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01 Feb 22:20

Types of Freelance Photography Jobs

Types of Freelance Photography Jobs

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Working in photography can be very rewarding, both monetarily and as artists. Finding jobs can sometimes prove challenging, but we will have a decent primary or secondary income through consistent effort. 

What types of freelance photography jobs we want will depend on several factors, such as what we’re proficient at doing, what type of market we’re in, and how much time we want to invest. Also, keeping in mind our digital imaging, sometimes the question of finding photography jobs near me is not the overriding concern since remote work is a large part of some genres of photography.

Working photography jobs also require a lot of skill sets beyond basic photography, such as bookkeeping, partnering with local businesses that may be related to our chosen fields, and finding providers for additional or primary products we can use to fulfill our client’s orders, such as enlargements or photo books.

Let’s dive into this exciting field!

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What Are Freelance Photography Jobs?

What Are Freelance Photography Jobs

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Freelance photography jobs aren’t committed to any particular employer long-term, though they can end up being long-term, depending on the style of photography and the type of client. 

A freelance photographer is self-employed; in the USA, that means receiving a 1099 instead of a W2. Alternatively, these jobs can be billed by invoices and receipts. Working these jobs involves much more than photography, which we will detail at the end of this article.  

Equipment for Photography Jobs

Equipment for Photography Jobs

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What equipment does a photographer need for freelance photography jobs? The specific cameras, lenses, lighting, and so on obviously depend on the photography style. 

Some general principles can be applied, though. Any camera and lens gear we use should be high enough quality for the images we’re providing and dependable enough for us to rely on them to work properly through the current gig and onto the next.

Entry-level cameras and kit lenses can provide all of the optical excellence required but may not have the ruggedness for extended professional use and usually are also lacking in certain features that make some jobs easier, such as exposure bracketing or wide apertures.

We can get that ruggedness and grab bags of features in full-fledged professional-level cameras, of course, but some of those may be out of reach of some budgets, especially if you are just starting out.

Prosumer-level cameras and lenses are perfect for anyone trying to break into freelance photography jobs or seeking to ease the workflow for their existing businesses. Prosumer cameras, lenses, and other gear are a few steps above entry-level or intermediate equipment. 

In addition to being heavier duty, prosumer items usually incorporate other upgrades such as faster apertures, exposure bracketing, higher-speed motor drives, high-end video modes, and more. The prices for prosumer gear are quite favorable for smaller or beginning businesses.

Types of Jobs

Types of Jobs in Photography

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The types of photography jobs near me run the gamut of all types and styles of photography. Basically, whatever photography job you can get paid for may be used as freelancing work, but a few styles seem to lend themselves better to the world of freelance photography jobs. 

Here’s a short list:

  • Wedding Photography Jobs
  • Portrait Photography Jobs
  • Real Estate Photography Jobs
  • Small Product Photography Jobs
  • Videography Freelance Jobs

Wedding Photography Jobs

Wedding Photography Jobs

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One of the first ideas when searching for photography jobs near me for many photographers breaking into freelance is shooting weddings. In addition to weddings, we could widen this base to encompass engagement photos, proposals, bridal portraits, and videos.

There are many variables concerning wedding photography jobs, such as how fancy the event will be, how many participants, what venue is being used, and how many physical prints, enlargements, and photo books are being delivered as final products.

One thing to remember about weddings is that they are by nature demanding gigs since they are special events that are considered once in a lifetime for most people. You can also find similar freelance photography jobs like corporate ceremonies, holiday parties, and business meetings.

Portrait Photography Jobs

Portrait Photography Jobs

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Portrait work is also usually easy to find as photography jobs near me since most of us have a built-in base of ready-to-use subjects for creating a portfolio - our friends and family. Once you have a body of work to show potential clients, you start booking clients and delivering images. 

This is another type of photography in which you will want to offer physical images such as photo books and enlargements as opposed to or in addition to forms of digital delivery. 

Group portraits and environmental portraiture are freelance photography jobs that may be easy to book when talking to businesses around you. When looking for photography jobs near me, it pays to do some canvassing of local businesses to offer some of these different photography styles.

