"Forget not that the earth
delights to feel your bare feet and
the winds long to play with your hair."
~Kahlil Gibran

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Photos: Jill & Kevin

Jill & Kevin at Laurel Hill Chapel

Having fun in the tree- One of my favorite photos from the day.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Understanding My Camera

I am still working on understanding my camera in manual mode.  I have taken lots of random pictures lately to practice.  I must upload and edit them soon; really should have done that for my long nights at school for parent/teacher conferences!  

Upcoming shoots:  
Jill & Kevin's Christmas card photos. (this weekend)
The Gorham's Christmas card photos.  (Thanksgiving weekend)

More photos to come!
B&B trick or treating

IRIS (A.K.A. Spoiled Kitty) on her new bed.

Fire- just because it looks cool.

Silly Tawley-Man

Crazy Tawley

Baby Girl Orion

Baby Girl again

Orion again- so pretty.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Model Help

     I love taking pictures of my 2.5 year old son, but most of the time I get the back of his head because he is constantly moving.  The shots are blurred and constantly filled with "cheese" faces instead of smiles.  I love him, but he can be difficult to photograph at times, although I do get those rare moments that everything aligns perfectly and voila an awesome photograph of him is produced.  If not perfect an awesome, it is one where his face isn't covered in dirt and there is something other than a silly face (although silly faces are fun to photograph as well).

    Anyways, on to my point.  I asked a few former students of mine to be my models so that I could practice with my camera on manual.  They obliged and we had a great time taking photographs.  It was a beautiful sunny, but chilly morning.  Thank goodness we got started early as we got 5 inches of snow later in the day.



 I really had some beautiful models.  I didn't really have to give them many directions on what to do; they just naturally went into poses that were natural.   Posing my subjects is something I am working on, so it was nice to see them do it naturally and get ideas for later photo shoots.  

Girls with attitude!

 There were way too many photos to choose from, so I uploaded and edited the majority of them.  From each set of photos, I found something I could work on. I especially would like to invest in a reflector, as in some of my pictures I had harsh shadow lines on faces. 

 This photo was one of my favorites, but the sun was behind them and I couldn't edit it, with my limited editing software, to get it to a point where I could really see their faces and have it bright enough.  I still like the photo, though.  Good learning experience.

        This was the girl's idea and I love it!  I played around with tipping the photo off to the side and then edited it.  I like it, but wish I hadn't had the house in the background- live and learn.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Taking the Plunge

Last of the Hydrangea blooms

Funky mushrooms
      Recently, I changed my camera setting from the easy-going automatic setting to manual.  I felt it was time get away from doing things "easy" and try what I had been dreading.  I took the plunge into manual-use of my camera and I have to say that I will never go back to automatic ever again!
      So, I grabbed my camera and went outside any chance I got.  It was amazing how different my photos were straight out of the camera.  I had so many different options and could make the photos look how I wanted.  It was quite the revelation.

 Above is my 2.5 year old son, who loves firemen!  He had just gotten his fireman Halloween costume- he wore it all evening.  What a perfect time to play with my camera!  He willingly, and unwillingly at times, sat and let me click away.  This was the longest he has ever sat for me. 

We have 6, yes I said 6, cats running around our house at all times.  (Orion, Iris, Little Man, Ky Ky, Dexter, and Tawley)  They are always under foot and are always up for being photographed.  This posed more of a challenge for me as the cats wouldn't sit still and my photos were blurring (still trying to figure out how to get motion shots to not be blurry).




Ky Ky


Little Man is missing since he hides most of the time due to a very loud 2.5 year old. 
I am looking forward to taking even more photos and practicing using light in my photos.