Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Just a couple to share.....
OK, don't laugh....I'm still doing Amanda's workshop! BWWAAHHHH! It was suppose to be for 4 weeks but I've been slacking lately and she's been so cool about it. I'm sitting my booty down and finishing the next assignment, one of the ones that I've been looking forward to doing...wish me luck! =)
Also, I just wanted to mention the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I can't believe it's been a year....it seems like yesterday I was glued to CNN watching everything unfold. WOW!! I cried my eyes out for days and finally just had to turn the T.V. off. I'm floored that the clean-up is so slow and the people that need the money don't get it. And don't get me started on Insurance companies! I for one felt, and still do, our government has failed them. But I will say that there are a lot of strong people there...if I endured what they had too and lost everything, I don't think I could go back...so kudos to them. I hope one day they can be at peace and will NEVER have to go through something like that again.
Friday, August 25, 2006
And finally onto the questions.....what 3 days later?
Ok Girlie,I've recently been turned on to your blog...and I LOVE it! Beautiful Work! And as I am currently researching new cameras and software...here's an easy question:What Camera and software do you use???
I have a Canon 20D and I use Photoshop CS. I have 2 lens that I LOVE....the 85mm 1.8 and the 30mm 1.4.
Love the new picture of Grace!And here's a question I've been wondering about for a while...do you plan on having anymore children?I hope that's not too personal and if it is, ignore me, lol!
LOL Leah.....I bet we have a few Grandparents here that would like to know the same thing! =) I go back and forth on it.....I have my days that I think just having one is all I can handle and other days (like when she started Kindergarten), I would love another one. I love that she's at the age where she's self-sufficient, plus watching Sam 4 days a week...I think I'm good with just one. =)
I just started lurking and learning at ILP, and you are my favorite photographer, I love your style!I remember reading you usually shoot in Av mode, what aperture do you usually use, and how do you get such great focus when Gracie is moving?And where did you get the "G" plaque on her wall? I want one!
Thank you so much! =) I almost always shot in manual indoors but outside.....it's all AV for me. I have a hard time with sun so I let my camera choose my shutters and I can pick my aperture. I love to shoot wide open.....I usually stay around 1.8-2.2 but the ones of Gracie wearing the wings that I just posted....those are at 3.5 (I didn't check it...OOPPS). I also choose my focal points...I don't rely on my camera to choose them for me especially when shooting wide open. And the "G" plaque....that is so funny! I think if I could find out where they get the plates and I could semi write that good, I'd be one rich woman. I've had so many people ask me about it. =) I got it a place around here that is a huge flea market that they hold once a month. It's called First Monday Trade Days of Canton and I'm hoping to go back soon once the weather cools down and I will definitely get their card and post their info. I only paid $7 bucks for that baby too. =) You gotta love that!
I have been "lurking" on your blog for a while after discovering your photos at 2Ps and ILP. I absolutely love your photos!! I recently bought a digital SLR camera and am wanting to learn more about photography, especially shooting in manual, but need all the help I can get. My question is: How did you learn what you know about photography, particularly your camera, manual, settings, etc? Self taught? Classes? Advice for beginners?
Thanks too Amy. =) You know what magazine really made things click for me? Better Homes and Garden's Scrapbooks, Etc. Photography...simple steps to better photos. It talks about ss, aperture and ISO and how it's all related. I'll admit, my manual was Greek to me at first until I got that magazine and it put it all together for me. Then I would choose something to work on and read and reread the manual and practice until I think I got it. Also ILP and 2Peas have a wonderful source of information and a ton of people that are ready and willing to help you out and answer questions. The only class I took (I'm still taking) is Amanda Keeys Creative Mentorship....I love it. I feel I'm weak at seeing a shot so her assignments are helping me with that. I also got in on the ILP Mentor buddy list and I was lucky to get paired up with Angela Calderon. She took on about 5 or 6 of us and just started a forum. =) My best advice to give you is to practice, post your photos and ask for cc. Seeing things from a fresh pair of eyes makes a huge difference. =)
Brenda..Just a quick question: will you fly over and photograph my kids?? I love your style. Everybody says it and take it as a reflection of what you have achieved this past year! Well done!!!