Real Estate Photography Jobs

Real Estate Photography Jobs

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Another great local source for photography jobs near me that freelancers should consider is the real estate market. We can split this into two general types of real estate photography, residential and commercial. While they overlap a lot in methods and techniques, there are some differences between the two types of work.

Freelance photography jobs in residential and commercial real estate take advantage of the  continuously changing landscapes of the market. In other words, work is often available in every season of the year. 

Photographers looking for these jobs tend to stay either in commercial or residential, though overlap can be advantageous for the bottom-line profits of the freelance photographer. 

However, it bears mentioning that residential real estate photography usually involves quick turnaround times, while commercial real estate photography jobs often have much higher volumes of images delivered. Drone photography can be added to either genre for extra opportunities.

Small Product Photography Jobs

Small Product Photography Jobs

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So many businesses are selling their goods online, and most need clear images of what they’re offering. Photography jobs near me could be found in the multiple small businesses providing their take on goods and services. 

Dog groomers, local jewelry designers, microbreweries, food trucks, and framing studios are just a few of the scores of local businesses needing great pictures of what they do or make. With low-cost shipping and digital drop boxes, we aren’t even limited to sticking with just photography jobs near me.

Videography Freelance Jobs

Videography Freelance Jobs

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Much of what we discussed about freelance photography jobs will likewise be helpful when considering our offering professional videography services. In fact, weddings, lifestyle videos for products, and drone videos for commercial real estate are in very high demand for photographers with this skill set.

How Much Do Photographers Make?

Asking how much do photographers make in these types of photography jobs is a sensible question, and one that doesn't have a very specific answer.

How much you make as a photographer depends on a myriad of factors, including:

  • Your level of experience
  • Your ability to market your services effectively
  • Word of mouth from clients
  • The type of photography you do
  • Where you live and work

These are just a few examples of factors that change the "how much do photographers make" question one that's hard to answer.

As a baseline, though, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that the median hourly wage for photographers is $18.73. However, judging how much do photographers make is difficult because the pay range extends from about $10.00 per hour to more than $37.38 per hour.

Delivering Photographic Products

Need Photography Products to Sell

The one thing that all of these ideas for freelance photography jobs have in common is that you are making images for someone. So, how does the client receive their photos?  

For some of these photography business ventures, digital delivery of the images may be the norm, such as for small product and real estate photography. A Dropbox account or something similar is common, as are FTP upload services or heading off a disk or flash drive of the images. 

Physical prints are expected or welcome when offering your services as a photographer for weddings and portraits. Partnering with a high-quality printing company such as Photo Book Press is an ideal solution.

Photo Book Press makes amazingly high-end photo books that can be used as classic wedding albums, softcover books for presenting as lower-cost alternatives, and superb acrylic print enlargements in sizes from 6x6” square tiles up to 20x24” wall art prints. 

Quick shipping and professional services add to the appeal of partnering with Photo Book Press for the physical delivery of images made from freelance photography jobs.

Running a Business

Running a Photography Business

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Not to be left out when considering working freelance photography jobs is the very real aspect that you are running a business, not simply taking good photographs. 

Take a look at this very informative video from the Joy Michelle YouTube channel:

Beginner Photography Business Tips

Booking photography jobs means we, as photographers, also have to be good business operators. Skills to learn or to farm out to other freelancers are bookkeeping, billing, taxes, advertising, and the like. Keeping up with regulations, insurance, and standard business concerns means we can stay in our preferred photography job.

What types of freelance photography jobs you want to do and how successful you can be at them depends on how serious you are about running the business side of things. It also depends on you already being a fantastic photographer. I hope you enjoy your journey!

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The Department of Homeland Security is not doing its job. As proof, I, David Feherty, a 17-year resident of the Dallas area but an Irishman by birth, recently became an American citizen. There goes the neighborhood—but yay, me! The reason I felt compelled to become an American is my Troops First Foundation, a nonprofit organization that does its best to improve the quality of life and future prospects of some of our most severely wounded servicemen and women. I became involved after my first trip to Iraq, on Thanksgiving in 2007, and it was there I first heard the name of Col. Robert Howard.

