Across the pond with an image taken last January at Windsor Castle for our daily feature. The United Kingdom is making big news today with the latest Brexit vote, so why not? It was so much fun to visit London with our granddaughter Hallie and see the Walker Valley High School marching band participate in the New Year's Day parade. (To see the full photo, please click on the picture.)
Travel pictures will be included in our new gallery in Grit and Grace Market located in downtown Cleveland, Tennessee. Check out their Grit & Grace Market Facebook page to keep up with the latest progress and news about the grand opening on November 16th! Feel free to share. ... See MoreSee Less
Today's featured image was taken this past June just outside of Cleveland, Tennessee on a perfect summer morning. The original photograph has been digitally enhanced to create a painterly presentation.
Beginning now to curate a good variety of images to put in the inventory for our gallery in Grit and Grace Artisan Market that will be opening on November 16th. Check them out at gritandgracemarket.com. ... See MoreSee Less
When we decided to open "Marcy's Photo Journey" as a business, it was very important to us to have a key scripture to put on our online banner, business cards, and signs. For us, the choice was easy because Lamentations 3:21-23 was a special passage that Doug and I had relied on and found joy in for many, many years. I've mentioned many times about how much I love to witness sunrise, and with every sunrise I see, I recall the promise of God's mercies being new every, single morning...and therefore I HAVE HOPE!
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we had an exciting opportunity that had come our way. We asked that you join us in prayer for direction in that regard. So after praying and considering the pros and cons, we're announcing today that our little photo business will be part of a new venture in Cleveland, Tennessee called "Grit and Grace," which is a vintage and artisan market located in the historic Old Woolen Mill site. We will be renting a gallery space, along with 69 other boutique owners, to display and sell our work. Needless to say, this is a very big step for us and quite daunting. The grand opening of "Grit and Grace" is Saturday, November 16, so we're going to be quite busy between now and then. (You may recall that's also the day we'll be set up at the Concord United Methodist Fall Event, so we'll have to split up to cover two events in one day.)
We'll still continue with our online sales through Fine Art America as well as special orders out of our home. Thank you for your continued support and prayer for God's direction in upcoming decisions. ... See MoreSee Less
I've only had two chances to photograph beavers; once here in Tennessee and once in Montana. Not particularly happy with the results at either place, but this is my Tennessee beaver. The light was so poor because it was getting dark when he finally appeared, so I had to lighten the image quite a bit. He was interesting to watch, though, as he moved around the marsh eating a late dinner.
Remembering our last evening on Prince Edward Island with this nautical image from Rustico. It was the most perfect evening imaginable topped off by a beautiful full moon. Have a wonderful Tuesday! ... See MoreSee Less
For years I drove by this blue house in Mayfield, Prince Edward Island and thought it was such a charming place. Finally, last month on our most recent visit, I decided to stop and take a few pictures. There are so many of these attractive homes and cottages on the island, but this one is definitely a favorite.
Doug and I committed yesterday to a booth at the Concord United Methodist Fall Arts and Crafts Event on Saturday, November 16th from 9:00-2:00. This would be a great time to start your Christmas shopping, and we'll have plenty of gift options available. Would love to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
Even as a child, I loved the autumn season. It never can get here fast enough for me, so under our present weather conditions I'm practicing patience. This image was taken in mid November last year at Concord Park, about three miles from our home. ... See MoreSee Less
Today is a special day for us. It was one year ago that we officially launched "Marcy's Photo Journey." And what a journey it's been! An anniversary like this naturally prompts some evaluation and pondering as we look both over the last year and toward the future. All in all, I would deem it a successful year, but honestly there have been many, many times when I wanted to hang it up and return to an easier place. We now are trying to decide what has worked, what has failed, and where we go from here.
As far as looking back, online sales have been okay, but certainly not good. The two shows we've done have given us much validation, we've made some excellent contacts, and sales have been good. However, the shows are very hard work, and we have to be highly selective about our participation in them because we don't want to routinely tie up our Sundays. We feel committed to our church and choir responsibilities, so that rules out many of the week-end shows. Therefore, we only intend to do two per year.
Just yesterday we heard about a great opportunity, and we're praying and thinking it over this week. Most of all, I want our business venture to be for God's glory and honor. This could be an open door that He is sending our way, but we have to be sure. Help us pray that direction and clarity will be ours at the end of this week as to whether or not it's something we need to act upon.
