Wednesday, December 16, 2015

New Website Up!



I have FINALLY made a website for my photography business! FINALLY! I'm still tweaking the layout somewhat and the template. Trying out some different ones here & there to find the best one that works really well for me. I paid for one, and it was smashing, but when you loaded up the invidual posts it was driving me batty! It loaded up the photos for the posting all in the same area and then switched the photos every 3-5 seconds. First issue with that was way too fast. Second was it was loading the photo right directly in the middle of the image, so you couldn't see people's heads!!! Can't have that nonsense, so I removed it today & found lo and behold a free one that looks pretty close to it, but loads the photos up the right way, so you can see the whole image. Soooo much better! Anyways, this is just to notify folks following this blog here, that this will be my crafting-arty-artsy fun blog. I might even get crazy & do some sewing now & then or embroidering and post a blog about it. My Photography Business page will be at 3AMArt.net.



Thanks for stopping by! <3 Heather :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Twitter How To

I've been thinking about this recently. How to use twitter effectively and gain new followers. I have 5000 followers, so maybe I'm qualified to help you out. Maybe not. I mean if I was Pink or someone famous I'd def have far more. But I think I'm doing alright. What I have learned over my years of following, unfollowing, retweeting and so forth is to post a variety of topics. Politics, veganism, etsy listings, photos of the here & now, and more polished photos. I do put some of my instagram pics through there & some from picmonkey, I talk to folks there. I put up quotes. I post random thoughts. I post my blog postings. I follow folks who follow me. I think following everyone back is a large key for effective use of twitter. I use crowdfire to unfollow folks who unfollow me. I find folks who are like minded and follow them. When posting I make sure the link has a pic to go with it or the attached site, if it doesn't work, I take it down. I check my links once posted to make sure they work, if not down it comes. Basically I'm there for twitter. I make sure to take it seriously and follow through. If you want to use autoposting from facebook or elsewhere make sure it's working. Sometimes I see facebook.me posts there & they have no words to explain what the post is about or no picture attached. Nothing to make them interesting to get me to click through, so I don't.





Above Mt Monadnock on the Dublin NH side.



Above Mount Wachusett from Tower Hill Botanical Garden.



Above Mt. Monadnock while I was standing, shooting it from Mount Wachusetts. Brrrrrr it's cold up here!

The trick I think is to put out there some interestingness. A reason for folks to click through & follow the link. Like a photo attached, just words can be very boring. Folks don't see any reason to read or click through without a interesting link or photo that they can click through & see larger. Above all it should be fun. Ranty, mad, angry---go get a diary. Keep it light & fun & *interesting*! Also don't forget the almighty #Hashtag! Thanks for reading. Questions? Pop them in the comments. More tips? I'd love to hear them too! --Heather :)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Spooky Camera Happenings!

OK so you know Halloween is a fav time of year for me. I like ghosts. I like haunted type TV shows on Netflix. Sometimes I see spooky things in my photography. Like the following photo for example. It's of my son fooling around in the leaves in front of Bancroft Tower in Worcester, MA.



Creepy? Do you see it? The weird face on the tree's bark? The face in of itself isn't all that creepy, except that I saw nothing out of the ordinary when shooting that pic. Didn't see the face or OK let's call them spots on the tree at all. Five seconds before this pic, I snapped several others one of my daughter in fact. The tree looks totally different in this instance. Check it out below.



Spooky! --Heather :)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Booking Children's Fall Photography Now!



















I'm available for bookings for your children's photo shoots. Contact: hskoconnor@gmail.com for more information. I'm primarily a central Massachusetts photographer, but I will go anywhere folks wish me to, for photography shoots.

Thanks for looking, Heather :)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tower Hill Botanic Garden



Some of my images from Tower Hill Botanic Garden in West Boyston, MA. We got a membership here, so I can take photos of people for many occasions there.



The Glass Conservatory is a wonderful place both in the hot summers and in the cold winters. I love it here. When winter depression hits, this is an amazing place to take the edge off.



Cupid in the Garden being cheeky. ;)



Mount Wachusetts in the backround. You can see it perfectly from a lookout on the hiking trail here.



A snapshot on the way out in the driveway of some weeds at sunset.



An Urn filled with purple flowers in the courtyard.



Tower Hill is a wonderful place for a photo session in any season. I know many other wonderful places too. Parks, State Parks, Abandoned Gardens, Old Crumbling Buildings. It all depends on the mood you're looking for.



A lovely Meyer Lemon tree full of fruit! These are the trees that inspired me to collect citrus trees. Below a tree of Bromieliads.



