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Three Question Thursday – Interview With Photographer Matthew David Parker!

Usually, my Three Question Thursday posts are just me answering three random questions…

Not today!

Today, you get treated to an eight-question interview with Photographer Matthew David Parker!

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Photo Credit: Mr. Parker’s website

Here we go:  Matthew David Parker’s Thoughts on Photography

1. Do you prefer shooting indoor or outdoor?

Outdoor light is the best source of illumination for my photographs. It provides natural unlimited rays that can be manipulated to bring out some of the best photos. The free and unlimited backgrounds in their natural form birth high levels of creative energy and inspiration.

Natural light is the best lighting – no matter how much you think flod lights and fancy editing can usurp the classic power of the sun, as humans, it’s all about the great outdoors.

2. When you shoot outdoors, do you prefer shooting during the day or at night?

Outdoor lighting is often changing and the perfect time for an outdoor shoot can be difficult to determine. Soft sunlight is always better than the harsh sunlight of the day. Too much light and compromise a perfect moment. Utilizing early morning light at dawn, when the scattering of the sky is at its best, and the intimate light just before the sun dives behind the hills produces less contrast because the soft light adds a warm glow to the scene and adds depth as well as texture to images. Although, some buildings are best captured at night with their lights at their brightest.

3. Name three cities you haven’t shot in yet, but are on your bucket list.

  1. Miami, it’s just got a radiant skyline. It’s imposing and endearing at the same time. These features among others provide a great inspiration for some of the best photographs. It’s like New York at night – you really appreciate it more due to the magnificence of the buildings. Gothic architecture at night really evokes a sense of resonance in I would say, many people.
  2. Washington DC because it’s DC. There’s a subtle but overpowering sense of dominance in the capital. Maybe because that’s where the president lives but the classic roman architecture really speaks to me. The powerful white pillars that jut out and seem like they’ll stretch for miles. Come on, you can’t beat that.
  3. California finally, because it’s a lazy place. You get to take pictures of water sports and the beach. It’s more laid back than New York which is kinda defined by money. But California has this hippie influence that draws you in.

4. Do you have favorite buildings in NYC and Las Vegas?

Funny enough, my favourite buildings in New York are rarely known by people. I’m drawn to not only the raging bull in the financial district but also, to the grimy efficiency of the subway and how every time you hop on it, you’re transported through time.

Las Vegas: (laughs) The Bellagio but mostly because it’s so ostentatious, like it’s really up there in terms of decadence and absolute wealth. And… I might have spent some time on their slot machines.

5. Name three celebrities you would love to do a photo shoot with.

  1. Kanye West. He’s just Kanye and has his own persona, and doesn’t capitulate to societal norms. He’s a fascinating character, and in art, fascination is interesting.
  2.  Jennifer Lawrence because she looks so bubbly so I bet she would be a fun person to shoot.
  3. George Bush. I know, oh the irony, but he’s been out of the public eye for a while and he’s endearing to so many people. I feel people would like to know what jr. is up to.

6. What’s one piece of equipment you pine for and hope to purchase one day?

The new Pro LED Light Table that allows top quality imagery and requires little or no post-production. The lighting will allow me to capture my photographs without the hassle of compiling arrays of light for my subject.

7. Do you use your cell phone to capture photo or video? If so, which make/model have you used?

Yeah, I’ve used the Asus ZenFone 3 which has a camera that has a great zoom and a colour correction sensor. It also has optical image stabilization allowing me to capture steady photographs while I’m on the move.

8. Do you have any advice for an amateur photographer?

Some of the best photos are produced when photographers pays close attention to the rules on the lighting, depth, viewpoint and perspective. Explore all kinds of photography without limiting your creativity.

What a great interview! Thank you so much, Mr. Parker!

Check out his amazing skills on his site HERE


Definitely follow him on Twitter!

April 2017 Photo Challenge – Color

One of my fave things about Spring is that the trees and flowers are in bloom.

My apologies to the pollen allergy sufferers, but I just love it!

Here are my five pics for this month:

1. Sunset at Cedar Beach

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I absolutely LOVE this beach! The sunsets from this point are incredible. The pics don’t do it justice!

2. Dusk at Cedar Beach

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Juuuust as the sun is setting on one side of the beach, this incredible color pops up on the other side. Yes, it’s just as peaceful as it looks :)

3. This Jungle Theme Background Behind Mini

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This was at our district author event where Mini was chosen to read her tribute poem about Carrie Fisher (which we are going to publish here soon!). I had to crop it because there were other kids int he photo and the background was falling in one spot. It is filtered to show off Mini’s shirt ;)

4. Treats from the Dessert Truck in Some Festive Easter Wrapping

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YES, we have a dessert truck nearby! Okay, it’s not like right around the corner, but it’s within a short driving distance. We always stop when we’re in that area. Those are Mini’s fave from the truck, their Rainbow Cookies.

5. Dyed Eggs

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This was the first year I was able to convince my husband that coloring eggs is fun and we should totally be doing this. I taught Mini how to dip-dye the eggs and even how to get two different colors on it. She goes and does a tri-color egg. GO MINI!!

