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I'm sure you are wondering where I have been.  Family, work, life, it all keeps me going.  Although lately I find I am spending more time with my little family.  But I assure you I have been working on some branding and marketing for wonderful clients of mine.  And while I should be putting all of that here, I have been patiently waiting to update my site.  And it's not because I don't want to add more to what I have, it's just the work that will be poured into converting everything to a new platform.  Yes that's right!!  

I love my Squarespace site.  It has everything I need without breaking the bank.  Some people have multiple sites: website, blog, gallery, etc, etc.  With Squarespace I can do all of that in one.  And now they are making it even better


The new platform they have been diligently working on for the past year or so.  I have been waiting patiently wanting to update my little site, but knowing this was in the works and for it to be out soon, I didn't want all that work in moving things over.  

So go over, take a look and see all the neat features. There are so many I wouldn't do it any justice without you seeing for yourself.  Also the pricing is out of this world phenominal!!  You couldn't ask for a better company to be a part of.  Now click on the image to take you to Sqsp6 landing page and also where Squarespace can track my referals!!!  

Be on the lookout for my new site!!  With all the bells and whistles and updated work.


Client Share | Branding You

It's been busy here in my design world.  Just to show you something I have been up to.  I have had the great pleassure of working with Alicia Betts of Best Betts Photography.  We wanted to create something that went along with her fun and edgy style, yet keep things clean and classic.  It took me a little while to get the perfect styling for her and I am so excited she likes what we came up with.  

If you are in need of a photographer in the Carmichael, California area give Alicia a call.  She is fantastic!!!  Oh and don't forget to go to her Facebook page.  Best Betts Facebook


Quote for the day



Quote for the day



Still here!!

You are probably wondering where I have been!  Some days I seem to wonder that myself.  But I have been busy.  Traveled to Seattle, saw great friends that we miss dearly.  I have been designing great pieces for my husbands place of work.  Most are up in my portfolio, but I'll show you a few here soon as well as some shots of Seattle that I am pretty proud of.  

And while the list can go on to what I have been up to, what I haven't been up to is posting here.  I don't want what small followers I have right now to leave.  Hang in there with me and send some friends over this way if you can.  I have been churning in my head ideas to talk about.  Things that may be of interest in the way of design and marketing, but in the mean time if there is something that you would like to know about or for me to talk about, send me a line.  

For now here is an ad I created that is published in the Hilton Head Monthly Magazine for September.  It is part of their bridal section.  (I didn't want to leave you without a little taste of what I have been up to!)


Happy Birthday Little Man

Today our little man turns 1!  I cannot believe how quick the time goes by.  I thought that it went by quick when our oldest turned 6 this year, but to have the baby get bigger and older... well it just doesn't seem possible.  

Happy Birthday Beautiful Baby Boy!!!  Cannot wait for many more!


Water for Elephants

I have a new love!  

The past year I have gained a great appreciation for reading.  Maybe it's because my 6 year old loves to pick up books, or have mommy read him a story at night.  But I think in my "old age" I have found a new world to escape to.  

First and foremost, I love movies.  There is nothing more exciting then immersing yourself into a character and their lives.  Or seeing the visual splendor of a fantasy world portrayed so visually you could only dream of stepping through the screen and it becoming your world.  I can only imagine movies getting better and better as technology grows.

But something that will always be constant is reading.  Books, magazines, newspapers, the list goes on.  And while getting lost in a movie, a visual eye candy set in your brain, the things you read can get you lost in so many ways you are only left to your own imagination.

I have begun my exploration into reading and connecting it with the movies.  While most times the movies are adaptations to books, I love being able to explore more of the characters.  Their little nuances that movies sometimes have to leave out because of time.  Now usually I am always late to the party.  Never one to crack an obsession over something until the novelty and hype is all over.  ( I'm sure you know what I am talking about!)  Yes I was sucked into the Twilight Saga.  But it wasn't until after I had watched the first two movies that I began reading the books.  Showtime was running Twilight and New Moon almost exclusively everyday, practically all day.  And of course my curiosity became the best of me and I had watched both in the same night, back to back.  Great because I didn't have to wait to see the second, bad because I stayed up wait too late that night. From then on I knew I had to get the books.  I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Bella and Edward but I knew that I wanted to read about it before I watched it.  I started from the first book, rapidly reading it within 2 days.  Then the next, just as quick as the first.  Next thing I know I had finished all fours books within 2 weeks.  Accomplishment I might say!  Now I am dying for Breaking Dawn 1 and 2 to come out and I am biting at the bit so much I may pick up the books again just to get my fix.

