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June 15, 2012

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Heather Hummel is a "photonovelist" who blends her love for photography with her award-winning career as an author.

Her published works include:



Fiction:

Journals from the Heart Series:

Whispers from the Heart (2011)

Write from the Heart (2011)



Nonfiction

Life in the Iris of the Beholder (2012)

Signs from the Universe (2011)

Gracefully: Looking and Being Your Best at Any Age (McGraw-Hill, 2008),



Essays:

Messages of Hope and Healing ( Sunpiper Media, 2006)

Blue Ridge Anthology (Cedar Creek, 2007) with David Baldacci and Rita Mae Brown



Awards:

2009 Mature Media Awards, Merit Award

2009 New York Book Festival, Honorable Mention



Heather has ghostwritten for politicians, corporations, and public figures. Her books have appeared in newspapers such as: Publishers Weekly, USA Today and the Washington Post; and in magazines that include: Health, Body & Soul, First, and Spry Living, a combined circulation of nearly 15 million. A graduate with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, Heather holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree with concentrations in English and Secondary Education. She is currently earning a Ph.D. in Metaphysical Sciences.


Celebrating Summer with Beach Reads!

The Journals from the Heart Series is available for free on Kindle this weekend!


New York Book Festival Award Winner WHISPERS FROM THE HEART - Climbing the charts, it's currently ranked #4 in Self Esteem and #46 in Literary Fiction!



"'Go read this book' doesn't do it the justice it deserves. Heather Hummel has written such a heartfelt and touching book. Madison Ragnar is such an intriguing character. One of those that makes you want to hug her and tell her it is going to be okay."

- Michelle Bell, Just Jump Book Reviews



"Author Heather Hummel is a true talent with words! Whispers from the Heart is a lovely journey of fate, faith, and transformation. Madison, is an inspiring and truly relatable character that any woman can learn from. It's a wonderful read for a rainy day or relaxing on the beach!"

- Cari Kamm, Author Fake Perfect Me



"I recommend this book to anyone wanting to read a beautifully-written chick lit novel that will keep you turning pages eagerly."

 - Lost In Literature Book Reviews



"I really enjoyed this book. It was fun, fast, and heart-warming."

- Samantha Robey, Chick Lit Plus Book Reviews


Read more reviews on Amazon After reading Heather's first novel in the Journals from the Heart series, Whispers from the Heart, I jumped at the chance to read her second. And I'm happy I did.



Write from the Heart is a beautiful story about a writer, Samantha, who finds herself down in the dumps after a hard breakup. Samantha learns, with the help of her therapist and through the use of journals, how helping guide yourself to happiness is the only way to truly obtain it. I love this theory and push it often, so this story really touched me.

  WRITE FROM THE HEART is currently ranked #3 in Self Esteem!



 "After reading Heather's first novel in the Journals from the Heart series, Whispers from the Heart, I jumped at the chance to read her second.  And I'm happy I did. Write from the Heart is a beautiful story about a writer, Samantha, who finds herself down in the dumps after a hard breakup. Samantha learns, with the help of her therapist and through the use of journals, how helping guide yourself to happiness is the only way to truly obtain it. I love this theory and push it often, so this story really touched me." - Lost in Literature Book Reviews

"I have said it before... Author Heather Hummel is a true talent with words! WRITE FROM THE HEART is a wonderful story on the power of positive thinking and a reminder how we have the power to control our own destiny." - Cari Kamm, Author, Fake Perfect Me

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Published on June 15, 2012 08:01 • 9 views

June 10, 2012

[image error]©Heather Hummel www.PulseImages.netAfter photographing this Rocky Mountain thunderstorm, I found the most appropriate American Indian Proverb - "It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand."

This image has become a fan-favorite, and I've received many request from people who want to purchase a print of it.

My photography is copyright protected, however, prints can be purchased by clicking here or by clicking on the image.

