Monday, October 4, 2010

Jack turns 2!

Maddie's best friend Jack is turning two on Saturday! This kid is so smart and funny, and we love hanging out with him. I was very excited to take Jack's 2 year pictures, and he didn't disappoint! You would think he was 5, not 2, based on how well he followed directions and posed for the camera!

My goal with this session was to get 15-20 good pictures to share with Jack's family. But he was so cooperative, that I think I am going to end up with double that amount! Here's a sneak peek of Jack's cuteness:

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Thanks for such a fun session Jack!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I Heart Faces- Smirk


This week's I Heart Faces photo challenge: Smirk

Luckily Maddie doesn't smirk a lot (YET!), but I caught this little face during her 2 year photo shoot. She was soooo over taking pictures, lol!

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Don't forget to check out the I Heart Faces website to see
all of the wonderful entries!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Trendy Treehouse- Bloopers/Outtakes

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This week's Trendy Treehouse topic is Bloopers/Outtakes! Last week Maddie was playing in her baby pool in the yard, and there were SO many gnats out. I guess it's better than mosquitos, but they were driving Maddie crazy, especially when they buzzed in her ears. This picture cracks me up b/c I know a gnat was buzzing in her ear when I took it!

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Head on over to Trendy Treehouse to see other great entries celebrating bloopers!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Wish list

From time to time, I see camera gear/accessories that I think are really cool. So I'm going to start a post and make link to it on my sidebar so I can add to it and not forget anything. And that way, when we win the lottery, I will have everything linked up and ready to go. Or ya know, if you are independently wealthy and think I'm extra cool, feel free to send me lots of gifts :P.

I think I'll start with "holy moly, I just hit it big in Vegas" items, and work my way down to "been collecting couch change for a while" items.

1. Canon 7D
2. Tamron 28-75mm, f/2.8
3. Sigma 30mm f/1.4
4. Canon 85mm f/1.8
5. Canon 50mm f/1.4
6. Canon Speedlite 430EX
7. Lightscoop
8. Camera Strap
9. Kingston Memory Card Reader

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Some favorites

I wanted to take a little break from challenge posts (though I love those!) and post a few of my favorite photos that I've taken in the last month or so. I share lots of Maddie pictures on my regular blog, but I wanted to share some of my best photographs, not just the snapshots (although I certainly treasure those just as much).

I figure this will help build my confidence to see some of my best photos from the last few weeks. And if I can do it every few weeks, it will be nice to see how my skills are progressing too! I'm going to try and start taking photos of people other than Maddie on a more regular basis. Although I love taking pictures of her (I mean I LOVE it...seriously, sometimes I have to make myself leave my camera at home b/c she's just so cute I want to constantly shoot her!), I want to challenge myself a bit more and work with other people and settings too.

So, without further ado, here's what I've been shooting this last month! CC and advice is always welcome.

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Fix It Friday, 9/3/10

Fix it Friday time again!



Here is the original picture:
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Here are my edits. The first one is a clean edit, the second is a bit more stylized. I prefer the 2nd, as usual, lol! I opened this photo up in ACR, upped the fill light and recovery, and upped the vibrance a little bit. Then I opened it in PSE, cropped, and boosted the contrast a bit. I thought their skin still looked a little underexposed (since they were backlit in this shot), so I ran a Screen layer, masked out everything and then painted on their skin at a low opacity.

WDYT? It looks a little oversaturated to me, maybe I should have left the vibrance alone in ACR.

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For the 2nd edit, I kept all the changes from my first edit, then ran PW's Seventies action at around 40-50% opacity.

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Thanks for checking out my edits!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Trendy Treehouse- Laughter

ShutterLoveTuesdays

This week's Trendy Treehouse topic is Laughter! There is a LOT of laughter in our home, but I find that it is very difficult to capture on camera- usually b/c I'm too busy enjoying the moment, which is just fine by me.

So today I warmed up my tickle fingers and attempted to get some laughing photos of Mads. A laughing toddler is VERY hard to capture while tickling. I think this shot captures both her laughter and her movement! As her mommy, I definitely love this picture.

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Head on over to Trendy Treehouse to see other great entries celebrating laughter!