The name was always spoken with reverence, but I had no idea who he was. Then an Army Ranger I’ll call Leroy (because that’s his name) told me he couldn’t go on my T1F Taliban Pheasant Hunt in South Dakota last year because he had a chance to meet Bob Howard, who was on his deathbed in Waco. Leroy’s decision really piqued my interest. Nobody turns down the Taliban Pheasant Hunt—and, perhaps more telling, nobody goes to Waco without a really good reason. It was then that I decided I had to find out who Howard was.

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For the life of me, I couldn’t understand why neither I nor anyone else outside of the Army had heard of this extraordinary American. I had theories. First, many of Howard’s actions in theater were still classified. We know he was in Laos and Cambodia before we knew we were in Laos and Cambodia, but we just don’t know what he was up to, apart from getting nominated for the Medal of Honor every few months or so. This was back in the days when a clandestine operation could be run without having to broadcast it on C-SPAN first.

Then there was the rest of the Vietnam war, the part we knew about. Howard received his Medal of Honor from Nixon in 1971, with his sweet little first-grade daughter Missy looking on from the front row. None of the TV networks covered the event. Though Audie Murphy and Alvin York both received a Medal of Honor for their actions in World War II and the Great War respectively, and got the ticker-tape parades, fame, and fortune they both deserved, Howard got nothing, because he fought in the war that the Flower Power generation, led by Jane Fonda and her ilk, who exercised the very rights that the men and women who served in Vietnam fought to protect, demonstrated against by (among other things) spitting in the faces of returning soldiers. You can probably guess how I feel about this issue.

So after reading up on Howard, I decided to follow my friend Leroy’s lead and head down to Waco to meet the man myself. But before I could get down there, on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, Col. Robert Howard died at the age of 70. The next day, the Associated Press ran a 10-sentence obituary. The New York Times and Washington Post followed with slightly longer obits. I couldn’t believe the man’s passing had generated so little notice.

I went to Waco anyway.

Driving down I-35 toward Waco to visit Missy, the second daughter of Col. Robert Howard, I noticed for the first time that this stretch of the interstate is known as The Purple Heart Trail. I was still thinking about the coincidence when I sat down in Missy’s living room to watch a video that few people have ever seen. The video was given to Howard by the Medal of Honor Foundation.

It is Missy’s daddy at 64 years old, with a short, pale blue ribbon and small gold medal covering the knot in his tie, his jaw square and strong, his face still scarred, angular, and violently handsome. He is talking about the day he received his Medal of Honor from President Nixon, of whom he says, “He had nice hands. They were, you know, decent.”

Missy tells me that when her daddy came home to San Antonio, which wasn’t that often, he was a gardener, a gentle man with massive hands and a velvet voice who worked on his roses and never once spoke of what he did in the war. “He could make anything grow,” Missy says.

Now the Colonel’s ocean-blue eyes are focused on some far-away hellhole jungle clearing. Howard says the Hueys took ground fire on the way down to the landing zone, and his platoon suffered casualties even before it landed. But there was no peeling off for this group. Silver wings upon their chests, these are men, America’s best. (No longer do these words remind me of Bill Murray in a greenskeeper’s shed.)

“We finally got in on the ground, and I got with [the] lieutenant,” Howard says. “He says, ‘Bob, we need to secure this LZ [landing zone], and I want you to get a couple of men and secure the exterior of the LZ.’ And I got three men behind me, and I can remember being fired at. I fell backward and they killed three men behind me, and I’m firing and killing the North Vietnamese that’s trying to kill us. So I made my way back to the lieutenant and told him that the LZ was completely surrounded. By that time, one of the helicopters had been shot down.”

This is the only personal account on record of the events for which he received the Medal of Honor. To begin with, Howard seems uncomfortable talking about it. But this is not the most difficult thing he has done. He pauses and draws a breath, then begins to explain dispassionately what happened when the men resumed their operation and a grenade explosion knocked him unconscious.

“When I come to, I was blown up in a crump on the ground, and my weapon was blown out of my hand. I can remember seeing red and saying a prayer, hoping I wasn’t blind. I couldn’t see. And I knew I was in a lot of pain and my hands were hurting. I couldn’t get up, and I really didn’t want to get up anyway because I couldn’t see. And then I finally starting getting the vision back and it was like blood was in my eyes, and I started feeling, but my hands were all blown up.

