Sunday Sampler September 11

Remembering all those who perished on 9/11/2001. We will never forget.

Today’s Sunday Sampler is 3 soft textures I created and modified on my iPad. Enjoy!

SEPTEMBER WEBINAR

Tuesday, September 20th at 4:00 pm EDT
Alternative Creative Software

You know I love my Topaz Studio 2 and all of it’s creative effects. Unfortunately, Topaz is no longer actively selling or updating this product. So I began the search for other software that can give me some of the same creative effects. I’ll review and demo some of my finds.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

DxO Nik Collection 5 Sale

FOR NEW USERS ONLY!

Sale runs Sept. 8 – Sept. 14 – ONE WEEK ONLY!

I LOVE the Nik Collection 5! Here’s what’s new:

Nik Collection 5: Major upgrades to Color Efex and Analog Efex, improved local adjustment technology, and a smoother user experience.

The latest version of the renowned suite of eight plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop® and
Lightroom Classic® also features a brand new tool to reduce haze and 29 faithfully
reproduced color film grains.

  • Revamped user interface for a more refined editing experience
  • Local adjustments just got even smarter thanks to U Point™ technology
  • Two more major boosts to Color Efex: ClearView technology to remove haze and 29 authentic color film grains
  • Nik Perspective Efex adds more than 4,300 new camera and lens combinations

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THE DEAL!

Sale runs Sept. 8-14!

September FREE Bundles
from Creative Fabrica!

One of my fave sites for great fonts, graphics, and more! I have had a monthly subscription for a few years (and I’m an affiliate). They are releasing a free bundle every day from Sept. 5th through the 30th! Each bundle is available for only 3 weeks from the release date! I’ll be posting them here in the blog throughout the month.

All products come with a full personal and commercial use license!

CLICK THIS LINK DAILY
TO SEE WHAT THE NEW FREEBIE IS!

AND…Be sure to check out their 90% off sales on other great products!

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

WORKING ON THE LAST COUPLE OF SPEAKERS,
BUT HERE ARE THE ONES WE’VE CONFIRMED
AND TOPICS:

David Desrochers (NJ)
Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)
Landscape Editing Techniques**
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
Light Box Photography
Photographing Places of Worship & Verteromas

Mark Houde (CT)
Drone Photography
The Human Spirit: Meant to Move

Mary Boucher (MA)
Easy Still Life Photography at Home

Carol Mossa (RI)
Unique Perspectives

and more announced soon!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

Barns & Back Roads Workshops
A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR FALL 2022!

We begin the first day with a complimentary welcome dinner to get to know each other and plan the next three days! I plan on having you photograph two full days and on the 3rd day photograph for a bit in the morning, then we’ll work on images. Bring your laptop if you have one, or you can watch me demo on mine. Car pooling is mandatory on this workshop (you’ll ride with me) as many areas have little parking. We’ve gotten to know many property owners and we’ll be able to access those properties up close.

Optional add-on: We have two guest rooms (one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds) so you can stay with us. There are two hotels within five miles of the house as well.

Come enjoy our beautiful corner of Tennessee!

$645 per person

Limited to just 3 attendees per workshop!
Click HERE to sign up on the website.

As of right now:
Sept. 21-24 (2 spots)


(Other dates are available for a group of 2 or 3 – contact me for info)

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction. Does not include transportation to/from workshop, meals (other than welcome dinner) or accommodations. NOTE: Carpooling during the workshop is mandatory due to limited parking in many areas.

Optional: Accommodations at our home
4 nights $175/pp (Contact me for availability)

Sign up on our website HERE!

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Balance due 30 days prior to start of workshop.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy HERE.

Contact: Hazel Meredith at
(203) 521-6480 or email at Hazel@MeredithImages.com
for more details and availability.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Around the Web September 7

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect: “Tips for Photographing Urban Landscapes & Cityscapes”, “How to Avoid the Red Eye Effect”, “Head Shot Tips for Photographers & Models”, “How to Capture Sharp iPhone Photos at Night”, “How to Create a Desaturated Cinematic Effect in Lightroom”, “5 Tips for Backlit Portraits”, “10 Sneaky Food Photography Tips”, “Airshow Photography Tips”, “How to Create a Signature Watermark in PS”, “Simple Tips for Better Portraits”, “Tips for Rain & Clouds”

PHOTOSHOP

From PhotoshopTrainingChannel: “How to Resize an Image Without Stretching It”

From Shutterbug: “Add Gorgeous Orange Sunset Glow to a Blue Sky”

From SpoonGraphics: “Neon Sign Effect”

From PhotoshopRoadmap: “How to Add a Logo or Pattern to a Shirt in PS”, “Create a Realistic Reflection in PS”, “Create a Black Moody Tone Preset”, “Remove Objects with the Patch Tool”, “Magically Remove Glare from Glasses in PS”, “Recover Completely Lost Details in Highlights”

LIGHTROOM

From Shutterbug: “Make a Color Swap in LR: No Selections Needed”

FREEBIES

From the HungryJPEG: “Free Goldluck Handwritten Font” (1 week only)

From CreativeBloq: “67 of the Best Free Photoshop Brushes”

From PixelBuddha: “Newsprint Texture Effect for Posters”, “Smashed Glass Text Effect”

From DesignBundles: “Free Watercolor Bundle Vol. 2”

See below for September Freebies from Creative Fabrica!!!

