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# Monday, 26 August 2013
Monday, 26 August 2013 17:08:34 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Well, this Friday is my 40th birthday, and seeing how it's my birthday and my birthday week, I decided I'd have some fun! I mean, you only turn 40 once, right? And I figured I could either spend my birthday sad that I'm growing older, or I could throw a virtual online party with giveaways, insane savings and freebies all week. And me being me, why be sad when I can throw a party instead? I'm so appreciative of all of you and your support and friendship. So I decided that this week would be about giving back!

So welcome to Black Friday Week, where we'll have deals and freebies all week long, all to celebrate my BIG 4-0.

To kick things off, enjoy this coupon code for 40% off you entire Flourish Emporium purchase, including bundles. Just enter the code

Celebrate40

at checkout.

And as a gift from me to you, I have created special new freebies of my favorite things—8 darling wallpapers for your smart phone/tablet/computer desktop and a free sunflare overlay for Photoshop or PSE.

Here are sample images of all 8 of the wallpapers. I'm so in love with these. They come from some of my favorite Victorian artists: Kate Greenaway, Walter Crane, and William Morris. Others are just some of my favorite designs (and a chevron background thrown in cause who doesn't love chevron?!).

And everyone knows how much I love me some sunflare. So here is this yummy free sunflare overlay for free too!

To download these freebies, just visit Flourish Emporium and sign up for our newsletter. (The link is at the bottom left of our homepage.) After you sign up, you'll be sent details on how to download your freebies. If you already receive our newsletter, we have already sent you an email with information on how to download these new freebies.

Also, stay tuned to our Facebook page, as we will be doing daily giveaways and added savings between now and Friday for those who pay attention!

Don't miss out on all the fun! And thanks for celebrating my birthday with me!


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# Sunday, 15 April 2012
Sunday, 15 April 2012 20:14:54 (Mountain Daylight Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
For this month's Elevate project, I decided to show a little Photoshop work on a recent engagement shoot. The shoot was a LOT Of fun . . . . involving some antique airplanes, vintage suitcases and some wonderful period styling. My editing for both of these images closely followed this YouTube tutorial I did showing one of my fav action recipes (minus the sunflare, obviously, haha).

For this first image, the groom's adorable daughter joined in for some of the images. I loved her cute Shirley Temple outfit and she was great to act bored for a couple frames.  So here is the image SOOC:



And here is one of my final edits. I wanted to minimize the distracting background and straighten and center the image a little more.



With this second image, I shot this using an off-camera light. But I didn't want to bother lighting the plane too, so I exposed the background more for the airplane than for the sky. As a consequence, I lost some detail in my sky.



So with my edit, I did a manual merge of two exposures of the original RAW file to bring detail back into the sky.



There are many more images from this shoot that I'm dying to play with, haha, but this will have to do for now. To continue this circle, hop on over to
kamee june photography  orange county, ca and see what she's done this month!
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# Sunday, 12 February 2012
Sunday, 12 February 2012 21:29:37 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
Just one for this month's post . . . . . I loved the light in this image and how it captured the folds of her beautiful dress . . .



To continue this blog circle, hop on over and see what Wendy VonSosen | San Francisco Bay Area Photographer has done!
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# Thursday, 02 February 2012
Thursday, 02 February 2012 22:02:22 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
Alright. It's a new year and time for resolutions and such. So let me start by at least starting on one New Year's Resolution (and yes, I know that it's February, haha): posting more client sessions.

Yes, I do workshops and, yes, I do design and sell actions and such for Photoshop.  But I am first and foremost a photographer. I firmly believe in practicing what I preach. So I photograph. A lot. It feels like every other day I'm shooting a family or consulting with a client or traveling to a wedding. But as I was looking through my blog for 2011, it dawned on me that you don't see that. Cause I'm REALLY bad about posting client sessions. And when I don't post them, it looks like I'm not actually busy in the true work of photography. But I am. And I need to be better about showing my client sessions. So I do intend to get caught up, haha. But in the meantime, how's about a little taste of 2011.

