Tuesday, June 30, 2015

{environmental portrait}

I am so honored to be guest judging this week! All your images were SO amazing!!  I looked for elements of environmental portraiture and images that made me want to know more of the story!  Thank you so much for sharing your images with me.


I love the bold bright colors here and that sweet baby!









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The connection here is amazing and he looks so happy! 











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I can feel the tension and this image leaves me wondering what she is thinking!








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This composition is great!  I really get a sense that this little boy is part of a serious game!








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This image takes me back to childhood!  I love that this is such a powerful portrait without even showing her face.  








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I love this portrait!  There are so many strong elements here around the main subject.







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What a unique take on environmental portraiture!  The composition is amazing and a great use of reflections.








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I love self portraits and the location and connection here is amazing!  







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This is so sweet!  I feel like these two were out for a walk and stopped for a moment and it makes me wonder what the little boy is thinking!







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I love the light pouring in on her feet and the creative choice that the artist made to make it the primary subject!  










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And the winner is...








WOW!  Everything about this image is amazing!  The composition of the image, his hands and body language, the location, the colors and the smoke are all so powerful!  Even though I can not see his face I feel a connection to him.  This is a wonderful portrait of a Firefighter in his true environment.    


Monday, June 29, 2015

The Maven Flyer Vol. 27

Welcome to 
 The Maven Flyer
Vol. 27
For the week of June 29, 2015


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 
snapmaven.info @gmail.com
Include "Please Add This Page to the Flyer"
in the subject line so we won't miss it.

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 ~ Lifestyle light
Clicking Moms ~ Childhood
Distorted Beauty~ Self portrait
In Beauty & Chaos~ Laughter, Weekly Favorites
Evoking You~ ?, weekly favorite
The Dark Room~  Flare, Weekly Favorites
                                             Fantastically Flawed~ Father (until Tuesday)
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~Movement, Weekly favorite
EX.OH Blog ~ Weekly favorite
Light Inspired~ Evening, weekly favorite
M4HP~ Magic
30 Minutes in the Life~ Ordinary moment, extraordinary light, Create from the heart (July)
Reflections~ This wild like, this freedom
Sweet Little Muse~ (on a break- no theme)
Little Bellows Celebration, Weekly favorite
Photo Corner~ weekly favorite
By The Light~   Early morning
Life's Experience p52~ Childhood
The Monochromatic Lens~Weekly Favorite
My Beautifully Chaotic Lifestyle~ Beautifully Chaotic
Let the Kids Dress Themselves~ June fave
SHOTMagazine~ open, one photo per day
The Organic PhotograpHERS~ Double (women only)
Honestly, Photography  ~ Full circle
Euphoric Capture~ Makes me happy
CLICK STYLE~ Vintage
The Snappy Mama~ "Kids:they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music."
Photographer Obsessed~ Monochrome
In shadow of life~BW weekly favorites
The Creativity Project- Pastel (all June)
PoétiqueI need to touch your life and leave a joy ..,.... 
an inspiration ...So you will love me soon in reality ...
... not imagination ...
Boys Will Be Boys~Weekly Favorite
The Snap Society ~ Weekly favorite
Life Unscripted- Water's edge
Project:life your way: weekly favorites
The Artistic Tog: Freestyle
Pearls and Roses: Stuffed loves
The Thrifty Tog Blog~Summer love (all June)
The Photo Nook ~ Sunflare (all June)
Sham of the Perfect~ Our day at 4 o'clock
Life In Loud~ Weekly favorites shot from the heart
Fearless and Framed~ Honestly documented
Inspire me, Inspired be.- ?
The Red Cape Project~ Don a Red Cape, superhero pose and tell us your superpower

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That concludes the links for this week!
If there is a link you'd like to see here, please let us know at
snapmaven.info@gmail.com
Include "Please Add This Page to the Flyer"
in the subject line so we won't miss it.
Please allow 2-3 weeks for addition to The Maven Flyer
Same goes for errors, though we hope to get those fixed right away.
Future issues of The Maven Flyer will be posted on Monday evenings.

You can't get featured if you don't submit!!


Go for it!


