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A Year Long Deployment

Posted by MWPA on April 4, 2009

Last week we found out that Will is going to be sent away for a year, most people who serve in the military are expected to do a short tour at some point of thier career, we decided that it is better to volunteer and get Will’s short tour done with before we have a family so that he has no excuses (apart from regular deployments) to escape family life! A year with out Will, is not a nice thought, but I can deal with it, and I intend to keep my self busy.  Will doesnt leave for a while, so we plan on having lots of fun before he goes!!

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rachelclarephotography.com

Posted by MWPA on March 6, 2009

Well my very own website is up and running, the web address is rachelclarephotography.com and I am pleased with everything so far. the site is simple and has options for customers to buy prints online, right now I am using the zenfolio pricing, although late on I may customize that. The prints are made by mpix.com. I am happy with using them as have used them plenty of times in the past. I just need a few more volunteers so I can get more pictures up on the site so I can demonstrate what I can do.

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25 Random Facts About Me

Posted by MWPA on January 29, 2009

1)When I met Will, It took me about a month to realize he was the guy I wanted to be with forever-even if it meant moving to a different country

2)I miss England and my family

3)Typing in America annoys me as it try’s to correct English spelled words like colour, its getting to the point that I feel like I don’t know how to spell English or American versions as my brain is confused

4)I love photography, but find it hard to be inspired sometimes

5)I work in Customer Service and love my job-most people hate doing what I do-maybe that makes me mad.

6)I feel like I need a wardrobe makeover, none of my clothes match

7)I love cooking but never use pepper as I hate the stuff-just the smell of it disgusts me

8)Lamb is my favorite meat, but it is to expensive and hard to find in my local shops, so I settle for a nice slab of beef-normally a new york strip

9)I hate it when customers ask me where I am from-especially if they say oooo are you from Australia?!?!?

10)If someone is sad or miserable, I go out of my way to make them happy.

11)I have not had a sick day in 6 months, I aim not to have a sick day for a whole year.

12)I cant help but be messy, My apartment will be clean, but there will always be mess in one of the rooms.

13)I don’t remember my wedding day-the whole day went to fast and is just a blur

14) I hate the number 13, when i am numbering photographs I skip 13 and go straight to 14

15)I want to spread my passion of photography to everyone I meet

16)Cloudy days make me sad

17)I want to learn another language-Spanish, but I am not sure I have the brain power to do it.

18)I love cottage pie-it reminds me of home

19)Sometimes it scares me how fast time goes by.

20)It shocks and annoys me how much people moan about their lives and jobs, and then don’t make any effort to improve.

21)I feel like my life is heading in the right direction.

22)I volunteer at a cat shelter because I like to make a difference. I help out my 82 year old neighbor every day for the same reason-even when it gets tiresome, I hope one day when I need help someone will be able to help me.

23)When I did not work I used to get up early everyday, now I work I am lazy and get up late everyday.

24)I drive a 2 seater convertible which I love, but sometimes when I do a big food shop I fill the trunk and the passenger seat and wish for a big gas guzzler again like our old trailblazer.

25)I think I need to get out more and do cool stuff-weather its photography related, going to the movies or what ever, I should just do it.

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A couple of goals for the next few months

Posted by MWPA on January 21, 2009

Number one is obviously to improve and learn to use my current photography equipment to the max.

I have two projects that I would like to work on, I am aiming to get 24 landscape and 24 portrait shots of the cats at the cat shelter, I then want to create a calender with a selection of these pictures, as well as greeting cards. I also want to create some valentine stock style pictures that I can maybe turn into greeting cards too, none of this is to make me money, really just to inspire me to take more pictures and learn more, and maybe let someone benefit from the pictures I take, if the cat ones come out ok then I will donate the calenders to the shelter for them to sell.

I think I want to design some business cards too, that way if I am out and about with my camera I and am asked about what I am doing, I can hand them a card and say visit my zenfolio site for information.

Here is a cat picture of Zoe, who decided to make a bed with my walmart bag that is usually used for carrying camera accessories into the cat corner, Zoe was brought to the Cat Corner after her owner had to go to an assisted living home.

Zoe

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Happy New Year

Posted by MWPA on January 1, 2009

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If you couldnt vote….

Posted by MWPA on December 14, 2008

Please use a zip code to the local Hampton Roads area, such as 23693, 23666, 23698, 23606

Thanks!!!

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Please Vote For The Cat Corner

Posted by MWPA on December 14, 2008

The cat Corner is the shelter I volunteer at, and they are entering a competition to win a much needed donation of $10,000. please visit: HERE and fill in the vote form on the right side of the screen!

click picture to see it bigger

The Cat Corner

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What is this thing called Photoshop?

Posted by MWPA on October 2, 2008

Adobe photoshop is one of the many programs that’s available to help with the editing of photographs. Many digital photographs look great straight out of the camera, especially the point and shoot camera’s like my little Nikon Coolpix s210, the camera sharpens and adds contrast from with in the camera, which most of the time creates a nice sharp vibrant photograph.

The more advanced your camera gets the more adjustments you find you need to make to your photograph before printing. most DSLR camera’s need adjustment to colour and sharpening because they are often not configured to sharpen and adjust with in the camera.

Of course there are many other things that photoshop is used for, its not just for making the simple adjustments mentioned above, but it can be used for touching up portraits-removing blemishes, changing photographs to black and white or sepia, you can even add boarders, text and if you want you can manipulate an image so much it may barley resemble the original photograph taken with your camera.

I use Photoshop Elements  which is aimed at the regular consumer market, it has basic functions and is one of the cheaper versions of the software to buy. Many professionals use Photoshop CS2 which is the full version of Adobe Photoshop and it runs into the hundreds of dollars to buy.

These three self portraits show the difference between a basic edited photograph, a touched up picture using portrait techniques and then a heavily edited photograph.-click to view them larger.

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