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Sandstone Sponsors Scrappin’ For Mammories - Fundraiser

We here at Sandstone Photography are proud to help sponsor the upcoming breast cancer fundraiser: Scrappin’ For Mammories.  Our own Joanne Buckles is one of the hosts. The event is scheduled from for this Saturday, April 25th at the Sunset Hills Country Club.

Here’s what you need to know…

Scrappin’ for Mammories - Fundraising Event      

Sunset Hills Country Club
Saturday, April 25, 2009,  
Tax Deductible Donation: $45 



Your $45 Tax Deductible Donation Includes:

All-Day Scrapping
Continental Breakfast
B-B-Q Lunch
Goody Bag
Drinks (Iced Tea, Water, Coffee)

Other Events Planned for the Day:

Raffle Prizes
Tickets: $1 each, 6 for $5; First 20 entries receive 20 FREE raffle tickets!

Treasured Memories Scrapbook Store will be on-site selling scrapbook staples as well as other scrapbook goodies.

Massage Therapist (fee will apply).

Sunset Hills Country Club
4155 Erbes Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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Hosted by: Joanne Buckles and Yvonne Estrada 




or visit
In partnership with Helping Hands & Hearts Foundation, Inc. Tax ID#: 26-1962551
Why don’t you come out? You’ll have a blast, and help us raise money for a much-needed cure at the same time! 
- Peggy and Steven

Phone: 805-531-0237

Steven Roosa Teaches Intermediate Photography Class

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[caption id="attachment_455" align="alignnone" width="429" caption="One of Steven's inventions. By Darrel Priebe."]One of Steven's inventions. By Darrel Priebe.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_454" align="alignnone" width="462" caption="Draggin the shutter. By Darrel Priebe. "]Draggin the shutter. By Darrel Priebe. [/caption]
Steven's favorite Canon camera.
Steven’s favorite Canon camera.


Those of you who know Steven, know how eager he is to share his knowledge and passion for photography with anyone interested. On April 15th, he once again got that chance. Although Steven is a regular at the Thousand Oaks Camera Club; serving on the Board of Directors, teaching beginning photography to its members, and regularly serving as a critique judge, this was the first time he’s had a chance to teach an intermediate-level class. Attendance criteria for the students including having a good grasp of the basics: ISO, shutter speed, and depth of field, as well as a working knowledge of how to use their cameras. The first half of the 2 ½ hour class consisted of a slide show, illustrating the more advanced topics being discussed. Steven then gave a hands-on demonstration, including an introduction to intermediate PhotoShop functionality. The last half hour was an in depth question and answer session, with Steven fielding all level of questions from attendees.

Plans for a future session are already in the works. Check back here often for further details.

For more information on the Thousand Oaks Digital Photography Group, go to

Added May 6, 2009: A news story on Steven’s session was run in the Ventura County Star. To see it for yourself, check out

The Natural

In our line of work, we get to meet lots of models, both the amateur-kind and the pro-kind.

Despite their status, you always find some who are good, some who are great, and some who are…well…let’s just say they need a little help. Every now and then though, we come across someone who is, what I like to call, a natural. Someone who has never modeled before, but just seems to take to the camera, like a fish to water.

Meet Anju - The Natural.

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We spent about three hours with Anju on Saturday, against a variety of back drops and under several different lighting conditions. We began by seating Anju in front of the Virtual Background machine, facing our soft box. Steven spent a lot of time explaining the different types of lighting equipment in our studio, and what each one does. He then talked to Anju about the types of effects he was trying to create, and about basic modeling. For the first hour or so, he talked her though the poses, helping her to understand what he was asking her to do, and why. After a set and costume change, I invited Anju into our office and showed her a series of high fashion shots taken of another model with our ring flash, and explained a little bit about each one. After about 10 minutes of semi-coaching, we shut up and turned her loose, and Bingo! A model was born!

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This was just the tip of the iceburg, mind you. By the end of the day, Anju was striking poses all on her own, feeling for the light, sensing where to move and how.  Stay tuned, as more of those images will be making their way here soon.

Thank you for a fabulous shoot, Anju. We can’t wait to get you in front of the lens again. Soon! - Peggy and Steven