HOMEMADE SUMMER BATH SALT RECIPE

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HOMEMADE SUMMER BATH SALT RECIPE

FREEBIE? WHY NOT?!

This blog post is a little something different for you ... but who doesn't love freebies, right!? When I was published on the cover of the 2017 Spring Issue of Bella Grace Magazine (Issue 11) I was asked to partner along with them and Stampington & Company. This post contains affiliate links. Keep reading to get a free summer bath salt recipe :)

  Click on the image and search for "Bella Grace Issue 11" to see this image on the cover and purchase your own!     CLICK HER     E   to read more about my cover publication

Click on the image and search for "Bella Grace Issue 11" to see this image on the cover and purchase your own! CLICK HERE to read more about my cover publication


Homemade Citrus Bath Salts

By Sarah Donawerth, Sarahdonawerth.com


Get your skin glowing and summertime ready with this super simple bath salts recipe. Make it for yourself or package it in adorable little test tubes decorated with a ribbon or antique button for someone who deserves a little TLC. (Yields about 2 cups.)

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  • 1/4 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1/4 cup Dead Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Dried herbs
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Funnel
  • Test tubes with cork stoppers
  • Straw/skewer
  • Green twine
  • Antique decorations

Mix all the of the salts in the large mixing bowl and blend thoroughly. Sprinkle the dried herbs into the salts. Add 10 drops of lemon essential oil to the mixture and stir thoroughly to disperse the scent throughout the salt and herbs.

Use the funnel to fill the test tubes with the salt mixture. Larger flowers might need to be coaxed into the tube with the straw or skewer. Insert the cork stopper, wrap the test tube with twine, and finish with an antique button or decoration.

"There are a number of health benefits in using salts like Epsom, Dead Sea, Himalayan Pink, and lemon essential oils, and our tutorial in Willow and Sage:Homemade Bath and Body offers a complete list of the health benefits." ~ Stampington

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Our aim is to touch the souls of our readers through beautifully penned stories and striking photographs that capture life's beautiful journey.

For anyone who is tired of trying to fit ill-considered standards of what beauty is supposed to look like or reaching for unattainable ideals – Bella Grace gives you permission to just go ahead and toss them. Embrace imperfection. Celebrate your messy life. Shine a spotlight on small, everyday moments – they are special, and they are yours.

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SHOOT & SHARE CONTEST 2018

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SHOOT & SHARE CONTEST 2018

SHOOT & SHARE 2018

This past January I entered a photo contest for the 2nd year in a row. This contest is called the Shoot & Share Photo Contest. It is 100% free to enter and you can submit up to 50 images into 25 different categories.  This year approximately 413,000 images were submitted from all over the world!! During the month of February, when voting was open, over 81 million votes were cast!!

When you enter this contest it is SO easy to be completely consumed by voting as you try to catch a glimpse of your own images and images from photographers you know. I may or may not have spent a ridiculous amount of hours on my phone or computer voting ;) Sooo, needless to say, my January and February went by SUPER DUPER FAST ;)

THE RESULTS ARE IN!

OUT OF THE 50 IMAGES I ENTERED THIS YEAR:

  • I had #1 image win 14th Place out of 14,733 images in the People Portraits Category! Woop!!

  • #1 image made it as a Finalist (placing at 423 out of 14,733 images in People Portraits Category)

  • #14 made it in the Top 10%

  • #14 in the Top 20%

A few photographer friends and I have have joined up to form a blog loop! What is a blog loop? It is where after you read my post and see my images then you click on the link I will provide after my image gallery that will lead you to the next blog post to see her post :)

Thank you for reading my results blog!

A BIG THANK YOU to all of my clients! I cannot wait to see what 2018 brings :) Next up is Courtney Fairchild from Utah! I have known Courtney for a few years now and it was actually exactly a year ago that we met for the 1st time in person in New Orleans!!  She will share with you her results and experience with the Shoot & Share Contest too! Go check her out and continue to follow the loop until you end up back to mine :)

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The Prism Effect

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The Prism Effect

GETTING CREATIVE BY USING FRACTAL FILTER PRISMS

by: Shannon Kathleen Photography


I haven't always been a rule breaker in the way of photography; not when I first started out anyways.  Once I discovered there was a whole slew of photographers out there that didn't worry about what others thought of there work and were considered "the rule breakers"... I knew in my soul this was what I was destined to create: Art. I love adding new dimensions to my craft of photography.

Created using the Fractal Filter Prisms by Nikk Wong of Get Fractals

Yes, eventually we all need to learn the rules ... but the nice thing about all the rules of photography is they can often be broken with great results ;) I love breaking rules. It is so much more fun and less stressful not having to worry about all of the rules all of the time.

