January 2018 Styled Stock Photos Are Here!

January 2018 Styled Stock Photos Are Here!

January 2018 FREE Styled Stock Photos are here!!  I’m so excited for this month’s photos because they are just in time for my absolutely favorite holiday of the year – Valentine’s Day.  In fact, if you search “Valentine’s” in my search bar on the right, you can find oodles of posts that I’ve done, such as my still-going-strong Valentine’s Day Heart Cutout Refashion or the follow-up Heart Cut-Out Refashion.  (I also got a little bit more organized for 2018, and I am publishing stuff ahead of time now!  Yeah for calendars and organization!) Continue Reading →
The Liebster Award: My First Blogging Award!

The Liebster Award: My First Blogging Award!

A few weeks ago, I was graciously nominated by Shadows of the Day for the Liebster Award.  I was pretty excited, because I never was given any kind of blogging award before.  So of course I wanted to know all about it.  Who created the Liebster Award?  What do you win?  How do you get nominated?  Read the “official Liebster Award questions and Liebster Award rules” here.  Here are the official Liebster Awards 2018 rules.  Here is what I came up with from the internet. Continue Reading →
How to Take Christmas Tree Portraits with a Blurry Bokeh Background

How to Take Christmas Tree Portraits with a Blurry Bokeh Background

Today, I am going to show you to how to take those gorgeous Christmas tree portraits, the ones with a blurry background of Christmas tree lights (called bokeh, for those in the photo know). Most peeps will want to take family photos, or photos of their kids (or, in my case, my furry kids).  You can use these tips with an iPhone, Android, or even a lightweight non-dSLR camera. For add spiff (make those lights really, really big), use the Fabulous 50 for your Nikon or your Canon. By the way, you don’t need a Christmas tree to make this … Continue Reading →
Lightroom Cropping and Rotating Tutorial

Lightroom Cropping and Rotating Tutorial

During the holiday season, I think I may take about 1,000 photographs of my family. No joke. It’s one of the reasons that I love this time of year, because I get to combine two things that I adore: my family and photography. I will post many of these photographs on my Instagram page … so I decided to teach some really basic Lightroom tutorials. This tutorial is a Lightroom cropping and rotating tutorial, which comes in handy when editing all my Insta-photos! Continue Reading →
December 2017 Free Styled Stock Photography

December 2017 Free Styled Stock Photography

You would think that taking styled stock photography for the month of December would be easy, right? ‘Tis the Season. And the Christmas theme is relatively easy to put together. I had such a difficult time getting myself together these past two weeks (hence, why no blog post last week). Without further ado, the winter styled stock photographs are here for your Christmas-theme blogging posts!! December 2017 Free Styled Stock Photography Obviously, I failed to take into account my procrastination. I’d like to blame it on the Thanksgiving holiday … I did, actually, spend loads of time with the fam. … Continue Reading →
How to Make Painted Gourds

How to Make Painted Gourds

This week, I am going to show everyone a simple, yet beautiful fall decoration that you can use for your Thanksgiving centerpiece.  Painted gourds are lovely with some extra fall decor, like leaves or bold flowers in orange or red. How to Make Painted Gourds Do you recognize some of these pumpkins and gourds?  I used them for last week’s styled stock photography photo shoot.  You can see what they look like before I painted them. 🙂 We will need some gourds and/or pumpkins. You first want to wash all the gourds, taking off any dirt or bad pieces.  You … Continue Reading →
November 2017 Free Styled Stock Photography

November 2017 Free Styled Stock Photography

I am absolutely in love with this month’s free styled stock photos, delivered just in time for all of your wonderful Thanksgiving blog posts.  Be sure to sign up for my email newsletter to snag these photos, in high resolution.  And watch for the next couple of weeks, because I will show you how to make a snazzy centerpiece and take pictures of it, too! November 2017 Free Styled Stock Photography To grab the photos, just sign up for my email newsletter: So what do you think of my FREE styled stock photos? If you liked this post, I would … Continue Reading →
DIY Cloth Hat Diffuser for Your DSLR

DIY Cloth Hat Diffuser for Your DSLR

I try to avoid using my on-camera flash because it tends to wash things out, especially people.  It also creates unsightly shadows and gives the skin illumination (which is NOT good).  In this tutorial, I am going to show you a super duper simple flash diffuser that you can create in like 5 minutes, and you can easily take it anywhere in your photo bag because it hardly weighs anything. DIY Cloth Hat Diffuser for Your DSLR I accidentally came across this little cloth hat last Christmas when I was trying to take photos of the family, but I hated … Continue Reading →