And with that being said, we come to today's featured image. God's promises are for us to apply to our lives as we trust Him to lead and guide in all we do. This wonderful rainbow captured on our recent trip to Montana is a visible sign of divine promise! ... See MoreSee Less
Doug and I are exhausted after two sweltering days at the Townsend Heritage Days event. There were many, many positives to take away from our second show, but the record heat and humidity took a lot out of us! Exhibitors who had done this show in the past told us that the crowd was way down this year, probably due to the extreme heat. Although we didn't quite reach the goal we had set for ourselves, we actually sold quite a bit and made some great contacts as well as gaining some invaluable experience. Two separate surprise visits from friends blessed us tremendously. Gayle Walston Hiddleson and Lea Broussard came all the way from Cleveland to support our efforts, and Barbara Ann Shields and husband Bailey showed up just as we were starting to pack up and helped us do the hard work of getting everything loaded. Both instances made us feel so loved. ... See MoreSee Less
Remember that Doug and I will be manning our photography booth tomorrow and Saturday at the Heritage Days event in Townsend from 10:00 - 6:00 both days. The festival takes place behind the visitors center on highway 321 just before you get to the park entrance. Would love to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
We try to offer a wide variety of images, so I've been working on some home decor photos that would make a custom statement in any home. This was taken at San Francisco Botanical Gardens and then slightly digitally enhanced for a more artistic look. I really like the way it turned out, so it's our Monday feature for this last week of September. Don't forget to check out the Heritage Days Festival in Townsend this week-end and look for our booth. We're looking forward to seeing many of you there! ... See MoreSee Less
Just a reminder that Marcy's Photo Journey will have a booth at the Townsend Heritage Days Festival next Friday and Saturday, September 27-28. I'm posting some examples of our work, all taken locally, but we'll have additional images including travel, seascapes, lighthouses, and home decor. Special orders are always an option if you don't see exactly what you're looking for.
We'd love to have you stop by and see us as it always helps to see a familiar face come through. The booth will be open from 10:00 until 6:00 on both days, rain or shine.
It's been a happy Tuesday so far. I just returned from the post office where I mailed a custom order of two double matted prints. When this customer first contacted me, she had no idea that I can do custom orders, so I thought I'd take a few moments to share some information about that option.
If you go to marcysphotography.com site, you are accessing a third party vendor that uses my raw images to create extra large prints, canvases, metal prints, and various gift items. The site is easy to navigate and you are able to take the image from the gallery and try several mats and/or frames and see exactly how the finished product will look. They provide excellent service, prompt shipping, and a money back guarantee. It's a good company. I know because I ordered some of my own work from them just to be sure of the quality.
However, if you are interested in matted prints that are not huge, we offer five standard sizes out of our home studio. Custom orders are welcome, and I can add text to any image, if that is something that you'd like to consider. Personalized gifts are a nice option to think about as the holidays draw near. The customer whose order I just mailed wanted to choose photos for two of her family members and add their favorite scripture to the image. They turned out great!
Please contact me if you have any questions concerning Marcy's Photo Journey. I'm not the best marketing person and sometimes I'm afraid I don't make things as clear as they need to be. ... See MoreSee Less
On our second to last day on Prince Edward Island, we took some time to fully explore the eastern side and go to some places we hadn't been before. Graham Pond was a little place we discovered that day, and luckily we were there at a good time to show off the great colors along the pier. I will be moving on soon, but just wanted to get a few more island shots in this week! Happy Tuesday to all... ... See MoreSee Less
Well, I love being around the ocean but happy to wake up back in mountain country this morning! After hurricane Dorian put a little bump in our road this year at PEI, it's especially good to be back home. Happy Sunday! ... See MoreSee Less
I'm always on the lookout for a good barn/farm image, and we happened by this beautiful barn behind a corn field just as it was getting dark a couple of nights ago. Unfortunately, the sky was past it's prime, but hopefully the photo is strong enough anyway. Loved the twilight mood captured here! ... See MoreSee Less
Every time Friday rolls around, I marvel that another week has passed so quickly. My dad always told me that the older you get, the faster it goes, and I definitely concur. This rural image of a typical farm was taken this past week on a windy, overcast morning. The wheat fields are golden ripe and I think the layers of color, even in a simple agricultural photo, create a pleasant composition.
Recent hurricane forecasts now have Dorian going a little more east, so we may not be affected as much as they originally thought. Still hoping for enough excitement to capture some dramatic sky photos, though! ... See MoreSee Less
Wildlife is scarce on Prince Edward Island. Plenty of birds, for sure, but other than that, it's mainly foxes. I hear that coyotes are here, also, but I've never seen one. It's kind of odd to me since I come from a place with so much wildlife. No deer, rabbits, squirrels...all so common at home. There are two variations of foxes, although technically they are both called red foxes.
Even though he doesn't look like one, this is actually a red fox. In order to differentiate between the two, however, sometimes this type is referred to as a cross fox. They're my favorite because they are not seen as often, and I think they're so pretty. Caught this little guy running through a meadow with a few wildflowers, which is unusual because they aren't often seen out in such open spaces.
Have a good day on this first Thursday of September, which is high on my list of favorite months! ... See MoreSee Less
As a means of marketing my work and networking with other photographers, I hold membership in several photography groups, both online and in east Tennessee. One of those is part of Fine Art America and called "USA Photographers Only," with a current membership of 1,063. I just received notification that this image has been chosen as featured image of the day for the group. I am honored because there are many excellent photographers in the group, and although not a huge deal, at least it's a little perk!
