F.A.Q.

What kind of camera do you use?
I shoot with a Canon EOS Rebel T3i , with an 18-55mm macro IS lens and a 55-250mm telephoto IS lens. I also have a 50mm/1.8 prime lens for low-light indoor shots. In addition to my DSLR, I use a Canon SD990, which is a point-and-shoot with the addition of manual controls and I shoot with my iPhone 6s when that’s all I have available but cannot pass up a shot.

Where do you shoot your blog photos?
I have a small studio set up in my basement where I shoot many of my blog photos. I wrote a detailed post about setting up a home studio on a budget here. I also shoot portraits in my studio and have purchased a variety of vinyl backdrops off Ebay from China. They take a long time to ship and arrive here, but they’re very inexpensive and fun!

What software programs do you use to process your photos?
I love the Hipstamatic app for the iPhone and used to use it a lot. I now use ColorStory to edit my phone pics. Other photos are edited in Photoshop CS6 or LightRoom on my MacBook Pro. I also have a Wacom Intuos3 9×12-inch tablet for fine editing. I try not to over-process my pictures, choosing only to make the images look like what I saw through the camera lens as I shot, adjusting color levels and saturation as necessary.

What tarot/oracle decks do you use?
I am slowly aquiring a collection of decks. My first deck was Kim Krans’ Animal Spirit deck, followed by The Wild Unknown by the same artist. I also have the Connected and Free – The Alchemist’s Oracle deck. I just added the The Linestrider Tarot to my collection as well as the The Zombie Tarot: An Oracle of the Undead. I also have a deck coming in the mail – the Magical Realism deck by Cheryl Fair, an Etsy artist. I tend to buy only decks that speak to me when I see them, preferring the alternative over the traditional. I have a few more on my wish list, but they’ll have to wait for another payday!

What type of sewing machine do you use?
My parents bought me a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0 as a graduation gift in December 2011. I LOVE this machine. In fact, my mother has the same machine and I had the experience of having made an entire quilt on hers prior to receiving mine, so I knew it would be ideal for what I wanted to do. I also have a Pfaff Hobbylock 2.0 serger, which I use for garment sewing and finishing the edges of quilts prior to binding.

Where do you buy your fabrics?
I tend to purchase my fabrics online. I frequent Fabric.com and will often look for coupon offers that you can use in addition to their standard free shipping on US orders over $50. I also like Hawthorne Threads – you can shop by color/coordinating fabrics, which is a fun tool, and their scrap packs cannot be beat! A couple others are Fat Quarter Shop, Fabricworm and Pink Chalk Fabrics.

You have an extensive camera collection. Where do you find your cameras?
I currently have more than 30 vintage cameras in my collection. I have found them at antique stores, both here and in Madison, as well as through Craigslist and friends who knew I collected cameras. The majority of my cameras have been purchased from eBay. I recently received five Polaroid cameras as a gift from my mom.