Monday, November 30, 2015

The Maven Flyer Vol. 49

Welcome to 
 The Maven Flyer
Vol. 49
For the week of November 30th, 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 ~ Intimacy
Clicking Moms ~ Silly
In Beauty & Chaos~ Low light, Weekly Favorites
The Dark Room~ Movement
 Fantastically Flawed"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children" - unkown
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~  Weekly favorite
EX.OH Blog ~ Weekly favorite
Light Inspired~ Together, weekly favorite
M4HP~ Attached
Journey to Artist~ Holidays / Traditions
Reflections~ Poem that inspires you
Little Bellows Weekly favorite
Photo Corner~ weekly favorite
By The Light~  Reflection
Life's Experience p52~ Cold
The Monochromatic Lens~Weekly Favorite
My Beautifully Chaotic Lifestyle~ Beautifully Chaotic
Let the Kids Dress Themselves~Jump
SHOTMagazine~ open, one photo per day
The Organic PhotograpHERS~ Bold (all November)(women only)
Minimalist Mondays ~Weekly fave
Euphoric Capture~ November light
CLICK STYLE~ One shot, like it or not
The Snappy Mama~ Connection
Photographer Obsessed~ Costume
In shadow of life~BW weekly favorites
The Snap Society ~ Weekly favorite
Life Unscripted- Silent night
Project:life your way: weekly favorites
The Artistic Tog: Rocked the shot
Pearls and Roses: On Hiatus(no new themes until December)
Dear Photographer~Weekly favorite
Sham of the Perfect~ Get in the picture
Life In Loud~ Weekly favorites shot from the heart
Fearless and Framed~ Honestly documented
Inspire me, Inspired be.- Eyes
Soul Focus - Reflection
By HeArt~ Empathy


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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.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

{love letters}



Thank you so much Snap Maven 
for having me as the guest judge this week for the theme, Love Letters. 
I really enjoyed seeing such a variety and so many interpretations on the theme. 




This image by Melissa Butler Photography was such a great example of “Love Letters”. 
I love looking through the pages of old books and finding hidden treasures!




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Julie Ormonde… What can I say? This image is heart wrenchingly beautiful. 
The cool tones, the lighting, the processing, all add more emotion to an already emotion filled image. 
I feel as if she just read the saddest letter ever written. 




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This image by Amy Brownridge Photography caught my eye from the start. I love the colors and processing, but what could be more sweet than a love letter written by a child to their father? It’s love in its purest form! 



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Stafford Photography! Beautiful and straight to the point. I adore this black and white image! 



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This image by Holly Awwad of Holly Nicole Photography is another that grabbed my attention. I love the wide angle and how small the young girl is even on her tippy toes. The hearts made it a perfect submission for the theme. 




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Wouldn’t you just love to receive a love letter from this little one? The black and white processing is spot on in this image by Solas Images. I love how I can see just enough of the expression on his face. So sweet! 



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Can you just imagine how thrilling it must be for this little one to receive this letter from Princess Sofia? 
What an adorable image by Performer Photography.





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This love letter from the bride’s twin sister on her wedding day brought tears to my eyes. What an incredibly special love letter to cherish always. This image has such a dreamy effect by Michelle Gurner Photography. It’s like looking back on a special memory. 



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One 33 Photography, I can’t wait until he writes you his first love letter. Little boys and their moms have such a sweet relationship. I adore the look of concentration and determination of his face!


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Andrea Miles Photography, something tells me this little beauty will have her fair share of love letters in her life. 
Wonderful black and white processing and use of shadows. 



And the winner is….




Amy Shire of Amy Lucinda Photography! I am absolutely in love with everything about this image. 
The colors, the subjects, the movement, the little hands holding their love letters, the love from the mother….
Wow.  Congratulations Amy. Well done!





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That concludes this week's winning images. 
A big thank you to Sharon Cover for being our guest judge and curator this past week.
To keep up with Sharon and her phenomenal work you can visit her here...



