blogging & writing

Marian ParsonsRunning a Business, Writing a BookLeave a Comment

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks focused on the writing of my book and I’m finding it so difficult to write blog posts as well.  I’ve been locked in my room in sweat pants, just writing.  So, what am I going to share on my blog?  Yeah…this is challenging.  All of my writing and creative juices are going into … Read More

the art of styling

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business, Tutorials109 Comments

When I first started my business, I would paint a piece, pull out my camera and snap a picture of it…just right where it was.  Usually the lighting was poor, so I used a flash.  I would send the picture to my web designer and ask her to put it on my site.  I didn’t realize what a poor representation … Read More

watermarks & actions

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business33 Comments

Last week I posted about my camera and lenses and this is the follow-up post about watermarks and actions that I promised.  Let me preface this by saying I am not a PSE (Photoshop Elements) expert and there are a lot of other great programs out there, this is just what I use.  If you use a free program or prefer another … Read More

my camera & lenses

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business46 Comments

I get a lot of questions about what camera and lenses I use as well as how I process my pictures.  I received a bunch last week, so I thought it was time to share it all in a post.  Well, a few posts.  This post is about what gear I use.  My camera body is a Nikon D7000 digital … Read More

blogging & photography

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business45 Comments

If you take a poll of new DIY bloggers asking what’s on their Christmas list, probably over half would say a nice digital SLR.  It doesn’t take long for a blogger to realize the importance of photography in the blog world. The above shot is from a recent Cottages and Bungalows photo shoot. The above picture is from my first blog post.  It’s … Read More