30 4 / 2013
This last weekend I threw a baby shower for my sister-in-law with some family and friends, and I’m rather proud of how it turned out. We did the food, decorations, AND photography and it all turned out pretty nice. Granted, none of the ideas were original, gotta love Google Images, but I think it’s safe to say we did a good job with what we had.
I made the rosettes and collectively we made the table skirt. My best friend did the diaper cake and, of course, the tissue paper poufs came from somewhere that wasn’t me.
Close-up of the skirt. I’ve seen different types of these on various websites so we went to Hobby Lobby, found some fabric we liked, added a bit of tulle, some ribbons (regular and burlap) and BOOM. Table skirt.
The adorable parfaits in mason jars. I love mason jars. Put something in a mason jar, and I will love it. This is a pretty good example.
These are the rosettes I made, and I have to say I’m really proud of them, they turned out really cute. They were mounted on a window and that’s why the light looks the way that it looks. Mount them on a regular wall and they’ll be opaque.
A baby shower games book that one of the hostesses picked up at Target. The games were fun and I highly recommend them….
The baby’s room is Cinderella-themed. My best friend put this wreath together with little diecuts (she’s got a Cricut, so she can basically do magic) tied to the wreath. On each slipper is a note from one of the guests to the baby.
The ideas definitely weren’t mine, but the pictures are, and I’m so happy with how they turned out.
29 9 / 2012
Now that we’re fully in the house and (mostly) settled (well….if things would stop flooding), I want to focus on cooking more and cooking healthier. Dashing Dish is, if you haven’t heard of it, a really cool site for healthy recipes of all kinds. The Low Carb Chicken Enchilada Bake was the first recipe I tried and we all loved it. I did change/add a few things (because I can’t resist) that may or may not have changed the nutritional info: lime juice, cilantro, avocado, & low fat sour cream. I couldn’t find the low carb tortillas called for, so I used traditional white corn tortillas. I’m sure that upped the carb count quite a bit, but it really tasted good. I not only garnished the dish with avocado, I also baked it into the casserole and I probably won’t do that next time. It tasted really good but avocado doesn’t keep well and I didn’t like it when I ate the leftovers. The avocado & the low fat sour cream together added a really awesome layer of creaminess to the flavor and I’ll definitely use them next time.
I’m super picky about things having a lot of flavor without being spicy, and the enchilada sauce (I think the brand is Frontera) I found had a wonderful flavor without tearing up my stomach.
The recipe calls for a cup each of corn & black beans. I think next time I make this I’ll adapt it to use a can of each.
I realized a little later on that I used an 8” square dish instead of a 9”, which totally explains why I kept thinking “this really seems too small” while I was putting it together. I also didn’t tear up the tortillas, mostly because I’m lazy.
The end result was just super good.
28 8 / 2012
A friend of mine had a baby about 10 days ago and graciously let me take some pictures. Of course, it was a rainy day, so low light, we had just finished moving so I was totally unprepared, and I left my tripod in my car that happened to be getting checked out at the dealership. SO *sigh* I feel like the end product was totally not what I was hoping it was, and that is so so frustrating. It’s been too long since I’ve done any shooting - between the house and moving and Jack starting school the last few months have been a blur of work and more work. I badly needed some creative time and it’s really frustrating when I’m not happy with the end product. That being said, there were a handful that I thought turned out. Boy do I have so much work ahead of me if I’m ever going to be good at this…. *groan*
07 5 / 2012
I don’t know what the best analogy is right now, but the Little Engine That Could seems to fit. I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many photos in one weekend. These last few days have been chockfull of learning & creating & it’s a really neat combination of seeing how far I’ve come, seeing how I still have so much farther to go, figuring out where I need technical polish, where my composition needs work, how I really need to just sit down and work with Photoshop already and stop putting it off.
This weekend I got to work with a bonafide set. A friend of mine has the ability to put together some of the most incredible things and make them look good (not my strong point). She and her husband did me the favor of spending 8 hours in the heat of Reverchen Park letting me boss them around and click my shutter. I’ve never been so grateful, this is the kind of grateful that you can’t really do anything about beyond saying ‘thank you’ over and over because the experience is really that huge.
I also got to shoot a newborn for the first time ever. It was challenging. I thought he was just gonna lay there and be asleep and let me push him around into these cute little poses… I was thinking ‘malleable’ aaaaaand that wasn’t quite right. That being said, it was an awesome experience. I seriously need to work on using my autofocus better. And OMG the next time I forget to adjust my ISO I’m going to….. well… I don’t know what I’m going to do but it will be dramatic.
I also learned that kids have an expiration. I seriously need to work on connecting with them, because I am NOT very good at that. And when a 2 yr-old doesn’t think you’re funny and totally isn’t amused it’s a bit humbling.
I like changing locations, I like changing outfits, I love moving things around and playing with new ideas constantly. I’ve seen extra charges for locations and wardrobe changes and I still don’t know where I’m at with all that, but I do know the more the merrier. I love it. It’s also exhausting. But I love it. I figured out that I need to pay way more attention to my focal points and to my depth of field. And ISO, of course. And I need to be more patient and I need to start writing down ideas because I have them and then I get to my location and I completely forget them which ends up being sort of problematic particularly when you really need to remember what you were thinking….
So …. to Ashlee, Mark, Jen, Danny, Avery, Kyle, Tania, & Vaughn - you guys made my weekend. Thank you for the experience. :)
02 4 / 2012
I got the opportunity to shoot some engagement pictures a couple weekends ago, and it was such a great experience to be able to figure out where I am in the scheme of that thing I call ‘photography’ that I still don’t quite feel like I belong to/in. I’m not going to totally dowse the dashboard with photos, but below are a few of my favorites. Considering I’m having some major issues with my D90 that may result in it being sent in for repair and I fought it the entire time I was shooting, I’m pretty proud.
ALSO, this for some reason seems like an even bigger deal to me, one of the things Derek bought me for my birthday was my own domain that I will start using specifically to blog about my adventures in picture-taking. Like, totally dedicated only to that. When it gets up and running I’ll make an obnoxious announcement that you guys can’t ignore.