The photo was taken in Cleveland this past June very early in the morning just after sunrise. I always smile when I see it because this group of hungry cows looked at me so expectantly as I approached their pasture that the title was in my head right then and there. I do find it hilarious that with all of the images I currently have on my site, this is the one that was chosen. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Took the painterly look to another level with this image of St. Mary's that I took yesterday afternoon on our way back from Malpeque Bay. I really liked the original photo, but can also appreciate a more artistic look like this as another option for those who want something other than a standard photograph. For as long as I can remember, I wished that I had artistic talent and wanted to be able to draw and paint. This tool enables me to create a wide variety of looks using my own work, and I'm so enjoying learning this technique. Have a good one and keep smiling! ... See MoreSee Less
One of my favorites from our bridge shoot a couple of nights ago, with just a little bit of digital texture enhancement in the sky, is the Monday feature this week. The colors in the sky at sunset were so lovely that it was a thrill being there and witnessing the show. Putting this experience in my mind to think about on a future dreary day in winter when I need to remember that there are many more pretty days than ugly ones! Hope your week gets off to a rip roaring start today. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Doug was working yesterday morning, and I was out and about doing a little exploring very close to the cottage. Headed down a road on a whim and came across this little pond, so I took a few shots there. Hoping that Doug can join me soon as he finishes up a big project for work because it's not nearly as much fun wandering around by myself. ... See MoreSee Less
Today's feature is actually from last year on one of our final nights on the island. On the evening this photo was taken, we were taking a late sunset drive along the north shore when I happened to get just a glimpse of some paddle boarders in the water. I wasn't even sure what I had seen but asked Doug to pull off and turn around so we could check it out. When we were able to find a place to park and got over to the cliff where we could look down at the ocean, there was a couple paddle boarding with their two dogs in perfect evening light. This is the only time in 19 years that we have ever seen paddle boarders on the ocean like this because it's usually not calm enough. Needless to say, light was quickly fading and they were already headed in to shore, so there wasn't time to even get our tripods out of the trunk and get set up...just grabbed a couple of shots and didn't have much hope that they would be much.
Amazingly enough, I was shocked (and thrilled) that this image took first place in the digital images division of the Southern Appalachian Nature Photographers Annual Salon in March. It was the first time Doug and I had entered the competition, and between the two of us, we brought home nine awards! The group is mainly made up of photographers in the Knoxville area, and there were almost 500 entries in several categories. "Serenity" was entered in the "People Enjoying Nature" group. It was quite an honor, but now the pressure will really be on to see if we can do even better this year. ... See MoreSee Less
Good morning! Those long travel days are harder than they used to be, but we're back to Prince Edward Island safe and sound and feeling happy. I see a nap in my future, for sure. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
St. Bonaventure is just one of the many picturesque country churches that dot the landscapes of Prince Edward Island, Canada. We're due to arrive there around 4:30 this afternoon, so it's going to be a long travel day, a grand total of 11 hours from the time we leave our home in Knoxville. My goal is to find new takes on some of my favorite spots on the island and come up with unique images this year that don't look like the same old, same old! We'll see soon enough...
I'd like to give a thank you to Susan Collins Earnest for recently sharing one of the daily posts. I'm constantly frustrated about how to use social media more effectively to promote our business, but I know that every share does help more people see my work. Hopefully, some of those friends of Sue's will like and follow our page which will lead to reaching folks who just might remember our site if they want to purchase some art prints for their home.
Taken just moments before sunrise at Melton Hill Lake, today's feature really conveys serenity and peace, effectively capturing the mood of the morning. I recently found this one on the computer and realized that I had forgotten all about these Melton Hill images Love the warm tones!
Make it a good Monday and expect good things to come your way this week... ... See MoreSee Less
It was a wonderful summer day when Doug and I left very early to get to Cove Lake State Park for sunrise. When we arrived, though, the fog was so thick that we had to settle for a few fog pictures while waiting for the sun to burn it off. Once that happened, there were some good photo opportunities with nice lake reflections and summer flowers. ... See MoreSee Less
It's butterfly time in Tennessee! When I was a little girl, my mother told me to remember that "butterflies flutter by" and I still think of that just about every time I see one! Enjoy your Friday! ... See MoreSee Less
Going a different direction with today's featured image. This is an acrylic painterly enhancement of a photo taken in Sparks Lane in Cades Cove on an early foggy spring morning. Hope your day is full of joyful surprises! ... See MoreSee Less
Nothing like the early morning light on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. Often it's just the birds and me to enjoy this special time of day, but we have a good time together! Wish I could add the sound of the gentle lapping of the waves to the image... ... See MoreSee Less
Also, the ripples of the lapping water speaks the sounds. Love the birdies in their world. I can imagine their chirping and talking to each other.
You are an adventuring spirit to sesrch out these beautiful views.
I witnessed 17 straight sunrises last year during our time at Prince Edward Island. They were all beautiful and all different. This image was taken just before the sun popped above the horizon at Cape Tryon. Last year I discovered that several eagles hang out right here, so I can hardly wait to get back there for some eagle photos in addition to these special island sunrises. One more week... ... See MoreSee Less
Taken two years ago while in Galway, Ireland. Galway Cathedral was unique among the many European cathedrals that I've visited, so maybe that's why it stands out to me as a favorite. Hope you all have a blessed Sunday! ... See MoreSee Less
Although it's not a fabulous shot, it has fabulous memories associated with it, so I guess that's why this simple swan portrait has become a personal favorite. Taken on the campus of Berry College in Rome, Georgia this represents a small part of a wonderful day spent with my granddaughter Sadie. She and I roamed all over northern Georgia and southern Tennessee with our cameras, just following our noses as I taught Sadie some basics about photography. As it turned out, Sadie has a great eye for composition and will be a really good photographer some day, should she decide in that direction. Best of all, though, it was a whole day spent out in God's creation together! ... See MoreSee Less
Wanted to feature something completely different today, so I chose this interior image of the chapel at Sintra Palace. Although we were only in Portugal for two days, Doug and I both rate it high on the list as a favorite travel destination. Original details and wallpaper have been preserved in the intimate chapel, although a little staining is visible on the back wall. Just as we walked by, the light was streaming in the arched window, making it possible for a decent photo. The soft neutrals, repeating patterns, and arches surrounding the central focus, the cross, all help in the composition of this shot. Although I realize these kinds of images are most likely not as appealing to everyone as they are to me, I like to feature one every now and then. 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Good morning! As I rounded the corner on the Cades Cove loop road, this view was waiting for me. My first thought was that I had to stop the car immediately and get the shot. Second thought was of an old song that we sang in church when I was growing up entitled "Heavenly Sunlight."
