10 on 10 : March 2016 – Here is Where: Photographing the World Around you

It’s that time again.  The 10th came and went, and I had a great incentive to take more than 1 photo for my Project 366.  I’m currently taking a Street Photography workshop at Beyond the Wanderlust, called “Here is Where: Photographing the World Around you” with Lauren Mitchell.  Just wanted to try something different.  It’s been tough.  my default is to photograph my daughters’ pretty faces (which I didn’t fail to do this 10th) 🙂  But this week’s assignment was to look at lines, light, shapes, framing, layering and depth.  Not all 10 photos cover these compositional elements, but I tried 🙂

Taking a walk in Old Town Winchester.

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Attempting to play chess at the local coffee shop.  Ariya wins.DSCF8485 DSCF8501 DSCF8511 DSCF8512

Asha is finally awake!

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And is not a fan of the tummy time.

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Reading rainbow

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Emmy loves that new baby smell

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Thanks for reading!  Feel free to check out Cindy’s day here!

 

 

My first film Project 365 – January 2016

So, I fell in love with film some time last year.  Within that time, I’ve acquired a lot of film and a few (ok, a lot of) film cameras.  Somehow I developed a fear of shooting film in manual.  I was always ok with a point and shoot.  I shot film a ton in high school, I just let the camera make all the decisions.  After taking a workshop last year, I got into it…and then I stopped.  I took ANOTHER workshop late last year, got into it…and then stopped.  What was wrong with me?  The fear was there.  So I thought for 2016, in addition to my regular digital project 365, I’d do a film 365.  I’m crazy, I know.  BUT, I really want to know these cameras and these film stocks inside and out.  I want to get comfortable with metering.  And I figured this would be the best way to do it.

I won’t post all 31 pictures for this month.  There were  a few successes and a few failures.  I’ll go ahead and post a few of both, b/c I need to document this progress.  I also need to go back through my notes to see why some of these photos worked and some didn’t.

I also have 2 rolls of black & white film still in development (at the FIND lab).  So look out for another blog post from me soon.

Here goes (and yes, I know more than a few are blurry and aren’t that awesome.  but not every photo can be awesome right?  and yes, most of these photos will be of my girls while I try to figure this film thing out):

Mamiya C330 with fuji 400h

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Nikon F100 with Portra 800

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Everyday Films Family Films Workshop Review

I am a workshop addict.  Ever since picking up my dslr and starting my first Project 365, I’ve taken more than a few online workshops from Clickin Moms, The Define School, the Bloom Forum and one in person workshop.  I just love to learn all that I can.  I’m still trying to figure it all out.  I have no idea what my style is.  I just love documenting my family.

I’ve formed close friendships with other classmates from the workshops that I’ve taken.  For a while, we’ve encouraged (you could say enabled) each other’s investments in our expensive hobby/career.  The most recent encouragement was to sign up for a video workshop.  Now, I’ve tried signing up for a video workshop last year, but it wasn’t structured enough for me, and the information was kind of all over the place, hard to search for, and I lost motivation pretty quickly.  I admire the artist very much, but her workshop was a waste of money for me.  I’m hoping I can revisit her information, and now that I’m in the right frame of mind, learn more.

But this isn’t a review about my previous attempt into videos.  This blog post is about Emily with Everyday Films and her workshop DSLR Video Storytelling Workshop.  This workshop has been eye opening.  It’s about 4 weeks with 12 lessons about your dslr settings for video, what lens works best for video, gear, styling your shoot, watching Emily shoot video during a family session, go behind the scenes to watch Emily edit in Lightroom and put it all together in Adobe Premier Pro.  It was amazing.

Now, I’m just a hobbyist that loves to document my family, and I hope to make this a regular thing.  Perhaps a video a month.  But with the baby coming next month, I may have to give myself a break in January.  I don’t know, we’ll see.  But I could see this being the next big thing.  Photos are wonderful, amazing ways to document life, but videos show  life as it happens in real time (for the moment anyway). My daughters voice, her mannerisms, her interactions with me and her father, our pets, our extended family.  I want to remember these moments forever.

Here’s my final assignment, all that I’ve learned from this workshop.

