Tuesday x 3

>> Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Photojournalism Challenge

>> Monday, August 30, 2010

I had the perfect photo for this challenge, until I realized that I didn’t have a “face” in it. So instead, I resorted to my second favorite photo…with a face. The theme for this weeks challenge at I Heart Faces is “Photojournalism".” The idea is to submit a photo that tells a story. Most likely a story that moves you, makes you think, or a story that just sticks with you. This photo was taken with my friend Ashleigh at our Session this past Saturday. The lighting was great, and while we were under the Gazebo, I managed to capture this shot…the light was coming in from behind her and she was reading her Bible [she brought it as one of her props because her Faith is who she is.] I call this photo In the Presence of God because that’s what it felt like. When I started editing it, I wanted to emphasize the light coming in and force the focus on her and on the light that was surrounding her. This is what I came up with.

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Project 365-Days 1 and 2

>> Friday, August 27, 2010

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As promised, I am linking up my Project 365 Images today! I started this project on Thursday, August 26, 2010 and I will finish it on August 25, 2011. I am super excited to see where this journey takes me. I am seeing things in a whole different perspective…forcing myself to think outside of the box and view the world for what it is. So here are my first days of shots. You can look forward to these every Saturday for the next 52 weeks. :)

 

Day One:

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Day Two:

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This photo was instantly my favorite when I started reviewing my shots from Friday. I took this over at the pond near my parents house. I have seen photos where people were able to capture reflections perfectly, and never understood how they managed it. But I got it today. Never have I ever seen the water so smooth and so calm.It was like glass. It had just rained and the rain undoubtedly stirred the water to the point of murkiness.  And the murkiness added to the hazy effect that was already in the air. It was so beautiful. This is probably one of my favorite shots I have ever captured.

I [naturally] took more than one shot each day, so you can head over to my Flickr and check out the rest of the Day 1 and Day 2 shots. And don’t forget to head over to some of the other blogs that are participating in this project and offer some encouragement! 2 days down…363 to go.

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Fix it Friday #68

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Project 365 {Day 1}

>> Thursday, August 26, 2010

Ok…so I think I’m finally going to cave. I’ve been toying with the idea and mulling it over in my head..but this article this morning pushed me toward saying “yes.” A lot of people have taken on the 365 Day Photo Challenge. And so far, I’ve been hesitant to do the same. I’m good with projects, but a lot of times I get sidetracked and forget to do them. Like my “A-Z” challenge I started? I successfully made it to letter “E” before I stopped. But this project seems to be a wee bit different. The idea behind it is to really push yourself to shoot something creative, rather than to just snap a photo and be done.

I want to be BETTER than I am now.

I want my photos to stand out. I want them to improve with every single shot. And I want to look back next year and SEE the progress I have made in both my composition and my editing skills. So I’m going to agree to pledge myself over to the project. Maybe even make a coffee table book out of it when I successfully complete it. I would love some company in this journey. I know that 365 days is a loooong time. Especially from a photographic perspective. But I don’t intend to post a photo on this blog every day. You would tired of looking at just one picture, and I would get sick of posting them every day. So you can look for the posts on Sundays. Every Sunday I will link you guys up with my 7 favorite shots of the week.

Which means that NO I won’t be leaving you with a new picture today.  :) You’re just going to have to come back on Sunday to see for yourself what I come up with.

If you’re interested in joining in with us, head over to Madeline Bea. She’s looking for members and it’s always fun to have others around to encourage you.

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Before and After

>> Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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To be completely honest, I can’t decide if maybe I don’t like the original SOOC better. The hazy effect is my favorite, and I’m still baffled that the wrong White Balance and Exposure setting accomplished that on a cloudy day. I could probably NEVER get that shot to look that way naturally again. I do love the texture of the edit. You know me. Texture junkie. Head on over to Monica’s for more awesome Before and After editing.  :)

I’m also linking this photo up with You Captures theme this week: Outside.

