SCEEE Photography: Blog en-us (C) SCEEE Photography [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:40:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:40:00 GMT SCEEE Photography: Blog 120 90 Taylor and Kayle Engagement Session Preview This past Sunday I had a nice Engagement Session with Taylor Sanders and Kayle Tynes.  I haven't had an opportunity to look through all of the photos yet, but I still wanted to share this image today as I really thought it captured Taylor and Kayle well.  There are more to come ...


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Senior Portrait Session - Cassandra Matherne Last Friday I had another outstanding senior portrait session, this time with Cassandra Matherne.  This shoot was a lot of fun, and we were able to capture both the fun, tom-boy side of Cassandra, as well as her feminine beauty.  


I think my favorite image of those in this collage is the one at the bottom left, with her in the teal dress leaning on the old painted wall.  There were so many good shots from this shoot, it is hard to decide.  There are several more great images from this shoot, including my favorite, but I am saving those for the proofing session. ;)

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Senior Portrait Session - Cody Hill A couple of Saturdays ago I had a senior portrait session with Cody Hill, a senior at Marshall County High School.  Let me just say this, CODY HILL IS AWESOME!  (Total inside joke - find Tammy Hill and she'll tell you the back story!)

The Lord has really blessed me with some great seniors to shoot so far, and Cody was no different.  I was a little nervous about this shoot, as it had rained a lot the night before, and we were scheduled to begin early in the morning when the sun was just right in the sky.  It was a bit of a slow start due to all the water outside, but after we rectified that the shoot went off magnificently. 

Perfect weather, perfect light from the sky, and outstanding backgrounds all make for great shots, but a good subject can compensate for a lot of other problems.  Cody surprised me - I thought he would be a good subject, but this young man has an infectious smile and great humor that made my job easy.

The proofing session for Cody and his parents, Tom and Tammy Hill is this upcoming week, but I wanted to go ahead and give a small preview of the shoot beforehand.

Cody Hill, class of 2014Cody HillCody Hill 2014 Senior Portrait Session

If you see Cody out and about, why not give him a shout out and let him know how well he did.  Oh, you might raz him a bit and tell him, "Cody Hill is AWESOME!" while you're at it.  :)

Remember, if you want a Senior Portrait Session for the fall of 2014, now is the time to book it.  I have limited openings, and the slots will fill up fast.

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Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Jeremy Sargent I was first alerted to Jeremy Sargent through, which shows 20 stunning black and white images like the one below:

Imagine my surprise when I found out there was more to Jeremy Sargent that black and whites!  His landscape and nature work is fantastic, as is his portrait photography.  Jeremy is much worth checking out.

You can find Jeremy on Twitter and Facebook.



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Wednesday's Words of the Day You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. ~ William Albert Allard, Famous Photographer

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Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Ted Sabarese One word can describe Ted Sabarese's work.  Weird.  And I say that in the most complimentary way.  It is wierd, but in a strangly appealing way.  I wish I didn't have to say this, but there are some images on his site that some may offensive, so view with that in mind.

You can find Ted Sabarese on Facebook and Twitter.

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Wednesday's Words of the Day Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. ~ Matt Hardy - Portrait and Wedding Photographer

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Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Slavina Bahchevanova Salvina Bahchevanova doesn't see herself as a particular kind of photographer.  With amazing images in a number of genres, I can see why.  After looking through some images on her site though, her macro work has caught my eye.  Even so, she has her images protected in such a way I cannot link to them here, but I found an amazing non-macro image on Google+:

I don't see Slavina on any social media channels, but do yourself a favor and go check out her work today.

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Wednesday's Words of the Day "The only difference between artists making money and artists not making money is that the first group is better at business. Do you want to know why there are so many crappy films in the world? Because there are so many great networkers who want to direct." ~ Penelope Trunk - Creative Business Development

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Stranger Sunday - Emily Dugas IMG_4700 Emily Dugas, Percussionist and Songwriter for Clandestine Celtic, filled the halls of the terminal at Amarillo Airport with sounds of her enchanting drum.

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Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Hans Kruse One of my first loves in photography was landscape photography.  In fact, I still love taking landscape shots.  Occasionally I run across a photographer who takes breathtaking landscape images.  Hans Kruse is one of those photographers.  you seriously need to do yourself a favor and go visit his site now.  Just prepare to be amazed!

You can follow Hans on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

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Wednesday's Words of the Day To take a photograph means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second– both the fact itself and the rigorous organisation of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis. ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson - Famous French Photographer, 1908-2004

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Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Dave Black WOW, WOW, WOW!  Dave Black does some amazing work!  He often uses a technique called light painting, which is lighting the image with a flashlight, essentially "painting" the light.  This stuff is amazing and you really need to go check it out.  Here is one example of hsi work.

Light Painting

Go check his work out now at, especially his creative lighting work - it is fantastic!

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Wednesday's Words of the Day Sue Bryce

Enthusiasm is inner confidence and it’s radiant and attractive on all levels. Don’t be afraid to connect: KNOW you are worth it. There is opportunity all around you.

~ Sue Bryce

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Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Valerie Jardin Valerie Jardin is a street photographer from France living in Minnesota.  She, like many others I mention on here, lives the photographer's dream.  While she makes money from her prints, I would think it is fair to say she probably makes the lion's share of her income from her workshops in France, the United States, and Australia.  Here is a great example of her work:

Street Photography

Be sure to check out all of Valeries work at, or follow Valerie on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.

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Wednesday's Words of the Day Ansel Adams

You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.