SEPTEMBER WEBINAR

Tuesday, September 20th at 4:00 pm EDT
Alternative Creative Software

You know I love my Topaz Studio 2 and all of it’s creative effects. Unfortunately, Topaz is no longer actively selling or updating this product. So I began the search for other software that can give me some of the same creative effects. I’ll review and demo some of my finds.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

DxO Nik Collection 5 Sale

FOR NEW USERS ONLY!

Sale runs Sept. 8 – Sept. 14 – ONE WEEK ONLY!

I LOVE the Nik Collection 5! Here’s what’s new:

Nik Collection 5: Major upgrades to Color Efex and Analog Efex, improved local adjustment technology, and a smoother user experience.

The latest version of the renowned suite of eight plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop® and
Lightroom Classic® also features a brand new tool to reduce haze and 29 faithfully
reproduced color film grains.

  • Revamped user interface for a more refined editing experience
  • Local adjustments just got even smarter thanks to U Point™ technology
  • Two more major boosts to Color Efex: ClearView technology to remove haze and 29 authentic color film grains
  • Nik Perspective Efex adds more than 4,300 new camera and lens combinations

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THE DEAL!

Sale runs Sept. 8-14!

September FREE Bundles
from Creative Fabrica!

One of my fave sites for great fonts, graphics, and more! I have had a monthly subscription for a few years (and I’m an affiliate). They are releasing a free bundle every day from Sept. 5th through the 30th! Each bundle is available for only 3 weeks from the release date! I’ll be posting them here in the blog throughout the month.

All products come with a full personal and commercial use license!

Here’s what has been released Sept. 5th through tomorrow, Sept. 8th (click the title of the bundle to go to the site and download):

Sept. 5 – The Delightful Font Bundle – 54 Premium Fonts

Sept. 6 – Mega Collection Font Bundle – 86 Premium Fonts

Sept. 7 – Space & Skies Backgrounds Bundle – 20 Premium Graphics

Sept. 8 – Special Font Bundle 2 – 55 Premium Fonts

AND…Be sure to check out their 90% off sales on other great products!

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

WORKING ON THE LAST COUPLE OF SPEAKERS,
BUT HERE ARE THE ONES WE’VE CONFIRMED
AND TOPICS:

David Desrochers (NJ)
Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)
Landscape Editing Techniques**
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
Light Box Photography
Photographing Places of Worship & Verteromas

Mark Houde (CT)
Drone Photography
The Human Spirit: Meant to Move

Mary Boucher (MA)
Easy Still Life Photography at Home

Carol Mossa (RI)
Unique Perspectives

and more announced soon!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

Barns & Back Roads Workshops
A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR FALL 2022!

We begin the first day with a complimentary welcome dinner to get to know each other and plan the next three days! I plan on having you photograph two full days and on the 3rd day photograph for a bit in the morning, then we’ll work on images. Bring your laptop if you have one, or you can watch me demo on mine. Car pooling is mandatory on this workshop (you’ll ride with me) as many areas have little parking. We’ve gotten to know many property owners and we’ll be able to access those properties up close.

Optional add-on: We have two guest rooms (one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds) so you can stay with us. There are two hotels within five miles of the house as well.

Come enjoy our beautiful corner of Tennessee!

$645 per person

Limited to just 3 attendees per workshop!
Click HERE to sign up on the website.

As of right now:
Sept. 21-24 (2 spots)


(Other dates are available for a group of 2 or 3 – contact me for info)

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction. Does not include transportation to/from workshop, meals (other than welcome dinner) or accommodations. NOTE: Carpooling during the workshop is mandatory due to limited parking in many areas.

Optional: Accommodations at our home
4 nights $175/pp (Contact me for availability)

Sign up on our website HERE!

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Balance due 30 days prior to start of workshop.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy HERE.

Contact: Hazel Meredith at
(203) 521-6480 or email at Hazel@MeredithImages.com
for more details and availability.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Sunday Sampler September 4

Happy Labor Day weekend! September already! I’m SO ready for Autumn weather – it’s been a hot and humid summer in Tennessee.

Today’s Sunday Sampler began as a moss covered rock! A little editing magic and you have 3 fun variations! Enjoy!

SEPTEMBER WEBINAR

Tuesday, September 20th at 4:00 pm EDT
Alternative Creative Software

You know I love my Topaz Studio 2 and all of it’s creative effects. Unfortunately, Topaz is no longer actively selling or updating this product. So I began the search for other software that can give me some of the same creative effects. I’ll review and demo some of my finds.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

WORKING ON THE LAST COUPLE OF SPEAKERS,
BUT HERE ARE THE ONES WE’VE CONFIRMED
AND TOPICS:

David Desrochers (NJ)
Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)
Landscape Editing Techniques**
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
Light Box Photography
Photographing Places of Worship & Verteromas

Mark Houde (CT)
Drone Photography
The Human Spirit: Meant to Move

Mary Boucher (MA)
Easy Still Life Photography at Home

Carol Mossa (RI)
Unique Perspectives

and more announced soon!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

Barns & Back Roads Workshops
A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR FALL 2022!

