As a photographer and designer, I’ve seen a lot of misinformation floating around in regards to accounting and business record keeping. I’ve wanted to develop a series of short videos to help creatives better understand all things left-brained. My formal education is, in fact, in Accountancy and I graduated with my Bachelor’s from ASU. I also have my MBA. Once I got all of the left-brained degrees out of the way (and able to support my family) I began to follow my passion for photography… and design… and Photoshop! In the last several years, I’ve had so many people ask me accounting related questions that I’ve been wanting to create a series of videos specifically for artistic creatives. Originally I wanted to sell subscriptions to the series, but ultimately decided to just share my knowledge without charging for the series. As you can well imagine, this does take a bit of time to put together… so while they are free to view on youtube, I had to monetize the series to make it worth my while. What photographer wants to work for free, right?
In the essence of time, the video presentations are silent. I spent several hours testing recorded explanations to go with the videos, but decided it was just WAY too time consuming. Being a perfectionist does NOT help the process. You’ll just have to turn on the radio if you need noise while you watch the series. I’m not sure how often I’ll put out a video, but I’ll be sure to post a link to each one here as they’re released.
I’d love, love, love to get your feedback (both here and on youtube) so that I can put out a product that will be helpful to my fellow photographers and artists. I’ll be covering a wide range of topics, and will hopefully squelch a lot of the misinformation that I’ve heard floating around out there. I was a tax consultant for five years and am still in the accounting industry, so I’ve seen a lot out there!
I thought I’d continue with this week’s photochallenge: PURPLE, and post my favorite image of mine… Violet Orchids. You can click the image below and be taken straight to my portfolio on RedBubble. This is important, because it is part of the giveaway (albeit a small one, a little gift for two winners).
I was pretty excited when I saw my notification the other day that I had 100 followers on WordPress (I’ve surpassed that now). Then I discovered that I’d gained the most followers in one single day than I had on other previous days. I wanted to do a little something for my followers. It’s not a whole lot, but it’s a little something. I’ll be giving away a $10.00, and a $5.00 gift certificate to RedBubble. In order to enter the contest, you need to leave a comment on this post letting me know which one of my images over on RedBubble is your favorite, listing the title in your comment. (Even better, if you left a comment on your favorite image over there as well, but certainly not required). Comments left on other posts will not be considered entries for this giveaway. Only comments left here on this post (I’ll be linking back to it daily for easy access) will be considered official entries for the giveaway. Anywhere you see the word RedBubble, just click on it and a new window to my portfolio over there will open up.
You have between now and 11:59 p.m. (your timezone) August, 10th to leave your comment in this post as mentioned above. I will be using Random.org to generate two winners, with the #1 and #2 spots winning the $10.00 and $5.00 gift certificates respectively. I think this is all pretty self- explanatory, so I won’t ramble on and on. Just check out my RedBubble portfolio, come back to this post, and show me some love in the comment section… and that’s it. You’re entered in the giveaway. Winners will be announced by 11:59 p.m. aka 23:59 AZ time on August 12th. Good luck, and thank you for all of your support, your friendship, and for following my little corner in the Blogosphere! You guys rock!
When I read this week’s photo challenge was purple, I about fell out of my chair with enthusiasm! I have several images with purple in them that I’ve been wanting to process… all three here were taken in Las Vegas (or on my way there)… I have more images I’d like to process and/or take, but this is how far I got. The first two images were shot in the garden at the Bellagio Hotel. Sigh. I love it there. I could lose myself in that hotel forever.
The third was taken on the way to Las Vegas, and is actually the dividing point between Arizona and Nevada through Lake Mead. My photography group (the AZ Photographer’s Group) had their daily challenge “paths” the other day; I instantly thought of posting this one for that challenge. I love the purple majestic mountain range with the deep blue path of water flowing through.
Granted, I didn’t go out and shoot the images specifically for these challenges, however, it got me moving to get them processed and posted! I think this brings me down to 38 more images to load in my RedBubble portfolio. Perhaps I’ll even get them loaded on my website as well. The bummer about photography is all of the nitty gritty work that has to be done to get them out there and available for clients. NOT the most exciting part. A necessary evil, and honestly it’s really not THAT bad. I’d just rather be spending my time behind the camera instead of in front of the computer. I’m sure most photographers say the same thing.
As always, just click directly on any one of the images below to be taken directly to my portfolio.
How cool is this image? I know, right? Pretty dang spectacular… I even amazed myself with this one. So I signed up for a 30 day free trial at Rad Lab… Ummmm, can you say YUM? So fun! I used the Red B&W filter on my image (who knew it was possible to have a red b&w filter?)… then I used the Crack, Boom, Pow action from Yellow Sky Actions (Oh, they are soooo tempting and yummy, but I have not succumbed to purchasing any…yet). I added Kim Klassens “I Am” texture at multiply blend mode with 100% opacity, then again a second time at 69% opacity. I really wanted to add some text to this image, but it really seemed to want to stand alone with what I’ve already done to it. I love playing in Photoshop. It makes me so happy. Much better than watching t.v. (although everyone seems to be watching Jersey Shore, and forgive me, but I don’t have any clue who or what Snookie is other than it sounds like the name of a poodle). I apologize for not posting the meta data for the original shot. I’m sure it’s in Adobe Bridge somewhere, and I just switched over from ACDSee to Bridge, so I’m still getting my feet wet. Just when you think you’re starting to grasp anything in photography or design, you learn that you haven’t…. I guess that’s the beauty of it, eh?