“And then it was like there was a big flame and there was smoke and there were people screaming and hollering. It in fact was an enemy soldier that was burning the people that would have been ambushed with a flamethrower. And the guy walked up to me and was getting ready to burn me, and he looked at me and he didn’t burn the lieutenant. The lieutenant was about 5 feet away from me, and he’s laying face forward, and he was hollering and he was screaming. I knew he was hurt. And the guy looked at me with the flamethrower, and then I looked at him. I guess I looked so bad and pitiful, he decided not to burn me up. He just turned and walked off.”

Now Howard was unarmed, and his hands had been blown apart. He was peppered with shrapnel. He couldn’t walk. So he grabbed the lieutenant’s shirt and starting dragging him—a big man, maybe 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds—toward safety as an estimated two enemy companies fired on them.
The great man’s face changes as he talks. His jaw stiffens, and his eyes, though narrowing, seem to take on an even more penetrating blueness. I am mesmerized as he relives these moments.

“So I’m pulling him back down the hill, and there was a sergeant that was laying down behind a log with a weapon that hadn’t been wounded that had seen this. But he was crying and not using his weapon. Here I am, begging him to help me because I can’t walk and drag the lieutenant back down.
“I said, ‘Well, give me your weapon,’ and he wouldn’t give me his weapon, but he did give me a .45. Just as he gave me the .45, and I’m trying to tell him to give me a couple more magazines of rounds for it, a bunch of enemy soldiers come running toward us. So here I am trying to fire the handgun, and I can remember shooting this enemy soldier that was fixing to stick me with a bayonet. He was running toward me. In fact, he fell across the lieutenant that I was dragging, and so just as he fell across there was another one behind him. They were trying to get us alive is what they were trying to do.”

The sergeant finally began to fire his weapon, and Howard got hit again. A bullet smashed into a magazine in his ammo belt for his rifle, setting off the rounds he was carrying. Howard estimates he was hit with 15 or 20 rounds of exploding ammunition.

“Here I am thinking, I’m blowing up again,” he says. “And there were other soldiers back behind him that hadn’t been hurt at all that had been watching us being almost executed by the enemy and not doing anything, not even firing their weapons.”

Howard eventually got the lieutenant to a medic. His platoon was trapped under heavy fire and had now suffered too many casualties to fight the enemy on their terms. The medic propped Howard up, and he told his brothers, “We are going to establish a perimeter right here, and you’re going to fight or die.” Then Howard did the unthinkable. He got a radio and called in an air strike on his own position. He ordered the men to make a triangle with three strobe lights around their position to keep from getting hit.

“They brought the fire into our position,” Howard says. “In fact, I remember fire landing right between my feet and, you know, ricochet hitting me in the face. You know, that’s how intense it was.”

Eventually, helicopters were able to extract the men. Out of 37 soldiers who were ambushed that day, six survived, largely due to Howard’s heroics and quick thinking. He acted in a similarly heroic manner and endured similar injuries, saving the lives of many others on two other separate occasions for which he was nominated for the Medal of Honor.

Ten lines. That’s what the Associated Press gave Col. Robert Howard.

Back among the living in Waco, I notice that Missy has inherited her father’s looks. She is slender and beautiful. Her husband Frank Gentsch is athletic and carries his badge and handgun in the comfortable, easy manner one might expect of Waco’s chief of detectives. Frank says that before his first date with Missy, the colonel showed him how he’d kill a man with his bare hands. That must have been a little unsettling, but Frank still has a bullet in his back, so you know the old man was proud of him. On Missy’s lap sits their adopted 3-year-old daughter, Isabella, with a snubby little nose and the cutest fuzzy fro held back with a pink headband. Howard adored her­—as he did his other children and grandchildren.

The life of a soldier, especially a Special Forces one, is complicated. There are top-secret stories that can’t be told and endless questions. “When is Daddy coming home?” Or worse: “Will Daddy come home?” Howard was married three times and remained close only to those who “got him.” Like so many of our fighting men and women, he felt tremendous guilt over the many times he was forced to choose between his country and his family.

After his discharge when he was 53 years old, Howard spent 13 years processing claims for the Department of Veterans Affairs and spent most of the last three years of his life in Iraq and Afghanistan, visiting troops, giving talks, and boosting morale. For a soldier, meeting Bob Howard was like a religious experience. Shaking his hand was an honor never to be forgotten. You see, they knew who he was. They got him.

