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Fifty Shades of Red

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Fifty Shades of Red

Fifty Shades of Red We are taking creative liberty with this title and the Fifty Shades of Red that accompany the month of February. From dresses and Valentines to flowers and chocolate boxes. Here are great outfits any time during the cooler months for you and your family. WHERE TO BUY: MOM: dress | heels http://tinyurl.com/p9axlba http://tinyurl.com/ag9zjcv DAD: shirt | pant | shoe http://tinyurl.com/pg8xq65 http://tinyurl.com/nz6qvmo http://tinyurl.com/p4z2h6e 
GIRL: dress | shoe http://tinyurl.com/nkng3v2 http://rstyle.me/~2nD1F http://tinyurl.com/qad4spc  BOY: shirt | pant | shoe http://tinyurl.com/qc9uh7h http://tinyurl.com/pymff26...

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Creating a Silhouette

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Creating a Silhouette

Have you ever wanted to create a picture that has a silhouette?  Doing so is a really fun way to play with your camera, and it’s not that hard.  Below you will find a few tips to help you out. Tips for creating a silhouette: Position your subject in front of the light source so the light is directly behind them. Your light source could be the sunset or the window or anything else that will illuminate your subject from behind. Have your subject pose in a creative way that you can still see their shape. An air jump, a profile of two people kissing, a child pulling a wagon, or running along a hilltop are all ideas you can use.  Get creative and have fun with it! Be sure there is nothing behind the subject blocking their shape. If there is a tree between the light and your subject, then the silhouette won’t be seen.  You may want to place your subject on the top of a hill, or on a beach; both are equally full-proof locations. Lower yourself to the ground, so that you can get the full body as a silhouette. When you are lower to the ground, then you’ll get more of the body in the silhouette. Otherwise the ground behind can seemingly ‘cut off’ the legs. Have your camera expose for the light. If you are using an iPhone, press the yellow square in the lightest area of the photo so that it darkens the subject.  If you are using any other camera, point the camera towards the light as much as possible so that the camera will expose for the light which will in turn darken your subject. Use an editing app to darken the subject if you still need to. Sometimes after you take the shot you will still have a little bit of detail on the subject.  It looks better if the subject is all black, so darken the image when you edit...

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No Sugar Granola Recipe

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In my effort to eat cleaner, this no sugar granola recipe I developed was just what I needed for snacking, and it is delicious. This recipe is my own. I combined three recipes together that each seemed to be lacking a little something. The result is my now nationally famous No Sugar Granola Recipe. Nationally famous, you ask? That might be stretching things a wee bit. But I took some with me on a recent trip to Houston, Texas so I would have a healthy snack for the flights. I shared some with my friend, Christine. She like it so much she asked for the recipe. Since she lives in South Carolina, doesn’t that make it nationally famous? I would say, yes! The recipe: 3 1/2 Cups (one bag) unsweetened coconut flakes 2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats 1/2 Cup EACH raw, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds (you can chop them or leave them whole like I do) 2 Tbl Chia Seeds Optional: 1/2 Cup wheat germ or ground golden flax seed 2/3 Cup Coconut oil or butter 1/3 Cup Brown Rice Syrup 1 Tbl Real Maple Syrup 1 tsp Vanilla Extract Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all of the above and spread it out on a baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes Place coconut oil, syrup, and vanilla in sauce pan and bring to a boil, cook & stir for at couple minutes while it thickens. Pour over the toasted coconut, oat, nut mixture (I put it in a big bowl to do this step). Stir well. Pour mixture onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Put back into oven. Reduce oven to 300 degrees. Bake 25-30 minutes. Cool and eat. I store mine in quart canning jars in a cool, dry place. I sprinkle it on top of Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, or eat it right out of the...

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Pi Day with Shannon

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Pi Day with Shannon

We had the best time on Pi Day with Shannon, a Carterville High School Senior. She will be graduating soon and is looking forward to college at SEMO, in music education curriculum. She is a talented young lady with a beautiful heart. She was our model for a day and here’s what she had to say about the experience: My favorite part about working with Susan Willis Photography was how good the experience made me feel about myself. If was definitely a confidence booster. I was absolutely comfortable at the studio and with the stylist! Everyone was very laid-back and kind, and the instructions for posing and clothing ideas were always clear. It was genuinely a great experience. You get to feel like a princess all day! Again, everyone was just so kind and genuine the whole...

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Fitness Photography

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Fitness Photography

We are now in the middle of February. You have stuck with your resolution to exercise regularly and eat healthy. Now it’s time to reward yourself with a Fitness Photography session. Never heard of it? I totally made it up. That’s what I’m calling my new style of photography niche. Fitness Glamour. The idea of fitness photography came to me several months ago while on my own personal fitness journey. Early morning workouts, meal planning to avoid poor last minute food choices, and abstaining from high sugar foods all impacted the outcome of my...

