Sunday, April 26, 2015

10 Reasons why essential oils are not as great as everyone thinks they are.

10 Reasons why essential oils are not as great as everyone thinks they are:

1. If they are not certified organic oils you are basically just rubbing condensed chemicals around on yourself and in the air.
2. If they are not processed with distilled water than it is most likely being done with a chemical process. You must shop around for ones that do the chemical-free process. A great place for these is Mountain Rose Herbs​. Always ask!
3. Many people combine too many different scents together in a recipe and store them all together making one big toxic mix to pollute your air. Keep them separate from each other. I recommend separate containers for each one as they tend to ferment from their bottles. Using too many together all at once loses their ideal purpose anyhow.
4. Many people use too much in a recipe and it's overwhelming... all you need is one or two drops. 
5. It can mock things that are chemically made. If someone is allergic to a chemical or synthetic product that has a similar scent or ingredient, it can still bother them whether it's a pure form of it or not because it alerts the body to think that it's the same thing and still around.
6. It's best to stay as unscented as possible on your body and inside your home. This way you are aware of what is really going on around you. If you cover up a real problem all you're doing is huffing in both the problem plus a scent. Fix the real problem.
7. Just like anything else the body needs a break. Don't use too much of anything because you can make your body to sensitive to one particular thing if used too much or for too long.
8. Don't assume that just because it's considered better than chemical or synthetic products that everyone loves what you use. Essential oils can still bother others with sensitivities and allergies.
9. As pure as it is, it's still an oil. Oils coat and coating doesn't allow things to breath.
10. Just remember, if you can't get it directly from nature in that form and a machine or boiling has to be done in order to condense it down, it's worth questioning whether it should be on or around us at all, so I say always be cautious and use sparingly.

Read up on how essential oils are made or how to make them yourself. Here is a great link to start:

Monday, March 16, 2015

Hibernating Trends: Fairy Tale and Fantasy Art

This type of art fits me to a T. Can be done in real life or in Photoshop. I've been doing fun superimposing for years but this is a bit more of a serious tone. I like it. I've decided that each day I am able and have time I will create a fantasy or fairy tale piece from my photos and subjects! Who knows, maybe you're next...

MY CURRENT PROJECT: Booking more weddings for the year!
SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD: Carrie Underwood - Good Girl
CRAVING: hot (raw) cocao
NEEDED A MOMENT: gum teeth jaw throbbing
BEST MOMENT: cutting my hair! :)

NEW! Wildflower Package: $1850.

INTRODUCING a NEW WEDDING PACKAGE from Out of the Ordinary Photography & Design! The Wildflower Package: $1850. Includes Ceremony, Portrait Formals and Reception. Everything is the same except this package excludes any photographic coverage before Ceremony. I have found many no longer want getting ready coverage so this is custom to that idea. Formals must be done after Ceremony for this package. You may upgrade any time before the wedding. Share the news with your friends who are getting married! Contact us for more details and see if this package works best for you. Visit our Package and Price page.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hibernating Trends: Reflection Art

 Reflection art is a beautiful way to enhance what is already beautiful but in double!


MY CURRENT PROJECT: Wed Me Love {} and Wed Me Love Magazine
SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD: Ellie Goulding - Love Me Like You Do
CRAVING: Lemon water

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hibernating Trends: Double Exposure Art

Double Exposures are right up my alley. I've been experimenting with them since I started photography with film cameras back in my teenage years into college. Then there are all the collages I've created which have similar designs but the ones in Photoshop are much more honed and polished. The trick is finding the right photo combinations to make it work.
Which one do you like the most? Color or black and white?

MY CURRENT PROJECT: Little things I never had time for before
SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD: Duck Dynasty Original Intro Song not ZZ Top
CRAVING: no bake cookies
NEEDED A MOMENT: ugh can't say
BEST MOMENT: It's snowing!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Out of the Ordinary Wins a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award® 2015

                 SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – January 8, 2015 – WeddingWire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, named Out of the Ordinary Photography & Design as a winner of the prestigious WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015 for creative wedding photography and design in Saratoga Springs!

                The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015 recognizes the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The esteemed awards are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on their professional achievements from the previous year.
                While many industry award winners are selected by the host organization, the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with Out of the Ordinary. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.
                "It's always exciting to start the year by honoring the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network who represent more than two million reviews on our website," said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. "Each of the businesses recognized are committed to quality, professionalism and all around top-notch service. We applaud Out of the Ordinary for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry."
                As a Couples' Choice Awards® winner, Out of the Ordinary Photography & Design is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of more than 200,000 wedding professionals throughout North America and abroad.
              Out of the Ordinary Photography & Design is proud to be one of the top Wedding Photographer in Saratoga Springs in the WeddingWire Network, which includes leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding,, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® 2015.
                For more information about Out of the Ordinary Photography & Design, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at
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                WeddingWire, the leading technology company serving the $100 billion wedding and events industry, is the largest online vertical marketplace connecting engaged couples with event professionals. With more than two million consumer reviews, it is the industry leader in consumer reviews. The site enables engaged couples to search, compare and book from an extensive database of more than 200,000 recently reviewed event professionals, from venues to photographers. WeddingWire provides event professionals with the technology they need to serve their clients, including a SaaS platform, which powers advertising, marketing, and CRM needs of local wedding and events businesses nationwide.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

"Photographer's passion: Snowflakes" in The Chronicle Newspaper

Something so cool made the hottest press in town: My Snowflakes & The Glens Falls Chronicle! 

MY CURRENT PROJECT: Watching for snowfall and Battle Pets!
SONG STUCK IN MY HEAD: Something So Strong by Crowded House
CRAVING: bagel and cream cheese, eating it now
NEEDED A MOMENT: Catching a breath after...
BEST MOMENT: Seeing my Snowflakes on the front page of The Chronicle