Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sunday Scavenger Hunt: A little bit of this and a little bit of that

I'm all over the place today.  My pictures have no continuity or cohesiveness in terms of their content or editing, but here I go anyway. :)

If you haven't entered this giveaway yet, make sure to head over...if you like to edit and showcase your photos creatively, you aren't going to want to miss this.

Macro/close up:

Found Texture: 




Alrighty, well there you have it.  Now I'm off to check out everyone else's interpretations.

Enjoy your week!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Word Template for Photo Blogs

Hello! It's almost the weekend...woohoo!

Have you entered the giveaway for one of Sarah Dobbin's gorgeous templates? Go here to enter. 

A few days ago, Ashley Sisk, from Ramblings and Photos, had a guest blogger who shared how to make collages that incorporate words.  I already had a template with the word flower in it, but I never knew how to make my own.

Here's an example of the flower template:

By the way, you can go here and get the template for free.

Armed with the knowledge of how to create my own, I made this last night...

I think it's a totally fun and creative way to show off pictures on blogs.  Have you tried this yet? If not, I recommend reading through the tutorial on Ashley's page.  It's really well-written and easy to follow.  If you make your own, leave a link to it here.  I'd love to check it out.

aand then, she {snapped}
Give me your best shot at Better in BulkPhotoStory FridayA Moment In Time Photoblog
Happily Mother After

Sarah Dobbins: Template Giveaway!

I am so excited to have the fabulous Sarah Dobbins sharing some of her gorgeous templates with us today.  And because she's so generous, she is even giving a template to one of you, as well as a 20% discount to her shop.  
Thanks, Sarah! 

A little about me :

I'm an editorial photographer who shoots private child and baby sessions for families across Tennessee. One of my clients' favorite things to purchase from me are custom albums filled with images from their photo sessions. As I set out to design some of my clients' albums, I knew that I wanted these things :

    a simple design that wouldn't compete with my images
    a timeless, elegant look that wouldn't look dated as my clients' tastes changed
    a template that I could use and re-use, and easily alter to fit my sessions--cutting WAY down on my album-design time

I designed a handful of different templates that fit my requirements, and it occurred to me that there might be other photographers like me who could use them too... so I put them on etsy! (

I love taking "requests"--in fact, my rounded-corner album was a suggestion from a repeat etsy-er, and I ended up LOVING it!

(And, by the way... if you're not a professional photographer, these are still great for family photos! I use them for our family albums every year!)

I'd love to give one of Shondra's readers one of my templates--just leave a comment on the blog about which template you'd like, and she'll select a lucky winner to receive that template for free! And don't forget to add my shop or my items to your favorites on etsy!

Also, all readers can get a discount on templates for a limited time--just use the code WALKWITHME20 to get 20% off your purchase!

You can check out my shop here :
And you can see my photography website here :

There are 3 ways to enter: 

-Visit Sarah's shop and pick out your favorite template.  Then leave a comment letting us know which is your favorite.
-Follow this blog via GFC and then leave a comment letting us know you did. 
-Tweet, FB, or blog about this giveaway and then leave a comment letting us know where you shared it. 

Good luck!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Edit Me: Week 23

This week's Edit Me challenge is from Wendy Wright.  It was a super fun picture to edit.  It kinda made me want to take my boys to Disneyland...but when they're older.

Here is the SOOC:

When editing this, I envisioned it as a page in a scrapbook.  Both of the boys have such adorable expressions on their's definitely a moment to remember.

The first thing I did was make some adjustments in ACR.  I increased the blacks, desaturated the image, slid the recovery tool all the way up, and tweaked with a few other settings.  Then I brought the photo into PSE9 and cropped the photo.  I sharpened it, ran an Urban action, and then created the scrapbook page.

Our tiny BIG Life

Enjoy your week!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


When Nate was only about 8 months old, I started dreaming of baby #2.  I had visions of two little babies that were mine who laughed together, shared toys, told stories, with the occasional fight mixed in (when they're older, of course).

This picture reminds me so much of those hopes I had for my boys.  Lance is a day away from being 3 months old and is beginning to direct his smiles toward his big brother.  I catch him following Nate around the room with his eyes, smiling at him during dinner, and being perfectly content when he holds him.

I see the beginnings of a bond forming and it makes me excited for what's to come, whether it's friendship, tattle-telling, pranks, late-night talks, or hopefully a little of each.

But I don't want them too grow up to quickly.  I like them little. :)

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sunday Scavenger Hunt: Autumn Edition

It is certainly Autumn in Seattle.  We went for a little drive today before the Notre Dame football game.  This is what we found. 


Always Look on the Bright Side:

Other Seattle Autumn posts: 
Shades of Autumn: Orange
Just A Little Confession
You Know It's Officially Fall When...

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your week. 

Places you can find me: 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Shades of Autumn: Orange

I love Autumn. Sometimes when it's Summer or Winter and someone asks me what my favorite season is, I have a hard time deciding between Spring and Fall.  But when it is actually Fall, I have no problem saying that it's my favorite .

Going to pumpkin patches...

And picking the very best pumpkin to take home...

And displaying those pumpkins around the house...

And snapping a few pictures, of course...

And little boy hands invading the shot, but in the end, it's your favorite photo...

And then looking outside and noticing the leaves changing...

And stopping to capture that beauty...

Because it's only a matter of time before the tree is empty of all its leaves.

Shades of Autumn Photo Challenge Give me your best shot at Better in Bulk
                                                            PhotoStory Friday

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just a little confession...

I've only owned photoshop elements and an SLR for about 7 months. But ever since I started taking pictures and being more serious about it, I almost have to take at least one picture every day.  When I don't get a chance, I literally start to feel a little anxious about it. And it can't just be any old picture.  It needs to be a photo that I'm proud of-a photo that I enjoy editing.

What is that? Am I addicted?

The weather is changing and the sun is setting super early now here in Seattle.  During the week, I rarely get a chance to get outside before the sun sets, so my picture-taking has been drastically reduced.  Yesterday, the sun was pouring through my living room windows and I knew I just had to take some pictures.  I grabbed my camera, threw on my 70-300mm lens and took these shots through my living room window.

Knowing that I had these pictures (and even more) on my camera to edit later made me happy.

By the way, all images include Kim Klassen's texture-Serious Magic.

and then, she {snapped}The Daily WyattShades of Autumn Photo Challenge