Tips & Thoughts

When Digital Editing Works

It is common for clients to bring in a photo and ask us to add or remove a person. When removing a person, the reason could be one of many: “We’re divorced.” “I hated them.” “I don’t know who they are.” “They’re ruining the photo.” “I just want them gone.”   However, when someone wants to add a person, reasons don’t matter.   We worked on a project recently where a client wanted to...

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When it’s all you have, make it special.

Mary Lou bought a new phone last week, and one of the first things she did with it was photograph her son’s National Honor Society induction. She forgot her camera, but she was able to get (pretty good) photos of her son anyway.   It’s hard to remember a time without camera phones, and it’s too easy to take advantage of being able to take a photo whenever you want. This wasn’t...

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crayon portrait

Inside the Crayon Portrait

Hanging in our studio is a softly colored pastel, octagonal portrait of two brothers in war uniforms. Clients take notice and comment, “My grandmother has something just like that. What is it?” It’s a crayon portrait - a photograph that is hand embellished with colored pastels or charcoal We live in a minimalist society where the trends with wall art is clean and simple. Crayon portraits, by their nature can seem gaudy...

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how to deal with mold on photos

Put the Lysol Down: How to Deal with Mold.

Mold. The word makes you want to bathe in bleach. It is bad enough that you have to battle the mold growing in the shower, but what do you do when it appears on your great-grandmother’s face? Believe it or not, mold can grow on photographs and documents. It is tragic and horrifying, but it is not uncommon. How does mold happen? How to make moldy photos: Mix one part moisture with...

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Wedding Gifts: Be anti-gravy boat

Wedding registries are boring. It’s a bold statement, but it’s true. Want to know why? I don’t like people telling me what to buy. Most people feel pressured into putting items that they think should be on a registry instead of what they actually want.   Most of the items on a registry end up being returned or living in the basement for 15 years. How many couples seriously use the gravy...

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Belief in the Photo Album

I love having framed photographs and mementos in my home and office.  I don’t need a reminder to know how hard I work each day for my family, but it is a lift to see them smiling at me from my desk.  My wedding photo takes me back to one of the most wonderful days in my life.  The photo of my dad and his family brings back precious memories...

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