One Second of Every Day – February 2017

I have to say, this must be the easiest project I have ever done.  One second of video every day.  The only thing I have to remember to do is pick up my dslr and take some video every day.  Since I’m already doing a digital 365 with my dslr, this is pretty easy to do.  What also helps is being part of a blog circle, that accountability really helps me follow through.  If you missed our January, you can check out that blog post here. And if you were ever curious about the other videos that I’ve done throughout the year, you can find out my videos on vimeo here. Check out our February, and when you’re done, feel free to follow the blog circle here!

10 on 10 – November 2015

I’ve officially ended my 2nd Project 365 on October 31st, and have taken a break from taking photos for a while.  Going from one 365 straight to the next was a recipe for burn out and that’s what happened to me.  I did complete an amazing video workshop, which I’ll blog about later.  But when the 10th rolled around, a friend of mine in our blog circle reminded us, and I had to do it.  Unfortunately, (or maybe fortunately), I took too many photos.  It was a dreary depressing rainy day, brightened by a visit with a good friend and her baby girl.  Since we’re expecting a baby girl in December, I wanted to see how my daughter would interact with a little baby.  And my friend, a fellow hobbyist photographer, has amazing windows in her house, and awesome light.  So at least I had a few decent pictures with natural light.  But for the rest of the evening, it was dark dark dark!  Which gave me a great reason to break out the flash.  Most of my favorite photos are of bath time, the flash made a world of difference!

I hope she always loves to read!

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Doing her hair is always a struggler, but when you sit her in front of the tv, it’s not as bad.  DSC_4310

My friend and her beautiful baby girl.

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So sweet!

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When Ariya gets sick of my camera, I turn to my dogs.  Here’s Charlie!DSC_4350

Dinner time!

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That hair!

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And the bath time series that I just had to include.DSC_4453 DSC_4455 DSC_4460 DSC_4463 DSC_4464

And good night!  Playing with an easter egg, of course.DSC_4493

To follow our blog circle, please check out Anna at 2 Monkeys Photography here

10 on 10 Blog Circle – May

So, this month’s edition fell on Mother’s Day.  Unfortunately, I only have 8 pictures instead of 10.  I tried, I really tried.  I wish I had more exciting photos, but I wasn’t feeling that great, which led to an awesome 3 hour nap when my daughter napped.  My husband surprised me with tickets to see Prince in Baltimore that night, so it took all I had to rally.  But come on, it’s Prince.  You don’t bail on Prince.  Too bad I couldn’t take pictures in the arena.  But here’s what I came up with for this month’s 10 on 10.  All of these are taken with the Fuji x100t.  A learning curve, but still fun to play with.

Ariya is currently OBSESSED with Frozen.  After she gave me the card (for long enough to take this picture), she snatched it right back and played with it for the rest of the morning.

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Cuddle time on the couch.

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Morning snack.

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Playtime at the park

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Love those rays

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Tried to take a family portrait after nap time.  It was not pretty.  But this will do.DSC_8766

Driving through Charles Town West VA, on our way to Baltimore.DSCF4504

Passing through Harper’s Ferry, WV.  Getting ready for PRINCE!

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To follow the circle, please check out Cindy at Charming Hearts Photography for her 10 on 10 blog here

Lensbaby Love Blog Circle – April

I thought I’d take the lensbaby Composer Pro with Edge 80 optic out for a spin on this sunny afternoon. Still trying to figure out that slice of focus, but it’s growing on me.  I do like that if you don’t shift it, it’s just a regular 80mm lens (which you can probably tell from the 2nd photo).  Anyway, enjoy!

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Feel free to follow the circle and check out the talented Charity Fox lensbaby blog post here

 

 

10 on 10 – March 2015

I thought I’d try to keep this blogging thing up.  Who knows if anyone actually reads this blog, but I thought it would be nice to get my thoughts out and photos organized for all of these photography projects that I’ve got going on.  You can keep up with my Project 365 and Project 52 on my Facebook page.

The reason for this post.  I’ve recently taken a workshop called Everyday Beauty with Ginger Unzeuta through the Bloom Forum.  It was amazing, inspiring and motivating.  Sometimes, I get hung up on creating the perfect photo, or why my photos aren’t sharp enough, or the composition just isn’t right, etc.  There’s always something in the back of my mind, the doubt, the frustration.  Why do I keep this up?  Why don’t I just give up?  I’ll save my reasons for another blog post and another day.  Right now, I’m just glad that I’m sticking with it.

So, through this workshop, one of our assignments was a 10 on 10.  Basically 10 photos throughout the day, or 10 hours.  I’ve decided to do this on the 10th of every month, just to make it easy.  It’s fun to see how a day in our lives look.  You can find my other  10 on 10s here and here.

Ok, enough of that, onto the photos!

Gotta start the morning right with some coffee!1

Charlie waiting for breakfast.

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Out running errands.

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She’s over shopping at Target, and playing games on the phone just isn’t doing it anymore.

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Lucky’s looking for some attention.

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And so is Emmy.

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I love that she loves to read.

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View from my daughter’s bedroom.  So foggy!8

Bath time fun!

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And she’s ready for bedtime..she’ll let you believe that anyway.10

Thanks for checking out my pictures!  Oh, I should have mentioned that I’ve recruited a few photographer friends that I’ve met through Clickin Moms to do a blog circle this month for our 10 on 10.  Please check out Francesca Russel Photography’s blog post on her 10 on 10 here!

Lensbaby Love Blog Circle

I gave up blogging a year ago half way through my first project 365.  I didn’t give up doing the project 365.  It just became too much posting in multiple places.  BUT, I don’t want to give up on blogging, and I don’t want to give up on photography.  For anyone that is interested in my photographic journey, you can check me out on Facebook here.  I’m also on flickr, but I don’t publish as much there.  But in case you’re interested, you can check me out over here as well. I’ve also recently gotten into creating more than just snapshots with mobile photography and my Samsung 4s (with the help of a few apps), so you can find me on instagram here. Now, the reason for this blog post.  I’ve recently joined up with a fabulous group of ladies that share a love of the lensbaby lenses.  Now, I’ve loved lensbaby for a while now, but have yet to master the lenses.  There are a variety of optics and creative discs, macro converters, etc.  I have the Composer pro with sweet 35, sweet 50 and edge80 optics, along with the fish eye lens and macro converters.  I’ve become a little obsessed.  I blame it on my enabling photographer friends.  I see their AMAZING photos, and I think I can do the same.  Nope, not that simple.  Everyone’s journey is unique, and I’m realizing that mine is no different.  How ironic is that? So, for my first post as part of this blog circle, I thought I’d review the lensbaby photos that I’ve taken from 2014 up until now.  A reflection, if you will.  A look back at my journey thus far.  Hope you enjoy the ride.

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Please follow the circle and check out my dear friend Pauline at OakTree Shutterbug.  She is a master at lensbaby and her photos are awe inspiring.  You can see her blog post here.