Today’s Photo of the Day – “Smoke” is one of the “oldies but goodies” which, as of last night is headed off to the lovely state of Washington on a 30×30 wood panel.
This shot was taken during my time in Nashville a few years back. I remember coming across these giant blooms on a very sunny day walking through a botanical garden. I spent about twenty minutes in front of the flower, playing with various lenses but, as always defaulting to my 60mm which I absolutely love for macro shots.
This photograph makes me more and more excited about what is to come this spring and summer. What flowers are you looking forward to seeing this year?
One of the original offerings in my shop is also one of my favorites: “Dogwood,” taken at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden in Nashville, TN. Walking along the aptly named Dogwood Path, I came across these beautiful butter yellow and pink dogwoods and loved how they almost seemed to be reaching out from the tree as if reaching for the sun from their shaded area.
"Meet Same The Smallest Squirrel" by doodlebirdie on Etsy
Sam has a busy day.
He needs to get to The Acorn Queen’s 3rd floor walk up for lunch (yes, she lives in a one bedroom, one bath walk up in the city… these are difficult times).
He overslept and along the way has to say hi to his besties, dodge owls and wires like a game of Frogger, pick up his nutcracker at the shop AND collect as many acorns as possible along the way.
He may be tiny but he’s quick and he’s industrious…Don’t worry about Sam- he rocks at multi-tasking.
My latest treasury was inspired by the word of two in particular, marisolspoon and doodlebirdie, both found on Etsy. I love the teeny little Sam the Squirrel and adore the colors in “The Acorn Queen.” Be sure to check out the treasury and all of the shops included as you won’t be disappointed!
Whoa! I finally updated my portraiture page, check it out…jeesh! Took me long enough right?
I love portrait work, especially when kids are my subjects. Now, mind you, not every child goes to a portrait session willingly; dare I say, most won’t. Even those that do may prove to be a challenge greater than Everest so it’s important to be armed with a few tools to save the day, not the least of which is a sense of humor. Here are a few of my tips for making the most of your time when photographing children:
As far back as I can remember, I have loved black and white photos for their understated beauty. Beauty aside however, as I’ve discussed in earlier posts (and thus won’t bore you again with all the scientific mumbo jumbo about brain synapses and color assignment), I believe it’s also due to the lack of color which forces your mind to process the photograph in a way much different from a color photograph.
I especially love monochrome botanical photographs. It’s easy to look at a picture of an orange poppy and say it’s beautiful, however it’s mostly due to the beautiful orange color nature provided it. Remove that color and you’re forced to look at the lines and curves of the flower itself and, quite frankly, in my mind, Mother Nature is a true artist.
My Monochrome Botanical Series is an ever-growing series of many of her best works. I am lucky enough to come across so many beautiful subjects in my daily life, that I’m excited about what’s to come. The series, as well as others, can be found here, in my online gallery.
Heading off to a good home (all framed up and matted) is one of my newest pieces, introduced to my gallery this week. “The Cove” is a shot taken at Cade’s Cove in Tennessee on a beautiful fall day! Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) I didn’t get to see any bears but the deer were out in full force. If you have a chance to stop by Cade’s Cove during the autumn months, I highly recommend it!
“The Cove,” a square format print, printed on premium archival paper, is available in several sizes, along with a number of other new pieces, in my online galery found here.
December 4th marked my third month selling my work on Etsy and it made me stop to think about what I’ve learned over that time.
My decision to start a shop on Etsy was actually made quite spontaneously. While on vacation from my day job, dreading the idea of the week ending and having to go back to the daily grind, I decided to take a leap and make a go of selling my photography online. After fifteen years in the corporate world, I needed to do something that allowed me the possibility of one day being my own boss but also doing something I love and I was so happy that a venue like Etsy existed to allow me to do that with low startup costs. Understanding that, while the decision was spontaneous, my online success wouldn’t necessarily be, I sat down and mapped out a game plan; a game plan which, admittedly, is now on its umpteenth revision.
It’s been a long three months with lots of late nights and weekends glued to my computer, and, admittedly, frustration, but it’s been three of the best, most revitalizing three months I’ve had in a long time; it’s also been a tremendous learning experience. As of today, I am on my sixty-fifth sale, have buyer feedback that makes me quite proud and I’m happy to report, have already had my first return buyer. I don’t claim to be a guru on selling, I still have plenty to learn, but the list of what I’ve already learned is a mile long. In the interest of keeping it simple, I wanted to share just a handful of those tips and reminders that I think can help anyone, regardless of what type of shop you have or how long you’ve been doing it. Continue reading →
My latest offering is called, “Line of Sight,” one of many photos from my trip to Ireland. The shot is taken across the river from the Temple Bar area of Dublin and treated with actions to create a soft pastel, vintage feel. I especially love the abstract feel of the photo.
The print is one of many new offerings in my online gallery. Printed on premium Lustre paper, it’s a fun print sure to add a cool vintage feel to any room.
Now through December 13th, I will be offering buy one, get one prints in my shop. Purchase any print (8×8 or larger) and get one 8×8 or 8×10 of your choice at no cost to you. Order by December 13th, and your photo will ship out in time for Christmas.
There are a lot of new pieces in the online gallery so check them, as well as some old favorites out! The holidays are right around the corner and art makes a wonderful gift! I offer custom work as well, large format prints, framing and matting…all here in my online gallery.