We begin the first day with a complimentary welcome dinner to get to know each other and plan the next three days! I plan on having you photograph two full days and on the 3rd day photograph for a bit in the morning, then we’ll work on images. Bring your laptop if you have one, or you can watch me demo on mine. Car pooling is mandatory on this workshop (you’ll ride with me) as many areas have little parking. We’ve gotten to know many property owners and we’ll be able to access those properties up close.

Optional add-on: We have two guest rooms (one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds) so you can stay with us. There are two hotels within five miles of the house as well.

Come enjoy our beautiful corner of Tennessee!

$645 per person

Limited to just 3 attendees per workshop!
Click HERE to sign up on the website.

As of right now:
Sept. 21-24 (2 spots)


(Other dates are available for a group of 2 or 3 – contact me for info)

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction. Does not include transportation to/from workshop, meals (other than welcome dinner) or accommodations. NOTE: Carpooling during the workshop is mandatory due to limited parking in many areas.

Optional: Accommodations at our home
4 nights $175/pp (Contact me for availability)

Sign up on our website HERE!

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Balance due 30 days prior to start of workshop.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy HERE.

Contact: Hazel Meredith at
(203) 521-6480 or email at Hazel@MeredithImages.com
for more details and availability.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Around the Web August 31

A HUGE thank you to all who completed my survey – the biggest response I’ve ever had!

As a result of the survey answers I’ve changed doing the blog three times a week to twice a week (Sunday & Wednesday). Sunday will continue to be the “Sunday Sampler”, and Wednesday will now combine “Around the Web” with any other fun tutorials or info I can include.

Another idea I had yesterday – as a result of survey comments on webinar topics – for the October webinar, I am going to do a “live” demo of how I select textures for an image! I will pre-select some images to work on, but NOT pre-select the textures, so you’ll be able to see my actual workflow and thought process into choosing and applying textures! Stay tuned for more info!

There will be more ideas as a result of your amazing feedback. Thanks again if you participated! You can always feel free to email me with thoughts and ideas!

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect: “6 Magic Hour Tricks”, “Golden Hour Tips”, “How to Add a Neon Background to Studio Portraits”, “Landscape Photography Rules of Thumb”, “5 Composition Tips for Landscapes”, “Car Photography Using Strobe”, “Learning to See in Black & White”, “Understanding Equivalent Exposures”, “How Diffraction Affects Sharpness”, “Activity: Backlit Silhouette Portraits”, “Using Different Focus Points for Portraits”, “The Key Ingredient of Portrait Photography: The Story”, “All About Tilt Shift Lenses”.

From PhotoshopRoadmap: “5 Camera Hacks and Tips in 95 Seconds”

PHOTOSHOP/EDITING

From Shutterbug: “The 3 Worst Photo-Editing Mistakes & How to Avoid Them”

From PhotoshopRoadmap: “How to Enhance Eyes in PS”, “How to Add Patterns to Clothing in PS”, “Cut Out a Person Fast with Select & Mask in PS”

From MakeUseOf: “How to Remove Unwanted Color Cast from Your Subject in PS”

From PlanetPhotoshop: “Let’s Do the Type Warp!”

FREEBIES

From CreativeNerds: “Authentic Milk Splashes Free PS Brush Set Vol 2”

From PixelSurplus: “Free Holidaze Script Font”, “Playen Sans Free Font Family”

VIDEO TUTORIAL:
Matting a Photo in Photoshop

I’ve had several requests for this tutorial. I had one recorded years ago that I did in Photoshop Elements, but software has changed so much, I re-recorded in PS CC. The same technique can still be done in Elements (as well as most other software programs). Enjoy!

CLICK HERE
FOR THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

SEPTEMBER WEBINAR
Registration is Open!

Tuesday, September 20th at 4:00 pm EDT
Alternative Creative Software

You know I love my Topaz Studio 2 and all of it’s creative effects. Unfortunately, Topaz is no longer actively selling or updating this product. So I began the search for other software that can give me some of the same creative effects. I’ll review and demo some of my finds.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

WORKING ON THE LAST COUPLE OF SPEAKERS,
BUT HERE ARE THE ONES WE’VE CONFIRMED
AND TOPICS:

David Desrochers (NJ)
Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)
Landscape Editing Techniques**
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
Light Box Photography
Photographing Places of Worship & Verteromas

Mark Houde (CT)
Drone Photography
The Human Spirit: Meant to Move

Mary Boucher (MA)
Easy Still Life Photography at Home

Carol Mossa (RI)
Unique Perspectives

and more announced soon!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

Barns & Back Roads Workshops
A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR FALL 2022!

We begin the first day with a complimentary welcome dinner to get to know each other and plan the next three days! I plan on having you photograph two full days and on the 3rd day photograph for a bit in the morning, then we’ll work on images. Bring your laptop if you have one, or you can watch me demo on mine. Car pooling is mandatory on this workshop (you’ll ride with me) as many areas have little parking. We’ve gotten to know many property owners and we’ll be able to access those properties up close.

Optional add-on: We have two guest rooms (one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds) so you can stay with us. There are two hotels within five miles of the house as well.

Come enjoy our beautiful corner of Tennessee!

$645 per person

Limited to just 3 attendees per workshop!
Click HERE to check our website for current open spots.

