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Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and taking a peak.  Now I never claim to know everything, or be perfect, or even being able to spell!  I work really hard to not only be a good photographer, but have a personal connection to my clients and understanding what they want (especially when they might not know).  In addition I love to help others improve their own pictures.  Let's face one can afford a personal photographer to follow them around 24/7 (but if you do know someone give them my name!). 

My blog has a collection of advise, current photo experiences and the personal updates.  My new 2012 series (TT- Tipsy Thursday) is a combo of all kinds of questions I've received, things I've seen & even those mistakes I've made in my years of shooting.  I'm ALWAYS in need to know what other people want to hear about, so please email me with ANY suggestions.  Again thanks for stoping by and hopefully you enjoy!

Thursday, January 26 2012

Tipsy Thursday #2

Built in flashes on cameras are a good and bad thing...sometimes you need to have it on but it pays when to know when to turn it off.  Try a few of these tips to help:

* PLAY WITH YOUR FLASH!  You will never know what looks best until you can see the difference with the same situation but different settings.  You might not even think about it but even using flash with a sunny day can help.  If your subject is in a shadow (for example under a tree) but there isn't a cloud in the sky, the flash will help your subject be brighter like the background. In low light conditions, it???s best to steady your camera on a tripod, use a slow shutter speed and get the most light.  But beware if you or the subject is moving this will be blurry.

* It's ok to turn the flash off when shooting portraits indoors.  Turn the ISO setting up and use a tripod is possible. 

* Experiment with slow-sync flash. This is a combo of a longer exposure with a burst of flash.  Practicing this might help with your parties or events indoors. This is because the flash freezes motion but the longer exposure helps get more of the scene. Just be aware that you still have to hold your camera very still to avoid blurriness.

* Never use flash in the following situations: shooting through glass, shooting large landscapes, scenery at night, in macro mode.

* Always remember that your flash will only reach 10 -12 ft. Beyond that...don't even waste the battery power.

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Thursday, January 19 2012

Tipsy Thursday #1

Have trouble sometimes getting that shot because your camera wont focus in time?  Here are a few tips to help with that:

* Know that wider is faster. Most compact cameras focus up to twice as fast when you're at the wider end (meaning more zoomed out). Especially in low-light situations this is more important, when the brightness and extra depth of field at the widest settings can eliminate focus issues.

* When shooting portraits at short distances (under 3ft), try switching to macro mode (usually marked with a flower) to increase the focus time and reduce focus errors. This tells the camera you are shooting close up so the camera knows where to look all ready and wont try to focus on the background.

* If you have a good eyes...try with the manual focus. When shooting anything over a distance of around 15ft, you can try to switch to manual mode and rely on depth of field to ensure keep the subject in focus.

* The best way to capture the moment, especially with events when you know there is going to be a reaction like a child opening presents on Christmas morning is doing what's called "pre-focus" or "focus lock". If you half press the shutter release the camera will focus as normal, but the picture won???t be taken until the you push the button down all the way. So if you hold the button in at the half way point until the right moment, there will be no delay to focus and get those spur of the moment shots!  You can also do this on an area you know your subject is going to at a surprise party and you the guest of honor is coming around the corner.  Pre focus on the corner and sit and wait!  Just know if you move or your subject moves then your focus is no longer and start again!

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Wednesday, January 18 2012

Now this is not like the commonly known "Thirsty Thursday"...Tipsy Thursday is a new addition to my blog for photo tips every Thursday!  Now if you choose to have a glass of wine while reading every week, that's up to you!  TT will start tomorrow and if you have any subject you would like me to cover or even a picture you want help with what went wrong...please email me!  I'm always wanting suggestions on what people would like help with.

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Wednesday, January 18 2012

This Sunday The Woodlands VFW is having their yearly banjo show.  Show is free for Vets & $10 for those wanting to help support your local Veterans Of Foreign Wars Post 12024.  Kids love this show and it's a great family event...hope to see you there!

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Saturday, January 14 2012

Valentines Day is just around the corner.  Don't know about you but our family is on a budget after the holiday season!  I came across this list of different "do it yourself" websites.  I've never been the typical box of chocolates & flowers girl.  I treasure the time anyone spent making it a handmade holiday!

