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Lady Katie
Making the lives of children better, one word at a time and exploring the world of photography.
Making the lives of children better, one word at a time and exploring the world of photography.


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Here are some shots I took at a wedding earlier this month.
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about Ladies of Lineage in Charlotte, NC!
Those ladies are fantastically welcoming and helpful. At other shops (and I visited a lot!), I felt swept under a rug or pooh-poohed (even asked to leave one because of rain--okay, it was extreme rain), although I had a decent budget.
Then things changed. From the second I walked in to Ladies of Lineage for their Matthew Christopher trunk show, I was immediately welcomed, despite the fact that we were quite early for our appointment. Elizabeth helped me. While I didn't buy this dress on the spot (I had a tough choice to make between two fabulous dresses, so I had to call back to order this fabulous beauty), the girls were quick to answer any questions I had, even after the appointment.
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Today's theme is: "Wall Flowers/Trellis Flowers"
Shot in Paris, France

Curated by +Johnny Wills (ONE PHOTO PER PERSON PLEASE :-). The aim is to make your life more enjoyable. To let you in if you want to. Post an image linked to the daily theme, and add #joinindaily so Johnny can find them. Images can be taken any time.
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Sign up! It's totally worth it!

You know, if you're into photography.
for the Photography Scavenger Hunt!

Don't know what that is?
It's an amazing game that has turned into so much more.
If you love photography, and you have a camera,

Simply type "I'M IN" in the comments & fill out the Google Form here:
and the first 350 people to sign up will be entered.

After sign-ups (after I get everyone organized & invited to the community) there will be 3 posts:
#1 post will be a PARTICIPATION POST
#2 post will be RULES & EXPECTATIONS
#3 post will be HOW THIS ALL WORKS
THEN you will get an item list - 7 simple things to take pictures of.
This process should all happen by the end of tomorrow latest.

It's up to you to make your picture stand out!!
It's so much fun!!
You will have 8 weeks to get the photos done.

You do NOT need to be a professional shooter.
You do NOT need a fancy camera.
You do NOT need to feel any hesitation on your skill level,
as this group of Scavengers is the most supportive group of people I have ever known.
This is just FOR FUN.
This will get YOU to use your camera in ways you might not do otherwise,
It's to push you to try new things,
learn new techniques,
join a group of like-minded people who will encourage you
and teach you sooo much!
Basically, this gives you a fun excuse to take pictures you wouldn't have otherwise!

During the course of the round, you will make friends,
You will have support and be encouraged and be a part of the best community on G+.
You WILL be welcomed and surrounded by wonderful people
who WANT you to watch you succeed and surprise yourself!!

SO, if that sounds like something you'd like to be a part of...
All you have to do is type two simple little words, I'M IN
Fill out the attached Google Form and you will be registered.

IF YOU ARE SIGNING UP SOMEONE AS A PROXY (if someone has asked you to sign them up) do so on different comments. (don’t worry about the form if you are signing up as a proxy for someone)
And there NEEDS to be G+ account linked to that name.

Only ONE PERSON per comment, if there are more than one on a single comment, only the first person will be entered.
(This is the only way we can keep track of the 350 spots.)

PLEASE DO NOT comment on this post unless it is to sign up.
Any stray comments will be deleted.

PLEASE DO NOT sign up unless you actually want to participate,
not just because you see everyone else doing it.
And with that let the registration BEGIN!!

The example below was from our Calculating album.
These are 9 examples from extraordinary photographers who participated. Images by +Bernd Markgraf, +Kathleen Kent, +Jenn Camforth +Cathy Custer Donohoue , +Stephen Maddox, +Heather Szarka, +Bette Kauffman , +Isabelle Hurbain-Palatin , +Amy Diaz

So just type I'M IN, fill out the google form here:
and you will be included.

After 350 comments are in, comments will be disabled and work on entering everyone will begin. If you are within the first 350, you will be hearing back in the next 1-2 days (it may even be today!) and be invited to join the 21st Round Scavenger Community. Good luck!
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Here is my album for Round 20 of the Scavenger Hunt.

It certainly was a blast playing this round, even though I was super busy with big life changes.
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And here is the whole album.
We are officially on DAY TWO of REVEALS
from the 20TH ROUND
of the +Chrysta Rae Photography Scavenger Hunt!!! (Headed up this round by +Lauri Novak - that’s me!)

What is the scavenger hunt?
Only the most inspiring, creative and fun way to learn your camera, push your limits, experiment, and shoot things in ways you didn't think you could.

This event runs a few times a year for anyone of any level of photography to participate.
The game is open to up to 300 Photographers
You get 7 items to shoot
You get a period of time to shoot and enter your photos.
Then they are judged by amazing photographers

Then the albums are opened up to the public over the course of 7 days.
There are 7 categories:
This is the "*ZIG ZAG*" album.

This event is an amazing way to use your camera in new ways.
It gets you seeing things in new ways,
It helps improve your photography skills,
gives you a huge audience,
and lets everyone celebrate each other's successes.
Make new friends,
and be a part of a community of photographers who care about each other, teach each other, and inspire one another.

The group of "scavengers" that participate create a community unlike any other on G+.
Support, encouragement, friendships even some #huntsmack is enjoyed.
We become a family over the course of the round.

This is a negative-free zone - There is zero tolerance for any critiques that are uninvited.
Please be respectful and remember that every person went out there and took the time to shoot these images
and put thought into them and tried their best.
And remember….YOU ALL ROCK!


(NOTE: Only one of the images were taken by me - this is a collection of images taken by multiple photographers participating in the scavenger hunt. All copyrights apply)

Cover image by: +madhura ravishankar

With that - I present to you the "ZIG ZAG" album,
1 item seen in 159 different ways.
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This is my entry for the Zigzag album of the Scavenger Hunt.
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Facebook Fail?

Is this happening for anyone else?
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I have to say that I am disappointed with Dove (of Unilever). All my life, I have supported the company and sang the praises of their products. I was trying to be patient to see if they would correct things, but they haven't. They have limited edition body washes (and soap bars) in the winter and summer. The Summer Care was my favorite. It smelled clean, and kept my skin as soft as my satin pillowcases. In 2015, they changed the product. It went from a blue label to a yellow label (which I love, because well, it's yellow). This also represented a massive change in the product. The scent is totally different, and lingers for forever, which I highly dislike.
That is not my biggest complaint, though. My biggest complaint is the stupid micro beads they added to "exfoliate". Those little beads wreak havoc on the environment. If Dove were a socially and environmentally conscious, they would take those beads out immediately! I may have to begin purchasing more environmentally friendly products, and leave Dove behind (which could hurt Dove, because I used almost all their products).
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It's almost time for summer. Are you excited, because I know I am!
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