Category Archives: Manual Mode

Photo a la {M}ode {24} :: Laughter & New Beginnings

You just smiled big, didn’t you? What is it about babies’ belly laughs and seeing joy in others that just makes us beam? {Maybe a good reason to be joyful – to spread it?} Photography Tip/Life Tip of the week :: Remember to make them laugh. * Photo by Amy; artwork by an Avery girl. […]

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Cathy - August 17, 2011 - 6:57 pm

You sure do know how to brighten someone’s day, my friend! A “photographer”?! That makes me smile because I just copy YOU! :) xoxo

Amy Avery - August 22, 2011 - 12:28 pm

Patty, sweet fiend, thank you for linking to me! I have enjoyed linking up to your blog over the past months and really have learned so much from you. I look forward to your next adventures in photography, but mostly I look forward to just seeing you here in this place. I am blessed to know you in person as well and I am thankful to have made such a wonderful new friend in you through Photo a la {M}ode. Thank you for extending that friendship and for sharing your expertise in photography. I have enjoyed learning how to “rock” manual mode with you!

Photo a la {M}ode {23} :: Changes

These are the roses that I was pretending to take pictures of as he proposed to her. As I hid there in those rose bushes, among the thorns, I realized that taking pictures is so much more than creating art… Can’t wait to show you more. * ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/500, 135mm So I’ve been […]

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edie wadsworth - August 10, 2011 - 11:19 am

It must be in the air Ms. Patty! I’m hoping to make a few myself this fall. As always, love your photos. Can’t wait to see what you have in store. Hope to see you soon. Miss you.

Kelly Sauer - August 10, 2011 - 2:06 pm

oooh so lovely! I can’t wait to see!

Ruth - August 10, 2011 - 7:32 pm

Looking forward to the changes. I am sure that they will be wonderful.


Cathy - August 11, 2011 - 6:43 pm

i know the “31” is your age 😉

whatever you do, we’ll love.

hoping to catch up soon…you got my thank you text last week, yes?


Suzanne - August 13, 2011 - 5:10 am

Hmmm…wonder what
you’ve got cooking??
Your photos and thoughts
are always so lovely
and full of meaning, so
I’m sure it will be
full of beauty.
Happy Friday!
xx Suzanne

Photo a la {M}ode {22} :: Meet Mikayla, Senior Portraits

ISO 100, f/5.6, 1/80, 60mm Isn’t she gorgeous? Mikayla and her family are friends of ours, and I felt honored to have the opportunity to take her senior pictures. Mikayla embodies my idea of real beauty. She is sweet and intelligent, and respects herself and others. She wears her faith on her sleeve, and smiles […]

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kim - August 3, 2011 - 11:01 am

Beautiful girl…another inspirational post, maybe I’ll get that camera soon lol. My niece is singing tonight at the fair, and how I wish I had not procrastinated.

Southern Gal - August 3, 2011 - 11:50 am

Those last two shots with the golden light are magical.

Kelly Sauer - August 3, 2011 - 12:53 pm

That last shot is a beauty – this shoot is different for you. I love how you are sharing your journey here – it’s fascinating to watch (and learn!).

Cathy - August 3, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Beautiful shots, Patty! I especially love the second to the last one!

Susan - August 3, 2011 - 3:03 pm

WOW! I so want to try portrait photography, but have yet to find a willing victim! I LOVE the doorway shot, even the grain in the plywood looks amazing!

Marty - August 3, 2011 - 4:30 pm

Once again Patty – you amaze me with your talent! Beautiful pictures, beautiful subject. I want you to take Allison’s senior pictures in 3 years….

Amy Avery - August 4, 2011 - 12:24 am

You really captured her personality in these photos! Beautiful!

