Fun at the Fresno Digital Workshops Meetup

Fresno Digital Photographers

This weekend, I attended an event I had been looking forward to for a while! The local Fresno Digital Workshops Meetup Group had a photo shoot meetup with real live models! I have wanted to do more portraiture lately and this was a great opportunity for me. I also got meet some other local photographers and I plan on attending more meetups + workshops in the future (there’s a great one on Creative Lighting I want to attend.)

Portraiture is my favorite type of photography! I don’t get too much of a kick out of nature or action, but I love making a connection with my subject and capturing their essence.

I was bummed cause I left some weird lens on my telephoto lens and it made all my closeups. Boo! I was upset with myself, but I guess it’s a lesson learned.

I am so inspired after my session that I bought a big reflector and stand. I can’t wait to take more portraits. I have one with my friend Tar’lese coming up. If you are in Fresno and would like to work with me on a portraiture shoot, send me an e-mail!

brick house

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the boots were made for posin'


I’m so excited. I’m inspired to take my photography to the next level!

Until next time Swellions!


the color of my world

the color of my world

Took some photos tonight and this is the one that just stuck. I am not a huge fan of selective coloring, but in this case, it really works. My rainbow eye is my Yellow Owl Workshop pendant off the chain. i love it.

I see the world through colors…the bolder the better. Let’s just say, ROY G. BIV and I are attached at the hip.

Here’s some more rainbow eye candy photography of mine for you to enjoy this Friday!

rainbow tissue paper stack

under the rainbow tunnel

Rainbow Bright

Color markers

papier mache boxes

rainbow bright

Foiled again!

Until next time Swellions!


A visit to the Home Depot

A day at the depot

A lot of crafty folks really get excited about hardware stores. I am not one of them. I think it was going to a fair share of them as a kid. I just don’t get into it if I don’t have a project in mind. So, when my boyfriend said we were going to Home Depot, I thought it would be just another boring trip.

As I was making my way into the store. I discovered a row of cool shopping carts that was totally photo worthy…well, I was on the mission for photos (using my instagram app) at that point and it made my visit to the Home Depot much more enjoyable!

Orange carts



Plumbing parts



Home depot day

Until next time Swellions!


Getting my artsy photography on at #CHAShow

New Tulip® Sparkle paints

For the past 8 days, I’ve been away at the Craft and Hobby Association doing social media for iLoveToCreate! The week involved setting up, working the booth (taking photos, doing interviews, tweeting, etc.), and then tearing down the booth. I’m finally home and all the days feel like one big blur! I love going to CHA cause I get to meet so many cool people and all my online friends as well as get to see the excitement people have creating with iLoveToCreate products and other crafts! I swear, one of my favorite moments was watching a little boy jump up and down upon being handed a hobby kit by the booth next to us. The smile on his face and the excitement that he had in his heart is why I love this industry so much. In the end, that’s what it is supposed to be about!

Outside and inside our booth, I was drawn to the abounding artfulness in the booths and pretty products (like the new Tulip® Fashion Glitter paints and transfer sheet project above)! Many of which were photo worthing, so I thought I’d share them with you! These are some of the projects and colorful creations that made me drool!

Yarn wall at Lion Brand.

Tulip Body Art Glitter in our booth
New Tulip® Body Art Glitter in our booth!

pop o' color
Paper flowers on black and white wall at Savvy Stamps

cute as a cupcake
Cute glitter cupcake from Doodlebug Designs

Amazing display at Midwest Design Imports #CHAShow
Feather mannequin heads by Midwest Design Imports.

paper and felt dresses
Felt dresses by Suede for Craftwell.

Cool Xyron Art #CHAshow
Cool Xyron booth art!

bird on a wire
Bird on a Wire Lanterns by Hambly Studio

Amazing  yarn sculpture
Amazing yarn sculpture at Lion Brand.

Now it’s time to get back to work and to sleep! Haha!

Until next time Swellions!


Senior Photos made better with the Cat Paint App

Senior photos made better with CatPaint app!

So tonight I downloaded the Cat Paint App that my friend Patty had shown me at work. It’s a hoot as you can probably already tell! I decided to apply it to a few of my senior photos (since I had conveniently taken those photos over the holidays on my phone). I don’t know what’s better…cats or senior photos, but the combination, well it’s pretty freakin’ awesome in my book. My favorite is the photo above…it doesn’t get better than a cheesy legs with barefeet crossed pose and a leaping cat shooting laser beams from its eyes!

