World Photo Day 2015 Specials

World Photo Day Specials

I hope you had a great World Photo Day snapping away with your favorite picture-making devices!

This special has expired, but the sample albums shown are always available to bring your favorite images together into a memorable keepsake. Book me for your next shoot here.

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Check out more about World Photo Day and happy snapping! -eB


Sample 8x8 Square Engagement Photo Album
1940s themed engagement portrait shoot album
Accordion Portrait Sample Album
Accordion Portrait Sample Album Unfolded


First Friday Fashion (fail) Contest

First Friday Fashion Fail contest images

Last Friday, September 2nd, I set up shop downtown at Generic & invited shoppers to put together a favorite outfit of their best style (or worst, depending on fashion taste) and model it for a mini-session. The results were no less crazy than I expected.

UPDATED: Contest has closed, but come take a look at the entries on my Facebook page. The photo with the most votes won the model a full photo shoot!

Keep an eye out on my Facebook page for more contests & shoot specials ahead! -eB

The system is/was down

404 homestar'd

Thank you, AT&T DSL service and GoDaddy web hosting for your unpredicted reminder to back up everything powered by your companies’ web services. Seems there was some web router problem that blocked a large percentage of AT&T DSL customers from viewing our site for a good portion of Tuesday. (How specific, right?) What it meant on my side of things was just bad email and trouble checking our orders on the proof gallery. For an hour or so after I noticed things weren’t working as expected in the online world I dug up backups of our website, the blog, proofing, and emails only to be reminded more recent copies would serve me better if things really were awry.

Things seem to be back to normal after a good reminder to keep current backups!

To celebrate being visible again, see my favorite version of the system being down to a techno beat as sung by StrongBad.

Fall portrait sessions

Indiana Michigan fall portrait sessions

You’re invited to pick a date and time of your choice for a great shoot with us! No pre-set backgrounds, banks of deer-in-the-headlight lighting, or giant number props, just location of your choice and an easygoing session!

Great time of year for . . .


Engagement (and Anniversaries!)

Trash the Dress

Family & Just Because Sessions

eB Photography

EB Photography on!

Just before finishing packing up for a Saturday shoot I ran across a news feed to find that an article I posted was featured on! (That’s Do-It-Yourself Photography, for the record.)

I mentioned the power adapter splitter dubbed “SuperSquid” a little while back here. I was thrilled to see it featured on the home page as well as added to travel tips on

Ok, off to bed. Just wanted to share the excitement.

New photographic modification project coming next week! Be on the lookout!

Do It Yourself Photography

Monday Makeshfit Mayhem – the SuperSquid

It’s been a rainy day here in South Bend. Great for indoor work getting caught up, unpacking stuff from Art Beat (still finding glitter everywhere) and getting a few quick projects out of the way while photos back up and get sent out for orders.

Introducing the SuperSquid. 🙂 Location photographer’s battery charging helper.

On location photography shoots I usually run into the need for several chargers and very few power outlets. Other times I’ve packed the camera bags and forgotten the second, identical charger cable thinking it was already in the bag.

Camera battery charger mess

2 DSLR body battery chargers that use the same cable, 1 AA charger that needs a wall outlet…. hmm..

SuperSquid completed!

Tada! A splitter for camera AND flash battery chargers on ONE PLUG! (Informercial audience “oooh” here) The finished cable takes up as little or LESS ROOM than a standard AC charger cord.

Feeling brave or wanting to see if you still like a little jolt from the wall outlet? Check out the Instructable Do-It-Yourself Page HERE or send me a comment to order one custom made and avoid smelling like burnt toast.

New Camera Test Photos – Nikon D300

Yep, the Nikon D300 passed the test – it can capture baby cuteness.

Rainy mornings are perfect for baby snuggles and photos.
Calm morning crawl and cuddles

Why yes, I am this cute in person!
Why yes, I am this cute in person

Our little camera ham 🙂
our little camera ham

He’s not only accustomed to having a camera in front of him but I’m pretty sure he loves being in front of the camera too.
Baby loves the Nikon D300 too

CLASSIC silly expression!
Classic silly expression

All cuteness photographed under window light with Nikon D300, MB-D10 vertical grip, Nikon 50mm f/1.4D lens, and one amazing son Adrian.

How do you see it?

This came across the wire on my daily quotes of the iGoogle homepage. Something to think about.

