New Product

I’ve created a new product for my Photography clients that I’m excited to share! This is my first creation, and I’ve been waiting to write about it because I wanted it to be a total surprise to the couple who are receiving it. 


This is the first Storybook Album created by Ryan Gunnells of

I take the final images from a wedding, event, or on-location session, and create a Storybook Photo Album. I received my first Album in the mail Wednesday, and can’t say enough about how impressed with the quality I am of the final product.


Professionally bound book construction.


The Albums are physically created at a professional book press, but are designed and laid out entirely by myself in a way to re-tell the day or event’s story through pictures.


Vibrant full spread images printed edge to edge


The Albums are printed using photographic paper, and are designed to be a timeless piece of artwork to keep and share with generations of family to come.


Finished with a simple ReverieByG logo gives the product a polished look.


ShoeIf you are a one of my few faithful blog readers, you know I’ve been running to improve my health. I began running with a pair of Nike Qualify 2 running shoes. The Qualify 2 shoes have been great, but at the beginning of the month, I realized that I needed to get a new pair of shoes to prevent joint injuries from running in worn out soles. After exploring many options, I chose to go with Nike’s custom shoe service called NikeiD using the Pegasus 28 base model as the starting point. Here is my take on the whole experience.

ImageThe good: Visiting Nike’s site, you’ll find several models of shoes that you can customize with virtually unlimited combinations of colors, soles, treads, tops, and tongue labels. On top of all the options, the shoes are priced at the same retail price you’ll find at any major athletic shoe store. Once I received the shoes and a close inspection, the shoes were free of any defect, and felt great compared to the old Qualify 2’s that had several hundred miles on them.










The bad: It’s clearly explained that the shoes will take three weeks to come in, but after receiving the shoes, I was left wondering what about the shoes took them so long to be produced. Besides the custom colors, the overall design of the shoe is the exact same shoe that anyone else could buy at a local store. Even the tongue of the shoe was marked with a manufacture date before my order was placed. The issue that really turned my opinion of the whole process was the cheap “custom” tongue label, which I originally thought was the neatest part of the whole shoe. I was expecting a stitched label similar to the “Nike” they normally put on the tongues, and was disappointed after seeing what looks to be a thin rubber sticker used for the lettering.

Overall: I would not recommend most individuals going through this long process for a pair of shoes. If you go shopping, you can usually find shoes with the colors you prefer. I only can see the NikeiD shoes being helpful to a sports team that needs specific colors for their school. If you are thinking a custom label would be worth the wait, I would expect the label to rub off in just a few wears.  As for the shoes comfort, they are nothing short of what you would expect from Nike.


That’s my take on NikeiD, and I hope this helps you if you are ever thinking about getting a pair through this service.


My Southern Slang

Where I proposed to DeeAnn over 5 years ago on a rainy evening.

After a short layover, Easton and I sat down in our Southwest Airlines seat leaving Phoenix for Birmingham, and already, I was smiling with a bit of laughter at the accented conversations across the plane full of “Bama” fans obviously excited to be returning to the proud state of the current NCAA Football National Champs. Sitting down in the third seat in our section, the heavily wrinkled little old lady spoke; “Where y’all head’n to?” as the flight began. From then on for the next 24 hours, I began my return to the language of friendship, family, and warm welcome.


View of Birmingham from the top of Red Mountain

Before I educate you on these terms, let me preface: These are terms from a small section of the southeast, encompassing a 100 mile radius that covers cities of Birmingham, Alabama on the west, and then east across Talladega and Anniston, stretching south to Auburn and North to Remlap. Additionally, These come from the Gunnells, Holly, Casey, and Pepper family and may or may not be used in other areas or families.

1)”Great day in the morning” – A term used to describe excitement, surprise, irony, or just a great way to start a sentence. Ex: “Great day in the morning”… That truck just about hit that deer!

2) “Tump” – To turn something over on its side or top. Ex: (pointing to a five gallon bucket of water) “Tump” that over so the mosquitoes don’t get in it.

3) “Consarnate” – Frustration Ex: Consarnate Mildred!

4) “Flick” – A more pleasant “F” word used to describe Exasperation. Ex: (after realizing the milk was left out of the refrigerator) Flick!

5) “Pine Float” – A glass of water and toothpick. Ex: You want to come on in for a Pine Float?

6) “Bless his/her little heart” – A term to describe a concern or love for someone. Ex: (after hearing a story of someone’s unfortunate situation or condition) “Bless his/her little heart”

7) “Hissy fit” – an act of usually a child, but can occur with an adult when not getting ones way. Ex: (at Trussville Auto and Truck) Derrell; Mrs. Jones is on line one throwing a “Hissy fit” because her truck aint ready!


I’m not sure who was more scared… This guy was huge!

8) “Devilish” – A term describing something disliked or unwelcome. Ex: Those “Devilish” roosters are getting on the back porch!

9) “Well…” – Used to end a discussion when no clear answer has been determined, but more time in thought is needed. Ex: (after nodding and listening attentively for several minutes during a conversation about a family matter, the Patriarch of the family pauses and then with a voice of wisdom) “Well…”


Typical Alabama forest and lush green grass surrounding a family friends Farm.


These are just a few I was able to take note of while on our three-week vacation back to Alabama. I’d love to hear what you think about these terms, or what other terms you and your family use. Comment below!