Friday, October 23, 2009

"Funky is the new black" .....


-Sarah said. In her latest article titled "Sarah's sizzling suggestions" "Photo newbie Sarah Lockwood scans the inter-web for fun, funky and interesting gadgets for fellow greenhorn togs"
I'm going to read you that much.... you can read the rest in the November issue..... Fore me is so exciting to see it on the magazine shelves, I feel like buying coffee for everyone at B&N and show everyone page # 40, yea right there.... that's me!!! ..... but I won't because my kids face will fall off and they will never forgive me.

Thank you so much Sarah for the feature, I'm looking forward to your next article!!


Well, here it is......

Thank you!! DSLR user Magazine!!

Wanna read it???


The featured products


A very special thank you to Adam Scorey Deputy Editor DSLR User/Photo Pro


**** Note.... I just got my batteries recharged after an awesome Wedding Workshop hosted by Ray Santana, Kenny Kim, Tofurious, and Becker.... I have a lot to say about that. (said in my best Forest Gump accent)



Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Digital Photographer Magazine

I'm beyond excited about the article where My Funky Camera was featured. It was included in series of product reviews. The section (very assertively called) "Add some funk" Accessories for the fashion-conscious, also featured camera bags and colorful cameras.
I didn't know there was going to be a rating..... I was so happy to see I got 10 out of 10... pheewww!!
A special Thank you to Josie Reavely, reviews editor.

Here is the article, I love the muffin top Crumpler.... too bad they don't sell it in the US.

Digital Photographer Magazine

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Thank you so much for your continued support. All this would not be possible if it wasn't for all of you, and for that I'm very grateful.

I will have new styles added in the next few days, and a new item that has been in the works for a while..... tested by adults and children.... yea you know what it is. :)

Some of you asked about my Grandma.... she's doing Ok... just OK. She's getting chemo and she has some bad days, but she's hanging in there. She's a 20 year old woman trapped in a 95 year old body. I can't wait to see her.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Putting on the nurse hat!


I'm really not a nurse, I actually get queazy when I see injuries. This time is different. My Grandma is 95 years old. She's the cutest sweetest Grandma in the whole wide world. Last week she said she felt a lump on her hip so my Aunt took her to the Dr. After a series of tests he said she needed emergency surgery because she had a tumor. She went in to surgery to have it removed and we are still waiting on the lab results. She seems to be doing Ok.... prognosis unknown. :(
I immediately packed my stuff and booked a flight to be with her and help her in every way I can.
I can get WiFi at her house, but I will have limited access to email, I may just catch up on all your blogs.
I hope everyone is having a great summer. I know mine just got a little better because I get to see my Grandma.
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Thursday, April 30, 2009

I ❤ Amateur Photographer

When Richard Sibley contacted me about a review for Amateur Photographer, I was very excited. I couldn't really believe it, it didn't really register until after the second email, where he had more specific questions about my products. 
That's when I got oh so very excited and anxious, because he said he really liked them, and they would be in the April 24th issue!!!..... Ohmygosh!!!  **** a real magazine, in the UK ****

I tried not to think about because I get very nervous and I can't sleep.
Then I started calling Borders, B&N and they didn't carry the Magazine.....I was so bummed!!!
Today I looked around for digital magazines and I found it!! Here it is!!!














































































































Today I got an email from Mr Sibley again after all my horn tooting on my facebook and Twitter... and he said he is sending me a copy of the magazine...... How nice is he???
I'm so excited!!!!!

Thanks so much Amateur Photographer... you made my day!!!!


Gabi

Friday, April 3, 2009

Spring Break!!!

And we really NEED a break. The store will be close form April 3rd to April 10th.
In the meantime I want share the current giveaways where I participate as a vendor, so you have a chance to win a camera strap!!

They are different from each other, therefore, I highly recommend you check both of them out.







I will send out a newsletter when I comeback with a special discount code.... you may want to sign up for the newsletter on the sidebar.
Here is a picture of the new styles, neck straps and wristlets!!




