500px Blog » » 9 tips for creating family images that sell – Photography Article

In 1888, George Eastman released the Kodak #1 camera and gave ordinary people the ability to immortalize life’s most important moments. Family photo albums have been a part of our culture ever since. More than 130 years after that fateful invention, countless family photos are available to us with the click of a button; you can find millions of them on Instagram alone under popular hashtags like #DocumentYourDays, #LetThemBeLittle, and #ChildhoodUnplugged. Still, in a world filled with images, we continue…

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A Maine Swedish tradition: New Sweden Midsommar Festival – iPhone Photography Article

The summer before last, I lived with my sister in Northern Maine and we decided to attend the New Sweden, Maine, Midsommar Festival which takes place in late June each year. Its a 2-3 day event, and is steeped in Swedish culture and heritage.  Its a colorful festival filled with beautiful flowers, lots of Maine lupine, and colorful traditional clothing and music.  We went to the decorating of the Midsommar Pole, and stayed to see the children, dressed in authentic…

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Citrus colors and artfully-styled vegan food – Photography Article

Keep up with key trends in Licensing as 500px’s Art Director & Creative Research Lead, Karen Biilmann, analyzes common threads and current themes throughout our Contributors’ photography submissions. From standout pops of citrus colors to artfully-styled vegan plates, here’s what’s trending in this sample of some of the most popular genres in the 500px collection. The people category lends itself to a variety of areas within photography. We see genres overlap as they border the realms of fashion, family, lifestyle,…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Russian Interview – Part 3 – Photobook Photography Article

This is the 3rd and final part of the interview I did with Volodymyr for his YouTube Channel.  It is all in English. This 15 minute segment discusses my son’s three years in Saudi Arabia when he was a teenager and what my life here in Jeddah is like now.  I hope you have enjoyed this peek into my life!To Volodymyr – I’d like to thank you for your professionalism and for pursuing this interview with me.  It was fun…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Widowed in Saudi Arabia – Photobook Photography Article

Several years ago in 2009, I brought you the true cautionary tale of a British woman who was widowed in Saudi Arabia.  In the four part series, I detailed the struggles of the woman and her children when her Saudi husband passed away and how her husband’s family trapped the woman and her children in Saudi Arabia for ten long years.   By late 2010, the family managed to finally escape from the country and I wrote a minor update at…

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SUSIE of ARABIA: Yanbu Flower Festival 2018 – Photobook Photography Article

The 12th annual Yanbu Flowers and Gardens Festival is a spectacular event going on now through March 25th.  It is open daily from 4-11pm.  It’s also open in the mornings to just walk around the gardens and pools, but the vendors are not there during the day.  Over the past three consecutive years that I have gone, it has just gotten bigger and better with each year.  The event is extremely well organized, managed and run, so I take my…

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Captain Kabob Interviewed on American Bedu – Photobook Photography Article

(This post was originally published in October 2009…)My 16 year old son Adam, whose alter-ego is Captain Kabob, has been interviewed by my friend and fellow blogger Carol, over at American Bedu. Carol’s blog is amazing. It is your virtual “Everything You Wanted to Know About Saudi Arabia, But Were Afraid to Ask” informational source. She is a former seasoned American diplomat who resigned her position to follow her heart by marrying her Saudi soul mate and moving to Saudi…

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A Peek Inside a Saudi Wedding – Photobook Photography Article

In December I attended a family wedding at the brand new Hotel Galleria by Elaf in Jeddah.  The lobby is quite elegant and it’s several stories tall. It has a grand European ambience.  The exterior of the hotel is spectacular. We arrived after dark though, so I don’t have any exterior shots, but you can see some HERE.  Traditionally, Saudi weddings are notorious for starting very late in the evening and lasting until the wee hours in the morning.  I believe this…

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Cold! Northern Maine cold! | Nanette Faye Photography – iPhone Photography Article

Day 10 of the Gentle January photo challenge presents the prompt:  COLD! Last winter, I spent a good part of the month of January with my sister on her organic farm in Northern Maine near the Canadian border.  It was a January that brought snowstorm after snowstorm. We spent most days shoveling snow and “feeding” her wood stoves. My honey spent many days helping us out too. The snow and wind blew so hard we could barely holler to each…

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The New Jeddah Waterfront Project – Photobook Photography Article

The city of Jeddah runs north and south for many miles along the Red Sea coastline.  A large phase of the Jeddah Waterfront project was recently completed and officially opened to the public on November 30th.  This phase of the project cost a whopping 800 million Saudi riyals and runs along the coastline for 4.2 kilometers. I stayed away until a couple of days ago hoping the crowds had died down.  There is also no way I would attempt to…

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Why Do We Dress Like This? – Photobook Photography Article

Likeable. Upbeat. Adorable. Genuine. These are words I would use to describe the refreshing Emerati couple in this video, Khalid Al Ameri and his lovely wife Salama Mohamed.  The parents of three young children, the Al Ameris live in Abu Dhabi – and they are living the dream and having lots of fun while they are doing it.  But Khalid never forgets the struggles and hardships he went through to get to where he is today.  Today the 33 year…

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Changes | Under the Abaya – Photobook Photography Article

Tomorrow marks one year since I posted on this blog.  This month marks 10 years since I first moved to Saudi. Was it a coincidence that I felt the urge to write this evening, or was it my remembering how writing used to help me make sense of my inner world and to relieve certain amounts of stress and anxiety? Either way, I guess it’s time for an update. So much has changed in my life over the past year.…

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A Day at Baher Villas, Al Khobar – Photobook Photography Article

Baher Villas is situated 40km outside of Dammam in the Half Moon Bay area of Al Khobar. It offers rooms (1000 SAR for 2 people), larger villas (for up to 10 people) and the option of day entrance (100 SAR per person). It’s a pleasant enough place with four swimming pools, a reasonable beach, plenty of plastic chairs, lots of shade and a relaxed compound style atmosphere. Two large walls either side of the property give visitors a real sense…

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