I only have one bonus pic for this one..

At a recent birthday party, Mini was able to take her first solo go-kart ride. She. LOVED. IT! Being the only girl, of course (much to her chagrin) they stuck her in the pink car. She isn’t a fan of pink, but she just shrugged and hopped in. Look at that smile!

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I’m off to see what everyone else did for this month.

To check out the links for this month’s challenge, click HERE.

To link up to the next month, hop on over and join the challenge’s FB page HERE.

February 2017 Photo Challenge: Love

 February’s Photo Challenge was:

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What is love?

Baby don’t hurt me.. don’t hurt me.. no more. <- Admit it. That was your first thought too!

Love is many things.

Love is checking up on your friends..

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..or stalking, whatever. My foster cats are super nosy! They are constantly staring at the neighbors and anyone who happens to pass by.

Love is cleaning off your Mom’s car when it snows..

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..especially when you know your mom has arthritis and needs all the help she can get! This pic is super blurry because it was taken through a screen door and zoomed in. We (thankfully) didn’t have much snow this winter, but the one storm we had was pretty bad. Another note: Mini’s winter jacket used to belong to her beloved Great Grandmother, Nanny, and Mini loved wearing it :)

Love is hearts..

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..ripped into your pants by one of your Pugs. I can’t say I’m totally mad about the rip though (rest in peace, pants!). It was pretty hilarious!

Love is a hug from one of your besties..

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…and nothing beats a Pug Hug!

Love is ice cream on a warm day..

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…or even a warmISH day. It was around 50 degrees. That’s warm enough for us! By the way, if you’re ever on Long Island, you have GOT to visit McNulty’s. It’s on North Country Rd in Mt Sinai. No matter where you are, it’s totally worth the hike out there!

Now for the bonus shots..

Love is a sweet kiss to help you get through your homework..

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Love is subjecting yourself to a silly Snapchat filter because it makes your kid smile..

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Love is letting your Senior Pug have your napping pillow..

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Last but not least,

Love is the peaceful feeling you get from a clear beautiful sky on a gorgeous day.. 

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I can’t wait for next month’s challenge!

If you want to link up or try the challenge next month, please go HERE.

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

I have to say I enjoyed this one. The holidays come with their emotional baggage, but are usually a good time. Well, onto the pics!

Tis The Season… for hot soup! Our loaded potato soup, specifically. We start with a potato soup base and add cheddar, bacon bits and grilled chicken chunks. So. Insanely. Good. Also featured? My FAVE iced tea.. Strawberry Half & Half. YUM!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for boots! We purchased Mini her boots for winter and guess what? They are a WOMEN’S SIZE 8!!! Yup, we are in adult sizes now. Shoe shopping just got a bit more expensive!


Tis The Season… for fancy neckware and Christmas-card-worthy pics! The boys are wearing some ties we found at Five Below and the girls are all sporting some scarves we found at AC Moore. Yes, we pretty much deserve a medal for being able to get the dogs to look at us. The secret is to hold a treat right in front of the camera for the dogs to stare at and tell your (wo)mancub to look at the camera and don’t blink! HAHA!


Tis The Season… to paint ornaments! Mini was a bit bored one day so we dug these out of our craft closet, found some paint and VOILA!

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Tis The Season… for cozy sweaters! Cheyenne just recently turned 11 and we bought her a sweater for her birthday. She has a lot less hair than the other Pugs, so she gets chilly in the winter time. This is our solution :)

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

 Ok, so there are my five. I have three bonus pics for this challenge.

Tis The Season… for jingle bells! This is Biggie, one of our foster cats. We put the collar on him as a joke. He loved it so much that when I tried to take it off him, he hissed and took a swipe at me until I put it back on. Ok then, kitty. Sorry this pic is a bit blurry. I couldn’t stop laughing as I was taking it!

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Tis The Season… for cuddling with loved ones, resting up for holiday festivities!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

Tis The Season… for sales on Build-A-Bear bears and it’s always the season for Star Trek anything! Meet our newest addition, Live Long and ProspBear!

December 2016 Photo Challenge: Tis The Season

I love doing these photo challenges. If you’d like to link up, check out the challenge HERE.

Hope everyone had a great holiday season!

August 2016 Photo Challenge: Black & White

August was a very interesting month for us..

Some things happened, good and bad, but for this, we are concentrating on the good :)

I tried to photo as much of it as I could, so here goes:

Mini had her softball awards dinner. She will tell you all about it in one of her “Mini Monday” posts (coming next Monday), but for now, here she is with her team ball…

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 7-Eleven decided to add another “Bring Your Own Cup Day” to their calendar… Mini and her father couldn’t have been more thrilled about it! Yes, that is a Slurpee hat she is wearing :)

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In the beginning of the month, our canine brood looked like this:

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By the end of the month, it looked like this:

August 2016 Photo Challenge: B&W - Tina B's WorldYup. We got two more Pugs. Are we crazy? Maybe, but we’re definitely full of love.

We got Mini’s pics done for her birthday (which was in June, because we are SO on the ball with these things!) and she looked amazing! So grown up :)

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Okey doke, now for the bonus pic:

My incredibly lazy, but insanely cute office staff, doing what they do best!


