Shutterfly.com Review – Consumer Print Lab Comparison

Overview I will admit, I shudder when I hear the words “Shutterfly.com” – I have visions of photo novelty products, such as mouse pads, woven blankets and cheap acrylic mugs floating through my head.  However, I am not naive and I know that Shutterfly is VERY popular with consumers because of the wide variety of […]

Mpix.com Consumer Print Lab Review

Overview Mpix.com is the online consumer print lab I generally recommend to my clients for printing the files that they purchase from my studio. Mpix lab offers a nice variety of products and a few options and services not typically found at other consumer labs. Their mounting and lustre coating options are a real benefit […]

Costco Photo Center – Consumer print lab review

Overview I have a love/hate relationship with Costco print labs. For the most part, I love them and recommend them, but I do so with one MAJOR caveat: NOT ALL COSTCO PRINT LABS ARE CREATED EQUAL.  In all honesty, this is a disclaimer than can apply to ANY print lab, but since I do, in […]

Friday Favorites Week 1 – Grandma’s Bowls

Project Inspiration I’ve had a project idea floating around in the back of my mind for the past year or so. I am not sure what spurred the idea – perhaps a it was the 52-week photo projects I see periodically shared on Facebook or Instagram.  Whatever the inspiration may be, my ultimate goal is […]

Walmart – Photo Center Review

I received a text from my friend around 10:30am on Thursday morning: “Can u print the pix from our session for J’s parents? They leave tomorrow to go home” I responded in the affirmative and she asked for me to send them to Wal-mart for the sake of time and convenience. Normally I’d tell her […]

Wall Portrait Displays – Part 1: Location, Location!

I love wall galleries – as a photographer, it is very inspiring to see my portraits displayed together to tell the story of a moment that I captured for a family. Whether you have invested in digital files or traditional prints from your session, the wall gallery is a stunning way to display your treasured […]

Why Should You Hire a Certified Professional Photographer

I am proud to hold the designation of Certified Professional Photographer (CPP). Through a somewhat intense process of studying, testing and image submission/review, I achieved the designation in early 2011. While the CPP designation isn’t new, it has only been recently that the Professional Photographer’s Association (PPA) has started actively taking steps towards educating the […]

Online Digital File Storage Solutions

Protecting Your Memories One major upside to digital photography is the ease of storing hundreds (or in my case, thousands!) of pictures in a compact manner. While I always encourage my clients, family and friends to print out their favorite images to put into an album that is easy to browse through and enjoy, the […]

Newborn Photographer – Relationships

One of my favorite parts of all newborn sessions is capturing the relationship images with Mom, Dad and older siblings.  I always encourage my clients to participate in the sessions as these are truly moments that are precious and unrepeatable. Questions wondering if older siblings can participate in the session are met with a resounding […]

No, you won’t remember that!

Over the past nine, almost ten years, my kids have said and done some adorable things. (They’ve also done some crazy, agonizing things but I won’t dwell upon those items right now.)  These quotes and events have were so precious at the time I thought there was NO WAY I could forget that moment and […]