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Super Duper Model Call

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  A brand new year calls for brand new challenges. Challenges I welcome with open arms and am so excited for, it is going to be ah-mazing! In the pursuit of mastering my craft, I am currently undertaking a six-month course geared specifically toward photographing women.  There’s a lot of technical stuff to fine-tune (posing, lighting, sets, etc.), but the most important thing I hope to take away from this experience is to connect with women, help them feel comfortable in front of the camera and help them feel glamorous and AMAZING about themselves. Over the course of this assignment I will have many different skills and scenarios to shoot that will require the use of real women as models.  Women of all different ages, sizes, ethnicities.  I NEED YOUR HELP!  I am reaching out to you because you are beautiful and worthy.  You probably haven’t gotten all dolled up and glam in awhile, and you deserve some time for yourself.  I want to photograph you and make you feel fabulous. Listed below are needs I have for models in the coming months for assignments for the class. I’ve already started on some of them, which you will be seeing very soon. In the meantime however, please see below for upcoming needs. If you’re interested in modeling for me, please send a recent snapshot (cell phone pics and selfies are totally okay!) with your contact information: email, phone, etc. to model@susanwillisphotography.com Also, please forward this link to your family and friends and anyone you know that may be interested, What is provided for a model call: Professional photo shoot with Susan Willis Photography in studio in Murphysboro Gallery viewing of all of your edited imagery One matted 8×10 fine art print of your choice from your session Additional artwork may be purchased from your session at a 10% discount from our regular rates the day of your gallery viewing Detailed pricing menu available upon request to pledged models Purchase is in no way required Requirements of Models: Signature for a model’s release for promotion by Susan Willis Photography Arrive with hair and makeup for your session (Professional styling MAY be added for some shoots at a fee not to exceed $100) Wardrobe for your shoot* (We have a few odds and ends in the studio but we ask that all models bring a selection of outfits. We can always narrow down after you’ve arrived. A fun and happy attitude Models Needed: *Please note that the dates listed are relative. If we can schedule your shoot within 10 days of the date listed, that is fine. Feb 2: Two women: any race, age 30-55, up to 5 outfits ranging from casual to black tie one dark-skinned African-American woman, age 25-40, up to 5 outfits, preferably dresses and gowns or monochromatic outfits Feb 9: BOOKED One woman, any age/race, 3 outfits ranging from casual to dressy Feb 16: BOOKED One woman, age 15-25, any race, 3 outfits ranging from casual to dressy Feb 23: Three couples: male and female age ranges 25-30 (BOOKED)/30-40/40+, 2 outfits; one casual and 1 dressy with a suit jacket for male Mar 2: One woman, age 35-45, 2 outfits; one casual (t-shirt and jeans) and one of your choice Mar 9: One woman, age 50+, 2 outfits;...

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Pantone Color for 2015

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Pantone Color for 2015

The highly anticipated reveal of Pantone color for 2015 occurred during Fashion Week. Marsala! It is a naturally robust, earthy red wine color that, according to Pantone, enriches our minds, bodies, and souls. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. Here are some great examples of how to wear the Pantone color for 2015 right now!   Where to buy: PLAID:  Maurices plaid shirt FUR:  Chic Nova wavy brown strip vest MATERNITY: Yummy Mummy beta long cream wrap SHY by Sydney Evan love pendent bezel diamond Kate Spade New York lissie pumps ADD: Forever 21 metallic belt Forever 21 double-sided oblong scarf SENIORS: Gimmicks by BKE washed vest MARSALA DRAMA: Gimmicks by BKE Beaded Tank Top Forever21 Brilliant Lip Gloss 1stdibs.com Victorian Chaise Lounge BCBGeneration Amor Cuff Etsy.com (seller: SizzleCityBling) Knit Lace Short Boot Socks GAP 1969 always skinny cords NARS blush in seduction Burberry lip mist in oxblood Aurlie Bidermann gold dipped vintage lace earrings PAUL ANDREW monaco leather and suede booties If you would like to book your own session or meet to talk about a session, please call Susan at 314-282-5632, email her at susan@susanwillisphotography.com, or click on the “CONTACT” link on the menu bar. Susan Willis Photography is an on-location natural light photographer specializing in high school senior, family, and modern glamour portrait photography in southern Illinois. Based in Murphysboro, Susan Willis Photography travels to Anna, Benton, Carbondale, Carterville, DuQuoin, Herrin, Marion, and surrounding towns to capture the uniqueness of YOU! Susan also does destination sessions in St. Louis, MO; Tampa, FL; Tuscon, AZ and beyond....

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Herrin Senior Alyx

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Herrin Senior Alyx

I cannot say enough good things about Herrin Senior Alyx! She is dedicated, hard working, and always up for trying something new. She is an incredible golfer and sister. Here is one of my favorite images from Alyx’s session because she loves having fun and being silly. Some of her favorite movies, books, and music include: Hunter Hayes, Twilight Series, The Notebook, Endless Love, and Taken Alyx wanted to try something a little different to display her “Class of 2015″ graduating year. We considered putting the numbers on her golf balls but felt that was a little over done. This is what we came up with. These are just a few of my favorites from Herrin Senior Alyx’s...

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