Timeless Changes Top Honor and Features | Chosen by Facebook Guest Judge Rose:Life Photography


I had a great time hanging out as guest judge over the past week choosing my favorites was no easy take but here it goes….


Michèle Tremblay Photo

Oh how I love a simple photograph that makes me ask all sorts of questions. What does this bench look at? Who has been here before? What did they see? Plus the creative focal point and beautiful texture make this the kind of image I love to stare at and let my mind wander.


Bree Friesen Photography

This photo makes me anticipate the soon to come snow. I love the use of the street light and the way it makes the snow light up. Watching snow in the street light outside my front window is one of my favorite things. I also love how the girl compliments the scene and seems so quiet and contemplative.


Roots and Twigs Photography

I love sunflowers they are one of those things that are so beautiful but yet short lived. I felt like the colors and the wagon also gave this image a very timeless feel.



The viewpoint through the leaves, the soft dappled light, this beautiful young lady, there are so many reasons I love this.


Anna Bradley Photography

The light and focus of this image turn long dead leaves into a beautiful work of art. Nothing as timeless as the changing of leaves.



Moments by Mancuso

This image is my top honor for a few reasons. The timeless change of children growing up is what inspired the theme in my mind and walking is by far one of the biggest of those milestones that change a child’s world. I adore the use of light in this image and the bear in the streak of light is what did it for me! It is almost as is he is alive and I can feel his pain as baby, with new freedom, wanders right past her lifelong friend.

10 Facts with Facebook Guest Judge 11/21-11/27 | Rose:Life Photography


Hello there, I’m Lauren of Rose:Life Photography. I am an indefinite photographer in Wisconsin, who will capture whatever moves me including but not limited to nature, portraits, live music, conceptual fine art, or lifestyle documentary images of my little tribe.

Like a lot of others I started my photography journey very young but I became completely obsessed with the art around the age of 15. I worked in Sales and Labs at local camera stores starting at age 16 and ending when I became pregnant with my first baby in 2006. Investing a small inheritance from my late grandfather in 2010 towards a new camera and upgrading from a Nikon D70 purchased in 2005 to a Nikon D5000 I started shooting portraits as a way to pay for my photography (because we all know it’s not cheap!) Over the course of 5 years I made enough to reach my equipment goals and now my main bag now contains a Nikon D610, Tamron 24-70 f/2.8, Nikon 50mm f/1.4,  Nikon 35mm f/1.8 and Nikon S910 Speedlight.  (My two main bags are both custom creations from Porteen Gear that I adore!)

At the beginning of 2016, I decided to quit the portrait business game. I have done a few session with clients that I have been capturing yearly for the past 5 years because at this point they are like family and I can’t bring myself to give their beautiful faces over to someone else’s camera, but other than that I have spent the past year rediscovering what I really love about photography. I am thrilled to be the guest judge this week on Dear Photographer!


10 Fun Facts about Me

  1. I got married at the age of 20. My Dog, Lady, was my maid of honor! We celebrated 11 years in August and have created 3 super awesome small humans in that time.
  2. We are homeschooling our kids. In September, I bought a 4’x6’ Magnetic White Board that takes up our entire kitchen wall!
  3. When I become interested in something I become obsessive and attempt to obtain as much knowledge as I possibly can on the topic. Homeschooling and photography top that list as the things I have continued to fixate on for years.
  4. I DO NOT LIKE ANYTHING COFFEE!!! Not the smell or the taste! I do however LOVE tea and cannot start my day without at least one cup of English breakfast tea. I also collect teapots!
  5. Music! It is the only thing that maintains my sanity most days. I have music playing constantly! My Pandora shuffle is heavy on Blues and Bluegrass these days. I love live music. I am blessed to be surrounded by an amazing local music scene and try to get my introverted self out to support as much as I can.
  6. Pie! Give me all the Pie! If it is cherry pie I’m not sharing!
  7. I have a love of things with blue roses on them.
  8. We have a hedgehog his name is Steve.
  9. My daughter is a bookworm and we find it pretty cool that Laura Ingalls Wilders Grandmother is buried in the cemetery up the road in our little unincorporated town.
  10. After disbanding my portrait business I deleted my portfolio website and decided to start a blog which I have yet to really do anything with because I just can’t convince myself that anybody cares about what I would have to share. I’ve had a hard time coming up with 10 facts to share!



