Client Showcase – Blair Blanks Photography, Baltimore Maryland Photographer

Blair Blanks is a professional photographer that photographs contemporary, modern, fun, emotional portraits of babies and pregnant women in her studio in downtown Towson, Maryland (just a few blocks south of the Towson Town Center Mall).

Blair recently purchased the HTML Site “DIVERSITY Light” with the Little Sparrow Design Collection. I wanted to share how beautifully it turned out! Congrats on your new site!

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Mmmm Monday – Chicken Delicious

Happy Monday!! From our favorite chef, Catherine Skipper of the THE CULINARY CAFE

This is a dish I first cooked in college. In college, home cooked meals are hard to come by, so any easy ones my room mates and I came across were an instant classic. This one is actually really good…try it and you’ll see!

Season bone-in chicken breasts with the juice of 1 lemon, salt, pepper, and paprika. In your crock pot, whisk together 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 can cream of celery soup (cream of asparagus is good too), 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup apple juice. Add in your seasoned chicken.

Put a lid on it! Literally, and cook on low for 6 hours or on high 4 hours. You can stir it occasionally, if you really want to. Just wait, after a couple hours you house will smell heavenly! I serve mine on top of rice. I saute 1.5 cups of rice in 2 tbs. butter until golden. Then sprinkle in some dried onion. Add 3 cups water to rice, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook about 18 minutes. Don’t peek…leave that lid on!

To serve, spoon rice onto plate and top with a piece of chicken. Ladle gravy from crock pot over chicken and rice. We sop up the extra gravy with hot baked rolls in this house…my mom hates it when we sop!! We lift up a pinky, does that help?!?!


3-4 bone in chicken breasts

juice of 1 lemon

Salt & pepper

1 tsp. paprika

1/2 cup apple juice

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 can cream of celery soup

Season chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, and lemon juice. In a crock pot, whisk together the soups, Parmesan cheese, and apple juice. Add seasoned chicken to crock pot. Cover and cook on low 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. Serve over cooked rice.





MAC Monday – iPhone OS 3.0

On March 17, Apple presented the blueprint for iPhone OS 3.0, the next version of the world’s most advanced mobile platform. In addition to previewing its innovative features, Apple gave members of the iPhone Developer Program immediate access to the iPhone OS 3.0 software beta and an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1,000 completely new APIs.

Learn about the new SDK and get a sneak peek at iPhone OS 3.0 software.Watch the presentation

iPhone OS 3.0 preview blueprint image.

Advance preview of 100 new features.

For iPhone owners, it just keeps getting better. When iPhone OS 3.0 arrives this summer, it will introduce over 100 new features, including the ability to:

  • Search your iPhone
  • Cut, copy, and paste
  • Send photos, contacts, audio files, and location via MMS*
  • Read and compose email and text messages in landscape
SDK with a 1,000 new APIs for developers. 

1,000 new APIs for developers.

With the new SDK, members of the iPhone Developer Program can build applications that do even more. Developers will have the tools to enable in-app purchases — like subscriptions, additional game levels, and new content. They can also create apps that connect peer to peer via Bluetooth, communicate with hardware accessories, and use the Apple Push Notification service to provide alerts.

Learn more about the iPhone SDK for iPhone OS 3.0 beta.

May CONTEST on the BLOG!

This month’s prize can help you grow your business with Charitable Marketing! Want to win the Charity Calendar Marketing Plan?

This fabulous prize includes the
Calendar Templates, Marketing Tips and Samples from Debi, owner of Life’s Images Photography!

From the Owner and Creator:

Hi, I’m Debi owner of Life’s Images and the Hope Calendar.  I love and specialize in black and white photography and have enjoyed photographing maternity, newborn and family portraits for 8 years.  3 years ago I was blessed with the opportunity to move to a new city and take my photography to full time status.  It was challenging to go full time AND move at the same time as I wasn’t able to rely on my 5 years of part time connections and clientele.  I have found though that a passion for my business (yes I said “business” not just “photography”) is paying off and the charity calendar you will read about here was a great jump start for that – fueling not only my business but my inspiration and motivation and passion!
See the impact it had on my business here.

My experience with my own charity calendar:

I am the owner and creator of the “Hope Calendar”, and I am sharing that creation with you in hopes that it will pave an easy path to your own charitable project for your business.  The Hope Calendar is a 12 month wall calendar featuring local children and my portrait photography with 100% proceeds being donated to a local family oriented charity.

The calendar project began as a way for my business to give back to the community in a bigger way than I could possibly do alone. It was conceptualized to involve the community by featuring area children and being sponsored by local businesses so participants could be involved beyond just writing a check to a charity.

I headed up my first charity calendar fundraiser in 2007. It was a LOT of work! I had to do the work of photographing and producing an entire calendar, deal with participants, deal with sponsors, be responsible for all the retail sales of the calendar … all things that frankly I knew nothing about! I was doing it alone so I had no tips, no one to turn to for advice or guidance.

