Introducing The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Lightroom

The very first time my blog went viral was with this post about how to take pictures of your kids in front of the Christmas tree at night. That was many years ago now. Since that time, my photography has evolved and changed, but that will always be THE post that truly gave my blog a heartbeat. I absolutely love creating beautiful photography, and now I want to teach you how to become a better photographer, too! I've been keeping this announcement a secret here on the ol' blog until I was … [Read more...]

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Homegrown Bloggers

  This past weekend, I had the honor of sitting down in an intimate setting with 25 other bloggers and teaching them how to use Lightroom for editing their blog photos. The Homegrown Bloggers event was held Saturday at Morgan Creek Winery in Harpersville, Alabama. The winery has rows and rows of muscadine vines that they turn into THE sweetest wines I've ever tasted.  We got to learn about blogging all day long, then we had a wine tasting and tour that afternoon. A full day of … [Read more...]

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How to Photograph Your Christmas Tree {in daylight}

After we got the Christmas tree up this weekend we had a “Baby’s First Christmas” photo shoot with Caroline.  I thought I’d share the details on how I took these pictures in case any of you are looking for instructions on how to photograph your kids in front of the Christmas lights this year. Here is my favorite picture straight outta the camera: This post contains affiliate links.  To get this shot I used a tripod with my camera settings on the following: ISO: … [Read more...]

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Picture Birmingham Giveaway {For a GREAT Cause}

Back in the late summer I was sitting on my parent’s dock watching as the sun sank down below the horizon, saying silent prayers as I usually do.  I’ve found that lakes are where I do my best praying, and this day was no exception.  What WAS exceptional about this day, though, was the sunset. It was spectacular. I took this picture with my iPhone, believe it or not.  And of course I instagrammed it pretty much immediately after I took it, because I am in a bit of an ongoing sunset … [Read more...]

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How to Edit Photos Faster with Lightroom

Looking for more tips on how to use Adobe Lightroom for editing photos? I'm sharing my photography editing workflow from start to finish. Learn how to batch edit your images in just a few quick clicks! Your time spent editing photos will be measured in minutes instead of hours. For real. {Quick note: This was written in 2014.  Lightroom has made recent updates so the newest version will look different in some places.  Most of this still applies, though!} Beth’s Quick Photo Editing … [Read more...]

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Lightroom 5 Class {+ a GIVEAWAY!}

The giveaway has ended, and the winner is Robyn! Check your inbox, Robyn! :) a Rafflecopter giveaway As this post goes live, I will be sitting in a hotel room in Atlanta, practicing my deep breathing exercises and applying my anti-freakout essential oils in preparation for teaching a giant roomful of bloggers about how to use Lightroom 5 at the Haven Conference.  Actually that’s probably not true. I’ll probably be recovering from drinking a few too many glasses of wine from my trusty blue … [Read more...]

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Thankful at Home: Fall Traditions

Today I have the honor of wrapping up the week of Thankful at Home blog tours that have been hosted by 25 amazing bloggers this past week.  It's been such a fun blog hop reading what everyone is thankful for this year.  I'm grateful to be a part of such a gracious blogging community where we can all lean in and hear stories of all of our rich Thanksgiving traditions.  I wrote about my childhood Thanksgiving memories last year when I hosted my first Thanksgiving.   Since I've already shown you … [Read more...]

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How to Auto Straighten Images in Adobe Lightroom 5

After semi-successfully stumbling my way around Photoshop and Elements for a few years, I finally came to a point where every time I went to edit my photos I would look at my computer screen like this.... … [Read more...]

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Adobe Lightroom 5 Giveaway!

It's been a while since we had a good giveaway around these parts. I think it's time to do something about that. So when Adobe reached out and asked me if I would be willing to review the new features of Lightroom 5 for them I wrote them back and said "Hey, Adobe!  That's great, but what about my readers?"  After a bit of arm twisting and hair pulling, (ok, not really) they agreed to provide not one but TWO COPIES of Lightroom 5 for me to giveaway to two lucky winners! Woot! But first, there … [Read more...]

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Creating my Walls

When my niece was 5 years old my parents took her to Disney world.  They found a street vendor who created the most beautiful portrait paintings from photographs, so they got my nieces portrait painted, which has hung over the piano in their living room for years now.  Fast forward to this year when Garrett turned five and we visited Disney with my parents.  My parents wanted to capture him at the same age, so my mom searched out the oil painting lady. Unfortunately she was no longer at Disney, … [Read more...]

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