Category Archives: Photographers

*Processed with the creative action from Fair Haven Antiqued II.
Mega Matte from Memento (Not retiring.)

Madness folks! I have clearly lost my mind. I am practically GIVING away actions here. I have never hosted a discount this deep on my “I want it All Actions bundle”. I may never again, but it is the season of Thanks and giving and I can’t help myself.


For this week, you can either choose to take 80% off the Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Presets leaving the shop OR you can get the entire Collection of Photoshop Actions for only $99.00. Less than $100.00. That includes actions NOT retiring and here to stay for probably years to come.

The best part is there are no codes to remember. Just add to cart and check out. And due to the deep discounts here, you can unfortunately not use any special codes with this promotion.

Oh, and the actions + presets that are 80% off?? They are some of my most popular still after all of these years and only EIGHT BUCKS!

So what is going??
I am linking it below.

The actions are as follows:

Fair Haven // Fair Haven II // The Photographer’s Tool Box // Newbie Fix // The Keepsake Collection

Presets are:


And of course the amazing BUY ALL MY ACTIONS AT ONCE Bundle HERE:

I Want it ALL!

The sad news in all this?? Once it’s gone… it’s gone for good. So don’t wait, friends! This won’t be available and neither will these actions when this ends.






I am SO EXCITED! Okay, the caps might not be necessary. But, really. This sale is overdue because you guys are amazing. We recently hit over 81K Friends on our “Fan” page over at facebook and I just can’t say how honored I am. I know you are all so much more than “likes” on a social media website. You are people and you choose to come hang out with me. I adore each image share, your kind words and just really having you in my corner the past seven years. Basically, I see you as my friend. Yup. We are regular homies now. So please enjoy 60% off ALL Photoshop Actions, Lightroom Presets AND Bundles now through April 1st!! You just want to use the code Happy60. You can go shopping HERE.

And as a bonus surprise, I am working on a beautiful huge guide on how to get the most out of that iPhone and take better lifestyle images of your family! I will be choosing ONE lucky person that purchases during this sale to grab that for FREE when it’s ready! Yup!! Another perk. Don’t miss out! I am thinking that should be ready in April!

Also, I know Facebook posting has been hit or miss, but we just opened up our Spring Online Photoshop Processing Workshop. This is an amazing way to really define your style and learn what all those tools and buttons in Photoshop do. Come hang with me in May for a super discounted rate and let me teach you all my secrets. YES! I will show you not only how to use those tools and actions but how to process without them too! Note that while you can’t use the code above for the sale on Photoshop Actions and the like, I took the liberty to take $100.00 off if you register before April 1st. No code required! I have about ten seats left, so I would love to really get to know you and be a part of your journey!


So that’s about it for now, folks! Don’t forget to check in with me on Instagram (I have a brand new one for business over @myfourhensphotography or you can check out a little bit of our crazy home life @my4hens!) and on the fan page as well!!

Thank you for being amazing!!
And don’t forget to enter the contest to win a full 1:1 in person mentorship for 2017 OR an online 1:1 Mentorship for late winter.

I have started this post in my mind so many times now. This is something I have been dreaming up for years honestly. As soon as I moved our older Project 52 into a facebook group (sadly on hiatus right now), I had noted all of the amazing photographers willing to share their very heart and souls. Some seemed to really embrace that, and there was of course just a bit of backlash because some felt they couldn’t handle all of those stories. It was deep and maybe even a bit murky sometimes, but the one thing that happened with the Project 52 I didn’t foresee, was how therapeutic it was. So many were willing to be candid and honest and supportive; so going forward with this project- I am finding the hardest part is really figuring out how best to manage it. There are so many directions one could go in. Because of the personal nature, I didn’t want to deny anyone the ability to tell their story or join in if they wished to. I wanted to really give everyone an open forum. And I knew not all of these stories would be sunshine and rainbows, which begs the question; Do I post these on my business blog? Does this need a whole new website? Will there really be THAT much interest for others to want to jump in? I have obviously let fear and really just my tendency to over analyze all of these things really marinate too long, and it sadly struck fear in my heart. Fear of rejection. Fear of failure. Fear of disappointing anyone. But now is the time to step out of those shadows and let the light hit my face. To create a project for us all to shed the notion that we have to be perfect to coexist. That we have to be neat and tidy and in some kind of box to fit in and be validated. All stories matter, because people matter- and all people have stories. It is simple as that. It is time for us to all really know that there are flesh and blood and feelings on the other sides of those computer screens.

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So What is Project Transparency?

