Where to Print my Photos

a frequently asked question is: Where should I get my images printed, or what are the best lab to use for printing pictures? We frequently respond with the same answers and it occurred to me, that a lot of the places we choose are specifically for businesses, not consumers and hobbyists. So let me go ahead and give you a list of labs that either I do use or have used and/or have heard good things about for both professionals and for the hobbyists! 

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DIY Magnetic Back Drop Hanging System

We are both in a facebook DIY group where i saw her post about her system and just loved the idea so much that i HAD to have her share with the rest of the world! *She shopped at Menards which is her local hardware store-a Home Depot or Lowes should also carry these materials* So Here is her awesome system that works great and a couple of bonus quickie tutorials for you as well!

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Relaxing & Getting The Perfect Expressions during your Boudoir Session

So you have your session booked, (or maybe still thinking about it,) and you are thinking-holy shit, i don't know how to pose-what in the world am i going to do? Let me first inform you that your photographer should be prepared and very skilled in posing you, so you should have nothing to worry about! You will be given direction and coached and encouraged throughout the whole experience. Here are some tips to help you out as you relax and be a little more comfortable in front of the camera-because if you aren't a professional model, then you probably freeze up like the majority of the world does when a camera is pointed in your direction! 

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Siesta Key Beach Photo Shoot

It was January and the perfect weather day right after a cold snap. Up north may have been freezing but down here the west coast of florida, it was in the 80s. The photoshoot was apart of our  (The Tampa Shutter Sisters,) monthly meetup. I don't know if there was a theme, but it was pretty girls in pretty dresses. There were 7 of us photographers total, and 2 models. Lucy's dresses adorned the fair skin of the girls, and we just had fun. 

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Tampa Shutter Sisters Photo Challenge

Make any type of image you want. If you are a food Photographer, pet photographer, children photographer or whatever photographer-play to your strengths and have fun! You can post what you come up with below or instagram it up. #ShutterSisters (i'll keep an eye out.) With permission, i'll pull some images created and post them on the next challenge blog! 

There is no good or bad, there is no right or wrong, this is solely for fun and to learn and challenge yourselves/each other. All are welcome to grow with us on our challenge journey! 

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DIY: White Light and Sheers Background

Why yes, it is as easy as it sounds. This do it yourself project may take you 10 mins to set up and cost you anywhere from nothing to $20. 

Things i used:

white lights from big lots. 2 boxes @ $6 each

Sheers from Ikea: they come in pairs for $5 a set. I have a ton of them, but you can use 2 sets and be good to go, (even 1 set if you must)

I already had a wire hanging thing from Ikea BUT you can totally use those clear push pin things if you have to! I'm not judging-i use them ALL the time for stuff-i even hang pictures with them. 

I hung the sheers first, then un winded the lights so they would be all twisted. Followed by draping them almost to floor and back up again stretching them out a bit as i went. plugged it in and well...i was done. 

DIY lighted backdrop-for anyone, not just 'pros'

You check out a sample of a family portrait session using this same background setup as i have here...HERE. 

Super Simple. Try it with colored lights, and add a baseboard to make it look like an actual wall if you want. i used the sheers as a sort of "snow" as well because hey, here in florida, we happen to lack that cold white stuff!!

DIY Bonus Idea: You may see the kids blowing something "snow like" that is bean bag filler! Just make sure you aren't using it around babies or kids who will try to eat it-that stuff is toxic. 

I would love to see what you come up with, share with me your links to what you come up with in the comments below! 

Black Friday Special for Everyone

These deals go from Friday November 29, 2013 through Sunday December 1st.  There is something for everyone, be it just a gift certificate or a portrait session, you can not go wrong with the gift of a beautiful memory! 

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Photoshop Friday | Creative Portraits | Katie's Finale

So all month i have posted of Katie's fun creative shoot, which start with intent on making her a doll, but when i sat down to edit my vision changed and i went more 'poltergeist' creepy mode. Maybe it was the whole Halloween vibe kicking in early. Either way, as the Finale to her series, i have compiled together the edits right here for you, and you can view the rest of my creative portraits in the Creative Portrait gallery! Hope you have enjoyed. I have already been at work on some really amazing (if i do say so myself,) images that are sure to stop you in your tracks. I am super proud of the next series-i am just not sure of when i will release them so follow on facebook to find out! 

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Photoshop Friday | Katie Doll part 2


You will notice i also extended the canvas on the final image and brought her dress down further. Her eyes were simply done in a separate layer and not so carefully covered over with a soft brush-in black. My black and white conversions always tend to lean towards whiter whites and blacker blacks. I custom b+w every b+w image i do. Typically bumping the yellows and oranges and a bit of the reds up to be lighter while bringing blues down a bit. of course it always depends on the colors they are wearing etc, but that is my general method. 

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Fade to Black. & White. | Creative Portraits

What you are about to see is a composite of two images "fading" in a small series to bring you to the final black and white. I hope you like it and that it inspires you to try new things out with your work. As i am already thinking of a follow up to it! For those interested in the "shop work" i'll post a general summary at the bottom for you. 

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