We American civilians can say what we like about the morality of any war, but we should support the American soldiers and their allies whom we have sent to wage it. I’ve visited military hospitals, psych wards, and VAs in Dallas and around this country, and I’ve seen them. Mostly from Korea and Vietnam. Old, unkempt men, the military bearing and pride they once had now gone. Sometimes the only evidence it ever existed is on a battered regimental or naval ball cap. They rock back and forth, mumbling into full jungle beards, with rheumy, blast-zone-empty eyes. Or they sit in pairs, often holding hands, together and alone with horror-story memories that play over and over in their heads. Some sit with their imaginary long-dead friends, whose body parts still lie in the killing fields upon which they once so bravely fought. To America’s eternal shame, for many of them home is a sterile corner of the Cuckoo’s Nest, freezing and drunk under a highway bridge, or, if they are lucky, a spare room in the house of a worn-out son or daughter.

At least Bob Howard was spared that fate. Pancreatic cancer finally stopped him. As the disease spread to his lungs and lymph nodes, his expiry date drew closer, and he was visited by more and more soldiers, most of them old friends. But there were a few lucky youngsters, too, of whom Leroy was one of the last.

And there was always Missy, there with him every day with Isabella. Sometimes his granddaughter Holley, the starting catcher for the Texas Tech softball team, would visit. Or Tori, whom the colonel always called “Victoria.” Tori was always heartbroken when she had to leave her grandpa’s bedside and was a constant comfort to both the colonel and Missy at the end. Howard’s eldest son, Robert, is at Fort Bragg, going through Special Forces school.

As a soldier, Robert had already seen how his father acted around other military men. But for Missy and the other children, their father’s illness, and the parade of visitors it occasioned, showed them something new about their father. When Missy and the grandchildren were around, Howard was the gentle old gardener, the same man they had always known. But when a soldier entered his hospice room, he would stiffen. His voice changed to gravel, and any sign of vulnerability evaporated. He would laugh and bellow orders until the soldier was gone, and then there he’d be again: the gardener with the sparkling blue eyes, smothered in children whom he’d caress with rough, scarred hands.

By all accounts, Howard was a spectacularly bad patient. He was a nightmare for his nurses, refusing to take the painkillers, often swilling them around, then spitting them out after the nurse had left. He was going to be clearheaded until the end.

After yet another astonishing fight, during which the family was told on several occasions that Howard had only hours left, the head of the world’s most dangerous gardener finally fell sideways onto his beloved Missy’s shoulder, and America lost what was arguably her greatest warrior ever.

The name Robert Lewis Howard belongs beside George Washington, John Paul Jones, Chesty Puller, Alvin York, and Audie Murphy, to name a few of the greatest. By the time anyone reads this, Howard will have been lain to rest at Arlington the day before I became an American citizen. I would have given anything to have been with Missy, Frank, and the rest of the family on that day, but I know the colonel would have barked at me to get my worthless foreign ass to my swearing-in ceremony.

Col. Robert Howard’s funeral cortege should have started at the foot of the Jefferson Memorial. His flag-draped casket should have passed through streets lined with thousands of grateful, flag-waving Americans to Arlington, where, in preparation for his final resting place, some politician had been dug up and tossed into the Potomac. But that didn’t happen.

Ten lines. A couple of longer obits here and there. That’s all he got.

On the drive back to Dallas from Waco, I got to thinking. We should rename that stretch of I-35 after him. The Col. Robert Howard Highway. People would shorten it, of course: the Howard.

His life deserves more. But it’s a start.

David Feherty is a golf analyst for CBS Sports.

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Still, no matter how many stripes you earn in piscatorial pursuit, both overall success and ultimate fun tend to flow from realizing little things mean a lot. From that point of view, every angler from novice to expert can improve their game by focusing on a few select but vital details that are the building blocks of all that matters when it comes to putting the point to your quarry. Count among these the need for sharp hooks, good line, strong knots, fresh bait, and a properly set drag.

