Tuesday, December 31, 2013

December Photo Challenge : Christmas Tree : Part 2

In the post right before this one titled "December Photo Challenge: Christmas Tree" I explained how I was entering a photo challenge by Rock the Shot and the story behind the image.  Well, I also told you that it was a hard decision, in fact, this is my problem, I am the WORST at making decisions. (Ask my husband.) So, because I really get attached to my photos, I wanted to give all my Christmas Tree Photos some "Face Time".  Here are all my favorite pics for "Christmas Tree".

This is the picture I submitted for the challenge.






The tree can be seen by the bokeh lights only in the background, I almost chose this photo just because it was "different" then all the other more traditional Christmas Tree entries.





So what do you think?  Did I make the right decision with my submission?  Let me know what you think!

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December Photo Challenge : Christmas Tree

I think it is important for you to surround yourself with people who share your same passion, and especially people you can learn from, that is why I am a member of a photography forum called Rock the Shot, and over the past year I have really enjoyed learning and being inspired by this group.

Every month they host a photo challenge, it is different every month, and this month it is "Christmas tree".  I usually don't enter photo challenges mostly because I can never decide what photo to use, and there are always such amazing photos being entered that I shy away.  However, Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I love Christmas Trees so I thought what the heck.

Here is my submission for this month's challenge.



This is a picture of my sister in law, Katie's Christmas tree.  When it comes to Christmas decorations she is by far the most enthusiastic and best decorator for the season I know.  She starts before Thanksgiving and her main tree in the family room is a work of art.  I have total tree envy every year when I walk into their house.  I took this image right after Thanksgiving. I was about to photograph her and my brother's family for their Christmas card pictures, and while I was waiting for them to get the kids ready I became entranced with the beauty of the ornaments on their tree.  I took this particular photo with my 50mm 1.8 lens set at 1/25 sec at f/1.8, ISO 800.  I edited it using only Lightroom 4. I do have Photoshop CS6, but I was happy with the results that Lightroom gave me alone.  I wanted a soft, whimsical, dreamlike feel to the photograph.







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I hope you all like it.  Let me know what you think.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Texas and PA Mini Sessions!

This year I attempted to pull off Mini Sessions for the first time and they went fabulously!! I was so thrilled to be able to photograph families in two different states. My PA mini sessions had a couple more challenges with the weather than my TX ones did, but nonetheless they all were amazing. 

Thank you to all the families pictured below, I really appreciate them entrusting me to capture their family memories. 

I also loved seeing my images being used as their Facebook cover photos, and profile images, as well as on their Christmas cards they sent to all their loved ones! You can't get a better endorsement than that.







Photography is a passion of mine, and to be able to use my passion to capture families and their special moments is a beautiful thing.

“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything.”– Michael J. Fox

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Friday, December 27, 2013

May your Days be Merry and Bright!

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Did you have a Merry and Bright Holiday?  I hope so!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Holiday, my family and I had a wonderful time.

Make sure that the next couple of days before the new year you take some time for you, and get the much needed relaxation and  peace that I know you need.

I will be busy getting my business side of things cleaned up after a very successful year.  I have lots of new ideas for this blog to include "How Tos" for those beginners that want to start taking better photos but just don't know where to start, as well as more of "My Favorite Things" like my favorite places to print photos, my favorite frames (The Organic Bloom), and much much more!


So stay tuned, and be patient with me while I get things geared up for the new year!!!!



I am so grateful to all of you who helped me make this past year at Strawberry Snails Photography a great year.  I have loved meeting all my new clients and loved getting the opportunity to photograph my returning clients.  Nothing brings me more joy with photography then to see my clients and their families year after year.








Thank you!!!!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Quote of the Day…


I am really into quotes, and I think they are often the best way for me to describe the emotion of a photograph.  My favorite places to get quotes from are Goodreads.com, and the quote garden .

Here is my choice for this favorite photo of mine, I got this from the quote garden .

Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons.  ~Author Unknown





What could be more perfect than two beautiful kids and a perfect Texas sunset!
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I'm Back!!!!!

After a month or two away, I am back.  I know I have been a terrible blogger, and my SEO rankings are in the dumps, but I have lots of new blog posts in the works and I hope you all have not left me for dead yet.  ;)

Besides working at the University of Pittsburgh 3 days a week, being a mother to two fabulous kids, and a wife to one great man, I also have been growing my photography business which has been very fulfilling.  The past couple of months have been very busy, hence my absence… two trips to my home state of Texas, and doing 10 fabulous family photo shoots was a record for me!

So what is in the works you say…..  Well, I am glad you asked, I will be writing several blogs coming up to include: a year in review where I post my favorite pictures of year as well as lessons I have learned, I will have some sneak peaks sessions to catch up on and post, as well as some tutorials for non photographers (average mom and dads) who want to take better photos of their families.  I also will be posting some helpful hints for amateurs and pros. So stay tuned, keep checking back in and I will not let you down.

Me and my dad this past summer. Happy Belated Birthday Dad!!!!!!!!
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