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Kristen Prelipp-Oguntoyinbo

How to Photograph Tweens

A tween is the stage between middle childhood and adolescence, so from roughly 9 to 12 years of age.  This can be an awkward stage as tweens bodies and minds are changing rapidly in fits and starts. They are not little children and are not yet teenagers. They are busy transitioning in mental, emotional, hormonal and physical ways. My own daughter, Amira, is at this stage. Sometimes she is still my little girl and other times she epitomizes sassiness. I joke that if she continues to roll her eyes at me they might just get stuck that way! Recently...

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Tip Four – The Colors of Light

Did you know that all light has a color? Our human eye corrects for it, but when light is captured digitally or with film to make a photograph one quickly sees that different light sources have different temperatures, or colors. To become a certified photo geek you will need to know these basic colors, or light temperatures, and a bit about color theory.     The human eye can distinguish about 10 million colors. Not even the folks at Crayola have come up with names for all of those colors! As children we simply learn the colors of the...

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Spring Gardening in Chapelboro

Some gardeners know how to gently coax life out of even the most delicate plant. They study the soil, the available light, the plants specific needs and even give plant food and sprays to keep their plants healthy. My kind of gardening would be opposite of that. It could be called survival of the fittest gardening. I love these plants but once they are in and established they either need to thrive or they will be replaced. I will weed and mulch the beds but I don’t water and I rarely fertilize. So my favorite plants are made for...

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Trayvon Martin

Like most parents, I am trying my best to teach my children vital life lessons so they will eventually be equipped to go out on their own to find happiness and success. We talk about self-respect as well as respect for others. I tell them that you are only as good as your word. Even though none of my kids are even close to driving yet, I promise them that if they are ever in a car with a friend who is driving and drinking, they can call me for a ride any time, day or night, no questions...

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Spring Has Sprung

Spring is my favorite season, for so many reasons. Growing up in chilly Green Bay, Wisconsin, Spring meant the exciting thawing of the dreary snow and ice that had covered everything since Halloween. Since moving to North Carolina in 1987, Spring  now means an overwhelming outburst of daffodils, forsythia, red buds and azaleas, to name a few. And my daughter, Amira, was born on the first day of Spring, just as the sun came up, 11 years ago. Also, my birthday is in April. So you can see I have many reasons to celebrate this time of year. I truly think Spring is magical and always will. This blog post is dedicated to the Spring flowers in my yard and around Chapelboro. Enjoy!   Amira, my Spring baby, in a weeping cherry.   In Chapel Hill, Jeff Erick Essen has a veritable springtime show in his yard! Featured here is an apple-pear tree branch in the foreground with red bud and weeping cherry in the background.   I planted bulbs this past winter and could not believe how many tulips came up. This was the first one to open.   On the left is a close-up of a weeping cherry blossom. On the right are my sons, Roman and Leo, under my deciduous magnolia with saucer flowers. People call these tulip trees because of the shape and bright color...

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Tip Three – How to Compensate for Auto Exposure

I began my photography career as photojournalist for newspapers. At the time it was a field dominated by men who held certain, hardcore values. One of which was that it was a sign of weakness to use a tripod, auto focus or auto exposure. I was young and easily influenced at the time so I tried hard to live up to that standard. Eventually I realized that both auto exposure and auto focus are great tools. When used properly, they can free you up to think more about your image composition and the scene unfolding in front of you....

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The Red Hen Turns 5!

On March 3rd, 2012, The Red Hen at University Mall held a birthday party. They are five years old! I spoke with the owner, DeeDee Lavinder, about this big milestone and her hopes for the future. The Red Hen owner, DeeDee Lavinder and her daughter, Avis, 7. The Red Hen, a resale and gift boutique for families, was located on Weaver Street in Carrboro and recently moved to University Mall. Lavinder says that the larger space at the mall has allowed them to increase their offerings. Previously they stocked up to children’s size 6. Now they carry clothing and...

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Saving Nelson Mandela

On Sunday, February 26, 2012, Flyleaf Books held a book reading by former Chapel Hill Mayor Ken Broun. His new book, Saving Nelson Mandela, is now in bookstores. I did not know about Ken Broun’s 25-year-history with South Africa, prior to hearing about this book. I am constantly in awe of the amazing caliber of people we have in this great community of ours! It turns out that in 1986, as a UNC Law School professor who often taught trial advocacy, Broun was asked to travel to South Africa to teach through the Black Lawyers Association of South Africa....

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Walk Towards the Light

pho•tog•ra•phy   [fuh-tog-ruh-fee] noun 1. the process or art of producing images of objects on sensitized surfaces by the chemical action of light or of other forms of radiant energy such as x-rays, gamma rays, or cosmic rays.               As you can see from the definition above, light is EVERYTHING in photography. I first fell in love with photography as a teenager. I attended Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina where I took my first photography class with instructor Bryon Baldwin. He loved photography and his enthusiasm for it was contagious.   For me, photography was the...

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Headshots 101

Many of us are still reeling from the recession. But I have been encouraged as of late by some real signs of recovery. One sign is that I have been contacted by many people who are starting a new business or expanding their current business, and are in need of updated headshots. This is great news! So I thought I would write about how to get a great headshot.   Why do you need a headshot?   No matter the size of your business, when people visit your web site they generally peruse the home page first and then...

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