playing with light & a workshop announcement

playing with light & a workshop announcement

Hello!  So until this year, my kiddos (ages 4 and 5) had never done their own fireworks, never seen them up close, never held a sparkler.  Is that not normal?  Does everyone do their own?  Anyways, our sweet friends decided to fix that and made sure we would have our own fireworks to play with on the 4th!

The boys were super excited waiting for it to get dark enough.  Finally, way after bed time, we headed outside for the big event :)  While the men got things set up (yeah, I have a rule about not holding anything that can literally explode in my hand!) I decided to play with the settings on my camera and do some fun things with the boys.  I love how these came out!

There’s so many awesome things you can do with a camera in manual mode!  For these, I slowed down the shutter speed so it would capture the boys’ movement.  If you’re interested, the settings were:

ISO 400, 1.3, f/2.8

Then the fireworks started!

Then we let the boys play with sparklers!  Six boxes of sparklers and only one blister later, it had been a good night :)  Ethan actually cried when we ran out :(

I wanted to capture how dark everything was with only the sparkler to light the picture.

The settings were: ISO 1250, 1/100, f/1.8

Then it was time to draw with light!  So, one of the coolest things about photography is that you are literally freezing time.  When you take a picture, your camera opens the shutter and records everything that happens until the shutter closes.  It captures light over a period of time and gives you a tangible recording of what happened – so cool!

Okay to do this, I slowed down the shutter speed again (the amount of time between the opening and closing of the shutter).

My settings for this one were: ISO 160, 1.3, f/2.8

Then we drew some hearts!  Awww…so sweet :)

First 4th of July with our own fireworks :)

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to do cool things with your camera or really just take control of your settings and make the camera work for you, I’d like to invite you to a photography workshop I’ll be doing on September 14th in Aurora, CO.  The workshop will be 4-5 hours long and will cover how to shoot in manual mode, what makes a great picture (composition), and how to go from just pointing and clicking to really capturing the story in your images!  The cost is $125 and includes breakfast, lunch, and all workshop materials!

I’m also offering a referral discount!  If you get someone to sign up with you, both your registrations will be $90 instead of $125!    Photography is truly a gift in my life, allowing me to capture my family’s daily life in a real, tangible way.  For any questions and to sign up, please email me at  I’d love to have you there!

big news, little news

big news, little news

hello sweet people that read my posts even though i’m a total slacker!  i know, i haven’t blogged very much lately (and by lately, i mean for the past couple of months!)  honestly, it’s been busy and crazy and there’s been a lot going on.  but even more than that, the Lord is changing my perspective on a lot of things.  more on that later, but for now, i have a few big things going on that i want to share with you!

first of all, i can’t get enough of this face!  i know i’m biased, but seriously?  could he be any cuter?  um…no.  little man turned three way back in april.  i took his birthday pictures a few weeks ago (i know, just a quarter of a year late, right?) but i love how they came out!!  okay, in my defense, i had to make the bow ties, so that’s what my hold up was.  adorable, right?  i’ll share more from his session later (and a tutorial for the bow ties!)  we did some pics with silas and shared some cousin love too, so stay tuned!

alrighty, next, the last foto finch workshop is just around the corner!!  it’s on the calendar for saturday, august 25th – an all day, fill your brain, be inspired and shoot ’til you drop event for anyone and everyone who wants to take their photography to the next level!

for more info and to register, please visit the workshop page.  space is limited, so don’t wait!!

in addition to the workshops, i’m super excited to announce the opening of The Foto Finch Shop!  if you haven’t been able to make it to a workshop, no worries!  all of the information is now available for purchase online!!  you’ll learn how to shoot in manual mode, use elements of composition (things that make your pictures interesting and give them that “wow” factor), and how to capture the “story” of you images.

these are set up in the shop as groups of photography tutorials, so you can purchase just one or two sections or all of them at a discounted, bundle price!  i’m so excited to offer these and hopefully help others learn to capture their everyday lives with some awesome photography!

you can visit the shop here, or scroll to the top of the page and click on the “shop” button.


in other big news, treu image photography is now on 89.7 GRACEfm!!  WHAT?!  i know, crazy, right?  for those of you who don’t live around the Denver metro area, GRACEfm is a local radio station that’s actually owned by our church.  it launched about a year and a half ago and and is an awesome resource for spreading the Word around our city!  so cool to be a part of that!  anyways, if you hear our spot, let me know!  i’m seriously so excited!!