Don't tease me Frederique! LOL!! What I wouldn't give for that opportunity only if you photographed Gracie! =) I'm not sure if I've ever told you this but I stalked you on 2Peas...you were one of my favs and when you would reply to one of my photos.....it felt like a I just got an autograph from my favorite celebrity! =) It means a ton to me that you said that....thank you so much! =)
ok so what size pants do you wear? LOL! just kidding! how did you get so good at photography? what camera and lens do you use? are you a sahm? when are you coming to Chicago? I want to meet YOU! how did you name your kids? after someone? what is your fav color?what's your fave place to shop?
BWWHHAAA! Thanks Tara! =) OK, this may be TMI but what the heck! =) Pant size....depending on where I get them, between a 4 and 6. Next one....see the first post. =) Yeppers, I'm a SAHM....with a side business of watching Sam. =) I would LOVE to come to Chicago....my hubby actually has relatives that live 2 hours a way....don't think I won't show up on your doorstep! Grace was named after her Great Grandmother on her daddy's side that pasted away when his father was just a toddler and after my Grandmother's middle name. Plus, when I hear the name Grace...I think of Grace Kelly, so it was a win win situation. She almost was a Ryan instead but we settle on that for her middle name because if people didn't know us and we said the name Ryan, I think they would have thought it was a boy. My favorite color is green and I love to shot at Gap and Nordstroms but lately it's been Old Navy and Target. =)
How much did you know about photography when you 1st started out? I went back to the beginning of you on ILP and it seems like you've been strong at it for a year now. I'm not very far from you at all, would you ever consider giving lessons? I just LOVE your work!!!!!!!!!
Absolutely nothing! Seriously! I had a little P&S that I used before my DSLR and I hated it. I didn't want to learn any about it because I really just hated it. When Grady decided to get me the DSLR he made me promise to learn it and not just go by the seat of my pants. =) Giving lessons...now that's new! You know....like when people ask for cc and I feel that I can give it to them I will but I know there is so much more for me to learn, so I usually just comment on if I as a customer would like the photos KWIM? And like the mentor thing that was going on with ILP....I felt caught in the middle. I could help some but needed help. =)
Your blog is normally the first one I read. I love your work and Gracie is beautiful! My question to you is... when and how did you get started. And how long have you been at it?Again your pictures are awesome and a true work of art.
Thank you so much Marla. I actually found 2Peas I think back in June 2005 and lurked on ILP. I've seen some amazing photos of people using a P&S but I knew that I couldn't do it.....I'll admit with me, I give a lot of credit (99% of it) to my camera and my lens. =) I got my DSLR in January 2006 and I've been non-stop every since. It's so addicting and rewarding at the same time. =)
OK, I'll play. I love your work, think you get a very lovely pure look. Why haven't you branched out to doing other people (kids) and get paid for your wonderful talent? Is it not an interest for you, or do you feel like you are still learning, or just that you like keeping it a hobby for now?You certainly have more than enough talent to do so, so I was wondering :)
Christie.....I just want to make sure I'm constant and can produce good images. I'm definitely going to do it...I've given myself a deadline of until December to finally put myself out there. I can't explain it....something was holding me back but I feel I get a wee bit stronger each day that I pull it out. Also, I feel I can do posed shots, but I want to be able to just follow the kiddos, let them be and do what they do best and see the image. Those day to day photos are what I love, so I'm striving to do that. =)
Okay..so I dont have a "real" question..but I would love to KNOW what you look like. hint hint..self portrait...p.s. dont feel dumb..I tried to upload to blogger (photos) and it took me 4 days!! If that isnt frustrating!!!!I also would love to know how you keep in focus..when Gracie is going a 100 mph...oh.and when is the next kiddo coming?
Self portrait huh.....I like a little mystery don't you? LOL!! OK, you all twisted my arm...I'll let Gracie take some of me and then I can blame her on how bad I look. LOL!! =) A fast lens....I'd be a gonner without one. =)
Thanks nettifer! =)
Ohhh a question eh...Lots of good ones have already been asked... What time do you go to bed at night? Are you a night owl?Whats your favorite color combination?What is your favorite outfit to photograph miss Gracie in?