Photo a la {M}ode {21} :: {Hello Again!}

ISO  400, f/16, 1/1250, 60mm It’s been a little crazy here. I have three posts in draft right now, and somehow, didn’t meet my own deadlines for any of them. They’ll emerge sometime, but not now. Because now, I am privileged to witness my oldest at his best, showing me and everyone else a little […]

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kim - July 27, 2011 - 10:43 am

I love the softness of her photos, especially the first one with the girl, and the one of the wedding couple. Great work!

Kelly Sauer - July 27, 2011 - 11:59 am

Patty, thank you! I always love hearing why others like my work – you help me see me through your eyes. You are ever so kind – and I KNOW you have such a good eye yourself, so knowing how you see my work just blows me away!

Oh, and my son’s name is Bredon – I’m sorry I forgot to mention that to you

Best of luck to your son too – He has a fan here in Charleston!

Lizzi S. - July 28, 2011 - 4:52 am

Kelly’s work is beautiful! You are right – they remind me of the beach.

I’ve been in a photographic rut, and have barely taken my camera out of its bag. Needless to say, I have not been rockin’ manual, but next week I’m determined to get back into the swing of things!

Hope you’re having a great week! :)

Laura Hegfield - July 28, 2011 - 7:45 pm


Susan (Runnermom) - July 29, 2011 - 12:42 am

Hey Patty! Her work is just lovely! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

I am finaly taking my first photo class tomorrow afternoon! I am really excited to see what all I’ll learn.

K….saw the Charleston comment—is your son going to visit Charleston, SC? I love it down there! Y’all take care!

Susan (Runnermom) - July 29, 2011 - 12:44 am

Girl, don’t know what happened with the comment! I promise I didn’t do it!!! Just pressed “post”!

Suzanne - July 29, 2011 - 3:11 am

I have heard Kelly’s
name but never saw
her work, so this is
a real treat, Patty.
Hope you are enjoying
your sandy getaway….
Just back from ours.
Wish I had pics that
I felt were worthy.
xx Suzanne

Amy Avery - July 30, 2011 - 12:37 am

So who is my favorite photographer????. Hands down it is this beautiful woman I met by chance one day named Patty. Yep, friend, it’s you. And it’s not because I am complimenting you because this is your blog. Your photograohs, for me, evoke the same response that you have for Kelly’s photos. Each and every time I see your photography, I am grateful for your gift. Your recent post on “Chaos and her Friends” blew me away. Stunning images! Better than real life even. And they teach me so much. I have learned so much not only from your tutorials, but also from your actual photos. So, that’s it. You are it. And I thank you, talented friend of mine! You are quite spectacular!

Cate - July 30, 2011 - 7:04 pm

Thanks for this post Patty. Kelly’s work is gorgeous and I’m off to go and explore her blog now.

Hope that you are enjoying your summer x

Photo a la {M}ode {20} :: Wordless Wednesday

ISO 320, f/3.2, 1/4000, 155mm Taken with a 70-300mm zoom from our boat. Summer seems a hard time for blogging, doesn’t it? I’m missing some of my favorite blogging friends, but I’m also feeling the summer crunch. I’ve been thinking a lot about this series. I think I’m going to make it a Wordless Wednesday, […]

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Michelle - July 20, 2011 - 4:05 pm

Summer is hard for blogging! It does seem like it’s flying by! My word for the moment is Whimsy & I’m trying to include that in my day…everyday! Love your blog!

Nancy - July 21, 2011 - 2:24 am

Wonderful photograph. I can only imagine how beautiful it must have been while boating. Visiting you from artsee bloggers. :)

Kelly Sauer - July 21, 2011 - 7:42 pm

Your sky is always so lovely – I spend time breathing it all in, even if I’m not able to comment…

Cate - July 22, 2011 - 9:32 am

Just stunning – and you did well to capture this from the back of a boat!

Suzanne - July 25, 2011 - 11:36 pm

I hear you.
I’m on holiday now,
but trying to squeeze
some blog visits in
among the porch swinging,
book reading and friend
visiting. Enjoy!
xx Suzanne

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