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On Assignment: Raw Ingredients

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When it comes to a real-life photo assignment, it doesn’t get much better than Raw Ingredients! A small, family-owned business, looking for clean, bright, stock-like photos of just about anything! Lots of ingredients are used in Oil of Joy Apothecary’s myriad of products. Just pick an ingredient, and run with it! I had no idea […]

The Hike To Seneca Rocks

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Oh the sheer fun of taking a camera on a hike with no real purpose other than to just photograph whatever strikes my fancy! Such a whimsical experience is not so common a happenstance for me any more these days. There always seems to be some sort of grown-up distraction from the old-fashioned hikes I […]

On Assignment: Happy Thanksgiving!

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“It’s barely the beginning of October, and you want me to start thinking about Thanksgiving?!” Well, welcome to the world of graphic design, publishing, and commercial photography! For those of us who like to do most of our photography in the outdoors, I guess this can be a bit of a problem. For me, it […]

On Assignment: Awesome Reflection

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Have you ever gone to the same location multiple times in the same day, simply to observe what the place looked like at those different times of day? You would think that I, of all people, would have done this many, many times since I love landscape photography. But getting to a location isn’t always […]

On Assignment: Interesting Textures

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It shouldn’t be hard to find Interesting Textures everywhere you go, even in places you’ve never explored before! As you just saw, I took lots of texture pictures. I thought I had done a pretty good job. However, it wasn’t until after I put them on the computer and started sorting through them that I […]

The Bright Outdoors!

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If this month’s photo assignment is to photograph The Bright Outdoors, than it means the best time to shoot is while the sun is shining, I’d say! But what happens if the sun isn’t going to be shining for very long? Then it’s time to take on an extra challenge! To see the photos I […]

A Strawberry Pie Morning

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In honor of Mom’s birthday, here’s a blog post about strawberry pie (from a photographer’s perspective)! 🙂 In last week’s Photo Coaching webinar, we discussed a good photography quote from Gina Milicia: “Beware of turning your images into Twizzlers.” Twizzlers are generally strawberry flavored. They’re supposed to taste like strawberries. But it sure takes a […]

On A Hunt for Something Beautiful

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Shooting for this month’s assignment could be easy, or it could be difficult. Depends on what you decide to shoot after reading the assignment details. I decided to shoot for something difficult! Chances were low that I’d find what I was looking for, but how would I know if the odds were not in my favor if I didn’t […]

On Assignment: A Peaceful Scene

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This was a tough photo shoot to bring you along on! Taking video at night is quite the challenge. And that hillside! It is literally a field of thorns. But come now! Let me take you behind the scenes, and show you how that epic, pre-dawn trek unfolded! That was such an amazing photo shoot! […]

On Assignment: Made In His Image

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It was quite convenient that the current real-life Lenspiration Photo Assignment, Made In His Image, landed on the holidays! With Robert & Kendalyn and their family in town, I had ample opportunities to shoot it. However, not every opportunity turned out as I expected…. I really liked that first location. The brown, textured curtains and […]