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Scrapbooking with Pics

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Snapshots from the Heart | 0 comments

Organize the photos. This is where it all begins. A scrapbook can contain anything that can lay flat such as photos, movie tickets, awards, plane tickets, programs, invitations, etc. Be sure as your get your photos printed that you include dates on the back so that when you scrapbook you will know exactly when the events took place. Decide on a theme for your scrapbook. What would you like your scrapbook to be? Here are a few ideas . . . a family scrapbook, travel, graduation, holiday, new home, first job, birthdays, or maybe a scrapbook for a child, grandchild, grandparent, or a friend. Choose your album There are all kinds of albums and all sizes. Look at your local craft stores such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby or AC Moore for a great selection of albums. Organize your page...

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Snapshots from the Heart | 1 comment

One thing that is hard for me as a professional photographer is to take just one picture that tells a story.  I want the picture to be perfect like I said before in an earlier blog. (http://just18summers.com/simple-fun-must/)  I want to set everything up so that it is appealing and catches the eye. While going back through my iPhone pictures from our less-than-a-month-ago trip to Kenya, I find myself stopping at the one that isn’t perfect. I find myself stopping at the one that triggers a memory . . . forms a lump in my throat . . . brings tears to my eyes. The one that tells a story. Take time—especially this summer while so many memories are being made. Look for a moment that is special and snap that shot in that second. When you go back through...

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Summertime Photo Memories

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Snapshots from the Heart | 0 comments

Don’t let the season pass you by without taking some shots that truly capture the spirit! Summer offers an array of vivid colors that come to life with more time spent outdoors. How can you capture summer’s finest moments? Begin by making a list of overlooked simple summer pleasures and aim to snap photos of each throughout the season. Here are a few ideas for taking those summer photos. ·         Sidewalk Chalk What do you get when you add a baby to a pail of sidewalk chalk and a blank cement canvas? A photogenic summer dream. Try photographing from above looking down or lie close to the ground and focus on the chalk itself. ·         Water Detail Try this at a water park or pull out a hose in your back yard and photograph your children playing with the...

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5 Tips for High School Senior Portraits

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Snapshots from the Heart | 0 comments

1)  DO YOUR HOMEWORK.  Encourage your senior to look for things that inspire them either through magazines,           architecture, or Pinterest. Have a goal in mind of what you would like your photographer to capture. 2)  POSING – Start with posed shots and then try to capture those shots where they are just being who they are, totally candid shots. 3)  TALK TO THEM – Guide your senior and direct them or show them exactly how to pose. Make them feel comfortable. 4)  MAKE CLOTHING CHOICES AHEAD OF TIME.  Talk with your senior about choices of clothing. I usually ask seniors to put together three outfits—one a little bit more dressy, one casual, and one that is just their favorite outfit. If they are not sure what will work, have them bring 3-5 outfits and...

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Fall in Love with Lighting

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Snapshots from the Heart | 0 comments

I am a studio photographer so I am not in my element when I am outdoors taking photos.  Last week, my youngest son asked if I would take his prom pictures and I found myself freaking out about finding the perfect lighting and then quickly falling in love with all of the fun places around our hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. I found perfect lighting all over the place, as well as the coolest backdrops for his pictures. So, here are some tips next for the next time you find yourself outdoors shooting photos. 1. Stay away from direct sunlight and step just inside the shade. Shooting in the direct sunlight can work if the subjects are not looking straight at the camera (they will be squinting if they are). We did a couple of shots in the direct...

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10 Tips for What to Wear in Family Photos

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Snapshots from the Heart | 0 comments

Deciding what to wear in family photos can be just as challenging as finding the perfect photographer. These are photos you are going to hang on your walls and cherish for years to come. It can seem overwhelming when considering what to wear, but it doesn’t need to be. I hope you can use these tips to help you pick out the perfect wardrobe for you and your family. What to wear in family photos 1. Coordinating colors not matching colors. Long gone are the days of everyone wearing a white shirt and matching. Instead, pick a couple of colors and choose clothes that will fit in this color scheme. 2. Look at your home decor. Do you like bright colors? Neutrals? Since you will be hanging these photos in your house you want to make sure the colors...

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