Monday, November 23, 2015

The Maven Flyer Vol. 48

Welcome to 
 The Maven Flyer
Vol. 48
For the week of November 23th, 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 ~ This week off
Clicking Moms ~ Silly
Distorted Beauty~ Long exposure
In Beauty & Chaos~ Thankful, Weekly Favorites
The Dark Room~ Weekly Favorite
 Fantastically Flawed"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children" - unkown
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~  Weekly favorite
EX.OH Blog ~ Weekly favorite
Light Inspired~ Thankful, weekly favorite
M4HP~ Upbeat
Journey to Artist~ Create / Light and shadows
Reflections~ Poem that inspires you
Little Bellows Weekly favorite
Photo Corner~ weekly favorite
By The Light~  Reflection
Life's Experience p52~free
The Monochromatic Lens~Weekly Favorite
My Beautifully Chaotic Lifestyle~ Beautifully Chaotic
Let the Kids Dress Themselves~Jump
SHOTMagazine~ open, one photo per day
The Organic PhotograpHERS~ Bold (all November)(women only)
Minimalist Mondays ~Weekly fave
Euphoric Capture~ I'm grateful for this day
CLICK STYLE~ Celebration
The Snappy Mama~ Light patterns
Photographer Obsessed~ Costume
In shadow of life~BW weekly favorites
The Snap Society ~ Weekly favorite
Life Unscripted- Low light
Project:life your way: weekly favorites
The Artistic Tog: Week off
Pearls and Roses: On Hiatus(no new themes until December)
Dear Photographer~Weekly favorite
Sham of the Perfect~ Get in the picture
Life In Loud~ Weekly favorites shot from the heart
Fearless and Framed~ Honestly documented
Inspire me, Inspired be.- Makes your heart happy
Soul Focus - From above
By HeArt~ Gratitude


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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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The Maven Flyer
in your inbox each week
please sign up
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Friday, November 20, 2015

Feature Friday with A Rock and a Soft Place!

Julia Forsman, the talent behind A Rock and a Soft Place Photography, was the winner of last week's 'autumn' challenge. Read on to find out more about this super skilled photographer!




1. Please tell us about yourself...

I am a 42 year old English woman who (mostly) lives in the centre of Istanbul with my husband (a Swedish speaking Finn), his son and our two children. My eldest son has just moved back to the UK. I have been a photography lover all my life and have much better taste than skill!  I used film until five years ago when, during a financially challenging time, my Dad gave me a digital camera. I started my photography business two years ago when my wonderful husband got me my first professional camera for my 40th birthday, and am still overwhelmed by all the wonderful doors it has opened.



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

Quiet Dark Romantic

Quiet because I think my images are often of a moment of stillness, a small reflective stop in time. I am not very good at stopping and breathing deeply but feel completely in the moment photographing others.

Dark because I usually underexpose to see the play of light and shadow on my subjects.

Romantic because, despite struggling with depression, I feel completely swept up in the love I witness and the exquisite beauty of small things.



3. What sparked your passion for photography?

For seven years my first child only lived with me at weekends. I used to take pictures of him and take them to be developed so that I could, in a small way, bring his image back to me when he was away. Then, while living in York, I learnt to use a darkroom and spent a lot of time conjuring up his image. I photographed the messages written on sticks that I left in the walls of my son's village and on the hills above his home. I understand now that I used photography as a tool to bring a little order to my grief. I still use photography to make sense of my circumstances. In 2008, after a long court case, my son came to live with me full-time. 



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

My Canon 5D Mark ii and a 35mm 1.4. I rarely use anything else. I love the way prime lenses encourage you to move.



5. What is your dream shoot or project?

I love getting to know people before I photograph them. The most enjoyable thing for me is to photograph women who are confident enough to really be themselves in front of the camera so that I can photograph their emotions and moods and worry less about conventional beauty. I have nine siblings who are great subjects on the rare occasions that we are in the same country.



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 thought that photography would always be solitary. I had absolutely no idea that I would find incredible communities of photographers, or the extent to which they would nurture my growth. The internet changed my photography life, providing me with an abundance of inspiration and advice, and, most of all, friends who understood the challenges of the journey I was on. Now photography introduces me to wonderful new people all the time and sessions often feel like a good time spent with friends.




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

My progress has been very gradual. I have watched many people speed past me but feel really content with walking pace. Your photography journey will always give you pleasure if you are focused on your own path. There are lots of practical things I could have understood sooner but what I really want to develop is a heart wide open to the beauty in the world, and that cannot be found in competition, anxiety and jealousy (all of which I have felt). I am delighted to have found a medium that encourages me to constantly seek out what makes my heart sing.





