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A Birthday Blueprint

For today’s blueprint, I wanted to celebrate a birthday.  My own!  Yep, today at 5:11AM I turned 38 years old.  Wow! Time goes by fast. At the age of 38 I have come to have an appreciation for life.  It is short, no matter how long we live.  My great grandma lived until days before…

5,000 Friend Limit on Facebook: How Can a Social Networking Site Limit Friends?

5,000 Friend Limit on Facebook: How Can a Social Networking Site Limit Friends?

5,000 Friend Limit on Facebook.  I heard the rumors… Turns out they were true. Have you ever been told, “You have too many friends?” Or how about “No more friends for you!” Well today was my 1st time.  One day shy of 38 years of age, I was told I had too many friends and…

Winner of the Halloween Contest is…

Winner of the Halloween Contest is…

The winner of the Halloween Contest (who wins the Holiday Templates by Ashe Designs) is…. Well my twins had a hard time picking – they loved so many of the costumes. But in the end, they are Brownies so they picked: Patty of Picture Perfect Passion who said she has dressed as a girl scout…

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Drop It Modern Backdrops {Brianna Graham Style}

I often end up on Brianna Graham’s site as MCP readers will email me questions on how she post processes.  And while I only can make guesses, the one time I met her at the Secret Workshop, she was teaching studio work, not her post processing.  And even if she did share her knowledge, it…

Video Tutorial: Saving Actions to New Computer or Version of Photoshop

Video Tutorial: Saving Actions to New Computer or Version of Photoshop

I get this question at least once a week: “How can I move my actions to a new computer” or “…new version of Photoshop.” It is actually a super easy process. Just follow along with me and I will have you up and running with your actions on your new computer or upgraded version of…

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Halloween Freebies + Win Holiday Templates Prize Pack

Today MCP has partnered with Ashe Designs to bring you 4 fabulous Halloween Templates. Check out their fun template designs. You can download them HERE or on any of the 4 Halloween samples. Then enter a comment on this blog post with what you and/or your family members are dressing as for Halloween. If you…

Winners of the WordSmith 5 Pack of Prizes

Winners of the WordSmith 5 Pack of Prizes

Thank you for all of you who participated in the “how confident are you?” contest.  I hope that even if you are not one of the 5 winners, that it taught you something about yourself, personally and professionally, and made you think of things you can do to stay confident or improve your confident. This…

Lightroom 3 {Beta} Now Available

Lightroom 3 {Beta} Now Available

I twittered and posted to facebook the other day – but in case you missed the announcement, the Lightroom 3 beta program is available to the public. You do not need to own Lightroom. You can download the beta and use it until the product expires. The current Lightroom 3 public beta will expire on…

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Free Black and White Photoshop Actions: Breast Cancer Awareness

Want a FREE Black and White Photoshop Action?  You can download this black and white photoshop action with 14 color overlays now! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month so this Blueprint is dedicated to fighting Breast Cancer.  I created the “Take Action on Cancer Awareness” action set when my father-in-law was diagnosed with stage…

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CONTEST: $1,900 worth of Prizes – WordSmith Guides to Help Your Photography Business

Yesterday Joyce Smith shared on the MCP Blog about the important role of confidence in having a successful photography business. Now it is your turn. WordSmith is giving away 5 HUGE Prizes – each Prize is valued at $380.  This is a total of $1,900 worth of prizes. Each of the 5 winners will get…

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Confidence: A Crutial Component to Business Success

Joyce Smith, the amazing photographer, writer and owner of WordSmith is here today to share with MCP readers about how confidence plays a huge role in building a successful photography business (or really any business). She is sharing an excerpt from her “How to Sell” guide. Watch the blog tomorrow for a chance to win…

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Confession: When You Realize Something Needs to Change…

One recent morning I woke up and it hit me. I barely have time to do the things I love. I have not been exercising like I use to.  I have not talked to friends on the phone.  I barely spend time with my husband.  My kids ask why I always am on the computer…

Update on My Confession Earlier Today

Update on My Confession Earlier Today

Thank you to all those who wrote to me via my Facebook Page and on my blog comment section regarding how I can start to get my life back and get away from my computer “occasionally” to be with family, exercise, or just to take care of myself.  I have tried to respond to some…

Winners of the Color Inc Boutique Packaging & Prints are…

Winners of the Color Inc Boutique Packaging & Prints are…

The winners of the Color Inc. “boutique packaging and prints” contest are listed below.  If your name is on this please contact Jared at Color Inc to claim your prize by Friday the 23rd (jared@colorincprolab.com).  He will have a list of the winners below (and will have email addresses) so please only contact him to…

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Blueprint: A Girl and Her Umbrella

This adorable photo is from Kara Roberts Photography. She wrote, “I have tried and tried to post process this one but they all turn out ICK. She’s just surrounded by green, and even when I do a levels and curves adjustment it just makes the green worse.” So I decided to play with Kara’s photo…

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Photoshop Tutorial: Removing Glare on Glasses by Merging 2 Images

Photoshop Tutorial: How to remove glare on glasses in Photoshop – the Take Two Method To expand on yesterday’s post on removing or eliminating glasses glare, I will be showing you the “take 2” method. This method involves taking multiple shots of the subject with and without his or her glasses on. While photographing take…

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6 Quick Ways to Getting Rid of Glare on Glasses

I usually get 3-5 emails a week asking how people can avoid and/or remove glare on glasses. There are a number of ways to avoid, reduce or eliminate glare. Watch the light and how it affects the glasses while taking the shot. Turn your subject in different directions until the glare disappears. Reposition the subject…

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20 Photographers to Win Boutique Packaging from Color Inc.

Color Inc Pro Lab is the Professional Photo Lab where I do all of my printing.  I used them for years and loved every print. This year they signed up as an MCP Blog sponsor so I can bring some fun contests, coupons and specials. One of their newest products is perfect for the holidays.…

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How To Price Portrait Photography To Make Money

This article on “how to price your photography” is one of the MOST POPULAR ever written for the MCP Blog. Once you read this you will see why it has hundreds of comments, thousands of Facebook shares, and sparks interest and controversy. You will also learn how to make more money as a photographer.

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Share Your “Bag of Tricks” Examples with MCP

Now that MCP’s Bag of Tricks has been out a week, I would love your thoughts and feedback and the set.  Tell me what your favorite actions are from the set. I also invite you to share in two ways. You can post before and after examples (using the Bag of Tricks or any other…

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“Fall” by Ellie Friedman

Ellie, one of my 7 year old twins, loves to write. She constantly writes stories and poetry. She dreams of someday being an author. I tell her she already is. She wrote this today and I wanted to share her poem with all of you. “Fall” by Ellie Friedman Cider, apples All day long, Children…

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