I appreciate all the feedback I receive for my images and the support from those who purchase them.This image and others can be viewed on my photography website at www.PulseImages.net.
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Published on June 10, 2012 20:26 • 7 views

May 30, 2012

Guest Post by Gilda Evans:


You know, those little warning signs that rear their heads in the early stages of a relationship. Sometimes we pay attention but, more often than not, we choose to ignore them for one reason or another.  We’re lonely and in need of the companionship, we’ve spent far too may nights alone in bed, we’re so physically attracted to the other person we’re willing to overlook a lot (at least for a while), and so on.  But, eventually, the little gremlins accumulate and turn into monsters we can’t ignore and the relationship falters.  That’s not to say that relationships don’t take work – of course they do.  They require nurturing and tender, loving care just like any living, growing thing.  If you pay attention to your instincts, you can usually sense when there is a true potential for a promising romance to ensue.  Sometimes though, we’re dealing with a relationship that was dead on arrival, and we need to learn to blow taps over it before things begin to fester and get smelly!  Oh, if only we’d acted on our gut feelings when things were less complicated and it was easier to back out of the relationship calmly and quickly.  Often it’s more likely you will recognize those early warning signs when someone else mentions them.  So here are a few pet peeves of my own that I’ve experienced over the years…and it’s amazing how common some of them can be.  After you’ve read mine, I’d love to know a few of yours too!
- He’s way too controlling about things – where you go on a date, where you sit in the restaurant, what route you take to drive somewhere.  And he seems to know things like when you go online and where you go during the day, to the point of almost being a stalker.
- What’s yours is his.  You order a drink in the restaurant and he wants to taste it – suddenly half your drink is gone.  When the waiter asks if you want another, you say yes and suggest he get one too.  But he’d rather share yours again…and when it gets to the table he takes the first gulp.
- He doesn’t do holidays.  Excuse me?  This one especially gets to me when he has kids but Christmas or Chanukah aren’t on his to-do list.  And birthdays?  Forget about it.
- Every gift he buys you – if you’re lucky enough to get one – is practical.  Lingerie?   Jewelry?  A nice dinner out?  How about just a romantic dinner at home with a nice bottle of wine, a massage and a sexy dvd?  Nope.  Hey, nothing says “I love you” like a sharp set of steak knives!
Ok…your turn!

GILDA EVANS is an experienced dater, wife, mother and bon vivant extraordinaire who started her first business while in college at the age of 20, which she sold at a profit when she was 24.  Winning her first poetry contest at the tender age of 9 and her first essay contest at 10, writing and speaking have always been natural forms of expression for her.
Her first business was followed by two years of teaching lighting design at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.  The long and winding road then led Gilda to begin her stint as a television writer/producer/director, working for such venues as CBS, HBO, Showtime and Warner Brothers.  It was during this time that she also met and married her children’s father.  Twelve plus years and three Emmy and Ace award nominations later, Gilda left the TV industry to devote herself to her family.
Unfortunately, the happily ever after was not to be back then, and after a fourteen year marriage she found herself going through a divorce.  It was at that point she decided to reinvent herself and her career.  Her myriad of experiences comes to the forefront in GIRL TALK…a book series twenty years in the making whose time has finally come!  As Gilda likes to say, “I have a PhD in relationships from the school of life!”  She is also working on a YA novel series, THE ALTERNATES.
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May 28, 2012

I grabbed my camera on the way out the door this morning to walk the dogs, and these images are what came of it:

Down by the barn - White Horses and Fences
 Stephan and Julie Running in the Field
Shy  Horse
Runt of the Litter
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Published on May 28, 2012 10:26 • 8 views

May 18, 2012

My mom, Valerie Ramsey, and coauthor with me of GRACEFULLY: LOOKING AND BEING YOUR BEST AT ANY AGE was featured with a 42 year old model on NBC Miami this morning in another segment titled "Older Models in Demand"...

Wondering when ABC and CBS will start featuring these stories? Seems like NBC has it down, as this is my mom's sixth appearance between Miami and the Today Show on the topic or similarly related themes. Kudos to NBC.


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Published on May 18, 2012 07:56 • 9 views

May 10, 2012


I recently read and reviewed Kellie Elmore's newly released book MAGIC IN THE BACKYARD and was intrigued by her poem "Tumbleweed" so I asked her to stop by my blog and give me the lowdown on what inspired her to write it. Thanks, Kellie for indulging me and visiting my blog!