I go to bed early and if I can sleep in that's even better! But Gracie has gotten up between 6 am-7 am from day one so if I can get to bed my 9:00, I'm one happy camper. =) My fav color comb is pinkish rose and chocolate brown....I'm thinking about redoing Gracie's room with that. =) My fav outfit to photography Gracie in......that's easy....a tutu and angel wings. =) I'm sure you guys are sick of seeing her in those. LOL!!
wow, i'm glad I'm not the only one who thought of this: self portrait!! :)I love your work, Brenda - I'd love any tips and tricks you can share about how you learned and grew as a photographer. :)
Man, you guys are brutal.....I'll post a photo....just don't be disappointed when you see it. =) As far as the tips....make sure you're exposure is good. That saves a lot of heartache and not to mention the time and effort you do in Photoshop. =) Metering, especially in backlighting....it's awesome and again save you alot of time. Join a photog board and just read posts after post. And of course....show your photos and ask for help when you need it. Like I said, there are a ton of people on boards that LOVE to help others out. I was lucky from the beginning that a couple of wonderful photographer kinda took me under their wing and help guided me. I also have some awesome photog friends both local and on-line that I talk to on a daily basis that we chat about this and that and we encourage each other. I think when people help you out, they love to see someone grow that they've worked with....it's a great accomplishment for you and them too. =)
Marie....thanks sweet! I think you need to do a 20 question thing on your blog (hint-hint)! =)
here's one, not about photography, but something I love to know about everyone...how did you and your hubby meet?
Get this....a blind date! You see, sometimes they do work out! A close friend of mine set us up, I think she convinced him to do it because she told him I looked like Janine Turner from Northern Exposure (I had a short pixie hair cut at that time). =) And I don't look like her and he'd tell you the same thing. LOL!!
OK...I can't wait to hear your answers on all of the photography related questions!!! I love your work!So here's a fun question not relating to photography. What's your favorite kid friendly recipe for weekday meals?
Well seeing that Gracie is the pickiest kid on the planet...she's never tasted a hamburger and not to mention I'm a bad cook (the microwave is my best friend), I have no kid's recipes for ya. =) She lives on McDonald's Happy Meals, chocolate pankcakes and bunch of other stuff that aren't good for her....thank goodness for vitamins! =)
OK, I think that's it....thanks everyone for playing along and excuse the misspelled words too! =)
Have a wonderful fill-fulled weekend! =)
My new calling........
Lots to talk about! =)
So, we loaded up and went to the fair last night to check out the photos and have a little fun. I received first place in the people colored category with this one.....
And second place in the people b/w category! =)
That threw me for a bit of a loop....I so thought that one was going to be my best bet! =) I only entered 2 instead of 4 (Jen, if your reading this, sorry)! I went ahead and had 4 printed but when I got them back....I had to crop them as a 8x10 and I thought they lost a lot of impact....ie: Gracie looking in her closet and reading a book on her bed....they just seemed blah afterwards.
So we hung out a bit and rode some rides. Gracie of course rode the Merry-Go-Round and the Sit-n-Spin (if that's what it's called). She had fun but we shouldn't have kept her out so long with her being sick....she's better but still has a wet nasty cough. =(
I've got more but it's not letting me upload anymore. To be continued! =)
Thursday, August 24, 2006
I could have never imaged that this blog would have lead me to 2 wonderful product shoots and an awesome group of blogger friends! =)
Well, just a quick update....Gracie is still sick! This morning she threw up on the floor (she didn't make it in time to the bathroom) and not within a span of 5-10 minutes...Scout came in a left a present at my feet (and not the kind that comes out of the behind). I guess those 2 are n-sync with each other! All I have to say is that that is another reason to chalk up for getting hardwoods! =) Anywho, her temperature has come down and she's been acting a little more like her squirrelly self this morning so it looks like she's beating it. Now I just hope no one else gets it. =)
Here's a couple that I took a week or so ago...I just now got to looking at them. The first one is my little shadow and yes the culprit of the gift this morning! =) He can be the cutest little thing until he runs in Gracie's room and snags a Barbie or a doll and runs off with it (this morning's victim was a Care Bear, may he rest in peace)....that little bugger is one quick puppy! =)
And what would a post be without some photos of Gracie? =) And one in color.....it's a miracle! LOL!!
I just got some cool storyboards and some digi scrapping stuff that I'm dying to play around with....but I promise I'll get to the questions later today...right now my bed is calling my name (another long one last night).
