Weekend Potluck #128

Hi there! Welcome to Weekend Potluck, where friends and foodies, meet and eat together, ALLL weekend long!
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Now, let’s take a quick peek back at last week

The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Mom’s Top Secret Patty Melts by 4 little Fergusons

Recipes that caught our attention ~

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork by 5 Heart Home

Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

 Caramel Ice Cream Sandwich Cake by Life With The Crust Off

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Fashionista Wanna-be In a SAHM World: Spring Edition

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   Remember this winter, when I shared my Pinterest board called Fashionista Wanna-be In A Stay At Home Mom World?  I told you all my favorite fall and winter looks, cute but comfy, for Stay At Home Momma’s.   You … Continue reading

Celtic Woman

  My mom and Grandma are next door neighbors.  Actually, better than that, they are on both sides of a duplex.  I adore how much they do together, and praise God for His infinite wisdom in moving them side by side.

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  Grandma always has to call mom when Celtic Woman comes on PBS.  She also calls me and makes me tell the girls so they can turn it on.  Haha, she is so funny!  They are so talented and the girls love their long flowing gowns. 

The video link won’t work above, but you can listen later.  They played Amazing Grace with bag pipes at the concert, oh my word! AMAZING.

   When I got an email from Groupon saying they were coming to a town near us for one day only, I knew we had to go.  Even better, the VERY expensive tickets, were reduced to $19.99!  I called mom and we planned a special SURPRSIE Mothers Day/Girls Night Out for Grandma and the little girls.

  They had no idea what the evening had in store for them! weekend 2

First a little shoe shopping, then dinner out…….weekend 3weekend 4

A big shout out to our awesome waitress, Jordan. {above}
AND to the darling cowboy in suspenders that let me take his photo!weekend 5

After dinner, we broke the big news to them!IMG_8626

WE ARE ON OUR WAY TO THE CELTIC WOMAN CONCERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Then, this happened:

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Yeah, it pretty much made my year.

  The concert was amazing.  Very interesting, lots of outfit changes, unusual instruments and amazing harmony.

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One thing I wasn’t expecting was the amazing Drums and Irish Dancers, that was my favorite part!
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If you have never heard Celtic Woman, and wish to be enlightened, check out this video of Amazing Grace with Bagpipes…..when they sang it, we all had chills and tears for our Papa.

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  I bet you are wondering what the guys did?  WELL, they had a very special date too!!! Papa would be so proud.  First time fishing, and look at that load!

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~T

Weekend Potluck #116

Hi and Welcome to Weekend Potluck! Where friends and foodies, meet and eat, ALLL Weekend long!
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Now, let’s take a quick peek back at last week

The recipe with the most clicks was ~

Healthier Peanut Butter Balls by Snail Pace Transformations

Recipes that caught our attention ~

Country Fried Pork with White Gravy by Table for Seven

Triple Coconut Cream Pie by Simply Suzanne’s At Home

And, a personal favorite ~

Avocado Tomato Breakfast Casserole by Flavors by Four

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What Love Is This

  This song has been on repeat at my house, I absolutely adore it.  It is perfect as we head into Easter weekend, and the promise of a Risen Savior, Hallelujah!

You never change, you are the God you say you are;
When I’m afraid you calm and still my beating heart.
You stay the same, when hope is just a distant thought,
You take my pain, and you lead me to the cross
What love is this, that you gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know you
And I confess you’re always enough for me you’re all I need
I look to you, I see the scars upon your hands.
And hold the truth, that when I can’t you always can.
I’m standing here, beneath the shadow of the cross.
I’m overwhelmed that I keep finding open arms.
What love is this that you gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know you
And I confess, you’re always enough for me
You’re all I need
Jesus in your suffering you were reaching your thought of me
Jesus in your suffering you were reaching your thought of me
What love is this, that you gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know you
And I confess, you’re always enough for me
You’re all I need
What love is this, that you gave your life for me
And made a way for me to know you
And I confess, you’re always enough for me
Always enough for me
Always enough for me

Hugs, T

 

Mommarazzi 101: 12 Tips for Moms with Cameras {Part 2}

Today we continue Mommarazzi, 12 Tips for Moms with Cameras. 

Go here if you missed Part 1.

6) It’s All In the Details

1 A ring, a special Bible used for proposal….a couple in love on a blanket.

2 A little bug catcher…..with a beautiful catch.

3 Back to School shots including shoes, bracelet, hair style…..

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A little boy photo shoot with a toad he just caught….

5 Baby cheeks, a family’s hands, a young man with his soccer ball…..

Details can make, or break, a photo shoot! It’s truly all about the details: a bow tie, a pair of red high heels, eye lashes that brush the cheek, a bow on each pig tail. My job as the photographer is to help outfit coach each person, so that they can have the best experience with me, and a beautiful outcome. It really does boil down to details. In photographs, DETAILS MATTER A LOT.

