Apr 24, 2014

Shutterbag Family Feature: Kristi Bonney


I have always said that we have a Shutterbag family, not customers.  We are a community and family, so why not introduce you to each other?! We are going to feature and share a Shutterbag family member, her bag, and her a glimpse into her life. 

Meet Kristi Bonney. She is a mom, photographer, blogger, Tamron Image Master, wife, friend, and so much more.

She's soft, durable, and oh so beautiful. She keeps my gear safe and she is my constant companion. I've had my SHUTTERbag Safari camera bag for over a year now and I'm still head-over-heels in love!

SHUTTERbag Safari Camera Bag,

We've gone on hikes, flown on airplanes, and embarked on long road trips together. We've been to more sporting events and parent/teacher conferences than I'd care to admit. But between photoshoots and meetings with clients, and despite the hustle and bustle of my everyday life, my Safari has never let me down.

It's a good thing, too, because there's just no way that I'm carrying all of this stuff on my own.

SHUTTERbag Safari Camera Bag,

So what's in my Safari? Oh, just a few of my favorite things...

SHUTTERbag Safari Camera Bag,


You can see more with Kristi on her blog: Live, Explore, Click.

Kristi is also very active on social media, so connect with her and make a new friend!

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Apr 21, 2014

Mystery Macro Monday 4/21/14

Can you guess what this is??



Don’t forget to share your mystery macro photos over on our Facebook page.  I would love to take a guess at what you’ve been shooting.

Apr 17, 2014

Shutterbag Family Feature: Eat Your Beets

This is the first installment of a series I am so proud to share. I have always said that we have a Shutterbag family, not customers.  We are a community and family, so why not introduce you to each other?! We are going to feature and share a Shutterbag family member, her bag, and her a glimpse into her life. 

Meet Trisha Hughes, author and owner of Eat Your Beets.


As a busy mom of four kiddos, my first camera quickly became a huge part of my every day life. By the time I learned how to shoot in manual I quickly realized that my camera was like one of my children - it needed to follow me almost everywhere I went.

I wanted to be able to capture the ordinary moments in time with my kids but also saw how challenging it was to bring my camera along with me. It never seemed to fit properly in any bag I owned (& I tried them all). I was always worried about my camera getting wrecked or at the minimum covered in raisins or diaper cream. But I also realized I needed a bag that didn't scream 'diaper/camera bag'. I needed a bag that didn't scream 'exhausted mother headed your way'. I wanted to feel stylish & put together (even if I wasn't) & I wanted a bag that could say that from a mile away.


After the birth of my 4th kiddo, I realized it was even more important to start making time for myself. I was naturally putting the needs of everyone else above my own & something was missing. It was me. I had forgotten to take as much time & care with myself as I was taking with everyone else so I searched for an outlet where I could express myself as both mommy & modern woman. Out of this search came Eat Your Beets. I realized, for the first time after being a professional mom for 8 years, it was ok for me to start thinking about life outside of our kiddos again. I knew that eventually my kiddos would all go off to school & it would be time for me to decide what I wanted to be when I was all grown up. I would have hours in the day I wanted to fill & I wanted to lay the groundwork for that now. I saw that I had ideas that others shared & I could put them out into the world & have other mothers respond with a resounding 'YES, we agree'! It was exhilarating to realize that I possessed a gift for communicating with people & helping them achieve their goals of healthier family meals or getting out of their yoga pants into some great jeans to feel better about their post baby bodies. I found that not only was I passionate about healthy eating, I also wanted to empower women to enjoy their beauty. The beauty they posses right now, no matter their size, no matter their hang ups, no matter the inner voices who might be saying they weren't enough. I wanted to show women that simply by feeding their families well, they would feel well & that would shine through them. What they wear would just be an extension of that wellness.



I was also ready to meet me again. Not just the mommy me, but the me who gets excited about her favorite song on the radio; who likes to eat messy ethnic food with her hands. The me who swoons over a pair of finely crafted, leather shoes. And I needed to search for wardrobe pieces that could merge the two parts of me together seamlessly. I needed a bag that evoked style, class & strength - everything I hope to signify. I needed a 'carry all the things' bag. Something that could handle my camera, my personal mom necessities & also be a travel case for my family! I tote toys, snacks & even my husband's wallet sometimes! On the flip side, I wanted my bag to function as a mobile office. I wanted it to be able to hold my iPad or laptop safely, my journal & any chargers. I needed a bag that could do everything I do. I needed one bag that could do it all.


When my best friend introduced me to her Shutterbag I fell in love. This bag was nothing like the other camera bags I'd tried before & I knew instantly it was so much better. This wasn't some bag that was thrown together. It was soft & supple & the quality was evident with the use of real leather. I admit, I'm a sucker for quality! I finally felt like I'd found the bag I'd been searching for & it didn't take me any time to settle on the Cabriolet. I fell in love with it's effortless charm. The way it looks so relaxed & polished at the same time. It looked exactly the way I wanted to be seen & I knew I had to have it. I can tell you now, the Cabriolet is the only bag I carry - even if I've left my camera at home! And the place I get the most complements on it? The grocery store! I love that style & quality are things I don't have to compromise & I can look as put together as my beautiful bag on any given day, even if I'm only hitting Costco or the school pick up line.


