Jo Totes Fashion Camera Bags #Giveaway

jo tote roseThis Valentine’s Day, I got a treat for me.  A new camera bag.  A stylish, fun, modern, feminine camera bag. I love it.  It’s one of the gorgeous, stylish and totally functional Jo Totes- the Rose bag, in Marigold.  The name alone drew me in, but look how gorgeous this bag is!  I have gone through I think 4 other camera bags since starting to use a DSLR camera, and this is by far the most stylish and functional. I’ve had pretty ones too but they don’t feel as sturdy.  I want to feel like my camera investment is protected!

The beauty of this bag kind of speaks for itself.  The functionality is awesome.  Lots of options to configure the interior (in a fun houndstooth print) to get your equipment the way you like it, roomy pockets of varying sizes.  Four adjustable pads mean lots of ways to use the interior!   You can use the handles to carry your bag or clip the shoulder strap on and keep your hands free.  This bag can also very easily be used  for other purposes when you aren’t using it for a camera bag, or give it multi function.  There is plenty of room for your camera, a spare lens, your flash, and some purse items.

Strong pockets  and very durable hardware and closures ensure that this bag investment will protect your camera equipment for a very long time, all while letting you express your individuality and fashion.  There are even metal feet to keep your bag looking its best when you set  it down.

The folks at Jo Totes set out to make fun, fashionable and functional camera bags for women.  They succeeded.  I think that their prices are GREAT, because when you invest in a DSLR camera and lenses, flash, and all of the other accessories and components you may use, you NEED to protect that investment.  Why not do it in style?   I’ve had bags that cost the same but they are boxy and boring, and totally not something that makes me happy to carry. I LOVE bags, and I really love fun bags.  The Rose bag just makes me smile!

It was really, really difficult to choose just one color.  The teal really calls out to me, too.  Not into Marigold or Teal?  The Jo Totes also come in black, raspberry, moss, sugarplum, noir floral  and chocolate.  Lots of delightful colors to suit your style! [click to continue…]

Photography Tips – DIY Inexpensive Backdrops

DIY photography backdrops

I know that a lot of us are trying to save money, but don’t want to miss out on getting beautiful portraits of our children.  There are so many inexpensive and easy ways to photograph your children at home that you can easily eliminate those trips to expensive photography studios.  You don’t need an expensive camera either.  Here are some great tips for getting those great portraits using different backdrops:

1.  First and foremost, consider your lighting.  I like to use natural light as much as possible.  I rarely shoot with my flash.  Just find a space in your house with lots of natural light and take advantage of it!!

2.   Consider draping a white sheet over a piece of furniture or along the wall to create a “backrop”.  I love doing this in my own home to get that professional portrait feel.  Eliminating the background by using a plain sheet turns the focus onto your subject. [click to continue…]