Category Archives: photography

holiday photo gift ideas

For years, my favorite place for photo gifts has been Pinhole Press.  I think they have such fun, unique photo gift ideas. And the quality is awesome!   In preparation for the holidays, I’ve pulled together my favorite photo gift ideas… for all ages!  Everything is under $30 and takes only a few minutes to design....

Photo Gifts: For Grandparents

Continuing with my Holiday Photo Gifts series this month, I’m back with more Pinhole Press items that are perfect for GRANDPARENTS (or really any adult).  Everything is under $50 and takes only a few minutes to design. 1. Magnetic Photo Calendar I love the simple, traditional look of this magnetic calendar.  It really allows the photos...

Photo Gift: Make a 2020 Calendar!

Photo calendars make a great gift!  Sure, it’s easy to make them through many online companies (Pinhole Press’s are my favorite), but if you’re on a budget or just like getting crafty, I created a FREE template that you can print to make your own photo calendar using the Project Life App.  It’s SUPER easy…...

photo gift ideas for kids

If you’ve been here for awhile, you already know that Pinhole Press is my go-to website for photo gifts.  I think they have such fun, unique photo gift ideas… and the quality is awesome!   In preparation for the holidays, I’ve pulled together my favorite photo gift ideas for KIDS… all from Pinhole Press.  Everything...

stop striving for perfect

It’s already time to wrap up Photography Tips month! I’ve shared simple things you can do to improve the quality of your photos, my advice for getting natural poses and expressions, and an easily avoidable mistake. And today I want to share a message that will hopefully help you feel less overwhelmed in your journey...

what to wear for fall family photos

Not sure what to wear for fall family photos?  Once again, I did the work FOR YOU! Fall outfits are so fun to shop for… I love all the warm, rich colors of fall and the cozy textures. Per usual, I turned to Old Navy to create some looks that I love that are cute, comfortable, versatile...

are you making this common photography mistake?

You already know that when it comes to photography there’s a clear difference between a ‘snapshot’ and a ‘portrait’.  But would you believe me if I said that the camera you use doesn’t necessarily have to be the difference?  It’s true, you don’t need a fancy camera to elevate your photography.  You can take a...

this simple thing will create more natural photos

“Smile for the camera, kids!” “Look at me and say cheese!” “No, not THAT smile… your REAL smile!” “Seriously, why can’t I just get ONE NORMAL PHOTO?” Ever said any of these things? (I know I have.) Today I want to share one simple thing that will transform your photography. This simple thing will lead...

NOW BOOKING: COLORADO MINI SESSIONS!

HOORAY!  It’s time!  My 2019 Colorado Fall Mini Sessions are NOW ON SALE! This year I will be offering two of my favorite locations: Morrison and Boulder. Morrison: September 13-14 (SOLD OUT). I love the view of Red Rocks in the evening. Boulder: September 20-22. (SOLD OUT) My favorite mountain backdrop with an incredible view...

Photo Editing Tip: Using Presets

Presets (aka filters) are an excellent way to speed up your editing process. Presets allow you to apply your preferred edits in ONE CLICK! In Lightroom (desktop and mobile), you can save your own presets if you find yourself making the same exact edits over + over again or you can import presets from other...

Photo Editing Tip: Editing Skin

One really common mistake made when editing photos is over editing skin. Skin smoothing apps and filters are really, really popular right now, but in my opinion they often look very obviously fake (people have freckles, friends… and it’s ok!) Instead of applying an automatic overall skin smooth, I prefer to do manual spot cleanup to...

Category Archives: photography

holiday photo gift ideas

For years, my favorite place for photo gifts has been Pinhole Press.  I think they have such fun, unique photo gift ideas. And the quality is awesome!   In preparation for the holidays, I’ve pulled together my favorite photo gift ideas… for all ages!  Everything is under $30 and takes only a few minutes to design....

where should you print your softcover photo book?

I’m excited to bring you another photo book comparison post, but this one is a little different- I looked at SOFTCOVER photo books this time! For my last two comparison posts, I was specifically looking for a higher-end hardcover photo book with impressive quality for printing my annual family yearbooks. I only make one copy...

how to scan photos with your phone

As a professional photo organizer who has invested quite a lot of money in scanning equipment, my stance has always been that phone scanning apps can’t achieve the same high quality results of a scanner. But now that phone cameras are pretty decent, I was curious about how the scanning apps would stack up side-by-side....

how to restore old photos in adobe photoshop

Last year I took on a special photo restoration project- my parent’s wedding photos. For their 40th wedding anniversary I digitized + color restored their faded photos and turned them into a beautiful new album (you can read more about that project in this post). As I shared about that project on social media, I...

Photo Gifts: Digital Frame

When I was in college, I had a laptop where I set a screensaver that would scroll through ALL of my photos. When friends were hanging out in my dorm room sometimes we’d get sucked into the slideshow and start traveling down memory lane. Now, this was a time before cell phones and social media...