~ Ansel Adams

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Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Varina Patel So, last week I featured Jay Patel, and as you will see, you cannot mention one half of this team without the other, so this week meet Varina Patel.  Her work is very similar to Jay's in style, which is to say, I LOVE IT!  Look at this striking image:

House on Fire

Just like with Jay, you can prepare to spend some time looking through Varina's work at her website, or on Google+, Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest, or Twitter.

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  • Self-Deprecating Notes Found on Vintage Photographs
  • Nature's Destructive Power - Breathtaking and Horrifying Images of Nature's Destructive Power.
  • Lightroom - If you are a photographer and you aren't using Lightroom, you are missing out.  Here you can get a copy for $99.
  • Sunrise Photography - 25 cool examples of sunrise photography.
  • Rainbows - I have ran across a couple of good rainbows lately, so you can imagine that this link with so many awesome rainbows caught my eye.
  • iPhone Photography - These are the winners of the 2013 iPhone Photography awards.  Prepare to be amazed.
  • Mosaic - Are you a Lightroom user (see above note!)?  If so, you should be using Mosaic!  The free version may be all you need, and it is certainly a good place to start.  Yes, I get free storage if you sign up via the link I have used.
  • Portrait Mistakes - Here are ten of the top portrait mistakes and how to fix them.
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Wednesday's Words of the Day Henri Cartier-Bresson

To take a photograph is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in a face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Jay Patel Jay Patel is one of those photographers whose images make you just say, "WOW!"  I mean, look at this:

Paria Canyon

His images of deserts, forests, coastlines, water, weather, rivers, waterfalls, canyons and more are all just like I like them: colorful and highly saturated.  Prepare to spend some time thumbing through his images while visiting his website,  You can also find him on Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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Friday's Frame by Frame
  • Fridayphoto_42946_20110524 Liquid Jewels - Photos of paint-covered balloons milliseconds after they pop.  This is just too cool!
  • Improve your Photography - Eight ways to improveyour photography without using your camera.
  • Liquid Art Photography - Twenty-five brilliant examples of liquid art photography.
  • Light Painting - One hundred smashing examples of light painting.
  • Black and White Photography - The more I grow in my photography, the more I appreciate a good black and white photo.  Here are several stunning examples of black and white photography.
  • Silent Symmetry - More black and white!  Eight black and white landscape photos.
  • Mailboxes - Mailboxes?  Yes, mailboxes!  This looks like a fun project!
  • Pungent Pictures of Garlic - Garlic is quite possibly my favorite spice, though Cayenne comes in a close second.  Enjoy these 17 pungent pictures of garlic.
  • Mesmerizing Clock Pictures - Sadly, the old fascinating clocks are going the way of the steam train, and their replacements don't carry their same beauty.
  • Multi-layered Portraits - Sara K Byrne's multi-layed portraits give a new meaning to the word creative.
  • Tips for Photo Blogging - Want to start a blog?  Here are seven useful tips for photo blogging.
  • Let it Rain - I love a good rain storm!  Especially one with thunder and lightning!  Here are 25 beautiful images of rain to enjoy.
  • Think You're Old? - Here are 17 signs that you were alive before digital photography.
  • Tips for Stranger Photography - If you know me, you know I love stranger photography.  Here Adam Marelli gives an in-depth look at photographing strangers.
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    Wednesday's Words of the Day Evenly Matched

    Remember, the audience is paying for your point of view: your agenda, your bias. Not for anything so crass as politics, but for insight, for hope and reassurance--or for upending the status quo, for a challenge, for their world to be shaken up. They want your art to make them feel something important, even if they can't put their finger on what it is--especially then.

    ~ Steve Hutson

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    Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Nicolesy Nicolesy (Nicole S. Young/Matiash) is another photographer I became aware of through TWiP, and truly is one of those I admire the most because she has made photography work as her full time source of income.  She an author, a photographer who sells stock photography, and more.  Her work is clean and appealing, just as you would expect it to be.

    Tulip Field

    You can find Nicole at her site,, on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

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    Friday's Frame by Frame
  • Fridayphoto_42946_20110524 Photography is Dangerous - I had to chuckle a bit as I saw this, not because the poor lady was hurt, but because I just heard a photographer say how important it is to be sure you hold on to your photography gear when in fast moving situations.
  • 30 Stunning Examples of Wildlife Photography
  • 5 Tips  for Capturing the Magic of Golden Hour Photography - If you don't know what golden hour photography is, feel free to move on.
  • 12 Stunning Photos of Godafoss - Waterfall of the Gods
  • 20 Great Pictures of Earth Globes
  • Wonderful Color Photos of Circus Performers - I love these old photos!
  • Ant Warfare - Micro Photography of Ant Warfare
  • Aurora Photography - Stunning!
  • 5 Important Components of a Powerful Image - If you are looking to take better shots, this is a good place to start.
  • 20 Blissful Pictures of Smiles - Seriously, I love a great smile.  While a serious shot is nice, a great smile wins every time.
  • Lightning Storms - These aren't your normal Lightning Storms.  These are taken from space!
  • Volcanoes - Time-lapse volcano shots.  Need I say more?
  • 25 Brilliant Sunset Pics - I have been shooting sunrises and sunsets for years, and I still haven't tired of them.
  • Light Painting - Photographer Patrick Rochon does some insane light paintings Jedi Style.
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    Wednesday's Words of the Day Sue Bryce

    Look at your client this week, imagine it is you on the other side of the camera. What would someone have to do for you to get you in that place where you feel trust, trust to let go of your insecurity and fear and let your true self come forward. Can you create that space for people, can you hold that space for them? I want them to feel beautiful, I want them to come forward, I want to hold that safe place for them for as long as I can and I will never let them feel unsure or unsafe in that space. I respect that space.