"Heavenly sunlight, heavenly sunlight Flooding my soul with glory divine. Hallelujah, I am rejoicing, Singing his praises, Jesus is mine!"
Hope some heavenly sunlight crosses your path today. (Due to Facebook size restrictions, you must click on picture to see the entire image.) ... See MoreSee Less
Awww yes, love the pic & especially the song...first hymn I learned to play on the piano!!
Marcia!! What a "Gift from God" this picture is!!! LOVE IT!! I just returned from TN having gone 2 visit 2 remaining Uncles & WOW!! It's a True Gift fm GOD 2 me, seeing the beauty that is there in Nature & Life!! Thank YOU So Much 4 Sharing!
I LOVE this so much!!!
This is especially beautiful
Oh Marcy! I love it!
I would like to order one please
A Minneapolis Moline tractor sits at the base of Pryor Mountain, literally in the middle of nowhere. Left here in the arid desert landscape of southern Montana since 1956, it's amazingly well preserved. Not something that would normally attract my attention as a photography possibility, this rusty old tractor ended up being an image that I really like and brings back wonderful memories of our Pryor Mountain excursion. ... See MoreSee Less
An oldie but goodie this morning...one of my favorites from Prince Edward Island a couple years ago. This one has been hanging in my bathroom for a while now, and I'm still not tired of it. ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Sunday from Knoxville, Tennessee. In good times and trying times, OUR HELP COMES FROM GOD! Let's see how many shares we can get on today's feature image...it's really good news! ... See MoreSee Less
Along with today's featured picture, we have good news! Received word this week that Marcy's Photo Journey has been accepted for the big fall arts and crafts fair in Townsend. We're hoping many of you will put it on your calendar and plan to come by our booth sometime during the event. September 27-28 is a wonderful time to visit our Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and you can stop by on your way to Cades Cove. Only seven weeks from today, and I'm believing for this to be another "divinely opened door!" ... See MoreSee Less
Today's digitally enhanced photo goes all the way back to 2015 when Doug and I were in Switzerland. This one was so much fun to work on in Topaz Studio. It's amazing, though, how much there is to learn. Just going to keep plugging along and experimenting as I go. Would love to hear what you think. (Because this is a vertical, you have to click on the picture to get the full image.) ... See MoreSee Less
An antiqued version of my original image of Chateau Chenonceau taken two years ago in France. I'm still learning how to create different artistic looks through Topaz Studio and really enjoying it. Wouldn't this be perfect for a little girl's room? Hope your Monday is already looking like a great day! ... See MoreSee Less
Can't believe it's already been two years since I stood here in Ireland looking out over the Cliffs of Moher. It's all going by way too fast, but I'm determined to pack all I can into each day. Life is such a wonderful adventure!
Beautiful......I hope to visit one day! Thanks for sharing!
Hey Lady! Had a thought for you. It stuck out in big red letters. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC....I saw some pics they had and yours far exceeds. Your info definitely would get out there!! And your talent
Happy Thursday! So the big trend in photography these days is photo enhancement through various digital techniques. Up until now I've resisted the temptation to really get into some of the available options, but I'm starting to realize that there is a viable market out there for these "more artistic" images. Yesterday, I experimented a bit, so today I'm featuring one of the works from my first foray some new techniques. I actually love the results, but would like to have some feedback from you. This image was originally a branch of dogwood blooms that I took in April on the Foothills Parkway. I detached the blooms, moved a few for better placement, and put them on a contrasting background. What do you think?
As always, to see more just click on the picture and it will take you directly to my online gallery. The new images are located in a new collection entitled "Digital Art Pieces." ... See MoreSee Less
Good morning! Can hardly believe we're saying good-bye to July already, but find myself already yearning for Fall, my favorite time of year. I'm really missing the mountains today as it's been a long time since I've been able to get to the Smokies for even a short visit. Someday soon... ... See MoreSee Less
Fondly remembering our last morning in Botswana today. Although it was our shortest game drive, that safari in Chobe National Park ended up being the best zebra sighting. I loved seeing zebras in the wild! This is an infrared version of the original image.
