Shell Enhances Prehistoric Shark Tooth Necklace!

Shell Enhances Shark Tooth!

Sometime prehistoric shark teeth can look a little bit lonesome. On my last visit to the Gulf side of Florida, I started picking up some nice shells on the beach. My mind started to wonde;r how could I incorporate these shells into my jewelry line Ocean Sands? Answers to questions may not always pop immediately into my head. After I returned home a thought came to mind. Why not nest a shark tooth inside the shell? In addition, why not cut the shell to allow the view to go through the back of the shell?

So I grabbed a couple of the “not-so-good” shells and headed over to the grinder to begin grinding away the back side of the shell. After a couple of attempts, I had a new addition to the shark tooth necklaces.

Here’s a sample of an early design. By removing the back side of the shell, whatever the pendant is against will be seen. Whether it’s your neckline, top, or t-shirt, it will show through the necklace. These shells are similar to the shark teeth in that no two are the same. Each necklace design is unique. The odds of duplicating this piece are slim to almost NONE!

Add a pair of prehistoric shark tooth earrings and what a set! As of this post, I’ve made only seven necklaces of this shell style. I have more shells, so I will be adding more to the collection.

You’ll notice that some of the necklaces include one or more pearls to enhance the design in addition to the quartz crystal ships.

Below you will see the other necklaces in this style. They vary as to leather or chain necklaces and different lengths. The chains or leather lengths include 22″, 30″ and 34″ lengths. They should give you a different look to fit the style of your clothing and the look you want. I hope you like the new style. These pieces are all in the on-line store and available for purchase. Let me know how you like them and give me your thoughts or design suggestions!

Clothing, Make-up and Prop suggestions for Portrait Photography



Clothing, Make-up and Prop suggestions for Portrait Photography

Clients often ask questions about clothing when scheduling a sitting. Depending on the type of portrait or the intended use, recommendations vary.  Below is a list of suggestions for a wide range of portrait types.  As always, guidelines are simply that – guidelines!  Feel free to contact the studio with questions and comments.

Family portraits can be both formal and casual. The suggestions listed below will cover both types.

Formal – Male

A dark (Black, Charcoal, Navy Blue) jacket with complimenting or contrasting slacks.  Collared shirts with a tie to compliment the coat and slacks.  Ties can be considered optional.

Formal – Female

Dresses or Skirt & Blouse in conservative color pallets, Black, Navy Blue, Maroon pieces. Fabric texture or print should compliment the rest of the family. A bold and bright floral print might not fit well with dark solid clothing worn by the rest of the family.  Sleeve length should be something that makes you feel comfortable.  Scarves should match or compliment with the outfit.

Jewelry – Either complimentary to the outfit or suit your personal taste.

Casual – Male or Female, Think about having fun with the casual styles. Perhaps you’ve got a special outfit and/or hat to explore that hidden part of your personality.

Slacks and shirts can be the same color for all family members or can be selected to separate males from females or sub-families of a larger family.  Clothing color or styles can be chosen to show a theme.

High School Seniors

Clothing selection by high school seniors and parents may be at odds with each other. Seniors, consider Mom or Dad’s requests for clothing. Remember – your family has been waiting for this wonderful event for 12 years! In addition, seniors can make clothing changes to demonstrate their particular fashion statement. It might be that favorite t-shirt or jeans. Maybe the high school letter jacket or sports uniform. will work with everyone’s taste so everyone is happy!


The real you goes beyond hair, clothing and makeup. As a true individual you have special interests, hobbies or a passion. You can incorporate those interests into your portrait session through the use of “props”. Maybe it’s sports equipment, musical instruments, your car, or other items that reflect who you are. Please contact the studio to discuss the best way to add props to your sitting.

Executive Portraits

Consider the purpose of the portrait, i.e. press release vs. framed in the Boardroom.  Clothing may also reflect the audience – formal vs. casual attire. Both may be done for multiple audiences or markets.  Props may also be considered to reflect market statements or professionalism.

Personal Portfolio

Multiple outfits are common and may be chosen to reflect the image end use or recipient: Professional, Family, Friend(s), Significant Other

Hair and Make-up

  • Hair style(s) can be normal and/or not normal for you. This can accommodate the intent of the portrait.
  • Have hair cut a couple of weeks in advance for a more natural look.
  • Bring your personal hair and/or makeup products to the studio for touch ups or to change style.
  • Contact the studio to discuss skin problems or blemishes before your sitting. Some of these issues can be handled through touch-up prior to printing.


Stay away from the sun prior to your sitting. Sunburn can accentuate facial features and can require significant touch up. Give the sunburn some time to fade a bit before your portrait sitting!

A nice tan can certainly enhance your appearance. Uneven tanning, especially on the face can require touch up to smoothen skin tones. If you have some significant variations in skin tones, consider bringing your make up with you.