Understanding the interrelationship between time and tides is another such stepping stone, for when you fish is just as important as where you fish. Consider the time of day you tend to hit the water, for example. Most anglers have heard early morning and evening hours are generally the peak periods for connecting with game fish species, especially the wary ones, yet I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen anglers arrive late to the early bite or head home an hour or two before dusk. Departing just before the sun goes down or arriving on the scene at the crack of noon are surefire ways to miss the blitz.

Tidal stages matter too. In hot weather, fish tend to favor the flood, especially in bay areas, as it ushers in a cool, refreshing flow of ocean, sound, or gulf water that seems to perk up the bite. The opposite is also true. In cool weather, ebbing tides tend to be more productive as warmer water is pulled from the shallows and flats, often accompanied by baitfish caught in the current around inlets, passes, outflows, or pinch points like bridge crossings. In these instances, not only does the warmer water put predators in a feisty mood, but the helpless baitfish also serve as a natural chum slick to spark the action.

The key, then, is to figure out when the appropriate tide, either rising or falling, matches up with early morning or evening hours. Plan ahead to fish these occurrences and you’ll maximize your odds of success. It’s not rocket science, but it does take more effort to stay on schedule than you might think.   

Digging a little deeper into the tide equation, many anglers believe the first two and last two hours of any tidal movement to be the most productive, and with good reason. Slack tide, that hour or so between tidal changes, usually sees lackluster action and is the best time to grab a sandwich. Mid-tide stages, by comparison, see the hardest-running currents, requiring predator fish to exert extra effort to catch their prey while anglers need heavier weights and lures to hold bottom or get their offerings to run deep.

Ah, but the start and end of each tide is the “Goldilocks” factor, being just right to overpower baitfish and make their escape unlikely from strong-swimming predators ranging from tarpon, snook, sea trout, and redfish in southern waters to stripers, weakfish, false albacore, fluke, and blues farther north. There is a delicate balance at play here requiring a little effort to time correctly but take this basic equation to heart and it quickly becomes ingrained in the psyche—resulting in better scores and more fun on the water. 

More Fishing Articles coming soon from Southern Boating

-by Tom Schlichter

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27 Jan 22:35

Healthy Recipes for the New Year

by Bonnie Schultz

Making Healthy Resolutions

Recipes and tips to start your new year off right!

The most popular New Year’s resolution is to live healthier. Below are some healthy recipes and tried and true tips that may help you start eating and drinking better for good health throughout the year. Each recipe serves 4.

Basic Light Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

2 Tbsp. onion, finely minced 

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ cup vinegar or lemon juice (or a mixture)

½ cup oil

1 tsp. mustard

½ tsp. each salt and pepper 

½ tsp. sugar or equivalent sweeteners 

Add all ingredients to a jar or container with a tight-fitting lid. Seal the jar and shake vigorously. Toss salad with 1-2 tablespoons of dressing per person, just enough to coat the veggies. Delicious on any salad with half the oil of most dressings.  We just love these healthy recipes. 

Thai Lettuce Wraps 

Lettuce Wrap Filling:

1 Tbsp. oil 

1 cup onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

4 scallions, chopped

1½ cups mushrooms, chopped

1 lb. ground meat or poultry (or chopped seafood, steak, pork, lamb, chicken)

1 Tbsp. Sriracha or hot sauce

2 Tbsp. soy sauce

2 Tbsp. rice vinegar

In a skillet, heat oil on medium-high. Add onion, garlic, scallions, and mushrooms. Cook 4 to 5 minutes. Add ground or chopped protein and sauté 4 to 5 minutes more. Add Sriracha or soy sauce and rice vinegar and simmer 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat place in a bowl.

 

Pickled Cucumbers:

1 cucumber, diced 

4 scallions, chopped

¼ cup rice vinegar

Pinch of salt and pepper

2 Tbsp. each chopped mint, cilantro, and basil leaves

Mix all ingredients and set aside to marinate.

Dipping Sauce:

½ cup bottled Thai peanut sauce

or

Thai Peanut Sauce: 

½ cup creamy peanut butter

2 Tbsp. soy sauce 

2 Tbsp. honey or other sweetener 

2 tsp. chili garlic sauce

3 Tbsp. lime juice

1 Tbsp. vinegar

3 Tbsp. water to thin out sauce

Mix all sauce ingredients well. 