 

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 – August

I haven’t blogged in a while, so excuse me if I’m a little rusty.  The 10th has snuck up on me yet again.  I didn’t get to take any pictures of Ariya’s last Little Gym session with my nice camera (just had my cell phone on me), but I picked up my Fuji x100t for the rest of the day. So here’s my day.

Can’t start my day without some type of workout at the gym.

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My poor Charlie bear, suffering allergies.  I think this is his doped up look. DSCF5414

19 weeks baby bump

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This is what’s currently going on in our house.  Mentally getting ready to potty train my toddler.  She’s peeing in the potty, but we haven’t given up the diapers yet.  Hoping this book will give me a good plan of action.

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Dinner prep

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Awake from her nap and ready to go!

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And of course she wants to play with her bubble gun.DSCF5448

Pretty excited to get some nature photos

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Her new obsession (besides bubbles) is chalk.  Might need to get this girl a chalkboard!DSCF5479

Playing with puzzles, learning her letters (and stealing my cookbook) DSCF5483

And bath time!  Night night all!

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10 on 10 – June

It’s that time again, 10 on 10 for June. Check out what we did today.  All of these photos were taken with the Fuji x100t.  Trying to get used to it before our big trip to Italy.  But first….

Amazing light will make even the most cluttered kitchen seem not so bad.   DSCF4711

Oh poor pitiful Charlie.  Poor guy has allergies, and what I found out today, hives.  Go figure.  Don’t worry, we now have medicine for him, and hopefully it will all get better soon.DSCF4720

Waiting in the dentist’s office while I get my teeth cleaned.DSCF4725

And now it’s Ariya’s turn.  This girl was a ROCK STAR.  She got her teeth cleaned and a fluoride treatment.  16 teeth, but no 2 year molars yet.  She got to pick out 3 prizes and got a Frozen balloon.  She seems pretty happy here.

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After that, we went to the Discovery museum to meet up with friends.  She’s not too concerned with my camera, she’s all about playing with her friends.DSCF4740

As you can tell here.

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After lunch, we got home and attempted a nap.  This girl was too amped up to nap, so it was tv time.  I try to get in the image sometimes.  The fuji is great for selifies!DSCF4758

I’m obsessed with this girl’s eyelashes!  I’m trying out the macro option here.DSCF4765

I’m also obsessed with light.  I just wrapped up a workshop called Magic of Light, taught by Summer Murdock.  Her work is awesome, you should definitely check her out!DSCF4771

This girl is obsessed with light switches.  Off…on…off..on….. and on and on it goes.DSCF4803

Trying to wind down for bed.

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YES!  BED TIME!  but first, let’s read a book.DSCF4830

 

This was my day!  To follow our awesome blog circle, please check out Cindy at Charming Hearts here.

100 Days of Summer with Lensbaby

My good friend Ana is a pro with lensbaby lenses.  She’s been such an inspiration and has always pushed me to use my lensbaby lenses more, to not give up, to know these lenses in and out.  She decided to do a 100 days of summer shooting only with lensbaby, and invited me along.  I was up for the challenge.  I’m still doing my 365 but I thought, why not, I’d love to master these lenses.  So here are the photos from the first week.

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Here are the other ladies’ informations that are involved in this project.  Check them out!

Ana Rosenberg

Kelly Jacobi

Pauline Putt

Nicola Stewart

Justyna Butler

 

Have you met…Me?

Early on in my photography journey, I’ve done tons of research, read lots of articles and watched a lot of tutorials.  This was how I stumbled upon Click It Up a Notch.  I started my first Project 365 because of that site, as it gave me inspiration and courage to try it.  A while back, Courtney from Click It Up a Notch asked for submissions to be featured.  And what do you know, I’ve been featured!  You can find the article here.  Check it out, and enjoy!

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

 

 

Friendship

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It’s amazing how a mutual love of photography has brought together a group of ladies from all over the world.  I can’t speak for everyone else’s journey, but I found this wonderful group of like minded friends through Click It Up a Notch when I decided to do my first Project 365.  These ladies have been so encouraging, thoughtful, inspirational and just all around wonderful to get to know.  I’m so glad that I’ve met them.  Feel free to show them some Facebook love!