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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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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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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The Family Photo Shoot

Last month we had a family photo shoot.  This is a HUGE deal, considering that we have not had family portraits made since Garrett was one year old, and now he's five. Garrett and I had our picture snapped together for Valentine's Day, but J wasn't included.  Even on special occasions, we are not great at jumping in front of any lenses together.   There have been many holidays where we forget to take a family picture of the three of us together and then I scan my facebook page later that night … [Read more...]

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Copper River Bag Review and Giveaway! **UPDATED WITH WINNER!**

This giveaway has ended! Thanks to everyone who entered, and congrats to the winner!  If you were not the winner, now you have the perfect gift to request for Mother's Day.  Or Christmas. Or Tuesday. a Rafflecopter giveaway Good morning, all you beautiful people!  Man, am I excited to share this post with you today. Who wants to win a gorgeous top grain leather diaper bag (that could also serve as a camera bag!)  from Copper River Bag Co?  Yesterday I posted on my facebook page … [Read more...]

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How to use Lightroom to edit Interior photos

When I first purchased Lightroom I had a hard time using the program because it just wasn’t very intuitive for me, but after I took a Lightroom class I now use Lightroom for editing every single blog photo that I post. I love using it for editing my interior photos because I can turn a dark, dreary picture into something magazine worthy.  I could go on and on about the benefits of using Lightroom over Photoshop, but I don’t want this to become an essay.  Let’s just say that I started out using … [Read more...]

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A Little Gift of High Resolution Pics!

  Yesterday I showed you my solution for framing poster prints that don't fit inside standard poster frames without using matboard. Today, since I've had several folks ask me for a copy of the pictures that I took of downtown Birmingham landmarks, I'm offering these to all of y'all as a free printable!  You can download these, print them out, photoshop yourself standing inside of them, throw darts at them... whatever you want to do.  They are yours for the taking. Enjoy!  Just click each … [Read more...]

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Because matboard is boring; Part II

After a year of sitting buck naked, the walls in the man cave are finally getting some adornment this weekend thanks to a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby and a little bit of ingenuity on my part. I have had the poster prints for a long time, but it’s taken me a while to find a frame that I liked enough to pull the trigger on buying.  I found these rustic ones at Hobby Lobby on sale, so they came home with me.   These Shutterfly poster prints come in a 20x30 size, but the only frames I could find had … [Read more...]

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