Sunday, April 22, 2007

From yesterday...

We didn't throw a big shin-dig for Gracie's B'day because we are taking her to Disney World but we did have family over for cupcakes, ice cream and presents. Here's just a couple.....

Sam was keepin' close watch on the cupcakes!

And feeding the baby...

Can you tell I LOVE BACKLIGHTING? =)
I don't think I'm going to take my camera to Disney World....I'll just stick with my point and shoot. It scares the heck out of me if I dropped it and I feel I wouldn't be able to enjoy the whole "Magical" experience because I'd be so worried about it. But in the same sentence, I know I'm going to kick myself later for not having it and I'll keep thinking of all the shots I could get so much better if I had it....ARRGGHHHHRRRRGGG!!! Anyone got any advice for me?


Anonymous jenny said...

Happy Birthday, Gracie!
(I can't believe she is 6 already!)

The photo of Sam peeking over the table makes me laugh.

We are going on a family vacation in a month & I am thinking of buying a backpack camera bag for my gear? I am nervous about taking it through the airport.

I think I would really regret leaving it at home.

If you rent a stroller (which I highly recommend) for Gracie at DisneyWorld, it would be helpful to have a place to stow your camera bag.

Have fun!
I can't wait to see pictures from your trip. :)

12:01 PM  
Anonymous cynthia said...

love that one of sam peeking over the table...too cute !

we went to disney for the first time back in february...LOVED IT ! by the way...and i was the same as you, scared to death of something happening to my xt, but i had a new zoom and didn't want to miss a thing ! i left it around my neck the entire trip and would not have traded that for the world! i took over 800 pics and they were almost all in auto...what i didn't want to do was miss a shot fooling with my camera settings...i don't regret that ! so whatever you decide just remember to have fun with it ! it took alot of stress away for me ! have fun..we can't wait to get back and don't forget to rent a stroller...very helpful ! can't wait to see some pics from your trip !

1:19 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Happy Birthday, Gracie!!!! Everything looks gorgeous, Brenda...hope you had fun, 10 more years and it will be Sweet Sixteen!!! Have fun at disney, and I'm sure you'll have gorgeous photo and everyone of us will want to go to Disney too because it will look 10 times fun in your eyes. Hope you have enough rest today.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous stacy said...

I understand just wanting to take something small is DISNEY...I personally think that you will want to bring the 'magic' home. Maybe you could take your camera and just one lens. Something small like the 50mm 1.4. Buy a small camera case and just tote it around. That is what I would do.
Happy Birthday Gracie!!!

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Shelly said...

Happy birthday! Beautiful images, and you have a knack for backlighting!

For what it's worth, I took my camera along to Disney World and wished that I hadn't. When you're trying to get on and off rides and moving around with it, it was sort of a pain to have. Always worried I was going to bump it into something when I carried it on my shoulder, and if I had it packed up in a camera bag then I couldn't get to it quick enough when I wanted to grab a snapshot of the kids on a ride. So you'll do just fine with a P&S in the park!

2:35 PM  
Blogger NmB said...

I took my Rebel XT and was really glad I was able to get a wide-open aperture to take food shots and some blurred action shots with a slower shutter speed. I only took my 50mm (it's really light) and my 70-200 which I shot with all the time outside. I carried the camera around my neck and the extra lens in our back pack. I was also able to get some decent fireworks shots this way.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Kathryn said...

I would take your camera with you... I have left my "big" camera home in fear of something happening to it and thought I would be happy with just a P&S... only later to regret it. It is Disney World you will want to have some really great shots to remember it!
Hope you have fun!
Happy Birthday Gracie!!!!!!

6:06 PM  
Blogger Joy Kaminski said...

Ok, I know I'm going against the grain here....
But I say, just take your point and shoot and ENJOY your trip! Memories are memories...YOU are a great photographer so you'll capture the memories no matter what you're shooting with. Or if you really want to take it...maybe come back and get it for the parade, or bring it out for an hour or so, and run it back on the monorail. When we went, I felt SADDLED with it all day, afraid of dropping it, dumping it, or having it stolen. Not to mention the pressure of ALWAYS wanting to get EVERY SHOT!!!! lol Ah, either way, have a great time....Happy Birthday Gracie!

7:22 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Okay, I just need to ask, is little Sam your daughter? Your work is amazing and that little Gracie wil be America's next top model in about 10 years. She sure knows how to "work" that camera! Happy Birthday, Gracie!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Happy Birthday Gracie! I love the picture of Sam peeking over the table.