Before I decided to read the Twilight Saga again, I had seen the previews for Water for Elephants.  I love Reese Witherspoon, and yes, Robert Pattinson just about makes you melt.  But I really loved the era they are portraying.  1930's Great Depression Era with love, escape, vulnerability.   The author has even included a circus and one of the main characters being an elephant.  Again this is a book where I am late to the party, being out since 2007 and becoming a #1 New York best seller within that time.  See I am always behind! 

Now April 22nd cannot come fast enough for me.  I am finished with the book and the movie will be out that day.  I wonder if i can convince the hubby to see it, but of course I don't mind going alone.  I guess I'll just have to get my fix watching the trailer until it comes out on the big screen.  All the glitz and glitter, love and despair.  Hmm what a way to get lost!

Water for Elephants: by Sara Gruen

Hey stay tuned to the Tutorial side of my blog.  I am going to show you how to add a Welcome page for your Facebook page.  I may even be nice and give you the code to pop it in yourself!  DISCLAIMER:  I am in no way an HTML guru.  I love to dabble in it, so if something is off I may have to research to find out what it is.  But I assure you, this is really easy to do and it's a great way to gain a little more exposure FOR FREE!!


Client Share | Branding You

If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be to visit the wonderful Julie Skelton of Julie Anne Images and Vanessa Allison of Sweetness Photography.   Not only does one live in the UK and the other lives in Australia (dying to go my entire life) but they are fabulous photographers who hired me to create their voice, their branding.  I was so honored when they asked me for my help and I knew we would come up with a logo and such they would love.  





First Julie requested an updated look.  Her colors were the robins egg blue and chocolate brown.  Always a classic and beautiful combo.   And she also needed it to be versatile for any clientele.  Great move as she is fantastic at her work.  I could say more, but it would be better for you to check out her site.  And while you are at it, like her on facebook. Julie Anne Images  |  Julie Anne Images Facebook Page

Now I have the pleasure to show you Vanessa's logo.  Her target client is predominately babies and so she wanted a logo that was soft and sweet to mimic her little clients.  While the blue with taupe is a beautiful combo, I can also envision it with pink or a soft yellow.  The right colors for precious little babies.  And don't you love her signature for her blog?  She could use it for all kinds of things too.  Thank you again Ness for letting me be a part of your voice.  If you were here in the states, I would totally call you up to take my baby's photos.

So check her out.  She is in the process of switching things up.  Her new look, but it can't stop you from seeing her beautiful work.  Sweetness Photography | Sweetness Photography Facebook Page



Free Download | hearts luxe 

Valentines is coming up on us quick.  This template is again using the Millers Luxe collection, but can also be printed anywhere that can do a 5x5 sq card.  (put the square sample so that you could see what it would look like).  


Please do not distribute, sell, or claim as your own.  The template is intended for professional photographers and not for the general public.  If you would like to use for clients, that's ok.  Just please give me credit in the design.  This is a layered PSD file with the colors and font adjustable.  Font is not included but is there for text placement.  If you really like this template tell your friends and have them come here to download please do not send to them.  I hope this covers it, just show some respect and there won't be any problems....  Oh, and I can monitor downloads....


Happy New Year! 


I hope there are many blessings and wonderful things to come in this new year.


free download - plum holiday template

 A little late to the holiday card template party, but not too late for one to be a freebie.  This design is based on my own card but tweaked.


The card is a 5x7 front and back design using the new Luxe templates from Millers.  They can also be printed as a regular card.  I highly recommend the UV Purl coating!!  Beautiful!!!

Please do not distribute, sell, or claim as your own.  The template is intended for professional photographers and not for the general public.  If you would like to use for clients, that's ok.  Just please give me credit in the design.  This is a layered PSD file with the colors and font adjustable.  Font is not included but is there for text placement.  If you really like this template tell your friends and have them come here to download please do not send to them.  I hope this covers it, just show some respect and there won't be any problems....  Oh, and I can monitor downloads....



thank you to those who serve and protect

A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. That is beyond honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.  Thank you to all who has served, is serving, or will serve in the future for protecting our country and our loved ones.  And we cannot forget the families of those serving who give the greatest sacrifice of all, and that is letting their loved one's go in danger to protect us. 
You will always be remembered and never taken for granted.

unused logos

click banner to go to the logo shop

There have been unused logos added for purchase.  Details are included on the same page, but if you have any questions before purchase, please don't hesitate to email me.  Also once a logo is purchased, it is yours and no one else will get these. 

