Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
I took my new camera on its first official Photoshoot yesterday; a birthday party for a ubercute 1 year-old. I am still learning the features and new buttons so I was a little nervous. Somehow, in the 2 hours I was there, I took 1600 pictures! How is that even possible? Somebody do the math for me.
I didn’t want to miss that perfect shot so I pretty much did what photographers call, “Spray and Pray”. I’ve been deleting like a mad woman since I got home. I’ve narrowed it down to the 561 good ones. Now I’ve got to narrow it down a lot more; My goal is to give the client around 80 of the best of the best.
In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying the company of my Favorite Sister and trying not to freak out about a significant birthday that is coming up next week.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Our puppy is now almost a year old. Having him around has certainly has been an adventure! We went from having an old, slow, sweet, obedient dog (Abe) to having, well, Trooper!
Trooper is a mix of Spaniel and Lab, so he definitely has chasing and retrieving tendencies. The first time, though, I suspected that something was Not Quite Right with the dog was when we took him to visit Coal Creek Farm. Once he caught his first whiff of CHICKEN, he was off like a shot, chasing and yipping a strange-sounding high pitched noise. He chased chickens until he was foaming at the mouth. And until April stopped him.
Fast forward to Christmas. Master Munchkin got a laser pointer in his stocking, because we like to supply our young children with dangerous weapons. Right away we noticed that Trooper was very interested in that little red dot of light. A little too interested. He focused his entire being into trying to catch that elusive light. Again, there was frantic chasing and foaming of the mouth. Hmmm…. After a few days of laughing at our crazy dog, we started to suspect that perhaps this was Not a Good Thing. So we put away the laser and expected our lives to return to normal.
But they didn’t.
(Part 2 of How to Snap your Dog’s Sanity coming soon!)
Monday, March 22, 2010
Master Munchkin is sick today. He was running a slight fever last night and was complaining of a sore throat and headache so I kept him home from school. Of course I'm concerned, but my gut instinct says it's nothing too major. After he woke up this morning, I heard him playing in his room. Pretty soon the strains of Rocky's "Gonna Fly Now" crept out from under his door. I peeked in to see him jamin' on his keyboard. Yep, I think he's going to survive. ;)
After doing a lot of research, I decided to get the d700, which arrived last week DOA. Disappointed I sent it back and waited for the replacement. During that time I poured over David Busch’s Nikon D700 Guide to Digital SLR Photography, all 500 pages of it. So much to learn!
My replacement finally arrived and it works! Beautifully.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
In the meantime, I get to play with my new lens, the Nikon 24-70 2.8. I’ve put it on my d80 and have been practicing on a baby doll.
I know these pics are kind of creepy but hey, I gotta start somewhere!
One of my real baby models is being born today so keep Lindsay in your prayers. They don’t know if the baby is a boy or girl yet. I’m thinking “boy”.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
So I thought I’d give Windows Live Writer a try. I’ve been playing with it for a few days now and I love it! It’s uber easy to insert photos and I can even use any font I want, like my favorite Jane Austen font.
Windows Live Writer works with Blogger and a lot of other popular blogging platforms. Now excuse me while I go play…
drop shadow and tilt
Monday, March 08, 2010
Saturday, March 06, 2010
Friday, March 05, 2010
Jane Austen once prayed, "Teach us... that we may feel the importance of every day, of every hour as it passes." You'll see this quote right at the top of my blog because I believe that Jane nailed it on the head. Life is precious and we should never take it or gifts like health, family, and friends for granted.
This belief is one of the things that draws me to photography. The chance to create, document, preserve, and showcase this precious gift of LIFE fuels me. So when I hear, “You did far more than take our pictures, you captured our spirits" or “I cried when I saw your photos”, my heart is filled with happiness. And thankfulness. And I continue to reach for my camera.
I feel that I have been given a special gift at this time in my life. When I was in college, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and I have been living with the effects of this chronic illness for a very long time. Three years ago I started a new medication that has helped my Crohn's go into remission. It was during this time that I started photography and, believe it or not, martial arts!
This year, God-willing, I will be turning 40 and getting my black belt. While I am in remission, I also hope to expand my photography and acquire the skills that will enable me to capture more beauty and touch more lives. Thank you for the opportunity to do so, Amy. I think Jane would be proud.
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
After 3 years of using my Nikon d80, I am upgrading to a new camera. I have done a lot of reading and research and have decided to invest in the Nikon d700. I am particularly excited about its ability to take pictures in low light. If you are familiar with the fabulous Miz Booshay, this is the camera she uses.
I want to give a shout out to MrMama, my husband. He has given me the opportunity to pursue my passion for photography and has been incredibly supportive and encouraging from the moment I told him I wanted to get my first camera. I couldn't do what I do without him.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I must return to pressing my nose up against the window. I don't want to miss the UPS truck!
Monday, March 01, 2010
That's OK. Personally, I love chunky little babies. Mine were both 9 1/2 lbs and there is just something about those cheeks and those folds and those chubby little toes!
While we're waiting for Baby to arrive, drool with me over some of my favorite baby pictures on Flickr.
And, after I get some pictures, I want to show you the neat baby props I found!