Monday Musings

Posted in Thought for the day by You Oughta Be In Pictures-MD on December 10, 2012
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Color outside the lines

Life is too short to color in the lines~Onyx

My eldest did this painting at age 3. I would love to say that this is a masterpiece, wait who am I kidding I think it is. This painting doesn’t follow the rules on thirds, composition, telling a story, etc. It’s about a kid who had fun with a brush. Some times coloring outside the lines can make a beautiful picture.



Posted in Thought for the day by You Oughta Be In Pictures-MD on June 18, 2012
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“The creative act last but a brief moment, a lightening instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson, French Photographer
I’ve never really thought about photography in that way.  Sometimes the best images that you capture of a client in your studio are the ones that you didn’t have them strike a pose.  A child tumbling backwards, a person lovingly adjusting another’s clothing, etc.  But those moments happen just as quickly as a lightning strike.  Blink and you missed them. 
So, how many lightening strikes have you caught today?

Daddy’s little girl

Posted in Thought for the day by You Oughta Be In Pictures-MD on June 15, 2012
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A son is a son till he gets a wife, a daughter is a daughter for the rest of her life~ Author unknown
In all the years that we have been capturing moments of people’s lives, some of the most powerful ones are with fathers and their daughters at a wedding.  Even the toughest, hard-nosed fathers will get choked up when asked “Who gives this woman away?” or during the infamous father daughter dance.  I think that’s why a lot of the dances that are making headlines are not the slow dances of old.  Having to remember the choreography keeps Daddy’s mind off the fact that he has lost his little girl to another man.  But he never really loses us.  We always know that when all else fails call Dad.  Dad will come to the rescue and either fix it or knows someone who can.
This Sunday over 70 million fathers will be honored with phone calls, neck ties or soap on the rope.  Some fathers will even get flowers because roses are the official flower for Father’s Day. A red rose is worn in the lapel if your father is living, a white rose if he is deceased.  Yes some of the gifts are cliché but they are also badges that have been earned by men who have had tea partes with tiaras, taught a child to throw a curve ball or to change the oil.
Thank you to all the men who in some way are a father figure.

What is a Father?

Posted in photography,Thought for the day by You Oughta Be In Pictures-MD on June 13, 2012
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Father’s Day was founded in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd.  Its first celebration was in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910.  After hearing a sermon about Mother’s day she wanted a similar honor for her father.  Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington.  I was wondering what the dictionary’s definition of a Father is and this is what I found:
What is a father?
The dictionary’s definition of a father is: 
1.  man who is parent: a man who is the parent of a human being, or a male animal that has produced offspring – “been like a father to me”
2. man acting as parent: a man who brings up and looks after a child as if he were its father
3. man who is ancestor: a man who is an ancestor, especially the founder of a family or people – “the land of our fathers and mothers”
4. man who is founder: a man who establishes, founds, or originates something – “the father of modern linguistics”
5. prototype: something that is a prototype or original version of something else
6. man who is leader: a man who is a community or civic leader – “the town fathers”
There are times when I think a father is forgotten about, there is so much focus on a mother and her roles in both society and a child’s life.  But what about the father and his influences in the world?  It’s not an easy job being a father especially when there is so much expected of them.  This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day.  We show our appreciation to all the men that take on this role.  To all the fathers who throw their kids in the air, chase away the scary monsters, teach them how to throw a ball, how to change the oil and remain calm even when they are just as afraid as you are – this day is for you.

Thought for the day

Posted in Thought for the day by You Oughta Be In Pictures-MD on February 22, 2012
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English tradition says that Wednesday is considered the best day to marry.  It’s definitely a cheaper day to marry.  Here’s the rest of the poem:

Monday for wealth,
Tuesday for health,
Wednesday the best day of all.
Thursday for losses,
Friday for crosses,
Saturday for no luck at all

It makes you wonder, if the reason that the divorce rate is so high is because most people marry on Saturday.  But more people are planning their weddings on days besides Saturday.  Some marry during the middle of the week because thy are having only their immediate family there with them.  Some do it on a Friday night because the price is less.  Some will have their wedding in conjunction with some one else at their place of worship to save on decorating costs.   Some faiths will not allow you to marry on the Sabbath.  And for some, it’s a spur of the moment decision and they decide to go to City Hall.  Bottom line: It’s your wedding, you do it when you want to make you happy.

Planning an Event or Wedding for February?

Posted in Thought for the day by You Oughta Be In Pictures-MD on February 3, 2012

Are you having a hard time trying to think of colors that will look good for your upcoming event or wedding? 

Choosing a color for your event is a great way to set the mood, show off your personality, or have a theme.  Some people will have the color red in their wedding if the wedding happens to be on Valentine’s Day.  An all white event with gold or black as accent colors can have a formal feel.  Jewel tones pared with ivory can have a very luxurious fell to it.  Add candles and low lights to your decorations and you will have a sumptuous and intimate event. 

Some of the favorite colors for this can include ivory, ice blue, silver, gold, white, green, metallic with black, jewel tones, and of course red. 

A love poem by Plato

Posted in Thought for the day by You Oughta Be In Pictures-MD on January 13, 2012

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” ~ Plato

And isn’t that they truth!  When a person falls in love everything is more beautiful, more wonderous, and more joyful.   That doesn’t apply to romantic love either.  Love for a child can make something as that you may not enjoy, like Play Doh seem fun (until you have to clean it out of the carpet).  Some express their love for God through song that inspires others.  The love that a person has for their car can bring them such joy that they could wax poetically over the dials on the dashboard.  Every where you look there are expressions of a person love of someone or something.

Have you found a new love today?

January wedding color ideas

Posted in Thought for the day by You Oughta Be In Pictures-MD on January 10, 2012

When planning your wedding colors, some chose to use their favorite colors or to use traditional colors.  So what are some favorite colors for January?  Some colors are ice blue, silver, white on white or ivory.  Or you could choose a winter theme with white snow flakes, or using crystals as icicles.   Metallic’ s look wonderful when paired up with black, ivory or white.  Shimmering jewel tones, such as red or purple, can have a prominent place or used as an accent color.


Posted in Thought for the day by You Oughta Be In Pictures-MD on October 17, 2011

Are you trying for an intimate setting for your reception or party?  Why not try a candlescape.  Using a mirror, place various size pillars,tapers, or votive.  The glow from the candles will add warmth to you and the reflection in the mirror helps add light to your setting.   Float candle tarts in a clear bowl that has been filled with clear stones, fruit, flower petals etc.  Use pillars that have different textures, colors or patterns to match your decor.   Find or make votive holders using fruit, wood, or glass jars.  And remember Safety First.   Make sure that your candle is on a heat-resistant surface and away from flammable materials.  And don’t leave candles unattended, please us common sense. 

     Hydrangea and candle centerpiece on a wedding table

How to decorate with October’s bounty

Posted in Thought for the day by You Oughta Be In Pictures-MD on October 14, 2011

October brings cooler weather, but also the start of warm rich colors and smells.  From russet to pumpkin orange and cinnamon to vanilla the scents and finds at farmer’s markets make a setting like none other.  Take a trip in the forest and find leaves and twigs and use in your decorations.  Find some gourds and dress them up or make a pyramid of pumpkins and sprinkle glitter.  Use cinnamon sticks in your decorations.

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 Glue Gun Crafts

 Napkins with napkin rings of cinnamon sticks & star anise

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