4 Ideas for Making Memories With Your Kids

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Some of the best childhood memories are the ones that you don’t even necessarily plan out, they just happen. Like that one night when your mom woke up at 2 in the morning because the family decided to go on a spontaneous weekend getaway. And then there are others that are more planned out, like setting up a campsite in the backyard or going to a water park and riding the zip lines or some other kind of family adventure. Here are a few ideas of ways that you can make memories with your kids and still stay close to home.

Tree Houses
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Dec 13 2016

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Cleaning Glass Sculptures

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Glass artwork has been around for a very long time. Some historians date the creation of the first glass back to 5,000 BC when it was developed in what is Syria today and archaeologists place the start date for man made glass at 3,500 BC. Evidence from that time has been found in Egypt and Mesopotamia. As long as there has been glass, people have made it into art. Glass sculptures have been around at least since the invention of glass blowing, which was said to have been started in the first century BC in the Roman Empire.

The modern day studio art movement created new and unusual ways to make art from the material. In 1962, a chemist and engineer, Dominick Labino, teamed up with a ceramics professor, Harvey Littleton to experiment with melting glass. They used a small furnace and began created glass wo (more…)

Dec 11 2016

3 Ways You Can Benefit From a Home Automation System

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Do you enjoy going to the movies but dislike having to deal with noisy people and crowded theaters? If you’re among the 57% who prefer to watch movies at home, maybe it?s time to consider constructing a movie theater within your own home! Combined with some of the latest home automation technology, it?s easy to create a relaxing atmosphere for you and the family to kick back while enjoying one of your favorite flicks. And the best part is, you won?t have to use multiple remotes to control your new home theater! Go the extra mile and discover how you can benefit from a home automation system.

Home automation systems come in two forms ? wireless and hardwired. The wireless option depends on routers to relay i (more…)

Sep 20 2016

Planning the Perfect Outdoor Event

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Outdoor events can be beautiful. They provide a natural decor with the outdoor as the scenery. They allow guests to mingle with one another outdoors. The fresh air of the day can be very relaxing and invigorating. Many people enjoy attending outdoor events, when the weather is nice. However, weather is not always very predictable. Poor weather can ruin an outdoor event. Extreme heat can make the guests very uncomfortable. Cold weather can prevent guests from even wanting to attend the event. However, tented events can help to control the weather of the day. Those planning an outdoor event can provide their guests with shelter in the event of incremen (more…)

Sep 07 2016

Three Things You Don’t Know About Ballroom Dance

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The dance craze seemed to have died out. After decades of being addicted to ballroom dance, it seemed for a while that ballroom dancing wasn’t popular anymore. People preferred to get down on the dance floor to their own, not sticking to any particular beat and certainly not learning any steps. This isn’t to say that such dancing is wrong — all types of dancing should be embraced. But those who still loved ballroom dancing felt discouraged by their lack of creative outlets. As such, it’s a relief that ballroom dancing has experienced a renewed surge of interest recently. Several popular television shows feature ballroom dancing. This in turn (more…)

Sep 05 2016

Tips for Taking Great eCommerce Photos

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Online advertising is a huge industry, collecting about $1.5 billion worldwide. Of course, online photography is heavily reliant on visuals — photography especially. But your product photos can’t be low quality or else no one will buy, no matter how good the product descriptions are. Photo editing and professional Photoshop services are one way to ensure that your photos are ready for the web, but first you must lay the groundwork.

Here are a few tips to take great eCommerce photos before sending the images for photo cropping, color correcting, brightening, and otherwise editing.


  • Keep it simple: Use a clean background so the product stands out. White, or other light colors that don’t draw attention from your product work best. Black or very dark b (more…)

Aug 15 2016

5 Secrets Your Wedding Photographer Won’t Tell You

Ywedding photo editingou have spent a lot of precious time planning your wedding, so it is only appropriate that you also dedicate some time to finding a professional wedding photo editing service; that way, you’ll have stunning pictures of your event for years to come! Your photographer is undoubtedly an important part of your day, so you don’t want to hire just anyone. Read on to learn five secrets your wedding photographer won’t tell you.

1. Pick a photographer based on your vision and style

You do not want to be stuck with a photographer who has a different style than you, which can result in getting pictures and photo editing services you are not interested in. Considering that professional photographs are twice as likely as user-generated photographs to be shared, you want your style to come through and shine!

2. Different looks require different equipment

Say you like pictures with a focal point and a blurry background. And you like images with soft colors, a vintage look, and/or sharp contrast pictures. Each of these requires different equipment, photo cropping, and photo culling services, so make sure to talk to your photographer about your preferences before the wedding, in order to ensure you can achieve the look you desire.

3. They are paid hourly

Typically, wedding photographers are paid hourly, so make sure to keep this in mind when you book them for your day. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimates that in 2013 professional photographers had an average hourly pay of $17.88. Some photographers may negotiate a flat fee based on the number of hours and number of pictures you want, but you have to clear that before signing any agreements, so there aren’t any surprises down the line. Also, make sure to talk to the agency you are working with, as more and more photography companies are hiring freelancers. This means that in some cases you may not have the same photographer at your wedding than the one you spoke with.

4.It is hard to exactly replicate pictures found online

While a good photographer is able to try their best in replicating a photo you found online, it can be impossible due to factors such as light and location. You’ll also want to give your photographer a little freedom to be creative, too; most artists won’t want to spend their energy trying to exactly emulate someone else’s work.

5. Asking for specific shots isn’t always a good idea

Let the photographer capture candid, hidden moments from throughout the day instead of focusing only on specific shots. This way you will be able to have all the emotions from the day documented, and it will make the wedding photo editing for the photographer much easier.

With these tips in mind, your wedding pictures will turn out fabulous. Just don’t forget to smile!

Aug 11 2016

Are You Getting Ready for Your Senior Portraits?

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A few hours at the pool for a little extra color.
A detailed plan of the outfits that you plan to wear.
Necessary props like the gymnastics leotards, the medals, the piano sheet music, and a couple of your favorite books.
This list might actually sound like a packing list for someone who is getting ready for a vacation to go visit family members that you have not seen in a while. Your best clothes, some extra sunshine for a healthy glow, and some of your favorite possessions to help your friends and relatives catch up with what you have been doing since you saw them last. These particular items, however, are not packed for a visit. Instead, they are all for the afternoon’s main activity: senior pictures!
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Aug 09 2016

Why Your Real Estate Business Needs Color Correction Services

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A high class real estate deal requires high class photography editing services. Nothing cheapens the look of a million dollar home more than a standard point and shoot camera job.

In fact, it’s been shown that homes in the $400,000 to $500,000 range will sell within six months, 64% of the time, when captured and advertised using high-end DSLR cameras. By comparison, only 46% of point-and-shoot photos sold as quickly. The same trend holds true for million dollar homes: 35% within six months for the professional real estate photo editing jobs, and only 30% of the regular ones.

There are a number of reasons why that might be. For one, professional photo editing (more…)

Jul 22 2016

The Storied History of Ebony Magazine, 1945 to Present Day

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While the landscape of black media and black celebrity news has changed many times over in the past 75 years, Ebony magazine has been a steady constant. As the famous African-American magazine changes owners for the first time in its history, what’s next for the future of black entertainment news in the 21st century?

The Past, Present and Future of Ebony Magazine

For everyone in America, 1945 was a tough year. It was the year that the bloodiest war in the history of planet earth came to a violent conclusion. It was the year President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died. It was also the year that Chicago native John. H. Johnson founded Ebony, the original black magazine. Nine years in the future, Brown v. Board of Education would help usher in a new frontier in t (more…)

Jun 17 2016