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Tuesday Tips & Tricks: Professional photographer or do it yourself?

26 Jul

What’s your preference when taking photos for important events? Do you like to take photos yourself, have a friend do it for you, or maybe hire a professional to take the pictures? I’m big on photos (you should see my personal/family blog!) and I take them sporadically throughout the day, while we’re out and about, and almost for any occasion. But when it comes to a professional photographer, I’m far from it! I love to capture every day moments of my son, especially when hubby has to work out of town and for our family who doesn’t live in the same state as us.

And a few times I’ve hired a professional to really capture moments that I can hang on my wall. That being said, how do you get the most for your money when it comes to photography? For our wedding we had a professional photographer and the pictures were amazing, but they also cost a small fortune. I was also lucky enough to have a friend with a photography background who took my maternity (and baby) photos last year. (photo below) You can also see her work here, here, and here! Her site is amazing and if you are looking for fabulous scenes to hang in your house, you need to see these!

So my tip for today is to use your resources when it comes to photography. Whether it’s getting good lighting outside and snapping some photos yourself, or enlisting the help of friends who’ve got skills. And then of course seeing what deals you can find online and in portrait studios. For my son’s 6 month photos, I went to Sears and they did a really great job!
Kodak Gallery  I’ve used Kodak Gallery for as long as I can remember, so if you’re looking for a new site to upload/share/purchase photos from, I’d highly recommend them. Click the image for details.

Not to mention they have this nice deal going on right now where if you join today you’ll get a free poster collage. It’s free to join so why not check it out?


Guest post & coupon!

16 May

Today I’d like to share with you a guest post and an awesome website. The website is titled SwedeScenes and has tons of amazing photography. You can purchase a print as is, or you can contact the photographer and she will edit the photos to fit your request.

SwedeScene Memories

One of my favorite inexpensive things to do is sight see. When our three children were small we were stationed on the island of Terceira, Azores. On the weekends we would put the kids in the car, zoom across the island to the only large grocery store and buy a loaf of fresh crusty bread and a rotisserie chicken. Then off we would go to find the perfect picnic spot on the island. Sometimes it was along the beautiful coastline and other times it was at a picnic grounds in the interior of the island. I always had a picnic
basket stocked in the car with wipes, paper plates and napkins.  The kids loved being able to eat with their hands and not having to worry about silver ware. The rotisserie chicken just fell apart and made for a scrumptious lunch coupled with the fresh bread.

The moments we share with our children can only be wrapped up like this… Picnics are cheap, the memories are priceless!

It was during these outings that I discovered a love for photography. I enjoyed taking pictures of our children running through the
fields and playing along the volcanic rock coastline. For years I only had a small point and shoot camera. After two more duty stations and a nine month Digital Imaging course, I finally purchased my first digital DSLR camera. I quickly fell in love with taking shots of landscapes of the places we would visit. Venice was my first true inspiration. To this day, I still love the images I was able to create out of my original portraits. They adorn the walls of my living room and are a reminder of the beauty that we shared on that cold winter’s day.

Today we are lucky to be stationed back on the beautiful island of Terceira, and I have the opportunity to capture this lush landscape
once again. It was here that I realized I wanted to share my love of photography and digital imaging with the world. As a military spouse we have had the privilege of seeing so many beautiful places.

I invite you to visit my online store, browse the galleries and let me know what you think of my travels. If you see a print that inspires or delights you, feel free to purchase it and add to your collection. I wanted to create an affordable gallery that won’t break the bank.


As a token of my appreciation and our love of coupons, if you purchase between now and June 17th you can apply the coupon code “Spring2011” to receive 10% off of your order on all pictures and digital images.

Have a wonderful Spring day,

Chrisinda Swede

Thanks Chrisinda for this guest post!

If you’d like to know more about Chrisinda, go here to see her bio, or you can contact her if you have any questions.

For a sneak peek at her most recent work, check her out here, and here.


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