Saturday, February 22, 2014
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Sometimes it's not about a fancy set up or matching clothes, but about capturing that moment in a busy day. I am blessed. Blessed with the love of my life...Thank You God for guiding me into his path 28 years ago...and blessed he is the father of our 2 awesome boys. For all our struggles the last few years, we ARE doing something right! Well mannered and polite, they will be heartbreakers! And those eyes just kill me.
Thank you for being an AMAZING dad! Happy Father's Day!
Monday, January 21, 2013
Thursday, October 25, 2012
to my baby...errr....big kid. Where oh where have the last 12 years gone?! It makes me want to cry, but I see glimpses of the man he's going to become and it warms my heart...and still makes me want to cry.
I finally got a good shot of these monster eyelashes! I know many that would KILL for eyelashes that long! And I wonder why I have such a hard time getting a good shot of his pretty eyes!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Behind again...what else is new?! But motherhood to me means spending time with your kids, doing what they like to do. This was the first one of the set that I took when we spent the afternoon together. Somehow I missed it...not sure how, as those eyes just reach out and grab you!
Dear Hunter...please quit growing! ;(
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Hunter participates each year in the schools A.R. program. Accelerated Reader is a program of earning points for books read. They read age appropriate books...so kids in 5th grade are not reading books at a 1st grade level, just to get points. Younger kids read books that are a .5-1.0 level and they go up from there. You start reading at the beginning of the year and the cut off is the end of April and you have to earn 100 points. They have rewards for getting to certain levels. Lunch with your friend in the courtyard, lunch at your teachers desk, A.R. banquet, etc...with the ultimate reward being the mystery trip.
At the end of March, Hunter had 68 points. He knew he wasn't going to make the mystery trip, but he was still reading. He decided to read The Hunger Games, because his brother did and because it was worth 15 points. He read that book in about 2 weeks and earned a 100 on the test. (I should of mentioned the points are based on tests you take after you read each book. If you don't get a 100, you don't get the full point value.) So, he was up to 83.0 points. He still had 2 weeks until the cutoff, so he decided HE COULD DO IT! He read a quick small book and got it to 85 points. Now all he had to do was read book 2 of The Hunger Games and if he made 100, he would be right at 100. And he was just shy of 2 weeks until the cutoff date. This child read and read and read. Every time I looked up, he was reading in his kindle. (Again, best gift ever!) He finished up 3 days before the cutoff and went to school to take his test. He didn't make 100 on the test...he missed 1, so he was at 98 points. Never one to give up, he read a couple smaller books and found his way to 100 points that same day and earned the mystery trip. So PROUD of him!
(The mystery trip is a mystery. No one knows where they are going, until they get there. They are given hints as to what to wear/bring, but it's always a surprise. I think I have figured out where they are going based on the hint this year, so we'll see if I'm right or not. :)
Friday was Hunters 1/2 day out of school reward. He really wanted to go fishing, but daddy had to work and I was a little busy too, so I surprised him with lunch at the cafe. He's always asking to go there, so I figured he'd like that. (Check out those eyelashes! )
Afterwards we walked home to wait for the cable guy, that ended up cancelling. And since Maison was going to the movies with the church and daddy was working late, I also surprised him with a trip to his favorite fishing hole. It was a nice (warm) evening...and cooler outside than in the house, so that was an added benefit...he was excited he was catching fish and I was excited by the awesome lighting, which really popped his eyes. I did nothing them, it was all natural. The 2nd picture the sun was almost set, so you can tell his eyes are not as bright. Still beautiful though. :)
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I read a tutorial yesterday that was posted on another
blog and it was like a "lightbulb" moment! Holy cow,
I "get" it. "It" is FULL manual mode on my camera.
Not just Aperture mode, full manual mode. Set
everything before taking the picture. Metering for
light, dark and everything in between. Then setting
your f/stop and hoping it all works! :) I have been
studying a lot of portraits and the bright sunlight works
with skin tones...FULL MANUAL MODE! I had to
bribe the kids...well not Hunter, he's a ham, but Maison
wouldn't do it, so I caught him when he wasn't looking.
It has changed the way I take pictures...AGAIN! I
It has changed the way I take pictures...AGAIN! I
L.O.V.E learning something new that's going to really
make a difference in HOW I take pictures! Here's what
I took tonight.
slight crop, brighten eyes and walaaa,
no adjusting light!
Not as noticable, but I'm amazed at how
easy it was once it was explained
in plain ol' english!
rock on little dude!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
I was cleaning up some of my picture folders and deleting
until my heart was content. (It's not like I can keep all
my pictures...good or bad...they fill up a hard drive pretty
quickly.) But as I was going to delete a really, really
bad picture, something caught my eye and told
me to start playing around with it. If it still didn't
make me happy, the trash bin was waiting...
and I'm N.O.T afraid to use it!
I thought about posting the bad picture, but then you
wouldn't think that all the pictures I take are magnificant!
VERY few pictures that come straight out of the camera
(anyone's camera) DON'T need a little "tweaking".
And most just require a simple contrast. (Or at least mine do.)
I don't like too much "extra"...I want them to look almost like
what I saw when I took them. This one was different.
And it's a Keeper, with a capital K!
See what I mean?!