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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I Heart Faces : Summer fun

I took this photo of my little girl while we were on vacation this summer!  It was a BEAUTIFUL day out on Lake Michigan!  Oh how I miss being so close to all the wonderful beaches in Michigan!  Great memories... excited to have this picture to remember our super fun day with our friends! :)

Enter your face + summer fun picture over at I Heart Faces this week...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012


Well, my engineering side has had to cross over to the marketing side for a bit (all my ex-GM coworkers should get a kick out of that comment!).  I really wish I was encouraged to take more business classes while in college!  Oh well, I learned how to study and I did graduate with a BS in Electical Engineering... I'm just not using the degree as it was originally purposed!  I'm re-engineering my degree for photography purposes! :)

Here's a new postcard/brochure that I'm working on for an upcoming event.  I'm excited to have more print materials available, beyond my business card, to show potential clients. Facebook did a horrible job showcasing this so here's a better copy!

BTW - if you haven't stopped by my facebook page, please do! You can find me here.  I've got a few other things I'm designing for the business so check back over the next month! :)

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Friday, August 10, 2012

MOPs Fundraiser

So excited for our new MOPs year and our very first fundraiser of the year!  Spread the word - we are having a mini session fundraiser!  Open to anyone (not just MOPs families) in NWA!  Contact Kate Katzer to sign-up for a time slot!  See info below :)



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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

one size fits all?

Print sizes can be a little confusing.  The standard sizes represent the ratio of width to height of a picture (typically measured in inches).  Pictures are either portrait (vertical) or landscape (horizontal) when it comes to these ratios. 

It might be easy to visualize the difference between a 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10 print, but did you realize these are not equivalent?  A 4x6 picture printed as 5x7 print looks different.  In fact, you might think the picture was blown up a little bit.   You lose parts of your picture when you start changing the ratios.  Each photographer decides when they save their pictures, what size to save.  I'm not talking about quality, as in resolution.  I'm talking about the actual picture size ratio.  I use to save all my pictures with the 5x7 ratio.  I started encountering more and more issues when printing 8x10's, so I've changed my process to keep the standard size from my camera, which is closer to a 4x6 ratio. 

After trying to help my customers understand these differences, I decided to come with some examples.  Below I've shown the relationship between the most common print sizes (4x6 (gray), 5x7 (blue) & 8x10 (green)) and their equivalent enlargement print sizes (8x12, 10x14, 16x20).  As you can see, the only common enlargement in this bunch is 16x20.   Most people don't print 8x12, they choose the 8x10.   Most people don't print the 10x14, they chose the 11x14 (not even on this chart).  Why? Well, basically because the 8x10 & 11x14 are the common frame sizes on the store shelves.  Someone, somewhere made these retail choices for us and now we have to deal with the shortcomings.

I did show one other size below, the 2.5x3.5 ratio.  It's not exactly a standard size for the wallet prints, but at least you can see the relationship better between a 5x7 and a wallet.  I could have shown the 2x3 (a mini 4x6) but my picture was getting a little cluttered at this point! :)

 So how does this interpolate to an actual picture?  Below you can see a picture  I took a few years ago of my daughter and my niece.  At the 5x7 size there will be a lot of foliage in the print.  If I wanted to make this a 4x6 print, I would lose a lot of the foliage, but I would have a sweet close up of the girls hugging.  Now, the 4x5 usually isn't a size on my radar but keep in mind it's enlargement is the highly popular 8x10.

This is what happens when you start resizing a picture.  Notice how the 5x7 looks as a 8x10 (or 4x5 enlargement).  Whoa, there's now about an inch of white on the print page.  Trust me, it does not look good when you actually print it this way.  You're customer will wonder why there is white space left on the print page. 

Thanks to Photoshop and other editing tools, we do have some fairly effective ways to fix the problem.  But, most likely you will lose some of the trees.  Now, it really wouldn't matter in this particular picture, but what if your picture was of a group?  Now, you might have lost someone's head or arms by resizing it to a different ratio.  In this case, I would limit the sizes available for printing the picture.

As you can see, this is one of the many dilemma's that can be encountered when printing pictures.  Resizing pictures for printing can add some time into an ordering process.  I do offer a lot of print sizes to my customers (even ones not shown on the chart above), but I let them know there might be some slight changes/fixes required.  Hope this helps explain why there is no "one size fits all" when it comes to printing pictures. :)


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Friday, March 9, 2012

NWA Youth Sports | NW Arkansas Photographer

Super excited for another season of NWA Youth Sports Football to start!  My boys, 3rd grade and 1st grade, both played last fall and LOVED it.  Well, my 3rd grader LOVED it and my 1st grader wasn't quite as excited.   NWA Youth Sports is an organization working on providing a teaching football league for area kids.  I took a bunch of pictures last fall and the league is using many of my pictures on their website!  Click here to view my football pictures in my flickr album.

If you have a child interested in playing football, you should check out NWA Youth Sports!

