Oct
31
101 in 1001

Contest ends tomorrow


This here is an update on the super-fun contest I've been holding, for a number of months now, that ENDS TOMORROW!! Click here if you are hearing about this for the first time to get all the details.

SO. We have raised over $2,500 toward my goal of $5,000 for Autism research! Woo-hoo!! And we have 22 people walking on our team on Sunday! So I'm super-excited! Thanks to everyone for your generous donations!

As mentioned previously, whoever makes the largest donation toward Autism research by clicking here will win the Grand Prize valued at $1,000!!

The winner will be able to choose from the following products/services for a total of $1,000:

-a photo shoot (this can be anything--family portraits, engagement shoot, maternity, kids, even part of a wedding) ($300/hr.)
-a print credit toward the purchase of prints from this shoot or any prior or upcoming shoots (up to $1,000)
-a coaching session with me where we can cover your choice of topics ($100/hr.)

The contest will officially end tomorrow (Thursday, November 1st) at 8pm Mountain Time. I will update the blog regularly throughout the day with the highest donation and announce the winner at 8pm. So stay tuned for that.

When making a donation, be sure to fill out your name and all your information as well as making your donation publicly visible. That way I will know what you donated (I just get notified when you make a donation but it doesn't tell me how much unless you choose to make it visible).

Currently, the highest donation stands at $300. The clock is ticking!


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Oct
29
For Photographers

f.a.q. -- detail shots


Here's another recent email I got from a fellow photographer. She noticed that I don't have a macro lens on my list of equipment (above under "resources for photographers") and wondered about my detail shots. I have considered getting a macro lens because they have great results but my bag is barely able to close as it is, it is so packed full! Plus macro lenses are such specialty lenses. They're great but you don't use them often. So my "easy tip" is CROPPING! I use my 50mm and get as close as I can to the subject to get it in focus then I crop later! That's about as easy as it gets :).


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Oct
27
Portraits

The Calvans


Tonight I shot the Calvan's family portraits. And today was little Caden's first birthday! We had fun walking around the Scottsdale Civic Center park area watching Caden crawl and trying to make him laugh.

Here's some of my favorite shots:














Thanks for the fun shoot cute family!


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Oct
25
News!

one light workshop -- additional day


Because of the high demand for the Phoenix One Light Workshop, we have decided to add one additional day. So if you were wanting to sign up, January 24th is now open. It will be all the same content as the 23rd, just different photographers. But I was just made aware that there are only 2 spots still available for the 24th so click here to go to the website and get registered!


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Oct
24
News!

for sale (sold)


My 20D served me well for a year as my main camera and then the past year as my back-up. A couple weeks ago at a wedding my 5D had issues so I took Jamie's 5D and had her shoot with her back-up. I just couldn't bring myself to go back to the 20D after shooting with my 5D, even though I had it with me at the wedding as back-up. I overnighted another 5D to myself while the one in need of repair was sent off to the Canon factory for a check-up. So now I have two amazing 5Ds in working order :). It's time to say good-bye to my old pal the 20D. If anyone would like to give her a loving home, let me know. $500 or best offer. She comes with camera strap, battery and charger, box and manuals.


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