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It’s time for some randomness…

March 23rd, 2012

So, this blog post is going to be all over the place, It’s Friday, and I’m in a sharing sort of mood! Since I’m a visual person, I tend to snap random phone photos.  It’s sort of a way of keeping a diary, only visually.  I need to be better at putting those photos somewhere […]


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So, this blog post is going to be all over the place, It’s Friday, and I’m in a sharing sort of mood!

Since I’m a visual person, I tend to snap random phone photos.  It’s sort of a way of keeping a diary, only visually.  I need to be better at putting those photos somewhere though!   Here are some interesting visual ramblings from this week:

1) I love this leather satchel, I use it as my work bag, camera bag & weekend bag
2) I’m not one for pastels, but this Essie color was calling my name!
3) My school made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament (Go Pack!).  We usually don’t make it, but this year the guys have played well.  I’m optimistically hopefully (and yet, I know how we do, so I’m not letting my mind wander past tonight’s game just yet!). This is a photo of Donovan in front of the Bell Tower right off of campus.

 

I do the same thing with the big camera, but it’s not with me constantly.

1 & 2) My son was drawing a “cheerful” picture for a classmate that wasn’t feeling well. I think his flower photo took a very wrong turn with “Spooky Daisy” and “ManFlower” up there.  I didn’t want to smash his creative spirit…so I let it roll, until he misspelled a word *oops! Gotta start over lil’man…and on a HAPPIER note please!*.
3) The St. Patrick’s Day Parade seemed like a good plan. He was bored and requested to leave early. Who does that at a Parade? This moody little dude does.



I’ve been getting goodies in all week, I have sample canvases & sample mounted images all over the place until they have proper storage.  I love the kiddies that I’ve worked with. “Baby Ballerina” is one of my all time favorite photos.  It’s so soft & sweet, and she gave me a lazy little blink as she fell back asleep.

Something else I want to do on Fridays is share some interesting local shops, artists & destinations. Today, I want to share the website of Brandi Moody, who designs great jewelry.  Her website, Ever So Lovely highlights artists & designers from all over the world.  She’s also a talented artist as well, and her Etsy Shop has some fab finds – from jewelry to art including these great earrings in varying shades for the summer.

I could have purchased them online, but when Brandi told me she has jewelry in one of my favorite local shops, The Clothes Hound, I was able to go in person and pick out my favorite color.  The color on these isn’t flat, most all of them have blended colors that look different from every angle.  I picked out the pair above which are more gold than they appear in the photo. They are going to go perfectly with jeans & things this spring & summer.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the weather, if you dare play outside in all of the pollen! (Yes, that’s a pollen cloud coming to attack in the photo below!). Everything is bursting with the green stuff around here.

 

 

 

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Wall Wednesday – Easy hanging for Signature Prints

March 21st, 2012

If you have recently ordered any prints from me, you’ll notice a new addition to my product lineup called Signature Prints. These prints are mounted on a rigid board for protecting larger images. Most people will take their Signature Prints to their local frame shop to have them properly framed, as it’s hard to figure […]

 

If you have recently ordered any prints from me, you’ll notice a new addition to my product lineup called Signature Prints. These prints are mounted on a rigid board for protecting larger images. Most people will take their Signature Prints to their local frame shop to have them properly framed, as it’s hard to figure what to do with unframed artwork that isn’t a canvas once you receive it.

I recently ordered a few prints of our home, I didn’t want canvas and thought that I actually might mount them in my favorite configuration around the house, black frame, white mat. After it came in I decided against it. I actually used a really simple hanging method for some framed work around the house and figured that with a hack, it might work really well on my Signature Mount trio. For the framing fanatics…you may want to hide your eyes.

First off, I present to you my stark naked dining room (as far as walls are concerned).


I plan to fill the wall with family photos eventually, and paint. I didn’t want to make many holes in the wall because once the collection grows, I may have to reconfigure. I took a photo of the wall I’m considering and took it into Photoshop to play around, and after settling on an acceptable arrangement for the three, I went back to my wall.


I’m good with visually lining things up, so there are no pencil marks or grid lines, I have no idea where the laser level is either, so this project is freestyle baby! My main check point is the chair rail (because it’s pretty straight).

Now, I don’t know if you’ve used these or not, but they are awesome. They’re by 3M, and they are Command Adhesives (with Velcro). They remove easily and don’t snatch off paint. If you’re in an apartment, or don’t want to ruin your walls with holes, or care to protect the paint, this is a great product. I bought this pack of medium strips for $5.50. I stopped by the art store and purchased these clear dots as well to give the art a little lift from the wall.  Turns out I didn’t need the clear dots because the Velcro was just the amount of lift that I needed – but, they are a good option.


