purkey stamps, Fuji Instax Share printer (I have an older version), and my HP sprocket. I was able to fit everything in one bag, which was perfect for keeping my supplies together.

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling | Azzari Jarrett

3. Collecting ephemera during the trip can be fun.

I really enjoyed picking up ephemera at every place we visited - visitor maps, business cards, receipts, ticket stubs. Usually these things are cumbersome for me collect on trips because I know I have to keep track of them in order to get them home. And they add up quickly! I found that I didn’t mind collecting ephemera because I knew I would be using them soon.

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling | Azzari Jarrett

4. Finding a quiet space to journal is essential.

As soon as we got to our apartment, I made sure to find a space that I could spread out and create. It turned out to be this little desk near a window that was perfect for holding all my supplies. At the end of each day, I simply returned to this little area and documented our excursion for the day.

5 Surprising Things I Learned About Documenting While Traveling | Azzari Jarrett

5. Anything is better than nothing.

I realized I could let go of any preconceived notions about perfection. Anything I documented that day would be better than nothing at all. I wasn’t concerned about things matching or how they looked together. I was simply able get my thoughts and pictures documented.

And if you are interested, here is a short video of my complete January traveler’s notebook.

Travels | Paris, France

Azzari Jarrett | Paris Photography

To celebrate my 40th birthday this year, my husband and I spent a week in Paris, France. It was a first for both of us, and we truly enjoyed exploring and simply taking in all of sights and sounds of this beautiful city.

Here are my favorites from our week.

Azzari Jarrett | Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Notre Dame Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Paris Carousel
Azzari Jarrett | Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Arc de Triomphe Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Paris, France
Azzari Jarrett | Paris Locks
Azzari Jarrett | Flowers in Paris
Azzari Jarrett | Eiffel Tower

Visiting in the middle of January meant that the weather was cold, but the lines where few. We were able to walk up to most museums and sites with no trouble at all.

Azzari Jarrett | Paris Metro
Azzari Jarrett | Paris Flowers
Azzari Jarrett | Claude Monet Water Lilies

Claude Monet’s Water Lilies were absolutely beautiful to see in person. I made sure to get a close up since I would love to use this in a layout.

Azzari Jarrett | Paris Apartment

We stayed in a small, cozy apartment in the Latin Quarter that was perfect for us. There were huge windows that allowed the light to stream in every morning. I looked forward to returning each evening.

Azzari Jarrett | Paris Apartment
Azzari Jarrett | Paris Ranunculus

I feel like I only captured a fraction of the beauty of Paris, but these images definitely convey the restful and enjoyable week we had. We didn’t try to pack too much into each day, choosing instead to make one excursion everyday and preparing most of our meals at home. Exactly how I wanted to spend my birthday!

I am definitely looking forward to my return.

Project Life 2019 | Letting Photos Tell the Story

Sometimes I love combining words + photos in my project life layouts, and other times I like the photos to tell the story.

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout

I included only two journal cards from the Fresh Start Documenter Kit by Studio Calico. And if you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love to include film in my layouts. For this spread, I printed out three 4x6 inch prints of my favorite film images from my most recent 35mm roll.

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout

I combined them with two photos from my week and I love the simplicity. No fancy embellishments, just the photos.

Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout
Azzari Jarrett | Project Life 2019 | Letting the Photos Tell the Story | 6x12 Layout

Sometimes simple is best.

If you find yourself at a loss for words, allow your photos to tell the story.

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Details:

All photos printed on my Epson Picturemate PM-400 using Epson Semi Gloss photo paper. I’m also using a black 6x12 Album by We R Memory Keepers I purchased a while back, similar option here. Page Protectors are Design H and 6x12 protectors, 4x6 inch pockets. Journal cards are from the Fresh Start Documenter Kit by Studio Calico.

January Layouts with Kelly Purkey Shop

Excited to share that I am on the 2019 Kelly Purkey Shop Creative Team! I absolutely love Kelly’s products, and I am looking forward to combining the beautiful stamps and paper with my images each month.

The January shop update is available today!

Here is a pocket page layout I created with the January kit called “Birthday Wishes”, perfect since January is also my birthday month.

Azzari Jarrett | January Project Life Layouts | 6 x 12 layout

My husband and I spent the week of my birthday is Paris this year. It was a magical trip, and I can’t wait to share more images soon! I chose a few of my favorite photos to pair with the journal cards, stickers, and stamps. I love the baby blue alphas in this kit, and how they pair so nicely with the pinks and corals.

Azzari Jarrett | January Project Life Layouts | 6 x 12 layout
Azzari Jarrett | January Project Life Layouts | 6 x 12 layout

I’m just a couple of weeks in, but the 6x12 format is working nicely for me. I am using this album, but in black, and Design H page protectors.

The Traveler’s Notebook this month is “Full Heart”. I used it to create this spread in my traveler’s notebook:

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

I also included “the future is bright” 3x8 pattern paper from the “This Year” mini kit, also in this month’s release.

My polaroids from this trip came out so dark and moody. Not the best, but combining film in my layouts will always be my love language.

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

And the stamps! Love how this “oui”, included in the True Love stamp set, was perfect for adding a little bit of French in my layout.

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

I used the Brooklyn Heights alpha stamp for “Paris”.

Azzari Jarrett | Traveler’s Notebook | Paris

I’m looking forward to sharing my projects with Kelly Purkey Shop with you this year!