Photo Tips with Emilie

Photography tip by Photo By

My name is Emilie & I am a professional photographer out of Salt Lake
City. I can’t decide which I enjoy more, creating images with my
camera or teaching others to create images in their camera. I’ve
written a little tip & I hope it helps on your journey towards improving
your photography skills. Lots more education on my Blog.

Too many aspiring photographers spend hours on end fiddling with images on
the computer without ever committing them to print.
Perhaps it¹s because of the sheer volume of shots, or the amazing tools available to share photos
, but over the years I¹ve learned that one of the best ways to
improve my skills is to enlarge and display my favorite photos.
When you print a photo, particularly when you go larger than 8×10, it
magnifies the imperfections. I know what you¹re thinkingŠwhy would I want to
show off an imperfect piece?
Well, enlarging and displaying your photos, even the slightly flawed ones,
will improve your focus in three ways:
1) Printing and displaying your photos ensures that you will put more time
into planning for your photo. You are more particular about quality
of the images you shoot if you know you will be published.
2) Once your photos have been taken, you will have multiple opportunities ­
from loading and editing to selecting frames for printing ­ to evaluate.
This is where you are going to develop a better eye for shooting and
3) Planning and evaluating your shots will make you a better
photojournalist. You will learn to daydream about and visualize the
best shots, ask yourself what is great about an event and identify the
Of course, I can¹t leave you without a few fantastic ideas for displaying
the plethora of images you are going to createŠ


How fantastic would this great Lisa Bengtsson Family Wallpaper look hung from clips or
papered on a piece of plywood? Add some photos and you¹ve got a darling
display no one will be able to resist!
Jewel Case Photo Display
Learning to reduce, reuse and recycle is pretty hot right now. How about
using old CD jewel cases to develop changeable, rearrangeable casual
art for the big blank wall in your home? Check out the tutorial here.
Vintage Window
I absolutely adore vintage windows. I picked up my first set nearly a decade
ago. What can I say? I was ahead of the times. And, a vintage window makes
for a great photo display. Don¹t have time to go thrifting for one? You can
pick up this one (or one like it) on ETSY.
Gallery Wall
Gallery photos are always a classic. Learn how to install one like Martha¹s or check out the variety of options
posted here.
Go big or go home with this incredible personalized wallpaper!
You could also pursue a less expensive option, like do-it-yourself
poster making
Love her or hate her, Martha sure has some good ideas. Isn¹t this photo
screen so elegant?! And, it¹s easy to recreate to. Read more about it here.
I love this idea for a child¹s room or play area.
Feeling a bit more creative? Check out these darling frames over at the Creative Crate. Perfect for displaying
photos of your little ones!
I think it goes without saying that there are numerous photo book and canvas
shops online. You might try out Blurb,
Shutterfly, SnapFish
and Picaboo.



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Frankenstein Trick or Treak Buckets

 Thank you Dollar Store! when I saw these green buckets while I was checking out at the Dollar Store they screamed “Turn me into a Frankenstein already would ya!” I knew I had to give it a try and I love how simple and easy these were to create!
 I started off by practicing my faces! I doodled a few and came up with a face I liked best!
 I measured by bucket and cut a piece of Fun Foam and created the hair section. That way I knew how low to draw my eyes.
 I used a pen to sketch out my face.
 First I painted the whites of the eyes.
 Once the white was dry I painted on a blue eye ball.
 And lastly to add the detail I used a black paint pen to color out the lips, eyes and nose.
 Add stitched and the hard part is done….but lets be honest. It was pretty darn easy!
 I used E6000 glue to attach the bolts and hair and secured them in place with tape while they set. NOTE: Glue one bolt on at a time while the bucket rests on it’s side. Wait until it is dried completely before you glue the other one on!
Super cute and fun and totally easy! Happy Halloween my little kiddies!
I will be selling these and a handful of my other wears at the

FotoFlyFall Boutique  tonight from 7-9 pm @ 121 E. 123000 S. Draper, UT
 See ya there!

And one more announcement! Tomorrow is your last day to enter the 
hosted by Sew Dang Cute! Jump on over there and enter!

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Magic Halloween Bag

Another favorite Halloween Project from last year! I’m already excited to use it again.

One of my roommates in College has a wonderful family tradition! After Trick or Treating her kids leave their Halloween candy on the front porch and “Magically” it turns into a prize in the morning! I fell in love with the idea!!! I can’t stand all the candy after the holiday! There is just too much! So I am adding to this fun tradition and I have created a “Magic Halloween Bag” to put the candy in! You could also simply make this bag for Trick or Treating! It beats the Pillow case I always used as a kid! They are just so darling!!!

Let’s get started…

For this project you’ll need a variety of Halloween Fabrics. I bought 7 prints all 1/4 of a yard. You will also need a yard of a fabric for the lining of the bag. I bought my fabric at Walmart and all together it only cost me $6

Cut each print in strips the width of the fabric. Vary your strip size for a fun random look.

Lay your cut strips out alternating the colors and prints and create your pattern. Start sewing the strips together until they are all sewn together!

Press this finished section with an Iron.

I used Ric Rack and other ribbon and added then throughout the strips. I sewed mine on with a zig zag stitch!

Now we are going to sew the finished section onto the lining of the bag. Be sure to place the striped section face down onto the lining fabric and pin it in place.

Sew the fabrics together leaving a small opening where you will then turn the bag right side out!

Press again with an Iron.

Adding the drawstring is easy! Lay a piece of ribbon that is longer then the width of the bag onto the top of the bag. Fold over an inch of fabric and pin in place!

Sew a straight stitch to encase the ribbon.

Fold the bag in half with the stripes on the inside and sew the sides together leaving the top open. Be careful not to sew the drawstring closed.

Turn it right side out and there you go!!!

I made up a Poem to go along with our new family tradition of trading in our candy! I will print it out on fun Halloween Paper and laminate it and then attach it to the drawstring.

It’s always fun to Trick or Treat!
With lots of yummy things to eat!
Like M & M’s and Licorice,
Handfuls from a candy dish!
But all that candy can’t be great!
It might give you a tummy ache.
So toss it in,
And close it tight!
And when you go to sleep at night
This magic bag has a surprise!
It turns your candy into a PRIZE!

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Halloween Windowbox makeover!

Halloween can make itself at home inside and outside! Making your space holiday ready is easy and affordable! See what happens when I spend a whopping $6 at the Dollar Store…

“Oooooohhh!” A spooky window box filled with Styrofoam Headstones, Plastic Sculls and Spiderwebs!

My window boxes were giving up the ghost and the flowers were already drying out and withering! It made perfect sence to turn this space into a grave yard of doom!

I pulled the last of the flowers and places the goods! I’ve stopped watering so even as the rest of the flowers go brown it will only add to the spookiness don’t ya think!

And check out the cute $1 “Trick or Treat” sign I also picked up at the Dollar Store! The perfect finishing touch to my front door!

So don’t forget to dress up the outdoors as well when you think about Halloween! Happy decorating!

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