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repurposed petticoat, mini whisks & an apron

I moved around the furniture in my living room on Monday when the piano was moved out.  Of course, moving the furniture in one room usually impacts another room as I borrow and steal from other rooms.  Fortunately, all of my furniture is on felt sliders, so I just scoot things around until I like them and then scoot them back if something isn't working. I have learned that I need to live with new  (read more …)

capturing hope

 I'm not a portrait photographer and I don't plan on expanding my business to include that, but I've been asked on occasion to take pictures for my friends and family.  One family from our church saw some pictures I took of "Mini" and they asked if I would take Hope's senior pictures.  This family is so loving and generous, so I was happy to do it. I introduced Hope to Pinterest and she brought  (read more …)

flow blue photo shoot

Whenever I hit an antique store…or really any store, for that matter...I look for props I can use in photo shoots. There are some things that are staples and I use again and again, but I really prefer to buy something that catches my eye, use it for a while and then sell it and buy some new props. It gives me new inventory and it keeps my photo shoots fresh. When we were in the Poconos recently,  (read more …)

styling photos

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about styling for a retail space.  In reply to that post, Tanya from Ever After Cottage shared this comment... "This was a great article! Could you possibly do another article on styling for photos? I'm terrible at it! I have a couple of spots that I love in my home, but when I try to capture them in a photo they turn out looking "off" - either too cluttered or too  (read more …)

Camera Comparison & Shop Goodies

Okay, I love winter and snow, but I'm done with it this year.  I've had enough and I'm ready for spring.  I'm sure I'm not alone in that sentiment.  We had another snow day today and more ice and snow in the forecast!  All was going pretty well today until I had a Skype call with my retailers who were in a training class in Las Vegas.  My boys decided that was the perfect time to play tug-of-war  (read more …)

first tethered photo shoot

Oh, it's wonderful...  I finally have my real computer back.  I have the software all set up to work with my new camera, so I was very inspired to have a photo shoot this morning.  When I got my camera a few days ago, I was so excited about taking pictures, but I was editing them on a super cheap laptop and I really missed my bright & big laptop screen.  I felt like I couldn't really see the  (read more …)

three elements of shooting in manual mode

Well, everyone liked the photography posts, so I'm going to throw in another one for those who are scared to start shooting in manual mode.  I want to explain what you gain when you do that and what you're adjusting when you turn those dial.  Let me preface this (and all of my photography posts) with the disclaimer that I am not a super-duper-awesome-know-everything-professional-photographer.  I  (read more …)

60mm lens & Cleaning my office

Now that I've had a few days to play with my new camera (the Nikon d800 for those who missed it), I've been playing around with my existing lenses to see what new lenses I want to purchase.  I currently have five lenses - a Nikon 35mm f/2D, 50mm f/1.8, 60mm f/2.8 micro, 18-200mm and a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle zoom.  All of these lenses have served me very well and I will continue to use them, but  (read more …)