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Black and White Wednesday

>> Tuesday, August 24, 2010

 

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Sweet Shot

>> Monday, August 23, 2010

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I shot a lot this weekend gearing up for the Sunday Scavenger Hunt. There were several photos that I was particularly excited about, but the point of this fun blog hop is to link up your sweetest shot…the shot than stands out to you above all others. This one was no competition.

 

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Head on over to Darcy’s for more wonderful Sweet Shots!

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Wow

The theme for Mama and the Dudes challenge this week is Wow. I knew the perfect photo for this challenge when I saw the theme. I took this the last time I went to visit my old college roommate and best friend. We had gone to Starbucks and I bought Little Man a pack of chocolate covered Graham Crackers. We were riding along, thinking that he had fallen asleep. I turned around and this is what I saw:

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You can’t see all of the mess here, but the entire car seat was covered in chocolate. It was a MESS. This was most definitely a WOW moment.  :)

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6 Months In…

>> Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tomorrow marks the month milestone for my little photography business. It was February 23 of this year when I decided to go with my gut, cast aside my nerves and pursue photography as a profession. I purchases my first SLR camera with just a kit lens, and dove head first into shooting anything and everything I could. Little did I know to begin with that there was much, much, much more to photography than just pointing a camera and shooting. There are the business aspects, the editing aspects, and the technical aspects. I felt very overwhelmed to begin with. I looked around at some of my favorite photography blogs and their work…and I was in awe. For a split second, I thought that maybe I didn’t have what it took. That maybe my work wasn’t good enough. But instead of wallowing in that, and letting the work of others intimidate me, I used it to inspire me. To offer me encouragement. I began spending as much free time as I could online researching, reading, and looking at photos. I studied everything from Aperture and Shutter Speed to composition and Photoshop Techniques.

When my husband left for A-School in April, I decided then and there that the time he was away would be solely devoted to our son and my photography. And so far, it’s worked out fantastic. The very day he left, I had my very first shoot for my wonderful friend Mandy with her little girl. I was amazed at what I saw when I began looking through the shots at the end of the day. It was the first time I really started to think that maybe, just maybe, I could really do this.

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From there I shot Father’s Day photos for a friend of our family’s, and two couples shoots. Each one better than the last. Each one teaching me something new, each one teaching me a little bit more about the skills required and the techniques needed to properly capture and deliver my work. I practiced on little man every chance I could, and my technique with children has gone from this:

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{Taken the second day I had my SLR in February 2010}
To this:

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{both captured in late July/early August of 2010}

I also began capturing still life’s at every opportunity, set up a Flickr Account, created a professional logo, ordered business cards, and set up my Website. Things have been on the fast track lately, with Fall rolling in. I’ve had 10 or 12 inquiries for Fall Sessions, and I’m waiting to receive the deposit for my very first Wedding any day.  While I know that there is so much more for me to learn, so many more mistakes for me to make, and so many things that I haven’t even thought of experiencing yet, I am so happy with how far I have come. The Blog Hops that I participate in here every week [usually every single day] have given me ideas and pushed my creativity to the limits. Days when I thought that there was nothing left for me to photograph, were quickly countered by new and fresh takes on every day items and every day moments. The comments that I receive from each of you are really what has gotten me to the point that I’m at now. Without your encouragement and your thoughts and uplifting words, I would have stopped shooting way before now…settled for just being a mom with an SLR and mediocre photography skills. But I don’t want that. I refuse to settle for anything less than the absolute best in myself and my work.

There are dozens upon dozens of photographers whose work I admire and aim to replicate creatively. And it is my goal to reach the point in my own career that I can be of the same kind of inspiration to others that some of these photographers have been to me. Aside from creative inspiration this journey has intertwined my life with some very amazing women whom I do not hesitate to call friends. People I wouldn’t have met without continuing to pursue this dream.

So what’s in store for the future?

Fall shoots. A new Camera with lots of new goodies. A big move for our family which will result in a new business and building new clientele. A Wedding in March of 2011. And then after that who knows. All I know is that this journey is just beginning for me, and I am eager to embrace and conquer whatever may come my way. Thank you all for being a part of this journey and for your words that mean so much.