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity.
They seem more afraid of life than death.
– James F. Byrnes

How do you see risks?

The Art of Contentment

One of my talented artist friends Phil posted this and I wanted to detour from photo news to include some thoughts on the Art of contentment. Enjoy.

The Art of Contentment

“For most of us, being single will be more of a phase than a final destination. This is the best place to practice the art of contentment. Someday, I’m sure most of us will fall in love and get married. But the thing is, love will always be tested.

Someone more handsome, beautiful, more charming, richer, funnier, sweeter would come along. If you have not practiced the art of contentment as a single person, chances are you would be tempted to want that and not cherish your chosen one. Practicing the Art of Contentment as a single person means that you take what life gives you, good or bad, and you’re willing to see it through. It means you don’t walk away everytime things get tough, because it builds in you patience, perseverance, understanding and a hundred different virtues that people in a hurry will never have to cherish.

Being single means you would find how it feels to be alone thus, allowing you to cherish every moment you spend with your chosen one. The art of contentment means you wouldn’t mind if life had to make you wait for so long to find the love of your life, because you know that the waiting would only make the finding the love of your life much sweeter.

Being single is a time of your life when you can get to know yourself better. You can pursue different interest and passions without having to ask another person’s approval. It is a phase when you can keep focus on other things, discover your potentials and talents, and see yourself become more of the person you expect to be.

Allow yourself to surprise you. Stop wasting precious energy trying to figure out why you’re still romantically unattached. It’s all in the mind. Take the time to go see your friends, spend time with your family, do charity work and you will realize that you are not, and never for one moment, was alone.

Try to get to know yourself first before you try to get to know other people. To be truly loved, means to be known and accepted for who you are. How do you expect other people to know you and to love you, when you don’t know who and what you really are? Sometimes the dilemmas we face are not between what is absolutely bad and absolutely good. Sometimes, it’s between what is good and best.

Treat this stage of your life as a phase to evaluate who is good for you and who is best for you. Sometimes, you won’t hear music, or feel magic to know who’s best for you. The heart just knows and it doesn’t need any romantically charged scenario to decide on the matter. Trust in your heart, and trust that time will eventually lead you to, not to the perfect partner, but to the most suitable partner for you. Being single is a phase of life that we need to be thankful for, because being single means our hearts have yet to choose the best one for us.

Take your time, the world will wait. Being married doesn’t guarantee that it will make your life happy. It doesn’t guarantee anything at all. Sometimes, it only brings two miserable people together only to make their life even more miserable. Without the right intention, the emotional maturity, financial security and of course, unwavering love, you’re better off unattached.

Living Life. Don’t put your life on hold for Mr. and Mrs. Right, but don’t let it waste away with Mr. or Mrs. Wrong. Life is about things that you do and happen to you everyday. It’s not about the things that could have happened but never did, or things that you think would happen in the future. Live life now. Live it to the fullest and stop beating yourself up, trying to be perfect on a Saturday night date. Allow life to surprise you with it’s most wonderful blessings.”

Drobo arigato, data roboto

Last week we added some robotics to the office to back up thousands of photographs while we aren’t looking / are working / taking care of Adrian. After a long debate, mostly of internal monologue arguments, I decided to try the Drobo, a “data storage robot.”


(Cool photo, not even mine)

Currently it’s doing it’s robot work with 2 500gb Western Digital SATA hard drives, and is about 70% full. One of the hugely beneficial things of the Drobo system is that when I need more room I just add another drive and the Drobo will figure out the backup scheme. While the Drobo is a more pricey backup than say, buying a pair of external drives, the ability to seamlessly add more storage and have all files appear as a single “drive” on the desktop means finding them is simple stuff.

How simple? Add drives, plug it in and drop stuff into the drive. It does what I really lack the concentration or reminders to do by duplicating all the files so that I have an instant backup.

Drobo data at risk

Zorks! 5 hours to dupe 300gb? I don’t remember how long it took to clone the info but I could use the info while it was being duplicated so it wasn’t down time. This was the initial robitics at work when I started with one drive and added the second. When running with two drives the clone work is done while you copy / move / save files and there’s no “yellow alert” warning as pictured above. Otherwise It looks like and works like any other external drive.

Drobo data safe

By the time I weighed options and crunched numbers and prepared to order, there’s a NEW Firewire800 version out that dropped the prce on the USB version I wanted. Unexpected cash savings.

That is neat. []