Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Minecraft Birthday Party with Free Printables

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The nice thing about being a photographer, when it comes time to throw a birthday party, is knowing how to use photoshop to create printable d├ęcor! (newborn photographer in Albany, NY

For my son's sixth birthday he wanted a Minecraft party- what little boy doesn't, right?!  After scouring Pinterest and deciding what I wanted to do, I set to work creating what I would need. 

Enderman party favor bags

These bags were pretty easy to put together!  Just pick up some black bags from your local Party City (or similar store), print out the printable eyes I've created here, cut them out, and glue them onto the bags.  Click here to download the printable eyes.

TNT party favors
These were a little more work, but I thought they turned out nicely.  I ordered these 2 inch clear boxes off Amazon.  I took a piece of printer paper, cut the strips about an inch tall, folded them in four to make them fit inside the boxes, and wrote TNT on each side with a sharpie.  Then I taped it into the inside of the box and filled the box with red vines (which had to be cut to fit in the box).
Food Labels
Click here to download these food label tents.
Here's what those look like in use.
To download the free printable Minecraft invitations click here.


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Low Down on Metering

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As a self taught photographer, I found there were some essential things I didn't learn until months into my business.  Some of these were just things I stumbled upon on blogs.  I am embarrassed to say it, but metering was one of those things for me, which is crazy because metering is so important!

When you shoot in manual mode, your meter tells you if your image will be properly exposed with your current settings. Keep in mind your camera can be fooled by trickly lighting situations and it isn't always right, so you should always take a test shot and see if you need to make any adjustements.  Your camera will assess the light based on one of three different metering choices:

Overall Metering
Simply put, if you have set your camera to overall metering it will take in the whole scene in your viewfinder to decide if your image will be correctly exposed.  In general, portrait photographers do not use overall metering too often because we are more concerned with our subject being perfectly exposed, even if it means sacrifising the background to a little under or over exposure.

Center-Weighted Metering

Spot Metering

Sunday, March 10, 2013

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Giveaway and Feature: Introducing the Trundle from Quietude Quilts

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If you haven't discovered Quietude Quilts yet, you are in for a serious treat!  They offer the most gorgeous, high quality, and affordable (seriously, you've got to check out their prices) baby beds and accessories I have yet to find!  I purchased a baby bed from them several months ago and it has been on of my best investments!  I use it on sessions from newborns up to 2 or 3  years old and they are always the cutest shots!

Kelsey and Jonathan are a husband and wife team and the creators of Quietude Quilts.  They are an absolute joy to work with!! 

I am so excited to have the honor of introducing their latest creation!  The trundle!  This adorable little trundle is the perfect accessory to your baby prop bed, but it is also a fabulous prop all by itself.  As a photographer who specializes in newborns I can honestly say that you can never have to many adorable things to put baby on/in.  The trundle is my new favorite and has been a client favorite every time I've used it! 

It's a must have prop for any newborn and baby photographer!  So versatile and adorable and at only $30 it won't break the bank!

DISCOUNT ALERT:  Mention Frame Worthy Shot at checkout and get your trundle painted for free!  You can choose from any of their 18 organic, child-safe paint colors (a $15 value)!

And now, giveaway time!  You could win a $50 gift code to Quietude Quilts!!

Mandatory entry:
Like Quietude Quilts and Frame Worthy Shot on Facebook

Optional extra entries:
1) Check out Quietude Quilts and comment here with your favorite item.
2) Leave some comment love on the QQ Facebook page.
3) Share this giveaway!  You can share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your blog, or your favorite photography forum.  (1 entry for each thing you do, so up to 5 entries for this, please leave a link in your comment)
4) Purchase something from Quietude Quilts (3 entries)

This giveaway will run for two weeks.  It will end Wednesday may 30th at 11:59 PST.  Winners will be chosen by random.org and announced here on Friday June 1st!
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012


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Thank you to everyone who participated in these giveaways!  Congratulations to the two lucky winners, they  have both been notified via email and have 24 hours to claim their prizes!
The lucky winner of the May giveaway extravaganza is. . .

Andrea J. Photography

And the luck winner of the $250 gift certificate to Bad Sass Backdrops is. . .


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Giveaway Extravaganza

This giveaway is now closed

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Giveaway arranged by New York's capitol region newborn photographer, Sweet Confections Photography.  Specializing in newborn portraits for Albany, Saratoga Springs, and Clifton Park NY. 

If you thought our last giant giveaway was awesome, get ready for this. . . over $1,500 in prizes from 28 fabulous vendors!   Here are the amazing prizes you could win:
A $500 store credit to On the Spot Studio- Logo Design and Photoshop Actions!

A $200 store credit to Photographer's Bling!

A $100 store credit to Bird Design!

A $100 store credit to Ashe Design!
A $50 store credit to Photo Prop Floors and Backdrops!

$100 store credit to 7thAvenueDesigns!

A $50 store credit to Beautiful Photo Props!

A one year membership to Clickin' Moms!

An action pack from Pure Photoshop Actions!

A $50 store credit to Wildly Sweet Designs and a set of Facebook timeline covers!
A $50 store credit to Fancy Fabric!

A $35 store credit to Sling Bebe

A newborn-3 month bonnet from Soul Blossom Boutique!
A $20 gift certificate to One Mama's Junk (Photography props at wholesale prices)!
A fabulous action set from Square Balloon!

A boy/girl twin prop set from Petunia and Ivy!

