Simple things Sunday Special Guest Series

Hello Everyone! 

I hope you’re enjoying a fabulous weekend! I hinted last week at our Simple things Sunday party that I would be welcoming a few special guests to come and share some photography inspiration with us on the blog each week. I’ve invited some of my favourite photographers whom I love and admire and I’m so excited to introduce them to you!

They will be joining us each Sunday for our weekly link up so watch for their photos being shared in the party or via instagram. They’ll be visiting some of your blogs and admiring your beautiful photos throughout the week. The following Saturday morning they will be sharing a little bit about themselves, some fabulous photo tips and highlighting a few of YOUR photos that caught their eye in the weekly linkup!

This is going to be such fun and I can’t wait for you to meet our very first guest – Christy of Addy Lane. I’ve been using Christy’s beautiful actions on my photos for years now and I just love them to bits. The soft vintage feel and the timeless look they give to my photos is simply divine and I can’t wait for you to see the latest set of actions that Christy’s been working on!

I’m going to turn this over to Christy so she can tell you a little bit about herself. She’s got some wonderful editing advice to share and you can find her photo picks from the STS party along with links to her blog, FB page and instagram feed at the bottom of this post!

Hello! My name is Christy and I currently reside in Florida with my supper supportive husband and 4 children. My loves other than my children & photography are early morning light, Hawaiian fusion food and watching Homeland on Sunday nights (completely hooked on that show!). 

I have been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. My passion developed as a little girl growing up in Hawaii, looking through my Grandmothers boxes of pictures. I still have and dearly treasure her cameras, and her pictures. But my first true SLR camera was Canon 35mm film camera, and about 5 years ago I went digital. 

I created Addy Lane about 3 years ago out of my love for developing actions, and editing images. Although I once ran a photography business in addition to holding down a day job, I walked away from it about 2 years ago to concentrate on raising my kids and spend more time actually photographing without the stress. During my hiatus I have spent a lot of time documenting my family in a very raw way, from the beautiful to messy and everything in between. At the same time, developing actions to compliment those images in a classic timeless way. 

My Photoshop tip…keep it simple. It starts in camera. First look for great lighting to help create depth and emotion in your images, then keep your edits simple. Its easy to go overboard, but a solid image to begin with should only need some brightening and contrast adjustments. And how about one more….learn to shoot from your heart. Sometimes the rules need to be thrown out the window 😉

Thank you so much for sharing your photos with us Christy and for the great advice! 
You have such an eye for seeing and capturing the beauty in the everyday! Aren’t her images just divine!? You can find Christy online and follow her via instagram here:
Here are a few photos that caught Christy’s eye as she browsed through the links in our simple things party this past week. Read her comments and find links to these ladies lovely blogs below!

Im a sucker for shadows! Beautiful catch.

Great use of available light and I love her expression! Every bit a princess.

  So much fun! I would never have the patience to set something like this up, so I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into a shoot like this. 

  Because I still wash dishes on the sink too…with so many kids to feed by days end there is no room left  in our dishwasher. 
If your photo was featured be sure and grab yourself a button!
Thank you as always to everyone for linking up each week! I can’t wait to see your photos tomorrow at our 106th Simple things Sunday party!

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Rebecca Cooper is a 38-year-old wife and mother of four from Alberta, Canada. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more right here at Simple as That.

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  1. says

    I bought Addy Lane Basics awhile back after seeing Rebecca’s photos and I love the simplicity. They were editing tools I already used, but it helped speed up the process for a large editing session. I adore the cereal spoon shot, such everyday simplicity. I have found in some ways I regret starting a business because of losing time for my own images and it is hard to find balance. Looking forward to those new actions!

  2. celina bailey says

    What inspiring photos and great tips. I will definitely be checking Addy’s blog :) thanks for sharing. I still need to work on my photos and join the link party 😉

  3. says

    Oh goodness!!! You sure know how to make a girl’s day!!!!! My jaw dropped to the floor when I saw that you mentioned my photo! Thanks so much for the honour. I love your blog! I get so many ideas here! Have a happy day!!!

  4. says

    What beautiful pictures!! I, too, love Homeland! And, what great tips, I especially love the shoot from the heart, the best pictures are from the heart!

  5. Kirsten Thompson says

    Thank you SO much for the feature of my “Dirty Dishes” shot :) I’m truly honored. Can’t wait to visit the other featured posts! Happy Sunday!

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