    ~Sue Bryce

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    Friday's Frame by Frame Fridayphoto_42946_20110524 ]]> [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) flash iphone photography light painting monopoly photoshop actions portrait smartphone smartphone photography strobe Sun, 28 Jul 2013 09:43:00 GMT Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Will Jacks Many of the photographers that inspire me are those that are creative, but I am also as easily inspired by those who document life.  We often don't realize that the images, videos, and writings we produce now will tell the story of our generation to the future, and while there are more pictures now than ever, there are pictures  that have yet to be taken and stories that have yet to be told.  Will Jacks is a person with such a mission, documenting life in the south, particularly at Juke Joints.  Below is a sample of his interesting work.

    Portraits on a White Backdrop

    You can find out more about will and his work at his website,, or check out his Portrait of a Juke Joint Project.  

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    Wednesday's Words of the Day Paul Arden


    The best piece of advice ever given was by the art director of Harper's Bazaar, Alexey Brodovitch, to the young Richard Avedon, destined to become one of the world's great photographers. The advice was simple: 'ASTONISH ME.' Bear these words in mind, and whatever you do will be creative.

    ~ Paul Arden

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    Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Martin Bailey I have been a fan of Martin Bailey for quite some time now.  I first learned of Martin through his involvement as a co-host on TWiP, and that led me to seek out his own podcast.  His images are what really fascinates though.  I would think that his signature work is Snow Monkeys, and the image below is a great example of that:


    Be sure to go check out the rest of Martin's fantastic work.  You can find out more about him on his website, Martin Bailey Photography, on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter

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    Wednesday's Words of the Day

    For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.

    ~Henri Cartier-Bresson

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Henri Cartier-Bresson photographer photography Wed, 17 Jul 2013 14:30:00 GMT
    Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Martine Roch Just last week we spoke about creativity and the importance and rarity of its existance.  Martine Roche is a particularly special person when it comes to creativity.  After all, we have all thought about how some animals seem to go with some humans, and perhaps we have even played with morphing the pictures, but Martine has done so much more, and her work is absolutely incredible.  Take a look at just this one picture:

    The Sweet Grandpa

    Doesn't that bring a smile to your face?  I encourage you to check more of her work out at her website Martine Roch Studio, at her Facebook Page, or on Twitter.


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    Wednesday's Words of the Day Valarie Jardin

    For those who are not familiar with street photography, it’s all about the gesture, the expression that tells a story. The moment will usually only last one frame, a fraction of a second. The success of the photograph will depend on the viewer’s reaction to it, not so much the technical merit of the shot. It’s about the ability to anticipate and see the story.

    ~ Valarie Jardin

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    Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Terry Border There are good photographers everywhere, but the real creatives are a rarity.  Terry Border is one of those real creatives.  The thing is, his work is so simple, but yet it is totally amusing in a "The Far Side" kind of way.  This is just one of the great examples:

    Bent Objects

    His Circus Peanut gallery is quite amazing too.  I hate to have to give this warning, especially with such good work, but not all his photos are kid-friendly, so keep that in mind as you peruse his gallery.


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    Wednesday's Words of the Day - Elliott Erwitt Elliott Erwitt

    Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.

    ~ Elliott Erwitt - Photographer


    Image courtesy of Wikipedia (,_Vienna.jpg)

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    Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Matt Brandon There are good photographers, photographers people talk about, then there are those which are great.  Matt Brandon, in my opinion, is one of those great photographers.  His work is National Geographic quality work, as you can see from this recent image:

    One thing that really makes Matt's work a little more special to me is he has ties to the area in which I live.  Be sure to check him out at his site, The Digital Trekker, or connect with im on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook.

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    WHOA!  This is a busy week for Friday's Frame by Frame!  Look at all these links!  Enjoy!
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    Wednesday's Words of the Day - Dorothea Lange


    The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.

    ~Dorothea Lange - Photographer

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    Stranger Sunday - Tyler This is the last of the Las Vegas stranger series.  Tyler was the exception to all the other strangers I photographed.  She was not down on her luck.  She wasn't homeless.  She wasn't destitute.  Tyler was waitressing at a pancake house type restaurant and was singing on the strip in the afternoons and evenings, hoping to be discovered.  She has found, unfortunately, that no one wants to talk to you if you aren't 21.  She had a great voice, and played well too.  I wish her the best of luck.



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    Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Laura Morita Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight this week is Laura Morita Photography, a San Francisco Bay Area Photographer.  WOW!  Look at the vibrance in her images!

    I often review other photographer's work, and this one was pointed out to me by a good friend as one I needed to check out.  Her children's photos are amazing!  These are the type of images I aspire to produce.  Check out the full website at Laura Morita Photography and you can find her on Facebook too!


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    Friday's Frame by Frame Fridayphoto_42946_20110524 Welcome to Friday's Frame by Frame, where you can find some of the best photo-related links of the week in one place.  Now, dive in and enjoy!

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    Wednesday's Words of the Day - Steve Huston Art is about ideas. The clearer you are in what you're after the better the chance of success. Ask lots of questions about what you're doing (at least at first). This will lead you to answers that might be a little different than the next person. How you answer these most important questions is where your style lies. Style is not a technique. Style is a world view. Show us your world.

    ~ Steve Huston, Artist

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    What's the Difference? Cutting to the Chase: How does Lightroom differ from Photoshop and should photographers use it?  Lightroom is a Digital Asset Management application with a very user friendly version of Adobe Camera Raw.  Advanced editing such as layers aren't available, and other techniques such as object removal are difficult.  With this understanding, Lightroom seems to be a great alternative for most photographers and should likely be part of the workflow for most, if not all, photographers.






