The first-day-of-school photo: how to do it, and do it well

Recently, someone asked me to share a few tips on how to take a good first-day-of-school photograph of kids.  She began, "See, the reason ..." But she didn't have to explain.  This is actually a topic I've been thinking a lot of these days.  Because, you see, my baby girl starts kindergarten this fall.  ...more

of back to school, and growing up. It's such a great idea to photograph the clothes... ...more

Why breeding shouldn’t be permitted without a license, Part 38

It was a gorgeous day at Woodland Park Zoo, and by gorgeous I mean cool and overcast and threatening just enough rain today to make it feel like we had the whole damn place to ourselves, and that’s saying an awful lot on a summer day. Even better? As soon as we walked into the west entrance, one of the peacocks we often see was fully erect. Er, in total bloom, or plume. Whatever, ALL HIS GODDAMN FEATHERS WERE OUT AND HE WAS PRETTY AS ALL HELL. ...more

a wedding or two

Beautiful phtography has me weak in the knees and I am blown away by the stunning weddings that Joy Thigpen designs & Styles. The events are put together with such perfection, immaculate! I love everything! The flowers, oh the flowers. The dresses. The shoes. To see the amazing photos go to: ...more

Some pretty pictures for BlogHer decompression purposes

*WHEW* I don't know about you, but the BlogHer Conference wears me the hell out.  Each year I promise myself that I'm going to pace myself, and this year, I did such a great job of keeping my promise, and still, by the end of the weekend, when i get home, I just want to faceplant myself in my bed and not move for at least 72 hours. Eventually, of course, I have to get up (the guilt about needing to pay attention to my husband and daughter after being away having something to do with it).  But still, it takes a while to get back up to my normal routine.  And really, what better way to get back into it than to scroll through some of my favourite photobloggers? ...more

The Ant and the Caterpillar: A Summer Photo Essay

by Shelley Singer I have a moment to share: not a senior moment, to which so many of us are prone, but more like a driveway moment — a term used on National Public Radio to describe a story so compelling it keeps you in your car long after you’ve reached your destination. In this case, though, the radio was off. ...more

Photobloggers of the Windy City

I've returned from my quick trip to New York City, just in time to start preparing for my quick trip to Chicago -- can you believe that the BlogHer '09 conference is now just a week away?  I don't know about you, but (a) this summer is flying by way too fast, and (b) I haven't done a thing to start preparing for next week's trip.  Nothing, that is, until now. ...more

I hope you'll take some pics yourself this year and post them.  Chicago is a wonderfully ...more

Win a Nikon D80 with Adobe Photoshop CS4

Friday, July 10, 2009 Priscilla is posing for a cause! please go here asap and buy a raffle ticket to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation. ...more


Check out my new blog called Plenty: A Blog About Living a Life of Plenty at my website And while you are at it, have a look around! Thanks.  ...more

How To Photograph Up Close

Learn about photographing close up!  Today we discuss creative techniques using natural light.  If you missed my previous posts on basic macro & close-up photography go to: Have fun!!!    ...more

Canada Day and Fourth of July: Patriotic photography

This week is an awfully patriotic week here in North America:  Today, July 1st, is Canada Day, and Saturday, July 4th is Independence Day in the United States.  I'm not Canadian, and while I've lived in the US for a long time, I only became a US citizen as an adult - so I've always felt somewhat of an interested bystander when it comes to watching American patriotic activities. This year is especially interesting for me, because we have friends staying with us from Australia over the July 4th holiday -- so I feel like I need to give them a good Independence Day experience.  In order to inspire some independence day emotion, I decided to look through the archives of my favourite photobloggers in my blogreader, to see how they've captured the spirit of their individual countries' birthdays.   ...more

... you always do amazing work!




Karen Walrond is a ...more