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  1. Hello Marco! The main website has been pretty busy (http://fstopspot.com/content.php), but the forum is pretty quiet.

    Yes, it's sad that the forum has been so quiet. I don't know why everyone has moved along. It might be slow because it's summer time and everyone is busy with activities. Maybe it will rebound as we move into fall and winter. Thanks for sticking around! Hopefully the website (http://fstopspot.com/content.php) will help pull in new members. Thanks for hang around and sharing your images - it's good to have you as a friend.
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    Hi Steve! ...where is everybody? Few posts and less pics... It's so sad!
  3. lol...nevermind. as you can see, i found it right after i posted the question to you. sorry!

  4. Hi Steve,

    I've been trying to find where to upload a profile pic, but I'm having a hard time finding it. Help?

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    Hi Steve! Many thanks. ...on the papers I'm really 52, in my mind I'm... not yet 18...! LOL! LOL! LOL!
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    I may have posted comments to yours in wrong spot...I replied to the comment box under my photo...You can pick it up there...Thanx
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    Merry Christmas to you and to yours too!
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    Hey Steve, nice Xmas present!!!! Home page with a nice graphic and practical. +1 !!! Thanks!
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    That's right! Many thanks.
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    Hello Steve! An easy question to you: how may I see ALL my friends in 1 page? Thanks.
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About Steve Paxton

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About Steve Paxton
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Seattle, WA
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God, Family and Photography
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Wedding and Portrait Photographer
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Canon 5D Mark II & 7D
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24-105, 70-200mm L
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Self Built PC



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Before and After Pics!

by Steve Paxton on 11-12-2011 at 08:49 AM
I always enjoy looking at other photographers' before and after images. As you can tell from my images, I am a huge believer in post processing. I love spending hours processing a single image in Photoshop. Here are a few randomly picked shots:

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Avoiding Protruding Elements in Your Portraits

by Steve Paxton on 06-30-2011 at 08:04 PM
Taking a few moments to consider your composition can make a huge difference in your images - this is especially true of portrait photography. One of the most common mistakes new photographers make is failing to account for protruding elements; that is, background elements that seemingly extend from a person's head or body. Examples include whole trees, tree limbs, poles, sailboat masts, etc. Simply side stepping or moving up or down can eliminate distracting objects and keep the focus on your clients.

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Using Textures in Wedding Photography

by Steve Paxton on 06-30-2011 at 07:52 PM
The use of photographic textures in wedding photography is becoming more and more popular. Adding a texture to a few of your event photos can turn ordinary shots into unique works of art for your clients. Let me show you how you can do this in just a few short minutes.

Start out by selecting a photograph that you think might look good with the addition of a texture. In this shot below, I decided to emphasize the dark nature of the sky that day.

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Developing a Wedding Timeline with Your Bride and Groom

by Steve Paxton on 06-28-2011 at 07:41 PM
Paxton Portraits Wedding Photography : Marysville, Washington

I typically meet with my wedding clients twice before the actual wedding day. The first meeting is usually 6-12 months before the wedding. We chat about style and generally get to know each other during the first meeting. Sometimes I coordinate the first meeting with an engagement session. The first meeting is a great ice breaker and kicks off the relationship between the photographer and bride/groom.

It's not

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Adding a Second Hair Light in Portrait Photography

by Steve Paxton on 06-26-2011 at 03:07 PM
I had a senior portrait session today and thought I would share two images that shows the difference adding a second (accent) light can make. The first shot is lit by a single strobe bounced into an umbrella camera right (at a 45-degree angle to the client). The second image includes a second light being fired through a snoot, camera left, almost perpendicular to my client and raised nearly 10-feet up. Both images were taken in the shade.

In this case, an accent/hair light makes

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