Monday, January 31, 2011

Sweet Shot---Me or the bee?

Have you ever taken a self portrait? Other than taking a picture of myself in a mirror so that you see me with the camera in hand, I have not taken a self portrait. I guess that would be more of a self snapshot. I know there are people who take amazing self portraits. I wonder how they do it. It is quite hard. Not only does one need a tripod or some other sturdy local for your camera, but you need to utilize the self timer or a remote clicker (what is the technical name?) I only have my timer to rely on. But technical stuff aside, that isn't the hardest part. I didn't have anyone posing me. No one told me how to stand, sit or where to place my hands. Not only did I need to get my camera settings right, but I needed to get ME right. I set up in the back yard. I am so thankful for the old worn playhouse in the back. It was the perfect backdrop. The light was great today. I was showered, dressed, and ready. I'd take a picture, check it, repose, take, check...on and on until I felt like I got at least one photo that I liked. I desperately hoped no one was looking out their window wondering what on earth I was doing. It is definitely a whole new experience being behind the camera and in front of it at the same time! You should try it sometime. So, want to see?

Two things I have noticed...I am looking more and more like my mother, and I am really going gray.
See more sweet shots here:

Sweet Shot Day

PS---the bee. I am so thrilled to have a 60mm f2.8 macro lens. I am loving it. Here is what I captured today while on a walk with my husband.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Scripture and a Snapshot---Rainbow!

I saw the most glorious bright rainbow on Friday. You should have seen me running to my car to get my camera, hoping I wouldn't slip and fall in the mud.  I didn't have time to change lens and adjust settings. I knew that these are fleeting, there one minute gone the next.  I was wishing for a wide angle lens.  This was just a portion of a full rainbow.  We don't see very many full rainbows around here.  I was glad to have a photo for this weeks scripture and a snapshot.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sweet Shot---Baby Bump

Sunday was a sweet young mama's baby shower. She has a little boy who is one and now is preparing for the arrival for her sweet baby girl.  It was so fun showering her with love and gifts for the baby.  It was also a joy to take her outside and get a few shots of that baby bump.

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Sweet Shot Day

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I Heart Faces--Innocent Wonder

I'm entering this photos in iheartfaces link up this week. I think it fits. I love his expression.

Monday, January 10, 2011

I Heart Faces---Smile!

I thought I'd enter my first attempt at a newborn photo session in the smile category at iheartfaces this week.  This is my friends sweet baby girl that was born on Sunday last week.  She was 6 days old when I took this.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Sweet Shot-Newborn Sweetness

My friend just had a sweet baby girl. I begged her to let me take newborn pictures. Today I went to her house with high hopes of capturing something similar to all the lovely newborn portraits I see all over the web...the ones on all those pro photo blog/websites.  Well, I didn't quite get what I was hoping for.  This little girl was oh so precious.  However, as soon as I unwrapped her in her slumber, she woke up and would have nothing to do with me wanting to take pictures of her. It seemed she cried every time I pointed the camera her way.  She wanted her binkie, and as soon as she fell back asleep we'd take the binkie out and within seconds she was crying again.  So I didn't get to try all the different poses and looks I was hoping for. I had limited time today and I didn't want her to be in distress.  It was a great experience and I learned a lot.  I did struggle with the lighting, getting my exposure right and avoiding shadows. But there are just a few gems in the bunch. Here they are:

Sweet Shot Day

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sweet Shot-fashion shoot

I took my friends sweet daughter out for a mini photo shoot on Friday.  She had the cutest outfit on. I love how well it looks in the foliage.  We've had a break on the rain and the winter light is fabulous.

Sweet Shot Day

What's your sweet shot?

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Yesterday was one of the funnest New Year's eve celebrations we've had as a family.  We went to the snow!  I grew up taking lots of family trips to the snow. I skied all through my teenage and young adult years. I love it. Sadly the outrageous prices have deterred our family from being able to enjoy this winter activity.  I think for years I felt like if we couldn't ski there was no point in going to the snow. Can you believe that my children have never had a trip to the snow and have never sledded?  Nope, not until yesterday. We picked up a friend and drove up the mountain.  It was a very cold day and we had to put chains on the car but skies were clear and beautiful. 

We all had so much fun!  What a rush!  See for yourself~

Yep, there I am...I did put the camera down (not in the snow, around hubby's neck) so I could take a few runs down the hill.  It was a great way to ring in the new year!