To Serve Lettuce Wraps:

2 heads iceberg or romaine lettuce, whole leaves separated

¼ cup each chopped scallions, mint, cilantro, and basil 

1 hot pepper, sliced thin

1 lime, quartered

½ cup nuts, chopped

To serve this healthy recipes, place lettuce leaves on a platter surrounded by bowls of filling, veggies, herbs, limes, nuts, and sauce. Let guests make their own wraps.

Infused Water or Seltzer

6 cups water

½ cup each of 2 sliced fruits 

4-5 herb leaves or flavoring

Place the fruit and herbs in water for 1 hour.

Delicious Infused Water Ideas: Strawberry, Lemon, Basil, Melon, Cucumber, Mint

Orange, Blackberry, Sliced Ginger, Berry, Lemon, and Rosemary, Pineapple, Lime, Mint 

Light Fruit Crisp

Filling: 

2½ cups fruit cut into bite-size pieces

1/8 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. lemon zest

1 tsp. cornstarch or flour

2 Tbsp. sugar or sweetener

Topping: 

½ cup quick oats

1½ Tbsp. brown sugar 

½ tsp. cinnamon

1½ Tbsp. butter, melted

Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine filling ingredients and place in an ungreased pie plate. Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over fruit. Bake 40 minutes or until topping is browned. 

We hope you enjoy these other healthy recipes. 

-by Lori Ross

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27 Jan 17:53

A Little Piece Of History: My 1924 Colt Police Positive by B. GIL HORMAN

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In 1968, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell grooved their way across the American airwaves with the lyrics, “Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby!” And when it comes to the guns serious collectors will pay real money for, they couldn’t have been more correct. Clones, near copies and models that borrow the features of popular guns sell well enough. But for some folks, only the genuine article will do.

colt police positive left-side view on wood

Just look at all of the enthusiasm surrounding the re-release of the Colt Python. Like many others, I spent years pining for an authentic Python to join my personal collection. But the two times I came across them in the wild, the price tags were far out of my reach. So I struggled on without a Colt to call my own until about a decade ago. That was when I found a Colt revolver that nobody really wants.

The revolver in question is a Police Positive, one of Colt’s small-frame double-action revolvers manufactured from 1907 to 1947. “Now hold up there, Gil!” you might say. “The Police Positive is a highly desirable collector’s item, with some models selling for as much as $1,200 these days. How can you say nobody wants it?”

colt police positive right-side view revolver on wood

Well, not all of them command a high price from collectors. With a 40-year production history under its belt, the Police Positive was made in several variants. They were made with barrel lengths ranging from 2.5″ to 6″, with a polished blued or nickel finish along with wood or hard rubber grips. Caliber options included .22 LR, .32 Long Colt, .32-20 Winchester and .38 Special.

There are two additional caliber options you may bump into that are a bit confusing if you don’t know the history of these guns. Namely, the .32 Colt New Police and the .38 Colt New Police. The truth is they don’t exist. Colt executives didn’t want to provide any advertising for one of their top competitors. So they invented new names for the .32 S&W Long and .38 S&W cartridges so as to avoid stamping the Smith & Wesson logo on the barrels of their guns.

left-side view colt police positive barrel patridge sight

When I found the Police Positive you see here, it was one of two 4″ barrel blued models with rubber grips laying side-by-side in a pawn shop display case. It’s interesting just how much the caliber a vintage firearm is chambered in can be a determining factor in its value. The other one was chambered in .38 Special, it was in fair condition, and it had a price tag of $600, despite some pitting on the cylinder.

This one was in very good condition. It exhibited a buttery smooth, hand-tuned action that revolver enthusiasts long for. The grips were in great shape, the bore and chambers were clean and most of the bluing was intact with some visible holster wear at the muzzle and along the sides of the cylinder. The price tag was a whopping $129. Why? Because the barrel is stamped .32 Colt New Police, meaning that it shoots the now-obsolete .32 S&W Long.

colt police positive revovler grip frame in hands outdoors

I fell in love with it on the spot. What was not to love? Here was a piece of shooting history that I could take home for less than a used .22-cal. rifle. It has such sleek, clean, classic lines and such intriguing little details like the checkering on the pull-back cylinder release, the small pony logo stamped on the left side of the receiver and all of the detail worked into the rubber of the grip. This particular model weighs in at 18.1 ozs. unloaded, making it feel feathery-light when pointed down.