    When I first began reigniting my interest in photography, I began using Photoshop, as we had purchased a student version for one of my son's classes.  While it was very difficult for me to learn to utilize Photoshop with any usefulness, I soon reached that point, and what was work became pleasure.  

    As time went on, I began hearing other experts saying that Photoshop was not really the best tool for photographers, and that photographers should be using Adobe's Lightroom.  While this seemed good to me, as Lightroom was far less expensive, I already owned Photoshop and did not have a compelling reason to purchase Lightroom.

    Fast forward several months.  Now my hobby has turned into a business, and I am needing to make the process as efficient as possible.  My current workflow in Photoshop is not going as quick as I need it to for this to be profitable, so I began looking at what others are doing.  Of course, I found many ways others are automating their work, but the one message I kept coming across is how Lightroom is more efficient for photographers.  Lucky me!  I had just purchased Adobe's Creative Cloud, so I now had access to Lightroom.

    Despite my new-found access, I just couldn't get into Lightroom.  I convinced myself that it was because I cut my teeth on Photoshop, but it still frustrated me.  Even so, I kept hearing folks say that Lightroom should be a part of a photographer's workflow, so I was determined to learn it, and Memorial Day weekend was the time to do this!  So I hunkered down and started learning.

    Don't get me wrong, I could process photos in Lightroom, that was never an issue, but I didn't find it intuitive or fast.  I could easily whip out my photos in Photoshop (with Adobe Camera Raw) before I felt I could do it in Lightroom.  I watched videos, read great posts, and still struggled.  Then it hit me.  I was expecting Lightroom to be something it wasn't.  Lightroom is not Photoshop.  Wow!  That was revolutionary!  I kept thinking Lightroom was a dumbed down Photoshop, and though I have never used Photoshop Elements, I am sure that is more in line with what I thought Lightroom was.

    So what is Lightroom?  Keep in mind, I am far from an expert, and in fact, I am just a brand new beginner.  That said, I think I can summarize Lightroom far more simply than I have seen it summarized elsewhere.  Lightroom is a Digital Asset Management application with a very user friendly version of Adobe Camera Raw.  Yes, yes, the zealots will tell me about all the differences, but frankly, I think they are muddying the waters.  Though there are differences, the crux of the software is simply Digital Asset Management and Adobe Camera Raw - period.

    So, that said, is there a place for Lightroom in my workflow?  I think so.  I love the Digital Asset Management in Lightroom.  LOVE IT!  I am also appreciating the editing features more, and I see value (thanks to Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski).  I intend on using it as a major piece in my workflow going forward, but for me, there is still a place for Photoshop too.  One example is the use of layers.  Even so, the advantages of Lightroom are enough that it makes sense to use now that I understand it.  So, for me going forward, I will use Lightroom for most tasks, and I will finish the task in Photoshop if necessary, and with the new features being added all the time, I suspect my reliance on Photoshop will become less and less. 

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    Stranger Sunday - John John is a young man I met while in Las Vegas a few months ago.  I tell you, my heart aches for this kid.  He was homeless by choice, which I suppose is often true, but he had a family that wanted him home.  John and his brother decided to hitchhike across the nation, and though his brother had long since turned around and went home, John was determined to not give up.  For that, I admire him, but there are times in life when we admit mistakes and turn around.  I can only hope John does that soon.



    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Las Vegas hitchhiking homeless Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18:00:00 GMT
    Saturday's Shutterbug Spotlight - Don Komarechka Welcome to this week's Shutterbug Spotlight.  For our first edition, I am going to share one of the most fascinating photographers I have encountered - Don Komarechka.  If you wonder whether you might enjoy Don, check out this image posted to Google+:

    Don Komarechka Snowflake PhotographyAs you can see, one of Don's specialties is snowflake photography.  In fact, he is about to publish a book that should be amazing.  In the meantime, just peruse his site, in particular his snowflake images.  Don't stop there though, there are a lot of other great images on his site too.  You can connect with Don on twitter, Google+, Flicker, or Facebook.  He also occasionally co-hosts TWiP, where I first discovered him.

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Don Komarechka DonKom TWiP ice crystals snowflake snowflakes Sat, 15 Jun 2013 22:00:00 GMT
    Friday's Frame by Frame photo_42946_20110524 Welcome to Friday's Frame by Frame, where you can find some of the best photo-related links of the week in one place.  Now, dive in and enjoy!

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Adobe American Indians Homemade Camera Humor IOS IOS 7 Joe McNally Lightroom Native Americans Nokia Photography Humor Photography Tips Photoshop Selfie digitizing Fri, 14 Jun 2013 11:30:29 GMT
    The Importance of High School Senior Portraits Cutting to the Chase: High-Quality Senior Portraits are not only a tradition, they are a ceremony of sorts, denoting a child's crossover to adulthood.  Don't let this opportunity pass without documenting this stage in their life with a portrait to remember, and quite possibly the only portrait they will ever have that truly focuses on them and what makes them who they are.

    High School Senior PortraitIMG_7920

    Throughout all of history, cultures have celebrated the transition from teenage years into adulthood.  Parties and celebrations are thrown, traditions are followed, and we experience a wild range of emotions.  All of these events create memories, but without high-quality portraits, these are just memories.  It is the high-quality portraits that help keep these memories alive.