Lastly, I want to demonstrate how far I’ve come ‘technically’ and creatively in this journey.

This is the first photo I posted on this blog:

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Still holding the first watermark I ever created with the initial name of the business I was aiming to build. I shot this with my Xsi using nothing but the kit lens that came with it. I was aiming for Aperture and-even though I didn’t know what it was called then-creamy bokeh. This shot was unsuccessful in both ways. However, I was proud of it. Because I took it. And I achieved what I thought that I wanted to achieve. Clarity. So I kept shooting. This is one of my absolute favorite shots…one of the first ones where I successfully created the bokeh that I was aiming for:

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Again, with a new and different watermark. I was still working on developing a brand and a style for myself. And now, here I am. With a still life shot that I captured just today:

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My perspective has changed. My style has changed. My editing techniques have improved tremendously and I am still learning.I can not wait to see where this next 6 months takes me. :)

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Scavenger Hunt Sunday

 
Today is the first time I’ve actually had my photos done in time to join Ashley in Scavenger Hunt Sunday. And even today, I’m posting later than I usually would. Oh well. At least I’m here. In case you haven’t heard of this fun it works like other Scavenger Hunts work…you get a list of items to hunt and then go out and capture them on camera.

The rules are simple:

  1. Anyone can participate. 
  2. You're encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. 
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I'm not too strict about it - I do my best to take fresh shots). 
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Monday at the latest) - you can use the new button. 
  5. Have fun!

Here are my shots for this week:

1. Leading Lines

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I have placemats similar to this packed up in a box in Florida and I LOOOVE them! The look to be made of something similar to wicker.They wipe clean very easily and fold up for simple storage. And let’s not forget about the awesome pattern!

2. Something Comfortable

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Pillows. I love my pillows. I sleep with 3 when the husband is at home and in bed…but when he’s gone, like he has been for the past several months…I sleep with at least 5.  :) Oh well. You can’t beat comfort.

3. Feet

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Little Man hasn’t quite figured out how to pedal on his own…Oh well. He’ll get it sooner or later. :)

4. Sight

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I think the thing that I ended up love the most about this photo was that it was clear enough and precise enough to see the scratches and the dirt on the lens of the glasses. Let me just mention, that these aren’t my glasses. As much as I need to go get my eyes checked and invest in some “eyes” for myself, I haven’t done it yet.

5. Sweet

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I couldn’t decide which one of these I liked the best, so I included both. The first one is sugar…no doubt that it is sweet. And then Strawberry Cream Savors-my absolute favorite candy.

I encourage you to go check out this fun blog hop. The hunt items are always creative and it’s definitely challenging to your creativity. Not to mention, seeing how everyone else interprets the themes. Hope you all had a great weekend!!

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SOOC Saturday

>> Saturday, August 21, 2010

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It’s time for another SOOC {Straight out of Camera} Saturday with Slurping Life. In case you’ve never played along, or have never seen one of the entries for this fun little blog hop the rules are simple: No Editing! Here is one of my favorite shots from my little around the house photo walk the other day.

 

 

 

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Fix It Friday #67

>> Friday, August 20, 2010

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Orange you happy it’s Thursday?

>> Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Holy cow is it Thursday already? And not only Thursday, but does my calendar really already say August 19?? Where on EARTH is this year going?! Not that I mind or anything…we’re getting closer and closer to a trip to California and a hubby’s graduation. So bring it on! Ahem. Anywho. It’s time for another round of before and after with Monica over at Pixel Perfect! I had to force myself to attempt creativity and go take some new photos yesterday. The heat is still suffocating so going out for photos is a little tough. Instead, I sought out inspiration indoors. And this is what I came up with:

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Over-exposed…not really usable. My white balance and shutter speed were all kinds of off in this picture. Luckily…I was able to salvage it.

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I'm a SAHM learning my way around my SLR and striving to open a professional photography business. I spend most of my time in my Manual and reading tutorials online. This blog is my way of documenting the things that I learn and the sessions that I photograph along the way.

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