2010 September Archive - Redding, CA Photographer | Amy McMaster Photography

Month: September, 2010

The Winner of the Easy Accounting Solution for the Photographer Announced!

September 19, 2010

And here’s the winner!! Congrats!! Thank you soooo much for playing!

I messed up the first day of the giveaway and forgot to say ‘make each entry a separate post’. I updated it later so I counted all the entries (even the ones that were multiple in one post) that were placed before I updated. To keep it fair. Thanks everyone!

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  • Lela · Posted September 30, 2010 at 11:13 am · Link · Reply

    Sweet, what a great treat to receive. Thank you so much!

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|Sneak Peek| Pitroff Family | Big is Beautiful

September 19, 2010

Big families are just beautiful. Instant friends. Lots of laughter. 24/7 source of chaos, entertainment, snuggles, kisses, giggles, laughter, jokes and silliness. What’s not to love? From favorite school subjects to Patrick being the coolest guy in Bikini Bottom- we chatted about so many things. So much personality in one family!

I had a great time. Thank you to the Pitroff crew for allowing me to photograph your beautiful family!

And now…some sneaky peeks. Enjoy!

big families

15 Comments

  • Natasha · Posted September 19, 2010 at 8:09 pm · Link · Reply

    What a gorgeous family! You did an awesome job! I bet these will look great framed all around their home. :)

  • Krystle · Posted September 19, 2010 at 9:46 pm · Link · Reply

    Love this family session!! I am positive the Mom and Dad will love them as well.

  • Shanna Kreza · Posted September 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm · Link · Reply

    Wow, those are great! You did a great job with so many kids!

  • Nancy · Posted September 20, 2010 at 2:35 am · Link · Reply

    Ooh these are wonderful! I bet mom is absolutely thrilled, how will she ever pick which ones to order? Both shots with all 6 kids are fab but I think #2 is my favorite!

  • kelly klatt · Posted September 20, 2010 at 2:43 am · Link · Reply

    Six kids…WOW! Mom did a great job coordinating everyone-they look adorable!!!

  • Stacey S · Posted September 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm · Link · Reply

    You did awesome Amy! Great family captures!

  • Amanda Eller · Posted September 20, 2010 at 1:33 pm · Link · Reply

    What a sweet family!! Amy you did an awesome job for them!! :)

  • traci · Posted September 20, 2010 at 2:33 pm · Link · Reply

    you did an amazing job with this session!
    she needs a wall gallery with all of these images!!

  • Kristy S · Posted September 20, 2010 at 9:31 pm · Link · Reply

    Love these! Such a beautiful family! :)

  • Laura · Posted September 21, 2010 at 12:16 am · Link · Reply

    These are adorable and I love your processing :)

  • kristen reed · Posted September 21, 2010 at 1:33 am · Link · Reply

    love these, amy! Beautiful work!

  • Deanna · Posted September 21, 2010 at 7:25 am · Link · Reply

    What a cute family!

  • dalia · Posted September 21, 2010 at 10:46 am · Link · Reply

    what a beautiful family! great shots!

  • Tracy · Posted September 21, 2010 at 2:35 pm · Link · Reply

    What a very sweet family. You did a fabulous job with these. Just beautiful work.

  • Casey · Posted September 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm · Link · Reply

    Great job Amy! That is one super cute family!! 😀

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The Easy Accounting Solution For The Photographer Giveaway!

September 14, 2010

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The Easy Accounting Solution For The Photographer is a fantastic Excel Workbook to get your Photography business organized. I am not fluent in Excel but was able to figure out how to use this workbook the same day I downloaded it. The Word document that comes with the workbook really breaks it down for you. I was able to input my client info, sales records, business expenses…it’s all right there. It auto adds things for you- saving me more time since I don’t have to bust out my calculator. Invoices, Job Records, Customer Database (lets you input valuable client info to help you keep track of important dates and names), Expenses (oh my gosh do I love this one- auto adds everything I put in it), Assets, Milage and soooo many more things. I haven’t felt this organized in over a year. I honestly didn’t even know where to begin with keeping track of all business expenses. I do now. :) I love this workbook!

A few screenshots to show you what you will be getting:

And for the details on how to win a FREE copy of this awesome workbook AND get 15% off your purchase:

The Easy Accounting Solution for the Photographer Giveaway

Here is your chance to receive a FREE copy of The Easy Accounting Solution for the Photographer!!!

