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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.


Mothers, Expressing Their Gratitude Through Social Media

8 Nov
I am grateful that Winter is here!

I am grateful that Winter is here!


The Gratitude Project

On Nov. 1, 2013, Motherhood University started an event called The Gratitude Project, and will last until Nov. 30.  The event is a way to express what you are grateful for this Thanksgiving to all your friends and family.  It doesn’t take a lot of effort, and is a good way to give you and your friends something to talk about.  For the Event, all you have to do is:

1. Join the event.
2. Invite your friends.
3. Each day in November post on The Gratitude Project page or in your status something for which you are grateful
(Be sure to your friends and Motherhood University so more people can join in the fun).

Mothers Educating Mothers

Have you ever heard of Motherhood University?  Well, if you haven’t, Motherhood University is a website dedicated to making sure Mothers ( Fathers can use it too!) get all the resources they need to make sure the can provide the best for their children.  Once you enter the site, you can click on one of any of these links:

Classroom: A tutorial to help you navigate your way around the site.

Coupon College: Ways to effectively find and use coupons.

Culinary Campus: Fast and easy recipes

Home Management: Ways to keep your house safe and toxin free.

Freshman Moms: Tips for Newborn Mothers.

Extra Credit: Tips and tricks to keep them enjoying time with you! ( Including how to surprise Dad.)

Parenting PhD.: Tips for becoming a more confident parent.

Homeschool 101: Fun ways to help your child or children learn.

Still haven’t checked out Facebook?

If not, it is ok.  But, you are missing out on a lot!  Facebook is an easy way to mingle with friends through social media, without having to leave your home, and even comes in a mobile version for those who are always on the go.  Facebook is also an easy way to meet people, near or far.  Through Facebook you can express what you like: music, movies, art, how your day is going, or just share random pictures.  If you have a Facebook, or if you’re one of the countless people who are just not sure about it, let me be your “Tom“:  My Facebook!

Thank You Thankful Thursdays

18 Oct

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Thanking Cheyenne

Redwood Bar and Lounge is hosting Thankful Thursdays.  Every Thursday, Redwood will help raise money for an organization here in Cheyenne.  The team at the Redwood has already helped to raise over $328,000, just in the last 102 weeks (for those not so great with math, that is 2 weeks shy of 2 years).

This Week Thanks

This weeks charity event will be Project Healing Waters.  Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans.  There will be games, raffles and lots of drinking.  Come join in on the fun, and take your chance at winning a $500 bar tab.

Thank the Redwood

Cant make it to Thankful Thursdays? Then come check out the Redwood on another night.  Open Mon – Sat 10 A.M. – 2 A.M. and 10 A.M. – 10 P.M. on Sundays.

Please remember to drink responsibly!