The Holiday Family Photo: Keep it Real

On a pre-Thanksgiving dinner beach walk on Thursday, I passed a man wearing a Santa hat standing in front of a chair full of Christmas-themed props. Mistakenly thinking that he and the woman he was with were trying to take their own picture, I offered, as I will sometimes do when I see people in this situation, to take one of them."I'm the PHOTOGRAPHER," he snapped, and I kept on walking after a brief apology.Then I went inside and told Twitter about it, as you do. I even used the hashtag #holidaybeachphotos gone wrong, yes I did....more

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Holiday pajamas, a picture-perfect tradition

Let me set the scene for you. It's Christmas morning. The kids excitedly wake their parents with squeals of "Santa came! Santa came!" The family heads to the Christmas tree to open presents. Mom grabs the camera to record the memories forever when she realizes her kids are wearing mismatched, ragtag pajamas. The moment is not so picture perfect anymore. It doesn't have to be this way though. With a little foresight, you can get adorable (and even green) holiday pajamas well before the "Kodak moment." ...more

It has long been a family tradition that we get pajamas on Christmas Eve.  This makes ...more

Five great ways to use your photographs as holiday gifts

Since I spend almost every day of every year photographing at least something, around this time every year, I'm always torn between buying gifts for people, or actually using the huge archive of images that I have at my disposal to give meaningful gifts to friends and family.  And so this year, as I start to do a little research for the types of gifts that I'm considering giving, I thought I'd share some of my finds with you....more

great ideas. I am also fond of watching the lifestyle network and some handicraft shows has ...more

Who's On Your Fridge? On Your Desk? In Your Heart?

I was standing in my parents' kitchen eating cereal and staring into space, as I do, when my eyes landed on the refrigerator - and more specifically, the pictures on it.And the magnets, and the invitations, and the um, business card for a particular blog that no one reads because I think they still think there's a secret password to get in and hey, who am I to correct that notion? But mostly it's the photos....more

A beautiful photograph of your grandmother's hands.


Polaroid week!

I will admit in recent years, I had become very lazy when it came to photography:  with digital cameras as versatile and powerful as they are, I'd gotten very comfortable with adjusting just a few of the settings that my camera was capable of, but for the most part, I left it alone and just let the camera do its thing.  So recently, within the last two weeks, I've switched to photographing in fully manual mode -- adjusting everything from shutter speeds to manually focusing the camera, and it's been eye-opening....more

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Mankind's Garbage Albatross Is Killing Off The Real Thing

An ancient Filipino proverb translates: "The garbage you throw away will return to you." (Proverbs are creepy, reeking of unwanted truth.) Shot on the Midway Atoll, American photographer Chris Jordan photographed decaying baby Albatross bodies, revealing bits of bright trash - mostly plastic - where digested food should have been; the nesting birds are dying as their parents unknowingly feed them our trash....more

I couldn't agree more. I chased a guy down one time and asked if he'd like me to come to his ...more

People Powered Movement Photo Contest

I'm a big walker. Because of where we live, I can walk to the grocery store, drug store, post office, gym, library, doctor's office, and the BART, which will take me into San Francisco, where I can walk some more.Consequently, I was pretty excited when the Alliance for Biking and Walking asked me to spread the word about their People Powered Movement Photo Contest. ...more

Animal Communication, Pictures, and Ethics

The Talk2theAnimals Blog offers a weekly animal communication practice session every Friday.  This has been a wonderful opportunity to Talk2theAnimals and practice individual animal communication skills in a safe and secure environment, your own home....more

The Talk2theAnimals Photo Contest Results Are In!

The results are in!  The 1st Annual Talk2theAnimals Digital Photo Contest is over and the winners have been decided.  The judges deliberated all weekend, and it was a tough decision because there were so many great photographs.  Heck, they were all great!To see the results, visit the Talk2theAnimals Blog.And if you missed the contest this year, I invite you to participate next year!Harmony,Janet Roper...more

Sustainable eats and photo-activism: Andrea Bakacs' eco-inspirational food pics

Can good photography change the way we eat? That's the idea behind photo activist Andrea Bakacs' work -- and it's gently shifting the way I think about food. ...more
what i know before that beautiful food photography influence us to eat those foods, but I ...more