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61 Comments

  • daisy kitchens · Posted September 14, 2010 at 9:16 am · Link · Reply

    Amy Beth, thanks for always sharing such wonderful tips! You are fantastic!

  • daisy kitchens · Posted September 14, 2010 at 9:17 am · Link · Reply

    Oh… of course I’m already a fan!

  • Lela · Posted September 14, 2010 at 11:11 am · Link · Reply

    Loved to win :)

  • Amy · Posted September 14, 2010 at 11:30 am · Link · Reply

    Yay! I am a fan of Amy McMaster (what a great name for a business haha ‘master’ =-), I am now a fan of Easy Accountant Solution for the Photographer.
    I REALLY need this because I am just starting up and I have been looking EVERYWHERE on the net trying to understand just what all is involved in the business side of it! There is soo much I would love to win this! (I don’t tweet though, I guess I should learn seeing as how EVERYONE else seems too!=-)

  • Ashley · Posted September 14, 2010 at 11:54 am · Link · Reply

    Already a fan of both pages :)

  • Ashley · Posted September 14, 2010 at 11:56 am · Link · Reply

    Would love to win this b/c at the moment, my business partner and I don’t have the greatest setup for the business side of our business!

  • dalia · Posted September 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm · Link · Reply

    Just fanned you on FB :)

  • Clare · Posted September 14, 2010 at 12:25 pm · Link · Reply

    My business is just starting to take off and the Easy Accounting Solution for the Photographer would help me so much.

  • Clare · Posted September 14, 2010 at 12:26 pm · Link · Reply

    I would love to win…My business is just starting to take off and the Easy Accounting Solution for Photographers would really help me out.

  • Clare · Posted September 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm · Link · Reply

    Oh and I am a fan of Amy McMaster and the Easy Accounting Solution for Photographers on Facebook…

  • Leslie P · Posted September 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm · Link · Reply

    I like Easy Accounting on FB.

  • Leslie P · Posted September 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm · Link · Reply

    I am a fan of Amy McMastry on FB.

  • Leslie P · Posted September 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm · Link · Reply

    I am just starting out and it would be great to start correctly from the beginning!

  • Danielle Anderson · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm · Link · Reply

    I am a fan of AMP photography! :)

  • Danielle Anderson · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:04 pm · Link · Reply

    I am a now a fan of “The Easy Accounting Solution for the Photographer”!

  • Danielle Anderson · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:05 pm · Link · Reply

    This product would help me tremendously, in organizing my business and helping it run as smoothly as possible. I have been looking around for something and this seems like a good fit! :)

  • Cheryle · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:10 pm · Link · Reply

    I’m a fan of AMP on facebook :)

  • Synethia · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:40 pm · Link · Reply

    Already a fan of my McMaster Photography on FB 😀

  • Synethia · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm · Link · Reply

    Would love this for my business! Just starting out and not making much money yet, but I believe I will be making a ton in the future and would love to have this to get me started off on the right track!

  • Synethia · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm · Link · Reply

    Became a fan of Easy Accounting Solutions on FB 😀

  • Rosemarie Songsong · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:49 pm · Link · Reply

    “LIKED” Easy Accounting on FB..

  • Rosemarie Songsong · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm · Link · Reply

    I would love to win this because it get me more organized with my business accounts.

  • Rosemarie Songsong · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm · Link · Reply

    tweeted @PhotosByRoseS

  • Rosemarie Songsong · Posted September 14, 2010 at 2:55 pm · Link · Reply

    Already a fan of Amy McMaster Photography :)

  • Johanna B · Posted September 14, 2010 at 3:55 pm · Link · Reply

    I LIKE’d on facebook!

  • Johanna B · Posted September 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm · Link · Reply

    I am getting my biz organized this year. It’d be a handy tool for seeing where things are at and where i can go!

  • Johanna B · Posted September 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm · Link · Reply
  • Johanna B · Posted September 14, 2010 at 4:23 pm · Link · Reply

    I’m a fan- on both my personal AND biz fb account :)

  • Jean · Posted September 14, 2010 at 5:52 pm · Link · Reply

    I’m already a fan of Amy McMaster on Facebook!

