Thursday, November 19, 2009

"Alphabet Soup!" Featured on My Shopping Connection

It's a rainy Thursday morning here in Philly, but I just received an email that brightened the day! The editors of My Shopping Connection have selected "Alphabet Soup!" for their "50 Under 50" holiday gift guide. Click here to see all 50 fantastic finds!

Just a reminder that shipping is free at Blurb through the 24th of November, so order your copy of "Alphabet Soup!" today.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Free shipping for limited time from

Blurb is now offering free shipping for a limited time! For those of you wanting to purchase copies of "Alphabet Soup!" for all the little ones on your holiday lists, click here to get the code. Then, head on over to Blurb and grab your copies today before the holiday rush begins.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

How it's done: achieving the look of "Alphabet Soup"

I've had a lot of questions lately about how exactly I created the photographs for the Alphabet Soup series, so I thought I'd share some of the techniques here.

1) I only use natural, diffused light. Incandescent or other artificial light sources throw harsh shadows, so I have to wait for a perfect, sunny day. It's challenging, especially when just one little cloud rolls past and interferes with my sun!

2) I use a vintage lens to capture the images. Combining modern photography with vintage cameras and viewfinders is my favorite way to work. All those bright spots and scratchy bits? Totally intentional! The soft, muted feel of the older lens helps me capture the feeling of the whole series.

3) How do I know which text to use? When I find one that makes me smile :-) I keep playing with the images until I reach a combination that fits perfectly...sometimes it happens quickly, other times it takes nearly a whole episode of "Glee!" to get it right.

Come visit both the original "Alphabet Soup" gallery, and the still-in-progress "Alphabet Soup for Cross Stitchers" gallery to see more!
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