Click on the link to go directly to this photo and many more of our recent Africa adventure. ... See MoreSee Less
It's an understatement when I say that photography has taken over our lives! As we come to the end of July, it's been ten months since we officially started Marcy's Photo Journey. Although we haven't been overwhelmed by sales, there have been enough of those to keep us encouraged (most of the time) and enthused about our new business. As I look back, it's amazing to think about all of the things we've learned during this time. Looking ahead, we plan to continue our partnership with Fine Art America and are adding daily to our portfolios there. We also still remain optimistic about providing matted prints out of our home for customers who prefer that option. I'm excited to announce that we will be doing our second art show the last week-end of September in Townsend. (More about that later!)
One thing that I have regretted is that I haven't paid enough attention to this page and regularly kept it up to date. In an effort to do better in that regard, I intend to post a picture of the day each morning that links to our work online. Remember that Doug and I both are putting up new work daily, so from time to time you may want to get on the websites and check out our progress. Links are as follows:
marcysphotography.com and dougwphotography.com
Lastly, thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement. Many of you have purchased our photos, and you'll never know what that vote of confidence means to us! Continue to spread the word, and if you happen to hear of anyone that is in need of some new artwork for their home, please send them our way. Also, we're still hoping to build our followers on this face book page so any help that you can give with that effort would be much appreciated. A simple share of this post might reach someone that otherwise wouldn't hear about Marcy's Photo Journey... ... See MoreSee Less
I just finished uploading a sizable portfolio of wild mustang images to Fine Art America. Horse lovers and scenery lovers, please enjoy browsing through the entire batch. I think I did capture some good shots. If you can ever get here, Pryor Mountain, Montana is a must-see. The story of the Pryor Mountain mustangs can be found on the image gallery. ... See MoreSee Less
I'm a huge fan of our US national parks. We are truly blessed to live in such a beautiful country! Yesterday we covered a lot of ground, starting early in the morning to tour the Beartooth Highway from Red Lodge to Yellowstone. I enjoy hiking in the Smokies, so I thought I was certainly up for a trek up a mountain on the Beartooth. It was only mile up and back, but what I didn't count on was the 10,449 feet in elevation, and I was surprised how hard it was for me going up. The air is quite thin up there! Toward the end, I was only able to go 20 steps at a time without stopping (I was counting)...totally felt like a wimp. The view from the top was worth it, but I have to get in better shape.
After the Beartooth, it was on through the very scenic Lamar Valley where we actually spotted some wolves, although they were too far away to be able to get a good picture. (even with my wildlife lens) This post may be scenery overload, but it was a wonderful day out in God's creation...my absolutely favorite kind of day.
This week's work has been finding and photographing barns in east Tennessee and northern Georgia. Due to the positive response and inquiries from a post earlier in the week, I'm reminding everyone these images are available for purchase, double matted, and ready for an 11 X 14 frame. The mats are gray with a maroon under mat. Please let me know if you are interested!This week's work has been finding and photographing barns in east Tennessee and northern Georgia. Due to the positive response and inquiries from a post earlier in the week, I'm reminding everyone these images are available for purchase, double matted, and ready for an 11 X 14 frame. The mats are gray with a maroon under mat. Please let me know if you are interested! ... See MoreSee Less
Once again, just as I'm coming through Townsend, the sky looks great over the quilt barn, and I can't resist another round. Just put these and others from the week on the website. Check out this week's work at marcysphotography.com. ... See MoreSee Less
Fully recovered now from the arts/crafts fair last week-end and back at work ponderously going over more pictures from Africa. Just a reminder that I'm posting new pictures every day to marcysphotography.com and would love to have you visit often! I'm really hoping to get back with my local shooting in the Smokies and Cades Cove but must confess I'm dreading the summer crowds and bear jams. I'm missing "my mountains," though, so I hope to have some new perspectives of the places I love best very soon. ... See MoreSee Less
Technically, it's not the best photo, but I love this shot taken high above the beach on Chapman's Peak. A lone horse and rider have the entire expansive beach to themselves and show up as a small dot on the sands below. (Click on it to see the picture only, and the rider is a little more visible.) ... See MoreSee Less
Now that the festival is behind us, it's back to going over the pictures from the Africa trip. This is another aerial shot from our helicopter adventure in Zimbabwe and shows the enormity of Victoria Falls. The bridge in the middle right connects the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe with the river and the falls being right between the two countries. You can also understand why it was so difficult to get pictures when we were walking along the falls due to the heavy mist. ... See MoreSee Less
Still hard to believe we were really there. So much more beautiful than standing there and only getting a glimpse of that separation. Thank you for your gift of great photography...more, more
So we actually did it! Home now, unloaded, put away, exhausted, but feeling good about the week-end and our first ever venture into the world of art fairs and festivals. It was a successful week-end in so many ways, and I feel happy and amazed that we really did pull it off. Thank you to all who gave such encouragement, both online and in person. (Thank you, Jill, John, and Zachary for driving all the way from Kentucky to come and support us.) I've never had much confidence in my new role as a photographer, but this week-end really gave me some needed validation. It's my tendency to have unreasonably high expectations at times, but according to others who have gone down this road, we did very well with our sales and our income over the two days. And guess what? I'm starting to feel like a real photographer!! ... See MoreSee Less
Could not make it there but knew it would be a huge success!! You & Doug are great photographers...love your work!!
A very good exhibit...great photography. Enjoyed seeing you and Doug!