As of right now:
Sept. 21-24 (2 spots)
Sept. 28-Oct. 1 (3 spots)
Oct. 5-8 (3 spots)
Other dates are now full!

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction. Does not include transportation to/from workshop, meals (other than welcome dinner) or accommodations. NOTE: Carpooling during the workshop is mandatory due to limited parking in many areas.

Optional: Accommodations at our home
4 nights $175/pp (Contact me for availability)

Sign up on our website HERE!

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Balance due 30 days prior to start of workshop.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy HERE.

Contact: Hazel Meredith at
(203) 521-6480 or email at Hazel@MeredithImages.com
for more details and availability.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Sunday Sampler August 28

Today’s Sunday Sampler is some nice light grunge textures in shades of brown. I love this color for “warming up” an image. And remember, if you want the texture WITHOUT the color, just add a B&W adjustment layer and clip to your texture layer! Enjoy!

WEBINAR REPLAY

Tuesday, August 23 at 4:00 pm EDT
Photoshop: Layers, Selections, Sizing & More!

We covered working with layers (including how/why to merge layers); making selections; sizing for printing; and a few creative tools.

There were more suggestions than I can fit in one webinar, so watch for more goodies in the future! And if you have other ideas, feel free to email me anytime!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE REPLAY!

And…don’t forget to grab your copy of the notes for this webinar!
Reg. $7.50 – just $5.00 until this Tuesday, Aug. 30th!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

Includes notes, images and bonus 6 textures!

SEPTEMBER WEBINAR
Registration is Open!

Tuesday, September 20th at 4:00 pm EDT
Alternative Creative Software

You know I love my Topaz Studio 2 and all of it’s creative effects. Unfortunately, Topaz is no longer actively selling or updating this product. So I began the search for other software that can give me some of the same creative effects. I’ll review and demo some of my finds.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

LUMINAR NEO
NEW! Extensions & Sale!

Luminar Neo has become a platform, but what does that mean?

All Luminar Neo owners will keep getting free platform improvements. That includes performance and stability updates as well as improvements to existing features such as Mask AI or new features such as the long-awaited Clone & Stamp tool we will release this September.

Becoming a platform means that Neo now also hosts Extensions. These are professional-level add-on tools for solving specific photo editing jobs.

What Extensions are in the 2022 Extensions Pack?

You have two options to get the Extensions:

If you own ANY Skylum Product:

  1. If you already own Luminar Neo, you can purchase the Extension Pack for $149 and you will continue to get access to performance and stability updates, plus any other free platform updates.
  2. Subscription model – Reg. $89, just $69 until Tuesday ($59 if you already own Neo). This includes access to all possible updates and upgrades of Luminar Neo AND access to all Extensions, including those released throughout your subscription period!

I know some people do not like the subscription model for software, but in this instance, it’s definitely your best deal. Should you end your subscription, you will still own the software you already have, you just would not get the major upgrades or future extensions unless you purchase them.

And, your purchase supports our friends at Skylum who are based in the Ukraine.

CHECK OUT THE DEALS HERE!

I’ve been late in getting this info out to you!
NOTE: sale ends Tuesday, Aug. 30th midnight ET

In Case You Missed this on Thursday…
VIDEO TUTORIAL
Using the High Pass Filter to Sharpen Your Images

In the webinar last week, I mentioned that I used to use the High Pass Filter for sharpening my images. Now I prefer Topaz Studio 2’s AI Clear Filter, or Luminar Neo. But this is a great filter for doing your sharpening in Photoshop without any plug-in software.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

SURVEY…
Last Chance to Voice Your Opinion!

A HUGE thank you to all who have already completed my survey – the biggest response I’ve ever had!

If you haven’t done it yet, I would greatly appreciate if you would take 10 minutes to answer the survey! I’m looking for feedback on the blog, webinars, courses, workshops, products, etc. I want to be sure to continue to provide you with content and products that you really want!

And…as a result of the survey answers I’ve already gotten, I’m going to change doing the blog three times a week to twice a week (Sunday & Wednesday). Sunday will still be the “Sunday Sampler”, and Wednesday will combine “Around the Web” with any other fun tutorials or info I can include. Thanks!

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY!

Survey will close when I get up on Monday!!

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

WORKING ON THE LAST COUPLE OF SPEAKERS,
BUT HERE ARE THE ONES WE’VE CONFIRMED
AND TOPICS:

David Desrochers (NJ)
Painting with Cameras (Creative In-camera Techniques)
Landscape Editing Techniques**
**There will be a contest to have your images edited by David**

Padma Inguva (NJ)
Light Box Photography
Photographing Places of Worship & Verteromas

Mark Houde (CT)
Drone Photography
The Human Spirit: Meant to Move

Mary Boucher (MA)
Easy Still Life Photography at Home

Carol Mossa (RI)
Unique Perspectives

and more announced soon!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

Barns & Back Roads Workshops
A FEW SPOTS LEFT FOR FALL 2022!

We begin the first day with a complimentary welcome dinner to get to know each other and plan the next three days! I plan on having you photograph two full days and on the 3rd day photograph for a bit in the morning, then we’ll work on images. Bring your laptop if you have one, or you can watch me demo on mine. Car pooling is mandatory on this workshop (you’ll ride with me) as many areas have little parking. We’ve gotten to know many property owners and we’ll be able to access those properties up close.