  • Jean · Posted September 14, 2010 at 5:53 pm · Link · Reply

    I don’t have a photography business yet–but I’m seriously considering starting one. I would love this product to help me get started on the right foot.

  • Jean · Posted September 14, 2010 at 5:55 pm · Link · Reply

    I liked Easy Accounting Solution on FB!

  • Melissa Schilling · Posted September 14, 2010 at 6:21 pm · Link · Reply

    I liked The Easy Accounting Solution for the photographer on FB.

  • Melissa Schilling · Posted September 14, 2010 at 6:22 pm · Link · Reply

    I think this would be a great product for my business. I am completely new to business in general so I need things to be as simple as possible for me. I am so not organized, I need to become organized pronto.

  • Melissa Schilling · Posted September 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm · Link · Reply

    Definitely already a Fan of Amy McMaster Photography on FB! She’s a true inspiration!

  • rachaelmarie · Posted September 14, 2010 at 6:28 pm · Link · Reply

    i like The Easy Accounting Solution for the Photographer on facebook

  • rachaelmarie · Posted September 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm · Link · Reply

    already a huge fan of Amy McMaster Photography!

  • rachaelmarie · Posted September 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm · Link · Reply

    this would be perfect for me because i am slacking on this part of my business…mostly because i don’t have something in place that is easy to use!

  • shawna · Posted September 14, 2010 at 6:49 pm · Link · Reply

    i’m a fan! (who wouldn’t be?)

  • shawna · Posted September 14, 2010 at 6:50 pm · Link · Reply

    this solution would be perfect for me because i am at square one when it comes to book keeping. i’ve got nothing to relearn (though i have a lot of learning to do!) and this would get me started on the right foot, for sure!

  • Sarah Swade · Posted September 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm · Link · Reply

    I became a fan on FB!

  • Sarah Swade · Posted September 14, 2010 at 7:19 pm · Link · Reply

    I also became a fan of Amy McMaster on FB!

  • Sarah Swade · Posted September 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm · Link · Reply

    I would love to have this to organize my expenses and income, soo need this!

  • Mindy · Posted September 14, 2010 at 7:53 pm · Link · Reply

    Oh I definitely need this as I haven’t set up an accounting system for my business yet and I already have had a few paying clients! Yikes!

  • Heidi Roberts · Posted September 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm · Link · Reply

    Became a fan of the Easy Accounting guide on FB!

  • Heidi Roberts · Posted September 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm · Link · Reply

    Already a fan of AMP on FB!

  • Heidi Roberts · Posted September 14, 2010 at 8:36 pm · Link · Reply

    I would love to win this so that I can do a MUCH better job at keeping track of business expenses. I plan to really pursue my business in 2011, and this would be a fantastic tool to help me do just that!

  • Jean · Posted September 15, 2010 at 3:46 am · Link · Reply
  • lori robison · Posted September 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm · Link · Reply

    i would LOVE to win this because I am SO disorganized when it comes to the business side of photography. I know my business would flourish if I just knew how to track and control it! :-)

  • Melissa Lloyd · Posted September 16, 2010 at 4:56 pm · Link · Reply

    Already a fan of AMP on FB!

  • Melissa Lloyd · Posted September 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm · Link · Reply

    I am a FB fan of Easy Accounting Solutions!

  • Melissa Lloyd · Posted September 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm · Link · Reply

    I need help with organization for my business! This would be soooo great!!! Pick me! :)

  • Romonia Isaac · Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm · Link · Reply

    I am a FB fan/liker of The Easy Accounting Solution for the Photographer. Great giveaway!!!!

  • Romonia Isaac · Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm · Link · Reply

    I have been a fan of AMPhotography on Facebook and I love your work!!! 😉 This is a great giveaway Amy and a wonderful assistant for whomever wins the contest. Thanks again for a great giveaway!

  • Romonia Isaac · Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:16 pm · Link · Reply

    I tweeted about this great giveaway!!!
    http://www.twitter.com/vetteluv88 :)

  • sherri · Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:23 pm · Link · Reply

    I became a fan of The Easy Accounting Solution for the Photographer! :)

  • sherri · Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm · Link · Reply

    This would be a great product for me because I am just starting out and I stink at accounting!

  • sherri · Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:26 pm · Link · Reply

    I’m a fan of Amy McMaster Photography and adore your actions! :)

  • Christy Fall · Posted September 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm · Link · Reply

    I am a long time FB fan of Amy McMaster Photography.