TumbleweedShe saw her life as atired progression; exciting asa Cannes film about some trailer parkin the middle of the desert,she watched it running past herlike a tumbleweed, leaving herin the dust. Trapped—in thisdesolate town with dreams fallingfrom her fingertips and hopefrom her eyes, but wherewould that highway take her?Where—would it lead ifshe jumped on its back ina spontaneous effort to findsomething greater thanwhat she knew, and would sheeven recognize it after beingblinded by the numbered, un-namedsigns that line this county, orwould there fall on her a sick andun-digestible feeling of remorse inthe realization that ghosts willfollow you no matter where yourun, and hiding is not an option.Home—this is home, she thought,and the craving for greener grasswill never be satisfied until shetakes time to tend to the weeds.

Tumbleweed was written during one of those times when I felt the need to "run". I think we all go through periods in life where the grass looks greener on the other side. Life can become monotonous and boring and we find ourselves dreaming of new places, somewhere where no one knows your name. A place where you can just start over fresh and become someone else, someone you always wanted to be. That was the idea behind this poem.Instead of running, I began to write about running. I got my pen and wrote in free verse all that I was feeling, everything that was overwhelming me and the reasons why I thought "running away" would fix it. There were so many dreams within my words but, for the most part, it was filled with excuses and nothing I was saying was a good enough reason to just go. I found that all my problems had a solution. All the little things that were suffocating me were being brought to the surface and I was finding that I could repair them all right here at home but, that would be the hard way. I had to convince myself that though running would be an easy way out, of this town, of the struggles I was facing, it would not bring happiness. So, I started to weigh the pros and cons, and I realized that while I may rid myself of some of the old, I would be bringing on new problems and how would that be better? So, what I learned from this exercise was that it's all about removal...You have to find whatever it is that's holding you down and tend to it and if you can't fix it (with reasonable effort) then the only other option is to get rid of it completely.  You cannot stay in bad relationships, do work that isn't fulfilling, continue down the same paths and expect things to just change. YOU have to make it happen...and most of the time, it begins with yourself.Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.Happiness is inside of you...and so is sadness. It doesn't matter where you go, you take it with you. If you are not happy at home, you will not be happy on a beautiful beach, by the bluest waters, on a tropical island either. Your ghosts will follow you, until you make peace with them and set them free. Pluck out the weeds from your life and you will have room to grow toward the sunshine.


Kellie Elmore is a writer who knows no bounds. She believes self-expression is most beautiful in its pure, raw and unedited form. “No rules, just write” is her motto.
Kellie finds inspiration in nature and in the humble surroundings of her “backyard” – Southeast Tennessee. Through poetry and prose, Kellie writes freely about cherished and magical moments as well as tragic losses. Her goal is to take readers back, rekindle a memory or elicit a feeling. Charles Bukowski wrote, “If it doesn’t burst out of you, don’t do it.” Kellie agrees and states, “If it were not for my pen, I would explode! Writing is my happy pill.”  Join Kellie as she writes her way through life’s journey – magic in the backyard…Visit Kellie's website at http://kellieelmore.com/

Magic in the Backyard
COPYRIGHT © 2012 by Kellie Elmore
Excerpt appears courtesy of Winter Goose Publishing
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Published on May 10, 2012 11:49 • 8 views

April 15, 2012

"If everyone can do it, no one will pay you to do it." - Rosh Sillars In discussing being a photographer.

Rosh continues on (in a podcast on Photofocus) and makes a great point that freshmen in college today have captured more images in their young lives than he has in his whole photography career because digital allows for that (unlike 15 years ago). And we all know, practicing and doing is how we get better (assuming you're learning from mistakes).

I'd agree that the same mindset carries over to being an author. Anyone can publish a book nowadays. To put things in perspective, when GRACEFULLY was published by McGraw-Hill in April, 2008 there were 2 million other books on Amazon. Now, only four years later, there are 8 million.

Making a photograph or a book stand out in the digital crowd is a full time job, leaving less time for the creative realm. My mother being a Wilhelmina model at the age of 72, now that's one way to stand out in a crowd.[image error]
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Published on April 15, 2012 10:06 • 7 views

April 7, 2012


Late yesterday morning I was just finishing my Arnold Palmer at one coffee shop and had two hours to go before meeting my cousin at another coffee shop in Cannery Row. As I took my last sip, Muse knocked. It was at the door telling me to drive up Highway 1 toward Santa Cruz for a quick image capturing session. I had no idea what I was looking for; I just got in the car and started to drive. It only took about 4 or 5 miles until I spotted some paragliders over the the Fort Ord Dunes.

