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

New Lenses

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business28 Comments

My new lenses finally arrived late Wednesday evening.  It was after 7:00 pm and I was the last stop on the UPS route.  I practically hugged the delivery guy.  “I’ve been waiting for you ALL DAY LONG!!”  He apologized and I grabbed the package, signed for it, dashed to the back of the house and sat on the floor to open … Read More

Generosity & A New Pic Trick

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business16 Comments

There are some cool perks to having a blog.  There are really, really sweet ladies out there who send me things they think I might like or be able to use.  I’ve already shared the overwhelming response from the blog world when I asked for sheet music.  I am going to be set for months, maybe longer.  In the last few … Read More