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Thursday, January 18, 2018
By Brenda Jankowski brenPhotography Newtown PA Photographer
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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?

TIP #1- Find the favorites.

 

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.

 

Action steps:

  •    Delete the shots that are blurry, accidental, or poorly lit
  •    Use the favorites feature to star all the photos you want to edit
  •    Delete and favorite as you go to avoid an accumulation of photos

 

TIP #2:  Create Categories

 

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?).

 

Action steps:

  •    Create albums based on year & occasion
  •    Add photos into corresponding albums after you take them
  •    Make specific albums ahead of time for gifts

 

TIP #3:  All About the Apps

 

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.

Action steps:

 

 

TIP 04: Print

 

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.

 

Action steps:

  •    Create books on a recurring basis so that it becomes habit
  •    Directly upload the albums on your phone into a book (the hard work of curating the images and naming the book is done for you!)
  •    Back up your photos on a hard drive for extra measure

TIP 05: Make a 2nd copy.

 

 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. 

It's about shining from the inside...

 

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Brenda Jankowski, brenPhotography
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As we start a new year, we are quick to dive into lists of resolutions, to-do's, and goals for the year ahead. However, we don’t always remember to stop and celebrate the life we’ve lived in the past year. With the start of this year, I challenge you to stop and reflect. Best place to start? Through your photographs.

The endless scroll of your digital photos can be daunting –I get it. Here’s a guide to help you find some of your most meaningful images from 2017.

 

PHOTO #1: Find a photo from the year's greatest adventure - big or small.

We were invited to the annual dinner of White House Correspondents' Association, which has been on my bucket list since I was a Journalism undergrad. Even though The President didn't attend (it is usually a roast of The President and he usually has a few choice words (in jest) for the press) a 1st Amendment nerd like me was very happy to hear Carl Bernstein (who broke the Watergate story) speak.

PHOTO #2: Find a photo of a significant moment.

This is my husband speaking after receiving an award & honor from Temple University (Go OWLS!), but it is significant to me NOT because of the award (although that is great) but because I have never seen him present and speak officially. Often, we never really get to see our partners in their work lives, to see them in their element. In a different arena and how they shine there. So that for me was significant.

PHOTO #3: What photo makes you feel the most alive.

This is a cheat for me - my daughter bungee jumping in Australia. Every parent can agree, nothing makes you feel more alive than when your child's is taking a huge risk (it certainly gets the heart pumping). And then the feeling of gratitude when you realize that they are happy and willing to put themselves out there.

PHOTO #4: Search for a photo of a morning you want to remember.

Many days I would see the beautiful morning light that played on and shone through the hibiscus tree that was on my front porch. It didn't hurt that yellow flowers are my favorite.

PHOTO #5: Find a photo that represents joy.

I try to have fresh flowers in the house always.  And I just love the simplicity of white daisies.

PHOTO #6: Locate a photo of people that shaped your year.

This is my photography mentor Sue Bryce. She has shaped me into the photographer and business person that I am more than anyone else. She has also helped me to grow personally -- exponentially. My wish is that everyone can find someone that will help them become the best they can be. (She will be here next year as well, but there will be a photo of me photographing in her studio!)

PHOTO #7: Find a photo of you trying something new.

 This is a photo of a goal I set for myself to do some public speaking (3X) in 2017.

2 lessons were learned here:

1. As a photographer I am always behind the camera. I need to ask people to take photos of me.

2. The Universe gives you exactly what you ask for- no more, no less. I asked for 3 and I got 3. Set your sights higher (or adjust if you find it's not a stretch, or you are just loving it).

PHOTO #8: Identify an image of something you are proud of.

For the past 5 years, I have photographed the holiday party at Gilda's Club in Warminster which is part of the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. BUT THAT is NOT what I am proud of. I am proud that this year I DID NOT HAVE TO PERSUADE even 1 parent to get into the photos. They have finally heard me and realized that it is important for EVERY FAMILY MEMBER to exist in photos. All the time. Every year.

PHOTO #9: What is a photo that you will want to pass down for the generations to come?

I can't say it enough. Get in those photos. Some day the successive generations will want to see their lineage. What will they find? That you did not exist for decades? And some day that photo of you will be priceless. It will be the most treasured thing they own. Give them something.

Celebrate you.

Not everyone's year looked the same. When we stop to look back at our photos, we are able to find celebration in the moments we've experienced —

both big and small.

Know that it is yours to celebrate.

Now that you have your 10 photos...

PRINT THEM

It's about shining from the inside...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
By Bucks County Pa photographer of Woman and Family Brenda Jankowski of brenPhotography
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2 weeks before Makena was leaving for school, she and her mom, AnnMarie had a mother /daughter afternoon being photographed. AnnMarie couldn't wait to swirl in her long coat in front of the camera!



And what fun! They brought PJs and had a pajama party complete with pillow and a mess your hair up fight!

  

In the end they had a relaxed afternoon and beautiful photos to remember it. What a great send off!

Click the photo below to see the slide show of their session.

 

It’s about shining from the inside

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
By Bucks County Pa Woman and Family Photographer Brenda Jankowski of brenPhotography
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Look! I had some fairies in my garden!

What a blast these girls had playing dress up - check out their photos HERE or click on the photo below.

 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014
By Bucks County Pa Woman's Photographer Brenda Jankowski of brenPhotography
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Did you know that when you have an Elegant Beauty Photo Session with brenPhotography you get your make up professionally applied? 

Wish you knew how to apply make up to look your best especially in photos? Here are 16 make up tricks for you to learn for the times you don’t have that luxury.

Click on the photo to go to the article by Harper's Bazaar:


 

It's about shining from the inside...

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