Niece survives three years

My niece Kailey had her third birthday party Sunday. It was a blast to see her so darn happy – she gets it big time now. Presents. Cake. People. Kids to play with. Fun everywhere. And she showed it in her super-big expressions and her happy-go-lucky demeanor. I think I captured it in some of the photos I shot last night. More are on my Web page…

By the way, I used Picasa to get the photos off my camera, edit, manipulate and create a handy dandy Web page to share what I shot. I am getting more and more impressed all the time with the wonderful features of this free software, provided by Google.

It’s not PhotoShop (I still have a copy of that on my computer for tougher jobs), but for the quick, easy handling of a massive amount of photos, I don’t think it can be beat – especially for the price. For being someone who has become notorious for taking photos that people never see again (because it was always too cumbersome to get them to people), this is making my life easier and those who are in the photos much happier.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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