Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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We will be discussing the following 5 subjects: DS...LR Camera/settings
Basic Photoshop
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Websites/online presence
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Fall Sports Pictures

OK On Dec.15th, 2009 ALL the Fall Sports will be taken off my site. Please get your orders in by the 15th.
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Aaron's Sr Pictures

OKAaron was really not in a mood to do pictures this day but we did what we could. He wouldnt smile for NOTHING. But then again that is Aaron. He is one of my fav. football players and will miss him next year. Here are just a few of the ones that I took Sunday. I cant wait to finish his pictures. These are lower rez. pictures and are alot clearer in full rez.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Another Great Kelly Haddad Sale

Another GREAT Kelly Haddad Sale

The (15) Kelly Haddad Designs border are on sale for THREE DAYS ONLY. Buy the entire collection for $30.00 at a over $250.00 savings.http://kellyhaddaddesign.typepad.com...esign/borders/1. Border set one2. Border set two3. Border set three4. white Lace borders5. Forest flower Border ' s6. Vintage Frames and Borders 10- 8x107. 6- 8x10 Vintage borders set 28. Border patrol [grunge]9. Swirly & sloppy borders -2009 set one10. Sloppy borders set 2 -200911. Elegance Borders 9- (8x10)12. Child frames set 113. 8- 5x7 proof borders set one14. Decorative borders Set one15. Decorative borders Set two
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Sunday, October 25, 2009

U of Michigan Game

Today was a GREAT day..ok maybe would have been better if UofM would have won but still had a GREAT time with 2 Great Friends. I not only got to go to the BIG HOUSE but also had a press pass to go on the field/sidelines to shoot. OMG I was in HEAVEN til the game started and I couldnt see A thing. So I stayed down there for most of the 1st quarter then went to my seat. I could see SO MUCH better up there. :) OK here are a few pictures from the game.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kelly Haddad The (13) Holiday card sets and 6- 5x5 tri-fold are on sale for THREEDAYS ONLY. Buy the entire collection for $50.00 at a over $500.00savings.
Holiday bundle sale
The (13) Holiday card sets and 6- 5x5 tri-fold are on sale for THREE DAYS ONLY. Buy the entire collection for $50.00 at a over $500.00 savings.
Holiday set 7 -2009.zip
Holiday set 6-2009.zip
Holiday set 5-2009.zip
Holiday set 4-2009.zip
Holiday set 3-2009.zip
Holiday set 2-2009.zip
Holiday set 1-2009.zip
Holiday5x5 Trifold set one0
Holiday 5X5 Tri-fold set 2.zip
5X7 Holiday 2008 set one.zip
Holiday card set 2-2008 with paper
Holiday set 3-2008(zipped)
Holiday card set 4 (zipped)
Beach Holiday card set -2008
5x5 Tri-fold set one 2008.zip
5x5 Tri-fold holiday 2008 set2
5x5 Trifold Holiday card set 3 -2008
5x5 Trifold Holiday card set 4-2008
Grandma attic set

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MCP blog & Wordsmith giveaway

Are you confident? Do you lack confidence? Come share your thoughts on confidence at MCP Actions Blog @ http://tinyurl.com/mcp-wordsmith and have a chance to win $380 in WordSmith What to Wear, How to Sell, What to Write and How to Price Guides.
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Sunday, October 18, 2009

An AWESOME Designer

One of my MOST fav. designers is having a sale on her site. If you are a photographer and want an awesome deal on some great templates check out her sale. It ends in 3 days I sure hope you dont miss out on it.
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Friday, October 16, 2009

A great place to learn and grow as a photographer. Use the code 9CB8 and get $5 off your membership fee.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009


OK I really haven't forgot about my blog. I have been shooting football football and more football action shots. Its great to FINALLY see after 5 yrs people are getting to know my work. I was called and ask to come shoot 5 (yes 5) youth football games out in Millington last Saturday. It was a very LONG day but everyone was great. Now if anyone knows about football Millington is one of the bigger games for us and for them to call someone from Birch Run to take action shots....well it was an honor and I had fun. Millington youth football league is ran by great parents. WTG MYF. Homecoming for BRHS was last week also. I shoot photo's of the pep rally, parade and football game. Also this year I have been at as many freshman/JV games as I can. Shot a few home Soccer games also. All this and Michael having a game/practice every day of the week. Its great thou. So if you have come to the blog and don't see an update....hang on I promise I will get something as soon as I can. Thanks for reading (if anyone really does)
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Marcus II