So happy for you! Glad it was successful
You are! You are! If your show comes to Fla..let us know in advance..We have some large ones...Mt Dora..Winter Park
So happy for you and Doug and glad you did well
This mama baboon looks a little like I feel as I'm wondering if we've thought of every detail while we finish our preparations for our photography booth at the Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival this coming week-end. Any one planning on coming? (Not sure why the whole pic isn't readily visible...click on link to see her face!) ... See MoreSee Less
If I liked monkeys I would have “loved” the pic. Lol
Fab photos .Marcy..so glad we got to share this incredible journey. Good kuck as nd keep us posted of your success .
Marcy your pictures are amazing and brought back a very wonderful memories to me. In fact I have some of the exact same shots but don’t look anything like your photography. Great job regards to your hubby
Haven't had much down time since returning home from Africa because it seems there's always so much to do! Now have 79 images up and ready to go in my new "Africa" gallery. Check them out! And don't forget that coming up real soon now is our venture into the world of art festivals. June 1-2 we'll have a booth at the annual Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival held in the Lenoir City Park on Fort Loudon lake. This festival is in its 52nd year and recently was rated as one of the top twenty festivals in the region. I must admit that I'm rather nervous (or down right scared) about this event because we've never done anything like this before. Hoping for the best and would love to see some familiar faces! ... See MoreSee Less
It's really hard for me to choose a favorite from all of the animals we saw on our four safaris, but giraffes are definitely near the top of the list. These were all seen along the Chobe River in Botswana. ... See MoreSee Less
Find myself thinking fondly of this special sunset on the Chobe River in Botswana tonight. I am so thankful to have been able to have this amazing adventure in Africa...scenes like this one will be forever with me! ... See MoreSee Less
I came to Africa to take photographs like this one. A high point of our last day was seeing a herd of elephants cross the Chobe River. Our guide explained that the group included a one week old calf, and in order to keep the little guy safe from nearby crocodiles, he was positioned toward the front between a huge male, who led the parade, and his mother. Often during the crossing, we'd see this tiny trunk come up like a periscope for air, and we be reassured that he was still there. What a thrill! ... See MoreSee Less
(Find associated pictures in the "Photos" section under the "Amazing South Africa" album.) There's so much to catch up on from the past two days that I'm not even sure where to begin. Doug and I had arrived two days early to get a jump on jet lag recovery before our official tour started because we knew once things ramped up with the itinerary, it'd be pretty much non stop for a while. On Friday we did an extensive tour of the Cape by bus covering a lot of countryside and breathtaking scenery. Highlights were the penguins on Boulders Beach, the Cape of Good Hope, and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Yesterday we had a city tour of Cape Town after not being about to tour Table Mountain as was originally planned due to gale force winds. Afternoon golden hour found Doug and me out at Sea Point trying to capture some of the seascapes and waves and then it was on to the waterfront for a little night photography. I'm going to post several pictures (probably way too many), in order to catch up a bit. ... See MoreSee Less
Today was one of the best days we've ever had on any trip. Our friend, Pieter, whom we met on the plane, gave us a grand tour of the cape, and the scenery was phenomenal. Although it was a very hazy day, the views went on forever, so hundreds of pictures await processing. The highlight of the day, however, was not the beauty or the photography. It was spending the day with a new friend, a gentle soul and wonderful conversationalist, who was so kind to take his entire day hosting two strangers from half way around the world. We shared our stories with one another, laughed a lot, and realized anew that we should always take advantage of opportunities to listen and learn from others. ... See MoreSee Less
From Doug I originally composed a very long post about our "Digital Darkroom" explaining in great detail how we produce our images. I thought better of it. But I did want to share some of what our products look like.
On the top is a close up to show detail on our paper canvas. We've been very happy with the results. - Images printed on this product have a nice "painterly" look. Our metallic prints have given us some super results as well, but it is hard to capture the real look of metallic with a "picture of a picture".
On the bottom is a closeup of how we mat our images. We started with a few single mats, but weren't satisfied with the look, so we invested in a high quality double mat product line. Images are double matted in nice color combinations chosen by Marcy with a decorative "V' Groove and quality backer board. We mount the image to the mat with a free-hanging technique to prevent buckling using linen hinge tape coupled with 3M Advanced Tape Glider adhesive.
Lately, Marcy has been busy finishing production on our biggest images, a nice 11x19 in a 16x24 mat and I have been occupied with building our festival display (tent, browse boxes, display racks, etc.).