Optional add-on: We have two guest rooms (one with a queen bed and one with 2 twin beds) so you can stay with us. There are two hotels within five miles of the house as well.

Come enjoy our beautiful corner of Tennessee!

$645 per person

Limited to just 3 attendees per workshop!
Click HERE to check our website for current open spots.

As of right now:
Sept. 21-24 (2 spots)
Sept. 28-Oct. 1 (3 spots)
Oct. 5-8 (3 spots)
Other dates are now full!

Price includes welcome dinner, water/snacks, photographic and post-processing instruction. Does not include transportation to/from workshop, meals (other than welcome dinner) or accommodations. NOTE: Carpooling during the workshop is mandatory due to limited parking in many areas.

Optional: Accommodations at our home
4 nights $175/pp (Contact me for availability)

Sign up on our website HERE!

Min. 50% of workshop fee + 100% of accommodations due at registration.
Balance due 30 days prior to start of workshop.
Please read our cancellation/refund policy HERE.

Contact: Hazel Meredith at
(203) 521-6480 or email at Hazel@MeredithImages.com
for more details and availability.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Thursday Thoughts August 25

Tuesday’s webinar was a fun one! Be sure to catch the replay below. And, I mentioned in the webinar the use of the High Pass Filter to “sharpen” your images. Further below is a video tutorial I just created on that topic for you. I’ve also set up the September webinar – details below! Enjoy!

WEBINAR REPLAY

Tuesday, August 23 at 4:00 pm EDT
Photoshop: Layers, Selections, Sizing & More!

We covered working with layers (including how/why to merge layers); making selections; sizing for printing; and a few creative tools.

There were more suggestions than I can fit in one webinar, so watch for more goodies in the future! And if you have other ideas, feel free to email me anytime!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE REPLAY!

And…don’t forget to grab your copy of the notes for this webinar!
Reg. $7.50 – just $5.00 until Aug. 30th!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

Includes notes, images and bonus 6 textures!

SEPTEMBER WEBINAR
Registration is Open!

Tuesday, September 20th at 4:00 pm EDT
Alternative Creative Software

You know I love my Topaz Studio 2 and all of it’s creative effects. Unfortunately, Topaz is no longer actively selling or updating this product. So I began the search for other software that can give me some of the same creative effects. I’ll review and demo some of my finds.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

VIDEO TUTORIAL
Using the High Pass Filter to Sharpen Your Images

As mentioned in the blog intro, I mentioned that I used to use the High Pass Filter for sharpening my images. Now I prefer Topaz Studio 2’s AI Clear Filter, or Luminar Neo. But this is a great filter for doing your sharpening in Photoshop without any plug-in software.

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

NEW SURVEY
Let’s play 20 Questions!

I would greatly appreciate if you would take 10 minutes to answer my survey! I’m looking for feedback on the blog, webinars, courses, workshops, products, etc. I want to be sure to continue to provide you with content and products that you really want!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of those who have already completed the survey!!

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY!

Survey will close Sunday, August 28 at midnight.

Camera Club Presentations

This week I began updating some of my camera club seminar presentations, and will be creating some new ones! If you know of a camera club looking to book speakers (via Zoom) for the 2022-23 season, please let me know or have them contact me for a list of presentations. I already have over 20 clubs booked through Spring of 2023! Thanks!

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

We’re busy booking our speakers for February and
should have the full line-up ready shortly!
Topics include: Creative Landscapes; Landscape Editing;
Macro Photography & Processing; Drone Photography;
Photoshop Tips & Tricks; and more to come!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Around the Web August 23

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect: “In Search of Creativity”, “Light Painting: 5 Hacks”, “Taking & Processing Fog & Mist Photos”, “7 Macro Flower Photography Tips”, “Sunrise Photography Tips for Beginners”, “Tips for Photographing Mist, Fog, Condensation & Hail”, “Using Neutral Density Filters for Midday Landscapes”, “Long Shutter Speed in Daytime with a 10-Stop ND Filter”, “5 Tips for Live Sports Photography”

PHOTOSHOP

From MediaLoot: “How to Make a Mind-Bending Color Photo Effect in PS”

From MakeUseOf: “How to Add a Pattern or Design to Any Surface in PS”

From PhotoshopRoadmap: “Remove Any Stain with Frequency Separation in PS”, “Create a Paint Splash Effect in PS”

FREEBIES

From MediaLoot: “Vintage Seamless Patterns”

From DesignBundles: “Free Christmas Word Art Bundle”

From CSSauthor: “Free High Resolution PS Splatter Brushes”

From PhotoshopTutorials: “10 Free ‘Bullet Train’ Inspired LR Presets & LUTs”

From Pixelbuddha: “Wavy Lines Photo Effect”

NEW SURVEY
Let’s play 20 Questions!

I would greatly appreciate if you would take 10 minutes to answer my survey! I’m looking for feedback on the blog, webinars, courses, workshops, products, etc. I want to be sure to continue to provide you with content and products that you really want!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all of those who have already completed the survey!!

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY!

Survey will close Sunday, August 28 at midnight.

NEXT WEBINAR IS TODAY!