Can’t wait to see everyone else’s entries! Link up with us HERE.

June 2015 Photo Blogging Challenge: “Anything Goes”

We have been SUPER BUSY around here! I have taken a photo or two (or a TON) and it was actually pretty hard coming up with my top 5 from the past month, but here goes.

1. Mini had her first Arnold Palmer Half & Half Coolatta from Dunkin Donuts


For those of you who don’t know, Half & Half is half iced tea and half lemonade, one of Mini’s fave drinks! She was very excited to try it and absolutely loved it! I caught her day-dreaming in this photo. She said she was imagining drinking her coolatta on the beach.

2. The Batman Pop


The ice cream man happened to be at the bus stop the one day Mini’s bus came home really late. I let her pick out whatever she wanted. She chose this wonky-eyed Batman. She has a thing for superheroes. I love this photo because her eyes look a rather gorgeous shade of blue in it.

3. Mini & Eli-Princess


This is the futon we have in our living room to keep our dogs off our couches. I had to add a filter to the photo so you can really see Eli-Princess’s eyes saying “Ummm do you NOT see the human child on the dog couch???”

4. This way to Mini’s Star Wars Themed 8th Birthday!


Dress is from Zulily. It’s an adult’s dress. We are going to slowly post photo after photo from the party. I’ve been asked not to post too many, as Mini would like to debut some in upcoming “Mini Monday” posts. Be on the lookout for those!

5. The Fur Kids


All 4 of our furbabies. It is hard to get them in a photo when they are all looking in one direction. It’s easiest when they’re resting. Cool fact: This is actually Mini’s old toddler bed. The dogs find it quite comfy. Again, it keeps them off the couches in the den. Geniuses, we are!



I found this hilarious. It’s quite clear Darth has had ENOUGH of the parties. He was probably not too happy about having dogs snuggle with him either. He punished himself. Don’t worry. I rescued him because after all…

Nobody puts Vader in a corner. <-Two movie references in one. BOOM!

I look forward to checking out everyone else’s entries.

Christmas Pics 2014

It is VERY hard to get 4 dogs and a child to sit still! Even harder? Having them all look in the same direction at the same time!

I have over 100 Christmas pics in my phone to prove this. We did some pretty amazing cards with Shutterfly, but the time and effort it took beforehand was exhausting. If I am going to send out a card, it is going to be as perfect as I can get it.

What does that mean?

It means…

Mini is facing us and smiling (NOPE to 3 pics).

Mini is not slouching or pulling weirdly at her shirt (NOPE to 8 pics).

Our Pug Grumble and our Hound are also looking at us (NOPE to about 25 pics).

Previously mentioned Grumble and Hound are not hopping off the couch (NOPE to 5 pics).

All bows on the dogs are to be on them, not flying off to the side (NOPE to about 40 pics).

Getting the lighting right so there were no shadows on any faces (NOPE to 6 pics).

Did we have a ton of blooper photos? YUP!

Was it fun? Ehhhh… Ummm wellll.. okay yes. it was frustrating and fun at the same time.

Was it hard eventually weeding out the good photos? Nope. There weren’t many.

Got all that? Well then, here ya go… A few bloopers and few goodies. Enjoy! Oh and excuse the mess behind the couch.. All the stuff had to go somewhere! LOL


From L to R: Jack, Jordan, Mini, Cheyenne, Eli-Princess

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20141211_181840After taking a TON of pics, the dogs look a bit naked without their bows, huh? Just something I noticed :)

Just curious.. After looking, do you have a fave? Truth be told, I LOVE the one where they’re all sleeping! They look like little angels :)

Sept 2014 Blog Photo Challenge

I love taking pictures! It’s not my fault that my Mini and my dogs are so photogenic..

I love the idea of a photo challenge. September 2014′s challenge (yes I know it’s October) was “Black & Whites”. I love a good black and white picture. Some of my favorite old pics of Mini are b&w’s.

Here are a few from the last month or so…

First we’ll start with my Mini. She takes a lot of selfies and actually filtered one to black and white on her own.



My Future Pro Golfer


She’s pretty smiley in the morning.. SO not like me!


Right before a haircut :)

Next, our Hound: Eli-Princess.


She looks funny here because she’s leaning at a weird angle


Lil Puppy :)

Next, our Pugs: Jordan (top 2) & Cheyenne (bottom 2).





Last, but not least, group shots of all 4 of my “kids”.


Mini lays on the floor to be silly, but sometimes, it makes for a great shot!



This is supposed to be MY bed, but I don’t mind the intrusions :)

Bonus Pic 1: Nanny and Mini. Mini will never know my biological Mother, her Grandma. I am happier than anything that she gets to know her Great Grandma, though. Nanny is 92 this year and I am so grateful she is still in our lives.


Mini and her Great Grandma :)

Bonus Pic 2: Eli-Princess and I. She was giving me kisses, but completely ignored me when I snapped the pic.. Little snot! My phone does this weird filter-y thing when you take selfies, but I thought this pic was fun anyway :)


Can’t wait to see pics from others in the link up over on A ‘LilHooHaa!!