A New Look for 3 Olives & a Twist and BethDaigle.com

watercolor Santorini greece featuring Musing Mediterranean

Hi everyone-

After a couple of quiet weeks, I’m happy to share a new look for my blog, 3OlivesandaTwist.com, and my author page, BethDaigle.com.

Essentially, the two have come together. Whether you enter 3OlivesandaTwist.com, BethDaigle.com or you have either site bookmarked, you should come to the same place.

If you run into any problems, please let me know.

At The Top

(click Home, top left, to see the full site)

I hope you enjoy the main photo, featured in today’s post, as well as the site itself. This pretty watercolor of Santorini, Greece (courtesy of Pixabay.com) seemed the perfect backdrop for ongoing book updates. Pixabay is an awesome site for free images, by the way. This image will remain front and center for the next several months as I launch Musing Mediterranean. Then, eventually, it will become a sliding series of blog photos from my most recent posts.

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Just below the main image and the About Me, Book and Work pages, you’ll find yourself back at 3 Olives & a Twist.

I hope you like the new site. I would love to hear your thoughts. If you have any issues, please let me know.

A New Look for Email Notifications too

For those of you signed up for email notifications, that has been updated too. Finally, a much prettier way of telling you a new post is waiting to be read. Hopefully you got the email today. If you haven’t already subscribed, scroll to the top of the sidebar to the right (or if you’re on your phone, scroll down) and sign up now!

Thank You

Please let me know what you think of the new look and much gratitude goes out to my web designer, Andrew, from Interthrive and to Lisa DiAntonio of Green Park Studios for helping me with imagery and aesthetics.

I look forward to getting back to my regularly scheduled Tuesday posts.

Next week, my latest book club review on Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

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More Than a Headshot – Personal Brand Photography by Emily O’Brien

Oscar and Beth on blu couch
My boy and my computer companion.

 

By now you may know the name Emily O’Brien as one of my favorite photographers. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Emily for many years and, more than a colleague, she is a friend whose talent never ceases to amaze me.

I’ve featured Emily’s photography in many of my posts. Our Instagram Field Trip to Giardini Di Sole was one of my favorites. As was our day at the Junior League of Boston Designer Show House.  When the time came for new headshots for Musing Mediterranean, I looked no further than Emily. The same is true for my Julia’s senior portraits, but I’ll save that post for another day.

Emily knows me well and puts me completely at ease. I mentioned wanting to take photos at home and Emily suggested we go a step beyond traditional headshots. She told me about Personal Brand Photography.

What Is Personal Brand Photography?

Emily has created this option for business people of all types who want strong images that give your brand a personality. They show people who you are as a business and what it’s like to work with you. Personal brand sessions start with a consultation to get to know your brand story. Sessions usually include headshots, lifestyle images to capture you in action, as well as details that cater to your specific business. Because the session is so customized to suit your brand, the types of images will vary from one business to another.

My Personal Brand Session

Personal Brand Photography was perfect for my purposes as I already had the idea of taking shots around my house using some of my favorite artwork as the backdrop. The more we talked about how this would work, the more I realized it was ideal. Personal Brand Photography gave me the flexibility to explore what I do as a freelance writer working from home, while revealing what inspires me creatively.

Let The Fun Begin!

Enter good friend and fashion stylist, Lysa Gibbs-Pelletier. Lysa helped style my clothing with the artwork and scenes we were shooting. Here’s a behind the scenes shot of the three of us getting silly over a mouth-watering plate of cupcakes as shared on Emily’s Instagram.


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The Photos

At this point I’ll let the images speak for themselves. Here are some of my favorites shots. I can’t tell you what a great experience this was. It’s rare that the camera is turned on me, but it felt special to bring the focus on what I do and expressing that in photos was an interesting opportunity. It was reflective process that would not have been the same without Emily’s expertise.

headshot from personal brand photography session
This map was the perfect background for my travel book photo.
The more I read, the better I write.
Writing and my wall of pottery.
Color inspires me.

 

When I was asked to send in author photos for the book, I had a tough time choosing. Emily had captured my essence in a way I didn’t think possible.

If you are a business person looking for photos, Emily O’Brien’s Personal Brand Photography is a wonderful way to shine the spotlight on you and what you do.

Here’s What You Can Do With Your Images

  • Social media: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Linked In. Social media posts that include an image receive 120-180% more visibility and engagement. Maximize your investment by creating a library of images to post new content.
  • Scattered throughout your website pages: Blogs, home page, about me, landing pages, sales pages, contact, etc.
  • Marketing pieces: Business cards, brochures, mailers, or other printed marketing materials.
  • Press releases, speaking engagements, email signature, anywhere you have the opportunity to show people what it would be like to work with you.

