The Bloom Forum Project 52 | Week 50 | Theme: Traditions/Holidays | Longboat Key Photographer

Merry Christmas!!!

It’s Week 50 with The Bloom Forum Project 52 for our group of 13 photographers – just two more to go!  This week’s theme is Traditions/Holidays.

We have dual holidays in our household – guess one would call it “Christmakkah.”  And over the years, we have found that certain routines and things have more or less become our own traditions.

For many years, we have a had a funky white tree.  Actually, two of them – one just a smaller version that sits near the foyer.

Decorations have varied on both trees over the years, but I always hang my seahorses.

Alex lights the Menorah each season to celebrate Hanukkah.

Every Christmas Eve, we go across the street to The Bayou Tavern for a wonderful, authentic Italian dinner.

After dinner, it’s time to curl up and watch It’s a Wonderful Life.

Christmas morning in our house means brunch!  I made a Potato-Gruyere frittata this morning……

We always go for a walk at Durante Park early in the afternoon before I need to get back into the kitchen.

And – how can I forget – a tradition every year is for a family photo on the beach for my holiday cards – wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Please continue along our circle of Project 52 participants – Erin Norman, Las Vegas Photographer, is up next.  I always love to see her posts and images each week!



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jessican - December 25, 2011 - 8:05 pm

Wonderful shots and I love your traditions. Your dinner sounds yummy!

Cara - December 25, 2011 - 11:48 pm

Thank you for sharing some of your traditions and I knew there would be some mouth watering food in yours this week :D

kristin m. young - December 26, 2011 - 9:12 am

i absolutely love your traditions!

Shannon - December 26, 2011 - 10:26 am

I really enjoyed getting a sneak peek of your holiday traditions. Lovely. And that fritatta looks like heaven! :)

The Bloom Forum Project 52 | Week 49 | Theme: Animals | Longboat Key Photographer

Hello and happy Sunday!  We are certainly winding down with The Bloom Forum Project 52 for 2011!  Many of our group members, along with several new participants, will be continuing this photographic journey in 2012.  Unfortunately, as much as I would like to continue, there are other challenges requiring my attention in 2012, so I need to bow out.

You may have noticed that my blog has been updated with a new logo and a slightly new look.  The colors remind me of dawn and twilight on the beach – lots of pinks, purples, and silvery grays.  It’s always been a favorite color palette of mine and I do find that most of my favorite images have hints of these colors.

So – back to Project 52!  This week’s theme is Animals.  Love this one!  I decided to do a holiday snap or two of my sweet dogs, Bonnie and Clyde.  Sweet, but not the sharpest knives in the drawer.  Getting them to sit still for the camera is a challenge (which is why you don’t see many photos of them!)  They don’t really listen to directions, and didn’t understand why they had to sit on this little table…….

or why they had to wear Christmas hats.

I mean, seriously check out this look from Clyde………………

Now please go check out Erin Norman, Las Vegas Photographer…..I love her work!  I am looking forward to what she has this week.  Many photos of hers have animals that just seem to show up during her shoots – pretty amazing!

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Carrie Terrones (Las Vegas Photographer) - December 18, 2011 - 10:40 am

Love these two! What great expressions they have…and fun names too!

Phillette - December 18, 2011 - 11:42 am

Bonnie and Clyde are adorable! But look at that expression on Clyde’s face! He is really hoping that modeling pays off big with doggie treats! Too cute! :)

LOL!! This is exactly what I tried to do with my Lola and she gave me a look just like Clyde is giving you, like, “Mom, what did I possibly do to deserve this punishment?!” So cute! I do love that you posted a pic of Bonnie and Clyde, they are just the cutest!

Shannon - December 18, 2011 - 1:52 pm

I. Love. This. <3

Cara - December 18, 2011 - 3:02 pm

Great new logo and colour palette, it looks great. Bonnie & Clyde are cuties and I love how patient they are in the 1st shot but how expressive Clyde’s look is in the 2nd.

Rachel M - December 18, 2011 - 4:55 pm

So sad you aren’t continuing with us for 2012. But those are the cutest doggies ever!

jessican - December 18, 2011 - 7:55 pm

They are adorable! And I love your new look. So beautiful.

Kathy Hysmith - December 18, 2011 - 8:42 pm

How adorable! This would have made a great Christmas card, although yours with David & Alex was really wonderful, also.

Ali C - December 18, 2011 - 10:23 pm

OMG! They are too cute!

Tamara - December 19, 2011 - 10:21 am

So cute
Great shots for this weeks theme

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The Bloom Forum Project 52 | Week 48 | Theme: Time | Longboat Key Photographer

Wow….almost to the end!  Week 48 and the theme this week is Time.

Two basketball games this week – getting a shot of the clock seemed to be a good choice for this week’s theme since I watched it enough.  Image is grungy, noisy, and a little urban…perfect for a glimpse into middle school basketball.

If you are new to my blog, I joined a group of 14 photographers from The Bloom Forum back in January to think outside the box and challenge ourselves creatively with weekly themes that we would interpret and post an image for.  Most of us have decided we’d like to stay together and embark on another journey for 2012 – love that!

Please continue on to see what the fabulous Erin Norman, Las Vegas Photographer, has this week – I love her work!  And please remember that we always love comments – please let us know if you’ve stopped by.  Thanks!!

