PHOTOGRAPHY

Brave in the Frame and an Introduction to FotoJet

Let’s chat about facing the lens…I live behind the shutter and am unquestionably timid near the lens.  I wrote about my fear of facing the lens a couple of years ago.  Ask me to take a selfie?  My inner child emerges and eye contact becomes a struggle. Awkward...

An August Mantra

If August had a mantra or sacred sound, it should be…. If you have a child starting pre-school or college (or anything in between); this song is for you (and your child). Be Still. If August feels frantic and overwhelming, this song is for you. Let’s be...

Gratitude & DIY Camera Strap

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” – Marc Riboud Tonight I am celebrating an “aha moment” about the life lessons my camera teaches me.  This year gratitude is my one little word and my guiding light.  I have been...

Shaken, Stirred or Blended?

James Bond* famously asked for his martinis “shaken, not stirred.”  To shake or stir? That is the question.  Or so I hear. When it comes to making hand-crafted cocktails I understand there are rules that apply to layering the liquids.  But I don’t...

Rainy Days and Mondays

It was a rainy Monday in my corner of Wisconsin.  During my morning commute I saw several drenched cows.  The rain fine-tuned their colors, painting the fields with shiny black and vivid chestnut.  It also transitioned the grassy fields from umber to green. And, I...

Lyrical Photos: Name that Song

Music: the common thread stitching the ebb and flow of life together. How can lyrics tap places in your soul that words alone can’t touch?  Maybe its poetic ambiguity, enabling lyrics to become personal. They often perfectly align emotions and anchor memories....

Thinking Outside the Frame: DIY Photo Frames

It is funny how creative inspiration is delivered through nature’s treasures.  After visiting Paradise Springs last weekend, I can’t stop thinking about the endless photo possibilities within this state park. And the power of thinking outside the frame. I...

3 x 3 Thursday & DIY Photo Display

I am going to turn things upside down here and start with a song.  And, deliver it in 3 flavors.  It’s like 3 for the price of one.  Except the suggestion is free, as always.  I recommend sampling the 2 Cellos song rooted in these lyrics first: I’ve been...

Tile by Tile: Smile by Smile

 Hello! We just returned from a trip to California.  As the self-appointed tour director, I affectionately called our trip the can’t sit still tour.  More on that another day. In the meantime, I am so excited to tell you about two photo projects this week....

Raindrops and Heartfelt Lyrics

I am going to tell you all about the State I’m In.  But wait for it… We’re in that famous wind-down, awaiting Easter.  I have been living a completely doughnut-free lifestyle.  Since March 4th, its been a stretch of Dunkin’ Donuts-free days....

Coming Clean: DIY Photo Soap

I haven’t mentioned Jack for a few months.  Of course I still think of him often.  Sometimes its with an ache of sadness and other times a word or song emerges out of nowhere, carrying a memory or his wisdom.  And, boy was he wise.  Jack’s limitless...

Polka Dot Photos

If you were to ask me to name my favorite photographer of all time, I would likely talk in circles but never arrive at a definitive answer.  My idols don’t fit on a neat top ten list. But, I just might start by mentioning Ansel Adams.  His sheer genius captured...

Hip to be Square

Bernie Taupin’s lyrics and Elton John’s voice are on replay in my mind today. Your Song is simply pure lyrical poetry. I know it’s not much but it’s the best I can do, My gift is my song and this one’s for you. Aren’t we all here...

Photo Pop Art

It all started on Oscar night. I loved this pop culture moment orchestrated by Ellen, snapped by Bradley and shared 3.3 million times via Twitter.  I am not sure who owns the photo to provide proper credit (some sources say its Bradley Cooper’s image)....

Photo Round Up

Want to put a new spin on your photos? Maybe its just me… But this transformation makes me hApPy! In a few steps, we can check this off your bucket list. 1.) Visit PicMonkey.com to use the awesome complimentary photo-editing tools to make the magic happen....

Composition: Frame Your Shot!

I have been reading book after book on photography (my current favorite is The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby).  One theme emerging is the simplicity of composition – applicable whether your favorite camera is your phone, a point and shoot or a DSLR....

Foto Friday Magic Trick: Image Transfer

Today I am attempting a new photo transfer technique!  An imperfect science that can yield magical results… A sample… What is image transfer? It’s a process of taking a printed photo (laser, inkjet or photocopy) and adhering it to a new surface with...

