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Trying to build a new website

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HELP!!!!  I am having a devil of a time trying to select my very best images to showcase on a new website. One minute I'm focusing on the majestic Hudson Valley, the next I'm entranced with Acadia, Maine or Scotland! How can I select only 23???? Luckily I just called the web designers and they informed me I can load up more after the design has been approved - so now it's just trying to settle on categories and which 23 I am sending them.  This is not easy! Here are some I've decided are a go.....
 These three images have been sold at local gift shops as post cards and 5" x 7"'s . As a matter of fact, Surviving Sisters' Boutique just signed me up as a participating artist and is currently selling these images there (4412 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538).  They have some great things at that store - stop in and check it out! 
If you've seen (or purchased) any of my other images that you think I should include on the new website, please add it …

At least I've been shooting

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Between my computer being so slow lately (more memory and new Hard Drive is on the way!) and having to plow through more email than ever before, thanks to social marketing,  I got into a funk about how frustrating it is to try and run a photography business.  So, the thing that always gets me OUT of that funk is, enjoy doing what I love doing - shooting beautiful pictures.

Took a break from the frustrations last week by heading to the Norwalk Maritime Museum in Connecticut to find some Meerkats. Actually, the seals stole my heart and I was totally entranced by the Jellyfish.
The following day I was asked by BFF photographer Patti Hale to assist her on a shoot with two beautiful young ladies. That was a blast! Hannah and Courtney were great models to work with and we found some really cool barns and graffiti covered ruins that made wonderful backgrounds.
So, I invited Patti to come along with me on a "Mommy and Me" shoot of a special young woman in my life who just had the mos…

Top 12 Dream List

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OK. I actually had a few folks write and ask what are the things I am lusting after... and I have a birthday coming up, so it's not a bad list to pull together for hubby.  As always, though, I don't know how to order these things. I want them all!!!!!

1. Nikkor 70-200 mm lens. I actually have an OLD film version of this lens which makes me happy, but the new one is tack sharp and has vibration reduction and makes shooting portraits a dream. A friend offered me her "last year's version" at half price (still $1300) but the reviews for the newest one make me want it (still, tough to substantiate $2400).

2. I want the IPad. And now there is a brand new version! Again, I have a tough time convincing myself I NEED this toy but I sure do want one. There have been recent reviews on non-Apple netbooks and I'm wondering if someone can help me find one that works as good as the ipad but doesn't cost as much. What a cool way to show off your images and keep yourself …

Ooops. Late on the blog this week!

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Does anybody care?  I've been pretty good about posting once a week for over a year now, but this week I was busy with all good stuff...but busy nonetheless.  My business, Chris Davis Cina Photography, is "Business of the month" at Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) which meant I had to make up some marketing materials to present on the table that focuses on me. My new brochure printed up pretty nice, thanks to Dutchess ProPrint:
The same evening I set my table up at HVFCU, I attended at "You Pick The Theme Shoot Out & Party" party planned by HV Click. That resulted in over 400 photos that all needed to be plowed through, edited and selected. Here are a few:
If that wasn't enough, I've been working on a promotional portfolio book and I am just about ready to hand that over to the lab.... so, I've been shooting and being creative.  How about you?
It's weekend, folks!  Happy shooting!