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Photography and the PI

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Photography and the PI

A picture is worth a thousand words. It’s a saying I’ve heard all of my life, and related to for almost as long. As we now find ourselves clearly entrenched in the digital image age, I wonder if the traditional, dedicated camera is on it’s last legs. So exactly what does this mean for photography and the PI? I was a photography buff as a teenager. My first “save up my allowance and odd job money” purchase was a Canon AE-1 SLR. Before that, I used a Kodak Instamatic camera. I had an eye for framing a picture. I saw art in places that others just passed by without...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 12: Holiday Tipping

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 12: Holiday Tipping

People’s approach to holiday tipping seems to vary in different regions of the United States and around the world. For those of us the in Dallas – Ft. Worth metroplex, figuring out who we should tip at the holidays, and how much we should tip, does not necessarily come naturally to us. I checked with the Emily Post Institute, and even the vaunted oracle of all things civilized and appropriate says, “It depends.” My opinion is that there is no one right or wrong answer. Ultimately, you should let your instincts be your guide about what is appropriate or not...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 11: Christmas Photo Tips

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 11: Christmas Photo Tips

Taking photos at Christmas time is an age-old tradition. For many people, its hard to get photos that capture the moments. You look at your pictures and they don’t look the way you remember the scene. Let me suggest a couple of Christmas photo tips. Do you take pictures when people are opening their presents? Do you remember happy children and smiling spouses, but your photos show odd expressions, the side of someone’s face, or blurry hands? Try this instead. During the opening of the gifts, don’t take any pictures at all. Their brains are trying to process what’s in...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 10: Don’t Drink and Drive… and Do Not Talk to the Police!

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 10: Don’t Drink and Drive… and Do Not Talk to the Police!

I know… you have heard it so many times before. Don’t drink and drive. It doesn’t seem like realistic advice to some; you may have heard the old joke, “Well then how am I  going to get home from the bar?” Even people who don’t typically drink or don’t drink very much will enjoy a drink during a Christmas party that they might not otherwise have. But speaking as someone who lost a family member due to alcohol and cars, I can tell you they don’t mix well. If you are involved in an accident where someone is hurt, it is a burden you bear the rest...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 9: Most Popular Toys

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 9: Most Popular Toys

Anyone with children knows that around this time of year toy companies are pushing the latest and greatest toys, kids’ shows on TV are over-saturated with ads for them, and of course, your child wants one of them. My days of buying the most popular toys for my children are long gone, and I’m not quite there yet to need to buy them for grandchildren. Nonetheless, after my copious research, here are some of the most popular toys of the season. The descriptions are NOT my own… they come from various places selling these bundles of Christmas Morning Joy. Your mileage may vary! Each title...

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 8: Have a Safe Christmas Party

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12 Days of Christmas Tips – Day 8: Have a Safe Christmas Party

If you are hosting a Christmas Party this year, then you obviously want everything to go well. While party planning is not my forte, I have a handful of suggestions to make sure you have a safe Christmas party. Know your guest list. Make sure you know who is coming into your home. Whenever possible, ask people with a +1 to reply with that individual’s name. At least do a quick Google search on anyone whom you do not know. If you are more security conscious, you can always call your local PI to do a more thorough background check. 😉 If you are having a large group coming into your home...

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