Tammy Hughbanks Harding: Blog http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog en-us Tammy Hughbanks Harding tlhughbanks@gmail.com (Tammy Hughbanks Harding) Fri, 30 May 2014 12:00:00 GMT Fri, 30 May 2014 12:00:00 GMT http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/img/s2/v61/u1043942449-o721265305-50.jpg Tammy Hughbanks Harding: Blog http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog 120 90 Event Photography http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/event-photography Contact me today for event photography!

Family reunions, parades, motorcycle events or just about any event you have planned. 



Memorial Day Service at Blair, Nebraska Cemetery, May 19, 2014



Pow Wow, Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College, 2013

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Social Media http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/social-media In today's world of social media, those of us in the arts have new channels to let others know what we're up to and what we have to offer. Whether it's commercial art - used in advertisements, news, and products - or fine art, which we use to beautify our surroundings - the internet, Facebook, google+, so many sites, really - offer an affordable and easy way to advertise.


I contribute to stock photo sites, where my images (both photos and vector art) can be purchased and used by others. And my Etsy.com store offers the opportunity for others to find wall decor for their home or office. See it at https://www.etsy.com/shop/4footphoto

This photo gallery gives me an opportunity to showcase my photography and a place for clients to preview and/or purchase prints.

Today, I joined National Geographic's Your Shot community, a new place for me to showcase my photography. Visit my profile at http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/photos/3615964/

I love today's world of digital technology! 

If you would like help getting the word out there, just drop me an email, I'd be happy to give you some pointers!

Mark Hanna with  HMA Cazshablanca and HMA CazsmiraMark Hanna with HMA Cazshablanca and HMA CazsmiraTrainer Mark Hanna and his beautiful Arabian horses, HMA Cazshablanca and HMA Cazsmira.

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Hill Blazers! http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/hill-blazers I went to my first motorcycle club event on Sunday, April 7. What a BLAST! Kids, women, girls, men, they all attempted to climb this nearly vertical hill on their bikes, making for some great action, and some great action shots!

Check out the gallery here: http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/hillblazers


Contact me today if you'd like me to photograph your event!


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Changes... and waiting for spring. http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/changes  

Macro of CrocusMacro of CrocusCrocus flowers bloom early this spring of 2012

Sometimes you are on the mountain top. Sometimes you are in the valley.

I've been in the valley for past few months.

On January 3, I lost the love of my life, Mike Hoffman.

He died from cancer, just over a week after finding out that that was what was causing his weight loss and pain. I had known him only 2 1/2 years, but it's not an exaggeration to say that he was one of the most wonderful people I've ever known, and that he made a larger impact on my life than can be explained. Our time together was extraordinary, hard to describe in just a few paragraphs. He was a person who embodied the meaning of love - he cared about people in a rare and special way. He could make light of life's situations while having an edge to his words that could put you in your place, but always, ALWAYS, being kind and letting you know he loved you.

I know in my heart that God meant us to be together, that this was a part of His plan, that there was a purpose to our relationship. I will love Mike and miss him forever.

Following this sadness, I also lost my father, Johnny Hagen. Unlike Mike, he had lived to an age when you expect these things to happen. His loss is deeply felt by all who loved him.

So today I'm waiting for the next chapter in my life. I can't go on yet - there is much to do with the settling of an estate, the decisions to make, and waiting for spring. It's been a long, hard winter, and it's not over yet. The road ahead is not revealed - I don't know where I'll go or what I'll do when I get there.

I'll continue with my creative pursuits, there's no doubt about that! I just hope for peace and for God's guidance as I continue my journey. I see the mountain top in the distance.

I see changes.

And up ahead, I see spring.

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Cold winter months http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/cold-winter-months The holidays are here, winter is here, it's time for me to hibernate a little.

I've spent the last couple of weeks staying inside, organizing my thoughts, my photos, my 'stuff.'

I've shopped and wrapped and sent out cards (which I designed) and spent time with family and friends.

Blue Heeler in the snowBlue Heeler in the snowAustralian cattle dog smiling in the snow I play with the dog, and if it's nice enough out, take her for a walk.

Once in a while, I go out with the camera (I tend to stay in the truck to get the shot!) and try for a few seasonal pictures.

Sunrise at DeSotoSunrise at DeSotoI woke up early to enjoy this beautiful sunrise at DeSoto NWR.


Come February, I'll spend a week in Tucson, hopefully to bring back some desert landscapes.

In the meantime, have a Very Merry Christmas, and a blessed New Year!

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Recent news - class photography http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/recent-news I recently took the class photos of 34 adorable preschoolers at Good Tidings in Blair. Everything went smoothly, and the kids were so much fun! Businesses and organizations can have me come to their location and take formal portraits with NO COST to the business! Picture packages are available, and you only pay for what you order. Usual turn-around is only 2 weeks, so there's time to do this before the holidays!

If kids are involved, the gallery is password protected to keep the little ones safe. Friends and family can go online to order more prints, sent directly to their home.