It is YOU. It is who you are and where you have been. It could be a single experience, or a trial you are enduring or have endured. It could be your silver lining, the birth of your child or children, your decision to nurse or bottle feed.  It could be battling an illness, starting a business, buying a home, a move or pretty much all of the above. It could be ANY story you want to share… good or bad. It doesn’t even have to be huge. It could be your day. If you don’t have any one grand experience as of yet, but have something you just want to open up about– this is your opportunity.  The only requirement is it has to be REAL. You have to be real. That’s how this thing works. Your story can include images or just be text. I would personally recommend at least one photo or so, and taking new images just FOR your story is a bonus if you want to flex creatively and push yourself. Your story can also JUST be images. There are many ways to tell a story, so ultimately this is how you want it told.

Where will this be featured?

For now this will be on my blog for photographers where I previously hosted my project 52 ( This will be out there so note that. It is important that you are comfortable with your story being on the internet for all to see. I am aiming for one story bi-weekly if there is enough interest. This will be an ongoing project with no beginning date, and no ending. Note* You do NOT need to be a photographer to participate.

If this does take off, I will absolutely consider creating a Facebook Page AND getting a website established. I want to be sure first that there is enough momentum. I may even create a group if there is help managing it.

Is there a limit to how many times I can submit? How do I get involved?

You can submit more than once, you can update your story later if you want to follow up. That is completely up to you, but that doesn’t mean all submissions will be featured. I will try to spread out the submissions so as many people get a chance to be heard as possible. I also want to note that submissions will be featured mostly at random.

If you have a story and want to submit with images, I recommend creating a drop box or means of file sharing to upload a zip file and share a link.

The format to be submitted is:

-A text document with your story typed up, proof read and ready to be blogged. (I will be copying/pasting.)

-Any images you want to be included that are relevant to your story.

-A very short biography

-A headshot or candid image of you. Whatever you feel best represents you is fine. It doesn’t need to be professional.

I am SO incredibly excited to embark on this journey with you all. Thank you for considering to be a part of this. My goal is to humanize the internet and create a community. I will be sharing as well, so I don’t expect everyone to go this alone.


The best way to submit as of right now is the blog contact form on this website. 🙂 My e-mail isn’t overly reliable right now and I don’t want to miss anything!

I hope to hear from you!





It has been a blessing to watch my humble business grow. I don’t pretend to know all the answers; in fact I have so much growth ahead of me in my own journey. I do love to pay it forward when at all possible though and what I have learned over the years is something I love to share. Mentoring and teaching has filled a huge void I wasn’t aware existed. I always wish I could do so much more. There is always more we can do. As a mother of six, I wear many hats but the biggest one aside from being a wife and a mother is supporting my family with my Photography business. I am a full time professional photographer and the biggest lessons have come with time. They have come with trial and error and tears and heart ache and small victories. These lessons I want to share and teach. I want to maybe even inspire people to be themselves… to be the best versions of themselves.

With that being said, I am only able to take so many 1:1 in person mentorships and I feel blessed to admit the demand has grown. I hope to open more this fall BUT if you would like to win one for free (or a 1:1 ONE hour skype or phone session if you can’t make it to Colorado), here is your chance! Follow the widget below to enter. It is pretty easy peasy. I wanted to keep it as simple as possible. You will be free to pick my brain on absolutely anything you like during this mentorship. Here is what the in person mentorship will entail:

-A Sit down one-on-one 1 1/2- 2 hour session where you can ask me ANYTHING. Nothing is off limits. I will buy you dinner and we will gab up our love for photography and even the love of family or whatever it is you want to talk about. For that time period, I am yours and I am a total open book.

-A one hour family session where we shoot side by side. You can ask me questions. I will share how I get natural connection in my images. I will arrange a real family to photograph at a pretty Colorado location.

OR if you can’t come to Colorado which I absolutely understand, you will win a 1:1 Skype or phone mentoring session. You can choose to focus on editing or use that time to talk about business/photography etc. I will be opening these for booking soon to take place in late summer and fall as well as winter.

So enter below:

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Be sure to also read all the terms and conditions in the giveaway widget for full details before entering!

Contest ends: March 31st, 2016.

By participating in your contest, entrants agree to abide by all of your contest rules and regulations. Facebook does not in anyway sponsor or endorse this contest.


Good luck, Friends!!

I will also have a sale on Photographer’s Tools such as Photoshop Actions, Lightroom Presets and Textures when I get back from teaching in Illinois next week AND I will have registration for our next Creative Online Processing Workshop to take place in May then too!