So please put June 1st or 2nd on your calendar to attend the Lenoir City, Tennessee Arts and Crafts Festival to see our work. Would you believe that we close to 900 double matted and wood prints! ... See MoreSee Less
Something a little different for today's photo...taken in our back yard on a perfect summer day last year. I chose this picture because the purpose of this post is to let everyone know what has been going on at our house since mid January. We started the year a little discouraged about the whole photo business journey because despite our best efforts, online sales are only averaging a little over one picture per month...not any where near what we had hoped when we launched the website on September 30th. So we tried a different approach and offered matted prints directly out of our home, shipped to customers double matted and ready to frame. Although there was a lot of positive feedback on that venture, it has not proven to be any more successful than the other online option through Fine Art America. We're going to take it one step further now, and I'm very excited to announce that we will be hosting a photography booth at the Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Fair the first week-end in June. We will have almost 1,000 images in five different sizes for customers to browse through as they visit. Much work has been done to prepare a great variety of products and organize into categories including landscape, wildlife, birds, southern charm, home decor, and travel. This is our make it or break it week-end, and we're giving it all we've got. Please put the dates on your calendar (June 1-2) and plan to come by and see us! We could also use your help in getting the word out to others...booth #132, a great location right in the middle of the action! ... See MoreSee Less
These five images of the John Oliver cabin in Cades Cove are now available in four standard sizes, already printed and double matted. If interested, please PM us for details!These five images of the John Oliver cabin in Cades Cove are now available in four standard sizes, already printed and double matted. If interested, please PM us for details! ... See MoreSee Less
Marcy Wielfaert, these pictures of John Oliver's cabin are beautiful! He was my great great grandfather. I appreciate your interest in this historical home and your artistic touch on this wonderful place.
So I'm standing in my kitchen about 5:00 yesterday afternoon preparing chicken to grill for dinner, and I look out the window to see the most fabulous golden light in front of a dark, troubled sky. Forgot about dinner (and the fact that it was very cold, had no coat, and I was in my slippers), grabbed my camera, and ran out the door yelling to Doug, who was in the yard, that I was chasing the light and looking for something to shoot. I had in mind to go to a bank of daffodils about a mile from my house and get some flower shots because the temps were dropping so drastically that I knew daffodils would be gone by the next day. However, I got about a quarter of a mile from home and saw these longhorns in a pasture in the absolute perfect light. Hurriedly found a place to pull off the narrow road and park to take a few shots. It is then that I realize I'm in my slippers, it's very muddy, and I have to climb up a steep bank to get a good vantage point. I managed. The adults were a distance away, but the adorable little guy was near me and started over to fence where I was standing. I'm thinking that this is wonderful; I'm going to get some close ups of this sweet little newborn calf. Before I knew what was happening, I heard a bunch of commotion and see the mama longhorn kicking up her heels, stomping, and blowing, and rapidly headed my way. Caught by surprise, I didn't have my shutter speed set high to get the action shots, and I was afraid to take time to change it because I was getting scared that she might actually plow through the fence and charge me. Anyway, I did get some shots, stayed alive and unhurt, and now plan to return and be ready next time for some longhorn action and good angry cow shots. Had no idea we had new neighbors. Aren't they beautiful?So I'm standing in my kitchen about 5:00 yesterday afternoon preparing chicken to grill for dinner, and I look out the window to see the most fabulous golden light in front of a dark, troubled sky. Forgot about dinner (and the fact that it was very cold, had no coat, and I was in my slippers), grabbed my camera, and ran out the door yelling to Doug, who was in the yard, that I was chasing the light and looking for something to shoot. I had in mind to go to a bank of daffodils about a mile from my house and get some flower shots because the temps were dropping so drastically that I knew daffodils would be gone by the next day. However, I got about a quarter of a mile from home and saw these longhorns in a pasture in the absolute perfect light. Hurriedly found a place to pull off the narrow road and park to take a few shots. It is then that I realize I'm in my slippers, it's very muddy, and I have to climb up a steep bank to get a good vantage point. I managed. The adults were a distance away, but the adorable little guy was near me and started over to fence where I was standing. I'm thinking that this is wonderful; I'm going to get some close ups of this sweet little newborn calf. Before I knew what was happening, I heard a bunch of commotion and see the mama longhorn kicking up her heels, stomping, and blowing, and rapidly headed my way. Caught by surprise, I didn't have my shutter speed set high to get the action shots, and I was afraid to take time to change it because I was getting scared that she might actually plow through the fence and charge me. Anyway, I did get some shots, stayed alive and unhurt, and now plan to return and be ready next time for some longhorn action and good angry cow shots. Had no idea we had new neighbors. Aren't they beautiful? ... See MoreSee Less
Hurrah! Your help paid off. Yesterday Doug asked you to click on an image he had posted and then register a "like" on his photo gallery page. Apparently, your attention fired up something with the search engines, and he received quite a few views. We said we'd try again with one of my images if the test worked, so please read on.
When you click on the image below you will be taken from Facebook to my (Marcy's) gallery web page. Even using a smartphone, you can easily "X" out of and quickly return to Facebook.
Pressing "like" once you are on my gallery page helps our search status a great deal. However, to be effective, the "like" must be registered on the image website, not here on Facebook. If you do press "like" you will be invited to log in. The easiest way is to choose "Login with Facebook." That method is easy and safe and would help us greatly, but if you choose not to log in, you can just do a "Close Window" and then select the "X" option to retreat. ... See MoreSee Less
Besides news and general posts, this Facebook Business Page serves as a way of linking to the different Websites that house Marcy's and my image galleries. This post is a test of how well we are doing with explaining our sites and products and a request for help with promotions.
We fell in love with the area you see below on our first visit to Italy and vowed to return, hoping to capture some good pictures. This shot is of Manarola, one of the Cinque Terre towns of Northern Italy, and was taken last March, during the season when there were very few tourists.