Contact me today at 402-618-2374 or tlhughbanks@gmail.com

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Pow wow http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/pow-wow I went to my first Pow Wow on Saturday - what beautiful colors! I have always respected these proud people, and as a child I admired their lifestyle of living off the land, their respect for the animals that supplied their food, clothing and shelter, and their strong cultural backgrounds. Visit the photo gallery to see more!

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Alpacas of the Heartland http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/alpacas-of-the-heartland I visited the annual Alpaca Day Open House at Alpacas of the Heartland near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska on Saturday and Sunday, September 28 & 29, 2013.

Mike and Sheri Jacoby have a beautiful ranch in the hills, and their alpacas are not only cute, but sweet and friendly. Over a thousand visitors enjoyed feeding carrots to these fantastic animals over the weekend.

Pictured is a cria, or baby alpaca, in the middle of the herd.

Contact me today for livestock or pet photography! pets@4footphoto.com

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Refreshing myself this Fall http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/refreshing-in-fall It's a new season, and I'm taking the time to refresh my direction, my image, my business. Due to a wonderful book by Zig Ziglar and some pointers from my beautiful daughter, Rachel Wakefield, I've taken a look at the scattered mess I had and decided to reorganize and refocus to make everything a little better and a little clearer.

I asked myself: what do I do best? And what are my interests? I've got the training and experience in graphic design, and I've always had the love of animals and nature. My photography has improved over the last couple of years, and I've really enjoyed shooting everything from dogs and cats to cattle and alpacas.

Zig Ziglar's big advice was to "give people what they want."

So today I'm introducing 4footphoto.com, where I'll advertise and display my animal photography.












And in my graphic design, I'll concentrate on creating commercially usable images for the public.

I'll also learn to take advantage of the many social media options out there for marketing and networking.

This is a great country, where anyone who works hard can achieve success.

I, for one, am willing to try!


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Nebraska Sandhills Daytrip http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/sandhills-daytrip
Lost and alone on some forgotten highway, Traveled by many, remembered by few,*

March 15, the Ides of March, the timing was perfect - the Sandhill Cranes were stopping near Grand Island on their trip back north, and I had a friend to visit in Burwell. Half way in between there was a family with beautiful horses that I'd wanted to see for a while.

Looking for something that I can believe in, Looking for something that I'd like to do, With my life.

So I packed up my camera, tripod and  some soft drinks, and headed west early in the morning. The day was warm for March, the sky partly cloudy. I love the Sandhills, where I'd lived 20 years ago.

John Denver's song "Sweet Surrender" popped into my head and I smiled as I drove south of Grand Island and saw the first Cranes.

There's, nothing behind me and, nothing that ties me to, something that might have been true yesterday,

Their dance - wings out, jumping in the air - is not as rare a sight as I had thought; I was surprised to see it over and over again. They seemed weightless, dangling by a string like feather puppets. They were highly cautious of me, however, and I couldn't get very close. 

Then off to the north on Hwy. 281, the Sandhills coming into view in just a few miles.

Grin! Roller Coaster Road! Narrow highway, no shoulder, shear drop offs, keep your eyes on the road! But I can't! The hills are too beautiful!

There's something peaceful and mysterious and exciting about the Sandhills. Miles and miles of mounds of sand, with dots of brush or trees, a pond here, a highway there, cattle grazing, telephone poles marching off into the distance. The quiet, the aloneness, is satisfying. 

The camara helped me grab that scenery so that I could share it with you, but I hope you will make the effort one day to experience it yourself. It's not Disneyland, not the Rockies, not New Orleans or the Grand Canyon. This experience is peace. It just is.

CharEd Appaloosas was kind enough to let me stop at their place with very little notice. Ed was gracious, and his horses, as I knew they would be, were fantastically beautiful. They were playful and friendly, as curious about me as I was about them. The photos turned out great, but they don't do the horses justice - their winter coats will be shedding soon and their sleek summer beauty will shine through. I will be back!

Tomorrow is open and right now it seems to be more than enough to just be here today!

Burwell hadn't changed much, a small town in the middle of the state. Lunch with Kim was awesome, half catch up and half daydream. We're both grandmothers now. We were new mothers back then.

Back home, back on the road. Absorb the spirit of the Sandhills so it lasts a little longer....

Sweet, sweet surrender, Live, live without care, Like a fish in the water, Like a bird in the air."
-Lyrics by John Denver, "Sweet Surrender"
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A note I picked up and brought home with me http://tammyhughbanks.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/4/a-note-i-picked-up-and-brought-home-with-me I was sitting in a waiting room, reading the May 2012 National Geographic, and found a great article by Edward Readicker Henderson - in a nutshell, he was very ill, and was told by his doctor to stop traveling and make his final arrangements. He, like many survivors, defied the doctor and traveled some more.

I pulled this quote from his story: "Whoever created the world went to a lot of trouble. It would be downright rude not to go out and see as much of it as possible."

While I've not traveled much, I do go out and see as much of my own little corner of it as possible. Part of my joy in life is to show others what I see - thus my photo gallery - I just find the natural world out there so incredibly beautiful that I need to share. It's a passion, if not a living. But what is life without a passion?

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