Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Five | II

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Happy Friday! Do you have any fun things planned this weekend? I've got a few photoshoots scheduled and I'm quite excited as the leaves around here are turning into some amazing colors.

- Chai latte. Mmmm. It's become my go-to drink and I've found my local coffee shop makes the. best. ones. ever. To keep my wallet happy most of the time I use tea bags from the grocery and add milk, but it's not quite the same.

- Enter this awesome giveaway from photographer Hannah Elise.

- How to make cookie butter from A Beautiful Mess. Have you ever tried cookie butter? I haven't, but it sounds like something I could get hooked on too easily.

- A favorite red nail polish, Revlon Parfumerie in Bordeaux. I'm painting this on my nails today.

- This hair tutorial for a twisted looks easy and elegant at the same time.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Perspective + giveaway winner

black and white photo of goose in water Emily Margaret Photography

color photo of goose in water

Sometimes when I'm editing, I try a couple different versions of a photo; different color tones, brighter, darker, grain or no grain, split tones, color, or black and white. Sometimes the decision is easy to see, other times it's not. Not everyone will agree on which one is best. Art is so subjective.

In the case of the above photo of the goose, I love both versions. While it is the same photo in two different styles, I feel that each version has a different message. The B&W version, to me, focuses more on the details- the water drops beaded on the goose's bill, the texture of the feathers, the shadows on the water from the reflection of trees overhead. The color is more about the overall photo with the blues of the water reflecting the sky, the subtle differences of the shades of brown in the feathers, the dappled sunlight.

I like the black and white version better, because of the "different-ness" of it (if that isn't a word, I'm making it one) and the shift of the focus to the details. I asked my dad which one he preferred, and he said he liked the color version best. He added that he usually prefers color photos because when he was growing up, all the photographs were in black and white. "It's about perspective", he said, after I told him my choice.

Alot of things are about perspective, and that's one thing I (and many other people) like about photography. How I choose to photograph something won't be the same as another person. How I feel about something won't be the same as another person.

So anyway, that's what happens when I don't listen to music while I edit. I apparently like to pretend to be philosophical. Which photo do you like best, and why?

In other news, I have the winner to the mini session giveaway. Drumroll please......

.... Robin G! I've sent you an email, dear. :) Thanks to everyone who entered! If you didn't win but still want to have a session, you can contact me here.

Monday, October 13, 2014

October Playlist

Listen online: One / Two / Three / Four / Five / Six / Seven / Eight

I'm always on the lookout for new music to listen to while I edit, blog, or drive. This month's picks (though they may not go that well together, oops) are what I have been playing on repeat lately.
Something interesting I learned this week- the group Clean Bandit of the first song on my list, has guest artists perform the vocals in their songs, so each song sounds quite different.

What are some of your favorites right now?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Society6 Tote Bag Review

Tote bag- my Society6 shop // sweatshirt- Oldnavy last season (similar) // jeans- Old Navy Rockstar skinny jean

Until I was writing this post, I didn't realize I was wearing Old Navy everything. I used to not like their things at all for several years, but the last two or so they've been spot. on. So in the slim chance someone from ON is reading this, bravo.

A while back you may remember that I put a few items in a Society6 shop. One weekend they had a promotion for free shipping so I decided to use the opportunity to check out one of the items myself. I was curious to see the quality of the bag and I am really pleased. Their tote bags are made in the USA and are made of a sturdy canvas. I was afraid it'd be too flimsy to really carry much in it, but I've made several library runs with it filled to the brim and it did its job perfectly.

If I was to re-do this particular bag, I wouldn't have put the strip of white on the bottom of the bag. Otherwise, I love how it turned out and enjoy carrying around one of my favorite photos from a trip to Tybee Island.

Now through Sunday, if you use this link right here, you can get free shipping on your Society6 order now through Thursday, October 12th at midnight PDT.

This post is not a sponsored post nor have I used any affiliate links. I just decided to write this and share my opinion. :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

*CLOSED* Mini Session Giveaway! | Paducah KY photographer

This is the 100th post on this blog and it calls for a celebration! I'm giving away a free 20 minute mini session.  If you live in or around the Paducah, KY area then this is for you. The session may be used for a family shoot (immediate family only), a high school senior, a couple, or just you! It's a great way to get some updated family photos or a fresh new social media profile pic.

Read the info and then enter using the Rafflecopter widget below! The giveaway is open until Sunday, October 19th at midnight CST, and the winner will be chosen at random and be announced Monday the 20th!

The giveaway includes:
-a 20 minute mini photography session
-8 digital images from the session via an online gallery

The details:
-The winner will be contacted via email, so come back to check the blog and keep an eye on your inbox!
-The winner must live in, or be willing to travel to Paducah, for the session.
-The winner must be willing to work with the photographer to choose a date and appropriate location.
-One entry per person, but multiple members of the same family may enter.
-The winner must schedule their session before November 30th, 2014.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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