Thursday, May 13, 2010
Hello everyone! I’m soooo excited to bring you our first guest interview on the Shabby Shoppe Blog! This week we’re excited to have Sarah Cornish, the incredibly talented artist behind My Four Hens Photography. If you haven’t seen Sarah or her work before, you’re in for a huge treat! She’s crazy talented and oh-so-sweet! From scrapbooking to photography and photo actions, her work is GORGEOUS! And you won’t believe the goodies she brought to share with us today! Want a chance to win a $100 gift card to Sarah’s store? yeah, I thought so…read on to learn more!! :)
1. Were you a photographer first, or a scrapbooker? How did you get your
start in the digi world?
I started my journey into photography as just a child and my love has
continued to bloom through the years. I bought my Canon S3is (not a dslr
but had a manual mode) when my younger son (now 4) was 6 weeks old and
started to pace myself but take more and more of a serious interest. Over
time I began to update my equipment little by little. I bought my Canon
Rebel xti when my son Noah was a little over a year old and started
scrapbooking around the same time. I was definitely still in hobbyist mode
but I had serious goals in place! I took things very slow as I also delved
into the amazing digital scrapbooking community and have tried hard to
juggle both. Unfortunately the scrapbooking has had to take a back seat to
the photography but I am determined to find a way to really marry the two
and find a good balance! I have just recently applied for my business
license and decided to go professional and am finally building my portfolio -
I am a total creative soul! My great grandfather was an amazing painter
and though he passed away before I really had an recollection of him I
often wonder if I get that from him! I think my “style” would more or less
be softer and more romantic and whimsical! I am inspired by absolutely
everything from my sweet children to the colors in my surroundings,
magazine articles and ads, fellow photographers and scrapbookers. There is
just so much inspiration to be had!
us there is one! LOL)
Ha! When I figure it out I will be sure to let ya know LOL! Honestly I
just try to get down to their level (and by that I mean stooping down so I
can make eye contact when I talk to them) and befriending them from the
start. I try to keep things moving along so that they don’t get bored or
restless and I ask a ton of questions so I can bring it up during my
sessions. Things like what is your favorite TV character go a long way
because you have no idea how much a kid loves to go on and on about their
fave character LOL! I got through one of my latest sessions by singing the
Dora theme song with the most adorable 4 year old I have ever met LOL!
(besides my own of course!)
you have to help us get the most out of our photos for scrapbooking?
I think with all things photography one of the best ways to spice a page
up is to not be afraid of experimentation! I always try to put a little
extra TLC into my photo editing because I feel like it really brings a
little extra something something to my scrap pages. I also like to edit my
photos so they are cohesive with the colors in my scrapbook page. It doesn’t
have to be matchy matchy of course! Just have a nice flow to everything!
What is your backup process?
Okay so this is embarrasing but I don’t have a really good organization
system at all LOL! That is something I REALLY need to work on and I am
totally up for suggestions lol!! I do back up as regularly as possible! I
am currently looking to a good web based server I can store everything on
to be double covered though! I also plan on buying an extra ehd (external hard drive)! You can
never be to safe!
Its just my daughter doing what she loves to run around barefoot and point at
everything she sees lol! But I am so into creative cropping! I love images
that tell a story and I really feel like this one speaks volumes to me!
I also really love this one
because it was my first real photo session with a newborn and I was scared out of my
mind but I fell in love with the images! It made me feel kind of like I
accomplished something big!! Kind of one of those aha! moments for me!
I think one of the best places for installation instructions or just for
information in general on using them is Erin from Texas Chic’s Blog! She
has such a wealth of information and is so generous with it! She has even
given me some lovely suggestions on how to improve my elements Photoshop
actions which I full intend to take advantage of in the very near future!
You can find her here.
I LOVE to read!! I am a total book worm. I could seriously read my way
through the dictionary lol! Yeah now that you know I am a nerd! Honestly my
number one besides God is my family! We are very family oriented so
everything we do we generally do together. We go everywhere together. We
seldom go out. We are just very laid back and easy going people around
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about Sarah! And as a special treat for the Shabby Shoppe Blog readers, she has generously shared SEVERAL goodies with us! first is this GORGEOUS set of Photoshop/PSE actions – FREE!
Feeling up for a challenge?? Put these actions to use and show us your before/after images! Upload a simple LO that shows your before and after images to the Shabby Shoppe Gallery, add a comment to this post that links to your LO, and you’ll be entered into the random drawing to win a $100 gift card to Sarah’s store! Be sure to do both steps (upload and comment here with a link to your LO) to be entered. You must post your comment here by 11:59 PM (CST) on Wednesday 5/19 to be eligible to win. We will randomly select a winner from all of the valid entries. The winner will be announced on Thursday, 5/20! Here’s a sample entry layout I created with these beautiful actions! (note: you don’t have to include all of the actions, but you must include at least one!)
And finally – Sarah has generously provided a HUGE coupon for Shabby Shoppe customers!! Use coupon code Royal50 when you check out to receive 50% off!! This sale only lasts through the end of May, so be sure to visit Sarah’s store soon to discover easy ways to enhance your photos! (below those gorgeous photos on Sarah’s store front you’ll see listings of all the actions available! freebies, bundles, PSE compatible actions, etc! click on one of those categories to get started!)
Here are all the links one more time!
- Download Sarah’s FREE actions
- Visit Sarah’s site! (Use coupon code ROYAL50 for 50% off through the end of May!)
- And don’t forget to upload your entry by midnight 5/19 to be entered to win a $100 gift card to Sarah’s store!
Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you enjoyed getting to know Sarah a little better, and we can’t wait to see you try these gorgeous actions out on YOUR photos!