    High School Senior Portraits are truly an American phenomenon dating all the way back to the 1800s.  For a moment in time, teenagers are transformed into fashion models making a statement.  For a moment in time, memories are created.  For a moment in time, the high school senior can demonstrate to the world who they are.  Even so, many people don't realize the importance of high school senior portraits. 

    As senior high school students near graduation, a high-quality senior portrait is a great way to share this transition in life with friends and family.  While traditionally families have chosen to use a formal portrait in a cap and gown in their graduation announcements, more and more high school seniors and their families are choosing to use a portrait that captures life.

    High School Senior Portraits are an opportunity to visually capture one of the most important times in a person's life.  Whether it is sports, fashion, hobbies, or quite frankly, just making a statement, a high-quality photographer specializes in helping the high school senior share who they are with the world.

    High School Senior PortraitIMG_8938

    Do you realize this transition from being a teenager to an adult, from a high schooler to a graduate, will likely be the last time pictures are exchanged with friends?  Think about it - how often do folks past their senior year in high school do this?  NEVER!  Let's face it, there are some of the classmates that will never see each other again.  This once united class will disperse to different colleges, different cities, different occupations, different hobbies, different friends, and soon these classmates will find their high school years to be little more than memories.  One of the more enjoyable walks down memory lane one day will be flipping through these portraits of their friends, and who knows, the memories that reignited that day may very well reignite a friendship.

    It's not all about the memories though, is it?  Let's be real, high school senior portraits are FUN, high-quality images!  How often do you get an opportunity to have a fashion shoot?  How often do you get to make the shoot all about you?  How often does a photo shoot really show a snapshot of your life?  High school seniors have one opportunity to show the world who they are in a really creative way.  A high-quality photographer will take the time to get comfortable with the student, and despite their hesitations, their comfort will rise, and the images produced will be a remarkable mirror of the best things in their life.

    High School Senior PortraitIMG_0153_tritone

    For many people, their high school senior portraits will be the last portrait they ever have taken.  We leave high school and suddenly things like portraits don't have the same significance they once did.  Unfortunately, many of us won't reach a point in our lives where that significance returns until we have a graduating senior ourselves.  Sadly, for some this is all too true, and the senior portraits end up being the one thing that keeps the memory of their child alive.  Thankfully that is not a challenge most of us live with, however, but not having high-quality portraits of our loved ones is a challenge you will face from now on, which makes a high-quality senior portrait all the more important.

    If we get right down to it, life is gonna change.  Senior portraits are fun for the upcoming graduate, but in reality, these portraits are for the parents.  The child you have raised for 18 or so years is never going to be the same.  They will soon move on to college or the workforce, and the recent memories you have now will become more and more distant.  High-quality high school senior portraits are a way to preserve this part of their life - to keep these memories alive.



    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) high quality high school senior portrait marshall county photographer portrait portrait photography senior portrait west kentucky's premier photographer Thu, 13 Jun 2013 22:39:26 GMT
    Huey Lewis and the News One of my favorite bands throughout my life has been Huey Lewis and the News, and though I was pleasantly shocked to see that they were playing near my hometown in Paducah, Kentucky, I didn't purchase tickets.  Then, at the last minute, The Paducah Sun had a ticket giveaway on Facebook, and I thought, "Why not?"  I really forgot about it after that until I saw the next day that I had won!

    The concert was great and was really my favorite era of their music - the "Sports" album.  While they generally stuck to these songs, they did play one new song.  The crowd was enthusiastic, and became more that way as the night went on.  When Huey Lewis claimed the night was late at 8:50 PM, the crowd begged for me, and Huey Lewis and the News obliged.  

    Here is one of my favorite shots from the night, but I really had a hard time deciding.  If you are a fan, I encourage you to check out the whole set.

    Huey Lewis and the News-0770

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Carson Center Huey Lewis Huey Lewis and the News Paducah concert rock and roll Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:53:50 GMT
    Wednesday's Words of the Day

    "The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it!"