6 In these photos, we utilized a handful of sunflowers, Scrabble letters to spell special words, and a photo of a little boy lost way too early in life.

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  I love when Mom’s come to me with a plan! This little girl had a special Princess crown & Gold dress for her first birthday shoot….

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  These sisters brought an Heirloom quilt that added nostalgia to this already unique snow shoot.

And this clever Mommy came to me with a plan:
9First, a Splatter Paint Maternity session, and then this theme continued through the year, newborn, 3 months, and 6 months. We have 9 and 12 to go. When she is done any combo of these photo will make a beautiful wall collage, or book.
It really is allllll in the details! From outfits to theme.

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See that Senior boy? He is deep in thought, focused on the game…..not really, but it looks like it.

2 ……believe it or not, not all photos have to be smiley, happy, full on face photos. Sometimes looking away from the camera, is more powerful than looking.

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  Speaking of faces, there is NOTHING wrong with leaving them out of the photo entirely!

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8) Tell The Story

Photos should ALWAYS tell a story, even after we aren’t there to tell it.

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Whether it’s a sad day for an Ice Cream lover whose freezer died while she was on vacation

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A busy little boy

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A sassy mouthed 8 year old

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Or Peppermint Pocket Treasure found…..

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A successful picture doesn’t need any words.

9) Crop It Like It’s Hot


I don’t always follow crop rules.

Like if I want to zoom on a baby’s mouth, I crop their forehead right off and don’t feel bad about it at all.1

When zooming in on siblings, I don’t mind cutting out hands, or even cutting off parents, they are more of the backdrop at that point anyhow. 2

I like Awkward crops, so I love when people just throw the rules out the window.

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I also like negative space, which means lots of wide open space above or even beside, the client or subject.

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  If you are a rule follower, here are some general tips: yes to cropping forehead, no cropping ears. Yes to arm cropping, no to elbows, wrists or fingers. Yes waist, above the knee and shin cropping, but no to ankles, or feet cropped off.

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   It’s also important to know what size you are going to want to order. I always though photos shrunk or stretched based on what size print you order, this is not the case thanks to a thing called CROP RATIO. Crop Ratio is not my friend. However, it is just something that will benefit you once you are aware of it. The most popular size ordered is typically an 8 x 10. This is one of the most difficult because of it’s short and fat dimensions. Look at the chart, it crops a substantial amount of Mom’s head and arm. What if that was a basketball boy and you ended up cropping out his shoes and forehead? That is why it’s important to take some less cropped shots, or be ready to order a different size all together.

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11) Collages & Text

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I use collages and text all the time, if you follow me on Facebook, this is no surprise to you! 

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  Using collages allows me to showcase multiple pictures for the web space of 1 on my blog.  I also think it’s a great way to share a bunch of pictures of your kids on Facebook without being obnoxious, just sayin! 3 

  There is a website that easily allows you to make collages with Txt for FREE!

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    I use it to make our Facebook Christmas card every year!

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It’s called PicMonkey. There are tons of free options, crop, filters, txt, frames, stamps, labels, banners and just about anything else you could think of. If you want more options, simply join for 4.99 a month, or $33 a year.

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  This unlocks all the great features like blush, blemish remover, eye pop, mascara, and gives 40% more features and tons more fonts! It’s really Photoshop for Dummies. And I am not calling you a dummy, I used it the entire first year in the business, and ADORED IT! Still do, just for collages now.

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And our FINAL tip for today is number 12

12) Ordering Prints

  Now that you have taken so many amazing photos of your home, your family, your snow-covered wreath and more, it’s time to get them printed! 1

  Step one, buy some frames FIRST, then fill them later. I kept buying pictures and then not hanging them. Well, I didn’t find any frames I liked for that particular spot in my house. So I had an Ah HA moment. Buy the frames and make the collage FIRST, then fill it with pictures after. Now I know JUST what size to order.

  WHERE you get your prints from makes a huge difference. This is not the time to go to Walmart or Walgreens. There are better options out there for not much more money! My personal favorite is Mpix.

 Mpix is the only pro lab, that allows people like you and I, to order from them. 

Here is WHY where you print is so important…

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Prices can’t be beat: 4×6’s are 29 cents. 5×7’s are $1.09. 8×10’s are $2.09. And 11 x 14’s are $7.49. All printed on very high quality paper and are right on on color, I have never been unhappy with them!

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  Well, that’s our 12 tips!

   I hope you learned a lot and the next time you find a cute baby in the middle of a really big mess, I hope you will smile, grab your camera, and remember what was talked about today.

Hugs, T