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Digital Images Rant

I get questions all the time from people asking me if I sell my digital images. I’ve actually gone back and forth and back again. This is a really touchy issue in the photography industry. I could go into what it all takes to run a photography business – web space, cell phone bill, gas, camera equipment, licenses (city, state AND county), taxes (not sales tax, but taxes on equipment – yes it exists), computer programs, internet access, etc. etc. etc. It’s not as though a camera just fell into our laps, we take a photo, upload it, then move one with our day. We spend time going through the photos, tweaking them, adding our own artistic touch. But if I went there, this blog post would be too long and you’d probably stop reading it. So let me just say,

Photographers cannot just give away their images. Right, they aren’t prints and we aren’t going through the trouble of printing them. But we also aren’t making the money we would if you purchased prints. We can’t work for free. Plus, we have our labs that we trust to make our images, YOUR IMAGES, look their best. If you take our digital images to Wally World, they aren’t going to look that great. Besides, would you go to a painter, ask for a blank canvas, his oil paints, his brushes, take his easel, ask for an idea, then take it to someone else to paint or worse, try to paint it yourself?

So to answer the question, yes I do sell my digital images. But they come at a price. This is my job. This is how I help my husband provide for our three kids. Yes, photography is fun for me and I’m grateful for that. But fun doesn’t put food on the table.

Thanks for listening.

Happy Birthday Special

I am currently running a Happy Birthday Special. Is your child celebrating another year? Have his/her photos taken within a month of his/her birthday!

SESSION INCLUDES
Helium Balloon Props
30 Minute Session
1 Location
15 High Res Images
20-Page Brag Book
ALL FOR ONLY $199

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Mini Sessions with a Lamb!

Mini Sessions with a wittle bittie lamb are set for March 30 from 1:30 p.m. until 6:30.

$50 includes

*15 minute session

*5 poses to build your package from

*3 photo sheets (1-8×10, 2-5x7s or 8-wallets)

Each additional sheet is $15.

Purchase a high res digital image for $50.

PAY NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SESSION!


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Seth Man

We were outside playing and my sweet Seth looked so adorable in his big boy clothes. I did a quick photo shoot.

Would anyone like to do a mini session here at my house in front of the fence?

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Pre-Buy Nitty Gritty and Get Free Close-Outs

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My Nitty Gritty bars will be ready in 3 weeks! These are great for anyone with dirty hands. Purchase a bar and receive 2 free half bars (peppermint & rosemary and lavender). These two bars are from new recipes I have been working on. I’m giving these away since they are not quite what I want just yet.http://www.aprilhollingsworth.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=911&action=edit#

We can meet locally, or I can ship up to 2 sets for $5.


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My Homemade Soaps

I began making soap after we noticed Rainbow’s (Raine’s) sensitivity to commercial soap. I truly enjoy it. Below are photos of the various soaps I make. I hope to soon have online ordering available here. If you would like to order until then, just send me a message through the contact page. Each bar weighs 4 – 4.5 ounces. The cost is $5. Four bars will ship for $5.95.

 

First up is Harvest Lavender – it is scented with lavender and cedarwood essential oils. It is embedded with ground lavender buds.

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Oats & Honey is a favorite among many. Made with local, unpasteurized honey along with ground oats for exfoliation.

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Mississippi Mud is superfatted with cocoa butter. Cocoa powder is added for color.

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I had a hard time decided what to call this bar. I originally name it “The Manly Bar” in hopes of luring more men to try homemade soap. But that only kept the ladies from trying it. It is a unisex scent blend of patchouli and cedarwood. If I had one word to describe the smell it would be, “hippie.” The smell of our local health food store was the inspiration.

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Australian Outback is a blend of eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils. This soap can also be made with tea tree oil only.

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Jesus, Passover, and Easter

Last year I did a study on Jesus’ crucifixion. What sparked my interest was reading Matthew 12:40 where Jesus said, “Just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” I had always been told that Jesus was crucified on Friday and rose on Sunday morning. Friday evening to Sunday morning does not equal three days and three nights.

I won’t go into all the details of the four Gospel accounts that I pieced together for the crucifixion and resurrection timeline.  The point of this post is really my way of venting my anger. Yes, I am angry. I am angry that the church would have us believe Jesus was crucified on Friday and rose on Sunday morning when he died on a Wednesday and rose on Saturday, probably as the sun was setting and the Holy Day known as First Fruits was beginning. I am angry that the church has replaced God’s Holy Days with pagan celebrations.

Easter did not begin with Jesus. Jesus fulfilled Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits- not Easter, which is a holiday the pagans used to celebrate their god of fertility, Ishtar. Jesus did not give anyone permission to change the Sabbath to the first day of the week. Jesus did not come to start a religion called Christianity.

But you know what? It’s going to be ok. God knew all this would happen. He is not surprise. In fact, Jeremiah prophesied saying, “O LORD, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth and say: ‘Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit. Can man make for himself gods? Such are not gods!’”