  1. Gathered Heart Pillow ??" V and Co
  2. Vintage Paper Chandelier ??" The Crafting Chicks
  3. Printable Love Coupons ??" Tatertots & Jello
  4. Vintage Valentine???s Day Postcard ??" The Graphics Fairy
  5. Quick Rose Petal Wreath ??" Thrifty Decor Chick
  6. Keep Calm & Kiss On Printable ??" The Hands-On Housewife
  7. Valentine???s Day Ruffle Heart Wreath ??" Everything Etsy
  8. Embroidery Hoop Wall Hangings ??" Mod Podge Rocks
  9. Valentine???s Day String Art ??" Make Grow Gather
  10. Sweetheart Knit Valentine ??" Flax & Twine
  11. Photo Strip Heart Garland ??" Eighteen25
  12. U Complete Me Pillows ??" Creature Comforts
  13. Yarn Love ??" Family Chic
  14. Paper Airplane Valentine Printable ??" Just Something I Made
  15. Framed Love Tags ??" My Blessed Life
  16. Love Notes Felt Notebook ??" Craftberry Bush
  17. Fortune Cookies {printables} ??" Design. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
  18. Valentine Lightbulb ??" Design Sponge
  19. Ruffle Heart Shirt ??" Craftiness Is Not Optional
  20. 52 Reasons I Love You ??" PaperVine
  21. Message in a Bottle {Invisible Ink} ??" MiniEco
  22. Valentine???s Day Countdown Calendar ??" Mom & Wife
  23. Heart Shaped Paper Clips ??" Design Sponge
  24. Valentine Mailboxes ??" The Anderson Crew
  25. Love One Another Prints ??" The Tomkat Studio
  26. Mini Heart Album ??" Then She Made
  27. Valentine???s Day Tags {printables} ??" The Nimbus Factory
  28. Tissue Paper Kissing Balls ??" The Idea Room
  29. Valentine Candy Bar Wrapper Printable ??" Anything But Perfect
  30. Rosette Wreath ??" Our Best Bite
  31. Kiss Stamp ??" The Sweetest Occasion
  32. Valentine???s Party Bunting ??" It???s My Story
  33. Drawstring Gift Bag ??" Between the Lines
  34. Countdown to Kisses ??" Infarrantly Creative
  35. 3D Love Art ??" Brassy Apple
  36. Valentine???s Plushie Robot ??" Sew Green
  37. Conversation Cupcake Toppers ??" HGTV
  38. Felt Heart Gift Bag ??" Momtastic
  39. Love Struck Pillows ??" Homestitched
  40. Rockin??? Candy Valentine ??" FamilyFun
  41. Advent Valentine Printable ??" Paiges of Style
  42. Quilted Heart Pillow ??" Craft Sew Create
  43. I Like You A Lot Printable ??" Salt & Pepper
  44. Friendship Bracelet Valentines ??" Dandee
  45. Valentine Kiss Jar ??" Trey and Lucy
  46. Photo Candles ??" Inspired Ideas
  47. Heart Stockings ??" Attempting Aloha
  48. Crochet Hearts {pattern} ??" Between the Lines
  49. Celtic Heart Knot ??" Fusion Knots
  50. Meringue Message Cones ??" {} Hostess With the Mostess
  51. Valentine Ribbon Wreath ??" She???s {kinda} Crafty
  52. Key to My Heart Bookmark ??" Dandee
  53. Fabric Love Letters ??" Moda Bake Shop
  54. Seven Days of Love Printables ??" The Dating Divas
  55. Heart Pillows ??" Sew4Home
  56. Heart Shaped Zipper Pouches ??" The Purl Bee
  57. Valentine???s Day Heart Bookmarks ??" mmmcrafts
  58. All You Need Is Love Blocks ??" Oopsey Daisy
  59. Valentine Love Boats ??" Green Jello
  60. Cupcake Party Printables ??" Catch My Party
  61. Felt Heart Bookmarks ??" Simple Serendipities
  62. Heart Cupcakes ??" Made With Love
  63. Fabric Window Valentine ??" Molly???s Sketchbook
  64. Say It With Love Garland ??" Happy Clippings
  65. I Love You Because Printable ??" Just Make Stuff
  66. Weaving Danish Heart Baskets- Radmegan
  67. Mason Jar of Hearts ??" Mooreaseal {I Go By Katie}
  68. Heart to Heart Garland ??" BHG
  69. Cross My Heart Pillow ??" FaveQuilts
  70. Sweet Heart Crochet Pattern ??" Bella Dia
  71. Sweetheart Shortbread ??" Diamonds for Dessert
  72. Be Mine Candy Wrappers ??" Design. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
  73. Valentine Tree ??" Then She Made
  74. Sparkly Valentine Banner Art ??" Lemon Tree Creations
  75. Sweet Heart Tags & Love Print {printables} ??" Simple As That
  76. Romantic Mason Jars ??" Crescendoh
  77. Valentine Throw Pillow ??" Ucreate {Diary of a Quilter}
  78. Be Mine Valentines {printables} ??" The Rubber Punkin
  79. Key to My Heart Mini Canvas ??" I Love It All
  80. Love Song Love Letters ??" Crafts & Sutch
  81. Book Love ??" Craftberry Bush
  82. Charming Gathered Table Runner ??" The Polkadot Chair
  83. Message In a Bottle ??" Flax & Twine
  84. Sewn Paper Valentine ??" Purl Bee
  85. Embroidered Wood Ring ??" Creative Kismit
  86. Printable Stamp Valentines ??" Wild Olive
  87. Heartstring Table Runner ??" Joy???s Hope
  88. Feather Love Wreath ??" Tatertots & Jello
  89. Paper Punch Heart Paint Chip Garland ??" Oh Crafts
  90. See-Through Valentine Packages ??" Martha Stewart
  91. Crochet Heart Pattern ??" A Foothill Home Companion
  92. Yarn Heart Hangings ??" Wooly Wotnots
  93. Stamped Clay Hearts ??" Papernstitch
  94. Matchbox Valentines ??" Inchmark
  95. Sugar On Top Bear ??" Kind Over Matter
  96. Valentine Voodoo Pincushion ??" Indie Spotting
  97. Be Mine Prints ??" Sprik Space
  98. Pop Up Card Tutorial ??" Paper Kawaii
  99. Valentine Candy Dish ??" Eighteen25
  100. Rose Valentine Wreath ??" Thrifty Decorating
  101. Lovey Dovey Shoe Clips ??" The Polkadot Chair

(list pulled from

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