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Monday, November 18, 2013

Chic Critique Cover Contest!

I'm excited to put my image in the running for the Cover contest! Check out the submissions at 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Feature Friday :: Bonnie Hussey

Today I am excited to begin Feature Friday! I will be featuring amazing Photographers right here on my blog for your viewing pleasure. The Photographers that are closest to my heart are fellow military wives, so I am happy to honor them on my little piece of internet space. SO lets begin!

I am thrilled to share with you the work of the talented Bonnie Hussey! She currently serves  JOINT BASE LEWIS MCHORD:: Olympia, Tacoma and south Seattle areas. You can learn more about her below or visit her at her website at  Thank You Bonnie for sharing your work!

How would you describe your photography style? 

Documentary, raw, real

What do you love most about being a photographer?

I love that I get the chance to be apart of some pretty big moments in other people's lives. Documenting a birth is nothing short of incredible and for families, brand new parents, to trust me with that is just… it's huge, in my opinion.

What inspires you most?

My kids. They are the reasons I even picked my camera back up and pushed myself to be so much more. 

What are your joys and challenges of being a military spouse?

Joys: I've been able to see parts of this world that I would never have been able to see on my own. I gave up my career as a soldier to support my husband's and watching him grow within his career and do what he loves over the last eight years has brought me so much happiness. 

Challenges: He's gone a lot with his job. I think it's harder on the kids, him and myself with him in and out. We all have to get used to a different routine when he's gone and then there is the readjusting period when he comes home. 

Tell us about your life as a military wife::

Well, I've been married to my husband for almost seven years (together for eight) and I knew from the night we met that he was supposed to be who I spent my life with. I still believe that. We met at Fort Benning in 2006, married after less then a year of dating, and a few months later we PCSed to Germany for four years. I loved our time there - despite him being deployed for a year twice. So far, Germany is the only place we've been stationed at that felt like "home." There's a much different camaraderie between the spouses when you're stationed overseas. I met some of my closest friends while we were stationed there. Now we're stationed at Fort Lewis. We've been here for a little over two years and it's a nice place to be stationed. 

 Image by Elena S Blair Photography

Meet the The Photographer:

 "I love life. I love being able to spend my days with my babies, hanging out with friends, and using my camera to record my life."

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

“Take a Shot” a beginner’s photography class {Schertz, TX}


After several requests I am happy to announce that I will be hosting a Beginners Photography workshop!
I see so many people with fancy cameras that are stuck on auto. Let me teach you how to use your camera to its full potential!

“Take a Shot” a beginner’s photography class

What we’ll discuss:
  • ·         How to use your Digital SLR camera
  • ·          Aperture (f-stop), shutter speed, ISO, and how they all work together
  • ·         Different settings and what the mean
  • ·         Lighting: how to find beautiful natural light
  • ·         Composition
  • ·         Equipment suggestions
  • ·         30 min. of shooting time with discussion and questions
  • ·         The importance of capturing the candid moments and how to get them

Take home:
Printed Say NO to Auto card . It comes ready to be attached to your camera bag
The chance to win some awesome prizes!
Open email policy if you have questions after the workshop
Confidence to go into the world and be a better photographer
The Details:
December 7th, 2013
.Class size limited. First come, first served. Register by clicking HERE 

“Oh Crop”  a workflow and basic editing class

What we’ll discuss:
•                      raw vs jpeg
·                                  Downloading and storing your images

•                      Lightroom
•                      pre-sets
•                      simple, clean edits
•                      Photoshop:: basic tools and how to use them
Take home:
Printed photoshop short-cut sheet
The chance to win some awesome prizes!
Open email policy if you have questions after the workshop
The Details:
December 7th, 2013
Class size limited. First come, first served. register by clicking HERE 

Lunch will be served to those attending both classes as well as a 10% discount given on the combined total. You do not have to attend both! Sign up is individual for each class! 

*PAYMENT PLANS AVAILABLE! e-mail me for special financing options. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Christmas Mini Sessions {Fort Sam Houston, TX / Cibolo, TX Family Portraits}

Now that Halloween is out of the way I’m sure you are already thinking about Christmas! I know we have Thanksgiving in there somewhere. Seriously though we only have 51 days left till Christmas…its coming up quick! It’s time to start thinking gifts and Christmas cards!

I don’t know about you but my family always begs for an up to date family picture. I can get away saying no to some, But have you ever been able to tell your Grandma no? If you have then you have to meet mine. She’s no joke and NO is not something you tell her. But, enough about me and my family start thinking about you and yours.

Pictures are such a meaningful, custom, heartfelt gift for a loved one. I tried to make the card sending and gift giving a little easier this year by offering these mini sessions. 

The sessions will take place on November 16th in Cibolo, TX and on November 17th on Fort Sam Houston.  These are my last mini sessions of 2013 (it’s crazy writing that)  Please take advantage of this great deal. There are a limited number of slots so get them while they’re hot!? (I’m not sure if that makes sense here- but I’ve always wanted to say that)