Dec 27, 2011

Oh So Posh Actions Giveaway!

Hi Everyone!  It's Cindy here!  Just wanted to let you all know about this fabulous giveaway from Oh So Posh Actions This is my despearate attempt at getting in on her lovely giveaway, and I wanted to let you all know about it as well!  Please follow her link to get all the juicy details! 
Good luck and may the best man...or woman win!  ;) 


Dec 1, 2011

December Cover 2011


Session Share

by Mary Lynn Photography

I've sat here wondering exactly how to go about explaining my passion for photography. I wish I could write a story that would describe just how much this world means to me and how much I enjoy every moment I get to capture. A friend told me that I don't need to write anything, I am already capturing a story when I shoot a photo.

I love this concept; I love writing stories with my images. Even though you are getting a glimpse of a beautiful little girl with green eyes, her story may tell that she is a spitfire with a soft spot for her mama. Or perhaps by chance, you may come across a photo of a family that is snuggled close, hanging in there despite the chill, their love is captured for decades to come.

I don't believe I could ever write a novel with words in the same way that I could with a series of photos. I hope to share as many stories in this lifetime as I am able to provide.


Get the Look

by Becka Robinson -Studio 222 Photography

"We’re so excited to announce a new Friday column over at Studio 222 Photography. It’s called 'GET THE LOOK' and in it we’ll be taking inspiring interior design photographs from the pages of today’s most influential design magazines and catalogs and breaking them down into simple, easy to replicate guides to help you get the look in your own homes for less! You know, in case you need a weekend project. ;) There is no bigger photographic tragedy than to get your images back and then never do anything with them. Especially when it is so very easy to create modern, eye-catching displays in your home for less than buying a painting.We hope you leave inspired! Let’s get started with our first installment shall we?
This look comes direct from the pages of Southern Living Magazine and is so easy that you’re not going to believe it. Southern Living created a modern gallery wall grid display using borderless clip style frames hung perfectly spaced in a large rectangle. You can easily tweak this design to make it a square if you are a symmetry addict. Here’s the breakdown:
Studio 222 Photography   getthelook southernliving studio222 Get the Look | Modern Grid from Southern Living Magazine

Shopping List Breakdown: 
We hunted down 4×6 borderless clip frames and were thrilled to see that our beloved superstore Ikea sells them in packs of 4 for the low low price of $0.99/pack. Can you believe it? How much do you love us right now? You’ll need to pick up 8 packs and you’ll end up with 2 extra frames but with a grand total rolling in at $8 we think you’ll still be jumping for joy.
Next you’ll need to pick out 30 of your favorite images from your online proofing gallery. We suggest using all color or all black & white for a cohesive look to your display. Head on over to our proofing site to pick your favorites and place your order. We also suggest ordering your 4×6 prints in a bundle to save money. We offer sets of 50 and 100 at a BIG FAT discounted bulk price of over 50% off. (And since these images are going to be a huge focal point in your home, you deserve to invest in professionally printed pieces that look absolutely gorgeous.) While you’re waiting for your prints to arrive in the mail, go hunt down a tape measure, level, and pencil so you can start to map out a grid on your wall for your prints.

Measure how far from the top of your wall and the bottom you will make your grid and then use your pencil to mark on the wall where each nail should go. Use your level to make sure that your tape measure is straight so that you don’t end up with crooked lines of prints. This is the hardest part but if you take the time to map it out precisely it will be a breeze to hang up all your images perfectly without wasting a lot of time (or leaving a lot of nail holes in your walls).
When your images arrive, clear some space on the floor or on a table and lay them out in a grid. Move the photos around until you find an arrangement you like. Then one by one put them in their frames and add their frames to the wall. When you’re done snap a photo and send it to us! We can’t wait to see how you turn your photos into art in your home!"

Studio 222 Photography   blogsignature Get the Look | Modern Grid from Southern Living Magazine

My Big Decision!~ Saying Goodbye

By Lisa Hensley

Every so often, a series of events seem to occur & force me to stop what I am doing & really think about my intentions.  I am having one of those moments.  It started last week while I was laying in the grass of someone’s home that I truly wished I owned.  It was a Victorian Cottage that looked just like a dollhouse, I once wanted as a small child.  The thoughts continued to rush thru my mind as I watched children playing with their parents in a Park later that afternoon.  I came to the realization that almost 22 years ago my first child was born and then 2 years later another one, and then 2.5 years later one more.  For those first 6 years of being a parent, I think all I thought about was how excited I would be when Bre could crawl or when Raygen could hold her own bottle on her own.  Then when Brittney was born all I could think about was how nice it was that Bre would be starting Pre-school that year and I would only have two of them at home with me.  I remember thinking how happy I was I got the three of them to bed at night and how that was the best part of the whole day.  Please don’t get me wrong I loved my babies, I loved everything about being a mom.  I was fulfilling a life long dream, however I think I spent more time thinking about “when they were going to be capable of this or that” then I did enjoying each moment of their precious lives.