Contact Emily O’Brien Photography for more information on your Personal Brand Photography session.

508.667.3520
EmilyOBrienPhoto.com
Emily@EmilyOBrienPhoto.com
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More Book News and a Blog Update

Musing Mediterranean on Goodreads

 

This weekend Musing Mediterranean made its debut on Goodreads where interested readers who “Want to Read” can mark it accordingly. It is also available for pre-order at WiDo Publishing’s website. Here you can pre-purchase at the discounted rate of $12.75 vs. the $15.95 print price.

As usual, I was a bit giddy seeing my book online and ready to go. Reading through the summary brought me right back to the Mediterranean and all the fun we had while there.

The Summary

A trip to the Mediterranean—who wouldn’t be thrilled? Beth Daigle should be doing back flips as she prepares to escape her humdrum suburban life, but travel anxiety gets the best of her. This is a trip of a lifetime, something to look forward to, yet Beth is dreading it.

The daughter of an Italian mother and Greek father, Beth has always dreamed of visiting Greece and Italy. Her Type A husband, Tony, revels in planning every detail of their two-week vacation. The plan expands to include not only Beth and Tony’s two tween daughters, but Beth’s parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew.

As her family’s excitement mounts, so does Beth’s trepidation. She experiences serious anxiety about the flight itself, plus spending two solid weeks with her extended family.

Despite her worries, Beth manages the eight-hour plane ride to Rome, and the adventure begins.

If you’ve never experienced the beauty of the Mediterranean, or even if you have, Musing Mediterranean will take you there through Beth’s eyes, page by page.

The Blog

In addition to all of this fun book stuff, I am also working on a new look for my website and blog. That will be coming soon, so keep an eye out. For the most part 3 Olives & a Twist will look the same, just a bit more cohesive with the rest of my website. If all goes as planned, I’ll finally be able to respond to comments and you’ll actually be able to receive them!

Fingers crossed for a smooth transition!

 

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Floral Inspiration from MFA’s Art in Bloom

Floral Inspiration in WhiteFloral inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts

If you missed the Museum of Fine Arts Art in Bloom exhibit, allow me to share a few of the photos I took that are fueling my floral inspiration this season. Every Mother’s Day my goal is to pretty up my outdoor spaces with new hanging plants, garden pots and planters. I love going to the local nursery and selecting colorful blooms, greenery, plantware and accessories. If I’m being honest, I didn’t get very far this year, but I’m glad to have gained some floral inspiration from my recent visit to the Museum of Fine Arts nonetheless. Their dramatic floral displays may not be anything I could recreate myself, but many arrangements did give me creative ideas that might extend, in some small way, to the plantings I will eventually get to this spring.

Here were some of my favorites.

Closeup

 

Floral inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts

 

Floral inspiration at the Museum of Fine Arts

 

Dense and Dramatic

 


Color Coordinated

I loved how the floral displays played off the color, texture and imagery of the art.

 

 

 

 

 

Sculpture

I have a thing for sculpture and only after having taken this photo of the ballerina did I realize it reminds me of the garden sculptures I have of two dancing girls.

 

Floral Inspiration
Theirs
Mine

I hope you enjoyed this floral inspiration pictorial.

Let’s hope all of those April showers bring us beautiful May flowers. And June, July, August…

 

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Fun with Flamingos in North Andover, MA!

 

Well hello there!

 

I don’t know what it is about pink flamingos, but they are funny and make me smile. When The North Andover Women’s Club decided to run their spring “Fly a Flock of Flamingos” FUNdraiser I knew they were on to something fabulous. In support of their North Andover High School scholarship program, you can send anyone in North Andover a flock (12) or two for $25 per flock.

 

The Details
Fly a Flock of Flamingos fundraiser flyerFlamingos for a Birthday

I realized my wonderful friend Rose was celebrating a birthday and knew a flamingo flock would make a perfect surprise.

 

Flamingos for Prom

I nearly forgot that it was prom night for Rose’s daughter, Helen. She and her handsome date got in on the flamingo fun too. Isn’t she gorgeous?

Helen and Will and the flamingos

 

Think Pink for Any Occasion!

The North Andover Women’s Club is thrilled to deliver a set of pink ladies to your doorstep for a special occasion or just for fun. Call them at 978-475-4411 to set up your flight.  Your flock will land and stay put for 48 fun-filled hours. Get your cameras ready!

 

Set up your flight today!

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