Ski Season Has Arrived!

November 27, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Had some fun this week with photos from Snowmass.  I watched jumpers for about an hour the last day of the trip in January 2015. 

A few years back I recall seeing composites of a world class skier who was instructing some of my ski club friends. 

It was so fun to put this together.  Enjoy!

 


Just For Fun

November 17, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Had two fun outdoor photos sessions in the last two weeks. On one the model had a costume in her car, and we convinced her to put it on. Just for fun!

This was taken at Bull Creek here in Austin, Texas.  The waterfalls are running nicely right now after the rain we've had over the last month or so.  This is a great place to shoot outdoor images for people and could also be good for products, depending on what you have. 

The angle of the girl makes the waterfall look huge, but it's only a couple of feet tall.  You can walk up most of the terraced parts in the water!  Its the magic of photography, and it never gets old.

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Getting Down To Business

November 10, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I'm a day late getting my blog out this week, but I have a good reason.  I've been working to streamline the front and back ends of my business workflow,. and it is not an easy task.  Thank goodness we have lots of software to help us with this sort of thing.

One the front end, I've added bookedIN as a scheduler for appointments.  I haven't made any new ones yet, but I know how to set it up for things like mini-sessions and holiday photo shoots.  It's going to be a great tool.

In the middle I have Paypal set up, which I've had for a while, but now that I have bundled photo products, I've got them all in the items list.  This will make it super easy to take orders once I get out there.

At the back end I've got Quickbooks 2015 set up.  I still need some coaching on how to record different kinds of transactions.  I can already see how this is going to help me keep track of it all, once I get a better handle on how to use it!

As a fairly new business owner, I have to say I am in awe of those who have come before me and made their businesses profitable.  Not just in photography, but in any type of business.  Wow!  There's a lot to do.

My metamorphosis continues.  Here's a shot of one of the butterflies that show up in my yard.  Not sure how many more we'll see now that the weather has started to cool off.  I'm so grateful nature has not been pounding on my house as it had so many others, and hope people can recover from the fires, floods, tornadoes and so on.

 

 

 

 


Donate Your Left Over Halloween Candy to Our Troops

November 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

The volume of trick-or-treaters at my house was low this year, so I have a lot of left over candy that doesn't need to be tempting me from the cupboards.  Instead I learned I can donate the excess to out troops through Operation Gratitude.  Local dentists and others collect the left overs.  It is packaged and sent overseas.  Just enter your zip code on this web site and find out where to donate your candy:   http://www.halloweencandybuyback.com/

The rest of the holidays are not far behind!

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Wet Weekend & Circular Panorama

October 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This week a huge hurricane made landfall in Mexico, and a ton of moisture ended up coming through Texas and a large part of the south east.  This was a good weekend to stay in and practice the circular panorama feature in Photoshop CC.  You need good material to start with, which in this case means several clusters of items taller than the rest spread across a wide image.  This circular panorama is of the skyline in Austin, Texas, taken from Mount Bonnell Park.  I'll be keeping this in the back of my mind when I'm shooting skylines and landscapes.

 

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