12 Weeks of Gorgeous

Today I’m featuring a lovely girl from Aurora, Illinois, a clothing designer and young mother of three, Nicole Kronenburger (Nannnetti). What does beauty mean to you? Beauty is something you feel through and through. You can be beautiful on the outside but be hurting on the inside. When you feel beautiful and confident, it radiates through you and to other people....

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Twelve Weeks Of Gorgeous

    Real Women. Real Beauty. Hello Gorgeous! I am so excited to present 12 Weeks of Gorgeous! 12 Weeks of Gorgeous will featuring one beautiful woman each week, starting Friday, September 23rd, running through the beginning of December! I am looking for 12 real women to participate. If you’ve been thinking about having your portrait taken, the time is now! You...

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Launching The Who I Am Project

  I don’t know about you, but when I was young, and between the ages of 9 and 12, there were not many pictures taken of me. It is an awkward time in a girl’s life, when she is not a little girl anymore, but not yet a teenager. Despite my having been involved in a lot of things, like girl scouts, and piano lessons, dance lessons, etc., I felt invisible....

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The Tween Empowerment Project

At Shutterfest, I kicked off the Tween Girl Empowerment Project. I am passionate about supporting young girls through the difficult age between 9 and 12, that age where there are usually few pictures taken. This project is designed to give a girl a boost in self confidence during an awkward time in her life, and launch her into her teenage years with a good feeling about...

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Shutterfest was epic

Shutterfest took place during the last week of March this year, 2016. There were so many fantastic classes, so much to take away. Professional photographers were around to help with lighting and posing techniques and jumped into the fray. Sal Cincotta himself was throwing a parachute dress for Michaela Gnagi. And he wasn’t the only one that was joining in the...

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Botanic Garden Orchid Show

The Orchid Show at the Botanic Garden is always an event worth attending. This year, instead of snow on the ground, there were snowdrops emerging from the ground. Today was sunny, with a cool breeze, comfortable at above freezing, about 40 degrees. Orchids grow even in dry hot...

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It’s new but it’s old

The wet plate photographic process was used from the late 1880’s through to the early 1900’s. Many reenactors like having their pictures taken so that it appears as though they lived during the period they’re reenacting, which is why many are called “living historians.” See what Wikipedia says about the Collodion Process. Essentially, the...

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After Military History Fest

I learned a lot over the weekend, and captured many beautiful images. I learned that the reenactment community includes far more than men playing war games. They are living historians. (That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that term.) Women are involved, too, playing period characters in period dress. They are wives and nurses and girlfriends. At one point,...

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Military History Fest

Military History fest was an exciting event over this weekend, and I discovered that it’s been running for the past six years. There were so many interesting people, everyone was so friendly, and the wealth of information was mind-boggling. I took many pictures, and will only show a few today, I am still processing them. There were characters from American history...

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Sunset

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There’s beauty in the dark

I’ve been busy learning about high dynamic range (HDR) in photos and utilizing Macphun’s Intensify Pro and Aurora HDR. My Canon 5D Mark III has HDR bracketing, so I’ve been using those to create my HDR images. At the same time, I’ve been very intrigued by light and the light at sunrise and sunset. Now that it’s winter, and snow actually fell...

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Good-bye to summer

Some of the most scenic places are hidden along the side of the road. The trick is taking my time when I’m traveling, so there is time to stop to take photographs along the way. This was taken along Route 31, near Ferson Creek Fen. I had to walk to where the water flows beneath the street. I took photographs on both sides. This is a photograph from the other side....

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