Here is Marcus' 6 month pictures. I love this lit man. His parents are great and he is a really good baby. Its an honor for me to take his pictures. His Mom and Dad (Anna and Marcus) are great freinds. Thank you Anna and Marcus for sharing your lit man with me.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Where I have been

OK its the BEST time of the year for me right now. I LOVE FOOTBALL. Not only have I been shooting football but have been sneaking in a few soccer games too. Homecoming is going to be here soon and the parents make posters to hang in the locker room that night so I have been getting some order..just hope they dont wait til the last min. to get the pictures they want printed. Michael had his 1st game as an 8th Grader. It was great to see him out there again :) but not so great with the loss they got. I have to say thou, most of these boys have played on the same team with each other for the last 5 yrs and the record is amazing for such young boys...27-3 for 5 yrs and now add another loss to it. I say they are still amazing :)
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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Football/Soccer Action Shots

OK I am in the middle of setting up a site just for sports action shots. If you are looking for them please go to www.creativekapturesports.photoreflect.com Sry for any problems.
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

OK I cant sleep tonight so I thought I would show everyone what my week was like.....Wed. Varsity Soccer....Thur. 6 month old for 14 hours...Thur. Freshman and JV Football ....Fri. Varsity Football
Mike has had practice also this week and I told a freind I would babysit for her on Thurs so I had a 6 month old at practice and the games.
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

OK I finally got to play with an action in photoshop from Jodi. Her site is GREAT.
http://www.mcpactions.com/ These are pictures I took of Amanda over in Frankenmuth (MI) to show some people that have not been here and are thinking about coming on Oct 17th for a photoshoot.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Why are Professional Photographers so expensive?

Why are Professional Photographers so expensive? (This article has been very well received by the photography community, and is now referred to by countless Photography websites, blogs and forums (such as LDPT, ILP and DWF)around the world).
In this digital age where everyone has digital cameras, scanners and home "photo printers", when people upload their photos to a local drug store website and pick them up a few hours later, we hear this all the time - How in the world do Professional Photographers charge $55 for an 8x10 when they cost just $1.50 at the drug store?
Here's why.
Simply put, you're not just paying for the actual photograph, you're paying for time and expertise. First, let's look at the actual time involved. If you don't read this entire page, at least read this first part.
For a two hour portrait session:
- one hour of travel to and from the session- two hours of shooting- 30 minutes of setup, preparation, talking to the client etc.- 30 minutes to load the photos onto a computer (2 - 4 Gb of data)- 30 minutes to back up the files on an external drive- 3 - 4 hours of Photoshop time including cropping, contrast, color, sharpening, saving a copy for print and a copy for the internet and backing up the edited photographs - 2 - 3 hours to talk to the client, answer questions, receive their order and payment, order their prints, receive and verify prints, package prints, schedule shipment and drop package off at Fed Ex.- For local customers, we also print a set of all of their photos, and meet them at our studio to review the photos and place their order. Meeting and travel time averages 2 hours.
You can see how one two hour session easily turns into more than ten hours of work from start to finish. So when you see a Photographer charging a $200 session fee for a two hour photo shoot, you are not paying them $100 / hour.
For an eight hour wedding:
- I won't bore you with the details, but an eight hour wedding typically amounts to at least two to three full 40 hour work weeks worth of time. Again, if they are charging you $4,000 for an eight hour wedding, you are not paying them $500 / hour.
Now for the expertise.
Shooting professional photography is a skill, acquired through years of experience. Even though a quality camera now costs under $2,000 taking professional portraits involves much more than a nice camera.
Most Professional Photographers take years to go from buying their first decent camera to making money with their photography. In addition to learning how to use the camera itself, there is a mountain of other equipment involved, as well as numerous software programs used to edit and print photographs, run a website etc.
And let's not forget that you actually have to have people skills, be able to communicate, make people comfortable in front of the camera - and posing people to make them look their best in a photograph is a skill all by itself.
Think of it this way - the next time you pay $X to get your hair done, a pair of scissors only costs $1.50. But you gladly pay a lot more to hire a Professional.
What about the cheap studios at the mall?
Please don't compare us to the chain store studios. But if you must, consider all of the time and work that we put into our photographs, compared to what they do. Good luck getting a two hour photo shoot at a chain store. Not to mention they won't come to the beach! And of course, look at our work compared to theirs. You get what you pay for.
The truth is, most of the mall and chain store studios lose money. In fact, in 2007 Wal-Mart closed 500 of their portrait studios because of the financial drain they were putting on the company. What the chain stores bet on is that you'll come in for some quick and cheap photos, and while you're there, you'll also spend $200 on other things. They don't have to make money, they are just there to get you in the door.
We hope that those who have taken the time to read this page will have a better understanding of why professional photographs cost so much more than the ones that you get from your local drug store.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Shawn, Pamela & Gavin RichterCaught on Film Photography
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Frankenmuth MI