Participants and your charity expect professional communication; sponsors expect to know their money is going to a reputable and professional person with a PLAN (and paperwork) – you can’t just wing it! You must be organized and more importantly you must appear organized and look like you know what you are doing, if you hope for people to get involved with your project!   That is where this marketing plan/guide come in handy!

I ran a complete and even bigger calendar campaign in 2008 and this time it was a LOT easier – because I used the same templates and samples that are in this packet!


April showers bring May flowers and everything is in bloom!

Get out your macros and start shooting some close up and even abstract images of flowers, trees or anything in bloom!

Send your images in to kimtown at entries (at) by the 15th of May and you’ll be entered to win this fabulous package!
Size your image to 900px wide at 72ppi
DO NOT put your watermark or logo on your image
DO NOT name your image with your studio name
Only enter ONE image per studio.
Entry deadline is May 15th at midnight EST.

PHOTOG on the BLOG is BACK! – Tara Whitney

After many requests, the Photog on the Blog{site} is back!! What a way to welcome it back by showcasing the ever fabulous, Tara Whitney! Enjoy!




Photography related!


Who are you? Tara Whitney


How did you get started in photography?  My husband purchased a Canon Rebel (film) for me years and years ago as a surprise. I also took two beginner photography classes to learn how to use it. From there I went on to photograph my own family and friends just for fun. Soon, I was getting requests from strangers asking me to photograph their family. I went for it and here I am today!


Did you study photography or are you a natural born creative? I studied photography on my own time, my own way. Aside from two beginner courses to learn the basic functions of a camera, I am self taught.


Tell me about your style? How did you develop it? How long did it take you to realize your style?  I didn’t realize I had a style until at least a year into the business. I was just going along doing my thing. I just photographed the way I would photograph myself and my own kids. I knew I liked laughing shots and kissing shots. I liked unique crops and bright tones. I liked people to be relaxed and unposed. I didn’t realize that was a “style” until people started asking me questions, in an attempt at getting the same kinds of results. I just see what I do as another piece of my brand. Still hard for me to call it a “style”.


Do you specialize in a particular field? Weddings, Kids, Newborns, Black and White only?  Families.


What camera and lenses do you use?  5d, 24-70L, 50L 1.2


What can you never leave home without? Bessie, my iPhone


What are you working on right now? My Austin sessions.


Where is your fav locale to shoot?  Somewhere new with millions of possibilities!


Do you have a favorite prop or pose?  Not really…


What is some good advice that you received when you were just starting out that you can share with other photogs that are just starting in the business?   Honestly, I wasn’t around other photographers much as I was just starting. I didn’t search out advice from others because most of the time I was met with blank stares. “You want to go to their house? And take photos of the kids in their rooms? Candids? Wha…huh?” I guess the best advice I got wasn’t advice. It was other photographers telling me my ideas weren’t going to work.


How do you get your clients to relax and have fun with their portraits? This is my most often asked question, and I have no good response. There is no certain timeline I follow to get people relaxed. There isn’t a formula. It is just how I am with people, I am good at putting them at ease. 


Do you travel out-of-state to do photography?  Yes!


What do you enjoy photographing the most?  Mommas and their babies. Both young and old.


Anything else you would like to share? Hints, tips or everyday wisdom?  People email me or comment on my blog saying they want to be just like me “when they grow up”. I am here to say, you DO NOT want to be just like me. The worst thing you could do for yourself is to try and be something you aren’t. To be truly successful, figure out what makes you unique and special and go with THAT. Dont try to be me, JUST BE YOU. 🙂


What motivates you to do what you do?  Pretty pictures.


Do you believe that “A picture is worth 1,000 words”? Tell me why or why not… I think they go together much better than they do apart. Words and images together are magic.


Where is your next shoot? Pasadena




Now for some fun stuff!


What do you do outside of the photography world?  Do you have a Side Business?   My side business is caring for my four children. (HA)


What is your favorite food? Mmm, mashed potatoes.


Have you ever eaten a crayon? No


Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it? I let my husband let the car wash do it. (meaning, he takes it for me)


How about your music? What’s on your iPod right now? About 4,000 songs, including from my recently added playlist: some old but good U2, and peter broderick


What is your favorite outfit to shoot in? Do you prefer jeans? Do you have a shirt with your name on it? Jeans or other pants with a long tunic type shirt/dress. When you wear a long shirt over your jeans, you don’t ever have to worry about showing off your booty when you crouch down to take a shot.


What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t shooting?   Nothing. Blissful nothing. Usually at the pool, surrounded by people doing lots of something.


If you could be on a tv show, what would it be?  What not to Wear!


What is your guilty pleasure? Chocolate? Soaps? Football?  Ice cream.


Here are Tara’s two favorite images!

The BW shot is my best friend and her fiance. I love the reality of the chipped teeth and their smiles. Its just a really happy shot.

The color shot is three gorgeous blonde boys who were pretty hard to get in one place for a photo together, so when I did I was ecstatic. Love the color of their clothes and their striking blonde hair!