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May 6th, 2014 at 10:08 am

Turning Your Photos Into Art


Looking for a way to turn a terrific photograph into an even more terrific memento or piece of art? Here are a few ways to take you beyond simply enlarging and framing your prized photos.

A really fun site is Turn a headshot into a superhero comic book cover, a Warhol-style pop art poster or comic-style artwork. They are a bit pricey but if you’re looking to immortalize your pet or family members in a artsy, fun or funny way, there are a lot of creative ideas here. It’s fun just to browse the possibilities. And there are some great Mother’s Day gift ideas. Hint hint…

Another Photo-to-Art option is MyDavinci which offers options for transforming any photo into photo sketches, pop art, caricatures, a DaVinci sketch, and more. Gorgeous.

For the free apps that unleash your own creative photo editing potential, try Fotosketcher (Windows app), for artistic treatments, Waterlogue (iPhone/iPad) turns your photos into watercolors, and PicsArt (all platforms), the hugely popular photo editing app.

And when you’re ready to commit your masterpiece to a final product, consider these options:

FractureMe is a service that takes your photograph and mounts it on glass. Send them your digital image and they will provide you with a ready-to-hang or ready-to-stand ‘Fracture’.

And Walmart, Costco, and EasyCanvas are a few sites that print your photos on canvas in multiple size options. These make incredible wall art.

Happy editing!

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January 13th, 2014 at 5:00 am

My Favorite Ways to Edit Photos

How many times a day do you take a photo with your phone? Then you share this photo, whether it be by email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or just in a message. Photo sites on the web and apps for your phone make it all easier to edit the photos quickly to make them even better. Here are some of my favorite ways to edit photos.

A Beautiful Mess- Great way to add designs and text to photos.

Rhonna Designs - More beautiful designs to add sparkle to your photos.

Instagram - A simple way to edit and add a filter to your photo.

Instacollage - Works with Instagram to make several photos into a collage.

Pixlr Express - A great way to fix, adjust and filter your images.

IPiccy - Simple Online photo editor

Picasa - Integrated with Google+ with simple photo editing functions

PicMonkey- Free photo editor to touch up your photos, make graphics, and make collages.

Editing photos has become a simple process that makes ordinary photos tell your story even better. What are some of your favorite ways to edit your photos?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.



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September 30th, 2013 at 8:54 am

Photographing Kids

Fall is a great time to get some photographs of your children. The leaves changing colors, pumpkins and fall flowers. You don’t always need a professional to catch some great shots, though. Here’s some of my tips to get a great photo.

Get down to the child’s level, don’t take photos looking down on them.

Photograph them in action.

Take photos when the child isn’t tired or hungry.

Catch spontaneity. I love a photo of my kids mid-belly laugh. Take photos while they are playing. Use the everyday to inspire the photo.

Use props to distract them. Have a new toy as part of the photo or go to a fun environment.

Want more staged photos? Take them somewhere and interact with them as you would normally. Catch them looking elsewhere, or talk to them while snapping away.

When you catch a really good shot, you’ll know it and you will treasure that photo and the memories that made it forever.

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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September 5th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Maternity Photoshoots



Over the years maternity photoshoots have grown in popularity. Whether it’s your first, last or in-between pregnancy, it’s one of the most special times of your life and the photos will capture memories that last a lifetime. It’s incredible to see the changes your body goes through. If you’re interested in doing one, here are some things to consider.


Maternity photoshoots are offered by many professional photographers, and there are some who actually specialize in maternity and newborn photography. If you’re looking to go this route, some offer packaged prices for shooting your baby belly before birth, and your newborn bundle of joy after!


You can do your own maternity shoot with the help of a good camera with a self-timer or just a friend or family member. You can do a shoot all in one day, or you can take a set of photos each month and watch how your belly grows!


You can do a maternity shoot wherever and whenever, but it’s nice to plan ahead and figure out what type of shoot you’re really looking for. Some nice settings are the beach, a nice field with flowers, a decorated nursery, etc. Some moms-to-be choose to do gender-based themes or cute concepts like a mommy pin-up or a couples maternity shoot!


Props can be a really fun way to get creative with photoshoots. Tiny baby booties, your sonogram, balloons, etc. are all nice additions to photos. You can incorporate blue or pink props to signify the baby’s gender, or if you’ve already picked a name you can make a sign or letters as well.

The important thing is to HAVE FUN! Did you or will you do a maternity shoot?

Check out our “Parenting Photography” Pinterest board for maternity shoot tips and ideas!


Photo Credit: Lavendamemory on Flickr


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