Behind the Lens: A New Series on Moms Who Click

At Moms Who Click, we are excited to be introducing a new series called “Behind the Lens”.   In this weekly series, beginning January 4th, we will interview a variety of professional photographers who will bring a bit of their insight, know-how and wisdom to our viewers.

Are you a professional photographer or know someone who is?  If so, and would like to be considered for our series, please drop us a line at momswhoclick@yahoo.com

We look forward to bringing this series to you in a month!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Give thanks to all that you love and care about and then go out and………

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Strange Cacti–Wordless Wednesday

Strange Cacti

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DIY Camera Bag

Days after I put in the big order for my gorgeous turquoise Belle Epiphanie bag, I stumbled across Little Miss Famous’ DIY bag via I Heart Faces.

I was so impressed by her cleverness, that I quickly emailed the link to my ultra crafty mom (who is now somewhat tech savvy–she knows how to do email AND book airline tickets), to put in a Christmas gift request.

Anyway, being impatient (who can wait until Christmas???) I decided to make one myself–like shoes, a gal can not have too many camera bags (I think I now am up to 6–egads, do not tell my husband!).

So using the helpful tips from Little Miss Famous as well as numerous other tips from DIYers, (Google “DIY camera bag”and you will find a plethora of crafty, clever photographers), I made this sassy, patent pleather bag!

Love the shiny look of patent leather!

Room for the necessities!

My total cost was $33–$22 for the bag, $7 for the foam, $4 for the material.   I already had the hot glue gun and glue sticks.  This was a total no-sew project. I did buy velcro for all of the foam pieces but decided I didn’t really need it, the foam pieces fit together nicely without it.

This was a great project for a rainy afternoon and only took me about an hour (and a few blisters). While I doubt I would use this for a big photo shoot, it will come in handy when I go out with friends or up to The City and want to schlep my camera in a safe, padded bag.

Now, I’m eyeing the other purses cluttering my closet.   I have a feeling I will be making some foam inserts for my super cute brown Coach bag soon, too!

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Point, Click, Heimlich

Last week, I had a bit of a scare.   Tina and I were at a local park having a fantastic time doing mini-photo sessions for 12 families.  Yep, we were busy but it was fun!

Since it was a holiday, our kids were off of school and I had my twin boys with me.  They had fun “assisting” me in getting their friends to smile for the camera.

Anyway, midway through the day I decided to run them home to hang out with their older brother.  And that is when things got scary…….

On the drive back, one of my sons started to gag and with a look of panic on his face say, “It’s stuck, it’s stuck.”  I thought he had a popcorn hull caught in his throat (he had been eating handfuls of cheddar popcorn while at the park) and started to pass him a bottle of Gatorade.   But as I did, I asked “What, what is stuck?”

“A penny.”  He said with tears forming in his eyes and a look of fear on his face that I still can’t forget.

My mind started to race, “Holy sh#t, the kid has a penny in his throat and I’m driving a car!”

Thankfully, I was seconds away from turning onto my street and into my driveway.  I knew that because he was able to speak that he was getting air, so I didn’t completely freak out.

Anyway, I peeled into my driveway, threw the car into park (but left it on for some reason) and yanked him out of the backseat and onto the driveway.  I  then quickly gave him two quick Heimlich thrusts and out flew the penny.

My son then crumbled in my arms with relief.  We stood there, tightly hanging onto each other (with the car rumbling in the background).  As he cried, I kept whispering in his ear, “It is ok, it IS OK, you are all right.”

In looking back on that day, I’m amazed at how I kept my cool.  That I didn’t panic and that I knew what to do.   It reminded me how important it is to know this life saving maneuver.

If you are  not familiar with the Heimlich Maneuver here are the steps (for helping a child) taken from the American Heart Association’s website:

When a child is choking and can’t breathe or speak, you must give abdominal thrusts (the Heimlich maneuver).  The Heimlich maneuver pushes air from the child’s lungs like a cough.  This can help remove the blocking object.  You should give abdominal thrusts until the object is forced out or the victim becomes unresponsive.

  1. If you think a child is choking, ask the child “Are you choking?”  If he nods, tell him you are going to help.
  2. Kneel or stand firmly behind him and wrap your arms around him so that your hands are in front.
  3. Make a fist with one hand.
  4. Put the thumb side of your fist slightly above the navel (belly button) and well below the breastbone.
  5. Grasp the fist with your other hand and give quick upward thrusts into his abdomen.
  6. Give thrusts until the object is forced out and he can breathe, cough, or talk or until he stops responding.



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Say Cheese–Wordless Wednesday

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Check Out My Free Storyboard Pearltree

Last week I went to a presentation on a new social curation tool called Pearltrees.  Pearltrees lets you organize, discover and share stuff that you find on the web.  It is kind of like a bookmarking tool but way cooler.

What I like about it, is that it visually organizes everything for you into little pearls.  And when you click on each pearl you get a pop up page of what you “bookmarked.”  I find that when I use the traditional way of bookmarking urls that I often forget what the site contained.  Using Pearltrees, I am able to see what it was that piqued my interest.

I love that now I can better organize the sites that I like to visit and even share them.    Below is a Pearl that I put together of free storyboard templates.  Just click the pearl below and you’ll got to my storyboard Pearltree. See what you think……
Storyboard Templates

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