Everyday Elements Blog

My first official post to the Everyday Elements blog!

For those who know me and my other sites, don’t worry, this will not be another blog to try to keep up with; I am shutting down Moving Forward and Photography Haven. I just cannot manage all of them and as sad as it is to close Moving Forward after blogging there for over two years, I just cannot keep up.

I have moved all of the tutorials from Photography Haven over to this blog so that the information is still accessible. Most of the resource lists have moved over also. Basically I am folding Photography Haven into Everyday Elements, which will make it much easier on me to post and manage.

Everyday Elements has grown dramatically in scope and size, more than I would have imagined in so short of time, due in part to the wonderful support and encouragement I received from Rita at Coffeeshop, Cheryl at TidyMom, Michelle from Love That Shot and Dawn at A Bit Bloggish.

Also, I need to thank many of the enthusiastic attendees I have had: Debra, Cheri, Staci, Jamie, Kathryn, Heather, Kandi, Carol, Sharon, Michelle, Sheri, Jenn, Julie, Leslie, Brenda, Amy, Teresa and many more! You make me laugh and smile during my workshops, you forgive me when I mess up and you encourage me to go further than I would have gone on my own.

What can you expect from this blog? Well, here are my goals:

  • Moving Forward Mondays – personal tidbits about what is going on in my life.
  • Tutorial Tuesdays – tutorials for photography or editing with PSE.
  • Fix It Fridays – my play along with I Heart Face’s Fix It Friday post.
  • Sharing Saturday – sharing a picture or two of my own from the past week.

Some weeks I will make all four post goals, some weeks only a couple and some weeks none. I am trying to be realistic (for a change).

Last thing – I am planning a big giveaway to celebrate the new logo, updated site, newsletter and new blog! It’s not actions, not free workshops, not anything you would expect. Watch for it to start on Wednesday!

p.s. If you have subscribed to the blog, you will see various posts with lists and resources coming through. I am still moving things over from Photography Haven and they will show as new posts in your blog reader, but they are not new.

About Amanda

I am passionate about helping others learn how to use their DSLR cameras and editing programs. More information about me can be found at my About page, or by visiting my personal blog.


  1. I thought something was going on when I saw post from your other sites making their way over here. I like the new logo and love the site. Hope everything goes well.

  2. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME Amanda!! I LOVE the whole concept. I LOVE what you have done organizing EE, I love your new header…….and how freaking SWEET of you to mention me………you know I’d support you in anything you do!…….I don’t know what I’d do with out all of YOUR support!

    • Cheryl,
      Thank you!! I have definitely spent enough time thinking about it and playing with it to get it to this point. LOL

      I had to mention you because you have been an incredible support to me!! ((hugs))

      I love ya more than my luggage! 😉

  3. I stumbled upon your Everyday Elements site recently and was thrilled to find something specifically geared towards those of us who use PSE rather than PS. I’ve learned a lot in the past few months as it relates to editing and photography but still have a long way to go! Thank you for helping us newbies!

  4. I’m very excited about all the changes. Everything looks so amazing! I’m happy to have it all in one spot. Btw, I spent a wonderful day yesterday watching your all your tutorials and getting a better grasp on PSE. So much fun when things start to click. Thank you! 🙂 You rock, girl!

    • Sherri, that is so good to hear! I love doing the video tutorials and need to get busy making more.

      Thank you (about the site). I have spent enough time on it, that is for sure. LOL

  5. I will definitely be following! I got a TON out of the intermediate class, and I still have a TON more to learn!! I’m glad I have come across people like you who can and are willing to teach what they know!! Thank you!!!!

    • That is wonderful to hear! I LOVE helping others make the most of their PSE. It is such a powerful, effective program and it is so much fun to show others how to uncover the little treasure there.

  6. Amanda, this looks fabulous! I love your new logo and design, it fits you perfectly. 🙂

    • Michelle,
      Thank you!! I forgot to mention you in my post! I will fix that today.

      You have been a wonderful support for me too, letting bounce ideas off of you and letting me cry on your shoulder during the tough times. Thank you!

      Now that this is done, you will see me at Love That Shot more often. 😉

  7. So excited about the new site! Not only is it easier for you, but it’s also easier for those of us who love you and your work!!!

    • Thank you, Kristin! Yes, bless your hearts! So many have been supportive and jumped around to my bazillion sites. Now it will be no more. 😉

      ((hugs)) Thank you, too for such a sweet comment! I have the best blog/FB/workshop friends!!

  8. Yeah!! I am sooo excited for you. The blog, website & updated logo look great!! Wonderful things come to wonderful people. I have learned sooo much from you & I am so excited for everything that you have been blessed with. Congratulations!!!

    • Thank you, Julie! You were the “Julie” in my post! ((hugs)) You are fantastic!!

      • Awww!! ((hugs to you))
        I am inspired by you more often than you know. Thank you for sharing your stories, talents & heart with all of us. Your knowledge is what brought me to your site & workshops… And your knowledge combined with your willingness to share, gift of teaching, wonderful spirit & kind heart is what hooked me & keeps me coming back for more. Thanks & Congratulations again!! =]

  9. Thanks for mentioning me! I liked our old header (I call it “our” header, LOL) but of course this one is fabulous. Clean and colorful! You’ve grown so much in such a short amount of time. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: you hit on a need and filled a niche. Plus, you work really hard, woman! And I know you help so many people!

  10. HI! I was trying so hard to keep up with you and somehow thought I would catch the beggining of your blogging here. Now I have some catching up to do:)

    I am looking forward to your posts.

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  12. Awesome post. My Mom really loved it. I read your posts every morning and always will.


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