A $35 store credit to Vintage Rose Wraps!

A custom newborn hat from Faas Design!

A ruffle wrap and headband from Punte Bella!

A $25 store credit to Karly's Kloset!

A $40 store credit to The Shoppe!

A vintage bloom headband from Baby Joy Studios!

A $40 store credit to Photographer's Cafe!
An adorable owl hat from Bumble Bee Knees!

Want to enter?

Mandatory entry:
Like the facebook page of each and every vendor who so generously contributed to this giveaway (from your personal account). I have listed all the links at the end of this giveaway. You do not need to comment on the vendors' pages. Leave one comment here telling me that you liked all the pages on the list.
Optional extra entries:
1) Blog about this giveaway on the blog that you regularly use AND pin this post to Pinterest. If you do not have a Pinterest account you may just blog it. Leave just one comment telling me that you did both or that you blogged it and do not have a Pinterest account.
2) Share this giveaway on Facebook AND Twitter (if you do not have a Twitter account you can do just Facebook). This must include a link to this blog post. Facebook status should also include @Frame Worthy Shot in the text somewhere so that it links to the Frame Worthy Shot Facebook page. Leave just one comment here telling me you did both or that you shrared it on Facebook but do not have a Twitter account.

3) Purchase something from one of the vendors and make sure to tell them Frame Worthy Shot sent you in the checkout notes. You can get an additional entry for each vendor you purchase from, just be sure to tell me what you purchased in the comment here. Leave one comment for each vendor you purchase from.

That's it, easy peasy! This giveaway will run for one week. It will end Tuesday May 8th at 11:59 pm PST. Winners will be chosen using random.org and I will announce the winner Thursday May 10th. Be sure to check back to see if you won because winners will need to claim their prize within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen. I will check to make sure the winners indeed liked all the sponsor Facebook pages.

Facebook Links

These vendors were incredibly sweet to donate to this awesome giveaway so I hope you'll spend some time looking around at the fabulous things they have to offer when you stop by their pages :)

DISCLAIMER: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Frame Worthy Shot and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for the Frame Worthy Shot March Madness Giveaway. By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. You may not reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India according to Facebook

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bad Sass Backdrops Giveaway and BOGO Sale

Giveaway now closed

One lucky Frame Worthy Shot reader will win a $250 gift certificate to Bad Sass Backdrops!!

I have backdrops from just about every vendor out there and I can honestly say that Bad Sass gives you the biggest bang for your buck!  Their backdrops are on high quality canvas, not paper and they have so many gorgeous backgrounds to choose from: including the fabulous work of Jessica Drossin Textures!  Their splits and tri-splits offer incredible versatility and are so easy to use.

And the cherry on top?  Bad Sass Backdrops is currently having a buy one get one free sale!  Take their already great prices and add this fabulous sale and you've got yourself a pretty sweet deal!  Let's be honest here, it doesn't get much better than buy one get one free!  Click here to go check out all the details of the sale.  And be sure to tell them I sent you!

I had the pleasure of reviewing a 10ft split backdrop and I have literally used it in every single session since I received it!  It is so versatile.  You can use it together, use just the background by putting another "floor" on top of the floor portion, or flip it around and use just the floor with a different backdrop.  Here are some of my favorite shots using my Bad Sass Backdrop:

Backdrop and Floor used together

Backdrop alone

Floor used with a different backdrop

As you can see, the split works great with all types of sessions!  It is lightweight and easy to move around as you need.  And this thing is durable!  My floor has even been peed on (common occurrence in newborn sessions) and it was not harmed! 

The customer service is fabulous!  Kristen, the owner, is so sweet.  Shipping time is fast.  Products are gorgeous.

A good backdrop selection can make a big difference in how professional your studio appears.  My backdrop and prop selection are a big part of what set me apart in my town.  A few fabulous backdrops is one of the best investments you can make in  your business.  The splits and tri-splits make it easier to get a larger variety for the money- and the buy one get one free sale doesn't hurt either ;)  

Okay now that I have introduced you all to this fabulous vendor, let's get on to the giveaway.

Want to win a $250 shopping spree at Bad Sass?   

Mandatory entry:
- Like Bad Sass Backdrops AND Frame Worthy Shot on Facebook.  (1 entry for liking both pages)

Optional extra entries:
- Blog about this giveaway on your business blog.  (1 entry)

- Share this giveaway on your business Facebook page (tag Bad Sass and Frame Worthy Shot so we know you've done so).  (1 entry)

- Share this giveaway on your favorite photography related forum and leave the link in your comment below.  (1 entry)

- Take advantage of the Bad Sass buy one get one free sale and make a purchase (be sure to tell them I sent you!).  (4 entries)

- Check out the recent photographer interviews here on Frame Worthy Shot and stop by both of their Facebook pages (like and leave a comment letting them know you are stopping by from Frame Worthy Shot and enjoyed their interview).  (1 entry)

- Display the Frame Worthy Shot button on your blog, follow Frame Worthy Shot via RSS or email, follow Frame Worthy Shot on Pinterest.  (1 entry each, for a possible total of 3 extra entries if you choose to do all three). 


Please leave one comment for each entry as each comment counts as an entry.  If something is worth 3 entries, leave 3 comments for doing it.  This giveaway will run for two weeks.  It will end Wednesday May 9th at 11:59 PST.  The winner will be announced within 48 hours here on the blog as well as on Facebook so be sure to check back and see if you are a winner!  Happy Wednesday!
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