I went on to have 3 more beautiful daughters who are now 13, 11 and 9.  Samantha will be graduating from 8th Grade this year and Gracen will be starting Jr.  High.  I never got to be at home with the younger 3 girls.  I have been working for the better part of the last 12 years at a Real Estate Office.  I never got to attend very many class parties, never attended any PTO meetings or sold cupcakes at their Bake Sales.  I come home after work and cooked dinner and helped with homework.  On the weekends it is all about cleaning and running errands (but only if I didn't have a Photo Shoot) that I couldn’t do during the week because I am working.  I feel as though I am just a part time parent silently going thru the motions.

My oldest daughter is now living on her own and my 2nd oldest not too far behind her.  Brittney will be leaving for College next year after she graduates from High School.  That only leaves a few years left with Samantha until she graduates from High School in 4 years and Gracen & Jayden are just about ready to enter the phase where they hate mom.

Wow, how did 22 years of parenting just fly by like that?  I spent so much time wishing away their childhood and now it is gone and I want it back! I want to play in the park again with BreAnna and listen to her beautiful laughter.  I want to spend more time at the Zoo with Raygen and watch her eyes light up when she sees all of the animals.  I want to sit on the floor and read with Brittney and watch her little expressions as she tries to figure out the story line.

All of these thoughts are weaving thru my brain and forcing me to think about things differently than I have before.  Because I only have a few years left with my 3 little girls before they leave my arms and venture out into the world on their own.

I have been trying hard to work 3 jobs, to stay on top of all of my obligations and in doing so I have neglected the most important role I have, the role of Motherhood!

Over the last few days I have clarified exactly what it all means to me.  My family must come first and I have made some pretty conscious decisions lately to let some opportunities go, because I am afraid that my family would pay the price.  As for my photography business I have decided to shut it down. It turned into something that I just loved to do as a hobby, into something that stole time from my family.  I need to find a way for it to be my little place of happiness again, something I can do to express my appreciation for the world that God created for us.  Photography is such a passion for me, I see the beauty in everything around me.  It makes it so much sweeter when I can actually capture it in an image and make that moment mine forever.  I have found that I am starting to resent that little black camera in the corner of my bedroom and I never want to feel that way again.  Hopefully some time apart from each other will be good for us.

So to everyone that has supported me up until this point I want to say thank you! Thank you for your love, thank you for building me up, thank you for making me feel as if I was an important part in your life, for that small amount of time we spent together.

If I could share just one piece of advice to all of my fans, please remember that each moment we have with our families and friends is a precious gift.  Children leave our lives to quickly, moments pass without a care in the world, and relationships change in a moment’s time.

Enjoy life!  Enjoy every moment and give every second you are given “your full attention!”

~Lisa Hensley

Photographing your Holiday Feast

by Cindy Larkin
For all you foodies out there, I thought it would be fun to post a few tips I've discovered on my journey to learning more about food photography.  Keep in mind that I'm still learning this craft, and I am in no way an expert.  I love it none the less.  Enjoy!

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1.  Always use natural light if possible.  I have found that shooting during the day, and near an open door or window is the best place to shoot.  If you really need to shoot during the evening, don't use a flash directly on the food as it can be too stark.  Bounce the flash off the ceiling or wall, or use a diffuser. 

2.  Shoot from varied angles. Move around and really take a look at the food from all directions.  It's okay to take too many shots, especially when you're practicing.  This is my favorite way to discover what works and what doesn't.     

3.  Styling your food can make it stand out in a nice way, but keep it simple.  You want it to look good, but not too good to be true.  Use a clean and clear background, removing any unwanted clutter.  Add only necessary props.

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4.  Use a macro lens if you have one, or simply zoom up close, filling the frame of your camera so the viewer can almost smell the food.  Details are awesome!

5.  Take pictures during the process.  Preparing and cooking the food can be just as fun to shoot as the finished product.

6.  Capture the food at its freshest, when it's hot and steamy or when it's still glistening.  From experience, waiting too long can have a disappointing effect.

7.  Lastly, don't forget to photograph the people surrounding the food.  After all, they are the main reason the food was made in the first place!  Cooking together is such a rewarding tradition, but having the pictures to look back on, makes it even sweeter!


RECIPE SHARE- 2 Crust Fruit Pie 


4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 cups cold butter
1 1/4 cups ice water

*  Sift flour and salt together in a medium bowl. 
*  Add cold butter after cutting it into 1/4 inch slices. 

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* Add ice water and mix with a fork until the butter is mixed thoroughly, but not over mixed.

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* Divide the dough in half, then roll the dough out flat on a piece of wax paper, and place it in your pie pan.    

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* Add pie filling, and then the top crust.  You can either do a lattice top (pictured) or you can do a simple casing that covers completely.

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* Bake at 450 degrees for 35 minutes, and then reduce the temperature to 350 and bake another 15-20 minutes.

[Making pies in Grandma's kitchen with Aunt Cindy]