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DIY Thanksgiving Family Portraits

25 Nov

‘Tis the season to show off


My own DIY family portrait

Everyone wants one of those nice framed family portraits hanging above the fireplace; and what better time to get them done then Thanksgiving? For it is a time when all the family gathers. Only problem is, portrait studios are becoming few and far between, and if you do locate one it just might cost you an arm and a leg. I say to this, why not take this cherished memory yourself?

Great gifts can come in frames

This idea may be an odd thought to some folks, but I can assure you that if executed correctly these family portraits can come out great. Also, if you are still trying to come up with a Christmas present for someone dear to you then why not put together a family portrait as a gift for them? In fact, I have done this myself a few times for several folks, my own mother being one of them. When my mother received this portrait she excitedly said qoute 1Wow! This is something that I can cherish forever, and quite possibly can be passed down though the family for centuries!qoute 2
In conclusion, if you got the reactions I got it will be well worth the effort. Now sense this is going to be done on Thanksgiving I am going to show you the best way of getting great/simple family portraits, because the last thing anyone needs around this time of year is another huge project.

Professional not required

Remember simple is the key with these homemade pieces, so this means using what you have around you; so let’s go through what I mean by this shall we?

  • First, A live person — This live person, no matter how uncomfortable with a camera they are, will be able to produce more dynamic shots then a camera just sitting on tripod with a set timer. Make sure that the person takes a lot of pictures, this way you have a wide selection to choose from.
  • Second, Sunlight — It is your new best friend, let this friend help you. Sunlight, at its best times will give you the closest thing to professional lighting. If possible, I would stay away from trying to set up any kind of inside “DIY Portrait studio”. Because without proper diffusers and just lights in general, shadows and blown out spots are going to be a major struggle.
  • Third, Have fun with your shoot. The liveliness of this shoot will be the success of it. That being said don’t be shy, go crazy, make each other laugh and bring props that are fun or you feel could add something to the portrait. The best part is your photographer is a friend, or family member, not some random person you might not feel completely comfortable with.

My Last tip for this project is – plan ahead. The simple fact is we do live in Wyoming, we don’t always have perfect sunshine with 75 degree weather, not to mention that it is winter time. Play it smart, avoid the running noises and heavy winter jackets in you pictures. Check ahead find out what day is going to work best and be the warmest for you and your family.


Casting Call!

7 Nov
By Taylor W. Snell

Introduction to stardom

Sum up

I love making movies it has been my passion for a long time. I’m going to school for it, I’ve been paid for it, and I just really want to keep doing it. The problem is, I just want to keep making these independent films better and better. This is where you guys come in. I know you have the passion, whether it be for acting, writing, music production, cinematography work, etc. The Point being is you have that passion too, so it only makes sense to work together to become better. This is all about gathering local film makers and creating something great.

Communication and contact


Who doesn’t?

So, get a hold of me, let me know your talents, experiences, what movies you like to make, all that good stuff and more.

I have taken the liberty of creating a email for this “Casting Call” and this will be the best way to reach me at first.

Though Cheyenne will be the “hub” for this idea I welcome everyone from Wyoming to sent an email. I say that because today it’s just an idea, but maybe tomorrow it can be something great!

Can’t wait to hear from you.

Stay creative.


No Matter The Distance

24 Oct
By Taylor W. Snell


Officially engaged.

Can’t run from fate

Near the end of last year if I would have been told  that I was going to be engaged to a girl that lived in North Carolina, 1,700 miles away from me, I would have replied with “yea, right…”.
Destiny/miracles really do have an amazing way of working out sometimes.

Meet me?

Well coincidentally, a website called meetme is how I met my, now fiancée, Sierra. A friend had told me about this website and said it was interesting so I tried it for myself. To my surprise the website did not interest me, in fact it did the opposite and annoyed me. Yet right before I gave up on the website completely I ran into Sierra’s profile. Thus, on that day, December 3rd 2013, I sent her a message — And we have talked everyday since.

Taking flight

After only four short months I’m flying out to North Carolina to meet this girl, face to face finally. This was the best decision I ever made, because not only did the whole trip go great, this is when I found out I couldn’t be without her. I guess all of the tears we shared at the airport told her the same thing, because a few months later she packed her bags and flew out to Wyoming to live with me.

So, It was my turn to make the big move and ask her to marry me.

Here is how I did it.

Dreams really can come truth no matter the struggle.
I believe our story is proof of that, and is why I decided to share it.

Halloween Date Night!

10 Oct
Halloween Date Night Banner

Sierra And Taylor: What our Halloween date night might look like.

By Taylor W. Snell

Cheyenne “Spooktacular”!

On this Hallows Eve what will you be doing with your significant other? No idea? Well here in the city of Cheyenne, Wyoming big events occur very rarely. Luckily though,  I live to please so, I will be sharing what I think would be a: fun, frightful, and totally enjoyable way to spend this night together.

Fun (within a 20 mile radius)

  • First, just shooting off the most obvious — Go to a scary movie. This is something that is relatively inexpensive, there is a variety of choices, plus couples love holding each other during those tense moments, admit it. Adding on to this idea, to make it a little more interesting, put all the names of the horror films playing in the theaters, at the time, shake it up, pull one out and that will be the one you go and see. Keeps it fun/playful and if there is a particular film one is hesitant on seeing – It becomes very interesting.
  • Second — Movies don’t put the fright in you? Why not go through Cheyenne’s one and only haunted house, The Nightmare on 17th Street? Once again this is a very affordable option, only costing $10 per-person. This haunted house was also voted #1 in haunted houses within a 100-mile radius of Denver, Colorado for 2 years running. It’s a lot of fun, there are some great scares to be had there, and this is why I believe it would make for a great date.

Let me elaborate…

Now If you are planning on going to the theaters, I have one suggestion… Go see


It only got a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes, and not much better by any other film critics, take my word when I say that I recently watched this movie, and well… Lets just say, I didn’t sleep much that night.

Now, some more information on The Nightmare on 17th Street.

  • In addition to the $10 per-person entree fee, they do offer a 10% discount to military.
  • They are located Downtown Cheyenne across from the City Parking Lot
    (312 1/2 W 17th Street Cheyenne, WY 82001).
  • They bring in about an average of 2,500-3,000 attendees a year.

Contact info:

Tel: 307-778-7609

Cell: 307-630-8680


Or, check out their Facebook.

Here’s to hoping your Halloween date night turns out great!