Romantic Homes Photo Shoot

Marian ParsonsPhotography32 Comments

Last October, I drove down to West Virginia to photograph the home of Melanie, from the blog Sweet Melanie, for Romantic Homes magazine.  This was the second time I was hired as a photographer and stylist for a magazine, so I had one shoot under my belt, but I am still very much a rookie. I stopped by Melanie’s house the night … Read More

how Society6 works

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business, Watercolors

I’ve been asked how Society6 works by several readers, so I thought I would share for those who are interested in putting their own work out into the world (or for those who are just curious.) Step one is to create something you want to sell.  There are many categories of art available on Society6, so you can create anything from doodles … Read More

three elements of shooting in manual mode

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business, Tutorials

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 … Read More

60mm lens & Cleaning my office

Marian ParsonsMy House, Photography, Running a Business

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

a new nikon & getting organized

Marian ParsonsMy House, Photography, Running a Business

It’s been a bit of a rough couple of days for me. I know there are much bigger problems in the world and this is so small in the grand scheme of things, but the hard drive on my computer died…on the airplane on the way home from vacation.  Argh!  So, I was already feeling a bit behind and was … Read More

Controlling Light |

Marian ParsonsPhotography, Running a Business

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