    ~Ansel Adams, Photographer

    Image courtesy of Wikipedia

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Ansel Adams camera photography Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:00:00 GMT
    Digital Asset Management Cutting to the Chase: A good Digital Asset Management system is essential for today's photographers, allowing them to easily put their hands on the exact photograph they need at any time.
    Digital Asset Management, or DAM for short, is something thought about by photographers, but often not followed through with.  Let's begin with a definition because you might have already thought about it and not even known it.
    Digital Asset Management (per Wikipedia): management tasks and decisions surrounding the ingestion, annotation, cataloging, storage, retrieval, and distribution of digital assets.
    Wow, that didn't hardly help at all, did it?  Let me give the s•c•e•e•e photography simplified definition.
    Digital Asset Management: The naming, storage, and keywording of photos which allows one to easily put their hands on the exact photograph they are thinking of or to find a photograph in their collection that meets the criteria they need (i.e., I need a photo of a swing.).
    I suspect that if I were to interview a large number of photographers, I would find that most have wished for a better way to search through their photos.  Let's face it, what good are photos if you cannot find the one you need, and if you are like me, IMG_0001 in the 06012013 folder helps me very little in this process.  In fact, even if I rename the folder to "June Random Photos" it still isn't real helpful, is it?  This is where a solid Digital Asset Management process is of importance.
    I can recall back to my first digital camera and my terrible attempts at Digital Asset Management without software.  I would import my photos, rename the folder to something useful, and then rename each photo to help denote what the photo was about (ex., TomBirthdayParty2013.jpg).  It didn't take long for this to change!  WOw, what a terribly long and ineffective process!  The good news is this isn't logical or practical, and there are software programs, both free and paid.  Some examples include Adobe BridgeAdobe Lightroom, PicaJet FX/Free, and many others.
    It's not enough to simply have the software though.  You have to have a process too, one that you follow every time.  Let me give another example.  There was a time I was completely enthralled with Picasa by Google because of its facial recognition features.  In fact, I still like this thought and how well it seems to work (hint, hint, Adobe), but I didn't routinely allow Picasa to search my photos, and when it did, I didn't often go through and tag the faces it found with names.  While the work I have done is very useful, it is totally incomplete.  The same is true if you use a good Digital Asset Management system.  If you don't have a good system in place for tagging, labeling, rating, and storing your images, you won't do it.  I can't answer what the best system is, but I can tell you what seems to be the best practice for me - doing this work as soon as I import the photos.  YES, it is sometimes painful and untimely, but I have just come to realize this is part of the process and non-negotiable.
    Bald EagleIMG_9437 To me, the most important part of Digital Asset Management is the tagging.  This is what allows you to develop a library of easily searchable photos.  This is also the hardest part to get used to.  For example, if you have a picture of a Bald Eagle, you might just tag that "Bald Eagle", but what other words might come to your mind?  How else might this photo be useful?  What about nest, bird, brown, white, "bird of prey", American, symbol, eagle, raptor, etc?  It pays to really think this out.  Picture with me for a moment that you are interested in seeing all the birds you have taken a picture of.  Had you only tagged the Bald Eagle as such, you would not as easily be able to find the picture.
    Rating the photos is also important in my process.  I am not going to go into rating systems today, as I think there are as many as there are photographers.  A good, solid rating system allows you to easily parse through photos that not only fit a keyword you are looking for, but are also the best of what you have shot, or at least above a certain threshold.  
    BackupID-100125755 Another key to Digital Asset Management, and one that is not often talked about, and less often followed, is backups.  Yes, we talk about backing our photos up (have you done this lately?), but do you back up your Digital Asset Management library?  How painful would it be to have lost this?  No, it isn't the same as losing your images, but it is something you would regret.  In fact, I go back to a saying that I have used for many years.  Ask yourself, "If I woke tomorrow and everything I had done since my last backup was lost, would I regret not having done a backup more recently?"  If so, then do a backup!
    Digital Asset Management can be, as I am sure you can imagine, a much more complex subject that I am addressing here, but these are the basics, and if implemented, will greatly increase your efficiency as a photographer.  
    Though I haven't read the book, I would be remiss to close this without referencing The DAM Book: Digital Asset Management for Photographers.  Though I cannot personally speak to the quality of the book, I have heard good reviews, so it might be worth checking out.
    Another worthwhile link is Mosaic's article on organizing images for Digital Asset Management.  I don't currently use the Mosaic software, but after looking it over, I am strongly considering taking their free version for a spin.

    Backup image courtesy of Stuart Miles /


    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Adobe Digital Asset Management Lighroom Mosaic Picajet Picasa The DAM Book organizing images organizing photos photographers photography Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:00:00 GMT
    Stranger Sunday - Lee Lee is another guy I met several months ago in Las Vegas.  There was no doubt in my mind, he had led a pretty hard life, and unfortunately for Lee, several things happened at once that left him jobless and homeless.  

    Lee had been a realtor, which is the career he pursued when he first moved to Las Vegas.  Soon he realized there was going to be more money for him in personal training, which he did for a while.  It then hit him that Elvis impersonators could make some really good money in this city, so he worked on his moves and changed jobs again.  All was going well until he injured his knee, which is a hard injury for a personal trainer or an Elvis impersonator.  At the same time the economy collapsed, which left Lee without a job or a home. 





    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Las Vegas down on your luck hard times homeless Sun, 09 Jun 2013 20:04:28 GMT
    Ryan Wells - Senior Portraits This past Tuesday I had a fantastic senior portrait shoot with Ryan Wells, a recent graduate from Marshall County High School.  I can't believe how fit this guy is!  He played football for a couple of years at the high school, and then found his nitch in track.  There was no doubt the high school was glad he did - he won several big races during his tenure, even playing a part in breaking one or more school records!

    Here's a collage of some of the best shots from the portrait shoot, and you can see all of them in high quality at s•c•e•e•e Photography.

    Ryan Wells - Marshall County High School Senior PortraitRYAN_COLLAGE (1) Give a shout out to Ryan and let us all know your favorite photo.  If you like what you see, please share this post on Facebook, Google+, or Facebook.  Just copy and paste the following:

    Check out the awesome senior portraits of Ryan Wells at s•c•e•e•e Photography:

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Calvert City Marshall County Marshall County High School Western Kentucky benton high school senior photography portrait senior photography senior portrait Sat, 08 Jun 2013 14:22:38 GMT
    Friday's Frame by Frame Welcome to Friday's Frame by Frame, where you can find some of the best photo-related links of the week in one place.  Now, dive in and enjoy!

    Did I miss any?  If so, share it with everyone in the comments.

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Black and White National Parks Underdog Photo Portraits VSCO art creative drug use drugs family portraits infrared portrait ideas self portrait tripod Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:18:43 GMT
    A Little Noisy Cut to the Chase: I have been fortunate enough to find a new method for reducing noise through Median Blending in Photoshop.  Quite frankly, this is amazing.  Though the application of this not going to be common, it certainly has its place.

    One of the difficulties of digital photography is noise.  Sure, film had grain, but noise is different and, in my opinion, ugly.  As I was reading some articles on Friday, I stumbled across a headline that caught my eye on reducing noise: A Look at Reducing Noise in Photographs Using Median Blending.  I honestly had no idea what median blending was, but I was determined to test this myself.  Following the directions at that link, here are my samples of 100% crop images shot at 12,800 ISO on a Canon 5D Mark II.  The first in each set is the original image, and the second is the image produced using median blending.  There was no other noise reduction applied.