We are also going to Disney this summer and I have been debating whether or not to take my camera. I honestly think I will take it, just to use around the hotel and pool, but I'll use my point and shoot in the parks. If anything happened to it I'd be I don't want to carry it around all day! Most importantly, I know that if I take my good camera, I will walk around the park worrying about photos all the time. On the other hand, if I stick with my point and shoot, I will actually watch my children and enjoy the park much more. Sure, I may miss a spectacular photo opporunity, but that won't even compare to spending a magical moment with my kids at Disney. (WOW - I sound like a cheezy Disney commercial, don't I?)

8:21 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Hi Brenda

I love the one of Sam peeking over the table!

My advice for Disney is insure your camera (I'm sure it's probably already insured) and take it with you. You'll regret it if you don't. I'm so glad I took mine last year

Chris (aka wonkeygirl)

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Frederique said...

Take it! I had the same dilemna when I went to Paris. I had to travel light because we'd carry our bag along for quite a bit of the trip and I just debated for ever...I then decided to take a multi purpose lense (my 50mm, not my favorite) on my 5D. I did not take many shots but so happy for the ones I got. So bite the bullet and take your 30D. What did it with me: I bought a really handy backpack where I could store my 5D in at times when I was not needing it. That prevented having it round my neck at all times which is exactly what I did not want....
Great pictures and a birthday hug to Gracie..

4:26 AM  
Anonymous carrie said...

oh, look at gracie...what a cutie. and, that shot of sam peeking over the table - AWESOME. you're really great with the backlighting. me, not so good - i need to work on that more ;)

i say take your camera - i think you'd regret not having it. i always take a little tote that i can literally drop my camera into. i had a backback on one trip, but it was such a hassle to constantly take off my back, unzip, put camera in, etc....and the whole routine again just to grab the camera for a shot. easy accessability is key. have a GREAT time at disneyworld. how fun!

xo, c

9:07 AM  
Blogger AmyC said...

Oh, Brenda! I can definitely tell that you LOVE backlighting, and I can see ROCK the backlit shots! Seriously! You were my inspiration for trying it back in the day when I first tried it. I still need lots of work on it, but I'm growing a fondness for it because of YOU!

That second photo of Sam made me LOL! Too funny!

As for taking your camera to's a tough choice. I totally know what you mean about having a fear of something happening to it. But, I think I'd take it. I'm so obsessive these days that I just KNOW I'd be ticked at myself later for NOT taking it, kwim? Plus, if something happens to it, you'll just HAVE to replace it, right? Maybe with an upgrade? ;-) LOL! That's the way I look at things!

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Florida and always take my rebel xt I have a smaller bag for it so I have it cushioned around by neck. We go about 6 times a year and luckily have never had anything happen. Just use common sense and you will see the great pictures you get especially at night and during the fireworks. I scrapbook and people always comment on my disney night photos. They say they look like postcards from disney. Have fun Yvette PS I love your work

4:45 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Okay, we went to Disneyland for a few days and I left my camera in the hotel room. I WISH that I would have just brought it - even for just half of a day to get some great pictures. My little point and shoot didn't cut it for me. We won't go back for a few more years, but I will definitely take it for at least a little while next time!

Happy Birthday, Miss Gracie! I've GOT to take that lighting class!

8:24 PM  
Blogger said...

I love your backlit photos. Care to share your camera settings? Great photography! Very inspiring!

9:55 PM  
Blogger Tina Parker said...

Happy B-lated birthday Gracie, I hope you had a wonderful day!!!
You are one lucky lil girl to be able to go to Disney, say Hi to Mickey for me!!!

Could you rent a camera for the trip? if not, I would prolly take the p&s (after all it's not the camera ;) you took some amaizing photos with your p&s and I'm sure you would do wonders with it again!!
Lil Sam is way to cute looking over the table like that- I can just see her standing on her itty bitty tippy toes trying to see the goodies!!!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Thank you everyone! I think I'm going to leave it....I'm obsessive about it and I don't think I'll have a good time because I'll be worried about it or that I'll want to get that perfect shot. And I'm afraid to leave it in the hotel....seriously, it's my second said is that? LOL!! The p&s it's been forever since I've used it.....I need some practice! LOL!!

7:36 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Oh those are so cute!

10:04 AM  
Blogger Rochelle Oleson said...

Love these three pictures. Your work blows me away ever time. You are very inspiring. Love your work!

Happy B-day Gracie!

enjoy seeing all the pictures you've taken of her in the past two years. She has a spunky personality from what the pictures show.

I took my camera to Disney land two years ago. I dropped the darn thing. But I had a warranty that covered me dropping it so it wasn't a big deal. I dropped it on the last day so that wasn't a big deal either. But I will bring a point and shoot next time. I don't blame you for leaving it at home. I would!

BTW I love your actions. I bought them recently and use them a lot. I tweak them all the time. I agree with Jeanette they are priced way too low.

3:52 PM  

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