Senior photos made better with CatPaint app!
Here’s another one with the more poofy cats to match my even poofier hair. I remember that I was so proud of myself for making my hair all cute for the photoshoot. And btw, I don’t rock the rolled up sleeve look anymore.

Senior photos made better with CatPaint app!
Since this was one of the more formal looks, I decided to frame it appropriately. The perfect touch for a high school graduate. I wish I had taken a picture of myself wearing that navy blue drape they made us wear in our offical yearbook photo! That would have even been more awesomesauce!

Now if only I could use this app to lose 50 pounds and look like I did in these photos…that would be the purrfect app for sure!

And when I was using the app, it meowed any time I painted with a cat and Pixie was getting super distressed. Her eyes were super wide and she kept crying at me. I think I really freaked her out!

Until next time Swellions!


Creative Explorations in Photoshop

I love making digital collages and art in Photoshop. I feel it is one exercise in creating in graphic design where I’m not as controlled. My overall design sense is pretty controlled layout and type-wise. When I take a photo, I am also very controlled in how I take it. I usually play by the rule of thirds rule. It is very hard to break away from thinking so structured when your mind just goes there.

That’s why I love making these little “explorations” as I call it. It takes me anywhere from 5 minutes to 30, but basically, I layer several images on top of each other in Photoshop, then choose different layer styles (whichever one looks best to my eye) as well as airbrush and erase areas as needed.

Here’s one where I merged these two photos from my Flickr stream…Shoes and More and Me N Ed’s and Sparkles in the Grass.


As you can see, I added in additional orange and red coloration, but a lot of it was just the layers saturating over top of each other. I think it turned out to be cool graphic art. I would totally make frame this. It makes a bold statement.

Here’s another one I did where I merged Silvia and Joshua take on the Fun House, aluminum christmas tree color wheel light, and SSSSSSSSSSSSSS. I think it turned out pretty cool too.

creative photoshop exploration 2

As you prob. can tell, I gravitate towards the brights and saturated colors. I can’t help it, I just do.

Here’s one I did last year that was a little more subtle and probably a little more thought provoking.

the ties that bind

I find that creating these little works is a very satisfying process. I always complete a finished project that I’m happy with. I can’t always say that about some of the crafts or graphic design projects I’ve worked on.

Off to bed!

Until next time Swellions!


It’s Black and White

I take a lot of photos and I don’t even share or upload most of them. They just stay on my iPhoto waiting to be edited or noticed. I decided to pull a few of the ones that I turned into black and white to share.

On the Horizon

Dressing Room

Look at me

William on texture

Shadows and Swirls

Seeing multiples

Front and Center

I love taking photos if you didn’t know that already. It’s so fun!

Well, it’s late and I gotta get to bed. Tomorrow is a work day and Saturday I am going to Maker Faire! YAY!

Until next time Swellions!


What a colorful world

I’ve taken a few recent pics of some very colorful things and I wanted to share…

Daisy in vase on stripes

Magazine clipping pinwheel

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Audrey loves Johnny

I had a pretty busy night, I stopped over at Michaels Craft Store to take photos of a Mother’s Day Event and went to two galleries for Art Hop. They weren’t at all close together so I had to drive all over the place. Needless to say, I’m tired.

On a positive note, my apple pie was well recieved. And I’m going to go to a b-day party and make a necklace tomorrow night. When I was in Michaels picking out the beads, I kinda wanted to go home and make it then and there. I’ll be sure to share with you my creation in the next couple of days.

Hope you have an awesome end to your week!!

Until next time Swellions!


Week 18: Then and Now Photo Challenge


Here’s my entry for this week’s iheartfaces “just for fun” photo challenge.

I took this actually a few months back as one of my 365s. I realize it would make more sense for my little self to be on the left, but I didn’t want to flip the image and the other way was awkward when I tried to lay it out.

I actually think I look like my little self in this comparison, mainly cause the angle is pretty spot on. My face is a lot wider these days, and my “big brown eyes” aren’t as big as they used to be. I think it is so weird how our eyes stay the same size, our head just gets bigger, don’t you think so too? Anyway, I was 3 in this picture and it’s my favorite photo of myself as a child. My dad took it. He took quite a few photos of me as a child, usually peeking from behind a tree. I cherish this photo cause it was very much the essence of being a kid, my hair was unkempt and I think my expression shows more intensity than you would expect of a 3 year old.

Check out the iheartfaces web site for more info on how you can participate! It’s open for everyone!

Until next time Swellions!