We've also been makng use of the place for our hiking & picnic excursions. It's an excellent place for this too. Since we home educate all our children it's been a great place for family fun & enjoyment. The children have had many learning opportunities here too.



Thanks for looking, <3 Heather :)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Law & Photography



Above pic my son and a organic apple in Moore State Park, Paxton, MA.

The other day I was in the park in Springfield, MA. a man rode by me on a bike. Click went my camera. Then I was a little worried. What if he didn't want his photo taken, while he was on his bike? What if he could sue me? What if he could make my life miserable, all due to a tiny lil innocent click of the camera? Well luckily he cannot. Number one reason, no one will know it's him. From the angle I shot the photo, you cannot tell it is anyone in particular. Just a person on their bike, riding by a duck pond. Later on I was snapping my children and a photographer, a local photographer was shooting pics of a family and she accidentally got into my photos too. My camera picked up on her, and the family, but since the focus was mainly on my family, she and that family are blurred. Lucky snap again I thought. These thoughts of mine, got me to thinking about ethics and photography. Photography and the law. What is exactly allowed and what is exactly not allowed, when taking photos out in public?



So in doing that little bit of thinking, I started googling. I found a treasure trove of goodies on the net as far as the law & photography. Photojojo got there before me, so here is their take. But basically if you're out and about in the world in public places, anything you see to photograph is fair game. If there is a sign saying no photography, you should respect it and not photograph it. If you don't, you can have a world of problems legally. Things also of this nature like Government buildings are also something one shouldn't photograph. I once took a snap of a Gov building that had cameras on it, aiming at me, nothing happened to me. That was just a old water tower though. Surely no one cares about that old relic. To better illustrate what I mean it's simple. Places of a secured type nature, like the Pentagon or a military base, you should not take photos of these places and post them on the net or elsewhere. We want security and safety in our country, we should protect these kinds of places. If people are punching in their ATM pin--not allowed. People having drinks on the patio of someone's home--OK if they are OK with it. If you have someone over and take photos of them & they don't know it. Totally illegal. You can get into serious trouble doing that. But that's a whole other topic and not something I'm worried about. But in a public space, almost anything is fair game. The Pentagon and places like that a total no no!!

Kenda at the (below pic) Ecotarium



This morning I was reading this article about a man in Boston Massachusetts (not far from me) that was interviewed by the Boston PD after a woman called them on him for being "creepy" and taking photos of children in the playground. He was carrying a camera, but ironically he wasn't taking photos at that time. She the lady who rang the police did take one of him. Ironic and creepy. What boggles my mind is that the Police didn't know the law?? It's totally legal to take photos of people, children, dogs, whoever if they are in a public spot and not doing anything of a sensitive nature. So this got me thinking again. You should know your rights as a photographer, and this is my main reason for this posting. If you don't know, this handy guide here is a good place to start. A lawyer is another good place to get more information. But carrying that handy guide (linked above) should be enough if you ever are questioned.



My Photography (pic above) business shirt & contact information.

I am glad I did some research on this topic. I am fully aware now and comfortable. If I have any troubles in public, I know who and where to refer people, so they can find out the law as well. Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer and you cannot use this information here for legal troubles. Do your homework. Talk to a lawyer if you're concerned. As with all my photography and artwork, it is for sale. Please leave a comment on the blog or contact hskoconnor@gmail.com for my up to date price list.
Thanks for reading! <3 Heather :)

Sagendorph Family Mausoleum

This is the Sagendorph Family Mausoleum. It is located in Pine Grove Cemetary, Spencer, MA. I have tried to capture it in all seasons. Winter, Fall, Summer. I'm missing Spring. Hopefully next Spring I will finish the project. I'm serious about my art, even if I was the only one viewing it. Sagendorph is no exception. This cemetary is one of my favorites. Such a lovely, quiet place. Cemetaries aren't spooky or haunted at all. You'd probably think reading my blog that Spider Gates or Friends Cemetary in Leicester, MA. would be a favorite, but it was very much a let down to me. Soooooo much more interesting here in Spencer, MA. A favorite "spooky" spot is in Shrewsbury, MA. at Prospect Park.

Winter peeking inside the Mausoleum.



Winter at night. This is titled; Goodnight, Sagendorph.



