Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March Glamour Shoot Contest

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Make Your Wedding Favors for Cheap!

The question most brides-to-be or couples getting married have is “How do I make wedding favors for cheap?” Before I begin to answer this question, I want to establish one thing. When using the word cheap, it doesn’t mean that you’re not giving it all you have. You’ve already spent a lot of money to make this day perfect. Therefore, here are some cheap or inexpensive ways to make wedding favors. Save yourself a little money, you could even use it on the honeymoon!!

Here are some really cool ideas to save money and get two things done at once:

Flower Arrangements

Make a small flower arrangement for each table setting. This can serve as both a favor for your guest and decorations for the table. You can normally find little glass containers at Wal-Mart or the Dollar Store for pretty cheap. Add some of your favorite flower(s) or a flower of your favorite color. You can even make it seasonal depending on when your wedding is. Have fun! Be creative!


I know, everybody suggests candles for wedding favors. But find your favorite shape or scent and give each of your guests a small candle. This will make it personal for your guest. It will tell your guest you wanted them there and make them feel special. Use tulle and/or ribbon to make it more festive!

Small Frames – One of my favorites!

You can find small frames and make them place card holders. Each of your guest will have a frame to take home with them. If you don’t want to assign seating, put a special message or quote in each frame. Your guest will have a special way of remembering you!

Wine Glass Markers

Make wine glass markers with some wire and beads. Then find a small box and wrap ribbon around it. You need one for each guest. It will also be helpful to keep each other’s wine glasses separate!

Personalized CD of you and your fiance's favorite songs!

You can buy CD’s at Office Depot, Staples, Wal-Mart, etc… for cheap. Then decide on 10 or so songs to put on there. Burn them to the CD; attach a label or write on each one. You can buy “print-on” labels wherever you buy the CD’s. Then give each guest one! It’s a cool personal gift.

You can pull off your big day and save some money. Don’t make it look cheap either. Make and create your wedding favors for cheap!! You can do it!! Remember to have fun and be creative!!!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wedding DJ Info

A wedding can be one of the most important events of your life. From the flowers, to the dress and onto the reception, you want everything to be perfect. Your choice of music for the reception can make or break the whole wedding. That being said, how can you choose the right music and the right wedding DJ at a price that can fit your budget?

Wedding DJs can be found many ways. Often, they are found in the local phone book or have advertisements in wedding planning circulars. Some DJ’s will set up booths at wedding expos or have websites. Sometimes, you hear about a DJ by word of mouth. That’s all great, but how can you tell if a DJ is going to be worth your time and consideration? The first thing to look for in a DJ is professionalism. Chances are you will not be doing yourself a favor if you hire your niece’s boyfriend to DJ your wedding unless he has experience. A professional DJ will have up to date technology and equipment. He will have a professional appearance, including the appropriate clothing and grooming that fits the style of your wedding. If you want to have a 1970’s theme, the DJ should come equipped with bell bottoms and be ready to play a wedding disco . Part of a DJ’s professionalism is being open to whatever kind of music the bride and groom choose. If the bride and groom love country but the DJ is into hardcore death metal, the DJ should be happy and ready to play the selections of the soon to be newlyweds. Another part of the flexibility of DJ’s should be the ability to play a wide variety of songs upon request. With modern computer technology, songs are available almost immediately. If 200 rowdy guests are screaming for the chicken dance, a good DJ should be able to oblige.

Besides playing music, a good wedding DJ should be able to accommodate and facilitate wedding traditions such as the first dance for the bride and groom, the dollar dance, the garter and bouquet toss or whatever the bride and groom request. They should also be able to spend a good amount of time with their equipment without taking too many breaks, including taking advantage of the open bar or chain smoking.

With all the requirements for good wedding entertainment , how do you check out what a DJ does and how he does it? Some DJ’s play at local bars for special events that are open to the public. If you have a chance, go see how the DJ deals with hordes of drunken people. If you happen to be at another wedding with a DJ, you could always pay close attention to the music to find what you do and don’t like. If you happen to be brave, you could crash a reception to look at the DJ. If you are unable to see how a DJ performs live, check out his or her website. They may have samples of their work as well as rates.

With these tips, you are sure to find a wedding DJ that will make all your reception dreams come true!

*If you live in Missouri, Iowa, or Illinois an need a DJ for Weddings, Proms, Private Parties or anything else. Check out Shane's DJ Service, he offers Karaoke and has some amazing light packages! He DJ's over 50 weddings a year with a 100,000 digital song library. You can visit his website at www.HireShane.com

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

The History of the Wedding Cake

After the wedding dress and bride's bouquet, maybe nothing is so powerful a wedding symbol as the wedding cake. It's so ever-present, many people just assume the wedding cake has always been a part of wedding celebrations everywhere.