While attempting to come up with a theme for this Thanksgiving week words like “Tradition” and “Timeless” came to mind. But I feel like everything is changing.  My youngest, pictured above, is about to turn three in January. He is still usually running around in a diaper with his “paci” in his mouth. This image, from a trip to our local children’s museum this past week, is the first photograph that grabs me and makes me feel like the fact that he is no longer a baby is undeniable no matter how hard I try to avoid it. This trip he even asked to use the potty and stayed dry the entire day!  My oldest is heading into double digits in a few weeks and signs of transformation have already begun. She is already able to wear some of my clothes! I have spent the last year rearranging my priorities and changing habits. 2016 has been a year of change.

The world outside my door seems to be shifting just as quickly. It’s been a year filled with so many social advances and revelations. The reality of the violence and crime we as humans are capable of have hit closer to home. Two weeks ago those of us in America voted and whatever your opinion on the matter there is no negating the results of our election will equal change.

I have always found refuge and reassurance in music. The legendary Bob Dylan has been quoted as saying “There is nothing so stable as change”, he created a timeless tune with “The Times they are a Changing”. Change is inevitable we can choose to fear it or embrace it. I personally have grown to find comfort in change and tend to subconsciously stir things up when I feel life growing stagnant.

As I pondered my topic ideas more I realized that was it. I want to see your interpretations of “Timeless Changes”. Things that have remained forever changing throughout history.

Americana Top Honor and Features | Chosen by Facebook Guest Judge Wanderlust Exposures


What a whirlwind of a week! So glad I got to Guest Judge here at Dear Photographer. It was a blast and I loved seeing all of the Americana images. you all have such wonderful talent and inspire me as an artist. Here are my favorite images and Top Honors.

One Three Eight Photography
One Three Eight Photography

One Three Eight, I love this perspective shot. It reminds me of a child’s view looking up at the Flag. Thank you for you share.




               Katy Vetter Photography

Katy, I have followed you for awhile and your work is inspiring to so many. Thank you for this shot.



The Vintage Wheel Photography
   The Vintage Wheel Photography

This shot reminds me of Captain America  and  makes me want to invest in whatever lens you use. Simply stunning!



Photography by Elizabeth Loman
 Photography by Elizabeth Loman

I chose this because my husband came to mind. He came from a long lineage of military men and makes me proud of my future children wanting to try on their father’s uniform. Thank you.




 Rural Life Photography
         Rural Life Photography

I like different and out of the ordinary scenes. I love traveling and have been to a lot of airports in my life. This shot brought back so many memories. Thank you.


~Carrie Hampton Images & Photography

Carrie, thank you for creating this image. To me, it encompasses past and future. I see pride and strength when I saw this. Thank you.

And there you have it folks!

Thank you so much for letting me guest judge and share my images with you.

What’s Your Story? Top Honor and Features | Chosen by Facebook Guest Judge Momma Got Soul Photography


Talk about making a hard choice!!! I loved how each of these images tell such a great story of life and childhood. Thank you for all of your wonderful submissions.

KG Ledbetter Photography


Wilhemina Photography 
Michele Tremblay Photo
Performer Photography
Performer Photography



Tammy Davis Photography




I loved this heart wrenching story so much. The soft window light in contrast to the harsh reality of life. Congratulations to all the winners!

10 Facts with Facebook Judge 11/7-11/13 | Wanderlust Exposures


Hello Photographer-babes!

I am Sarah Vorva, photographer of Wanderlust Exposures. I am located in Edmond, Oklahoma and have been shooting all my life, but professionally since 2014. My specialties include Birth, Weddings, Children and Day in the Life Sessions.

What’s in my bag you ask? Well, I have my Nikon D750, 85mm 1.8, 35mm 1.4 ART and 105mm Macro that plus more fits into my lovely House of Flynn bag! I am ecstatic about being a guest judge over on Dear Photographer Facebook page.