Instagram Inspired Card

Happy Friday!  Rolling out a new Friday tradition here featuring topics related to photography. This might include photo editing tips, composition tips or projects built with photos!  Why?  Because I am head-over-heels in love with everything related to photography!...

Facing the Lens

It is all about facing the lens today… I am grateful to have collected thousands of precious photographs of my family and friends over the years.  In almost all the “family photos” I am present, but behind the lens.  If you were glancing through...

Oh Baby… Sandhill Crane News

A few years ago I snapped this photo of a sandhill crane near my running trail.  I have been smitten with these charming birds ever since noticing the heart image on their face.  A heart! I learned that sandhill cranes mate for life and I have been worried about all...

Tick Tock: In the Moment via Yoga

“Sometimes I feel like if you just watch things, just sit still and let the world exist in front of you – sometimes I swear that just for a second time freezes and the world pauses in its tilt. Just for a second. And if you somehow found a way to live in that...

Freeze Frame

I had a fun idea to honor this photo… I printed a large version of the photo at Office Max.  The resulting print is two feet long and eleven inches high.  I carefully brought the large print into Home Depot where I found a piece of wood about the right height....

Surreal Sunrise

“I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the earth began.” -Forrest Gump 11.14.12 Sunrise I was up at dawn today perched in a porch rocking chair. I was patiently waiting to capture the first light. My grand plan is to gift a friend with a memento...

Saturday Snaps: 11.10.11

“I would rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach 10,000 stars how not to dance.” – e.e. cummings Discovering magic in the day. Yes, it is November but the temperatures hovered in the low 60s today making it feel like the perfect day to...

Sunday Snapshots: 11.4.12

The one red leaf, the last of its clan, That dances as often as dance it can, Hanging so light, and hanging so high, On the topmost twig that looks up at the sky. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge – – – With temperatures dipping into the 30s overnight,...

The Wisdom of Forrest Gump

Dance convention.  Dance competition.  Dance fun. Finding inspiration in the passion these dancers have for their art form. – – – “I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a...

Metal Frame

“Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past.   Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope.” –  Corazon Aquino Prayers and thoughts for everyone...

Oh What a Night

“So we open up the door, Let the music take us further than before. We open up the door, Cause maybe there’s an angel standing on the porch.” Angel At My Door Lyrics by: Bo Rinehart Recorded by: Needtobreathe NeedtoBreathe Concert, Pabst Theater...

Journey Through the Purpose

As you know I am photo-obsessed and today I created several frames using a top-secret technique. Drum roll… today I am revealing my top-secret ingredients for my transparent photos! I love printing on obsolete transparency sheets from my office (think overhead...

I Believe

“First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, “I believe,” three times.” – Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking Today is day 270 of 2012. I started on January 1, 2012 with this ordinary creative...

Creative Solution: SD Card Case

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”  – Marc Riboud My camera travels with me everywhere.  I am obsessed with capturing life’s little moments and learning the art of photography along the journey.  The trouble brews...

Sunrise, Sunset

Tonight was my sixth paddle boarding experience (ever).  Feeling more and more confident, I skipped transitioning to a swimsuit or board shorts before embarking on my lake loop.  Of course, I fell in fully clothed the very moment I was wondering how cold the water...

Answer in the Sky

Looking to the sky for answers.  I missed the last few days of August with a heavy heart.  Oh how I wish there was a way to understand why horrible things happen to wonderful people.  Why, oh why? – – – Dear Beautiful Sky, Help us to understand why....

Paddle On

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein Today’s Ann’s Hope training run looped around several lakes including the shores of...

Pure Love: Dog Love

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.”  -Johnny Depp Around 10 a.m. today Missy snuck away on a solo adventure of pure freedom… around 11 a.m. we found her about six houses down the road!  I will spare you the hour...

Critter Creative

We are still enjoying a northern Wisconsin getaway!  Today I had one creative goal:  capture some of nature’s most beautiful creatures.  Of course I mean digital camera captures! These little critters constantly dart under the pier. Mesmerized by dragonflies on...

The Alphabet in Nature

       “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of water or watching the clouds float across the sky is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock Today was a gentle...

PicMonkey Photo Editing

Elleri discovered a new online tool called PicMonkey.  It is a online photo editor that offers easy and powerful editing tools. Edit pictures, apply photo effects, add text or paint!   Elleri snapped the photo above and edited the image using PicMonkey. Step One:...

Lightning

Back to Oak Brook as ballet week continues!  Today I am grateful that I won’t be making the trek back to Wisconsin in the midst of thunderstorms!  We sat in the top floor room of our hotel mesmerized by the rain and powerful lightning!  Capturing the bolts with...