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I was perfectly happy to contact Colt’s archives and pay the fee for a letter of authenticity. I learned that this particular wheel gun was made in 1924 as part of the first issue of the series, introduced in 1907, that ran until 1927. I carefully stripped down the revolver and found it to be mechanically sound inside and out.

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There was a good deal of dusty, greasy build-up and oxidation under the grip panels, which may not have ever been removed since they were installed at the factory (remember, folks, to clean under your grips once in a while). I took it to a local gunsmith who knows his way around vintage firearms, and he also gave it the once-over and declared it safe to shoot.

I rooted around a few different shops until I found a single box of .32 S&W Long cartridges that had to be rescued from a nest of dusty bunnies. I shot this for the first time with my dad at one of our family’s annual Thanksgiving morning shooting sessions out behind my brother’s property. Its vintage looks, slim grip and mild recoil brought a smile to our faces. It was one of those wonderful days together that I’ll always treasure.

Colt Police positive revolver in hand with ammunition cylinder loaded

Finding .32 S&W Long ammunition is not any easier than it used to be. But I was able to wrangle up a couple of boxes of PPU (Prvi Partizan) Ammunition’s 98-gr. lead round nose loads from a local Cabela’s ahead of the latest nationwide ammunition shortage.

So what kind of performance can one expect from a .32-cal. Colt? The Police Positive was able to tap out a best group of 2.39″ with a five-group average of 2.77″ at 15 yards from a benchrest. According to a LabRadar chronograph, the average velocity for 10 rounds of the soft lead slugs was 683 f.p.s. for 102-ft-lbs. of energy at the muzzle.

Colt Police Positive revolver left-side view on ballistic gel ammunition box blue

The day I was at the range with this gun, I had a few Clear Ballistics gel blocks on hand for some shotgun testing. I had an undamaged section in one block that had been used for a shotshell test and figured I should go ahead and see what this little gun could do. The round-nose bullet penetrated 14.75″ when fired from 10′ into the bare gelatin. It stopped facing backwards with no noticeable deformation. So is this gun and ammunition combination a defensive power house? Not exactly, especially when compared to today’s handgun standards. But it performed better than I expected it to.

I have to admit that I’m a bit in awe of this little Colt Police Positive revolver. Not because of what it can do, or the brand stamped on the grip, though I still take pride in owning an authentic vintage Colt. No, my respect for this piece is based on what it represents. When I look it over, I feel like I’m holding a little piece of history.

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It was made without the aid of CNC machines, long before industrial computers aided drafting and without many of the manufacturing systems gun makers rely on today. This gun was built by skilled hands dedicated to hard work in factory conditions that would at the least be considered uncomfortable by today’s standards.

With its 100th birthday just around the corner, this Colt revolver not only still works, it has a smoother action than several of the modern guns I’ve shot. I’ll never know the story of this revolver’s history before it became a part of my collection.

Was it carried by a beat cop on his rounds, or was it kept close at hand for home defense? Did it help to preserve someone’s life, or did it just come out of the safe once in a while for a few pot shots at some tin cans? What I do know is that it’s now a part of my family’s history, and it didn’t cost a small fortune to enjoy it.

Specifications:
Manufacturer
Colt’s Manufacturing Co, LLC
Model: Police Positive
Action: Double-Action Revolver
Date of Manufacture: 1924
Chambering Stamp: .32 Police CTG.
Chambering: .32 S&W
Finish: Blued Carbon Steel
Grips: Checkered Hard Rubber
Sights: Fixed
SingleAction Trigger Pull: 5-lbs. 7-oz.
Barrel Length: 4″
Overall Length: 8″
Cylinder Width: 1.25″
Weight: 18.1-oz.
Capacity: 6 Rounds
Twist: 1:16 RH
Rifle Grooves: 6

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27 Jan 17:45

Want a Rolex? This Miami Beach Hotel’s $25,000 Whisky Tasting Comes With a ‘Batman’ GMT

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Fontainebleau is giving you the chance to snag a coveted watch—and sip on limited-edition Macallan whiskies.
27 Jan 15:13

1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

One of the most sought-after vintage Ferraris, this 250 GT California Spider goes to auction in March.

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