So after planning what’s to be a really nice feature wall, I get to the photo prep. Four strips per piece seems fair, so I follow the directions on the Command package to get my Velcro lined up, and pressed onto the wall.


It holds like I thought it would (they hold up to 1.5 lbs), and didn’t fall off after ten minutes. In my world, that means I’m good to go, so I repeat the process on the others, all totaled it takes about 15 minutes more.  A good thing about these is that it makes it easy to change out photography seasonally, or as families grow and change, or you can rotate photos in a popular room in the house. I love the way these turned out, and it’s no real wall commitment that I’m making, so when my dining room changes, I can move these around for the cost of about $5.


I really love the photo in the middle, it’s a metallic print, and while the other two are matte finish, this one just jumps out and the color is so vivid. It’s always an option…just ask when you’re ordering!


They also make larger strips to hold work in frames, these have been on the wall since last summer, and just like the small ones, they remove with no problems.

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Sharing & storing photos online

March 20th, 2012

Today I thought I’d discuss something very near & dear to my heart – online photos.  We all have them, and whether they are cell phone images or digital snaps from the *real camera* (as most like to say), I wonder just how many people ONLY upload their photos to Facebook.  Facebook is NOT a […]

 

Today I thought I’d discuss something very near & dear to my heart – online photos.  We all have them, and whether they are cell phone images or digital snaps from the *real camera* (as most like to say), I wonder just how many people ONLY upload their photos to Facebook.  Facebook is NOT a good permanent solution to photo storage.  As Facebook is a social media website, they included a handy way for people to upload photos, and it came just as digital cameras and smartphone cameras were becoming more popular.  Naturally, people got into the habit of uploading photos right to Facebook.  But what ELSE is out there?  Maybe you don’t think you need anything else, but hopefully I can sway you, if only a little bit.

I’ve been taking photos long before I was a professional, and one thing I realized early on is that I wanted to share with friends and family via email. I was a late adapter to Facebook, was never on MySpace either, so I had to find someplace online to put my photos to share with everyone. The first place I ended up was Flickr, followed by Shutterfly, and eventually Smugmug.  All three have their perks, and I’m going to walk you through them in this week’s handy-dandy tutorial.

So, if you’re a beginner with online galleries, and you’d like to get some free prints in the process, I can’t recommend Shutterfly enough! And as a bonus to my readers, get 50 free prints if you’re a new member – It’s free stuff – what’s better than that?

Jacqueline Perry Photography offer: Get 50 free prints when you sign up for Shutterfly.com!

And after you get your free prints, go back again for 40% off of a photo book. Check out this post to see my very first Shutterfly book.

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On location – my favorite place

March 8th, 2012

Since I am totally on location (except for newborn sessions) I tend to scout around town a bit looking for great spots. I have a few spots that I always suggest to people, mainly because they are so versatile. My all time favorite spot locally is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of […]

 

Since I am totally on location (except for newborn sessions) I tend to scout around town a bit looking for great spots. I have a few spots that I always suggest to people, mainly because they are so versatile. My all time favorite spot locally is the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the campus of Duke University. To say this is a great spot for most all portrait sessions may sound like a stretch, but there are so many nooks and crannies in this place, it’s hard not to love it and find different spots every time I go.

By moving a few steps to the left or the right, an old familiar shoot locate becomes something brand new and interesting. Evening light versus morning light can change the whole ambiance of a shoot.

Yesterday morning, I decided to go out and take a very early morning tour of the park. The weather was going to be in the seventies, which made for a warm morning here. I loaded up a few lenses and headed off to the park. Familiar areas looked brand new in the morning light.

Take for instance this scene – the little Asian shelter by the pond in the Asiatic Arboretum. I’m sure it has a proper name…but I have never taken the time to read the little garden sign that explains.  Same place, different light, slightly different viewpoint.


This is one of my favorite spots in the park, the bamboo forest. This is the place where Donovan fell into the muck pond/cesspool when he was 3….and I had to carry a naked, muddy kid from the park and both of us rode home absolutely filthy. Unfortunately, I have no photos of that, but the tall bamboo here w/the light shining through is something you just don’t find often around here.


The pond stairs from different angles.


And there are some places that are unexpected gems at a huge park – places you wouldn’t notice much, but make a nice backdrop for photos.

Again, there are spots that are better at some times than others.  The spot below is one of them.  You may need to click it to get up close and personal with the details.  In the middle picture, the water was clouded and scummy, the first photo, the water level is below normal, but on the far right, it was clear (as it gets I suppose) and worked really well for the photo.

A location will never be “over done” as long as you vary up certain elements, a park like this is constantly in bloom through the seasons, and every season brings a new great spot for photos.

As I took pictures of spring, I made a few desktop backgrounds. Feel free to download and use these, simply click on the image, and when it opens large, right click & save on your computer.