Like all popular beliefs, there's some truth to that idea, though of course the real facts are much more fascinating and a whole lot more colorful.

The Wedding Cake's Early Days

During the days of the Roman Empire, wedding guests were served not one cake but a sumptuous collection of many small treats and pastries as a kind of wedding party favor. In some parts of the empire, one single cake was dropped over the bride's head at the reception, as a way of wishing the couple good luck in the future.

Later, during the Middle Ages, many guests would bring small cakes to the wedding celebration. The cakes were all piled atop a single table, creating the beginning of the tiered wedding cake known today. As a tradition, a bride and groom that could still kiss over the pile of cakes were considered to have good luck in the upcoming marriage.

Modern Times

Wedding cakes began to change and grow in the 19th Century, when new means of refrigeration could keep their ingredients fresh for much longer periods.

The modern wedding cake is a kind of service to St. Bride's Church, a famous English Medieval Chapel. The church's spire includes several spires, much like a tiered cake.

Many modern couples have adopted the wedding cake design to display their own interests or passions. For example, a couple fascinated by the Renaissance may choose to decorate their cake with decorations specific to that time period. The bride and groom figures the cake may also reflect their hobbies and pastimes.

Because modern wedding cakes have become so elaborate, their preparation time has steadily grown. Wedding planners are encouraged to make arrangements with a pastry chef up to three months in advance of the wedding reception.

Wedding Cake Traditions

Some popular wedding cake traditions taken from around the world include:

- a bride who cuts her own cake will have to work hard all her life.

- if the groom lays his hands over the bride's hands as the cake is cut, they will share their possessions their whole life.

- the bride cuts the first piece of cake as a way of hoping for children.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

High School Senior Picture Photo Shoot Decisions

Palmyra High School Senior
Almost all photography studios leave the clothing options exclusively up to the senior. Garments can make a giant difference in how you seem in your photographs. So obtain recommendations from an experienced senior photography studio before you go in for the photo shoot. They will help you pick clothes that may help you give the impression of being your absolute best.

As an example,, the wrong clothes can make you come across 22 pounds heavy and the better clothes can make you come across 22 pounds thinner. That's nearly a 44 pound difference in the way you appear in your photographs. That is a world of difference, isn't it?

Get all your photographs retouched for the very best results.
(Hettinger Photography does just that!)

Be certain that your photography studio is likely to deftly enhance all your finished pictures . A photograph that is not professionally enhanced is not a photograph, it's simply a "picture". You deserve much better than that, don't you? Perfect retouching can get rid of blemishes, scars, and shadows that take away from your ideal look.

Among the keys to accomplishment in photography, is not to photograph any senior, without having met them in advance. This gives you the opening to get to know the photography studio, talk about clothes, and you'll get to take a look at all the newest pieces, props, and backgrounds. That way if you come back for your session you'll recognize you have the better outfits and you'll identify what to expect and you won't be anxious.
Kirksville High School Senior

This is about to make an enormous alteration in how natural and poised you come across on the day of your photography.

Many photography studios simply are not disposed to do this. Stay away from senior picture photography studios who run their studio like a "Photo Factory".

Make certain you aren't being rushed through your session. Almost all seniors don't understand that it requires longer then 30 minutes to produce brilliant pictures.

Pass up stiff and unnatural positioning.

The most applicable word when it relates to poses is "natural". You certainly don't want to come across stiff and artificial. Consequently look at the portraits done by practically any photography studio you are thinking about picking. Do they look natural, or do they look "posed" or stiff?.

Pick a photography studio with a satisfaction agreement. Choose a photography studio who guarantees that you will like your senior pictures and that you can have fun.
La Plata High School Senior

Friday, February 10, 2012

Baby Photo Contest – 5 Good Reasons To Enter Your Baby Or Toddler

You think your child is the cutest thing on the planet, but so does every other parent. While that may be your sole purpose in entering a child into a photo contest, here are 5 other reasons you should considering entering your baby or toddler into a baby photo contest.

#1 – Most baby photo contests offer prizes. Most of the time, the Grand Prize is Cash. That is the easiest money you could ever make. This would be a great way to save money for college.

#2 – If you are looking to get your child into modeling, pageants, TV or magazines, baby photo contests is a great way to start. Some baby photo contests even send your baby photo entries to modeling agencies if they like what they see. This is great exposure for your child.

