Raina girl.

One of my best friends has the most photogenic fur baby! Raina girl is by far the prettiest pup I’ve ever seen.

I cant stay away from being outdoors… any chance I can get to soak in this warm weather! Tomorrow is going to be another beautiful day for more adventures and new experiences!



After all the rain we’ve been having… the sun is finally here!! My garden and flower beds definitely needed all the rain though, so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much.

And we cant forget about Hudson…

Does anyone else’s pup refuse to pee in the rain?! Hudson will jump around and play in the sprinkler and dive into the river but refuse to go out in the rain… does that make sense? No! Needless to say… I’m not the only one enjoying the sun today.


Understanding Exposure


Manual Mode, shutter speed 1/125, aperature f/5.6, ISO 1600

I am having so much fun learning how to take pictures in Manual mode. It is such an exciting thing to look at a picture and know that you were the one that choose the settings to create that exposure. Very cool! I just started reading Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson and am learning so much already. Highly recommend this book to all beginner photographers like myself! It really helps that my animals are so photogenic and don’t mind a camera in their face through the learning process. I cannot wait till the warmer weather months get here! I’m excited for hikes and adventures to capture some amazing photos of nature. So much to learn in the process but love that I can share this adventure through my blog and to connect with other beginner and advanced photographers.


Manual, aperature f/5.6, shutter speed 1/125, ISO 3200


Manual, aperature f/5.0, shutter speed 1/100, ISO 3200
Manual, shutter speed 1/60, aperature f/5.6, ISO 3200


Manual, shutter speed 1/15, aperature f/5.6, ISO 1600

Making the switch…


Well I have finally taken the leap and made the switch to Manual mode. Do I have any clue what I am doing? Nope… but I am reading and learning as I go and that is what makes it so much fun! My sister will be here for Christmas and with her photography background I am really looking forward to hands on guidance. I took my adorable and very photogenic pup out on the dog run with his favorite ball and captured some photos in motion as well! I am in love with Manual mode… now I just need lots of practice! Camera settings: Manual mode, 1/1000 for shutter speed, f4.5 and ISO Auto.





Night Sky Photography


I am very intrigued by night sky photography! I often stand in awe of the beauty the night sky holds. I grew up in Montana where the milky way is clear as day in the mountains! I remember as a young girl taking the 4 wheelers out after dark to the top of the mountain… looking up and being at a complete loss for words. Absolutely breathtaking! I can’t wait to get far away from ambient light and capture photos of the night sky!



All three of these photos were captured using a tripod in Manual mode, MF (manual focus), RAW, f/3.5, 18mm lense, focused to infinity, ISO 1600-3200 (I was playing around with these settings), 20″ for shutter speed and 2 sec timer.

Please comment with tips and advice! Will be heading to Galeton, PA this upcoming year and want to capture some beautiful, breathtaking photos!


November sunsets


I love sunsets and capturing it’s beauty! This is one of my first sunset photos using my Canon dslr… and the sky wasn’t even that extravagant! So I’m really looking forward to capturing more sunsets and playing with different settings. I was reading on how to take pictures of sunsets in Manual mode but since I was running out of time I just stuck with Av (aperture priority mode). Always looking for tips and advice!


Photography Beginner

I have always taken way too many pictures and annoyed way too many people over the years! I got my very first point and shoot camera in 2006 and carried it with me everywhere I went. Picture quality wasn’t so great but I still enjoyed playing around with it. My love for taking pictures has grown over the years and I thought it was about time that I learned how to properly take pictures. So here I am…. holding my early Christmas present from my very supportive husband… a canon rebel dslr T3. I am in LOVE with this camera. I sort of dove right in and started taking pictures using aperture priority  (Av) setting.


5 Easy Steps to Deal with Negative People

Very good read! So glad I ran into this post. You can’t always escape negativity… it’s everywhere! Learning how to handle it in a Godly way is key. A good reminder is always needed!



By Eric Charles, MA., PhD-c

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“You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” ~Joyce Meyer

1. Recognize and accept their toxicity
First and foremost, it is important to identify and accept that someone we know is a negative person. This can be difficult, especially when the person is someone we care about. Either way, we must be careful not to allow their negativity to transfer onto us. We need to accept that negativity is toxic and will only breed more negativity. It is especially important to avoid complainers. People who complain have given up hope that their actions can make any difference. We must be careful not to enable complainers by always listening to their woes.

2. Stop playing savior and/or problem solver
As human beings, we are wired to connect. For most of us, it is in our nature to lend a compassionate ear to someone who is in need…

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