TODAY!
Tuesday, August 23 at 4:00 pm EDT
Photoshop: Layers, Selections, Sizing & More!

Thanks to everyone who emailed me with ideas for the webinar! I’m going to incorporate some of them into this webinar – seems people really want to know more about Photoshop!

We’ll work with layers (including how/why to merge layers); making selections; sizing for printing; and a few creative tools.

There were more suggestions than I can fit in one webinar, so watch for more goodies in the future! And if you have other ideas, feel free to email me anytime!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

And…don’t forget to grab your copy of the notes for this webinar!
Reg. $7.50 – just $5.00 until Aug. 30th!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

Includes notes, images and bonus 6 textures!

September’s Webinar will be on “Alternative Creative Software”
(things that can replace the creative options in Topaz Studio)

Creative Fabrica’s
FREE Font Bundle!

22 Script and Serif Fonts – FREE!

CLICK HERE to get your copy!

Available for a limited time. Regular price for all these fonts is $269!
Lifetime commercial use license is included.

Camera Club Presentations

This week I began updating some of my camera club seminar presentations, and will be creating some new ones! If you know of a camera club looking to book speakers (via Zoom) for the 2022-23 season, please let me know or have them contact me for a list of presentations. I already have over 20 clubs booked through Spring of 2023! Thanks!

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

We’re busy booking our speakers for February and
should have the full line-up ready shortly!
Topics include: Creative Landscapes; Landscape Editing;
Macro Photography & Processing; Drone Photography;
Photoshop Tips & Tricks; and more to come!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Sunday Sampler August 21

Today’s Sunday Sampler began as wallpaper! I’ve created 3 Black & White versions. Great for when you want to add texture without the color modifying your image. Enjoy!

NEW SURVEY
Let’s play 20 Questions!

I would greatly appreciate if you would take 10 minutes to answer my survey! I’m looking for feedback on the blog, webinars, courses, workshops, products, etc. I want to be sure to continue to provide you with content and products that you really want! THANK YOU!!

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY!

SEDONA, ARIZONA, FALL WORKSHOP!

November 26-29, 2022

Maximum 6 attendees WORKSHOP FULL!!

I think this is the quickest I’ve ever filled a workshop! We upped the max to 6 people (what we’ve done in the past for this workshop). One of my photog friends from CT is joining us and she can also assist attendees with camera settings, etc. We were filled as of Thursday!!

Watch for other events in the near future!!

NEXT WEBINAR IS TUESDAY!

THIS WEEK!
Tuesday, August 23 at 4:00 pm EDT
Photoshop: Layers, Selections, Sizing & More!

Thanks to everyone who emailed me with ideas for the webinar! I’m going to incorporate some of them into this webinar – seems people really want to know more about Photoshop!

We’ll work with layers (including how/why to merge layers); making selections; sizing for printing; and a few creative tools.

There were more suggestions than I can fit in one webinar, so watch for more goodies in the future! And if you have other ideas, feel free to email me anytime!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

And…don’t forget to grab your copy of the notes for this webinar!
Reg. $7.50 – just $5.00 until Aug. 30th!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY!

Includes notes, images and bonus 6 textures!

September’s Webinar will be on “Alternative Creative Software”
(things that can replace the creative options in Topaz Studio)

Creative Fabrica’s
FREE Font Bundle!

22 Script and Serif Fonts – FREE!

CLICK HERE to get your copy!

Available for a limited time. Regular price for all these fonts is $269!
Lifetime commercial use license is included.

Camera Club Presentations

This week I began updating some of my camera club seminar presentations, and will be creating some new ones! If you know of a camera club looking to book speakers (via Zoom) for the 2022-23 season, please let me know or have them contact me for a list of presentations. I already have over 20 clubs booked through Spring of 2023! Thanks!

The 5th Virtual Creative Photography Conference
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

If you’ve joined us for one or more of the
first 4 Conferences, you know what a
great bargain they are at just $39!

Why wait?
Register now for the 5th Conference
Feb. 25-26, 2023!

As always, if you can’t be there “live”, or want to
watch a session again, you’ll have access to the
recordings for 60 days (till May 1, 2023).
Plus: Goody Bag with Freebies & Discounts,
Speakers’ Notes & Door Prizes!

We’re busy booking our speakers for February and
should have the full line-up ready shortly!
Topics include: Creative Landscapes; Landscape Editing;
Macro Photography & Processing; Drone Photography;
Photoshop Tips & Tricks; and more to come!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
Just $39

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Tutorial Thursday December 30


A sincere thank you for your support in 2021!
I truly appreciate everyone – I couldn’t keep doing what I do without you!
Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2022!

Today I’ll do some Q&A from Tuesday’s “Creative Compositing” Webinar.

Q: Do your images originate as RAW files or JPG’s?
A: I do shoot in RAW, so that’s what I started with. Each component has typically been edited. I make JPGs for the webinars as they load quicker (even if it’s an unprocessed file).

Q: Do you ever use Smart Objects?
A: I do on occasion – I know I should use them more often! I just got in the habit of using layers for all my adjustments, so that’s how I typically work.

