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

Session Spotlight | T Family | Longboat Key Photographer

What a GREAT family!  Originating from Michigan, they have wonderful ties to Anna Maria Island – it’s a special place for them, and I was happy to document their memories of this particular vacation late in October.  Lots of beautiful blessings with two new babies (one 11 weeks old and one three months old) and a sweet, funny three year old who didn’t like me or my camera, LOL.  I loved this shoot – thanks, Sue, for choosing me.  I’m glad you’re enjoying your photos and custom book and I’m looking forward to staying in touch.

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The Bloom Project 52 | Week 46 | Theme: Gratitude | Longboat Key Photographer

Hello and Happy Sunday!  Here we are at week 46 of Project 52…….back in January I joined a group of wonderful photographers from The Bloom Forum to challenge ourselves on a weekly basis by interpreting a theme through a photo.

This week’s theme is gratitude.  Aside from finding my own joy and thankfulness for my family, friends, and all that I have, it’s also wonderful to witness the happiness and gratitude that other families demonstrate for one another.

This is a dad with his two daughters that I took at their family shoot Friday evening……it’s clear that they are the apples of his eye and that they adore their daddy.

Please continue on through our blog circle to see how Erin Norman, Las Vegas Photographer, interpreted this week’s theme!  I love her work.  And please remember that we always love comments – if you’ve stopped by here or on Facebook, please let us know.  :)  Thanks!!

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This really, is just so sweet!

Rachel McPhillips - November 27, 2011 - 1:16 pm

How sweet!! What an awesome picture for him to have!

Phillette - November 27, 2011 - 4:11 pm

You captured that special relationship between a Dad and his girls! They will always cherish this photo!

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jessican - November 27, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Gorgeous shot. Love the look on his face and the BW is perfect.

Cara - November 27, 2011 - 7:27 pm

Love the obvious delight the girls have in there day, beautiful Stacey!

Tamara - November 27, 2011 - 8:26 pm

Very sweet. LOVE the loving gaze she has as she is looking at her dad

Shannon - November 27, 2011 - 8:58 pm

What a sweet photo! The girls’ smiles are priceless. :)

Amy - November 28, 2011 - 4:30 pm

That is the sweetest portrait! I just love it.