I have palpable exhaustion, after an extraordinary long and taxing day with the world’s most difficult client I attempted my edit for the day, I really liked it at first and then thought perhaps the ‘before’ was better. Never good to have your ‘before’ better than your after, right? I thought like this pale, peachy, pinky color was soothing, but now that I’ve spent more time with it I am worried it’s the color of band-aids. Tomorrow is going to be much better, I will bring it on with the edit and will be packing my head off. I love shipping day, it feels like Christmas, but without all that last minute frantic stress involved. I do have to stop late in the afternoon to visit my new dentist, does anyone else get as excited by professional teethe cleaning? You’d think I was offered a trip around the world, I am  giddy with anticipation.

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.   


“I’ve joined in several Souvenir Foto Schools and gotten so much out of each of them. Not only does it help to cement your photography skills and get you into the habit of daily photo taking, it’s fantastic to be a part of a like-minded community who share ideas offer genuine feedback.”

If you think you are ready to make the commitment, than sign up here for our next Souvenir Foto session today! 


“Practice makes perfect. I knew this…and yet. There I was, complaining about my poor photography skills but only taking pictures for celebrations and blog posts. I decided to do Souvenir Foto School because I knew it would provide me the much needed motivation to take pictures every day. I figured I would snap a few pictures for as many days as I could and try not to embarrass myself too much. Instead, I ended up having an incredible time, meeting new people I still interact with today, and have on my walls some of my favorite pictures taken to date. I learned when the light was best in my house (4pm, by the dining room table) and figured out that whole depth of field thing. As a bonus, I posted my daily pictures on my blog, and it ended up being one of my favorite blog series to date.”
If you think you are ready to make the commitment, than sign up here for our next Souvenir Foto session today! 


This editing project for me is an exercise in discipline, an exploration of creativity and an unexpected walk down memory lane. The only problem is, my memory doesn’t seem as sharp as it usually is.  I looked at this photo and for the life of me could not figure out what it could be.  It looks like a skeleton of an octopus, except I know Octopi don’t have a skeleton.   They do have a beak, but there’s no bone in their tentacles. I would think it was a plaster cast except it looks like bone. I just don’t know of any Cephlapod with an internal or external skeleton. In that case, why would the museum make the plaster cast (if it is that), look like a skeleton?  I figured this isn’t an octopus but some other species or a very imaginative exhibit designer?

I will be editing a photo a day for the remainder of 2012::Project MMXII, this is my ‘after’, you can view the ‘before’ here.  

P.S. Jumpstart your creative photography skills and join our Souvenir Foto School here.

P.P.S. Don’t forget about the Natural History print giveaway here.


I have heard the siren calls for way too long, (my apologies), to have another session of the illustrious Souvenir Foto School- The School of Creative Captures. Today my friends I am answering the cry, well myself and Michelle of Creatocrat, my Co-Professor and one talented photographer. The school has had many a gratis session in its day, but I have always mentioned that it was fleeting, this session there will be a small fee involved but we know from experience where your photos can go in a 30 day class period and feel this nominal fee will be a drop in the bucket in building your photography chops. I will be back with many a former student testimonial, but for now let me wax philosophical on what SFS is and what it is not.


  • A place to hone your skills with a focused set of prompts
  • A community of photography enthusiasts of all levels
  • A hotbed of creative inspiration
  • A place to ask questions + gain confidence in your skills
  • A supportive + positive photo environment


  •  A Photo 101. You won’t be learning about all the bobs and bits on your camera. I highly suggest you take Nicole’s Photo 101 class for that (no, I don’t work for Nicole, lol).
  • Just a DSLR class! You can use ANY camera you have available to you in the amount of time you have. So, if you are shooting film, it may get expensive to develop your shots everyday, but heck who are we to stop you from doing so? 
  • This is not an editing class although we may share some editing resources amongst the class.
This session we will take a photo-a-day for 30 days, using the Alphabet as our guide. Of course we will get into more detail once you sign-up. We will also be giving away 3 scholarships for those that can’t budget this right now, but would really like to join. We can’t wait to see you in class so for a mere $30 (that’s less than a latte a day!) you can take your photo skills to the next level! Are you ready?…
    P.S. For those that asked we will be having a session starting in April and will be making an announcement in March. We wish we could fit you all in, really we do but we wanted to cap it at 50 students this round so we can make sure to give everyone proper attention, thank you! Email us and we will add your name to the mailing list or leave it in the comments and put you on the list.
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