OK Amanda and I went and played today over in Frankemuth. She was a trooper posing and trying to smile. This one so far is my fav.
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Baby Bumps Birch Run Michigan Photographer

Dorthy only has a little bit of time before her baby bump is gone. So her and Luke came today and got some pictures taken. I had alot of fun taking them as I am still learning. Dorthy is the 1st Maternity Photos. I am trying new things since I had a little bit of free time before football starts again at the end of this month. Here is my fav one so far but I have many more to edit.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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OK nothing going on as far are business so I wanted to try some new settings that I had not tried before. The kids didn't want to have anything to do with the camera so that left good ol' me....UUGGHHH its not that I dont like my picture taken but its nice to have other people with me. Anyway no one would so here is ALL OF ME.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Wow summer is almost over. We have not had much of one here its been so cold. I have not went swimming once. This is my month I get to do nothing unless I want too. No sports til the end of Aug. I love shooting sports but it is very demanding. Then as soon as football is over it goes right into basketball and on and on. Amanda and Michael will be 13 on Aug. 10th. UUGGHHH when did my babies grow up? I really havent been doing alot with pictures so Im not sure what I can really show but Im sure I will find something from the last week or so. I have been playing FarmTown on facebook (thanks Mike for getting mom on there) It does pass time...way too fast. :) OK I think thats about all I have to say today. Might come back later this weekend and post more.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Up North again

OK we went up north again but this time we had a few people with us. Ashley, Tommy, Tracy and Tom came up to play on the beach with us. Here is Ashley trying to be my little model. She LOVES her picture taken, just have to learn to keep her looking at me. Ashley is my great niece that has ADHD and a slight case of CP. She tries to do everything normal 9 yr old's do and just cant so I give her a little special attention.
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Final Business Card

OK I changed a few things on my business card. I am getting them printed on both sides so I added sports to the one side and all the things I do to the other side. It was a bit of a challenge
but I did FINALLY GOT one that I really liked.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Just a fun week. I had the pleasure of taking another softball team's photo's. Also got took some pictures of Baby Aaron, Dorthy's Baby Bump and made Amanda go into the wheat. Still working on these but here are some that I have almost done.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

OK I follow a blog of a great girl here in Michigan. Jodi from MCP Actions Blog is GREAT. Her actions for photoshop are OUT of this world. OK back to why Im posting this. Jodi is having a great lens give away on her blog right now. I would so LOVE to win a new lens for taking all my action shots. Yes I already have the Tamron AF 28-80 3.5-5.6, Tamron AF 75-300 4-5.6LD but its always nice to have another one. I was going to say If you have time to go to Jodi's site go...but its not an "IF" you have to check out Jodi's site. http://mcpactions.com/blog/
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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Tawas Trip

We went to Tawas for the 4th of July. One of the things we did was went to Lumberman's Monument. For everyone that dont know what that is...its a place that shows you history on how logging used to be done. Here is a picture of us..oh forgot to tell you there are 260 steps down so that means a total of 520 total because once you go down you have to come back up. UUGGHHH
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