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DIY Outdoor Cinema

“Seeking a new creative challenge as a photographer, I embarked on a personal project called Summer Styled – dreaming up and creating a “styled” session to feature weekly on my blog.  I’ve kept it simple throughout the series which is reflective of my photographic passion.  The latest idea and installment came about all on it’s own.  I come from a large family and we love getting together with everyone, although the sheer number of us (26 total) can be limiting at times if we want to go out.  Who said staying-in is a bad thing though?  Just recently my parents hosted their annual cousin camp-out in their backyard for the grandkids.  They kicked it up a notch this year by creating their own private outdoor cinema!  It was a huge success (for the kids AND adults) and a team effort in creating the magical memory.

My sister was able to borrow a projector from a friend (an Epson MovieMate) and we used a white sheet for the screen, which was secured perfectly using clamps to an arbor in the backyard.  I pulled out our large Christmas bulbs to string up, adding to the charming atmosphere.  The pennant banner was something already owned by my mom and adorable in the space.  From there we added some colorful blankets, ecstatic kids, and a few very large bowls of popcorn.   We started the movie at dusk which allowed the photo-op in the last light of day.  It was truly a night enjoyed by all and one we won’t soon forget.”

Samantha Deyette is a natural-light photographer located in Yakima, Washington who specializes in modern art of babies, children, seniors, and families.  Intrigued by people, she passionately gives clients the gift of seeing their loved ones captured – each individual personality, family connection, and the beauty of it all.  She loves to spend her time at home with her first loves – her amazingly supportive husband and their offspring, five delightful (most of the time) children.  In another life Samantha would be a fabulous google researcher, as she devotes way too much time investigating, comparing, and gaining knowledge about anything and everything from DIY ideas, product reviews, to random life questions – like “where did all my iphone texts disappear to?”

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About Bree

Bree is the founder and writer of, a recipe site that shares her love of cooking, baking, and entertaining with others. launched in February of 2010 as a way to merge Bree’s love of photography with her love of food, and share both with friends and family. Currently, Bree lives in the suburbs of Washington DC with her husband and 3 children.

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  • Leona

    Hi Samantha. This looks beautiful. Just wondering what you did for audio for the movie? I’d like to do something like this. Thanks.