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Friday, June 26, 2015

Feature Friday with Karey Nobles Photography!



Karey of Karey Nobles Photography was the winner of last week's 'superhero' challenge.  Read on to find out what kind of gear she uses, how she describes her own work, and how she got started.  Of course, we've included some more of her gorgeous work to look at too!




1. Please tell us about yourself…
I’m Karey and I live in Virginia with my husband and our three kids, ages 5, 4, and 2. I love my family, my faith, and I'm living my dream as a stay-at-home mom. Our youngest and oldest (the girls) came to us through adoption and I’m passionate about all things having to do with adoption and infertility. In what seems like a former life I was a TV news anchor, but now I’m lucky if I get to wash my hair. If you ask my kids, they say my ”job" is taking pictures, although it’s actually just my hobby. But they know my camera is never far from me.




2. Can you describe your style in 3 words? Why those words?
Journalistic, relational, emotional
As a former reporter, I definitely approach photography with a journalist's eye. My kids are my subjects 99% of the time and I really try to document our lives in a real way (even though I’m a sucker for a good posed shot too). I’m finding it also means capturing their relationships, whether it’s my daughter playing with my son’s ear as they read a book, or jumping on their father when he comes home from work. How people connect with each other in that split second can evoke so much emotion. 




3. What sparked your passion for photography?
I discovered a love of painting as a child, and for years my “thing" was creating detailed paintings from photographs. The whole time I was secretly jealous of photographers - they didn’t have to deal with a mess or clean-up, and while it took me days or weeks to finish a painting, they could create beautiful art in just seconds (little did I know what actually went into it before and after the shutter was pressed). Once babies were in the picture, painting just became too difficult. But I still needed an artistic outlet, and I knew I wanted pictures of my kids. So I bought my first DSLR, and learned it wasn’t as easy as I had thought! 




4. What's in your camera bag right now?
Although it’s on my kitchen counter and not in my bag, I shoot with my Nikon D610, which lately has a Tamron 28-75 on it at all times. An 85mm 1.8 and a 35mm 1.8 (which I used with my old cropped sensor for years) are actually in my bag. 




5. What is your dream shoot or project?
My dream shoot would be one where my kids are cooperating (even my rambunctious two-year-old!) and the lighting is perfect. We'd be surrounded by beauty, maybe a field of wildflowers with mountains in the distance. And I'd have some of my wish-list lenses to play around with. But, really, it's all about the happy kids.




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?
As I mentioned earlier, I thought it was going to be so much easier than painting. It’s different, but not easy! I had no idea how much was involved from the technical side.



7. What advice would you give to newbie photographers? What advice do you wish you'd been given at the very beginning? 
The best thing I ever did was to find a community. I’m blessed to be part of a small group of photographers who are all moms and friends and we learn and grow together. I can't recommend it highly enough. So join a group, or start one yourself, and ask lots of questions.



Follow Karey's beautiful work here:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015



This week's judge is Karen of Karen Osdieck Photography. She has chosen "environmental portrait" for the theme this week, and has shared some of her beautiful photos and thoughts. Enjoy!


1. Tell us about yourself...

I am a wife to my college sweetheart and a mother of two sweet little boys (14 months apart) that keep us extremely busy.  I have had a love for documenting life for as long as I can remember which I owe all to my dad.  He passed his love for photography on to me and I am happy to pass it on to my boys.  They love finding light streaming into our house and looking for shadows!  I took a black and white film photography class in college and learned how to develop and print images in a dark room.  That was an amazing experience which only furthered my love for photography.  

I purchased my first dslr in 2011 when my first son was born.  After that I was on a mission to learn everything I needed to know to create images that matched my vision!  I've taken a few workshops and grew so much after each one.  I never imagined I would be where I am today!



2. What ignited your passion for photography, and what fuels it now?

My main inspiration comes from my boys.  I am inspired by real emotions and connections, by dramatic and interesting light and by creating images that make my viewer feel something.  Once I learned how to see light it opened endless possibilities for my images.  One of my goals is to find beauty in my everyday.



3. What's in your camera bag right now, what do use the most? the least?

Nikon d610, 24-70mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8mm, 50mm 1.8, an external flash. I use my 35mm the most and I use my external flash the least!