#3 – It’s a fun and exciting thing to do for you baby. Imagine your child’s surprise when they know how much you thought of them that you entered them into a baby photo contest.

#4 – You have tons of baby photos. Do something different with them. Scrapbooks and photo albums are wonderful, but entering your baby into a baby photo contest is exciting!

#5 – Satisfaction of winning! You know your baby is a cutie pie. Winning would be proof! Some baby photo contests even offer prizes to all children whether they place in the top 3 or not.

Some baby photo contests are free to enter and others you may need to pay for. I have found that those with fees offer the better prizes and have less competition for your baby and toddler. Be savvy in choosing the baby photo contest you enter. The less popular the site and contest, the less competition you will have. There are also some baby photo contests that offer online voting. With those contests, you have more control of your child's chances at winning.

Remember that baby photo contest are a form of entertainment that can benefit your child, however you must not take them too seriously. Otherwise you miss out on the fun of the whole experience. Good Luck in finding a great baby photo contest.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

New Photo Upload Contest!

New Photo upload contest is taking place! Go to www.HettingerPhotography.Co to learn more about entering. 
  • We will only be receiving pictures until 2/26/12
  • Contest will Start 3/1/12
  • Contest will End 3/17/12
  • Girl with the most votes will win the Free session

Discover How To Take Stunning Black And White Portraits!

Everyone must have taken photos of their favorite family member or friend posing for them, even if they did not call it a portrait at the time. Mostly these are captured in color - but by creating a black and white portrait, the image becomes almost timeless, classy and can even create flattering effects on an otherwise unflattering subject. This photography course online article looks at the magical medium of monochrome portraits, providing, in no particular order, some tips to consider when taking your shots. 

* Shoot in color. This may seem strange when taking black and white images, but if you convert the images to black and white in Photoshop (or equivalent) in post-production, you also have a collection of color shots you can use later

* Try getting in close - real close. An image where you can clearly see each line on the subject's face displays their character

* Capture their natural expressions. We have all encountered the cheesy grin when someone poses - but seeing the subject in their natural state reveals much more and makes for a lasting, memorable shot

* Create a moody atmosphere by providing some side lighting. This effectively throws one half of the face into shadow, and can make even the friendliest person appear rather menacing

* Add a depth of field element. For example, ask the subject to partially mask their face with their hand, then move the hand towards the camera. This adds a 3 dimensional feel, and makes an intriguing twist on a normal portrait

* Make your subject look as 'unposed' as possible. Chat to them regularly throughout the shoot and make them feel at ease. Tell a few jokes and get them smiling. If they are enjoying the shoot, this will leap out from the printed images. A reliable photography course online will cover not just technical aspects, but also include techniques to relax your subject during a portrait session

* A quirky look or other unnatural pose will tell the viewer something different about the subject's personality and character

* Carefully study your subject's profile, and take some shots side-on. These can produce striking images, which the viewer would not expect. Prominent shapes of cheekbones, noses, lips can all be revealed

* Contrast dark clothing against a light background to create impact

* Frame the subject tightly. This provides an intimate portrait, and successfully eliminates any distractions

* Try to take all types of shots. A photograph revealing a humorous side to an otherwise serious person will make for a captivating image

* In post-production, experiment with selective and creative cropping of the image.

A successful black and white portrait can be more powerful than the equivalent color image. It takes us to the bare bones of the subject, and gives an almost documentary feel to the picture. Black and white lends itself well to portraying characters, revealing raw emotion that does not always show up with the distraction of color. If you are currently following a photography course online, submitting a selection of black and white portraits will become a strong addition to your portfolio.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentines Day Dance at the Kirksville Shrine Club with Shane's DJ Service

Hello followers of OBOHP! If you are in the Kirksville, MO area please don't forget to tell all of your friends and family about the Dance this Saturday night at the Shrine Club. It is going to be a lot of fun and a great time with that special someone that you love. 

Shane's DJ Service is still taking requests for those dancing songs that you all want to listen & dance too!. Only $5.00 per person gets you in the door, this is cheaper than a movie! There will be adult beverages there for purchase. Visit the link that will be posted below for more details!

Fashion Trends for Jewelry

Genuine Swiss Blue Topaz and Diamond Earring

A continuing trend that drives designer’s picks for fashion colors is the consumers’ drive for individuality, fashion, and escapism. People in the market are looking for jewelry that will make them more fashionable. Sometimes people can go for a more adventurous and daring piece of jewelry, and sometimes people can accessorize with subtle jewelry. Whatever the choice is for the day, no one can go wrong with putting on some few fabulous jewels.

