Sunday, August 26, 2007

the last day of freedom.....

because school starts on Monday! =) Miss G. is going to be a 1st, how the time flies. I remember last year when I was a complete wreck with her starting Kindergarten....remember that?

We met her teacher last Thursday and she seems really nice and excited for the new year. She only has one little boy (and no, it's not her love interest) in her class this year that was with her last year, but she's excited all the same. =) There's some new stuff this year.....get lab! BBWWHHAAHHAAA.....I'm picturing them in white lab coats, googles, beakers and test tubes! LOL!! Can you image the trouble they could get into if they didn't have supervision?

Anywho....I'm a little behind in my assignments for the Lighting Workshop, so I decided to work on them yesterday. This one is for mid-evening backlighting.....I like how it looks like her hair is on fire. I think this is my favorite lighting outside because of the gorgeous colors. Next is sun flare....I'm excited to give that a whirl. =)

This one makes me want to see the Sheryl Crow song "I wanna soak up the sun!"

And just having some fun with different stuff...I'm really getting into that lately. =)

OK....enough about's starting to bring back some bad memories! LOL!!
I've been tagged by Wynona and Melissa to list 8 interesting things about me and to tag another 4 to do the same. =) OK.....I'm not interesting at all so this is going to be hard to list 8...I may have to fudge some. LOL!!
1. I secretly want to be an interior designer! =) I LOVE HGTV and all those design shows. But I think I wouldn't get hired....I'm horrible at sticking to a budget....ask my hubby. =)
2. I'm a organizational freak....I have baskets galore....I even has baskets to hold baskets.
3. My mom named my sister when she as born and my dad got to name me. Some choices that were on the list were Kendra, Natalie, Leann, Leah. Now don't get me wrong....I don't mind my name but I think I'm more of a Natalie instead.
4. My first car was my dad's VW beetle...I LOVED that was bright yellow! I of course wrecked it. =(
5. My favorite color is has been since I was a little girl.
6. I was a total tomboy growing mom couldn't get me into a dress if her life depended on it. And one time at band camp....LOL, just kidding. One time at school, I can't remember what grade I was in, I want to say 2nd or 3rd, a boy was teasing my cousin, and I beat him up. LOL!!
7. I'm an ebay junkie....I've been buying and selling on ebay for at least 6 years now. I use to make bandana pants and they sold like hotcakes until I got burned out on sewing. I just now started to pick it up again...I made a roman shade for the master bath (I'm so proud of it). =)
8. I use to play softball and almost played for SWT. I started when I was 4 years old and played until I was 18....I LOVE it. I was the pitcher and played 3rd base on the All-Star teams. now I tag:
I tagged 7 instead of 4! LOL!! You know you girls love me! =)
OH...forgot this one....gotta show a b/w since it's been mostly color lately. Check out that "tude!"

Oh and one last thing....did something big happen last Tuesday that I didn't know about? Cuz, I checked my stats on here and I had 1,904 hits! WOWZERS....I'm thinking I missed something. LOL!! Thanks for all the looks, now all you lurkers need to leave comments...I may be playing a game soon. HINT-HINT!


Anonymous Wynona said...

Oh, I'm so behind, too. Love these! That first one with her beautiful hair is really dynamic.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Thanks for playing Brenda!! It's fun to read a little more about you!

1:42 PM  
Blogger The Sarah Bear said...

Brenda - you do more than photography?!?! WOW!!! I would love to see what you do on Ebay... let me get my credit card!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Donna Boucher said...

I'm new here...
and I'm in love with your photography!

Thank you for sharing your talent with us!!!

I enjoyed your eight fun facts !

5:47 PM  
Blogger Tiffany said...

Thanks for tagging me! the flare on the hair is just amazing!!! now I want to take shots like this!!! I cna't wait for new stories about Gracie's new adventure in school....

LOL!!! It's always nice to know more about you , Brenda. Share your items you're selling on ebay!

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Leanne Stamatellos (lili saint) said...

It;s been such a while since I've had time to log on and check out your stuff.