    IMG_9881-Test With Median Blending:




    IMG_9886-Test With Median Blending:




    IMG_9891-Test With Median Blending:


    No, these images aren't noise free, but WOW, the are so much better than the originals, and there was NO NOISE REDUCTION APPLIED!  This is, quite frankly, hard to believe.

    Just for the curious - I found no benefit to using Median Blending on copies of the same image (i.e., all IMG_8049).

    There are really limited applications of this, but for those cases where it would come in handy, it is very handy.  One can presume that had this been done with 10 images, or perhaps 20, the noise would have been reduced more.  This calls for further experimentation.

    So, you can't close a post with a comment like that, can you?  Here is a comparison of 20 images, all shot at 12,800 ISO.



    With Median Blending:


    Though is still considerably better, it might not be worth taking 20 images in every case; however, there are situations the noise reduction would be worth it.

    The final experiment is to blend 20 images shot at 25,600 ISO.  In the original 100% crop these images are almost totally unusable:



    With Median Blending:


    And as you can see, with Median Blending, this very high ISO image is totally usable.  

    Like I said earlier, the application of this is limited, but I fully expect to get an opportunity to use it in real life.

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Canon ISO high ISO median blending noise noise reduction reduce noise Tue, 04 Jun 2013 12:00:00 GMT
    Red-Eared Slider I am not sure this is a Red-Eared Slider, but it could be a Painted Turtle.  This must be a good year for turtles because I have seen several already, and most of them have been attempting to cross the road.

    Painted TurtleTurtle Painted TurtleTurtle 2

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Kentucky Marshall County painted turtle red-eared slider turtle Sun, 02 Jun 2013 23:36:59 GMT
    Josh Collins - Senior Photos There are two words to describe Josh Collins - hard worker!  This became very clear in Josh's senior photo shoot on Saturday.  In fact, this is evident in some of these pictures: he welds, he gardens, he mows, and I am sure there is more.  In fact, Josh has plans for a career in welding.  This year Josh is a Senior at Marshall County High School, but after high school he expects to attend one of the top welding schools in the nation!  Though it doesn't show in any of these shots, he currently makes spending money mowing yards and selling home grown vegetables out of his garden - yes, his garden!

    I had a great time taking Josh's Senior Photos, and I think you can tell by his expressions, he had a great time too.

    Josh Collins - Marshall County High School Senior PhotographyJOSHCOLLAGE

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    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Marshall County Senior Photography Fri, 31 May 2013 00:23:52 GMT
    An Old Love For almost as long as I can remember, I have had an admiration for Bald Eagles.  Though they live in our area, and in fact are sometimes seen within a mile of my house, I have rarely seen one here.  Occasionally I will spot one flying over Kentucky Lake, and just a few years ago I was privileged to find an inhabited nest in the Land Between the Lakes.  About that same time I found a nest very close to my home, but was never privileged to see an eagle in it.  Just a few days ago though, my oldest son excitedly called me and told me he found an inhabited nest nearby, and this morning I was finally able to get out and see for myself.  Sure enough, an inhabited Bald Eagle's nest, and it was fairly easily accessible without disturbing the birds.  Here is the best shot of the morning:

    Bald Eagle in nestIMG_9437

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Bald Eagle Kentucky Kentucky Dam Kentucky Dam State Resort Park eagle nest Fri, 24 May 2013 01:00:29 GMT
    David Leipzig - Senior Photos On Saturday I was blessed with a great photo shoot with David Leipzig, a graduating Senior at Marshall County High School.  David is one of the most politically engaged teens I have met, and was privileged to attend Governer's Scholar Program and Boys State.  David is lined up to begin school this fall at Murray State University majoring in Political Science.

    As you can see in the photos, David loves the outdoors and Kentucky Lake.  He enjoys swimming, fishing, and kayaking.  He also plays baseball in Calvert City.

    I have known David for most of his life, and it is nice to see him grow into a young man with a promising future.  I pray for the Lord's blessings over this transition from high school to college and beyond.

    You can see the whole set of images here:

    Marshall County High School Senior PhotographyDAVIDCOLLAGE2


    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Calvert City Gilbertsville Kentucky Lake Marshall County Senior Pictures West Kentucky photos senior Tue, 21 May 2013 01:29:52 GMT
    Piccure Beta Review The photo world is abuzz with the announcement by Adobe that the next version of Photoshop will have Camera Shake Reduction.  They aren't the first to the table with this though.  Intelligent Imaging Solutions beat them to the punch just last week with a public beta release of Piccure, a plug-in for Photoshop.  I was eager to get my hands on this and see if this was too good to be true.  In short, I wish I could say it differently, but I am not a fan.  That is not to say I am not impressed though - I am.  It is fascinating what they are able to do, but my experimentation didn't lead to usable images.  Here are a few examples:

    This first image was shot with a 200mm lens without Image Stabilization at 1/50.  You can see the obvious blur in the original cropped image to the left.  The image to the right is the outcome after using the Piccure plugin.  I was hopeful with this image, as perhaps you could salvage a shot with this in certain circumstances.

    piccure photoshop exampleMailbox_1-50

    This next image was shot with the same lens, but at 1/30.  The blurriness is far more evident, and the resulting image from using Piccure is not only useless, but perhaps even worse than the original.  

    piccure photoshop exampleMailbox_2-30

    The final image was once again shot with the same lens, once again at 1/50, but this time more blurry than the first, and entirely unusable after attempting to clean it up with Piccure.


