The Art of Texture and Blending Modes

November 16, 2010
Sunday afternoon, I got an itch to shoot some macros. So, I went outside to see what I could find. Sure, most of the flowers have died, our grass is going into hibernation and our leaves are falling, but I found some incredible macros and bokeh! Although many of my shots are still on my SD card, I wanted to start practicing some of the lessons I’ve learned through Kim Klassen’s Skinny Mini course. Here’s my SOOC shot.Lens: Sigma 105 mm, ISO 100, f/4, 1/160 exposureI don’t consider myself a novice when it comes to texture,  however, I rarely consider using the photo...
My Teddy Bear

November 09, 2010
When I saw this week’s Shutter Love Tuesday theme, I was a bit stumped, but then I looked over and saw my brown teddy bear. As it turns out, this week’s Live Every Moment photo challenge theme is also brown (you can click HERE to vote for my “in disguise” entry from last week). Believe it not, I sleep with this little guy…he brings me peace and helps me sleep. For more brown photos (and happy moments) , go to: I obviously used a lot of texture on the above shot, so I thought I’d take a step back and share my SOOC shot…and also share my texture...
Halloween Portraits: Sneak Peek!

November 02, 2010
On Saturday, I visited with my friend Karen and her girls. You may remember the session I did with them in September. Apparently, she loved what I did so much, that she asked me if I would come over to capture the girls all dressed up for Halloween. She even paid me with a slice of sweet potato/spice cake. It was delicious!Frances (above) and Emma (below) both dressed as UNC Cheerleaders…which seemed appropriate since UNC was playing William & Mary that night. My Grandma, wearing her Tarheel Blue jacket on Sunday, was quick to tell me that they won! The last time I took photos at...
NC State Fair 2010: Part 1

October 19, 2010
This week’s Shutter Love Tuesday theme at Trendy Treehouse is a “Story in Pictures.” So, I thought I’d start (notice…this is Part 1) telling my State Fair story. The following is a few favorites from Saturday and Monday’s fair experiences. As I edit more…I’ll share more later in the week.When we arrived at the fair on Saturday…it was crazy busy. We actually parked a mile or so away and walked to the fairgrounds. Everyone else was stuck in traffic, so it appeared to be a time saver (and money saver as it was free that far away). I had...