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How to Avoid Blurry Images Sep 12, 2021

Have you ever struggled with blurry images? Know that you’re not alone! There are a few things that can cause blurry images. Let me break down the mystery so you can start enjoying crisp, clean photos, even when you're photographing action.
 
1 Not enough light - This is...

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Me Sep 07, 2021
 
Here's a few random facts about me, just because!
 
1. I’ve lived in 30+ homes across California, Oregon, Arkansas, Texas, Hawaii & Fiji.
2. My husband Ray proposed to me while scuba diving. He had built a chest out of old wood and had his brother swim it down to the bottom....
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Creating a Visual Diary Aug 20, 2021

Do you like to write in a diary? Journal about your day? I enjoy writing and journaling, but over the years the boxes of journals (put in storage through all of our international moves) started to put a damper on it! Now I write online, where my fingers can fly across the keyboard and keep up...

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Connection Through Photography Aug 10, 2021

With your camera, you have the ability to create memories as well as capture them, building connection with others through the process. My sister-in-law told me that one thing that initially drew her to photography was the way that it allowed her to connect with her kids when they were...

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Looking for the Light in Life Jul 31, 2021

For me, this week was rough. Lockdown, cancelled plans, crying kids, home-school drama, headaches, friends leaving the country, and more. Oh, and on top of that I cut out coffee, sugar, dairy and gluten for two weeks . . . you can just imagine how fun that’s been!

I’m usually a pretty...

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Creative Composition Jul 20, 2021

Creative composition is so important in photography. You can take your photos from boring to artistic with just a slight change in your composition. Today we'll talk about one composition trick called the "Rule of Thirds."

When most people pick up a camera, they tend to compose their shot so that...

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Seven Things To Lift You Up Jul 10, 2021

Have you ever felt like you’re in a rut? Maybe you find yourself bored, going through the same old schedule every week. Maybe your life is so busy that the tyranny of the urgent is taking over the things that feed your soul. You feel trapped. Stuck. Depressed. Hopeless. Overwhelmed.

I know...

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The Importance of Storytelling in Photography Jun 28, 2021

 

After photographing weddings for a decade, I have trained my eye to look for stories. With the click of my shutter,  I can capture a glance, a smile, a hug or a moment that captures the emotion of the moment and the story of the day. A good visual story sets the scene,...

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Lessons from my Father Jun 20, 2021

It’s Father’s Day and I’m thinking about my dad, John Ott. He was a wonderful dad; gentle and patient, who loved photography. When I was at university, he lent me his old 1970’s camera so I could take my first film photography class. He encouraged me, supported...

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Is Comparison Helpful? Jun 03, 2021

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “comparison is the thief of joy.” Do you agree? Often, when we compare ourselves to others, we end up thinking that our work is inferior, or worse, that we ourselves are inferior, simply because we are not like somebody else.

We all do this...

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The Color of Light May 21, 2021

The color of light is a fascinating part of photography, which is in essence is painting with light. When you think of light, what color do you think of? Maybe orange or yellow?

In reality, the light around us is full of all of the colors in the whole stunning spectrum of the rainbow....

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The Joy of Creativity May 04, 2021

I believe that God is the great Creator. According to the Bible, when God created people, he made us in his own image. That means we have elements in us that are like him. When we create something, we connect to that divine origin, to that part of God that finds joy in the process of...

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