Photo Gifts: For Grandparents

Continuing with my Holiday Photo Gifts series this month, I’m back with more Pinhole Press items that are perfect for GRANDPARENTS (or really any adult).  Everything is under $50 and takes only a few minutes to design. 1. Magnetic Photo Calendar I love the simple, traditional look of this magnetic calendar.  It really allows the photos...

Photo Gift: Make a 2020 Calendar!

Photo calendars make a great gift!  Sure, it’s easy to make them through many online companies (Pinhole Press’s are my favorite), but if you’re on a budget or just like getting crafty, I created a FREE template that you can print to make your own photo calendar using the Project Life App.  It’s SUPER easy…...

photo gift ideas for kids

If you’ve been here for awhile, you already know that Pinhole Press is my go-to website for photo gifts.  I think they have such fun, unique photo gift ideas… and the quality is awesome!   In preparation for the holidays, I’ve pulled together my favorite photo gift ideas for KIDS… all from Pinhole Press.  Everything...

documenting childhood: school years

There’s a lot of STUFF that comes along with your child’s school years. I’m a minimalist in nature so I believe there’s no need to keep it ALL (less is more!). It would overwhelm your child in the future when they’re trying to page through their memories- the goal is to give them something meaningful,...

documenting childhood: all the artwork

If you have kids, of any age, I know you are familiar with the struggle: what do you do with alllllll the artwork? In the beginning, I’d hang a few pieces on the fridge, send a few more to relatives, but then feel guilty throwing everything else in the trash (especially when the kids bust...

documenting childhood: day in the life

Back in 2014, when my son Colin was 14 months old (and I was actually pregnant with Jill and didn’t know it yet), I picked up my ‘big camera’ to try a new project. I was feeling guilty that I had this nice camera with which I documented other families, but rarely my own. I...

documenting childhood: baby books

It’s been many years now, but I still LOVE the baby books I created to document the first year of life for both of my children. Rather than purchase a pre-made baby book (where you fill in the blank + print photos to paste on the pages), I opted for a more digital version and...

stop striving for perfect

It’s already time to wrap up Photography Tips month! I’ve shared simple things you can do to improve the quality of your photos, my advice for getting natural poses and expressions, and an easily avoidable mistake. And today I want to share a message that will hopefully help you feel less overwhelmed in your journey...

what to wear for fall family photos

Not sure what to wear for fall family photos?  Once again, I did the work FOR YOU! Fall outfits are so fun to shop for… I love all the warm, rich colors of fall and the cozy textures. Per usual, I turned to Old Navy to create some looks that I love that are cute, comfortable, versatile...

are you making this common photography mistake?

You already know that when it comes to photography there’s a clear difference between a ‘snapshot’ and a ‘portrait’.  But would you believe me if I said that the camera you use doesn’t necessarily have to be the difference?  It’s true, you don’t need a fancy camera to elevate your photography.  You can take a...

this simple thing will create more natural photos

“Smile for the camera, kids!” “Look at me and say cheese!” “No, not THAT smile… your REAL smile!” “Seriously, why can’t I just get ONE NORMAL PHOTO?” Ever said any of these things? (I know I have.) Today I want to share one simple thing that will transform your photography. This simple thing will lead...

three easy things you can do to improve your photos

Get this…. right now, in 30 seconds, you can drastically improve the quality of your photos and it doesn’t require an ounce of skill!  There are three SUPER simple changes you can make with your phone photography that will help make your images more crisp, clean and natural. three easy things you can do to...

NOW BOOKING: COLORADO MINI SESSIONS!

HOORAY!  It’s time!  My 2019 Colorado Fall Mini Sessions are NOW ON SALE! This year I will be offering two of my favorite locations: Morrison and Boulder. Morrison: September 13-14 (SOLD OUT). I love the view of Red Rocks in the evening. Boulder: September 20-22. (SOLD OUT) My favorite mountain backdrop with an incredible view...

Photo Editing Tip: Using Presets

Presets (aka filters) are an excellent way to speed up your editing process. Presets allow you to apply your preferred edits in ONE CLICK! In Lightroom (desktop and mobile), you can save your own presets if you find yourself making the same exact edits over + over again or you can import presets from other...

Photo Editing Tip: Editing Skin

One really common mistake made when editing photos is over editing skin. Skin smoothing apps and filters are really, really popular right now, but in my opinion they often look very obviously fake (people have freckles, friends… and it’s ok!) Instead of applying an automatic overall skin smooth, I prefer to do manual spot cleanup to...

HI, I’M MISS FREDDY.

 

Actually, my name is Casey. As a newborn I resembled Fred Flintstone so my parents nicknamed me Freddy and it stuck. I am a professional photo organizer (yes, that's a thing!) who helps people all over the world make sense of their photo mess through organizing services and self-paced online courses.

 

I want to help you ENJOY your photos again!

 

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