Paul and SusanWe are passionate about photography and this is a place for us to share some of our favorite pictures as well we lessons learned along the way. Together we make a great team for our family scrapbooks because our photography strengths and weaknesses complement each other so well

Both Susan and Paul sort photos and do post production in Lightroom. Susan creates Scrapbook pages in Photoshop. Before converting to Photoshop, Susan used the Creative Memories tools Memory Manager (sort, edit photos) and Storybook Creator Plus (page layout and design). About the time Susan started looking to make the shift to a more sophisticated software package, CM shut down their tools. Unwilling to return to paper scrapbooking, Susan’s hand was forced to make the leap. Although the learning curve has been steep there have been many resources along the way that have helped reduce tears and frustration (for Susan) and eliminated hours of finding lost files and teaching his distraught wife (for Paul).


Paul is everything static – landscapes, wildlife, scenery, panorama and can get the shot in his mind’s eye in 1 or 2 clicks once he is set up. He is so technically strong that there is little post production needed on his shots. Susan is the opposite. She takes hundreds of photos at the kids’ birthday parties and gets the emotion of the favorites present or the candid laughing with friends that you can’t set up. These life moments seldom wait for f-stop and ISO adjustments so there is often lots of post production needed – another place Paul’s technical ability is a strength.


To continue the theme of complementary styles, Susan’s strength is Paul’s weakness. He will take one angle of a shot (i.e. birthday cake from straight above to get the design) where Susan has a more creative eye (i.e. more angled shot of the cake, but getting the themed plates and goodie bags in the shot too). On the flip side Paul will take his time to set up his shot, checking and double checking where Susan is so impatient she rarely even takes the time to use the tripod. Again, these complementary weaknesses styles do make for a great family album – and some interesting arguments discussions about things photography and not!