  • Angela W · Posted September 17, 2010 at 11:17 pm · Link · Reply

    I am a fan of Accounting Solutions!

  • Angela W · Posted September 17, 2010 at 11:18 pm · Link · Reply

    I am a fan of Amy McMaster photography!

  • Angela W · Posted September 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm · Link · Reply

    I would love his because I am not that good at accounting and this would simplify my life ALOT!

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Photoshop | New Release | Beyond Shades of Gray for CS3-CS5 and PSE6-PSE8

September 9, 2010

My first ever black and white action set for Photoshop is here! Months in the making. Yes I take my time and tweak and tweak until it’s ‘just so’. :) A little bit of a perfectionist I am.

In this set, there is a little bit of everything. Crisp and clean- true black and whites. Some tinted black and whites. A few vintage. And some extremely delicious hazes that look stunning on the clean black and whites. I just love love love these hazes! Little Boy Blue, Sweet Pink, Sheer and Sage Hazes. And even a really subtle but lovely blue tint for those who like cooler black and whites. I even stuffed in my oldie but goodie (and oh so popular) freebie- Simply B&W and the massive haze and tint action that comes with it.

I do most of my black and whites in Lightroom, but when I convert in in Photoshop this is the set I use almost all. the. time. There are a couple sweet little BW actions hiding in my A Little Sugar and Just Beachy action sets that I love to use also.

A few tips: If the midtones are a little dim, I personally find that adding a brightness/contrast adjustment layer and bumping up the brightness almost completely solves that dimness. Usually I use Levels (my most used adjustment layer in my workflow bar none) but I just find the brightness/contrast adjustment just ‘the’ thing to give it that perfect midtone lift.

Using the dodge n burn action is so fantastic I routinely play it out on ALL my edits. I usually have something I can use it on.

TRY the haze/tint action to create your own stunning tinted black and whites. Chocolate, vanilla, espresso, plum…it’s ALL in there. Use different combos for your own signature black and white. As I say with all my actions and presets- make them yours. I may have created the action or preset but I make everything in a way that the artist using them has full control over the results.

Some samples:

This set has 12 black and white actions and 12 mini actions.

For CS3-CS5

PSE6-PSE8

$48

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As always thank you for trying AMP Actions and Lightroom Presets!

This weekend Photog Freebies is doing a big AMP giveaway. So if you have been wanting to get my Just Beachy actions AND Lightroom presets- then this is a giveaway you do NOT want to miss! If you are an Elements user- play anyway. When my Elements version hits the shop- I will send you the Elements set too!

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AMP Action Freebie | Mud Pies | CS2-CS5 and PSE6-8

September 1, 2010

Another fun Summer action as we wind down from Summer and move towards Fall …spiced apple cider,

9 Comments

  • Amarie · Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you for sharing!

  • Jamie M. · Posted September 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm · Link · Reply

    I LOVE this one, thank you SO MUCH!!!

  • Debra · Posted September 1, 2010 at 9:56 pm · Link · Reply

    Just downloaded mud pies and can’t wait to try it out. Thank you so mucy, from an elements 7 user! :)

  • Deb Cee · Posted September 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm · Link · Reply

    These actions look terrific.
    Thank you for sharing with PSE users – ’cause we can’t create our own :(
    And, I learn SO much by playing with others’ actions.
    You’ve got talent. No doubt.

  • Lela · Posted September 2, 2010 at 10:59 am · Link · Reply

    Gorgeous.

  • Caroline Jensen · Posted September 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm · Link · Reply

    I just downloaded this and it is awesome. It looks so good with my daughters fair skin. Gorgeous and fun!

  • Melissa Herrin · Posted September 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm · Link · Reply

    Thank you so much! This one looks awesome- can’t wait to try it. I just recently discovered your site and am looking forward to seeing more actions for PSE. Thanks for your generosity!

  • Leslie P · Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:19 pm · Link · Reply

    Amazing, thank you so much!!

  • Chris · Posted September 15, 2010 at 3:42 pm · Link · Reply

    I found you on Clickin Mom’s earlier this year and just read along as you asked lots of great questions. Someone referenced your actions and I just took a peak at the blog and WOW!!! Fabulous Work!!!

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