Head over to Trisha’s website and sign up for her newsletter to get delicious healthy recipes and great tips.  She also has a free ebook with Green Smoothie recipes!

Apr 14, 2014

Mystery Macro Monday 4-14-14


It’s time for Mystery Macro Monday. Can you guess what it is????



Today starts a new chapter in Mystery Macro Monday.  I have been sharing photos for over a year now each week asking if you can guess what it is. It is so much fun and I want to join in on the guessing, too.  So I am inviting you to share your mystery macro shots with the rest of us.  Just post them to our Facebook page wall.  Be sure to add them onto the wall and not in a comment, because then responses could get pretty confusing for guesses. 


I love the community we have built and think this could really be a lot of fun! So get your macro lens, close up filters, Olloclip on your phone, or even a zoom lens and crop in.  I cannot wait to see what you have to share!!!



Apr 9, 2014

Giveaway to Biz Revamp from The Lawtog

Have you heard of Rachel Brenke (aka the Lawtog)? If for some reason you haven’t, let me introduce you. She is a mom, photographer, lawyer, business consultant, author, and speaker. So she pretty much rocks. 

Rachel is relaunching her super successful program, BizRevamp this month.  You can read all about it in detail here on the BizRevamp site. But I am going to share some highlights of what it covers.

BizRevamp is THE business webcourse for photographers.  NO where else out there is one so heavy in the legal intricacies of formation, taxes, insurance, contracts, employee/independent contractor issues and more. 


You get:

It covers everything need to know like....

  • How to set up a legal photo biz so they can stay legal and protect your assets.
  • A simple system to manage and file their taxes the right way.
  • The minimum insurance coverage their photo biz needs to give them peace of mind!
  • How to get a solid contract with no holes that covers them!
  • Website and social media quick-fixes that get them the inquires and new clients they're losing out on right now!
  • A streamlined WORKFLOW that minimizes stress and maximizes their money-making potential!
  • How to generate more cash (even if they aren’t into in-person sales)!
  • How to create their custom business plan to finally reach their goals!
Each student receives: 
  • Videos and accompanying transcripts so the student can quickly go through, understand and absorb the material.
  • Printable handouts, checklists, and worksheets so they can take action on what they learned.
  • Students can view the videos on smart phones and tables so they can work on-the-go
  • Downloadable full video transcripts, audio files, and the above mentioned printable items.
  • Three Question and Answer podcasts right to their inbox.
  • Lifetime access so they can learn at their own pace.
How the course works: 
  • The content modules are dripped for one week for every module. Once the student reaches the end of the modules they have Lifetime Access to all modules. Students receive Module 1 upon registration.
  • It is advertised to be 8 modules but Module #9 is a bonus module that is not advertised
  • There is a 45 day refund policy - all they have to do is complete and submit handouts with request!
  • Content will be updated as time goes on for fresh and new material for students.
  • Prices will steadily increase with each registration period as enrollment becomes more exclusive.

Doesn’t that sound amazing???!!!  This program is a LIFETIME membership, not just a one time kind of thing.  There is an investment of $479 for the course (or $89 monthly payments over 7 months). 

Enrollment happens April 10-15th, 2014. You do not want to miss this!

How would you like to win a seat to the April course? Silly question, I know. Well, the awesome Rachel has generously donated a seat to one of you!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


*I received no compensation for this post or for hosting this giveaway. The seat was generously donated by The Lawtog and BizRevamp.

Apr 1, 2014

Red Thread Sessions

Today is April 1st. So many people are playing pranks and trying to avoid them.  But today has a very different meaning for me and it will for the rest of my life. One year ago today the adoption of our youngest daughter was finalized.  That’s right, on April Fool’s Day.  I told the social worker that if it was a joke, she would not be happy with my response.

You see, our daughter came to our family through foster care. So for years we had to struggle emotionally with the fact that she could be returned any day. We had reunified children to their birth parents before, but she was different.  She was very special to us.  She was ours (but not technically). We picked her up at the hospital when she was two days old. Yep, two days old. Our house and our family is all she has ever known. Visits with birth family were very sporadic. They had very little interest and never complied with any rules. So we were hopeful adoption would be an option.

Adoption finalized

This is my family one year ago today becoming official.  We finally had the paperwork to match what our hearts said all along. I promise the kids were excited, they had just had enough of sitting still and quietly in a courtroom.


Adoption can be such a beautiful thing.  There are definitely angles and sides to it that are heartbreaking.  But a family finding the piece that has been missing, or the child finding that family to love and care for it…that is beautiful.


Have you heard of Red Thread Sessions?  They are an organization with volunteer photographers that take family portraits for adoptive families.  You can read about them and how/why they started their journey to serve adoptive families.

They help the family feel that unity and completion of the long journey. If you would like to volunteer your services, please check out their volunteer page to find out more information.  It lays it out nicely about the responsibilities and the application process. I highly encourage you to think or pray about applying.  It is such a great cause.


Has adoption touched your life? I would love to hear about it, please let us know!