Monday, December 29, 2014

The Maven Flyer Vol. 43

Welcome to 
 The Maven Flyer
Vol. 43
For the week of December 15, 2014

Here we will offer suggestions for places for you to submit your images
for sharing and competition.
If you have or know of a sharing community or theme, please let us know
by emailing the name, link, and specifics to

At this time you will need to visit each page to learn the specifics of the pages 
rules and deadlines for sharing images.

Happy Sharing Everyone!

Snap Maven ~  Brand new , Weekly favorite, Experiments
Clicking Moms ~ Winter
Distorted Beauty~ Imperfect
In Beauty & Chaos~ 2014 Fave, Weekly Favorites
Evoking You~ Fresh start
The Dark Room~  2014 Fave, Weekly Favorites
Fantastically Flawed~ ? (until Tuesday)
Spark~ Holiday memories
Giggles&Goldfish~Everyday Favorites
Picture Me Project~Include yourself in the image somehow!
We Were There Too~ Get in the photo with your kids!
Lemonade and Lenses~Weekly Favorite
Mozi Magazine~Weekly Favorite
Seniorologie~ Weekly Favorite(senior)
Photographer's Connection~Weekly Favorite
Photo Artistry~Holiday (all December), Weekly favorite
Light Inspired~ New, weekly favorite
Reflections~ Wonder
Sweet Little Muse~ Recent Fave
Little Bellows~ 2014 Fave, Weekly favorite
Photo Corner~ weekly favorite
In Your Own Light~ closed for Holidays
By The Light~   Window light
Life's Experience p52~Smiles
The Monochromatic Lens~Weekly Favorite
My Beautifully Chaotic Lifestyle~ Beautifully Chaotic
Let the Kids Dress Themselves~ 2014 Fave
SHOTMagazine~ open, one photo per day
Faradiddles~ On Hiatus (No theme)
The Organic PhotograpHERS~ Best of 2014
A Day in the Life~ At the end of the day
Honestly, Photography  ~ Winter
M.O.O.D. ~ ?
Minimalist Mondays ~Minimalist
Euphoric Capture~ Celebrate
CLICK STYLE~ Weekly favorite
Yip Yap Girl~ New beginnings 
The Inner Lens~Satisfied
Chasing Sunflares ~ On hiatus
The Masterpiece~Family, Weekly favorite
The Snappy Mama~Quit
Photographer Obsessed~?
In shadow of life~BW weekly favorites
The Creativity Project- Family
Poétique~ She walks in beauty
Boys Will Be Boys~Monochrome
The Snap Society ~ Weekly favorite
Click Clique ~ Contained (new theme every two weeks)

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Feature Friday with MColichio Photography!

Monika Colichio of MColichio Photography is the winner of our Holiday Traditions challenge from just before Christmas and she has graciously taken a break from the festivities to share a bit about her life with us <3

1. Please tell us about yourself...

 Sure! I originally came from Poland. My whole side of the family lives still there.
I get home sick during the Christmas season a lot!
Before photography, the garage was my favorite place to be. Not kidding! Electric saw and all.
I easily could be a fruit tester, especially oranges... I have high expectations of them.
Love to eat. ALL THE TIME.
Since "Gray's Anatomy" started, I've watched all of the episodes, which is how i spend my relaxing time.

2. Can you describe your style in 3 words? Why those words?

 My style... moody, truthful, dramatic describes it well. I like photography with a lot of emotions, so I try capture that as much as I can.

3. What sparked your passion for photography?

 I like to think that spark was in me all along… I didn’t realize how much I inherited from my dad and his craftsmanship until I found myself in my garage making a bed for my daughter. It wasn’t until my kids were born when I got my first DSLR. I carried it everywhere in the diaper bag. I was so excited that I could capture some of the precious moments and keep them with me a little longer. I was a mom and hobbyist for 4 years. A couple of years ago, I upgraded my camera and started to find my voice. Photography is a huge part of my life now.

4. What's in your camera bag right now?

 I use a Nikon D750, recently swapped a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 for Sigma 35, lensbaby edge 80, Nikkor 85 1.8, Nikkor 28 1.8 which might be switched for a 50 again ;).

5. What is your dream shoot or project?

 My dream shoot is really any shoot when I truly connect with my subject. One day I would love to visit India and photograph away anything!

6. What are some of the misconceptions you had about photography and photographers at the beginning of your photography journey? Have they changed, and how?

 Well, I had truly no idea what it means to be in business. There is so much more to it than being a good photographer.

7. What advice would you give to newbie photographers? What advice do you wish you'd been given at the very beginning?

 Grow. Don't rush yourself, and don't compare. It is easy to forget about that.

You can find more of Monika's gorgeous work here:

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

{holiday magic}

This is my first time judging a weekly theme and it has been so fun! Scrolling the feed and looking at everyone's lovely submissions has been such a fun part of my week. Thank you for participating at such a busy time of the year. I wish that I could pick them all, I had such a hard time narrowing them down. I saved so many to my desktop! The magic of the season means many different things to everyone--family, friends, lights, smells, anticipation, amazing decorations, I could go on and on. 