okay, i think that’s about it in the updates department.  the boys and i leave tomorrow morning to go see some family in california!  we’re really excited for this trip.  the boys keep pretending that they’re on vacation with their cousin that we’ll be seeing out there, except they don’t pretend to be in california.  it’s always random places like china and alaska.  i guess it’s good they’re using their imaginations, right?

well, wish me luck.  tomorrow’s a super early flight with two very excited (but sure to be tired) children!

okay, see you next time friends!


step by step

i start this post with great hesitation.  if you know me at all, you know that i’m basically an open book.  i want to connect with people, share my heart and build relationships.  but sometimes it’s hard.

this blog is a part of my business.  i’m not a great business woman.  i haven’t taken any classes (maybe i should!)  i worry sometimes that sharing where i’m at will affect the photo biz in a negative way.  that’s usually where the Lord stops me.  He began showing me a few months ago that there’s nothing that He ever did on this earth for money – nothing.  He didn’t worry about money, didn’t hold on to it, didn’t do anything with consideration to a profit and loss ratio.  His motive was ministry – His heart was for people.

last saturday was supposed to be the first foto finch workshop.  a huge deal right?  i thought so :)  for the last 6 months i’ve been writing material, getting sponsorships, taking care of details, running ads, the list goes on.  and the entire time, we prayed about each step, heard from the Lord, and walked as we believed He was leading us.  He was opening up doors that i just couldn’t have opened for myself (like chick-fil-a!)

so, what happened?  no one signed up.  not a single person.  as we waited week after week, i started to get really discouraged, i mean REALLY discouraged.  what was the Lord doing?  had i just manipulated the circumstances, pushed something to happen where the Lord wasn’t actually leading?  i asked the Lord and my conscience was clear.  this is how He had led us.

so what then?  why was He allowing this?  the Lord said over and over that i just needed to continue to walk with Him, seek and abide, step by step.  this was Him.

saturday came and went, no workshop.  the last two weeks i felt like i’d been wrestling with the Lord.  He continued to make it clear, this was the way He’d led me, every step and even now with no event.  He was with me, faithful, and i needed to choose to believe the truth – He loves me.  He hasn’t left me.  He’s working things out for my good.  needless to say, it had been a tough couple of weeks.

the thursday before the workshop was supposed to happen, i had a melt down.  i was on the phone with my cousin, crying about how i didn’t know what i was supposed to be doing.  there was a plan – focus at home, homeschool, ministry, maybe start thinking about shooting less, and these workshops were part of that.  what am i supposed to be doing if they didn’t work out?

the next day, i sat with the Lord.  i’ve been reading this devotional book, at His feet.  the entry for that day was about the great commission and how the God of all authority gives us the purpose of discipling and baptizing and teaching.  at the bottom of the page, it said, “if you’ve ever wondered what God wants us to be busy with, if we want meaning in our lives, or to know we are in God’s plan, this is it.”  of course Lord, of course you’d word it just like that.

by friday night i had starting thinking about the july and august workshops.  was i supposed to do something different?  change something?

i called my cousin on saturday (seriously, i’m so blessed to have her in my life!)  i told her i didn’t want to do anything in the flesh (like trying to “fix” something because things weren’t going the way i wanted) but i was considering dropping the price of the workshops.  she asked what my motive was?

was my heart for these workshops to earn money, to contribute to my household financially?  was i making decisions based on how much profit i’d bring in?  or was it ministry?  to teach and share what the Lord has blessed me with, this gift of photography in my life.  to make these events available to as many as i could, and in some way, open up doors for what the Lord might want to do?

i told her about my time with the Lord the day before and in my heart it was confirmed – the Lord’s heart for these workshops isn’t money, it’s people.  there’s been more praying the last couple of days, seeking specifically how much to charge for these events.  He’s made it clear and i’m happy to say that we are slashing the price for workshop seats!

He’s so so good and faithful and patient.  if the only good was that in my discouragement, i was able to hear the Lord a little clearer, walk with Him closer and learn to abide in a deeper way, then i can count last saturday as a success!  if you find yourself in a place of discouragement, not knowing where the Lord is taking you or if the Lord still sees you, hold on to what is true.  walk step by step, abiding in Him.  press in!  i’m learning that that’s His real purpose in all things.

i pray that this blesses you as much as it blesses me :)  the workshop registration has been dropped to $75!  if you’d like more info on what we’ll cover and what’s provided during the event, please click on the workshop page.  you’ll also find links to register for an event there.  i hope to see you this summer!  no matter what, i’m so excited to be walking actively with the Lord and to see what He’s got in store!

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