So here you have it. One image from every client session I shot in 2011. Just one. Though I really wanted to post more, I limited myself to just one image per session. Realize that for some of these images, they represent an entire day shooting a wedding or hours photographing a large multi-generational family. There are no workshop images here, no photos of my kids, no "creativity" sessions, no commercial shoots (though I did all those too). Those will have to wait for another blog post. These are my actual clients. Ironically, 2011 was not my busiest photographic year, haha. Spending nearly a month in Australia over peak wedding season put a damper on my wedding bookings. But I still hugged repeat clients and made amazing new friends and cried during EVERY "first dance" I photographed (that's why I have such a large camera; it's useful for hiding behind).

So, in no particular order, welcome to my 2011:










































































































Thank you if you've made it this far through the images! I'm so excited for 2012 and can't wait to do the same sort of post next year too!

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# Sunday, 29 January 2012
Sunday, 29 January 2012 20:55:18 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
So for this month's installment of the lifestyle blog circle I belong to, I thought that I would post a couple snapshots I took of my kids on Laguna Beach a couple weeks ago. It's been an extremely dry but very cold winter here in Utah. It's like the worst combination. Bitterly cold but no snow so the kids can't really sled or do any wintery things and it's waaayyy too cold to do anything else outside. So a week in sunny, summery Laguna Beach was just what I needed. The thermometer in my Jeep read 12 degrees when we left home and then steadily climbed as we drove south, hitting 80 degrees when we reached Anaheim. Ah yes, THAT was heaven. It took the kids all of about 3 minutes to get into the ocean once we arrived in Laguna.

So here are a couple shots. This is actually an iPhone snap of all three kids right after we arrived. Yes, they're still in their "Utah" clothes. They just rolled up their pant legs . . . . well, sorta . . . they pretty much got soaked . . . . . and love me some iPhone sunflare, haha.


This is the next day more properly prepared with a real camera and wet suits . . .


So loved the sunburst reflection at the bottom of the image with this last one . . . uh yeah, I totally meant to do that, haha.


That's just a little taste of our trip. To continue the circle, hop on over and see what
Brenda Acuncius | Dallas/Ft. Worth Child Photographer has done this month!
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# Saturday, 07 January 2012
Saturday, 07 January 2012 10:18:10 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
Well, as some of you know, I've been working on a fabulous new set of flares and sunbursts for Flourish. And it's finally up on the website. I so love this new set! I know it's a good set if I can't seem to stop obsessively using it, haha. This new set includes 22 huge overlays that I've created from actual sunflare, so it's not PS-created sunflare, but the real deal that you're integrating into a photo. This creates extremely believable sunflare. And even better, this set uses our Flourish Palette which allows you to see all the sunflares at once, choose which one you'd like to integrate and then the palette opens, merges and integrates the texture for you, all in just seconds. So fabulous and saves so much time! You can watch a little demo video of this set in action here and see the set here.

And even better, save 20% on your entire Flourish purchase between now and Jan 15. Just enter code

flare2012

at checkout! And here are a couple before and after images from the set, just to give you a taste of what this set does.









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# Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 09:08:20 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
Whew! I hope that everyone is having a fabulous holiday season right now. As a little added extra bonus of holiday cheer, we've just posted mentoring information to our {life as art} workshop website. If you'd been wanting to have a one-on-one mentoring experience or to even shadow me on a photosession, now is your chance! You can see all of the details here.

Along with this, I will be in Southern California doing photosessions and mentoring sessions in the middle of January. If you would be interested in scheduling a photosession or mentoring session, please email me. I still have an opening or two.

And a little winter fun . . . . .

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# Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 09:48:31 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
I just want to spread some happy holiday cheer and give a little thank you to all of you who have made this year such a fabulous one!

So first of all, here is a free 5x7 holiday template. Cause if you're like me, you're still working on your own personal Christmas cards. Just add your photo and print!



You can download the template here. Note that the font at the bottom of the template (the taylor family) is 1942 Report.

