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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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