Sunday, June 29, 2008

Darling Baby

I had the honor of taking this beautiful baby's 3 month portraits Saturday, and it was so neat because I also took their maternity photos a week before he was born. Such a nice family and what an exciting time it is to be new first time parents. Here's a few from the day. Doesn't he look like a little angel? Thanks Nicole and Matt for the pleasure!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

My New Lens Came Today

Doin' the Happy Dance! Sigma 24-70 new baby.

Sunday, June 22, 2008


Processing woes, not happy with previous posts images, so this is a quick cs3 re-do. Leaving lightroom alone for now..time to play later! Hope this looks a little better. Oops, still some work to do on this one....

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Studio Day!

Today I set up my backdrop and paper in the garage (fun to have a studio!) and finally took some dance portraits. I LOVE to do this! Here's a few, still working on a cs3 and Lightroom learning curve, so it's slow comin'. It's difficult to find a time when the girls want to do this, but today I got lucky. More shots coming in the next day or two.
This girl's off to camp tomorrow so this week I have to corner my other daughter who doesn't like to do this so much, but there is a lot of events taking place this week, birthday party, water balloon fights, etc, so I can probably get some candids which are better anyway.
Need the practice because Saturday I get to take a 3 month old baby's excited because I did his Mom and Dads' Maternity photos. Thanks Nicole and Matt!
Trying to get a new lens before then, we'll see.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A New Toy

Lightroom! I think this is going to be fun! This is a preset called antique light. Now I just have to figure out how to bring in my other photos from folders and bridge. I have too many books with too much information....wish me luck!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Backyard scenes

My husbands morning glories, Iris's from my childhood home, and a gate waiting for a subject
to stand in/go thru for a picture......and the only one I could get of my daughter downtown before allergies set in. I love summer!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cone Dancers

This was a free event at the Center For the Arts, a beautiful night and lots of people. They were dancing from a wire harness so I have a lot of blurs. The Cone had lights inside and it changed colors with the music.Too bad it only lasted 15 minutes.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Dooney with a Mohawk

John got the dogs groomed yesterday and surprised us all with a mohawk on our cockapoo....
Jill's idea. Doesn't he look like he's pouting in this bottom picture? I don't think he feels as pretty as he usually does....

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Last class...

Sadly went to my last photography class tonight, and I am really going to miss it. You form friendships and it's fun talking photography with other people and gain their insights. It was a phenominal group of people, and our instructer was Amazing...he's very inspiring and has really forced me to think and look at subjects in different ways. Thank-you so much S. Preston Jones!
His work is wonderful and we saw many of his portraits tonight....breathtaking....

As for my series, "Abandoned" actually developed into 3 separate series, 2 of which involve the elementary school I've been shooting. First there's the school and the playground, and the outside elements. Then the beautiful graffiti on the inside that is so colorful Preston suggested "Beauty in Abandonment", and then there's the old barns and buildings. So these are still on-going, and will be built upon. I have an idea for a book you can make on line for the school, when I am done there, thanks to Kay, and Tim thought it would be a great idea to contact some of the past teachers and students and get some of their thoughts and stories to add to it. It could really become a project! Like I said , these are phenominal people and amazing things happen when you can bounce ideas of each other and learn.

I'm going to miss my class and these people! You can bet I'll sign up for more, I have learned so much.

For now, need to play with a lens I'm renting, learn photoshop cs3 and lightroom, get better at cutting mats and just have fun shooting. Also have a few other series I need to start, one is of a special woman in town and her music. Hope to be able to find LOTS of models....the people I work with and friends I think will be generous with their kids.
Also, a little girl I know has just gone though major heart surgery, she's in recovery, just turned 2. Please put her in your prayers.