I hope everyone has a great spring break. I know some states already had it, but for us it starts TODAY!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

I have some explaining to do.

First, I'm sorry I haven't been around much, I have been very busy, not just with work, but life in general.
I want to answer a few questions I get over and over regarding the camera straps.
Some people seem to think.......

I purchase camera straps and cover them with what you see.
That is not true.
I make every single camera strap. I have been contacted many many times by various makers and distributors of GENERIC camera straps. Some even send me samples with out asking.... I have a box full of them. (I cloned the name on it for obvious reasons) See below.
I despise these straps, they are cheaply made, very stiff. The hardware is brittle, the strap is very thin, and the velvet backing is just horrid.

These are the horrible samples they've sent me

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Fugly uh??


I have also been contacted by brokers overseas to have them made in China or India. But I have too much pride, and I like making them. When the time comes to outsource, I will work with someone local, and help the local economy and NOT a broker overseas.

I cover my camera straps with ribbon and fabrics, and glue them on.
Not true. 
Every camera strap is sewn, not glued.
I purchase the finest trims out there. All the designs you see on the camera straps are woven or jacquard designs, NOT printed. Some of the designs are by some of the most prestigious textile designers. 
In my opinion printed ribbons are for hair bows, and wrapping presents, not for professional photography equipment. 

Why did you discontinue some designs?
Simply because some of them are discontinued by the manufacturer to make room for new designs. Instead of me stacking up on old designs, I purchase the new designs to bring you a fresh look. So next time you visit the site, you'll see a new one and maybe, just maybe you'll buy another one. :)

I don't have enough stuff for Machos
I have some stuff for the male population, I keep my eye out for more masculine designs and bring them to the site. Girly designs are much easier to find and readily available.
If you want me to be completely honest with you, men are harder to please than women when it comes to fashion. What I think is manly enough for a camera strap, my husband will completely disagree, but then again finds himself walking around with my camera and Leopard fur strap attached to it with no problem. ;)

Put me on your waiting list for X product
I don't have a waiting list of any kind. I wish I was organized enough to manage something like that. It would simplify my production line wouldn't it? But I don't have time to keep up with something like that.
If you see something sold out, it will comeback. I can email you.... that I can remember, but there is no such list. If you don't see the picture of the product, then it's gone for good.

You don't make lens cozies anymore.
True. Lens cozies are super easy to make. The problem is that they are custom made and that takes time. With hundreds of lenses available, it's very hard to come up with a general size and have it fit your lens properly.  I don't pre-make them so I have to retire them to use my time on things I can work on at my own pace. 
Sorry!
The good news is... You are going to LOVE what I have coming up. I had it ready to go before Christmas, but the teachers at my kids school asked for it and I sold all them before I could take pictures.... stay tuned!

If you have read this far THANK YOU!!
Have a great day!!
Gabi
 

Monday, January 26, 2009

Finally a break!!!

I've been so busy lately, I have neglected my camera, my blog, my kids closet.....etc.....
Soccer season started, the girls got haircuts. Sunday, we decided to go out and have some fun this weekend to the kids favorite spot Miami Beach. There is so much to see. 

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Even dogs ask for money.

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Don't look at this last one too much, it's kind of annoying

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sigh!!! a new year!!!

We spent the holidays at home this year. My husband just got back from his year deployment so we decided to stay home. This is the first time the girls got excited about Santa....... I very reluctantly followed along the letters, the questions...etc..... I hope the news breaks out before next Christmas.
Christmas eve was as usual very warm we just hung out and chillaxed outside.

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Christmas morning was the exciting part.

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New Years was equally relaxed. Just us, Skype, Wii ...... and an online Mario Kart tournament against the Canadians!!!
They gave up after only 2 hours and 20 minutes.... boooooooooo!!!!!
We still miss you guys a lot!!!!
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I wish all of you the best of the best for this year. Health, Love, and World Peace!!