Yes, this is primarily a photography blog, but Christmas is hot on our heels, and photographers need to buy gifts, too! What's a girl to do when she needs a great gift fast, easy, and cheap? She makes one, of course. This holiday season I've been working on these little babies for gifts to give to all the special women I know who could use some relaxation time. And to be honest, I've definitely used a few myself! So, all you photographers who have been spending too much time snapping and not enough time wrapping, here's a quick, cheap, and easy solution!

Hi, everybody!

I've been experimenting with new ways to provide you with awesome content. Be prepared for more info graphics, printables, and more in the future! Today I was working with PicMonkey , and I absolutely love it.

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Woman in Black by Talia Felix, http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=4678&picture;=woman-in-black
"Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory." --Coco Chanel

Uncomfortable...That's how I would describe my first experience talking about money, time, and the other specific details about a photography session. But, you know what? It has to be done, and these conversations are some of the most important you will have.

Last Saturday I had the chance to photograph an event at a local lounge with some talented artists, including Tim Jones and . It was so much fun working an event, and it was really a change of pace for me. I loved just taking shots without having to pose anybody. All I had to do was watch the performers be awesome and press the shutter button--and they sure were awesome!

I remember the panic I felt on one vacation when I brought my Nikon out to take this photo:

Today's tips and tricks come from a woman who loves photography from both sides of the lens: Trish Walker , professional stock model. Trish sells her photography on Deviantart , where she’s part of a community of artists and "stockers" who post photographs, often with themselves modeling, and provide them as art resources for free or for a small fee.


It's December already! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As I enjoyed Turkey and trimmings with my friends and family, I brought my trusty Nikon to capture special moments and cute details--like this adorable centerpiece on my grandmother-in-law's table:

There's just not enough time in the day. How often do we say this to ourselves? I sure do! Between working on my master's degree, taking and editing photos, teaching classes, managing projects, writing papers and , managing a blog, and spending time with my family, I sometimes feel like I'm a million people all at one time!



You might remember my about selfies and my on the subject, but I'm returning to this subject again.