Q: How did you make the selection of the tree to remove all the busy background?
A: I did it in several steps using mostly the Magic Wand and targeting different areas. It worked fine for this image. However, as with most things in Photoshop, there are many ways to do everything! One viewer asked about using Channels to make the selection. I have seen it done and used the process myself once or twice. Here are a couple of videos that get into that process. The first one is from PixImperfect by Unmesh Dinda – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6I9Q-b2pQc. And another from The Photoshop Training Channel with Jesus Ramirez – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IYea3raR5s. Both guys talk a little fast, but they have great, helpful tutorials!

Q: Do you have a webinar on making watercolor textures?
A: I do not have a webinar on that, but I am in the “Pre-Release” stage of my first course, “Making Your Own Textures”, which will share all my insider secrets on making textures! See further down the blog for more info and a link! Pre-Sale ends tomorrow, 12/31, so grab it now for best pricing!!

WEBINAR REPLAY

“Creative Compositing”

Great questions and great feedback on this webinar!
See below for PART 2 next month!

The replay is on my YouTube Channel HERE

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NOTES ARE NOW FOR SALE IN THE PEACOCK STUDIO!
Reg. $7.50 – Just $5 until 1/4/22!

There are 9 textures included with the notes (3 of which are discontinued from the Peacock Studio!), plus the links to the 3 brush sets I used in the projects. Of course, you get the PDF of the detailed notes plus the images I used in the projects!

CLICK HERE TO GRAB YOUR COPY!

NEXT WEBINAR

“Creative Compositing – PART 2”

January 18th, 2022 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)

I had such great feedback from Tuesday’s webinar, I decided to do a few more projects for January!
Let’s continue on with some more ways you can composite multiple photos to create your own vision.

(I had been planning to do a review of Luminar NEO, but the release has been pushed to early Feb., so I’ll wait to do that webinar!)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

QUICK SURVEY – LAST CHANCE!

I want to change the Thursday Blog to a new topic – will you help me decide?
CLICK HERE to answer this short two-question survey! Survey closes 12/31/21.

Thanks to all who replied already – I’m getting some really good ideas!

PRE-RELEASE
“Creating Your Own Textures” Course!!
PRE-RELEASE PRICING ENDS TOMORROW!

Some of you have been asking for this course for a while! It’s still a work in progress, but I plan to release the first parts of it by the end of January. I will be adding to it for several months, and all the additional modules are included in this one price!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY
AT THIS VERY SPECIAL PRICE!
Pre-Sale Expires 12/31/21 at Midnight Eastern!

LUMINAR NEO

Check the New Year’s Sale info below AND, how you can get an early release copy of the all-new Luminar Neo! These special deals end JANUARY 5, 2022!

Luminar Neo:
1 seat:
Luminar Neo + 2 Free Packs for $64 – 41% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $93 – 59% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $103 – 63% discount

2 seats:
Luminar Neo + 2 Free Packs for $74 – 42% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $113 – 58% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $123 – 62% discount

CLICK HERE FOR THE ABOVE DEALS!

If you do not yet own Luminar AI, grab these deals and get Luminar Neo too!
1 seat:
LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $47 – 60% discount
LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $67 – 69% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $103 – 63% discount

2 seats:
LuminarAI + 2 Free Packs for $59 – 57% discount
LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $79 – 67% discount
Luminar Neo + LuminarAI + Aurora + 2 Free Packs for $123 – 62% discount

CLICK HERE FOR THE ABOVE DEALS!

If you already own Luminar or Aurora, get these special offers:
$54 for 1-seat license for Luminar Neo + free Aurora
$59 for 2-seats license for Luminar Neo + free Aurora

AND A BONUS FOR OWNERS OF LUMINAR OR AURORA, use the code NEWYEAR5OFF to save an additional $5!

CLICK HERE FOR THE ABOVE DEALS!

EARLY ACCESS TO LUMINAR NEO!!

Purchase Luminar Neo now and get an early access copy to test out some of the new features! This article explains what is included in the Early Access version and how to get it!

BUNDLE OF 10 CREATIVE PRODUCTS JUST $35!

An Amazing Collection of TEN Great Bundles at the incredible price of only $35!

You can view each product by clicking on the titles below — but DON’T purchase through the individual product pages! Use the link below to get this Holiday Special Price of $35! (From the makers of Layer Cake)

Mystical Portrait Actions

500 LUTs (usable in Photoshop, LR, Luminar & More!)

Disintegrate & Fusion Actions

Special FX Actions

Watercolor Animals & Graphics

Brushed Watercolor & Drawing Actions

Framing Actions

Fire & Smoke FX Actions + 25 Beyond the Lens Portrait Actions

Lightroom Retouching Brushes & Presets

1,000 Destination Photos (great for composites)

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS DEAL!

Offer expires Dec. 31, 2021! Don’t miss it!

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

DON’T MISS OUT! SIGN UP NOW!

3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets)” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
(Or use the link on the web page.)

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

COMING IN 2022!!

THREE NEW THINGS FOR EARLY 2022!

I know I’ve been talking about my course on “Creating Your Own Textures” for a while now — I’m planning to launch it by the end of January!! PRE-ORDER OPENED SUNDAY DEC. 19th!! An early Christmas gift for yourself! (See info above)

And…I’ve been thinking for a while about a “texture club” of some sort. But I wanted it to be MORE than just another “club”. I’m working on a new COMMUNITY that will not only give you exclusive products and tutorials every month, but will be a real community with a private forum for sharing ideas with other members, monthly group chat calls where you can ask questions and get answers, plus some one-on-one sessions with me! I’m planning to launch this in the 1st quarter of 2022 – stay tuned for more details very soon!