If one wants to pull out an adventurous look, luckily the latest industry predictions for Spring 2011 show that designers have opted for colors on the opposite side of the color spectrum. This spring is in it for vivid, bright, and lively colors. So how can anyone go wrong throwing on a amethyst ring, or a aquamarine one. Even a black diamond ring can throw off anyone’s outfit. Colors are in for this spring. Citrine earrings, blue topaz earrings, aquamarine earrings, pink sapphires, and smoky topaz earrings can really brighten up your wardrobe, and you will definitely fall into this seasons latest trend. Gems are also always enriched with deep and vivid colors, and at CR Miller Jewelers all of these mentioned colors and jewelry are available. Remember bright colors are going to make you pop, and there is no problem looking dazzling this spring.

Another popular trend this season, are the neutral colors that play the backbone for all other colors to play on. These nude hues leave an honest vibe that makes anyone relaxed, calm, and approachable. Even gold is trending in this style. Any type of gold chain, ring, or earrings, can give someone a relaxed style, and also look very trendy for this season. Smoky Topaz earrings would be a great example to following this trend.. This light brown gives a haze to one’s look, looking fresh and ready for spring! You can also mix up your look with a garnet and diamond mixed earring, giving you a fresh look, which is parallel to the neutral colors giving off this season.

Going for a subtler look? No one can go wrong having a white diamond ring. A regular diamond can give off your presence in a classy and even a flirtatious way. If diamonds are not your thing, throw on a classic pearl necklace. Every one should have at least one pearl necklace in their jewelry box. Having a simple necklace around your neck won’t do you wrong either.

Black & White Diamond Ring

*Make sure to visit CR Miller Jewelers on Facebook! 

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Lingerie Tips For Women

 Most women are quite knowledgeable and aware of what types of clothing suit their body types, and match their personalities. When it comes to creating the perfect outfits, matching tops and bottoms, shoes and handbags, most women are in their element. But often when it comes to lingerie and other intimate clothing items many women are more than a little baffled. Lingerie selections are an important and often overlooked part of any ladies personal style. It can either flatter your body and complete a look, or it can look off, out of place and out of style. Remember that good quality and attractive lingerie can be one of the best ways to flaunt your sexy figure. Here are a few tips that can help you to choose the best lingerie for you.

Breasts, Shoulders and Arms
Firstly you need to take into consideration the size of your breasts. The bust line gets a lot of attention on any woman and it needs to be properly accentuated. If you have smaller breasts you may want to consider a padded brassier or one that contains under wire for extra support. Likewise if you have large breasts you will want to avoid padded bras and go for a look that is more subtle such as lace etc.

For your arms and shoulders choose sleeve lengths and styles that are slimming and avoid anything too tight or restricting.

Thighs and Legs 
If you are petite in size, choose designs that help you to create the illusion of fuller and longer legs. High cut styles help you to do this. Thongs are also extremely sexy, and can be worn by nearly any body type. They also make the leg look longer and slimmer.

For those who carry a little extra weight around the thighs or bottom, you may want to try a nightie or gown that flows loosely around the upper thigh. Try to avoid styles that are very tight around the butt or thighs. Keep the focus on your upper body by using a corset or bustier to emphasize and enhance your breasts.

Stomach, Hips and Waist  
Dark colors are generally always considered slimming so go for these of you have a slightly bulging or larger tummy. Sheer garments tend to reveal every detail so choose fabrics that are more opaque to keep your tummy looking slim and contained. Again try to draw the attention away from your trouble spots by emphasizing the neck line and shoulders of your outfit.

If you feel you have a figure that it too slim try using two piece lingerie sets. These help to create the illusion of a curvy hourglass figure.

A woman's hair is her crowning glory. Make sure your outfit matches well with your hair color and does not clash. Arrange your hair in a way that flatters your face and figure.

Accessories and props  
Anything with a girly and luxurious feel is fair play when it comes to accessories and props. Silk, lace, ribbons, patterns, jewelery, these can all help to complete your outfit and make you feel sexy and confident.

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Fashion Modeling – Making a career in the Glamours World

Photo Shoot in Peoria, IL
Are you admiring of turning into a fashion model? Do you desire to be the next good-looking face on a popular publication cover? Does the idea of parading losing a runway in the newest fashions appeal to you? Becoming a fashion model is not as difficult as you might think.