Here's some details/ information from the league:

  • Teams are grouped by:  K-1st, 2nd - 3rd, 4th - 5th, and 6th - 7th.
  • The cost is $70.00.  We furnish helmet, shoulder pads, and shirt.
  • We teach basic fundamentals and teamwork, as well as good sportsmanship.
  • Spring sign-ups start Feb. 25, 2012 at the Jones Center in Springdale in room 217 from 11 to 4 till Spring break. 
  • Practices are on every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30pm in your area:  Springdale, Bentonville, Rogers, Fayetteville, and surrounding areas. 
  • Practices start Tuesday, March 20th (week of Spring Break)
  • Fall sign-ups Start July 21, 2012.

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    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Jordan | NW Arkansas Senior Portrait Photographer

    This is Jordan and he will be graduating from my Al-ma-tar, Oxford High School, this Spring!  These pictures were taken July 2011 when we went home on vacation!   Jordan is now gearing up for graduation so we are working on his open house announcements.  Yes, if you hire me to take your Senior Class pictures, I can also design you a fun announcement. 

    Congratulations Jordan - I wish you all the best! :)

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    Tuesday, January 31, 2012

    Brooklyn Turns One! | NW Arkansas Children's Photographer

    Ok, these were taken June 2011.  Sweet Brooklyn is now 18 months old, and these pictures should have been posted 6 months ago!  Well, better late than never.  Last year was a whirlwind of changes, so most of my sessions only got posted to facebook.  I'm trying to remedy that and keep you up to speed with what's been going on here at Capture Me.  Without further ado... Happy (belated) 1st Birthday Brooklyn!! :)

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    Wednesday, January 18, 2012

    Baby Jordan | NW Arkansas Newborn Photographer


     I got to hold sweet little baby Jordan last week and capture him with my camera.  I love taking newborn pictures... they do just what you ask and stay still! :) Ok, so you have a to place them the way you want them, but, unlike older babies, they stay and they're content and just so stinkin' cute! :) 



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    Thursday, January 12, 2012

    MCP Project 12

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     Here's my take on this months MCP Project 12 photo challenge.  January's theme is "Resolution".   So many ways you can go with this theme from New Year Resolutions to image/file resolution.  My idea was based on conflict resolution...




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    Saturday, January 7, 2012

    Before/After - Sunset | NW Arkansas Photographer

    I took this picture on a the top of Mt Sequoyah Park, which overlooks Fayetteville, AR, on Christmas Eve eve. :)  We had gone ice skating, drove around the area,  ate yummy burgers downtown before enjoying the Christmas lights on the Fayetteville square.   All in all, a very fun day!! 

    We were not the only people that enjoyed the sunset view that night, and in retrospect I should have asked this gentleman to move so I didn't have to photshop him out of the picture later.  However, this is a great example of why I love photoshop - not only can you make a picture "pop" but you can get rid of the distractions... 

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    Thursday, January 5, 2012

    MCP Project 52 Recap | NW Arkansas Natural Light Photography

    Morning!  Thought I would tell you about the fun weekly challenge that I participated in last year.  MCP Actions is one of my favorite blogs/websites to follow (click here to jump over there).  Jodi Friedman, founder of MCP Actions,  has done an excellent job at providing tips, tricks, inspiration, directions, and links for photographers.  She encourages all levels of photography to utilize her website.  Best of all she's from my old stomping grounds in Michigan (love that connection, too!)  I owe a lot of my Photoshop knowledge to Jodi, thank-you Jodi!! :)  

    Back to the challenge. My following 4 pictures are the ones that made it to the "Top 10" list for their particular weeks.  It didn't win me any money or products, just further validation that my pictures are resonating beyond my clients and into the rest of the photography world.  Click here to go to all of my photo entries last year.  I didn't enter every week, but I'm proud to have submitted 39 of the 52 weeks (75%... guess that's only a C in school but I'm not in school! LOL!). 

    Through the weekly challenge, I learned a ton!!  It helped me hone in some new skills as well as identify areas that I need to focus on more.  I love to capture pictures of life as it happens... families interacting with each other, a giggling child, a surprised reaction, things going on in a crowd, etc - basically things that you let happen and capture as they happen.  A themed challenge like MCP Project 52 requires more of a "make it happen" approach to photography. Hence, a good challenge for me!  

    I'm looking forward to continuing the challenge in 2012.  MCP has "tweaked" the challenge this year to be a monthly challenge instead of a weekly challenge.  So, we will most likely see more "styled" pictures in the pool of submissions but that's OK... my goal stays the same... capture the theme in a unique way that stands out from the crowd and further develops my own personal photography skills.  It's a high goal but like I've said before - "go big or go home"! :)


    Week 20 (5/17/2011) "Spring"


    Week 25 (6/29/2011) "Things Hidden"

    Week 42 (10/19/2011) "True Beauty" 


    Week 48 (11/30/2011) "Twinkle, Twinkle"  


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    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    Happy New Year! | NW Arkansas Photography

    2012 is here and it's time to do some catch-up on this blog!  It was a great year here at Capture Me Photography!  We moved from Michigan to NW Arkansas late fall 2010, so 2011 was a re-building year for me.  I loved all the new people I got to meet and capture with my camera!  I wrote some articles last year for a local online newspaper (click here to read them) and I participated in a weekly photo challenge through MCP Actions (click here to see all my submissions).  One of my New Year's resolutions is to blog more, so come back again and see what's been going on here.  Happy New Year everyone!  Thanks for all your support and encouragement!  I love capturing life through my lens and can't wait to see what's in store for 2012! :)

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