NATURAL HISTORY PRINTS GIVEAWAY::WINNERS!

I actually didn’t realize that I would have so many amazing comments,  thank you! This was near impossible to choose.  I did make my decisions and before I announce who they are I do want to let you know that I will have more framed prints to giveaway soon.  I am doing a lot of test printing and should have the butterflies that made a very subtle appearance in this post. They didn’t fit in the mat properly so I needed to adjust and so much more to share with you. With that being said I chose (drum roll please):
Erika M | Dearingford. Erika just moved into a new home and when I saw it I felt the Owl would feel right at home there. Don’t you feel the same way?
For the Antlers, which really are so much better in person. The new owner is  Just a Nice Guy. I don’t have a link, but he entered for ‘the love of his life’ and well how could I deny him that?

To the winners, please email me your shipping information and the framed prints will be off to you both!  Thank you all for playing.

MMXII 24:: EDITING A PHOTO-A-DAY IN 2012

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*Note to self*–When you come upon a dodo skeleton take more than one photograph and if you must take only one photograph at the very least make it worthwhile. I am always learning my lessons the hard way. I actually am quite fond of the dodo and have read several books on the subject and their demise. One of the books I recommend if you are interested is The Return of the Crazy Bird. It baffles my mind why I would only take one very poor snapshot of a subject I have such an affinity for. I knew when I went to edit this I wasn’t going to be able to save much and it would have to be a more ‘artistic’ take. My vision was to try to mimic an old projector film still, something that might have been played in school in the late 70’s but was made in the 50’s. Anyone get that?

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.

BESOTTED BRAND::A LITTLE LOVE RUBBERSTAMP SET

I am happy to be spreading a ‘little love’ today, just in time for Valentine’s day! I actually think this is a fine set to have no matter what time of year, but timing is everything and it’s nice to launch this set to coincide with February 14th, no?  The stamps are petite which makes them perfect for tags and the like. Of course plenty of handmade Valentine’s can be created for many moons to come. I think it’s an investment in your crafting arsenal (in which I am known to replenish my craft closet often like a squirrel gathering for winter). I love tools to make things, you? You can get yourself a ‘little love’ here.

SOUVENIR FOTO SCHOOL TESTIMONIAL::MISS B.

My co-professor for Souvenir Foto School mentioned yesterday that we have 10 days till launch, which got me thinking about writing my own testimonial.  I know that may seem biased to write a testimonial for my own class, but really Souvenir Foto School is nothing without the participants, the students make the class. The photo above was from one of the first sessions.  I have always tried to change the themes up to keep the creativity flowing.  The assignment for that week was ‘shoes’. I was sweating it because I was working from 6 a.m. til what felt like midnight and wasn’t sure how I was going to pull a shot off. I did and this was the result. Truth be told, it is still one of my very  favorite photographs and I have it blown up in our living room. My little 3 lb. dog refused to not be part of the shoot, but wouldn’t ‘model’ either, so I just worked with what I had. A lesson that you learn in class.

In the time that I have been teaching the classes, which has been a few year now, I have watched as students opened up their Etsy shops to sell their photographs, one student was tapped to shoot for a major travel magazine (proud is an understatement), a few have taken photography as their profession, professional photographers in the class have felt re-invigorated and it has been an all-and-all grand experience!  You don’t need special equipment, you don’t need to know how to shoot, all you need is the desire to become a better photographer and to be willing to commit to the class. Everyone that has committed has gotten better, that’s a fact. We have TWO scholarships still available for those that can’t budget this into their expenses (trust me, we understand this, I started this  school when I got my salary cut IN HALF). If you want to be considered for the scholarships the requirements are as follows:
  • Must have something to shoot with (a camera phone, a point and shoot, anything)
  • You must have access to a computer so you can upload your photos each day.
  • You must commit to taking a photograph a day for 30 days. No quitting, no excuses.
  • You must want this more than the other students applying by helping us spread the word.
You can leave a comment below or email me privately, Michelle my co-professor and myself will go through the list and choose accordingly.  If you can add this to your budget, we believe this could be the class that takes your photography to the next level. We’ve seen it time and time again to be confident in writing this.  For more details and to sign-up visit  here.
If you have burning questions please leave them in comments!

SCHOLARSHIPS ARE FILLED, THANK YOU!

MMXII::23::EDITING A PHOTO A DAY IN 2012

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I am extending an apology for having a menacing stuffed raccoon on the blog for more time than I anticipated. I knew I wanted to work on the butterfly edit above and had big aspirations to have this done first thing in the morning, but I had a bunch of shipping to do.  I am working a full-time schedule with a client and running Besotted Brand, so edits go (priority wise) on the bottom of my life totem pole. I am happy with the edit though.  I have been playing more and more with Lightroom 4 (beta) and trying to figure out where it fits in my workflow (it doesn’t), but I do want it. I’m good like that, you know the whole wanting things I don’t need.  While this whole work + shop business is going down, I am also in the midst of re-designing this here blog.  I’ve wanted to do so since it launched, I love the design, but I need some functionality (where’s the subscribe button? Oh, that? It doesn’t exist, gah!) 
I am getting very excited for Souvenir Foto School though!  I love that it gets me out of my photo ruts.  Currently I only shoot for work for my client (textiles) and for Besotted Brand products. I want to always have an outlet to shoot for me (and for fun). I don’t ever want photography to be a chore.  I think that should be how it is with any interest. I love having something to look forward to. I will write more about this tomorrow, because we still have TWO scholarships to grant.

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.


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