Posted on July 15, 2011
After visiting my dad (who happens to live too far away from us out in the country for our likes, but has the special benefit of passing through beautiful spots to play and take photos), we saw this gorgeous sun light washing over these fields filled with wildflowers and I knew we had to stop for some photos. I rarely go anywhere without my camera bag, always have the tripod in the car and just happened to be wearing decent clothes (who cares that I hadn?t even brushed my hair that morning, and had been wearing those clothes for two days in a row??).
Time is just flying by as these girls pass through their babyhood and kindergarten years at a speed that makes me dizzy and left wondering how they grew so big so quickly. And I just want to stop time and soak it all in. My baby girl turns one next week – ONE! I just can’t believe it. The moments playing and spinning in the grass, nursing my baby with the summer sun warming us, walking hand in hand down the path with my husband as we watch our little girls play in front of us – both of us still in shock that we, in fact, have two kiddos (do you ever feel like you are just a kid playing grown up some days and wonder how the heck time flew by so quickly?). Oh, just treasure these moments! I’m a little sentimental today … so please forgive me for the personal post if it’s not your thing! :)
And, yes, Scott was there too but didn’t get in many of the photos for once … some shots of me and the girls were taken with the tripod and remote, and a few of the nursing shots were my “voice command walking tripod.” I get all the settings right, point the camera in exactly the right spot for the composition I want and then yell, “Do NOT move and do NOT touch any of my settings …” Then I get into place and yell back at the walking, voice command tripod (aka, my sweet and tolerant husband), “Okay, now!” LOL! Taken with a Nikon D700 and a 35mm 1.4G. Baby Eliza’s cute little tank and ruffle pants from my good friend, Ashley, at Lil Blue Boo – fabulously adorable girls clothes that are super comfy and realistic for playing and being a kid.
For those not digging the personal post, no worries … I have some fabulous tutorials and teaching posts coming next week for everyone! So, keep an eye on the site here and on our Facebook page for good things on the way – I’ve been hard at work behind the scenes!!
Posted on June 22, 2011
A little personal photo share if you don’t mind! Yesterday was baby Eliza’s first time on the beach and while she was a bit wary of the whole experience at first, by the time we left she was practically rolling in the sand (and doing her share of tasting it as well). I couldn’t get enough of those cute toes covered in sand and had to snap some shots before I got down and dirty with the girls (Addie was knee deep in a hole she dug most of the afternoon). I have a really FUN beach shoot planned this week … even my five year old, Adeline, has been helping create things for it (I just love it when picture time is truly PLAY time – even my husband is excited about this one, ha!). So, stay tuned for more “beachiness” to come!
These were taken with my D700 and 85mm 1.4G lens. Most were shot at f1.6 … I like to break the rules sometimes and was nuts to shoot in mid-day sun (which meant crazy high shutter speeds of 1/5000 most of the time). Really, I just wanted to capture Eliza experiencing the beach for the first time so I wasn’t too concerned about the technicalities. My goal in processing was to keep them very light and airy, matching the fresh and summery summer day. Everything was processed with Flirt and Beloved from Blessings, and the black and whites with Beachcomber from Summer Breeze (I love how soft and faded Beachcomber looks with these images).
Sorry for the photo overload!! ;)
And for those wondering, I do have that promised black and white tutorial/tips on it’s way (and, yes, the sun flare tutorial as well) … this was a spur of the moment vacation (thank you to my mama for hauling herself and her dogs over at 9pm on Sunday night to house sit for us!!), so I’m a little behind schedule this week. This is the first semi-real vacation we’ve had since Eliza was born last summer!