Birthday Bliss…for our dog

June 14 is a special day in our house – Missy’s birthday.  Every year we celebrate with her and for her!  Our plan for the day was to bake cupcakes with bacon sprinkles.  The reality: those cupcakes never materialized.  Soon.  Emma made Missy a custom...

Iron Horse Summer Night

These snapshots were taken in the very early hours of June 9th; sometime after midnight when Friday turned into Saturday!  We were sharing laughs and kindred stories with dear friends in the outdoor garden of the Iron Horse Hotel.  Two of my childhood friends were in...

Oversize Print

This is one of my absolute favorite photos!  The photo was shot by Elleri and it was one of the first images taken with my new DSLR camera back in May 2011.  This was photo number three in the stage of:  pull the camera out of the box and snap those first images to...

Be Funky

Hello June…Grateful for the fun of May but looking forward to June’s slower motion, shorter to-do lists and longer evenings as the light stretches into night.  I having been searching for an online photo editing replacement since Picnik closed on April 19,...

Birthday Blessings: Frame Gift

All wedding projects are on hold today as two dear friends have birthdays on May 25th.  One lives a couple states away and her gift is in a box and ready to be shipped next week. The other friend lives nearby so I am making her gift!  I have been holding two...

Frame it Up

I am in Iowa for a couple days hanging out at the local hospital while a family member is in the midst of surgery and recovery. In the surgical waiting area I had time to blog hop and I landed over at East Coast Creative and fell in love with the inspired ideas.  With...

Photography Blogs I Heart

Every Friday I try to include a project or online tool related to photography.   I thought it would be fun to use today’s blog post as a link to the photography blogs I find stunning and inspired.  I am forcing myself to limit this list to my current top five!...

Translucent Photos

Using waterslide decal paper I printed a photo favorite of my husband’s trip to Yosemite to climb Half Dome.  I used one of his photos and added text before printing it on my inkjet printer.  I love the brilliance of the blue sky and the perspective of the giant...

Waterslide Print for DIY Photo Canvas

I have been holding this sky love photo since I originally snapped the image in Florida last month!  Kicking off the month by celebrating my parent’s wedding anniversary by…what else, creating something for them! My project begins with a scan of this...

Instagram Love

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge — myth is more potent than history — dreams are more powerful than facts — hope always triumphs over experience — laughter is the cure for grief — love is stronger than...

Photo Editing: Picture2Life

A new online photo editing discovery today: Picture2Life.  Check it out here:  Picture2Life | Edit Photos, Create Collages, Create Animations …  I uploaded some vacation photos from the week and found endless options for photo fun.  You can post your edited...

Photo Transfer to Wood

I just read a newsletter from Photojojo about a technique for transferring a photo to wood…  Of course one method would be to simply trim a photo to the size of the wood piece and attach it!  Easy and done! But to create a more interesting (well, interesting to...

Board Book Makeover

As you know I love, love, love Mod Podge and read recently that it works its magic with fabric!  Who knew?  I just finished a board book redo.  The end result:  a little photo album filled with photos from our recent Nashville trip! My supplies:  Matte Mod Podge, a...

Photo Friday: Instant Retro

Tonight I found a source to get the Instagram look and feel but on my computer versus via an iPhone.  Click here to check out the site. InstantRetro – Create awesome vintage Images Online  Easy!  I tried it out tonight with images from the Hits show we were at...

Scarf into Camera Strap

Last week I received an email from Photojojo with a tip about converting a scarf into a camera strap with a special tutorial by  Stacie Grissom.  I thought the idea was clever. But I tucked the thought of actually making one away after reading that sewing was required...

Photo Friday: DIY Canvas

I printed a photo on tissue paper and attached it to a canvas for the look and feel of a “real” photo on canvas.  My style and approach doesn’t include measuring and precisely planning so I had to print a draft or two adjusting the photo size to my 5...

Snow Pointe

We had to take some dance photos today for a project and the lighting and background of the inside images weren’t what Elleri was looking for… so we headed outside for a minute (literally).  I love the contrast of the pretty and delicate pointe shoe...

Waterslide Decal Transfers

I scanned a 1944 photo.  Its an image of my grandmother, Evelyn and her toddler (my mom!).  The photo was a little scratchy and wrinkled but the scan turned out better than I imagined.  I didn’t use Photoshop to enhance the image because I love the slight...

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