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10 Fun Facts About Me

  •  I have 2 kitties who are named after the D.C Comic, Catwoman (Selena and Isis)
  •  I love Mermaids and Pineapples
  •  I can seriously kick some butt at Mario Kart
  •  I met one of my best photography friends during her birth session
  •  I am a free spirit at heart
  •  Wherever I go, I see a place I want to shoot a session.
  •  I will be a Licensed Professional Counselor in a few more months
  •  I lived in Hawaii for a year and it was the best experience. I mean seriously, you should go visit.. Save that money!
  •  I love designing gallery walls and products for my clients
  • I have a secret passion of shooting video and film



This week’s theme is “Americana” because no matter who wins the election, we still remain as ONE in the land of the free, because of the brave.

This image is special to me because it was the last homecoming shoot I captured in Hawaii and received 13th place in the Passion Portrait category of the Shoot & Share contest.

Best Friends Top Honor and Features | Chosen by Facebook Guest Judge Amy Vick Photography

Best Friends Top Honor and Features | Chosen by Facebook Guest Judge Amy Vick Photography


It’s hard to believe the week is over already! I have had a great time as the facebook guest host this week. Your submissions to the Best Friends theme blew me away. You are all so talented! I wish I could just share all of your submissions, it was so hard to narrow it down to just five! Thank you all for participating this week. I enjoyed my time here at Dear Photographer.


I love this one from  Janel Peyton Photography. It drew me right in. I love how it tells the story without giving everything away. Are they eating ice cream? Taking a break together? It could be anything really. Well done Janel! 14859907_10102918552240268_8206754278459315017_o

This! Oh my goodness. As soon as I saw this one from  Elizabeth Farnsworth Photography – Roanoke, VA I knew I had to include it. I am such a sucker for babies and their lovies. The light, the connection and the conversion here are just absolute perfection! The messy hair and the little bit of dirt just scream childhood to me. Thank you for sharing Beth!


The tones in this image from Natalie Thomas Photography caught my attention immediately. And the connection between the kids had me coming back to it again and again. I love the bare feet and the texture of the grass and the chipped paint on the curb.  Great job Natalie!


This lovely shot from Heather Wimmer, Photographer just says friendship to me. The looks on both their faces just makes me want to know what the secret is. It must be a good one! If they are anything like my boys they are probably planning something interesting! The close crop and the black and white conversion work so well together here. Great job Heather!


Facebook Top Honors goes to Becky Auerbach Photography As soon as I saw it I knew it was the one. The little pocket of light, the leading lines, the amazing connection between the little boy and his best friend, it all just pulls this image together and makes it stand out. The tones and the mood just lovely as well. Congratulations Becky!

10 Facts with Facebook Guest Judge 10/31-11/6 | Momma Got Soul Photography


Hi! (I say that in a super excited voice)

I’m Kelly from Momma Got Soul Photography. I am a documentary photographer  in the hot humid Tampa Bay Area. I know everyone else is getting ready for fall but not so much here. I’ve been at this a few years, I don’t really keep track. It’s hard to nail down that moment that it went from hobby shooting in “P” mode thinking I was cool to an actual business. I am a Canon girl, strive to get all my editing done in Lightroom, and I haven’t been too unhappy with my Sigma lens. I shoot with either a 35mm or an 85mm. I have no where in between. I am stoked to be the guest judge this week over at Dear Photographer! It will be fun to expand my role past just a monthly contributor.

Feel free to stop by and check out my work at:


10 Fun Facts About Me

  1. I drink lots of coffee and beer, usually in that order, but not always
  2. I have 2 kids (5 and 2.5) that most days I adore, but not all
  3. Some days I love my work
  4. Some days I hate my work
  5. I was going to be named Kelly whether I was a boy or a girl. It was my Dad’s choice
  6. At one point in time I said I would never photograph people………
  7. I love craft beer (yes, I am mentioning beer twice) 🙂
  8. I have zero will power and will eat the whole bag of cookies at night while my kids are sleeping. Because of this I hardly ever buy my kids junk food. I eat all the sugar!
  9. My favorite house growing up was over 2 miles to the nearest neighbor
  10. I have webbed toes.



After we had about a week’s worth of steady rain including a hurricane, I had to get out of the house with my kids. We were stir crazy. We drove the back roads of South Florida just exploring. When I saw these kids on the side of the road I immediately stopped and turned around to photograph them. To me, this is totally childhood summed up in one image.

I am a storyteller. I think that every picture should tell a story. With every image you post, tell your story!