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For the past few years of high school, you’ve sat for yearbook pictures in front of a plain backdrop, trying not to blink, with your head cropped in a sea of of your fellow classmates. They’re so generic, but now your senior photos give you a chance to stand out and with the help of a professional photographer you get to showcase your style.

To make the best of your senior photos, I’m sharing five tips with you.

  1. Skin – Taking good care of your skin should start weeks before your senior pictures. We’ll take care of stubborn blemishes, but reducing shine in Photoshop takes a lot of time so come prepared with rice paper to dab off any excess oils. For ladies, a matte finishing powder can help.
  2. Hair – “Messy hair, don’t care.” Contrary to popular belief, floppy hair is not cool. Would you want to look back at your pictures and think, “What was I thinking?” Of course not! For minimalists, a simple brush through works just fine.
  3. Nails – Digital cameras capture a lot of detail. Be sure to cut away any dead skin, file uneven nails, and remove chipped nail polish. A little bit of lotion on dry hands works wonders.
  4. Clothes – Make sure your clothes are wrinkle free and don’t have any visible logos. Also, consider where and when you’ll be taking your pictures. The area and weather play a big role in how comfortable you look in your pictures. Heels can get stuck in dirt, strong winds can make dresses above the knee fly up, blazers can be too hot in the summer.

Look over these tips the night before or morning of your session and you’ll look polished and confident in your senior photos.

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basic digital photography workshop

As a professional photographer, I’m constantly gathering tips and information to improve my skills and talent as an artist. It’s taken me years to learn what I know, but I know that many of you who are reading this post just don’t have the time to sift through endless pages of tips and tricks.

So I’m creating a basic digital photography workshop just for you.

There’s no doubt that reading the camera’s manual can help you understand how it works, but some of you may wonder how professionals can create such stunning images. I remember thinking – What gear do they use to take such pretty pictures? And I gotta tell you…

“The gear won’t do the work for you.”

So, I want to take you step-by-step through taking quality images with the resources at your disposal. Even if you don’t have the latest computer software you can still create beautiful images with just your camera. The equipment you use may differ from mine, but these methods will help you achieve the beautiful photos you want straight out of camera.

This workshop is a guide for beginners. It’s purpose is to provide you with ideas to simply get you started. Over time, your process will change as you develop your own style.

What you’ll learn

1 – Exposure
 Learn about Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed to control the mood of your photos.
2 – Camera Settings
Get out of auto mode and learn about what setting is best for you.
3 – Lighting
See how to use what’s around you to get the perfect lighting.
4 – Composition
Discover techniques to make your photos stand out.

This workshop is intended to be in the Houston, TX area, but I want to know from you if you’d prefer an in-person workshop or an online 1 hour course. Let me know in the form below!

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It’s hot. Really hot and that calls for ice cream. So, on my latest grocery run I scouted all the flavors. I typically get plain vanilla when I go to an ice cream parlor and dress it up with toppings and maybe even some warm praline syrup (yasss!), but I needed something I could keep at home for when cravings hit.

And then I came across Talenti’s Coconut Almond Chocolate Gelato. I’m not usually a coconut type of girl, but this is SO GOOD!!

It’s a light vanilla flavor. The coconut isn’t overwhelming. In fact, the shreds add a nice chewy texture to the mix and it tastes so fresh. None of that artificial coconut stuff.

I did manage to practice self control the first couple of times I ate it, but I’m not gonna lie, I ate the rest straight out of the pint.

Have you tried it? What’s your favorite ice cream/gelato?

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Lesson learned. Don’t go to a craft store when you’re supposed to help with wedding invitations. We got completely sidetracked and ended up putting the wedding stuff aside and made a wreath for my front door. Wedding invitations rescheduled!

I wish we would’ve gone to the arts and crafts store the week before when we were forced to stay inside due to rain. Cabin fever was getting to us. This would’ve been excellent for a rainy day activity and there are so many creative ideas on Pinterest. I went with putting my address on the side of the wreath…makes it easier for the pizza man to find me. Haha

Things I learned:

  1. Put the snacks on a different table unless you want wire in your guacamole.
  2. Have some band-aids nearby. Flower wire will cut you.
  3. Buying an already made wreath is probably less expensive than making one yourself, BUT it’s a lot more fun to make your own wreath.

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Have you tried painting pottery? Last weekend was my first time going to The Mad Potter and I really enjoyed it. Joined a couple friends, took some wine and chocolate, and had a great time. It was quite therapeutic and truth be told I briefly zoned out of the friendly conversation. Earth to Gina!

I like it a lot (Jim Carrey voice)pottery painting owl pottery painting pottery painting

Meet Reyna. She’s a very sweet and energetic German Shepherd. My family took her in after she was left behind with a severe case of Demodectic mange. It was bad, really bad. Half of her fur had fallen out and she had open wounds all over her back often leaving trails of blood. She was in a pitiful state and was accompanied by a terrible odor.

Back-to-back treatments of antibiotics and some other medicine has helped her slowly recover. Look at her now!

I’ve lovingly nicknamed her Queen of Destruction. Needless to say, I’ve had to throw out my couch. Oh Reyna…german shepherd

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