And…I want to set up an AFFILIATE PROGRAM for Meredith Images. If you write a blog of your own (or have a website where you post your work), or teach classes, seminars, etc., and would like to promote the Peacock Studio textures and products and make a commission on the sales, contact me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!

Around the Web December 28

PHOTOGRAPHY

From PictureCorrect: “Snow Photography – 5 Quick Tips”, “The Basics of Bokeh”, “Shield Your Camera from Rain & Snow with this Inexpensive Hack”, “Tips for Taking Great Winter Photos”, “Photography Perspective”, “Using the Bokeh Effect in Child Portraits”.

PHOTOSHOP

From MakeUseOf: “How to Make a Filmstrip in PS”

LIGHTROOM

From PictureCorrect: “Lightroom Photo Editing: 5 Hacks”

NEXT WEBINAR – TODAY!

“Creative Compositing”

TODAY! December 28th, 4:00 pm (Eastern)

See how you can combine multiple photos (or parts of photos) into a creative scene from your own imagination. Utilize textures and overlays to give cohesive lighting and coloring to the image.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

I’ll also be showing how I created this composite (which is the cover of my 2nd eBook)!

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NOTES ARE NOW FOR SALE IN THE PEACOCK STUDIO!
Reg. $7.50 – Just $5 until 1/4/22!

CLICK HERE TO GRAB YOUR COPY!

QUICK SURVEY

I want to change the Thursday Blog to a new topic – will you help me decide?
CLICK HERE to answer this short two-question survey! Survey closes 12/31/21.

Thanks to all who replied already!

PRE-RELEASE
“Creating Your Own Textures” Course!!

Some of you have been asking for this course for a while! It’s still a work in progress, but I plan to release the first parts of it by the end of January. I will be adding to it for several months, and all the additional modules are included in this one price!

CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR COPY
AT THIS VERY SPECIAL PRICE!
Pre-Sale Expires 12/31/21!

BUNDLE OF 10 CREATIVE PRODUCTS JUST $35!

An Amazing Collection of TEN Great Bundles at the incredible price of only $35!

You can view each product by clicking on the titles below — but DON’T purchase through the individual product pages! Use the link below to get this Holiday Special Price of $35! (From the makers of Layer Cake)

Mystical Portrait Actions

500 LUTs (usable in Photoshop, LR, Luminar & More!)

Disintegrate & Fusion Actions

Special FX Actions

Watercolor Animals & Graphics

Brushed Watercolor & Drawing Actions

Framing Actions

Fire & Smoke FX Actions + 25 Beyond the Lens Portrait Actions

Lightroom Retouching Brushes & Presets

1,000 Destination Photos (great for composites)

CLICK HERE TO GRAB THIS DEAL!

Offer expires Dec. 31, 2021! Don’t miss it!

WINTER VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

DON’T MISS OUT! SIGN UP NOW!

3rd Virtual Creative Photography Conference
Feb. 26 & 27, 2022! 

SPEAKER LINE-UP & TOPICS:

Mark Battista – “Simple Solutions for Still Life”
Jordan Blackstone – “Portrait Painting using PS (People & Pets)” & “Pixels to Fine Art”
Lori Lankford – “In-Camera Creativity” & “The Beauty of Texture Photography in Nature”
Don Rosenberger – “Why You Should Be Shooting Infrared” & “Getting Close”
Shelly Roy – “One is not Enough: Multi-Photo Layouts”
Kate Silvia – “Get Creative with the Nik Suite” & “Introduction to Photoshop Layers”
Dave Meredith – “Fun Compositing with Photos & Digital Art”
Hazel Meredith – “Creativity with Plug-Ins & Phone Apps”
& “Using Textures, Brushes & Crop Shapes”

CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE WEBSITE & READ ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS & THEIR PROGRAMS!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!
(Or use the link on the web page.)

Conference price will be $39 before Jan. 31, 2022 and $49 afterwards.

COMING IN 2022!!

THREE NEW THINGS FOR EARLY 2022!

I know I’ve been talking about my course on “Creating Your Own Textures” for a while now — I’m planning to launch it by the end of January!! PRE-ORDER OPENED SUNDAY DEC. 19th!! An early Christmas gift for yourself! (See info above)

And…I’ve been thinking for a while about a “texture club” of some sort. But I wanted it to be MORE than just another “club”. I’m working on a new COMMUNITY that will not only give you exclusive products and tutorials every month, but will be a real community with a private forum for sharing ideas with other members, monthly group chat calls where you can ask questions and get answers, plus some one-on-one sessions with me! I’m planning to launch this in the 1st quarter of 2022 – stay tuned for more details very soon!

And…I want to set up an AFFILIATE PROGRAM for Meredith Images. If you write a blog of your own (or have a website where you post your work), or teach classes, seminars, etc., and would like to promote the Peacock Studio textures and products and make a commission on the sales, contact me at Hazel@MeredithImages.com.

This post may contain affiliate links and I will be compensated
if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. Thanks!