Your Best Camera: It's Always With You.

That’s right. If you carry your smartphone with you, (and who doesn’t?) your best camera is always there, at the ready. But often we take too long lining up a shot or doubting our ability, and the magical moment is lost before we have a chance to capture it. Maybe what is needed is just a little time with the camera to get acquainted with some of the most important features.

We are pleased to welcome Amy Short, of Amy Kristen Photography, back to Finishing Touches to walk us through the most important steps in taking a great photo. Amy will also introduce us to some cool features built into the camera that are pretty amazing.

Amy will review lighting, composition, focus, editing options, and more in this fun class. All you need to bring with you is a smartphone.

The class begins at 6:30 pm on October 3, 2019, and ends at 8:00 pm.

The class is free, but space is limited, so be sure to pre-register here and let us know that you will be attending.

Paint and Sip Night with Pam Santos

August 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 PM

We are excited to be hosting artist Pam Santos for an evening exploring the gentle art of watercolor painting. Painters of all abilities are welcome.

Together we will review the basic techniques of watercolor painting, and then work from images of our own community. 

Do you love Paint Nights but wish that you had more choice in subject?  Pam has created a class where each participant can choose from one of several images that celebrate the natural beauty of South County.

The cost is $30 for the evening and that includes all materials.

You are welcome to bring snacks and wine to share.

Scroll through the following images, get inspired, and then register here. We are looking forward to a night of fun and creativity.


Frame It Friday - Instagram contest

We are lucky enough to live and work here in beautiful Southern Rhode Island. Join us in celebrating the beauty of Southern Rhode Island by participating in ‘Frame it Friday’ on Instagram.

How to Enter

  1. Follow @finishingtouchesri

  2. Post your favorite photos of South County (it can be people, places, or anything that inspires you)

  3. Tag #frameitfriday and #southcountyri

Each month starting in June we’ll choose 1 winner and give them a $50 gift certificate to Finishing Touches!

Digitize Those Analog Memories

Digitize Those Analog Memories

May is National Photo Month, and what better way to celebrate than with an evening of inspiration and tips on digitizing and organizing all of those boxes of memories?

We are excited to welcome Robert Webb, owner of Charter Oak Scanning, and Elke Bellet, Professional Photo Organizer, to our store on May 9th from 7:00 to 9:00. They will tell us what’s involved in digitizing outdated media with a “show and tell” including VHS tapes, 8mm and 16mm film, audio tapes, and the like. All of the things we can’t bear to part with, but can no longer view in their current state.

Take Awesome Photos With Your Smartphone

One of the things that is on my bucket list this year is to learn how to take beautiful photos with my phone. I can snap a decent picture, but I know that there is so much more that’s possible with my phone and right now I haven’t a clue where to begin.

Ever wish you could take better photos with your phone’s camera?


Galilee fishing village

Join Amy Short from Amy Kristin Photography as she gives us tips on how to make the most of the camera that’s always with you and take photos that are sure to impress. We’ll review lighting, composition, focus, editing options, and more in this fun class. Whether you want to take portraits, landscapes, or lots of pet photos, you’ll come away with tips that will improve your photos. All you need to bring with you is a smartphone.

Amy will be at Finishing Touches Custom Picture Framing on April 11th, from 6:30-8:00 to enlighten us. This is a free event, but space is limited, so register today.