Friday, August 28, 2009

A "Macro" Thing

I really love photographing people, it is such a challenge to me to be able to capture a person's personality in a photo. But I don't always have people to practice on.

I read that you could take a lens, attach it to your camera and then take another lens and reverse it and hold it up to the lens that's attached to your camera to make a "faux" macro lens - the kind of lens that allows you to see all 800 eyes on the compound eye of a fly. I'm sure it would have been WAY easier to just get a reversal ring so that I could actually attach the second lens to my first lens but I like to do things the hard way.

This dragon-fly was pretty big and I was so close to him that his wings were touching the lens.

Obviously it's all out of focus or the focus isn't hitting where it needs to be. Macro lenses require a VERY steady hand, preferably a tripod, in order to not have any camera shake...a macro lens is that sensitive to vibration of any kind.

Anyhow, thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Always Halloween...

Ever since I can remember, Lawyer has LOVED to be in costume. I never considered that boys like to dress up, since I only thought of princesses and fairies but Lawyer has literally enjoyed his many costumes he owns. I first realized how awesome it would be to stock up on after-Halloween costume sales since I thought I would get something for "next year". It became an instant hit with Lawyer being able to be Bob the Builder or dressed in a NASCAR jumpsuit at the age of 2.

Now at almost 5 years old, this kid literally is in some sort of costume at some point in his day. He found a dragon costume at The Children's Place yesterday (thanks Auntie, we finally used his gift card!) and Period.

It is the cutest costume and seeing how he is really into dinosaurs, crocodiles and knights...he can pretend until his hearts content.

Oh and he did not take this costume off from lunch-time until bed-time. I think tomorrow I might dress up like Glenda the Good Witch!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Miss "S"

Thanks for the practice Miss "S"! I enjoyed our little mini session!

Sneak Peak - Miss "S"

I got to actually practice on someone besides family! More photos coming soon!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Some Practice

Jason let me do some test pics of him last night. I think it turned out alright (after much fretting that I wasn't getting anywhere with this photography thing!). I love photography so much since it is the most challenging hobby I have ever had. There are so many things to think about in order to get the shot that you want!

Oh and great news! I've got two practice sessions coming up! I'm so excited! If anybody wants to know how to get a FREE photography session from me, I'm gathering up additional details for exactly what you will get from me if you decide to help me get the practice I need!

Lawyer has two more weeks before he goes back to school and I'm ready to get things back to normal for all of us.

Have a wonderful Monday!

PS: Don't you like the watermarking on my pictures and the larger format? I'm working on a photography-only blog right now that will only have sneak-peaks of my practice sessions. This blog will go back to what it originally was, a blog about our life but mainly a way to share with our family and friends.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Typical Scenario...

This is what happens AFTER Lawyer agrees to be in front of the camera:







But then, out of nowhere, I end up with a picture that I absolute love:


Anyone that is interested, I didn't edit these at all. This is what came out of my camera and I was perfectly content with them.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bad Blogger and FREE Photography


Wow, has it really been two weeks since I blogged last? Lawyer got out of school a week and a half ago and that has been a HUGE adjustment, for both of us. I feel like I'm running like a chicken with its head cut off (eww!) with him being home!

Speaking of running, I am PROUD to say, I completed my Couch to 5K last Saturday! I am known to jump ship on all kinds of things and rarely see very much through to the end but I completed all 9 weeks (and added an extra week in between since I didn't like how well one week went...I think it was week 4). I can not believe that I can now jog for 30 minutes straight without any walking! I do have a question for you die-hard runners out there. Last night, I went for a jog and I felt so winded! I slowed my pace down (which isn't very fast to begin with) but I had side-aches galore! Granted it was 91 degrees and 55% humidity last night (which probably didn't help...felt like I was sucking on air from the tailpipe of a car) when I jogged at 9:30pm but it was torture to finish! Any reason why? I drink between 64 and 128 ounces of water a day (I actually measure my daily water intake) so I don't think I was dehydrated and I had eaten spaghetti for dinner a few hours prior to running. Switching gears now...

So, after MUCH thought, I realized that I jumped the gun too fast on the whole photography business thing. I have so much to learn both with my ability to be consistent in my photography and also who my target market will be, etc. With that said, I need all the practice I can get BEFORE I leap on the business bandwagon. SOOOO, (I can't believe I'm going to type this), I may be needing some practice shoots here in the near future. I'll write another post on some specifics for what I'll be needing, providing, where, when, etc. I'm only going to be doing a VERY limited amount of these so if you are at all interested even before I post specifics, please email me at "amiim at msn dot com" (I've heard it's better to spell out email addresses for SPAM purposes). I know for sure that, while I'm practicing, I MUST know who you are and you MUST be in the DFW area. Also, FREE should be a key word too and I'll give more specifics about that as well.

Wow, I can't believe I just put that out there! Well, that's been about it around here! I hope to have more to post in the coming weeks!