Are you snap happy? After vacation, a celebration or just going to dinner- are you left with an over flowing camera roll? Do you believe that a live well lived is a life well documented? What happens when documenting leaves you feeling overwhelmed?
Is it time to organize your photo life?
Sometimes it’s necessary to take multiple shots in order to maximize your chances of getting “the one”. For instance capturing babies (doing anything) or busy pets. The key to this is to choose your favorites right after shooting. The first thing I do is cull them — deleting any and all images that are blurry, accidental bursts, closed eyes or poorly lit. This helps me spend time editing the photos that are the ones I love the most, and it also helps me feel less overwhelmed when it’s time to choose what images I want to share to social media or print. Once I have narrowed a batch down, put all of my favorites into one folder. (When you press the star button below the photo, it goes into the already-set-up favorites folder). Then, I edit those few which best represent the moment I was trying to capture.
Start using the albums tool on your phone to organize your memories. Create albums based on both the year & occasion so you have a place for every picture that is meaningful. Add photos into their corresponding album as you go — it’s so much easier to find them in there than in the depths of your camera roll. By organizing your best shots intentionally it’s easy make gifts or just find to show or refer to later (collecting photos for that renovation?).
Consider using a few apps to help stay organized. First, iCloud photo sharing (which is already on the iphone with iOS). Here, you can make different collections and allow others to contribute (perfect for making a shared book for a friend or family member!). Ypu can also use Google PhotoScan to scan so that all of my photos are in one place — on your phone. Also, Google Photos is a great tool for backing up / auto-organizing your photos. At the end of every few months, upload all of your photos there.
Creating stylish and minimal photo books straight from your phone is simple. So easy that, you can make one every year! For birthdays, milestones, holidays — anything is an excuse to print out my images. Tangible memories. You can rest easy at night knowing that your photos exist — in real life. But– they ultimately end up on an external hard drive, in case of the apocalypse. You know.
Be sure you get them saved in a 2nd location (like an external hard drive or even a USB stick). Then put that in your fire box or safe deposit box.
Don’t risk losing your family history, by keeping them ONLY on the phone.
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Welcome to brenPhotography’s Clickin with Brenda blog: Local Business Spotlight. This feature highlights local businesses. Here you can learn not only about their services, as well as the personalities behind them. I love meeting these business owners and learning more about them while photographing them for updated headshots, family, or glamour portraits.
Today, Joanne Beattie who represents My Doterra Essential Oils is the focus. Essential oils are the concentrated aromatic properties of plants that help our bodies to heal themselves mentally, physically and spiritually. Find out a little about Joanne and her business here:
Business name: I’m a wellness advocate with doTERRA Essential Oils
Phone number: 215-485-0436
Tell me a little about your business: Essential oils are the concentrated aromatic properties of plants that help our bodies to heal themselves mentally, physically and spiritually.
How & when did you get started? I started using essential oils a little over a year ago to help with depression. They have helped me immensely and I want to help other people experience better spiritual, mental and physical health.
What is your business best known for? Essential oils provide a proactive and holistic approach to health care; treating the whole person, body, mind and spirit.
What is something interesting about your business that your customers might not know? Essential oils don’t actually heal us; they support the health of our cells and our immune system, helping us fight and ward off colds and flu, help with nausea and constipation, headaches, pain and inflammation and more. Also the olfactory nerve is directly linked to the limbic system, our emotion and mood center, so they can alter our mood and energy.
Advice I wish I had 5 years ago: Use essential oils!
On my day off I love to go for walks in nature, read and spend time with friends.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I have joined the John Maxwell Team and am working on becoming a John Maxwell Coach.
What is the one thing you wish you knew how to do? I wish I were a better cook.
What is the first job you ever had? Selling shoes.
Why did you need a headshot? To post on my website and social media.
How did you feel about your Business Portrait experience with brenPhotography? Awesome! Brenda and Annie made me feel comfortable and relaxed, definitely a wonderful experience and the finished product turned out beautifully! Thank you!
Update your headshot and get featured here- call for details 215.208.5803.
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It's about shining from the inside
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My back yard was perfect for this vintage session last week! We got it in just before the leaves fell.
I had been planning this concept for a while—a 20’s era, feminine type of shoot. Something VERY different for me. I began checking out Goodwill and other thrift shops. I saw this dress (on the Halloween rack) and walked away from it 2 times before I decided to just go for it. BUT, it had no size, so I started holding it up to women in the gym and finally got a friend I was having lunch with to go into the ladies room and try it on!
Next- the model just fell into my lap- the daughter of the other friend with us for lunch. And it fit like it was made for her. Next, I purchased a twig wreath from Michaels, attached some silk flowers to it and pulled out a shawl my grandmother had made for me. My mom happened to have an umbrella that at one time brides sat under for their bridal shower. (Do they still do that?) Allie came with soft curls, light makeup and great shoes. Mother nature cooperated with beautiful colors on the trees, and the perfect amount of filtered sunlight.
This is just a sampling, playing with B&W and minimal color. Final photos with vintage looks coming soon!
This will be a 2 hr session styled to your personality. If you are interested email me –brenda@brenPhotography.com a photo of you in your prom dress (you know - the one by the fireplace or the staircase or outside with your parents). Include how you dream of being photographed: in the park? in town? horseback riding,? wearing your favorite boots, sneakers, cleats? punked out? Or we could just stay in the studio for a Glamour session. But I would love to hear your non-traditional concepts!
Chosen models will receive this FREE session an 8x10 and a digital image for Facebook – and of course a fun 2 hours! We only need 4 models. You must be available the week of June 3-7 for the shoot. The photographs from each of these sessions will be used to advertise this type of portrait session to high school teens.
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