4. What's your dream project or shoot?

I want to shoot my kids at Lake Vermillion in Minnesota. It's a special place for my family and one of the most beautiful lakes in the country!


5. What is the biggest challenge you face as a photographer?

My biggest challenge is getting the cooperation of my kids! I'm sure all you ladies can relate! I have learned some really good tricks along the way that work well with each of my boy's personalities.



6. If you had $500 to spend on photography... How should you spend it? How do you wish you could spend it? 
How would you really spend it?

I would spend it on a workshop or mentoring!



7. Is there any one thing you wish someone had told you at the very beginning of your photography journey?

Do not get overwhelmed and learning takes time and practice!


Thank you for joining us this week, Karen!



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

{Superheroes}



I loved seeing all of your superheroes this week!
Thank you so much for sharing them with me.

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Oh the light in this image is just amazing! I love the way it creates a silhouette inside the cape.
He looks like he about to set off on an epic adventure.

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The angle, the expression!  A perfect superhero!

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All moms are superheroes in my book, 
but add soldier to the mix and it's hard to find a bigger hero in comparison! 

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Not all superheroes fly, but thanks to this awesome superhero of a dad, this one sure does!
Great conversion and perfect moment captured.

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I love the framing and composition here as well as that perfect sunset sky! 

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This, this right here is the expression of a true superhero! 
I love the depth and contrast of this conversion!

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I love this minimalist representation of a superhero. 
The imagination requires a very little seed in order to grow to amazing heights! 

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Great expression, light and processing here!

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This is an everyday superhero at her finest!

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I just love the lines and the pose in this image. 






And the winner is...





I love the brightness and the colors in this image! Perfect timing, expression and composition!



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Thank you again for showing me your favorite superheroes this week, 
and if you are like me and can't get enough of them, please join me over at 
where the focus is always on how everyday superheroes
and the positive impact they have on this world.


You can also find me here...

Julie Moses


Monday, June 22, 2015

The Maven Flyer Vol. 26

Welcome to 
 The Maven Flyer
Vol. 26
For the week of June 22, 2015


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 
snapmaven.info @gmail.com
Include "Please Add This Page to the Flyer"
in the subject line so we won't miss it.

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 ~ Environmental portrait
Clicking Moms ~ Childhood
In Beauty & Chaos~ Technology, Weekly Favorites
Evoking You~ ?, weekly favorite
The Dark Room~  Pet, Weekly Favorites
                                             Fantastically Flawed~ " I'm restless . Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again." (until Tuesday)
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~Movement, Weekly favorite
EX.OH Blog ~ Weekly favorite
Light Inspired~ Father, weekly favorite
M4HP~ Liquid 
30 Minutes in the Life~ New heights 
Reflections~ A day to remember
Sweet Little Muse~ (on a break- no theme)
Little Bellows Water, Weekly favorite
Photo Corner~ weekly favorite
By The Light~   Early morning
Life's Experience p52~ ?
The Monochromatic Lens~Weekly Favorite
My Beautifully Chaotic Lifestyle~ Beautifully Chaotic
Let the Kids Dress Themselves~ Leading lines
SHOTMagazine~ open, one photo per day
The Organic PhotograpHERS~ Double (women only)
A Day in the Life~ (no longer active-no theme)
Honestly, Photography  ~ Glow
Euphoric Capture~ Rain drops
CLICK STYLE~ Vintage
The photo nook ~ Sun flare
The Snappy Mama~ Anonymous portrait
Photographer Obsessed~ Weekly favorites
In shadow of life~BW weekly favorites
The Creativity Project- Pastel (all June)
PoétiqueI need to touch your life and leave a joy ..,.... 
an inspiration ...So you will love me soon in reality ...
... not imagination ...
Boys Will Be Boys~Weekly Favorite
The Snap Society ~ Weekly favorite
Life Unscripted- Making time
Project:life your way: weekly favorites
The Artistic Tog: Up in the air
Pearls and Roses: These summer days
The Thrifty Tog Blog~Summer love (all June)
The Photo Nook ~ Sunflare (all June)
Sham of the Perfect~ Our day at 4 o'clock
Life In Loud~ Weekly favorites shot from the heart
Fearless and Framed~ Honestly documented
Inspire me, Inspired be.- Clouds
The Red Cape Project~ Don a Red Cape, superhero pose and tell us your superpower