As always, you don't disappoint - some wonderful photos, great links and the best part is that you took the time to answer some photo questions and I loved that part so much. Your girls are always beautiful , you know just how to capture them. Gracie's bedroom is just magical and the tree is a fantastic piece of art - do you think her grandmother might like to come to australia to pain something in my boy's room - hehehe.
Are you able to let me know what you mean about learning about back lighting - are you teach a class or are you learning somewhere ? I'm interested in expanding my knowledge in photography. do you have an online suggestion ?
Thanks again for your wonderful work.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Love these pics! I think you have that backlit thing totally mastered...just beautiful. :)

6:52 PM  
Blogger Anita said...

Brenda, guess I'm one of those lurkers. I just love reading your blog and seeing your work. You inspire me so much. I do want to know how you get the whole picture in focus? Still working on that. Have a great day!

7:07 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Love the new pics with the backlighting! Did you use any type of reflector... I'd love to know!!! Thanks :)

7:42 PM  
Anonymous Sarah Jane said...

ohhhh, I love the fun shots with the sun backlighting! I so want to take that workshop! It's such a gorgeous, golden light!!!

7:52 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I also an hgtv junkie:)
I love these shots of Gracie. She is getting so big, we just celebrated mt little one's first bday over the weekend.

8:41 PM  
Blogger Jeanelle said...

Love love love those backlight pics! It is an awesome effect on her hair!

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Wynona said...

Somehow I missed the 8 things when I first commented. Did you add that after?

So glad you wrote about you! And yes, I realized right after I tagged you that Melissa had already done it in the post where she tagged me. :)

I'm obviously not paying very close attention today!

9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

okay so...i suppose i would be considered a lurker, but not anymore! :0) i would have to say the reason i love your blog is b/c you are real, down to earth, fun, honest, funny, genuine, and not afraid to tell your secrets to success...what makes your work "wow"! i really really appreciate that about you as i am sorta new to the blogging world and it seems many photogs are afraid to share b/c of competition etc...truly the fact is tho that we all have our circle of people/clients etc. in life...people in our lives that love us or just like our work and will come to us no matter what, just because. i like that you share (answering those questions)'s just what we other mommy photogs (possibly) who really don't have the time or $ to go back to school for photography need every once in a while...some tips from another photog who adores her children, rocks in capturing "who they are" and everything beautiful and precious about them, and truly enjoys sharing it with the world. i am not at all surprised you had that many hits, a fair share of them were probably from me. :)
thank you!
rosie s. (IL)

10:12 PM  
Anonymous heather morrow said...

oh, how i love this series! so much personality and style! always enjoy reading your blog and this post is certainly no exception!

12:22 AM  
Blogger Angie Penrose said...

These are so cute as always! You're so talented and defenitely interesting!! Love your back lighting. Just awesome. :)

12:59 AM  
Blogger D.Lauren said...

Great photos Brenda. Looks like you're gonna get an A+ in the lighting class. :) You crack me up with the science class.

1:20 AM  
Blogger {me} said...

Hey Brenda,
I just found you and your side yesterday and i´m already amazed.
Can´t wait to read more more more.

4:45 AM  
Anonymous Amanda Keeys said...

Ohhh NO WAY she cannot be going into year 1 already?!! maddy starts kinder in feb.. I'm ALREADY freaking out about it LOL. How did you cope? I love love LOVE that 'tude shot, she's such a character. Hey, you wanna come visit? I need someone to organise my house ;P

5:01 AM  
Blogger Lulu said...

Hey! Thanks for tagging me! I totally love's adorable. And the mental image of Gracie in Science class has me cracking up!

6:28 AM  
Blogger Michelle Jackson said...

Love the photos, thanks for sharing. Just wondered of the progress on actions for elements...
Oh and will you post some tips on how you achieved the backlit look or for that matter anything that you want to share.

6:37 AM  
Anonymous stacymeyers said...

Yes..I am a lurker. I love your stuff and have checked your blog pretty much every day since I found it. I rememeber "G" starting've been lurking for over a year! Yikes...I sound like a weirdo. I do comment every now and then but mostly I just admire your work! :)

8:30 AM  
Anonymous cynthia said...

i'm on your blog almost daily...crazy huh ? but i LOVE seeing your photos...they are such an inspiration to me. i really loved the post about your "way" of shooting...taught me that i just have to find my "nitch" and go with it !

you need to link us up to your ebay stuff !