I just adore the square crop here. 
The lines and symmetry are awesome and I love the centered tree and lines of lights. So pretty!! 


The love the choice of color here. I like the beautiful candles and the child's eyes staring so intently. The child looks so peaceful. A wonderful story. 


The magic of baking is for so many the best part of the season. Love the feeling of togetherness here, the reflection, the DOF, the conversion and the story it tells. 


The anticipation of tree decorating is always fun. Such a magical time for kiddos to help place ornaments. I love the looking through feeling here, her face, the light on her face and of course those super cute jammies!


The feeling of togetherness is always magical this time of year. Observing the hustle and bustle of the season can always bring reflection and a feeling of gratefulness. The story here is wonderful--the focus on them but knowing what they are watching is awesome. 


For some, Santa is such a magical part of the season and penning him a letter is part of the magic. Will he get it, will he respond? The light here is wonderful and so is the composition. 


Street decor is always one of my favorite things about the season. I love the feeling of calm in this image. The water reflections on the street only add to it for me. The composition choice is wonderful with the snowflakes adding great lines and depth. 


I love the warm tones in this image. The focus on the lit candles can give such meaning to so many. I love light falling on the gold parts of the menorah. 


I, of course, had to have a pup image. As mine is such a huge part of my holiday magic. I love the warm tones, the bokeh and the sweet pup face that is sleeping peacefully. 


Magnificently decorated trees are always such a huge part of this magical time of year. This one is no exception. The composition choice shows of this tree perfectly. I love the lines, perspective and choice to keep this in color. 


The winner is...

Togetherness is the most magical part of the season. Being with those you love and enjoying each others company celebrating and doing the things you love together. For me, this image shows all of that. Enjoying the fire, looking at cards, enjoying a story. The composition is also wonderful and I love that it's in color. 

Thank you for sharing a little bit of your Holiday Magic with me. 
I wish everyone the best holiday season and Happy New Year.

Kim De Araujo Photography 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Feature Friday with Hayley Hay Photography!

We're thrilled to learn more about Hayley Hay, the winner of last week's 'low light' challenge!

1. Please tell us about yourself…
I'm a Brit living in Switzerland with my Kiwi husband and two little boys (6 and 3). I spent years studying immunology, doing my degree, PhD and post doc in science only to totally change career to become a photographer.!  I love spending time with my family, being outdoors, discovering new things and being with friends. I love to challenge myself and push myself to learn new things. 

2. Can you describe your style in 3 words? Why those words?
In a word "NO"…I find it really hard to describe my style…ok I will try, natural, honest and colourful.  I really try to capture the true personalities of the people that I photograph, I prefer to take authentic, unposed images where possible and the reason I so enjoy photographing children is because they are less aware or affected by the camera, and once they begin playing you can really see their personalities shine through and to capture real moments becomes easier.  I love black and white photography but there are so many pretty colours here in Switzerland with the lake and the mountains, which are forever changing colour depending on the time of day, time of year and the light.  So I enjoy the colourful and bold images that I can take here! 

3. What sparked your passion for photography?
Well this is a total cliché but it really was the birth of my first son.  I found it so frustrating when my photos were not matching the moment that I was trying to capture.  I knew that I wanted to get better at taking photos as my son grew so I could document his ever changing little face and personality, et Voila, as they say here, therein sparked my passion! 

4. What's in your camera bag right now?
My Canon 5D mark iii.  My 50mm 1.8 lens, my 70-200mm lens and my 24-70mm lens, along with some other bits and bobs but there is definitely space for some new things in 2015!

5. What is your dream shoot or project?
I would love to do a totally styled shoot where I can really think about the set up of the shoot, take more time in taking the photos and get creative.  With photographing mainly children or toddlers, there isn't usually too much time to be creative as most of my time is spent running after the energetic little things!   Also I'd really like to begin a project here in Switzerland of the lake, where I take a photo every day in the same place through the seasons.  The colours and light change constantly on a day to day basis so I think it could be really interesting to document!  

6. What are some of the misconceptions you had about photography and photographers at the beginning of your photography journey? Have they changed, and how?
I felt very intimidated at first by other photographers who were very technical in the way they spoke about photography.  It would really throw me but since seeing how so many photographers out there are self taught and how creative they are, it made me realise that, although it is important to know the technical side of photography, the way you approach learning about it is very personal.  I am largely a self-taught photographer and a lot of my learning has been through trial and error and challenging myself to try new things. 

7. What advice would you give to newbie photographers? What advice do you wish you'd been given at the very beginning?
My advice would be, don't be afraid to try new things.  Learn from others, be inspired by others but find your own style and be confident with it.  Also learn to take advice and to not be too despondent if you don't like what people have to say about your work.  It will only help you to grow as a photographer.  Expect to have ups and downs too, working in a creative job can be tiring at times and sometimes the creative juices flow whilst at other times it can be easy to feel a little lost but most importantly, DON'T GIVE UP!

Find more of Hayley's beautiful work here:

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