I made my way over there (not as easy as one might think), parked and grabbed my camera. When I got up to the dunes, two paragliders came gliding up the coast. One of them - in the video below - gave me a 20 minute show. As a result, I captured 127 images and this 1 minute video. The images are done in HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography. For more on HDR Photography, I recommend Trey Ratcliff's Stuck in Customs site.

Here are some of the top images and beneath them is the You Tube video (the rest of the images can be viewed at PulseImages.net):

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Images and video were captured with my Canon T3i. © Heather Hummel/Pulse Images[image error]
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Published on April 07, 2012 08:34 • 29 views

March 31, 2012

Not surprisingly, one of the most often asked questions I get as a photographer is "what angle is the most flattering for a face?" People wonder why the camera adds pounds...90% of the time it's lighting, angles and lens position.

My answer to this is that it's just as much about the lighting as it is the angle. I'm going to give you three basic tips that you can incorporate when you photograph friends and family...and to be sure this is how you're being photographed. Lights...Camera...Action...

1. The image should be captured from the shadowed side of the face at about a 45 degree angle. Why? Because the light side of the face will be magnified, in essence, by the light, making your face look larger and rounder. By photographing the shadowed side, you keep the face in better perspective and looking thinner. (Note for more advanced photographers: It's better to stand back a bit from your subject and zoom in than it is to photograph from up close. By stepping back and zooming in, there's less distortion and magnification, i.e. making the nose and face appear larger and wider.)




2. For a softer look, (and especially for those who are creeping up in years...including yours truly), the less contrast in light, the more flattering. What's called "flat light" means there is a consistent light across the entire face, rather than any kind of contrast or shadowing. A soft, flat light can take years off a face, allowing the smile to shine through!










3. As for angles, for the best results, a lifted and slightly jetted chin (photographed on the shadowed side). Why? Because lifting and extending your chin (a bit like a turtle) makes the double chin magically disappear. If the photographer holds the camera a little higher than the face this helps, too.














Using these simple tips ought to flatter even the funniest of faces! If you use them, let me know by leaving a comment below.


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Published on March 31, 2012 13:24 • 7 views

March 24, 2012

[image error]Catching the Pinterest Wave
I've become a follower and fan of HDR Photography Master Trey Ratcliff. His work caught my eye, as it does for many, when Googling "HDR Photography" several months ago. Immediately smitten with his work, I started reading his blog posts and watching YouTube videos that feature him as a guest speaker.

I've also started using Pinterest, but wasn't sure exactly how or why to use it until I read a post by Trey. If you read the comments following his post, which expresses using Pinterest to share your photographs, he was met with much resistance (to say the least) from fellow photographers over Pinterest's Terms of Service.Their ToS stated that Pinterest had the right to sell content on their site (my non-legal interpretation) and other copyright issues. Needless to say, this is a sore spot for photographers.

As I read the post by Trey, I couldn't help but think, Pinterest grew overnight, I bet they don't even realize the implication of their Terms of Service. So many small start-ups can't afford or don't think they need lawyers to draft or review their Terms of Services. Instead, they use a default one they found online or elsewhere, especially when you consider they're not expecting overnight success and the innate controversy that goes along with it. Perhaps this was the case here.

What's more interesting to me, however, is learning from Trey, who walked in his truth and believed that sharing his images in a Creative Commons Noncommercial license atmosphere benefits both the everyday admirer and the photographer. Naturally, commercial entities are expect to pay for using an image for capital gain, and will be dealt with in court if they don't. But, sharing his work opening rather than hiding in fear is why Trey is as popular as he is today - well, that and because he captures amazing images. (Talent talks more than a mouth.)

Kudos to Trey for paving the way to start a discussion that (I believe) resulted in a resolution benefiting photographers. You can read his original post here.

On a personal note, I'm excited that Trey is coming to Monterey for a PhotoWalk in a few weeks![image error]
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Published on March 24, 2012 12:21 • 16 views