8:40 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Guess I am one of the "lurkers"...but now I am coming out! :) I just love reading your blog and seeing your photography. I am just starting out with photography & you inspire me! Thanks!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Paige said...

Love your blog, and I have to agree, that I love it how helpful you are for all of us newbies!

11:21 AM  
Blogger Carin Davis said...

I love the expressions...and GORGEOUS backlight!

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Lori Z said...

I too have been a lurker who is in love with your photos. The new pics with the backlighting are fab!

11:22 AM  
Anonymous tara said...

you know i always check your blog always! i just don't always comment cause blogger is a little stinker sometimes!!!!!!!!
love your work girlie!

12:33 PM  
Anonymous Wendy said...

I'm a Lurker! But I thought I'd come out and say hi because I thought you did great on this assignment...

You are an inspiration!

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

I have been a lurker for probably more than year. I LOVE your website and your gorgeous photos. I use your B&W action all the time and love the warmness of it. Thank you for taking the time to post such wonderful inspiration.

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Lulu said...

Brenda, just another note, to blog address has changed to :)

I'd appreciate if you'd update your link! Thanks!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

ooooh, these are some of my favs from you! I'm loving that backlight!! Very cool!

5:46 PM  
Blogger Rebecca Tyler said...

I love your list! So fun to learn all these interesting things. :o)Awesome photos! All of the "tude" shot the best! Nice!

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Alissa said...

Ahh, love that backlit shot - something I need to work on too! What workshop are you doing?? I love flare and would really like to start incorporating that into my shoots...if I could just time them at the right time of day. :) Thanks for sharing!

10:09 PM  
Anonymous AnnaMarie said...

Another lurker but frequent user of your b/w conversion ;) - you are a total inspiration to me, I just love love love your photography between here and Flickr - and reading your blog always leaves me with a smile on my face! :)

11:21 PM  
Blogger becky said...

these pictures are amazing! i love every one of them!

11:48 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Okay Brenda - I don't *always* lurk =)but since I hate it when I don't get comments, I'm postin' you one telling you I'm guilty of the same! *GASP*! Oh the shock! Oh the horror! LOL =)

7:33 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Great shots!! I'm just patiently awaiting your actions to work with Elements!

9:04 AM  
Blogger ellen said...

I love all your pictures! Please post pictures of your sewing projects. :)

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Janet said...

Hey Brenda,
I check your blog each and every day. Your photos are always awesome. Gracie is a natural model.
Have a good one...

10:39 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Brenda great pictures...are you taking a class or teaching??? I need something. Seems like if i don't have a mission I get in a rut. I have a couple questions about your blog and was wondering if I could post them here or i could email you... they have to do with sizing for web, usm, and uploading. I asked some questions about it when you were answering them a few weeks ago but I am still having issues and was wondering if you could help?
Your pictures are so amazing and down to earth...they just make me smile! kind of like walking through Target (I call that my happy place LOL)

Thanks ~ Teresa

11:24 AM  
Blogger Toni said...

LOVE them!! I"m i the workshop with you and I'm struggling with that assignment... mostly because all my subjects are on the constant move!! oh well! Tell Gracie good luck with her new year. My Niece Grace starts kindergarten this year... we should get them together some time... they'd have a ball. They seem totally alike!

1:14 PM  
Blogger Ashley Reherman Photography said...

Okay...obviously I'm not the sharpest blogger in the world, but where do you check your stats? Did you have to get a hit counter from a different site? I don't see it on your page and was just wondering. Love love love the new pics!!

2:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the sun pics. Beautiful. Do you have a store on ebay? I'd love to see your stuff.

6:55 PM  
Blogger Kerianne said...

You have been my main inspiration since day 1 so I come here often to see what is new. You never disappoint. These photos are beautiful... as always:)

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Lanne said...

Status:occasional lurker sometimes commenter.. often visits.

Reason: fab photos.. grace is gorgeous..always a pleasure.

:) congrats on the large stat!

5:43 PM  
Blogger Crystalyn said...

hi there! just linked to you from amyc's blog. i just love the soak up the sun photo. lovely. very fun feel to all of them. what lighting workshop did you do? i'm trying to focus on really understanding light right definitely makes a photo or not. if you get a chance to email the info i would appreciate it very much.

thanks for your lovely inspiration!

11:09 PM  

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