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Monday, October 29, 2007

Holiday Cards

Did you go to a fabulous vacation spot this year (we went to Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon - WOW) ... celebrate a life milestone (a birth, a marriage, a blending of families) ... are you mad about purple and can't find that card to match your obsession ... want to include your favorite pet in your holiday card but he just won't cooperate in the family portrait session or

... do you just want to step beyond the ordinary chain store photo greeting card - you know, "put picture in this box."

Consider ordering custom cards from me

... using pictures (yes, more than one picture if you want) that you and/or yours have taken or

... using pictures that I take (still spots left weekends in November and early December).

The folded and post cards are new this year. Folded and post cards come on 100 # text stock. Folded cards also come on linen or pearl paper stock.

Double click on any image to see it bigger.

Cards can be traditional, contemporary, religious, non-denominational or have a touch of fun and whimsy. I will work with you to design a card that is all YOU. Here are some examples of photo cards that I have done for our family and a few others - plus a few new designs that I am playing around with:

We couldn't have a card without Ivan.

The view from our front window during a winter snow storm - beautiful.

Our family is growing to include another pup - no the dinosaur is not part of the family.

Yes, there are a few dogs here ... but I will do cats and birds and other pets if you so desire.

West Virginia Barn

Sedona Sky

It truly is GRAND!

And more ...

For information on ordering cards ...

Nadia McIlhany
phone: 571.334.8224

Monday, October 15, 2007

Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

This past weekend, I took a photography workshop given by Bill and Linda Lane in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. I took Friday off since I had to be there at 6pm and it was a 4 hour drive. I had hoped to stop for some pictures along the way but got out later than I had hoped so there was NO STOPPING. Too bad since the scenery was lovely.

After meeting my fellow photophiles, we all got to bed early in our rooms at the Marlinton Motor Inn because we had to meet for breakfast at 5:45 (in the AM).

Being on location in time to catch the sunrise was worth the hardship of waking up at 5 AM.

After the sunrise we were off to another location in the Monongahela National Forest. This site had a very picturesque fence that Bill says he loves to shoot in every season. It seemed like the perfect shot for the wide angle lens that I got this summer.

Besides the fence post there were winding trails that led to vistas of colorful fall foilage. Here is an image that I played with in Photoshop - creating a watercolor effect.

Next we hit the Williams River for some water action. I wanted to work on my moving water shots so I really enjoyed this spot. I wish some of the colors around the river had been a little more vibrant but they still cast some lovely golden reflections in the moving water.

In the afternoon, we got to shoot barns. Watch for that in my next post.