To help with some promotion with the general public, I am inviting our friends and followers to "click" on the image. Your clicks help move the image up in the search results of our host site, so anyone looking for Manarola sees our picture first.
When you click on the image you will be taken from Facebook to my (Doug's) gallery Webpage. Even using a smartphone, you can easily "X" out of and quickly return to Facebook.
Pressing "like" once you are on my gallery page helps even more. However, to be effective, the "like" must be registered on the image Website, not here on Facebook. If you do press "like" you will be invited to log in. The easiest way is to choose "Login with Facebook" That method is easy and safe and would help us greatly, but if you choose not to log in, you can just do a "Close Window" then select the "X" option to retreat.
If this test works, we'll have a similar post inviting clicks and likes on one of Marcy's images later today or tomorrow. We appreciate any feedback, positive or negative! ... See MoreSee Less
Marcy! I cannot almost take in some of the breathless beauty (humor good too) of these photos!!! I have many I like but I keep wondering if there are some I am missing or will miss from future photos!!!!
Now that it's March, I'm already thinking ahead to Easter, my favorite holiday. While at Heathrow Airport awaiting our flight home from London in January, I was headed to the ladies room before boarding and couldn't miss this gorgeous orchid sitting on a window will in perfect morning light. Of course I had to go back to where Doug was waiting with our bags, dig my camera out of the suitcase, and get back over there to take several shots of this beauty and another purple orchid nearby. Paired with a favorite scripture, it makes a great Easter image. These are available as double matted pictures, cards, and other gift items. Message us for more information. ... See MoreSee Less
The crowds have not arrived yet, prices are at off-season rates and the weather is reasonable. March is a good time to visit Italy. - Or you can purchase one of the nice images we captured. ... See MoreSee Less
Things are starting to happen here at Marcy’s Photo Journey as we head to the UPS office today to ship a matted 16x20 image and continue to build our inventory. Pictured below, our model Madelyn has one of our “mini-landscapes”. This format features panoramic images in a finished size of 11x14 inches. We have one like this hanging as an accent piece in our own home. The mini-landscapes are all double matted, finished with a decorative V-groove, and packaged in clear show-bags. This particular image is on canvas paper and has a blue outer mat and a gray inner mat. You can have “It is Well With My Soul” or any of our other mini-landscapes for $32.00. We will be creating galleries of images available in each size. Many are ready to go, already printed and matted, but if you place an order you have a customization option. This means you can choose your paper (canvas, luster, pearl or metallic). In addition, you may add a custom scripture or favorite saying as seen in the example for an additional $5.00. ... See MoreSee Less
Our model Madelyn is holding the 8x10 version (finished size) of a fan favorite entitled “Frosty Bugle Breath,” taken in the National Park at Oconaluftee, North Carolina. Our Frosty won third place in a wildlife contest featuring 597 images, so we're quite proud of him! The golden early light and the steam that rose from the bugling elk gave us an image that we felt fortunate to capture.
We have a variety of images in 8x10 format of various subjects but focused mainly on wildlife of the Smokies...bears, songbirds, coyotes, elk, deer, owls, eagles, raccoons, etc. They are all double matted, finished with a decorative V-groove, and sealed in clear show-bags. This particular image is on metallic paper and has a cappuccino color outer mat and a heritage tan inner mat.
You can have Frosty Bugle Breath for $18.00 If you would like more information on other sizes and subjects please message us. ... See MoreSee Less
Hurray! Marcy achieved her third first place win in a Fine Art America Photography contest. This one was centered around a books and reading theme. The image was captured on a trip to Ireland at Trinity College Library in Dublin. She has some other shots of the library on her site that you can check out via the link below.
<a href='http://marcysphotography.com/featured/trinity-college-library-dublin-marcy-wielfaert.html'><img src='http://marcysphotography.com/displayartwork.html?id=25922903&width=250&height=165' alt='Sell Art Online' title='Sell Art Online' style='border: none;'></a> ... See MoreSee Less
Since there has been so little activity on our page lately, you may have thought we lost interest in our little photography business, but that is far from the case.
As you may know, Marcy and I have over 1,800 images hosted online with a site called Fine Art America. We upload the images and provide descriptions, then Fine Art America does everything else from shopping cart checkout to printing matting, framing and shipping. We receive a commission for use of the image.
Fine Art America does have great products with a money-back guarantee and we recommend that you take a look and compare them to what you would have to pay for a framed image.
But for most of us, it is no small investment to get a matted and framed print. So last month we began researching how we might bring you a high-quality product for less. For sales, we decided to target art fairs and festivals where people could see our product directly. We realize selling art online is difficult, especially considering shipping.
After much research and testing, we have settled on offering six image sizes, with beautiful v-grooved, double mats with using metallic, canvas, luster and other quality papers paired to match the type of image. We will not do framing, but all of our images fit standard size frames.
Over the course of the last month, we have produced over 100 images like the 18x24 you see below featuring our model, Madelyn.
We have created these finished sizes: • 8x10 (A good place to feature our birds and wildlife) • 10x13 (Wildlife closeups) • 11x14 (mini-landscapes in metallic and art canvas ) • 16x20 (Featured landscape prints) • 18x24 (Large landscape prints)
Contact us for more information and continue to follow us for offers, featured images, news and descriptions. ... See MoreSee Less