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Super Easy Trick: Adorable Christmas Pics

A Super Easy Trick for the Most Adorable Christmas Pictures!
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I was photographing some Christmas decorating ideas when a little elf photobombed my pictures! The results were so adorable that I immediately knew I had to share the idea.

All you need is an adorable baby, an adorable child, adorable pet, or your adorable self and a shiny reflective Christmas ball for the cutest and silliest pictures or video you’ve ever seen.

The giggles will abound and the memories will last a lifetime.

SPECIAL TIPS! If the Christmas ball is on the tree you’ll have a lovely pine background, but you can also place a Christmas ball in a candlestick holder making it easier to take the picture in the best selfie (or elfie) lighting!

If you have some antique heirloom ornaments this would be an even more sentimental picture. Taking these pictures every year as a family tradition would be a great alternative to a more serious family portrait, and they would look great on your own custom Christmas Cards!

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Above: The Christmas ball is hanging on the tree.

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Above: the Christmas ball is placed in a silver candlestick holder making it possible to take the picture in the best selfie (or elfie) lighting!

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You can sneak the camera in over their shoulder and hide behind them for a solo portrait, or you can both squeeze into the shot together for a unique holiday couples portrait.

Have fun with it, and let me know how your pictures turned out in the comments section below!

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Holy Macro!


Look what I found in the snow under super magnification!

I’ve just started my very first attempt at Macro photography (without a macro lense!) and I am so addicted! Not only are the photos themselves fascinating because it provides a peek at the secret world of teeny tiny miracles and beauty, but the photos are also working as a springboard to inspire paintings!

This ice crystal seahorse painting (in progress) was inspired by a macro photo of some slushy melting snow!


From this hum-drum melting snow on the railing of our deck… 














…came the subject matter of this photo that looked to me like sparkling whimsical little ice creatures caught mid-conversation. 

I’ve been calling them my slush puppies!

These slush puppies served as the inspiration for my Ice Seahorse painting (in progress).










My hope was to catch a classic hexagonal snowflake from the big 2015 Blizzard Juno, but there didn’t seem to be any 6 sided flakes to be found. It was all tiny hair-like crystals of fluffy light and blowing blizzard snow!

Below is the closest I got to capturing a snowflake – taken the day before the big blizzard in the smaller snowfall I like to call the pre-show. 

Can you see the geometric snowflake crystal forming that thinks it is a tiny iphone? This is under super magnification and it just excites me to no end to see that there are amazing and beautiful things like this around us that we are not even aware of!

Below are a few more shots of regular ‘ole slush. It’s was quite fascinating because this captures the fluctuations in state changes as the snow was rapidly melting and re-freezing at the same time, forming fluid rounded shapes while it tried to decide if it was solid or liquid. 

Though it is not the greatest of photos, I am appreciating the subject matter – I love how kinetic it is! (Yes,I pretty much just said I enjoy watching ice melt – I may just be the most boring person alive!)

Though I am not looking forward to being snowed in again, I am looking forward to more opportunities to attempt to capture that ever elusive classic 6 sided snowflake photo!

Ice Seahorse Painting In Progress by Jennifer Hickey


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Peachy Keen Photography

I have always wanted to be one of those artsy girls who never goes anywhere without her camera and is always digging in and snapping amazing shots of both once in a lifetime photography moments as well as quirky unique ways of looking at mundane everyday things.

I enjoy seeing photography that truly represents the inner workings of the photographer’s mind when all of the pictures are  displayed together in a body of work.

I really appreciate when a photographer is able to somehow let you look at life through a new set of eyes and communicate something to you  that just makes something in your mind click into place, and forces a miraculous shift in perception, or a deep and spiritual, life altering shift in consciousness.

I want to do this.

I realize I have set some lofty goals for myself, but I feel I am up to the challenge. I’ve already got my first finished piece done, and I am ready to share it with the world.

Prepare to have your mind blown.

Enjoy.

Yeah, so? It’s a peach that looks like a butt.

Let me tell you there is nothing like the wave of pride that washes over you when you place your name and copyright symbol on a high quality piece that really speaks to who you are as an artist and a person.

I SHURE IZ A FANCY SHMANCY FOTO-GRAFFER.

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