Thanks again to every that takes the time to come here....it means so much to me. Did I say WOW already? =)
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
I've got a sick little kidlet today!
Anywho, just sharing one from a while ago...I passed it up for some reason and I just saw it again....a good reason not to delete any photo right of the bat! =)
Monday, August 21, 2006
What the Heck?
I seriously don't have anything to say.......
So, nothing new or major is going on around here....Gracie LOVES school, so it's just Sam and I during the day. I figured I play a game that I got from Jen and Tara. It's 20 questions....if any of you guys have any questions for me....nows the time! Not that I know anything or you guys are so interested in my life, but I thought, what the heck, I'll give it a whirl! =) So ask away and don't make me look pathetic, please ask something....if it's something like what size pants to you wear? LOL!! =)
Thursday, August 17, 2006
I don't have a witty title! =)
First off, Gracie LOVES school and she has yet to crash when she gets home...very surprising to me (although she a minor meltdown this morning which consisted of brushing her hair...long story, I won't bore you). =) The first thing she does when she gets home is to lay out her clothes for the next day and you should see some of the outfits she puts together. =) BBWWAAAHHHH!
I went and got my eyes dilated today....that is some funky stuff they put in your eyes! It seemed 3 hours later when I went to pick Gracie up, the sun was even brighter then when I left the office....lets just say I'm lucky I live close. =) I've got to go to a specialist....my left eye is all funky and shaped all weird which is a sign of glaucoma so she wants to watch that. It also could be from trauma that happened to that eye when I was in a car wreck many many years ago. I'm hoping that's the case, but they want to make sure. =)
OK, I have to talk about the Ramsey case.....that guy is ODD (and that's a nice way to put it). Can you believe it's been 10 years ago? Honestly, I thought the parents were involved....they never really cried about it and it seems to me that they loved the spotlight a little to much. I really hope that this guy did it and he's off the streets but from what I'm hearing on CNN and what he's saying, I don't think he did....I think he wants the attention. It's just weird IMO. Anywho, if they find out he didn't do it, hopefully they can lock him up, he's got some major issues and it just floors me that he's a 2nd grade teacher and was applying for another job.
So I'll end with some photos with backlighting. I was talking to Molly (another photog friend) on the phone the other day and we got on the subject when/if you go to a customers house and you can't get any good light. I got off the phone with her and I thought to myself...well, if all else fails, stick them in a window! =)
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Anyone in the mood for "moody?"
A different conversion...I have no idea what I did! I'm usually not a fan of muddy tones, but I've seen it done so well (Tina Louise on ILP), I had to give it a whirl. =)
Bummer that I cut her feeties off....I need to crop it up, I'm being lazy! =)
Just playing with light some...trying out new things! What do you guys think...too dark for your taste? It's so not my style but I keep coming back to it. =)
Monday, August 14, 2006
And so she's growing up.....
So anywho...thanks again everyone! It means a ton...and you're cheaper than a shrink! LOL!
Friday, August 11, 2006
"One Million Dollars!"
This reminds me of Dr. Evil in Austin Powers....except it's not with the pinky! =) OK, I know, I'm in lala land sometimes, I admit it. =)
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
I know what you're thinking.....
I had to show you this one.....if you tell Sam to "kiss my butt"....she will! =)
More like bite it instead! OUCH!!
Monday, August 07, 2006
Friday, August 04, 2006
As requested by Jen.......
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Another lazy day.....
I'm trying to really nail my exposure everytime so little missy let me practice on her if I gave her some Spree candy after we were done....I said it was a deal.
So, this is a new fav of mine...I know I have a new fav every week, you're probably sick of hearing that. =) But seeing how many pictures I take of her, you would understand. =)
Anywho, another boring day around here...nothing major to report. =)
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Nothing major is going on today.....
OK, I just had to post this......a future in the plumbing business maybe?
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Hissy Fit City!
Gracie just had a bad day today...I think she's tired and she refuses to lay down and take a nap....Heaven forbid she might miss something. Anywho...I got her in the tub and she just lost it! She was mad at me because I didn't use the right shampoo....you heard it, I didn't use the Strawberry Shortcake shampoo. Shame on me! I couldn't even rinse the rest of the shampoo out of her hair, isn't that lovely? =)
It's times like this that I'm darn ready for her to go to school.