Friday, May 29, 2009
There is tons of candy in jars.....
we have a full day ahead of us tomorrow!!!!
Wedding...we get there around 3.....and the wedding starts at 7pm.....
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Also, today I ventured out with a great photographer friend of mine...to just capture WHATEVER we came across. Find the mysteries...Find God...what have you!
Today's image for me was a door laying in the water. But i'm not going to post the "before" picture...i'm posting the after picture. I kinda got this brief idea of the door opening into a whole new world...between light & dark...between smooth & textured. I'm sure this is a work in progress...and COULD end up in my show in August...but i make no promises...
Take what you want out of it...i've found that "artwork" per say...isn't always so much about what i have to say...but what YOU have to interpret! Take a moment...reflect...and then go create your own!!!!!
Have a great day all!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Have a GREAT rest of your memorial day weekend!!!!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Itz been a fun time getting together with whomever has time and is interested in being around other photographers to learn, grow, aspire and inspire.
We had a huge break in between meetings because Zak and I went on vacation...BUT we met up in downtown C for a fun day out the first Sunday of May. This should be a fun meeting this next time...we should also pick another location for everyone to meet at! :) What other cool FREE things are there to do in dallas????????????????? :)
Meanwhile, I booked a wedding in June with one of the kewlest couples i've met. You'll see why soon i'm sure, but when they don't care about the group portraits...i'm excited! That means I get to be totally creative...and move along quicklyfun! :)
I had a photographer's nitemare last nite. Yes, it was a dream...but to the point of almost tears for me! Have you ever cried in your sleep? I know I have at least once. :)
So i was supposedly at the wedding for this couple in June, but the location was all wrong. I was attempting to take pictures but my camera would not take them. The lens cap was off...the battery showed "fine"...but it would not take a picture when i wanted it to! I may have snapped a few before asking my husband to run and get our backup camera, the XTI. He comes back insinuating that it has been stolen...and that we spent all that money only so that i would be irresponsible! So, if that didn't bring me to tears...this next part did. I was still trying to continue to take pictures with the bum camera....when a family member takes a picture of me trying to take a picture...and I sarcastically tell them "well, at least you're getting the shots and your camera is working better than mine!"...Not a great thing to say to my customer ya think? Anwyays...after that point i was almost in tears...and then I WOKE UP. ahhaahah!
I woke up totally not happy...and GLAD it was a dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ever had any real photography nitemares? How did you solve them?
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Here are a few of the images that I liked....but there were many more!
I hope that all of you are capturing the memories of things that will pass away. There is nothing like taking the time to document something that may not be there for very long. The history books are full of pictures and WE are the historians!
Have a great day!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
After our indoors shots, we were able to enjoy the lovely CLOUDY weather outside. I had still accidentally under-exposed some pictures, but thankfully they are always fixable. There were 9 grandkids in total...so we decided to let their energy just flow! We did 2 pictures that i enjoyed very much. Them all running together...and them all holding hands & jumping. Even the baby joined in!
No matter how big or small your family is - document those moments - because those moments pass so fast...before you know it- 20 years pass and you are looking back at them...with smiles & laughter & love!
Have a GREAT Mother's Day!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, May 8, 2009
Meanwhile, today I'll share an image that my hubby took this past Sunday! When we were playing in downtown carrollton - he was playing with our XTI and the 28-135 lens. He tends to use that a lot anyways when we do a wedding together! :)
This by far is the funniest self-portrait i've seen from him! I love it! He cracks me up. His humor...his way of making things funnier than they seem...he always has a STORY for something! Hez not afraid to say anything - sometimes it scares me, but i love him soooo! :)
So I hope that you - a photographer & creative person - are taking the time for yourself. You just never know what can come out of it when you are around other people. Go out, get inspired!
Sunday, May 3, 2009
This is another perspective shot...i took several versions of these, but opted to keep the one w/ the head in focus v. the ground. :)
Oh, this is one of my favs so far!!! These are the bridges/highways above her and i set her right in the middle of the perspective shot - then in lightroom i used the "negative" preset and then "lightened" her face back up because it was all black. I thought this turned out so neat...i was verrrrrrrry happy w/ it! :)
My encouragement to all of you photographers of any level...
Saturday, May 2, 2009
The bride & groom getting the ceremony on! yea!
This cake was pretty! And from what i heard, quite yummy. I had the chocolate!
The photographer at the wedding...my lovely friend Jose! :) I was sporting my camera shaped earrings and my lovely vintage springy dress. :) It was a great day!!! Congrats to Sabrina!
More to come tomorrow - as we explore downtown Carrollton with our Photo Life Team.
Friday, May 1, 2009
I'm thankful that 2009 is here because I'm in a new place of photographic fun & challenges! I'm now doing Photography FULL TIME! I now have the time to invest in hanging out with other people that are creative!!!! I've taken every class I wanted to in the metroplex on photography. I've met some great new friends and teachers. I would recommend if you wanna learn more about photography - go take a class - it WILL HELP! I fought it for months, but then ended up taking every class in the DCCCD districts. Look up the "continuing education" classes! There are a lot!
Richland College - Mr. Simmons classes were so great! He is so eager to help you UNDERSTAND the boring parts/technical aspects. He will spend extra time with you too! Learning the basics of the camera from him were VERY helpful. He is my recommendation for those that don't have a clue about working their camera in manual.
Brookhaven College - both Mr. Martinez and Mr. Levengood were great. Levengood has moved away, but Mr. Martinez still teaches out there. The classes are just long enough for you to really dig in and learn! I took a LOT of studio classes. This is important if you wanna learn more about lighting people. :)
CCCCD - (courtyard center) I also took Architecture/Landscape and Flash Photography here. Terry Weir's class was very helpful in understanding nite lighting and long exposures. He was also just very knowlegable in Lightroom! It was amazing. The Flash class was helpful in a few ways for me. I'm still too challenged with flash - but Mr. Kirby helped us think outside the box with lighting too.
An example of non-flash, longer exposure, HIGH ISO shot....
Taken with the thought of a rock band...grain didn't matter!
The "recipe" was ISO 1600, fstop 2.8, shutter : 1/2 second
I did end up cropping the sides in because this was shot ON the floor and there wasn't a convenient way to crop in my camera. Then i also lateron added a lightroom effect to "punch" it up just a little. I'm liking the ART that i can make in lightroom more and more.
You'll notice just some punches in contrast & color. I'm a big fan of color and rockin crazeeness! This isn't your normal "portrait". I especially liked how the lighting was hitting the drums. It was like he was playing "light". :) ENJOY
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