Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Last week at Imaging USA in Phoenix, I was so very pleased to be able to present the first donation check to the Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep Foundation. I would like to say thank you to all of our photoDUDS customers who purchased the newest release, Bebe. Because of you, we were able to donate over $1,000 to this wonderful cause!! For those of you who are not familiar with the foundation here is a blurb from the NILMDTS website which describes how this organization helps those families in times of sorrow and hardship.

Pregnancy and birth are miraculous journeys. This amazing time of life is full of mystery, anticipation, joy, hope, and wonder. Feeling the powerful energy of birth and new life, watching as a new family is born unto each other. These things humble and amaze. These are the things that we celebrate when a baby is born.
But there is another aspect of pregnancy and birth. There is an unexpected place in this journey where some families may find themselves. When a baby dies, a world is turned upside down. There is confusion, sadness, fear, and uncertainty that cannot be explained. There is sorrow where there should have been joy.
This is the place where the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation gently provides a helping hand and a healing heart. For families overcome by grief and pain, the idea of photographing their baby may not immediately occur to them. Offering gentle and beautiful photography services in a compassionate and sensitive manner is the heart of this organization. The soft, gentle heirloom photographs of these beautiful babies are an important part of the healing process. They allow families to honor and cherish their babies, and share the spirits of their lives.

So, thanks to all who purchased Bebe and to all those photographers all over the country who donate their time and talents to help those in need.

Friday, January 16, 2009


Everyone love to get something for free! Right? We just put up a couple of background papers which can be downloaded from the photoDUDS website. So, if you want to try it out, or if you just want to add to your collection get on over to photoduds.com and get your goodies. Here are the papers and a sample of something I created with one of the papers. (The other elements in this sample are from our newest collection, Bebe.)

Friday, January 9, 2009

photoDUDS Addict-Peggy Todd

I wanted to post an image that was sent to me by one of our photoDUDS customers, Peggy Todd. Peggy owns every photoDUDS DVD and regularly keeps in touch with me by sending her DUDded-up images. I love receiving creations from our customers, because it's so fun and enlightening to see how others are using the products in their studios. (I also want to note that Peggy recently was a winner in our DVD cover contest. Her image appears on the Brisk Christmas Card Set.) Anyway, here is her beautiful image of Katye along with a quote from Peggy about photoDUDS. Thanks Peggy!!

"I want you to know that I'm the ultimate DUDaddict!  Thanks for all your wonderful designs that DUDup my portraits and bring a whole new avenue to my product line.  The mothers of these precious little angels love their final, dressed up, portraits.  Those of us out here who do not have your creativity very much appreciate you for your talent and, especially, your willingness to share it to help our images look better. 
Many thanks,

Imaging USA

It's just a few more days until Imaging USA. I am super-excited for Imaging this year! (Probably because I am going to be receiving an AN-NE award in the Multimedia category and an Excellence in Imaging Award for achieving 13 Loan images.) Also, we are going to be in booth 851, so stop by and see all of our new products. I will be doing demonstrations in the booth all day long; if you have any questions I'll be happy to answer them. See you in Phoenix!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009


I am so excited about our newest photoDUDS release, Bebe! We were planning to launch the product at Imaging USA but decided to go ahead and release early so people could take advantage of our end of the year sale and get a discount on the new DVD. We are so pleased to be working with NILMDTS (Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep) and a portion of the proceeds from each DVD sold will be donated to the NILMDTS foundation. We have already raised over $1,000 for the foundation and I plan to present a check to the foundation at Imaging USA.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Congratulations to Winner Tammy Howell!!

First, I want to thank everyone who entered our "Show US your DUDS" contest. We had tons of awesome entries and it was so hard to choose just one winner. We are holding on to all the entries and may use them on the site in the future so stay tuned. But the winner of the contest is Tammy Howell whose autograph book showed great use of the DUDS elements but also great ingenuity in using the DUDS to create a new product line. She created a senior autograph book by combining the senior's photos with awesome design and a quick stick album. (Tammy, I will be stealing this idea and offering it to our seniors at the end of the year.) Congrats Tammy!