5 Tips for Taking a Great Headshot With Just Your iPhone

See that photo of me at the top of the page? I took it. And while I love my Nikon, and I know I can take amazing photos with it, I took that headshot with my iPhone. I swear. One day, I know I'm going to call Jody Mack, my very favorite local photographer, and have her take "real" headshot pictures of me to go in my sidebar and on my About page. (They probably be so good that I'll even want them on my business cards.) But in the meantime, bloggers need to know that you can take a headshot with just your iPhone (or any smart phone) and get quality professional results. ...more
Hah! Love it! I too take "professional" selfies. Love the headphone/shutter tip!more

Foto Friday - Scenes of Newburyport

Newburyport, Massachusetts is my hometown. I was lucky to grow up in such an incredible place, a place that my entire family and previous generations has grown up. I like to joke that I’m a third generation townie… however, it could be more like 6th generation.Growing up, I took for granted what a special place Newburyport is. Like any high-schooler, I wanted out. After four years of college in the western part of the state, I realized that there was nothing better than my little hometown. And as I get older, it has become one of my favorite places to photograph....more

A(nother) Trip to the Farmers' Market

This past weekend, I ventured down to the Farmers' Market for what's only the third time since I realized it even existed.  I love going, but I'm always too lazy to get up early enough to make it before everything's gone.  I'm so glad I did go this week though, because I came home with delicious pumpkin bread and raspberries, and a gorgeous bouquet of flowers with my favorite - sunflowers!...more

Foto Friday - Sunflowers

It’s probably quite obvious that one of my favorite things to photograph are flowers. One flower in particular that I love? Sunflowers. They have always been one of my favorites, and I’m extremely blessed to live very close by to a very amazing sunflower field that is planted by Colby Farm each year....more

Foto Friday - Pink!

In case you didn't know this, my favorite color is pink. I love pink....more

Project 365 - Farewell to Summer

Summer may be winding down according to the calendar, but we've still had lots of warm days here in the Midwest.  Thank goodness, because my two are loving every minute of life outdoors....more

Photo Friday: Warmth

My choice for today's Photo Friday picture actually has a double meaning related to the "Warmth" prompt. The first is obvious - flaming saganaki! - but the second is the "warm" memories I have of the occasion. ...more

How to Use Instagram and Make it Your Blog's Best Friend

If you read the blogging better series, you know that I am a H-U-G-E advocate of using social media to market your blog. I talk a lot about Facebook and Twitter, but it kind of begs the question: what about Instagram? The truth about Instagram is that it is one of the fastest growing forms of social media, especially where blogging is concerned. It might seem counter-intuitive because you’re using photos instead of direct links, but Instagram is really a great space to grow your audience. If you can take a photo with a phone, you can use Instagram. To help you get started – or to take your account to the next level -- here are a few best practices to follow. At least, follow these if you are looking to grow your audience. ...more
Thanks for the helpful tips, I love Instagram too, but I def haven't mastered the hashtags yet!more

Foto Friday - Animals

I love animals. I don’t know really anyone, who doesn’t love animals. But more importantly, I love photographing them. I love capturing them individually. I love capturing a particular element of them. I love capturing their bond with a person. I love capturing their bond with a fellow animal. I just love everything about them....more