Welcome to my new blog! Things were getting a little crowed over at my other blog, Just Keeping the Ends Tied. So I decided to create a new one, just for pictures! Enjoy and thanks for stopping by =)

Monday, September 19, 2011

I Heart Faces - Touch of Sun

Since I'm expecting baby #5 I've been thinking a lot about maternity shots.  I've gotten a few so far, but plan to do more in the near future =)  This was last weekend, I thought the light would be perfect for some sun flare, so I grabbed my camera, tripod, and remote!  The outfit was a little more risky for me, but I like the way the shot turned out.  And I was super excited to be able to capture the sun flare without being behind the camera!

For more great Touch of Sun shots, head over to I Heart Faces.



Monday, August 15, 2011

I Heart Faces - Beautiful Eyes

Well, life has been crazy and I haven't posted in forever. But I immediately thought of this photo when I saw this weeks theme. So, here it is =)

For more "Beautiful Eyes" shots, visit iheartfaces.



Monday, April 25, 2011

I Heart Faces - Pets

So, I'm not really much of a pet photographer and I don't take very many pictures of animals. But I snapped this one of our dog a few weeks ago when we were all outside playing. I really loved the sun flair!

Head on over to iheartfaces for more great pet photos.



Monday, April 18, 2011

A wonderful opportunity

I'm linking this first shot with my3boybarians and Trendy Treehouse. Scroll down to contune reading about my wonderful opportunity =)

Sweet Shot Day

I had an amazing opportunity over the weekend. I was involved in a photography workshop all day Saturday. It was called "Telling the Story" and was given by a local (but nationally known) photojournalist. The goal was to tell a story of an afternoon in our town. I was SO nervous! This class took place in downtown, which can be a little "colorful", lol. Plus, I totally hate talking to people I don't know and avoid it at all costs, but we couldn't take pictures of people without their permission. She definitely challenged us and I had to step WAY outside my comfort zone. But I learned A LOT.

And the kicker?

It rained.




Seriously, there was a puddle around my chair from all the water dripping off my jacket! And it did make everything more difficult. I really don't like to be wet, so it was hard to not hurry through each assignment so that I could get back indoors. However, as our instructor reminded us, "it's just rain, at least your not getting shot at"!

We started the day with a quick overview of cameras and how they work, then out on the streets for our first assignment.

We were sent out in pairs and each of us had to stop two people (yes, random strangers!) and ask their permission to take a few photographs. We then had to take five shots and only five shots. No machine-gun-shooting (snapping a million shots in a row, hoping for a good one). And no Chimping-it (snapping a picture and then immediately looking at the LCD screen to see if it was good). Finally we had to get their name, contact info and a quote.

Even though I was seriously stressed over having to walk up to random people, I managed to complete the assignment and even got a couple of decent shots. (And no one mugged me, lol!)

Our next two assignments centered around our Saturday Market, which was only a couple blocks away from where the class was taking place. Again we went out in pairs and for the first assignment, we had a designated area to start in. My partner and I were assigned the Farmers Market.

After about 45min of shooting, we headed back to the classroom to go through the images everyone had taken. We then went back out. This time our goal was to get any shots that we felt like were missing from the first batch.

Over all it was a great experience. And I can definitely tell you that I don't want to be a professional photojournalist! I seriously don't like talking to people, lol. But I'm still considering taking the next class. I learned a lot that I can apply to what I like to photograph (ie. family events) and I stretched my comfort zone. And like my instructor said, "When you stretch your comfort zone way out, it makes doing what you like that much easier." And with that I can definitely say, the family reunion will be MUCH easier to photograph, lol. {grin}

So, now I will quit talking (typing?) and share some of the images I got.

***Disclaimer - No, I did not avoid talking to people by simply not photographing faces, lol. I just chose not to include those images in this post =)***

Oh, yeah, one more thing {grin}, I think it would be fun to go back on another rainy day (I must be CRAZY, right?!?) and photograph only umbrellas and rain boots! Seriously, there were some amazing umbrellas and rain boots to be seen!

OK, here are the photos, lol.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Self Portrait

The theme this week at Trendy Treehouse is Self Portrait. Here is my entry:
Also linking up with Darcy at my 3 Boybarians for Sweet Shot Tuesday.

Sweet Shot Day




Friday, April 1, 2011

LEM Challenge - Different Perspective

This weeks challenge over at LEM is Different Perspective/View. I have several fun, old photos that I could share, but I really wanted something new. I've been wracking my brain all week for an idea, but couldn't come up with anything. Of course, it hasn't helped that it's rained most of the week! Today, though, we had a beautiful spring day. So I followed the kids out side and snapped away! This is the shot I thought would work best for this challenge:

For more "Different" shots, head on over to Live Every Moment.



Thursday, March 31, 2011

Top 5 Jan - March

I found a new linky party =) This time we choose our five favorite photos of our kids taken between January and March. Here are mine:

Amber's Articles

Have 5 favorite photos? Head over and link-up, there's a random drawing for a beautiful necklace!



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Flowers - Sweet Shot

On Sunday the rain stopped and the sun decided to make a brief appearance (while I was in the middle of making dinner!). I ran out side with my camera hoping to get a shot of the sun shining through the water droplets left on the forsythia out front. I only managed ONE shot before the sun ducked back behind the clouds. And this is it. I would have loved to have had a little more time to play with angles and framing, but, in Oregon, you have to take what you can get, lol.

Sweet Shot Day

For more Sweet Shots, head over to Darcy's at my3boybarians.



Hands - Trendy Treehouse

The theme at Trendy Treehouse this week is Hands:

This is by far my favorite hands picture. It's of my parents hands.


For more inspiring hand shots, head on over to Trendy Treehouse.



Monday, March 28, 2011

Slice of Life - iheartfaces

The theme this week at iheartfaces is "Slice of Life".

I snapped this shot a couple of weeks ago. We were taking a long road trip and caravaning with my mother (and her dog). We stopped at a small park, in a very small town, in the middle of nowhere to let the kids run around. My 1yo was getting a kick out of watching the dog chase after the ball, so when she dropped it, she picked it up to throw it for her. It obviously didn't go very far, but the dog obliged her by chasing after it anyway. They played for several minutes before the 1yo got tired, lol.

These are the moments I love, watching my kids play and learn. And they are the reason I started learning about photography, so I could capture more of them =)

Check out http://www.iheartfaces.com for more Slices of Life!



Friday, March 25, 2011

LEM Challenge - Spring

The theme at Live Every Moment this week is spring and here is my entry :o)

To see more beautiful spring photos, visit LEM.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011



Sweet Shot Tuesday 3/21/11

I have a new blog! I had been posting my photos on my other blog, Just Keeping the Ends Tied, but I decided I want that blog to go back to what I originally intended. A place to jot down my thoughts about homeschooling, homemaking, crafting, well in general, life! Therefore, I needed a different place to post my photography because those posts tend to take over my blog. Thus the birth of this blog! And for my first post, a sweet shot ;o)

For more Sweet Shots, visit Darcy at my3boybarians.

Sweet Shot Day