Newsletter March 2015

Hello everyone,

March!!!  Flowers are appearing, the weather is warming and I thought I'd share with you a little Irish tradition as we have Saint Patricks day on the 17th..."t' be sure". I thought it might make for an nice alternative to leprechauns and shamrocks :-) 

Above is a photograph of the Irish Claddagh ring originating from Galway in Ireland.  The elements of this ring are often said to correspond to the qualities of love (the heart), friendship (the hands), and loyalty (the crown).  

There are several ways to wear the ring and it may indicate the wearers romantic availability or lack thereof!
Traditionally, if the ring is on the right hand with the heart facing outward and away from the body, this indicates that the person wearing the ring is not in any serious relationship, and may in fact be single and looking for a relationship: "their heart is open."
When worn on the right hand but with the heart facing inward toward the body, this indicates the person wearing the ring is in a relationship, or that "someone has captured their heart".
A Claddagh worn on the left hand ring finger facing outward away from the body generally indicates that the wearer is engaged. When the ring is on the left hand ring finger and facing inward toward the body, it generally means that the person wearing the ring is married." (~ Murphy, Colin, and Donal O'Dea (2006) The Feckin' Book of Everything Irish).

This months newsletter comes with a couple of great March opportunities as well as what's new and coming from the 'You're Smarter Than Your Camera' blog.  There is information for voting for the best of the best BayAreaParent services (me please) as well as my own 'Little Ditty' - early spring has brought early flowers blooming and a great time to get some photos taken.

Thanks for reading and enjoy the early start of spring!
Tracey xx

Latest and Greatest
It's time for the BayAreaParent Best of the Best!
Please vote for me!!! :-) tracey medcalfe photography
---and let other Bay Area parents know about your favorite museums, zoos, pediatricians, schools and more. When you vote, your name is automatically entered for a chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card and a Family 4-Pack of tickets to great venues such as Gilroy Gardens, SF Symphony, San Francisco Zoo, Children's Discovery Museum and Disney On Ice!

Voting ends on April 30, 2015. The results will be published in our 2015 Best of the Best publication in late July.
Just click on the link below
March Opportunities...
Refer a Friend
I am always thrilled when clients love what I do and refer me to their friends and family.  My way of saying thank you to anyone who refers me; I would like to offer them a $60 print credit for each confirmed booking!
Everybody Loves Taking Pictures Competition
I ran this competition last year and it was a great success… dig out your old favourites….or get your camera out rain or shine and and take some new ones and send them over to me.  The best one I receive by the end of March will win a free photo shoot session, worth $150.
Offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
For the Photographer in You - 'You're Smarter Than Your Camera!'
February got off to a really great start!  Thanks to all of you who signed up for my blog - 'You're Smarter Than Your Camera'  I released 3 blogs all about aperture - phew!  And the scary thing is...I could go on....but I won't!  Next month we will cover shutter speed and I will continue with my drawing attempts and images to get the message over as clearly as I can.  
Just how long the shutter is open for when you take a photo allows a different amount of light to enter your camera and has a really big effect on the final image of your subject.  Here are just a few examples -

Sports images - is your subject moving a lot during sports or riding a bike for example.
- Creative images - water movement - are you trying to capture a stream that is moving?  What effect do you want to create - would you like it to be blurry so that the viewer can see the movement in the water or do you want to freeze the movement.
-   Animals - are you trying to capture images of your pet, who keeps on moving?  Or even trying to take that shot of the squirrels or birds in the yard?
- Nighttime - Do you want to create great photos of moving lights at night?
- Racing - Do you want to blur the background whilst keep a racing car perfectly focus to give the effect of great speed? 

I will cover all of these and more during the March shutter speed blogs and will also introduce how shutter speed has a perfect relationship with aperture from my last blogs

So go ahead....indulge yourself and sign up to the blog - just click on the button below to register.
Sign me up to 'You're Smarter Than Your Camera' Blog
Little Ditty About My Own Camera Fun - Impressions on a Yellow Canvas

A lovely friend and fellow photographer got in touch last week to say that she had found the most beautiful fields of yellow flowers blooming for as far as the eye can see and they really are!  Here are a few images!  I am thinking of starting a location based mini-shoot offering.  It will always be great value and will involve short shoots at a specific location which has something attractive to offer.  Look out for them being advertised in the newsletter and on Facebook.
Quote of the Month
'May the sun bring you new energy by day, may the moon softly restore you by night, may the rain wash away your worries, may the breeze blow new strength into your being, may you walk gently thorugh the world and know it's beauty all the days of your life.' ~ Apache Blessing
March Project
Sign up to the for 'You're Smarter Than Your Camera' Blog and get out in the flowers and sunshine and see what you capture!
And that's it for March!
Thank you so much for reading my March newsletter, do get in touch if there is anything you would like to know more about!
Tracey xx
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