This is behind Sagendorph. Funnily enough I was worried about the snow melting too soon, once I could finally get into the cemetary. They do not plow it out in the winter. So I was watching and checking it out often to be the first in there to catch it still with snow, but walkable. Well I was much too soon and got stuck in a snowbank. Luckily enough I had brought a shovel. IMAGINE if I had had to call the PD for a rescue??!! HAH. Now that would have been hilarious! "What are you doing with a shovel in a cemetary, Heather?" Oh um, I brought it just in case I needed to dig myself out, since the snow was still high. YEAH I can imagine they wouldn't have giggled at that one. Oh well, good thing I did have the shovel and got out without assistance. ;)



I suppose this is technically Spring, but I want at least one other image of it, with new green leaves on the trees near it, perhaps.



Sagendorph in Summer



This one might be my favorite. I do love the autumnal colors.



Another viewpoint of Autumn. Interestingly The Sagendorph Family are the only ones in this cemetary with a mausoleum built for their internment. I'm looking for their home here in Spencer, MA. too. I think I have found it. If I am correct, it is also very grand and lovingly decorated.



As always with any of my art, it is for sale. You can contact me at my gmail account for a price list. Hskoconnor@gmail.com is where to get me. 8x10s generally go for $25 shipped anywhere in the continental USA. I will do a deal for anyone interested in four or more though. They can be signed or unsigned. Watermarked or unwatermarked. However you like them. I can frame them as well. If you can think it up, there is a website I can contract out to get them printed onto anything. Totes, Canvases, Metal, Sweatshirts, even stickers or business cards for your personal use. Anything you can think up! I also let a limited amount of my art out for "rental", so to speak. For folks wanting the rights of the image to use digitally. Like a museum or store wanting the images so they can sell them and make a profit. I'm also willing to work with magazines, I also do graphics and editing onto your images, as well as photo shoots for models & events. Other artists are also welcome to contact me to do trades, as I in addition to creating art, I love to collect it as well.

Thanks for looking! <3 Heather :)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Getting Ready for Halloween!

Getting ready for Halloween over here, and in doing so. I've been doing some digging. Um, in my flickr account. For my creepier photos that is. ;) :) :)




It's that time of year.. Haunting, Spooky stuff, Cute little Goths running amok!





That's my son (above) as a Dia De Los Muertos Skull. We saw it at Whole Foods in Framingham and had to try it on. It's from a new candy company from Boston called Unreal.

Awesome collection of Jack-o-lanterns in Old Sturbridge Village a couple years ago. The following year we drove over & they canceled it due to a freak blizzard. "But we made it and didn't have an accident!!" Oh well, there's always this year coming up!



My son played with my editing program recently and created this photo of his little sister. She's hardly a monster. Unless she doesn't get her way. ;)



This building is in Westborough, not far from my hometown. It was a Boy's School and is Haunted. Hubby saw something weird here once when working there. A boy looking at him out a window, then the second he looked at it more clearly, the window & the boy were gone.



This time of year I like to round up the crayon chunks & melt them into something fun. Seriously this Holiday is a fav!



The finished pumpkin crayons.



This is an old Cemetary in Sturbridge, MA. It's right near the oldest section of town, The Publick House and the Library.



One of my favorite Legos! The Monster Fighters Mansion #10228.



Inside the Monster Fighters Mansion.



This is the lovely stained glass inside the Sagendorph Family Mausoleum in Spencer, MA. The same cemetary that Maria Prouty is buried in. Maria Prouty was probably? murdered by her husband, and it was ruled a suicide due to unethical folks in charge back then.



Here is Maria Prouty's stone. Things I've read make me believe she was indeed murdered by her husband. But the book I read is listed as "fiction" maybe in order to get it published?, but I have yet to read the official documents or the book put together that is based upon them. That's one of my goals.



As always with any of my art, it is for sale. You can contact me at my gmail account for a price list. Hskoconnor@gmail.com is where to get me. 8x10s generally go for $25 shipped anywhere in the continental USA. I will do a deal for anyone interested in four or more though. They can be signed or unsigned. Watermarked or unwatermarked. However you like them. I can frame them as well. If you can think it up, there is a website I can contract out to get them printed onto anything. Totes, Canvases, Metal, Sweatshirts, even stickers or business cards for your personal use. Anything you can think up! I also let a limited amount of my art out for "rental", so to speak. For folks wanting the rights of the image to use digitally. Like a museum or store wanting the images so they can sell them and make a profit. I'm also willing to work with magazines, I also do graphics and editing onto your images, as well as photo shoots for models & events. Other artists are also welcome to contact me to do trades, as I in addition to creating art, I love to collect it as well.

Thanks for checking my art out! <3 Heather :)

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