Do not guess that all models must weight 100 pounds and stand five feet eight inches, this is simply not right. As in other professions, fashion models come in a variety of shapes, colors, and extent and perform a variety of fashion modeling jobs for magazines, newspapers, fashion shows, and television.

If you desire to know more regarding how to follow the amiable career of being a fashion model, here are a few tips that can help you out:

Read books on fashion modeling. Start as a teen model or even before, visit the records to make use of books or videos about the skill of fashion modeling. Resources may grace with your presence to related topics, such as grooming, fashion, and etiquette and not just fashion modeling alone. Learn how to walk, talk, and smile gracefully, among other things, so you will be ready once a fashion modeling chance comes along, since being pretty sometimes isn't enough.

Photo of Jazmin in Kirksville, MO Studio
Many society colleges or public groups offer non-credit modeling classes for individual improvement. Sign up for the next fashion modeling class, which sometimes may include modeling techniques under other titles, such as "Deportment" or "Fashion Design." Learn all you can about latest stylish hairstyles and the latest makeup to prepare for your calling to the fashion world.

Raise your own beauty in preparation for fashion modeling. Find the excellent hairstyle for your features. Experiment with arrangement for a look that enhances rather than cover your natural beauty. Exercise and eat healthy for a shape that moves stylishly and confidently for fashion modeling. Try on a variety of styles of clothing to recognize the styles that admiring comment your appearance. Practice smiling in the reflect and decide which your “best” side is. Most fashion models desire to be photographed from either the left or right side.

Enroll in a professional modeling course. The goal for these courses is not essentially to get students a modeling job, but to educate them how to accent their best features to achieve female confidence and a self-confident manner. You will appear feeling, and move more comfortably after taking a modeling course of related type. You also can make proficient associates that may guide you to an agency for a test if you appear to be what they are looking for.

Respond to a fashion model test call. Modeling agencies normally promote on the radio and in newspapers when they are sponsoring a search for new talent. They may appoint a sure day when applicants are invited to visit the modeling agency for a test and possible interview. Call forward to find out what type of model they are looking for and whether you need to formulate special planning, such as bringing props for a photograph shoot.

Becoming a fashion model can be enjoyable, demanding, and satisfying. The above opinion on how to become a model should get you on your modeling way.

Digital Photography - Lessons Made Easy!

Whether you've gotten a new digital camera or have an old one lying around - and you have decided it is time to learn the techniques of getting good photos out of it? Digital photography lessons can eliminate years of struggle and torment off your studies.

However, not all digital photography lessons are equally well done.

Getting an outstanding and creative shot truly isn't all that hard and learning how to shoot it should be relatively pain free.

Many of the courses around work at trying to make it sound difficult and confusing - just to make sense of their large prices. Of course, they feel the need to write the lesson so that it takes a PhD degree merely to understand it too!

Few courses give you easy to learn info that's going to really help you shoot better, immediately.

Here is the first step in creating stunning photos...

The top shooters ALL learned to master their camera by using a photo notebook.

They write down their vision of the shot they are trying to get, then they record the settings, lighting conditions and etc.

Once our shooters get the images back from the lab - or once they get to their computer to input their photos (you shouldn't judge a photograph by the viewing screen on the camera - it's just too tiny), they pulls out their photo notebook.

If their photo was exactly as desired, they record it in their journal and move on. If their photograph didn't turn out like the visualized concept, they record THAT result as well.

Next they determine some of the ways the photograph could have gone wrong and ways to fix the issue.

Finally they go out and try it again!

Rinse and repeat until you have mastered that shot. Then move on to the next one. Within a space of hours, you will have improvement in your photographs. Inside of a few weeks you'll have learned how to accurately create any sort of photographs you want.

Not very many digital photography lessons are stronger than simply keeping (and making use of) a shot journal. Give it a try, you'll like it.

Warning - Using a shot notebook will instantly make your photography better, but that's just the first step. Done correctly digital photography lessons can make lasting changes in your outlook on photos, creativity and art.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

iPad items for Photographers

I love using my iPad 2 during photo shoots! You can't beat the 9.7 inch screen of the iPad 2 compared to the 3 inch screen on the back of the DSLR's. During photo shoots we will use a wireless connection to tether our DSLR to the iPad to view the picture on a larger screen. We also have music playing from the iPad when the clients don't bring their own tracks to listen too. If you are a photographer with an iPad or iPad 2, I put together some must have accessories to check out! If you have any questions about the items please comment on the post and I will answer them for you! You can't go wrong with any of these items!