About Me

My photo
I'm Andrea. I'm a wife, mother, full-time computer software developer who seems to never have enough time to do everything I want to do. I married my high school sweetheart, who also happens to be my best friend. I love photography and am a total "mommarazzi" to my son Dillon. I grew up in the South, so I have always been loved, and also love others, with food. So my idea of a good time, is getting together with family and friends, eating some great food, and documenting the whole thing with my camera. So, "food, family, and photos" pretty much sums it up!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sharing Links from the MCP Actions blog on night photography

Hello, my name is Andrea and I struggle with night photography. There, I said it! It's out in the open. I'm just never really sure what settings to use and how to focus. So I was really happy to see these 2 posts on the MCP Actions blog on how to take great photos at night and I wanted to share them with you!

You can find the first article here and the second here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Florabella actions and camera bag giveaway!

Want to win either a super cool camera bag or $200 towards something from the Florabella Collection? I know I do! Enter here!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Beautiful new textures from Jessica Drossin!

Looking for some beautiful new textures? Check out Jessica Drossin's blog!

Want a free one and a chance to win a whole set from Jessica Drossin? Click the link!

Want to see a video that Jessica created to help you figure out how to use textures on your photos? Watch it here!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Woohoo! I was featured on the MCP Blog!

So, every Saturday I look forward to seeing the 10 featured photos from the past weeks submission in the MCP "picture a week" project and getting the theme for the next week. And each week that I think my photo was really good, I sort of hold my breath, just hoping that maybe this week is the week that I might be one of the 10. I hope, but I never really think I might be one, because there are so many professional photographers participating and so many of the photos are just phenomenal. Not to mention that there are now 3,100 people participating in the project.

So, imagine my surprise and delight as I scrolled down the blog post to see my photo of my Pampered Chef Salt & Pepper grinders as one of the featured photos for this week's theme of "Darks and Lights." It was a little like Christmas....only in March! :-D

If you'd like to check out my photo on the MCP blog and see the other 9 featured photos, you can do that here.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Love that Shot Link-up! "All in the Details"

So I LOVE MCP actions! I have all their freebies and am saving my pennies to buy the new fusion set (or really any set, there is nothing on that site that I wouldn't like to have!). Love that Shot is doing a link-up with the theme of "All in the Details" and the prize is a gift certificate to MCP or the new Fusion set, so I definitely wanted to enter!

This is a necklace that my mom bought for me on her last cruise. It made from pearls and some sort of black coral (I think?) and it is so pretty. I processed it using the Vanity action from Florabella's Luxe II set. I thought the details of the necklace were really cool and I love the contrast of the colors and the background.

MCP Actions Blog - Project 52, Week 11

Wow, week 11. This year is already flying by! The theme for this week was "Darks and Lights." I came "this close" to shooting my laundry sorter! The I saw my Pampered Chef Salt and Pepper grinder set with bamboo stand and had an aha moment. So this weeks photo was born...

Week 11 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: Darks and Lights

Processed using MCP Mini Fusion action

Sunday, March 13, 2011

MCP Actions Blog - Project 52, Week 8, 9, & 10

Yep, I'm running behind again. I managed to get my weekly photos published to Flickr on time to qualify each week, but I didn't make it over to the blog. So, let's look at it as a 3 for 1 deal... :-D

"Through a Child's Eyes"
Week 8 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: View from Here

Processed using B&W Blush action from Florabella Luxe II. I thought these photos turned out ok. I struggled with finding time during that week to take my photos, so these ended up being taken Friday night with artificial light.

Week 9 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: Express Yourself

Processed using B&W Blush action from Florabella Luxe II. Dillon's Pawpaw (Ron's dad) repainted some of Ron's Tonka toys and Dillon had a great time playing with them in the dirt.

"Vintage View"
Week 10 - MCP 52 Week Project Theme: Childhood Toys

Processed using Smitten action from Florabella Luxe II. We visited our family in Virginia over the weekend for my grandfather's 85th birthday. It was so nice to see everyone and my mom has kept a lot of mine and my sister's toys from when we were little. Dillon loves to play with them and we all get a kick from the memories. This trip, mom brought out my old Viewmaster and reels.