For me, I am bound to photography by feel.  Realizing this early on helped me figure out my why, why I love what I do ... to create from the heart, to practice different photography techniques and experiment with new things all so I can unearth and discover the depths of myself so I can express myself and how I see our breathtaking world and enhance its beauty with the aid of fun photography tools.

As a hopeless romantic, I am really drawn to the dreamy, enchanting, mysterious, and whimsical form of art.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have
— Maya Angelou

Created using the Fractal Filter Prisms by Nikk Wong of Get Fractals

Just before Christmas, I was showing my 13 year old son an image that was taken using a prism that inspired me ... he said, "It would be cool if prisms had a handle so you could hold it easier in front of your lens." I was SUPER impressed with his statement and told him, "There are!! Check these out!! I neeeeed to have them!!" I showed him the Get Fractals website.  Well, he shared this information with my dad and next thing I knew I was opening up this amazing gift on Christmas.

OK, ENOUGH ABOUT ME ... LET'S GET ON WITH THESE FRACTAL FILTER PRISMS ;)

I found out about these outstandingly creative tools through a photography group on Facebook earlier this winter. I had been using a regular prism for some time, but when I saw these, I JUST HAD TO HAVE THEM!

These Fractal Filter Prisms "augment your photo subjects with brilliant kaliedscopic reflections. Fractals are the perfect camera filters for portraits, weddings, and more!"

The set comes with 3 different prisms that each provide their own unique effect. What surprised me was the high quality carrying case they come in! This case has 3 slots of soft fabric to house each individual prism and has a strap to throw over your shoulder! It even has a slot on the back of the case to strap onto a belt! SO cool, right?!

How to use the Fractal Filter Prisms:

  1. You simply place your fingers in the finger holes of the handle attached to each prism. 
  2. Then place the prism in front of your lens and move it around until you see what you want to capture. I tend to place directly in front of my lens and shoot through the center of the prism. You can also hold the prism of to the side of your lens to get the effect on only 1/2 or a portion of your image.
  3. Create from your heart. Create what speaks to YOUR soul and how you interpret "beautiful".
  4. Experiment and have fun!
  5. Practice! Practice! Practice!
  6. Lastly, but most importantly be kind and gentle with yourself as you learn and experiment :)

When I was getting together with my friend, Mary, in Arizona this past February I used my Fractal set for a majority of the session and was extremely satisfied with the results!! See the results below!  I am obsessed with these prisms and want to use them on everything I photograph!

All images edited using SMAL Rose Presets

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Is Your Headshot Up To Date?

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Is Your Headshot Up To Date?

It's astonishing, and unfortunately it's a reality more often than not, that professional men and women have a waaaaaay outdated headshot or have a hazy iPhone selfie appearing on websites. Or none at all for that matter.

Even though our iPhones take high-res images, the quality is still not good enough to satisfy the professional headshot need.  What does an old iPhone snap or using a plain headshot you had taken 6 years ago say about your personal brand???

By investing in contemporary, professional images that reflect who you truly are, you are setting the tone for your personal brand from the moment your connections lay eyes on you.

ADD TO YOUR DO TO LIST:

"GET A PROFESSIONAL BRANDING PORTRAIT TAKEN."

What is a Professional Branding Portrait? It is a portrait of yourself that represents YOU. The most prominent business owners understand the importance of branding their business effectively. Your personal brand is individual: it's how people think of you as a person - who you are, how you act, your own capabilities and how you are perceived in the marketplace.

Personal branding images should reflect you, your ethos, your values and your personality. After all, your headshot is your handshake in today's digital world. People are effectively choosing you when they choose your company so personal branding is absolutely critical to effective leadership and success. They define you as a leader and gives you a chance to tell your story.

Do you, as a professional working woman or man, have a color headshot that has been taken professionally in the last 2 or 3 years? Ones in which you hold the rights to use as you see fit and have the high-resolution files to??

If you were to be selected to speak at an event, be featured in a magazine, or chosen to receive an award, would you have an image of yourself that you could provide to the organization or media? One that is up to date? The washed-out color, more than a decade old clothes or hairstyles, fewer wrinkles, or poor quality may give you away of having outdated and/or unprofessional appearing headshots ;)

When you have up to date headshots (branding portraits) of yourself you are showing those in your profession or those that are seeking your skills that YOU make yourself a PRIORITY to show yourself in the best light and will therefore in turn make those who want your services a priority as well.

AFRAID TO GET IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA?

Most of us are self-conscious about having our photo taken. This is NORMAL! I like to have fun with my clients. Yes, FUN!  All of my on-location sessions are spontaneous and unplanned.  We'll glide through your session naturally and have a good time doing it! Self-conscious or not, we must make this (us) a priority in our busy worlds.