    We do have to remember, this is a beta release, but honestly, it doesn't give me much hope.  I hope the folks at Adobe or Intelligent Imaging Solutions can improve this technology to create something that might be useful, and perhaps if I had a photo with less blur it might have been, but the icing on the cake was the fact that each time I used Piccure, Photoshop would inevitably crash.  Not good.  Yes, I know it is a beta, but still not good.

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) adobe blur camera shake creative cloud photoshop piccure review shake Tue, 07 May 2013 23:15:00 GMT
    Citizen Journalism One of the things that originally attracted me to photography was citizen journalism.  In other words, capturing the events of life in camera.  Recently citizen journalism played a big role in identifying suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, but it does raise the question of ethics?  Is it right to capture such events?  This was the question being discussed on the episode of TWiP I was listening to this morning with Frederick Van Johnson, Doug Kaye, and Dan Ablan when I happened across this accident:

    Paducah Truck accident flipIMG_8246 This ought to give you a clue where I stand on this.  I am of the belief that if you feel confident the medical needs are being attended to, then there is nothing unethical about capturing the events of life.

    What's your opinion?  

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) 18 wheeler Kentucky Paducah accident eighteen wheeler flip flipped truck Thu, 02 May 2013 12:31:16 GMT
    The Difference is Me Funwi Numfor was my next encounter on the Las Vegas strip.  Funwi is a poet going to school in the United States, though he was born and grew up in Cameroon.  He was peddling his second book, The Difference is Me on the Las Vegas Strip - hoping to get know, and hoping to find followers.  I bought a copy, though I haven't looked at it yet.


    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Africa Cameroon Las Vegas The Difference is Me poetry Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:45:00 GMT
    John David One of the first real beggars I met while in Las Vegas was John David.  He tells me that he is named after two people in the Bible and his two grandparents, John and David.  His story was a sad one - his girlfriend/wife left him and took everything he had.  This occurred in California, and he was trying to get back on his feet in Las Vegas.  He didn't want donations, but was selling rocks with precious metals in this: gold and silver.  Note: I didn't leave with any rocks, but I did leave with some photos.  First, I'll show you the color version with a tilted crop:


    After some discussion, I found that John David was from Lexington, KY and had lived in Russellville, KY for a while.  Even so, he wasn't familiar with the far western end of the state.

    Here is the other (highly) processed photo of John David, which I like better:



    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:15:00 GMT
    Goldman On the first day of a recent trip to Las Vegas, the first random person I decided to approach was a man painted gold.  He quickly agreed, almost enthusiastically to let me photography him.  As I was setting up, I introduced myself, as did he, and his name was appropriately Goldman. 


    Goldman is from Ivory Coast, a violent nation on the west coast of Africa.  He lives here now with his wife and children, and the saying he kept repeating was, "Live life to the fullest!"  

    Here is the same shot of Goldman with different processing, which I like better.


    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Africa Goldman Ivory Coast Las Vegas Sat, 23 Mar 2013 00:14:02 GMT
    Abraham Occasionally you just run across a person who brightens your day.  Abraham is one of those people.  After speaking with him, he make me want to show my smile to everyone.  

    Abraham was born in the Sudan.  He told me he was one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.  I had not heard the term, but in summary, he was part of a terribly large group of young men separated from their parents at gunpoint, never to see them again.  This happened to Abraham when he was 12.  He suggested I watch Lost Boys of Sudan to understand what happened.

    Abraham has been in the United States about twelve years, but due to immigration law and finances, his wife and child are still in the Sudan.  He is working to resolve that.

    I was pleased to find out Abraham knows Jesus as his Savior.  It sure didn't surprise me seeing the joy on this man's face.


    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:15:00 GMT
    Brett and Kate I took the scenic route to Denver on the way back from Fort Collins, Colorado on my last trip.  This included a stop off at a fantastic coffee shop in Estes Park, Colorado.  If you know me, you know I am extremely picky about my coffee, but this place, Kind Coffee, had the best coffee I have had in a shop in a while.  Most shops don't know how to make a good light roast coffee, but that was not true here at all.  While I was there I had an opportunity to meet two great folks, Brett and Kate.  

    Brett has been with Kind Coffee about a year.  He had a great laid-back personality that was welcoming.


    Kate moved to Estes Park from Seattle about three years ago.  She has actually been a barista for twenty years!  Seriously, did she start when she was three!?  She has worked for Kind Coffee for about three years.  


    I had a great conversation with these two, and I hope to meet them in my travels again.

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Mon, 18 Mar 2013 11:15:00 GMT
    Kat Today I was able to take a short hike along the Devil's Backbone, near Estes Park, Colorado.  It was a really beautiful place.  I was privileged to run into a County Park Ranger along the way named Kat.  Kat started working for the park service right out of high school and has worked for them for about five years.  You could tell by her smile and tone of voice that she loves what she does.  Kat gave me a few pointers on locations for good shots, and then we parted ways.



    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:53:52 GMT
    Hello World I am going to take the easy road on my first post and simply say, "Hello World!"

    I don't have a lot of time for blogging now, but I do see websites, articles, pictures, and other items that I wanted to be able to share on my own site.  Yeah, I know G+, Facebook, and even Pinterest can be good for this sort of thing, but there is something about having it on this site that I like.

    I hope you like what you see as this comes together.  Once again, welcome.

    [email protected] (SCEEE Photography) Thu, 18 Oct 2012 22:59:55 GMT