Welcome to Calm Cradle Photo & Design! After years (and years) of building my photography portfolio and several months of developing this website (it takes a while with the giant-pregnant-belly-and-active-toddler combination I’ve got going here), I’m thrilled to have finally made it to the launch phase.
Calm Cradle provides nature photography for the restful nursery and inspired home. Click here for the company's background story and vision. Once life settles down a bit, I also plan to provide limited newborn and maternity portrait sessions in the Raleigh-Durham area.
For now, Calm Cradle offers a variety of nature prints in specific sizes (typically 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20 inches or 8x8 and 12x12 inches), though I work to accommodate custom sizing requests whenever possible. To keep things simple as I start up, I’m not yet offering routine matting, framing or other types of artwork. But shoot me a note if you have something specific in mind, and I’ll see if I can make it happen.
This blog will focus on the concept of creating a calming environment for you and your wee ones. I define environment loosely, so my posts will likely run the gamut from design how-to items, such as choosing an appropriate mat and frame for your image, to thoughts on finding some serenity in your busy home life. And of course, I anticipate some general musings on motherhood, since I’m very much in the thick of it right now and know many of you are, too.
I also plan to add a few regular columns, including:
Featured Photo: Will give the back story and a discount on a particular image.
Around the House: Will showcase how customers and I have displayed my images or other design projects in our homes.
Ideally I’ll be posting a few times a week. But the clock is ticking down to the arrival of Baby Girl #2, and I’m sure we're in for at least a few months of chaos as we adjust to life with two little ones. So please don’t give up on me! I’d love to start a dialogue on this blog about the process of creating nurseries and homes that serve as peaceful, thought-provoking refuges for our families.
I'm Julia Soplop, writer and photographer. I believe there is something profound in bearing witness to moments of joy and pain in others’ lives. My husband, three girls and I live outside of Chapel Hill, NC. You can read more about me here.