Decorating Our Homes | Family Photographer San Luis Valley


Mantle Photo and My Amazing Husband

My husband made this perfect mantle for our fireplace about a year and a half ago and we have been struggling to find just the right piece to decorate it. He’s a bit of a woodworker. He’s made just about all the furniture we have in our house, besides like couches and chairs. And he does all this in his free time…as a hobby. He’s kind of amazing. I kind of have a crush on him.

Anyway, back to the mantle. It’s a reclaimed wood mantle from an old wooden sign that we found on our property. Finding the right photo when you take hundreds of photos (probably closer to thousands) a year can become quite daunting. As you see, I don’t take photos lightly. Being a family photographer makes it a process for me. But I think that decorating is that way for a lot of people. You don’t just slap something on the way and say, “Yep, looks great.” For me and us, it has to mean something. A place we’ve been, something we’ve done together, etc. We are lucky. We have been able to travel to some really beautiful places so we have a lot to choose from.

IMG_0787.JPGThese photos are also a fun reminder for our kids. They see the photos and it automatically reminds them of something fun that happened and takes them back to that time. Photos are such a sweet reminder for everyone, especially kids. It’s sometimes hard for them remember something without seeing it. That’s why we have photos of our family and friends that we don’t see often, right? So we keep them close to our heart. Because they are important to us. When our kids see these places and people in our homes they understand so much better what has important place in our lives. So we think we finally have the photos. Photos that will bring back fun memories for all of us!


We have chosen one photo for each season so far (except for spring – spring here is just really windy so a dust storm didn’t seem to suit what we were looking for, ha!). The winter scene that we have chosen is from a place that we visit often and means a lot to my husband. He went there a lot growing up. The summer one is from a short little trip we took as a family, and the fall one is from a family cabin that we frequently go to to get away from the business of life.

*On a side note – these photos are also showing in a gallery that is about to end at the local hospital gallery. You can view the post about that below and if you would like to purchase any of them, there are copies for sale as well. Just hope over to the contact me section:Let’s Chat to find out more information!

Filling the Artrium


What brings you joy in your home? Do you have photos of your favorite places on your walls? Where is your happy place?


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  • marty - I love the photos you chose and the idea of doing a seasonal one. I have two main picture walls in my house full of pictures of the kids over the years. I’d like to incorporate more non people pictures but just really haven’t worked to cultivate that enough. This was an inspiring post so maybe I’ll get on it now!ReplyCancel

    • candacemillerphoto - Thanks Marty! We have walls dedicated to our children, but felt for our space they would be larger than life 😀ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Hasan - Wonderful! How awesome that you and your husband’s talents have combined to make your home so special!ReplyCancel

    • candacemillerphoto - Thanks, Laurie! It really is special and something we hope to pass down to our kids some day. My husband has made a lot of our furniture in our home, including the kitchen table and their beds…maybe they will love them enough to want them in their homes when the time comes <3 And I know they will want to see themselves as children when they grow up. They love seeing themselves as babies now and they are only 4 and 6 years old. So I know that is something special!ReplyCancel

  • Sara - Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Liz - I love decorating my home. Especially will photos of memories I have taken. Great content! ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Love this idea!! And what beautiful locations! ReplyCancel

    • candacemillerphoto - Thanks, Angela! We are very blessed to have lived in so many beautiful locations and to have ended up where we are! The mountains call to us <3ReplyCancel

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