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How to Make B&W’s in Lightroom

Had a great Google+ Hangout last week Thursday (other than having to re-boot due to the snowstorm…) about how to do simple b&w conversions in Lightroom. The part about adding […]


Adding detail to fur – video tutorial

I’m starting to do some photo tutorials on Google Hangouts over on Google+ (join me there if you’re on it), and I did a practice session today by recording a […]

How to stop comparing yourself to others

Please stop comparing yourself to others. Seriously.

This is a PSA from a fellow creative – please stop comparing yourself to others. It does you no good, and actually makes your productivity and creativity suffer.  This great […]

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Fun with the canines! A mini workshop in Weatherford, TX.

Had an awesome mini workshop this past weekend in Weatherford, TX. These trips always remind me of how hard shelter volunteers and staff work at making sure the animals are […]


Negative 10f with Firestar Kennel aka: How to shoot in the cold

Photography – wise, I am a winter weather specialist. The colder it is, the happier I am, and so , it seems, is my equipment.  People always gasp when I […]

How to use window light

How to Use Window Light – a stick figure illustration drawn by Stewie.

My chihuahua drew this.  Just an FYI ;). Using window light is the best way to get gorgeous photos inside without using a flash.  Sometimes you may have a nervous […]

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How to not be annoying… or, 3 steps to better candid photography ;)

3 very simple steps to better candid photography (and ways to make sure you get asked back again  )   1) Don’t have the biggest lens or the biggest flash. […]


What is Aperture? A fall color inspired tutorial.

A very simple show and tell of the effect that aperture has on your image, and how it controls what is in focus (depth of field): The image on the […]



For the next few months I am going to be following Krystal at Firestar Kennel while they train and run. I am having so much fun with these photos. They […]

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Travel Sessions and a Visit to the Franklin County Dog Shelter in Columbus, OH

I was already doing furchild sessions when the John & Schoep photo went nuts – but the publicity I have gotten from it has led to some AMAZING opportunities to […]