And for a little shopping help, how about saving 25% at Flourish Emporium. Just use this code at checkout and receive an additional 25% off your order (in addition to our already amazing multi-item discounts).

holiday2011

So shop now at Flourish Emporium!

And last but not least, how about a little love from the {life as art} workshops? Enter this coupon code to save $50 off your purchase of any [life as art] workshop:

holidayWorkshop2011

And even better, we've discounted our Beginner Manual by 100%! That's right, check out with any [life as art] workshop and add the Beginner Manual to your cart for FREE! All coupon codes are valid through Dec. 31, 2012.
 
Whew! That's a lot of holiday goodness! Wishing you a fabulous holiday season.


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# Sunday, 11 December 2011
Sunday, 11 December 2011 18:56:09 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
A long ways from home
True believer
Along ways from home


One of my favorite songs . . . . listen to the music too . . . . Just one image . . . .




Continue through this blog circle and see all the other amazing fine art that others have done. So visit Brenda Acunius and see what she's done!
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# Sunday, 04 December 2011
Sunday, 04 December 2011 21:28:54 (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
For this month's installment for "What ___ Looks Like," I couldn't help but think about family. Like all of you, I'm crazy busy this time of year. But over Thanksgiving, I had a little time to just sit and chat with my grandma. She's always been one of those amazing grandmas. The kind that would come to every event in my life (no matter how small) and would always have a plate of cookies and fashion magazine waiting for me. Christmas was always a big event. She would start planning the January before and would have a wide array of gifts for each of us, all perfectly wrapped in glitzty paper. She would bake for days before the party and the night was never complete unless we took a plate of baklava and homemade almond roca home with us. Her party was as much a highlight of Christmas as Christmas morning.

My grandma is 93 now and now we throw the Christmas party for her. She still lives in the same house she's lived in for over 50 years. She's slowed down in recent years, but in talking with her over Thanksgiving, she was still the same feisty, spunky woman she's always been. I'm so blessed to have had such a woman in my life. I love that even at 93, she insists on having her hair perfectly done with make-up and earrings.



When my husband and I were engaged, he asked me what type of wedding ring I wanted. I told him that my grandma had the most beautiful wedding ring I had ever seen. It was a platinum ring from the 1930's with vintage engravings and inset diamonds. I wanted something like hers. My husband, in the wonderful wisdom I married him for, suggested that instead of finding something similar, why not copy her ring exactly. It was the perfect solution. So Grandma lent us her wedding ring for a day or two so we could have a copy made of it. I wear her ring everyday and it constantly reminds me of her and my sweet grandpa and the amazing marriage they had. Here's her ring on her hand with the diamond solitaire that my grandpa gave her for their 50th wedding anniversary. Perhaps my husband will give me something similar on our 50th wedding anniversary.



Be sure to head over to
Brenda Acuncius | Dallas/Fort Worth Child Photographer and see what she has done for this month's project!
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About Nichole
Nichole

Nichole Van has repeatedly been labeled as a hot, new, up and coming photographer. As a Utah wedding photographer and a Utah portrait photographer, she specializes in turning everyday life into art. Nichole loves expressing the unique beauty of every client, creating artistic images that make people gasp when they see them.

As an international award-winning photographer, Nichole won the prestigious International 8x10 Portrait of the Year from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) for 2007. Consequently, her international award winning photography was featured in Rangefinder Magazine in June 2008. She has also taken First, Second and Third place honors from WPPI in other international competitions for her child and family photography. Additionally, Nichole has received numerous Accolades of Excellence and currently holds an Accolade of Photographic Mastery from WPPI.

In addition to her love for photography, Nichole loves teaching and enjoyed being English faculty at Brigham Young University for nearly 10 years. As the best of both worlds, teaching photography to others is her passion. Nichole currently offers international photography workshops focusing on helping others enhance creativity and artistry in their photos. Combining her excellence in teaching with her photographic knowledge, Nichole’s Life as Art Workshops are quickly revamping industry standards for photographic workshops.

Nichole lives in southern Utah County with her husband and three children. You can see her work at www.nicholeV.com.

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