2 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Got My First DSLR

Sunset at Hearst Castle Outdoor Pool | San Simeon, CA

I remember the day I got my first DSLR. My husband brought it home as a (pretty spectacular) “just because” present. It was a Canon Rebel 300D, just like my mom’s. I was over the moon, and felt like a pro (or that I could at least become one) with that camera in my hands. However, aside from feeling like…Read More

Rosemont Vineyards | LaCrosse, VA

Rosemont Vineyards Winery Tasting Room | LaCrosse, VA

 A girls trip was just what I needed. After being cooped up in the house (it has been too darn hot to do anything outside) I jumped at the opportunity when a friend called and invited me on a day trip to visit a winery. We drove about two hours west of the Hampton Roads area to Rosemont Vineyards. Rosemont Vineyards…Read More

Born to Stand Out | Monday Motivation

Don't try so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out!

A bit of Monday Motivation to start your week off right… I came across this sign, whilst doing a bit of shopping in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA before I moved to Virginia.  I think this sign…these words were put in my path for a reason. I had a bit of fun processing this photo with Topaz Texture Effects. The texture, bokeh,…Read More

Photo Walk With Me in Hampton Roads!

Photo Walk Favorites Collage

Its almost Photo Walk Season! Every year, two of the biggest photography-related companies host a photo walk day that that includes participants from around the globe. This year, I’ll be leading the 500px Global Photo Walk in Portsmouth, VA and the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk in Norfolk, VA. While I’m no stranger to leading photo walks, these will be…Read More

How To Migrate Your Blog from Zenfolio to WordPress

Zenfolio to Wordpress

Blogging on Zenfolio was a mistake. A big one. Now I’m working to “fix” it by moving my blog from Zenfolio to WordPress. Why am I taking on this project? Simply said, Zenfolio’s blog capabilities simply aren’t up to par with other blogging platforms available. You can read about my specific complaints/challenges here. Spoiler Alert – there is no easy fix. If…Read More

Summer Sunset | Pismo Beach, CA

Sunset at the Pismo Beach Pier

Who doesn’t love a good sunset? Watching the sun set, especially whilst on the beach, is one of nature’s spectacular gifts. I was stoked to squeeze in an evening in Pismo Beach while I was in California. This particular night happened to be my last on the central coast. I struggled, having to constantly remind myself to stay in the…Read More

Illuminate Your Images with Topaz Glow 2

Incense Smoke | Processed with Topaz Glow

Want to try something fun? Run a few of your photos through Topaz Glow. It can imbue your photographs with a subtle glow or turn it into an electrifying work of digital art. I haven’t used this software much, but every time I open it up it is pure fun. Case and point with this photo from Pismo Beach: Or what…Read More

2 Easy Ways to Share Photos From Your Computer to Instagram

Sharing from Computer to Instagram, | No Smartphone Required

Instagram is one of the biggest forces in photo sharing right now. However, for those of us who like to play with our photos on a larger screen, sharing from the computer to Instagram can be a bit of a headache requiring the photographer to transfer the processed image back to their smartphone before publishing to the Instagram app. Luckily several third party programmers…Read More

NEW Aurora HDR 2017 – Arriving September 2016!

Edna Valley, CA Wine Country | Vineyard Fall Colors | Aurora HDR 2017

Big news for HDR lovers: Introducing Aurora HDR 2017! Aurora HDR 2017 will be launched September 29, 2016! If you are new to HDR you can read why I love Aurora here. 20 key improvements including: New batch processing New tools, including polarize filter & masking tool New presets by Trey Ratcliff and other recognized pros Updated tone-mapping and bracket merging technology…Read More

Avila Beach, CA | A little slice of heaven

Avila Beach, CA | Foggy Morning | Long Exposure

Avila Beach…I wish I was there right now… I was lucky to spend a couple of hours one morning last week in one of my favorite beach towns: Avila Beach, CA. The air was cool, the water was warm, and the morning fog was just starting to break. Back to Reality And now I’m home, trying to catch up from two…Read More