<<<>>>

That concludes the links for this week!
If there is a link you'd like to see here, please let us know at
snapmaven.info@gmail.com
Include "Please Add This Page to the Flyer"
in the subject line so we won't miss it.
Please allow 2-3 weeks for addition to The Maven Flyer
Same goes for errors, though we hope to get those fixed right away.
Future issues of The Maven Flyer will be posted on Monday evenings.

You can't get featured if you don't submit!!


Go for it!


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Feature Friday with My Captured Life!

The fabulous Shelley Reis of My Captured Life is the winner of last week's 'beautiful disaster' challenge, and has shared some more of her gorgeous work here, as well as given us some insight into what makes her tick!





1.     Please tell us about yourself...

My name is Shelley and I’m from Wollongong, Australia. I’m a partner, mother of two, animal lover and passionate photographer. Aside from caring for my two small children, 4 and 1, I spend a large portion of my time dedicated to personal photography projects such as my daily blog, My Captured Life, as well as the odd client shoot. 






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

Authentic, soulful, candid

I am extremely passionate about documentary photography and capturing the beautiful details of real life which so are often overlooked among the hustle and bustle of our daily lives (especially for those of us with small children). I most enjoy capturing seemingly ordinary, candid moments and showing others that even the most mundane moment can be beautiful art.  





3. What sparked your passion for photography?

Since I was a child I have always been surrounded by art. My Mother, an artist herself, always encouraged us to think creatively and observe and appreciate the details of life - regularly forcing my father to stop the car on long car trips and (often against our will) get us out to observe an interesting tree, a friendly-looking animal or a beautifully-shaped cloud. As a result I have always been a creatively-inclined person and have dabbled in art in many different forms but until a couple of years ago have never really found my 'niche'. In 2011 when my son was born I became somewhat fixated on finding a way to capture his innocence, beauty and spirit which was so unique to him and changing every moment. I bought my first DSLR camera and it was from there that my passion for photography was born. With every click of the shutter I fell more and more in love and have obsessively practised ever since.



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

I shoot almost exclusively with a Canon 6D. Due to the variety of my work I usually keep my Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 lens on the camera ready for any snap-worthy moment that might arise. It is an incredibly versatile lens. For portraits I will switch to a prime lens – usually my “nifty fifty”. I am primarily a natural light photographer but will often have my reflector on hand too. My next purchase will most definitely be the Sigma 35mm ART lens. 




5. What is your dream shoot or project?

Having two little ones myself the topic of new motherhood is close to my heart so any candid moment exploring the powerful relationship between mother and child is without a doubt my favourite. I shoot in a documentary style which would lend itself to Birth Photography and New Parent Documentary sessions so once my children are a little older and more independent I intend to pursue them with greater vigour. 



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 initially assumed like many do that you need all the fancy gear to capture great moments but as my skill set grew I realised this was simply not true. Some of my best captures have been on my old, very basic DSLR (Canon Rebel T3i) which goes to show it’s not what you’ve got but how you use it! Not being a very techy person myself I also assumed that photography was intensely hard. Once I dove in and began to learn I realised it was not. Sure, to be a good photographer you need to have a certain amount of artistic ability but understanding the settings on your camera and how to use them is not rocket science and with practise, patience and persistence anyone can learn and improve upon their photography skills. 



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

Practise, practice, practice. Never be afraid to try something new or take on projects that fall outside of your comfort zone – the more you take on the faster your skillset and confidence will grow.

I wish someone had given me this quote that I stumbled upon recently which is ‘Comparison is the thief of joy’. It is so hard not to compare yourself with others and I have been so guilty of it in the past. However it is imperative that you do not measure your own abilities by the work others are producing. We are all artists with different visions on different journeys so while it’s important to recognize and scrutinize your own growth as an artist, please do not compare your work to others.  


Find Shelley's beautiful work here:

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