Free Valentines Digital Kit

I have a semi new venture going and have a store on Etsy with my own site in the works.  I have quite a few templates available that are mostly for photographers but also for digital scrapbookers and crafters.  I will have a full announcement in a month or so.  For now, I wanted to put up a free Valentines Kit that you can download for free.  I would love it if you shared my facebook fan page with your friends and “liked” it too.  You can also check out my Etsy Shop, A Happy Photo, here.  






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Jamie Chamberlain - Saturday | February 16th | 2013

Thank You!

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Poppy Seed Salad Dressing Recipe

This recipe is a very popular one when I make it.  I usually make it for salads that I am bringing to a potluck and requests for the recipe follow every time.  I can’t take any credit for this recipe though.  My friend Tracy Walton or possibly her mom is the creator of this one.  But with her permission, I am posting it because everyone should get to experience good homemade salad dressings.

There is no need for step by steps because you just mix it all together.  I blend it with a hand blender but you can also just shake it up if you can get the honey to blend in that way.

Poppy Seed Dressing by Tracy Walton

1 cup olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup honey
2-3 T. dijon mustard
1 T. poppy seeds
2-3 T. rice vinegar


I have my favorite salads and my go to salad creations.  This particular one is a regular.
Romaine Lettuce
Red Bell Pepper
Toasted Slivered Almonds
(I usually add apples to it when I use the poppy seed dressing)
And everything is beautiful in Anthropologie bowls.  I collect these:)  And I see I don’t have the one with blue flowers and it isn’t available.  I’ll be looking out for it for sure.
winter salad

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Miramar shoot ~ part 3 with Mimi and Nikki

I have to post all the girls I photographed from this shoot.  I just love how the images turned out and it really lights a fire in me to do a few more of these shoots for the fun of it. And I have to mention what makes me laugh inside when I go to these shoots.  The models who show up have this weird (to me) preference and trust with the men photographing them.  Usually when I shoot at these types of shoots,  I am shooting a model along side other people.  It is rare for me to just step in and take control unless I know the other photographers (and if I do, they want me to step in;).  I just shoot what I can get.  And if the models don’t know me, they will barely look my way and give all their attention to the male photographers (who are in the majority at these shoots) with an occasional glance my way.  I roll with it and get what I can.  After all, my purpose for doing these shoots is really for myself and to let loose a bit and experiment.

This particular shoot, Britt told all the models that they better get in front of my camera if they wanted some great shots… which is so very sweet and flattering. It just gives me a little chuckle inside when they ignore me and I know they will be sorry once they see what I can capture of them even ignoring me.  For the record, these two girls did not ignore me and that is why their images are extra good:)

A handful of these were shot with a tilt shift lens which I love using on these editorial shoots.  The other lenses are a 24-70 and a 70-200.


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