If you would like additional items, such as business cards, etc those will be extra.


do you want to get photovision for $39... read and find out how

I have to say that I am not big on promoting something if I am not totally satisfied with it myself.  If I am going to spend the money, then it better be worth it.  Well Photovision's DVD is totally worth it.  And the best part is I can get it for you for $39.  You save $110 off the regular price.

The 2 hour DVD's are packed with great information from leading photographers in the industry.  Things like branding, workflow, techiniques in lighting or how to work a session.  Plus I love how it can give you a little boost when your creative flow just isn't flowing.  

Ok, so what do you have to do to get it.  Click this link  , fill out the information, and then make sure you put in PVFAN in for the promo code.  That's it!!  You get 6 2 hour DVD's for a one time price of $39 a year.  They will come every other month in neat little packaging.  And you can also have it set up to automatically deduct from your account each year.  That way you never miss an issue.

So go and add these great DVD's to your collection of resources.  I think you will be very pleased.


Tamron.. how about you try to win one....

Win a Tamron SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di-II VC LD Aspherical Lens!


MCP Actions is having a great contest on her blog.  I really think you should check it out.  And while you are at it, check out her content.  It's absolutely fabuous.  I think I check her site out everyday to see what she is talking about.


another business card.....

I wanted to share another business card that I have created.  It is for the wonderful Heather Sons of Heather Sons Photography.  Check out her site and leave her some love on her blog.



just a little update...

With all that has been going on in the past few months, I feel like my head is spinning.  Sometimes you don't realize what is on your plate until you sit down and think of all that has to be accomplished.  And I have never been one for great time management.  So please anyone out there that has a full proof, (or idiot proof) way of doing that I'd love to know what it is!! 

But in the mean time I have been doing all sorts of things.  I have finished up work on a bookmark design for the wonderful Mandie Newsom of Captured.  She has been such a wonderful client and her business has really taken off very well for her.  I can see great things coming from her in the future. And don't forget to become a fan on facebook.

I have also been finishing up some logo work.  And I am also creating a wonderful packet for photographers.  Would love to go into details on what that all entails, but I am not quite there yet.  I am in the beginning stages of creating it.  I have found that it is more time consuming than I had anticipated, but I am very excited to unveil it.  So be on the lookout.

And here is one more design that I created for Mandie.  It is another business card that can be put into her rotation.




say hello to my little friend!!

Look what I found in my driveway this morning.......

To my surprise as I was going around my jeep to take my son to daycare, I almost stepped on this little guy.  We've been getting quite a bit of rain lately and I think this little one came up from our pond behind our house.  I guess it needed to be a bit of a land lover for a bit.

Living in the south you can come across some neat things.  We have seen our share of alligators.. there is a pluthra of turtles and egrets... and I have seen my fare share of snakes that are poisness.  This little guy though seems to top it all!!!!


marketing material | quick share

Hello..  I just wanted to share a business card that Mandie Newsom of Captured asked me to do.  If you remember in another post, she purchased one of my "logos for sale".  She has also asked me to create a business card to pass out to potential clients.

 Thanks again Mandie!!  Cannot wait to see it printed.  Oh and don't forget to become a fan of her facebook page.

One side note, I am totally excited for a new template design I just created.  I am waiting for it to come back from the printer and I'll post images as well as the template over at the shoppe.  It is totally customizable and easy to use.

Just wanted to give you a little teaser before it gets here!!!



Has anyone told you that designing for someone is easier then designing for yourself?  Well if they have not, it is.  Trying to pin point down what you want to convey, what style you want to present is not an easy task.  I have been through countless ideas and colors and everything in between. 

Branding is a very important part of anyone's business.  It defines who you are and how you want to be presented to your collegues and clients.  That is why it is very important to higher someone you trust that will get your angle.  But do not be discouraged if it takes time.  Creating a brand for someone is a process.  Some people are very successful of getting their clients over night and others, it just may take some time.  But it is well worth it in the end.  Plus I think it's fun in the idea of getting to know your client.  You build lasting relationships for years to come. 

Oh, and any post is no fun without a pic.  This is a logo design that I did for a client out of the "logo's for sale".  I was really excited with what we came up with.

 Stephanie of Stephanie Dawn Photography purchased a "logo for sale" and we tweaked to her needs.  Once I get her website, etc I'll post so you can check her out.


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