Keep reading to see how to hire me ;)

PERSONAL BRANDING TIPS:

  1. Guideline regarding what is high-resolution: jpeg formt about 1MB in size and 300 dpi, roughly a 5 x7 image.
  2. It's invaluable to have a long and short bio of yourself living on your computer -- short being about 5 sentences and long being about 20 sentences. Write like you are talking to a friend about who you are. (If you are offered that award or featured in a magazine or website you'll be grateful to have this bio handy!) Have one on your website too.
  3. Personal branding is about creating content: images, videos, podcasts, articles, interviews, social media updates, comments on other people's media, and the all important blog.
  4. Remember to keep you brand image and message consistent across all platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin, ect.), so that your followers can identify your personal voice.
  5. Personal branding is an ongoing process that requires constant attention. You should keep reinvigorating your brand to ensure it's relevant in the current marketplace.

HIRING SHANNON KATHLEEN PHOTOGRAPHY:


When you hire me you get an ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICING package.

I never want you to have to choose your favorite images and I never want to restrict the images I edit and place in your gallery.  My style of photography results in a collection of beautiful and creative images that speak to you and represent YOU.

Your session fee with Shannon Kathleen Photography will include:

  1. Your amazing outdoor or indoor (with great lighting) photography session.
  2. The time it takes to professionally and artfully edit your images.
  3. All the final high resolution beautifully edited images to keep for life to print and use as you see fit.
  4. A gorgeous online gallery where you can view, share, have unlimited downloads, and order prints.
  5. Print release.

To learn more about cost go visit my Investments Page and see PROFESSIONAL BRANDING PORTRAITS.

To book your session visit my ONLINE BOOKING.

FROM PREVIOUS BRANDING PORTRAIT SESSIONS:

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Mom & Me

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Mom & Me

Mother's Day is approaching!!

Perfect time to get some photos with your kids! OR get the grandparents with the kids!

How about a Mother's day/Mom & Me photo session at Glam Doll Donuts?!?!

I recently visited Glam Doll Donuts in NE Minneapolis and that place is AMAZING! Perfect place to take the kids to get the best deliciously decked out donuts!! And Moms and Grandmoms they also sell alcohol!! ;) Maybe a mimosa or bloody mary to go along with your coffee and donut? ;) Vegan? They also have Vegan options!

$175 for 30 Minutes and you get:

  1. All final edited images
  2. Print Release
  3. Beautiful online gallery

**Session is limited to 4 or less people. This will be a Lifestyle Session--I will capture moments along the way.

Visit my Investments page for more information

THEN visit my Online Booking Page to book your session!!--pick the 30min outdoor lifestyle session. Can't wait!!

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Shoot for the Moon - A Bella Grace Magazine Publication

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Shoot for the Moon - A Bella Grace Magazine Publication

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars
— Norman Vincent Peale

Bella Grace Magazine Publication #2!!

I am delighted to announce that I have been published in Bella Grace Magazine for a second time!! This time in their Spring 2018 Issue #15. You can find it and purchase your own HERE!!

{image by Shannon Kathleen Photography}

The amazing staff over at Bella Grace Magazine caught wind that my son was a young teenager taking photographs and asked if I could put together a 400-500 word article talking about how we share this joy together. I, of course, jumped at the opportunity!! 

For the issue I wrote all about teaching my son, Camden, the art of photography and how we experience this jubilation side by side. The images along with the article really showcase him as a budding artistic photographer and how I aid in cultivating his creative soul.

To see the images he has been taking you MUST go check out his Instagram page:

CLICK HERE TO SEE CAMDEN'S INSTAGRAM PAGE

As his parent I am hoping that with me following my passion as well as teaching him to unleash his creativity is providing him with the drive to shoot for the moon. We just don't ever know what might happen if we are not aiming high. I want the best for my son and I want him to always know and think that things ARE possible.

If you are passionate about life or art or music or photography or anything creative and beautiful than THIS MAGAZINE is for you!! It's luxurious pages and deliciously angelic images will dazzle and captivate you. Bella Grace Magazine is utterly enchanting. With this specific Issue #15 I was 35 pages into reading it and had already teared up twice because of the beautiful, uplifting, and inspiring things I had read.

What Else You Will Find Inside This Issue:

  • Learn how to make your own “happiness box” to add some light to your bad days
  • Femke Tewari lists her spring rituals
  • Our readers share their favorite ways to spread kindness
  • Shell Royster shares powerfully simple lessons from a boat trip off the coast of Ireland
  • Discover how Shannon O’Malley and her son cultivate a creative life together
  • How to meet your personal reading goals for 2018
  • Stephanie Horning shares her French living inspired tips for maximizing life’s joys

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO PURCHASE YOURS RIGHT NOW!!

 {image by Shannon Kathleen Photography} This image contains an affiliated link

{image by Shannon Kathleen Photography} This image contains an affiliated link


If you missed my first publication in Bella Grace Magazine you can find it here:

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Grab some coffee or tea and have a look see at my Gallery/Portfolio!!

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