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Guest Writer for Lemonade & Lenses September Issue

I was at the gym being tortured by the treadmill when I decided to check my email.  There was the usual email informing me that I had inherited 300,000 million from an unknown family member and all I had to do was send them $2500 for the lawyer fees and of course Senior Match.com trying to set me

Reflectors and why you need them!

As a photographer a reflector or any reflective surface is your best friend.  If you are shooting into the sun and want a back lit shot you will have to have something casting light back onto your subject.  Light colored buildings or one with big windows are great reflective surfaces!  A great way

One Frame

How a Janitor Became a Wedding Photographer

I didn’t really know I wanted to be a photographer.  I wasn’t one of those people who took pictures all her life and just knew I had to make this a career. I wasn’t thinking about it, dreaming it or even saying to myself  “one day when I’m a world famous wedding

Woods Coffee Christmas Party Photobooth | Bellingham Photographer

A couple weeks ago my friend Jenn asked me if I would be interested in shooting a photobooth for The Woods coffee Christmas Party.  Umm heck yes!!  The Woods is my happiest place on earth!  In fact, technically, the one on the Guide is my office for meeting with brides.  Just ask the girls who are

I love Animoto!

I just signed up with Animoto and it’s so easy to create a video, I just love it!  Make sure you click the little screen on the bottom right to make it full screen!

{Be a Blessing First}

I get a lot of questions about photography but the most asked question is “What is your advice to someone just starting in this business?” Photography is a hard thing to break into.  There are so many photographers out there and it’s easy to look at their work and think

{I don’t want to suck, I want to fill}

I had the most amazing experience this past few days at WPPI!  I had dreams of learning everything I could about shooting, lighting, and posing.  Instead I learned some things that changed my life. What I learned at wppi: There was one thing that really stood out to me about the speakers.  Every

WPPI~ Here I Come!

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to go to WPPI this year for the first time!   For those of you who don’t know what this is, it’s the largest photography convention in the world!  There will be over 75 speakers covering a range of specialties from wedding and portraits,

Just shoot

Yep I’m procrastinating again!  As I sit here reading blog after blog and forum after forum before I know it my days are gone.  I should really get out there and just shoot.  I mean it is finally sunny this week for the first time in years.  Okay maybe not years but it sure seems like it

Stoney Ridge Field Trip

One of my jobs that I absolutely love is being a preschool teacher.  I adore being out somewhere and seeing one of my little preschool friends who will run up and yell “Hi Teacher Toni”!  That just grabs my heart.  Today was our preschool field trip  to Stoney Ridge and we had a great

I’m not feeling well and I think someone is in my freezer.

I decided to blog a little today even though I’m not feeling all that well.  The good thing is I have whole 3 hours by myself this morning because everybody is gone at school or work!  It’s funny I thought “oh this will be the perfect time to blog since I’m all alone”,

I’ve got a brand new blog!!

This is my new blog and I am loving it!  It’s still a work in progress!   I didn’t design it all by myself because then it would look like, umm…. crappy! I have a passion for photography not web design! I happened to get very lucky and met a wonderful, talented, smart, woman who

Today I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Actually the past few days I’ve been feeling overwhelmed but today is the worst. My baby girl is moving out. Oh she’s not really a baby but in my eyes she’ll always be that same sweet little girl looking up at me and asking if I want to play. Now I know I should have said yes a

Do I have to be an artist?

I went to a workshop this weekend and if I learned one thing it’s that I want to create art. I don’t want to just snap pictures of people, I want to capture the actual person. I want you to look at that picture and get a feeling for who that person is. I want you to look at that

Top 10 things you should know about me!

These are the top 10 things you should know about me, in no particular order! 1. I have six children and I love to make up random songs to teach to them just so I can carry on my legacy! 2. I love designer jeans, what more can I say? 3. I love people and rarely meet someone that I can’t

Trying to catch up!

I have so much to blog about from the past week and so many photos to share. I second shot my first wedding and also assisted at an art gallery benefit. I will be blogging about all that this week! I have also been working on my blog and with the help of Cinnamon Girls Designs things are looking

It’s gonna be good. I hope.

I have my first real photo shoot tomorrow with an actual non family member. Something is moving around in my stomach and since I’m pretty certain I’m not pregnant, it must be butterflies. I have scoured the internet looking at beautiful pictures taken by talented photographers in the