Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


5 Types of Photos All Bloggers Should Stockpile

Five Types of Photos All Bloggers Should StockpileHave you ever written a fabulous post and then realized that you don’t have a photo to go along with it? Yes? Good, I’m glad I’m not the only one. This has happened to me so much that I decided to make sure that it never rarely happens again. For me, this means having a stockpile of photos that sit on my computer just waiting for the right post to come along. Yes, you could use a stock image from a website but then you run the risk of the photo looking too generic and not fitting with the brand that you’ve spent so much time and effort creating.

I like making my own stock photographs because it gives me a chance to:

  • flex my creative muscles
  • practice my photography skills
  • explore my environment

Here are a few of the categories of stock photos that I’m creating:

  1. Animals – dogs, horses, cows, they’re always fun for random posts
  2. Food – especially coffee and pastry pictures, they make great photos for reflective posts
  3. Landscape – thinking about going on a trip or writing about a memory, these make great images
  4. People – this is a great opportunity to practice shooting out of focus, unless you’ve gotten a model release
  5. Technology – I love these types of photos for blogging or photography related posts

Whenever I take my camera out, I try to shoot a couple of things in one or two of the above categories, then I save them {unedited} on my computer. You don’t want to edit them because you want to be able to manipulate the image to fit your post when it’s needed.

Create Your Own Stock Photography {Living Outside the Stacks}

And don’t think you can only create your stock photography if you have a DSLR, you absolutely positively can take great photos with a point and shoot or your cell phone. And thanks to the abundance of apps, you can edit to your heart’s desire.

What would you add to the list?

Happy Clicking,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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Motherhood {#OurProject52}

Motherhood. I never knew that I could be so very brave and so very afraid all at the same time. Raising children is not for the weak, man. For nine months, you’re walking around with this person inside of you, feeling everything you feel (and causing you to feel some of those feels) and then one day they decide they’re ready and (you’re not) out they come, ready to control your life (and how much sleep you get, how often you bathe, when you eat). And you forget what privacy is because all of a sudden there’s this little person who thinks nothing of busting through the door when you’re at your most vulnerable.

Vulnerable. Every day, for the last eighteen years (and three before that), my heart has been exposed to everything under the sun: teething pains, first birthdays, skinned knees, kindergarten registrations, mean classmates, butterfly chases soccer games, broken hearts, Prom, high school graduation…

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Graduation. Our baby is about to graduate from high school. I’m not ready for this. It feels like I was just in the doctor’s office laughing hysterically as he told me that he couldn’t perform my tubal ligation because I was pregnant. Surprise!

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Surprise. I love that I’m still able to capture that look of surprise on my daughter’s face when I see her looking for me in the crowd and she spots my camera aimed at her and she starts to wave and smile like the superstar that she is.

Motherhood has been the greatest joy in my life and I’m thankful for each and every day that I’ve spent living with, learning from, and loving on all five of my kids.

Congratulations, MB. It has been a pleasure being your mother!

Happy Clicking,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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I’m linking up this post with Lipgloss and Binky and Everyday Eyecandy for the Our Project 52 photography challenge. Please check them out and make sure you visit the other participants.


Saying “Goodbye” to Kent Library

Kent Library {Living Outside the Stacks} #TeamLOTSMoves

Today was my last day as the Access Services Coordinator at Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University. And, as with any job, this one has been both challenging and rewarding. I’ve done things that I’ve never done before: served as a point of contact for bathroom and elevator renovations {I know way too much about the pipes in this building}, selected furniture for the entire building, set up ALICE Training for student workers and library staff, and arranged for drama students from the River Campus to give a performance {there’s nothing more fun than having a bunch of students singing and dancing in the library}. I’ve also done things I hope I never have to do again: check the vitals of a bat, chase a kitten through the library stacks {although that was kinda fun, given my fear of cats}, and console my students after another student threatened suicide {my students handled the situation well and the young lady received appropriate care}.

My students have provided me with laughs and tears, sometimes both at the same time. They’ve been a pleasure to work with… I’ve watched them grow from shy students to capable adults ready to face the world. I’m going to miss seeing their faces in the morning, especially the way they’d stand at my door and watch me take my first sip of coffee before speaking to me. And, gosh, the random silly notes that I’d find around my office or the sweet drawings that decorated the bulletin board during the holidays.

Gum Tree at Southeast Missouri State University {Living Outside the Stacks} #TeamLOTSMoves

I’m going to miss the beauty that is the Southeast Missouri State University campus. I’ve conquered Cardiac Hill and left my mark on the gum tree. I’ve had my face forever immortalized in the stacks, courtesy of Flourish Magazine {you can read both articles here and here}. This place has been home to my children {two of my kids started college here and one will graduate from here next Fall} and me. We’ve loved it and we’ve hated it, but we’ve never regretted it. SEMO will always be an important part of our lives.

Thank You for the Memories,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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