Photography | The Art of Compression

I love photography. I love learning about photography. I'm definitely not what people would consider a professional, but I do know a little. I know more than some and also know less than the 'professionals.' But I'm always learning. So when an a-ha moment comes my way, I get a little giddy. It's these little nuggets that I like to share with you. Today we're talking about Compression. And when I say 'talking' about it, I mean in the most basic and simplest of terms because first, that's the best way to remember and second, that's really all I know about [...]

2017-07-24T23:37:13+00:00 July 25th, 2017|photography|1 Comment

Photographing the Littles

Recently my dear friend Lisa Bearnson asked if I'd take pictures of her 11-month old niece, who hadn't really had any 'professional' photos taken of her as of yet. Now, I am by no means a 'professional', but I can do okay. I know enough to get by, but in the photo world, I believe I'd still be considered an amateur. And it's been years since I've photographed a child this age. Whew! It's a workout! So today, I thought I might share a few tips I used get some photos of this cutie.   Gotta keep up. This is [...]

2017-03-15T07:25:37+00:00 March 15th, 2017|photography|3 Comments

Kanarraville Falls + Slow Shutter Cam App Photo Tip

A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to go with two of my very dearest friends and their daughters to hike Kanarraville Falls (outside Cedar City, UT). My daughters sadly couldn’t make it. As part of this excursion, I told them I would share a few photo techniques. Well, nothing ever goes as planned and so I only managed to squeak out one tip...well, maybe two. Panoramas come in handy in areas like this. But the main tip is pretty darn cool. Have you ever heard of the app Slow Shutter Cam? It is a cool little piece of [...]

2017-05-26T09:12:12+00:00 June 15th, 2016|photography, travel, utah adventures|3 Comments

Fun With Fuji

I cannot tell you how much I am loving my new Fuji-XT10! I'm still learning the ins and outs of it all, getting accustomed to the buttons, and all that jazz. But I am simply loving the results! I'm finding that I really need to do very little editing on the photos too. Generally speaking they just come out so beautiful that I may lighten it a little and do a little contrast, but that's about it. And really, many of them just don't need any editing...and I'm loving that! This week we've had our annual girls camp with Lisa Bearnson, [...]

2017-05-09T21:11:44+00:00 June 9th, 2016|photography|1 Comment

Telling Stories With Your Smart Phone

This morning I stumbled across a video about taking photos with your smart phone--and in this case, an iPhone 6S/6S Plus. (I will neither confirm nor deny that I was avoiding work.) We are taking so many more photos than ever before, which I think is amazing! And what I found fascinating is that with all the bells+whistles of the latest+greatest in cameras, you can still tell a most amazing story with the one you most likely already have in your hand....your smart phone. It's quiet. It's discreet. People are used to seeing smart phones out. And it's pretty much [...]

2017-05-16T20:02:08+00:00 January 28th, 2016|photography|3 Comments

The Pancake: It’s Not Just For Breakfast

My son enjoys spending money--or enjoys dreaming of what he’s going to spend money on. (It’s true Zach, and you know it.) He’s always got some ‘cool thing’ that he wants to buy and it changes frequently. We’ll be talking about one thing one day--like a fly rod he wants or that he wants to take a trip somewhere, and the next day he comes home with a lens. This just happened at the beginning of the year. Of course, with this particular purchase, I was quite intrigued. Canon released a new lens in November of the pancake variety. And [...]

2017-05-18T13:34:54+00:00 July 29th, 2015|photography|4 Comments

The Story Behind The Photo

Not too long ago I took this photo of our dog, Otis. He was looking way too cute not to take the photo. So, of course he looks cute and you could just look at those big brown eyes as adoringly as he’s looking at you. But is there more to this photo? Yes. Definitely, yes. I had shared this photo on Instagram with the quick tagline: Ready to chase a bee or a gnat at a moment’s notice.  I think living in our Insta-everything world has helped us record more, but also helped us not record enough. We are [...]

2017-05-18T15:51:20+00:00 June 8th, 2015|everyday life, photography|3 Comments

Photography + Lessons Learned The Hard Way

One of my favorite parts of New Orleans was going to Lafayette Cemetery, which is locoed in the Garden District. For anyone going to New Orleans and wanting to see the St. Louis Cemetery 1 in Jackson Square, as of March 1 you have to have a tour guide and the one we inquired about was $26 a person!!! We didn't know this until we'd walked clear over to it from Jackson Square. Being hot and a little tired, we weren't exactly keen on searching for one and got on the Hop On Hop Off buss right there. We really [...]

2017-05-18T17:53:36+00:00 March 20th, 2015|photography, travel|28 Comments

SLR vs. iPhone

A few weeks ago we took a Sunday drive up to the Mirror Lake in the Uinta mountains. We hadn't been there for a few years and I'd been really wanting to go back. I'd taken both my dSLR camera and my iPhone. I'd never planned to take a panorama photo using both my dSLR and my iPhone 5, but just so happened to have done both. As a result, I found this the perfect opportunity to show a comparison. With a dSLR, you need to take three photos (or so) to create a panorama photo later on in Photoshop [...]

2017-05-20T07:17:36+00:00 October 7th, 2014|photography|10 Comments

A Labor of Love • Sale • One-Day Only Freebie • New In Store

I've never really given much thought to Labor Day. I know why we celebrate it, but in my mind, it's usually just the end to summer. Or better yet, the day that signifies the last time you can wear white. Because we all know what a fashionista I am. This year, I kind of took it to heart. What is Labor Day?It's a day dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. Well, I think that pretty much applies to everyone in the work force. But it hit me deeper than that this year, being the 'CEO' of my [...]

2017-05-20T08:41:21+00:00 September 1st, 2014|digital shapes, photography, technology|9 Comments