The Notebook – October

I really hope your fall is as pretty as mine’s been. Orange, yellow, and red leaves cover the sides and down through the middle of the main road into our town, and everyday the street sweeper comes by sweeping them up. But its futile because by the end of the day there is another pile. I love living in a neighborhood that has so many trees, it’s gorgeous this time of year.

Leaf lined road


As we head into November I’m concentrating on a ton of inspiration, tools, and tutorials on photography for you. I’m changing things here and I’m really excited about it because I’m focusing on my passions: photography and teaching. So you’ll see little changes here week after week.


A new installment is the free album template I made you that you can scoop up if you sign up for my weekly emails! I’m really excited by this because I wanted to urge you to print your photos and this simple template is perfect for the gratitude challenge this month. Check out my post here! This is one of many free things I plan on making for you too. I am so excited by all the ideas I’ve had recently but I’m also trying to take it a little slower so I don’t overwhelm myself and my family.

Gratitude Prompts 1


I took another small workshop on creating more moody and emotion-filled photos from Clickin’ Moms. It was reflective and I learned more about transferring the vision I have for the emotion to post-processing my photos.

I am teaching myself InDesign as well now to make mostly album templates. I really want to create one for my 365 project and am almost finished processing those photos.

unnamedMarketing – I have a to-do list a mile long that I created based on the course with April Bowles-Olin on Creativelive.

On the Web

Photofocus has a fantastic article on artistry that I think applies to any creative. It is a kick in the bum to put yourself out there. Don’t put what other people want you to put out there, put yourself out there.

Kari Patterson had another beautiful post reminding us to do good even when life seems to hand us rotten apples.

I cringed when I read the title to this post: One Husband’s Response To Retouched Photos of His Wife. But it was not at all what I expected, and I think I teared up at the end. It is a gorgeous story.


Once again, I only made it through 1 book this month, Be Strong (Joshua): Putting God’s Power to Work in Your Life which was worth the read. I highlighted a lot and thought a lot as I read. I also took my time.

My favorite photos

All iPhone again ;). I’m getting there in the processing – giggle.


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Fall is Happiness

Pumpkin patch

Farm life

Daily writing

Fall Sunshine