capturing hope

Marian ParsonsPhotography58 Comments

 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 … Read More

flow blue photo shoot

Marian ParsonsMiss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint, Photography19 Comments

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 … Read More

styling photos

Marian ParsonsPhotography56 Comments

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 … Read More

Camera Comparison & Shop Goodies

Marian ParsonsFavorite Finds, Photography28 Comments

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 … Read More


Marian ParsonsMy House, Photography35 Comments

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 … Read More


Marian ParsonsPhotography44 Comments

If you’ve been working on improving your photography skills, you may have picked up on the fact that lighting is the key.  It’s not just about adding more light, but controlling the light you have.  I was shocked when I watched the first professional photographer who worked at shooting my house.  For one shot, the room was almost completely dark. … Read More


Marian ParsonsMiscellaneus, Photography49 Comments

 I thought I would take a break from the projects and share a bit of behind the scenes stuff.  For the first several months of my blog, I didn’t edit my photos.  Not at all.  I finally picked up on the fact that photos were important for the growth of a blog, so started adjusting the brightness and contrast and … Read More