Find more of Julia's gorgeous work here:


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Meet This Week's Judge: Sharon Covert!


Sharon, of Sharon Covert Photography, has asked you to share your "love letters" this week. She is no stranger to evocative photography, as her deep monochromatic tones can attest to. Enjoy her phtos and read about her here!




1. Tell us about yourself...

I’m Sharon Covert, A Photographer, Artist, Musician and mother of two. My art is very deep and personal to me. I find myself drawn to flaws in photography such as blur and grain. Through the use of deep shadows and light in my black and white images I aim to convey a variety of emotions. Many of my images have a message within them. My hope is that the viewer can connect to each image emotionally. Perhaps they will be reminded of something deep within themselves. I believe we all have something we keep in waiting to be released. This is my release.



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

I've always been a picture taker documenting my world, thanks to my father sharing his passion for photography, and documenting my childhood. It wasn't until bringing my daughter home from Vietnam 8 years ago that I realized I wanted it to be more than that. I had no idea 8 years ago it would have developed into what I do now. I'm fueled by passion to create art and express myself. I have so many feelings, and this has been the best way for me to express them all. I found myself through this art.



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

I should be embarrassed at how many camera bags I own. I always carry my 5D Mark III, 35L, 70-200L, and Lensbaby Velvet 56. Many times I bring more than one bag with me though. I have been working with film more over the last year, and often will have my Mamiya 645 medium format camera with me and a couple of Polaroids as well. I have quite the growing collection of film cameras. I'm hoping to spend some time this winter getting to know them better.



4. What’s your dream project or shoot?

This past summer I worked with shooting under water some. It's something I'd really like to explore more, but at the same time I have a big fear of water. I'd also like to explore my self portraits more, but with film. 



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

I struggle with getting myself out there on social media to be honest. I'm a very quiet person, and it's difficult for me to constantly expose myself in hopes of my art being seen. 


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 think my "should", "wish", and "reality" would all be the same at this point. I would want to invest it into having more images printed and framed for exhibits. It can become very expensive preparing images for galleries. It's something I didn't realize before I got into it. 



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

I'm not so sure there is anything that could have been said to get me to where I am now faster. It's a learning process.I feel like I have gone through it much slower than most, but I honestly think I had to go through everything exactly how it went to be here right now.




Tuesday, November 17, 2015

{autumn}




Christine, you did an amazing job making these leaves look as though they were sugar cookies ready to be eaten. I love the dark plum and maroon as well - great color palette. 






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Thank you for showing us another perspective Rebecca! The landscape and point of view here is impeccable. 






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 Joni pointed out that there was no layouts or extra added to this shot. That makes this moment so special. The composition and natural symmetry of everything is an added bonus. 






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The pop of red in her little one's sweatshirt really brings the viewer in. This kid is stylin' Elise. Lovely perspective and composition as well. 






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The light, the light, the light. Love how my eye starts at the light, then moves along toward the boy. The flow of this image is really great Lisa. 






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 This is a pivotal image, showing the leaves only beginning to change. The clarity and bold color is really refreshing and I always adore a good shooting through image. 






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Another perspective, from another part of the world. Thank you for pointing out what your Autumn is Cara. I get a real authentic feeling from this moment of laughter and connection. 






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 When I first saw this, I thought yum. If one could eat a photograph, this would be one to scoop up with a spoon. All the colors bokehed in with one another is so delightful. Bokehed is a word right? 






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Getting directly above and shooting is always a good way to portray something in my opinion. The pop of color and clarity is spot on as well. All around, this is a very sweet moment and warm image. 







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Tracy Jade Photography
Wherever there is a definition explaining the golden ratio / or the golden spiral... this image needs to be there. In love with the journey that my eyes get taken on, from left to right, then swooping around to that subtle flare, so you can then see the whole image in its bokehed entirety. Bokehed.... there's that word again. So incredible Tracy. 
  





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and the winner is......






This image is stunning. It has a fashion magazine feel to it, and when I was in college -W magazine specifically- was stacked up tall. I'd flip page after page after page, consuming it all. It brings me back.... So attracted to this image, from quality to story. Great work Julia. 




Stacey / Soul Threading

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