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Society 6 is an online marketplace, where international artists showcase their work.  There are various categories from photography to typography and here is their list of affordable products:

Art Prints  //  iPhone Cases  //  Framed Art Prints  //  T-shirts  //  Canvases  //  Hoodies  //  Cards  //  Device Skins(ipod)

Society 6 produces, packages and ships to your home – worldwide and their product quality is consistent, using high quality material and processes.

Here are some items in my shop I know mom would love (…well I would love to get them from my kids :-) :

"Pink Happiness" Framed Art Print // Iphone Case // Side Profile-Iphone Case see more @ http://society6.com/meliwolfe

"Sea foam" - Framed Art Print // see more @ http://society6.com/meliwolfe

"Music Box" - Stretched Canvas // see more @ http:www.society6.com/meliwolfe

 

"Filmpane" - Iphone Case // Side profile-Iphone Case // see more @ http://www.society6.com/meliwolfe

 

"imagination" - Stretched Canvas // see more @ http://www.society6.com/meliwolfe

"W-agave" - Framed Art Print // see more @ http://www.society6.com/meliwolfe

 

 

I adapted this posing guide from the Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to get you Started with Photographing Children.  I entered the freelance photography realm at the cusp of the digital vs. film convergence and now virtually everyone has access to great photography resources and equipment.

Here are quick and easy poses that you will love:

Try to shoot at their eye level and focus on natural expressions, emotions and behavior.

Try taking pictures of kids in their everyday environment, for example, playing their favorite games, doing homework or as in this example, painting with watercolors. Keeping them busy in a familiar setting is a good way to get them to cooperate and to make those special poses you want.

Children’s playground is a very good place for some outdoor shots, it provides endless variations for action shots.

Use some delicious food items as props. You might be able to capture very interesting moments photographing children eating some sweets, ice-cream, fruits etc.

Be attentive and don’t miss the kids heavy laughing or loud shouting. Such situations always produce very emotional and thus rewarding shots!

When photographing outdoors, you can involve your subject in a hiding (actually reappearing) game. Get her to hide behind some object – a big tree for instance – and ask her to peek out of the hide-out. This is a nice moment to take a picture.

Get different perspectives to reveal all aspects of their expressions and moments!

A very nice mother and baby pose. Mother laying on the ground with a kid on the chest. Alternatively, if the kid is still a toddler, she could hold him or her in both hands above her. And just a remark on this one and the following samples with a mother – in all of these samples the parent might as well be a father, a gender used here is only for an illustration purposes.

 

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This video and description below was posted on the official Joining Forces website:

The Walt Disney Company has launched Heroes Work Here, an initiative to hire, train, and support returning veterans and their families. Through this program, Disney has committed to hiring at least 1,000 veterans over the next three years and also support these returning service members and their families during their transition into civilian life.

 

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Embarking on my work at home adventure just as I relocated to a new city has its challenges.  I’ve done it many times while my husband was in the Marine Corps and we’ve been riding that momentum ever since, but working from home is even more challenging.  Not having family or friends near isn’t new, it’s the working from home and not having that immediate workplace interaction to help facilitate new bonds.  And although I am slowly starting to meet others here and there, at the playground, at yoga class etc., trust is key to building a more lasting relationship.

Building trust face to face is the same as when you are online so I ask myself:

“HOW DO I BUILD TRUST WITH MY AUDIENCE ON MY BLOG?”

Answer:  You build trust with revealing your INTENTIONS.

In one of Harvard Business Review’s blog posts, For People to Trust You, Reveal Your Intentions, Linda Hill & Kent Lineback provide great insight on how to take purposeful and conscious steps to reveal your “motives and values”.

Here are three important ways to reveal your intentions and convince others of their sincerity.

1. First, talk explicitly about your intentions — what’s important to you, the goals you seek, the values and motives that guide your actions and decisions. Talk as well about the sources of your intentions — the experiences that forged them. When you do something or make a choice, explain both the business and personal reasons. Don’t assume people will see them. Say them outright. Invite a discussion of them.

This sounds easy, but many managers resist the idea that the boss must stoop to explain himself. Being the boss, they think, means not having to do that. But if they want to generate the kind of trust that gives them real influence and elicits the best from their people, they will talk about their intentions. This is important because intentions often aren’t obvious, and they’re always open to interpretation — especially, as we said, in a complex setting like work. So relying on others to guess what’s in your head and heart is, at best, a problematic way to produce the outcome — trust — that you want.

2. The second way to reveal your intentions is through integrity. Walk the talk. Keep your word. Be sure that what you say is consistent with what you do. This will prove your authenticity. If you tell people to be open to new ideas, but you’re not, they will doubt what you say. If they don’t understand or believe your intentions, how can they trust you to do the right thing?

3. The third way you reveal your intentions is through consistency. The intentions you speak about and practice should be the same from day to day, from person to person, from situation to situation. If they’re not, and there’s no reason for the difference, your lack of consistency will lead people to doubt you as well. If there are differences, be sure to explain them. Be sensitive to how others see and interpret your reasons for what you do.

 

The Chinese Character for Intention

With the right intentions the impact and influence you impress upon others will not only be contagious, but you will not have lost integrity while doing so and at the end of the day, it comes back to being the best “real with many flaws and all” role model for my children.

 

A video to remind us that WE CREATE because…

WE CAN,

WE DREAM and

WE WANT TO SHARE WITH OTHERS

 

Caine’s Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

On the website for the film there’s a paypal button to donate to Monroy’s scholarship fund. The explanation reads, “Chip in $1 or more to help Caine to go to college.

Here is a more detailed post of Caine’s Arcade Video on forbes.com.

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