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jessican - December 11, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Perfect shot for time. Love this perspective.

Cara - December 11, 2011 - 10:17 pm

Great shot Stacey. I love your processing for this it gives it such a timeless feel.

kristin m. young - December 12, 2011 - 9:26 pm

omy goodness…you must be in my world too–been seeing way too many of those clocks lately!

Amy - December 14, 2011 - 9:25 pm

Perfect for this week, Stacey!

Ali C - December 18, 2011 - 10:25 pm

I love this interpretation of the theme! It has such a timeless feel!

Boutique 2011 Christmas | Holiday Cards | Longboat Key & Bradenton Photographer

Have you ordered your holiday cards yet?  Even if you haven’t had a photography session with me, you may still order top-of-the-line cards through me.  I only use templates by the top designers in the photography industry, and the cards are printed through my professional lab on incredible paper (I choose pearl for mine).  The latest trend in the market is die-cut cards – cards cut to a specialty shape.  For the following, you have a choice of a standard flat card, or I can apply a die cut template for you and your card will be cut to the designated shape.  For example, card 8 is cut just beyond the graphics border so the background color is still captured.  I can’t say enough how impressed I am with mine…..and I always order ahead of time to see the finished product before I recommend it to you.

Here are some samples of 5×7 cards…….5×5, tri-fold, accordian, and other specialty cards are available

Card 8:


Card 5:

Card 4:

Card 1:

Card 7:

Card 6:

Card 3:

Card 2:

Joy to the World (back is white with a message of your choosing)

Season’s Greetings (5×7 flat card – OR folded – there is an inside page available)

Please message me if you are interested – I am currently ordering cards for clients who have requested them, so now is definitely the time to get your orders in.  Turn-around time is super fast – I ordered mine on a Monday morning, and received the next day in the evening.  I will drop-ship to your address so you’ll have them right away.  5×5 or 5×7 flat are $50 for the first set of 25, and an additional $40 for additional sets.  Please inquire about folded and trifold cards as most are not shown here.

Happy Holidays!

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The Bloom Forum Project 52 | Week 47 | Theme: As Is (SOOC) | Longboat Key Photographer

Back in January, I joined a group of amazing photographers from The Bloom Forum to challenge ourselves by posting weekly images according to a theme.  Some weeks have been harder than others to interpret, and there’s always been the challenge of time (or should I say not enough time) to “get out there” and get the image especially during busy weeks.

This week’s theme is As is or SOOC which means “straight out of camera.”  No adjustments, no anything.  I did take a quite a few random and not so random shots over the last two or three weeks, and most of them are still sitting in their RAW state on my hard drive.  So I went through a few folders last night looking for some keepers and found these two.

This first one was taken back on November 13 at Durante Park just after the sun went down.  I shot in manual wide open at f/2.8, with a shutter speed of 1/80 and and ISO of 640.  According to my histogram, I was pretty spot on with my exposure, but it’s very cool in temperature and needs to be warmed up and brightened up.

Here’s the edited image…..I brought it back into ACR and made a couple of minor adjustments, then into Photoshop where I added a few other layer adjustments and applied a couple of actions.

What are my favorite SOOC shots?  Silhouettes at sunset.  Very little editing needed, except for one or two layer adjustments for color to bring out the brilliant sky.  The manual settings for this shot taken on November 17 were aperature f/3.5, shutter speed 1/3200, and ISO 640.  By metering off the sky, I retained my exposure of the sky while my son became dark.

The edited version – just a punch of color and a straightening of the horizon.

Please continue of to see what the fabulous Erin Norman, Las Vegas Photographer, has for this week’s theme – I love her work!  And if you stop by, please let us know by leaving a comment….we love them!

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Phillette - December 4, 2011 - 9:49 am

Even your “straight out of the camera shots” are really great before you add your magical touches! Thanks so much for giving us newbies a “teaching moment” by sharing your manual settings you used when you shot these!

LOVE! The sunset one especially :)

Shannon - December 4, 2011 - 1:15 pm

Stacey, I love your sunset silhouettes. Each photo reminds me of the final frame of a movie. It’s the happy ending to that particular day’s story, or a family’s Florida vacation, or simply a favorite memory. Love it.

Rachel McPhillips - December 4, 2011 - 1:26 pm

That silhouette is amazing! Love it!

jessican - December 4, 2011 - 3:41 pm

Both gorgeous. Your SOOC shot on the first one is perfect!

Cara - December 4, 2011 - 3:44 pm

Great shots as is but its fun to see what a few minor tweaks can do!

Ali C - December 4, 2011 - 3:49 pm

I love the clarity in the first shot. The sunset silhouette is perfection! So beautiful!

Carrie Terrones - December 4, 2011 - 4:21 pm

That sunset is just divine. Love your perspective and the pop of the sky…both SOOC & edited!

Christina - December 11, 2011 - 1:42 pm

Both of these are beautiful. I am in love with that sunset image.

Amy - December 14, 2011 - 9:27 pm

Sigh….how I love your sunset silhouettes on the beach! Wish I was there!

Tamara - December 19, 2011 - 10:18 am

These are wonderful
Love the sunset picture