December 10, 2008

Sending out Christmas cards...

This is one of my favorite activities to do around the holiday season. I love getting cards and I love giving cards. I like to send them out early, so I can guilt people into sending one back (insert evil laugh here). No really, it's not pulling teeth like it is with other people. I love getting the kids all dressed up, yelling about eating a drippy peanut butter sandwich right when we're about to go out, the kids telling me they are done with pictures after just 2 minutes....sigh.... it's just bliss

I figured no one really cares what Rhead and I look like, we don't change that much, I only include the kids. Plus Rhead gives me hell more than the kids do and I can't bribe him with a dollar. Sean was trying his hardest to please me, as always and Sami was being a diva, AS always. But I did get this LOVELY shot of the 2 of them.

Don't you just love digital cameras??? This was taken with my canon rebel xt, 50mm lens, RAW, manual, at around 4 pm as the sun was setting. Rhead WAS suppose to be holding the reflector but he kept walking into my shot or distracting the kids and I think by the time I took this shot, he was in the car reading! He wanted to get paid to like the kids did ($2 each!) but I told him he was fired!

I did very light post processing: level, wb, sharpen and burn the door. Which I didn't blow out her shirt, but no untrained eye will be able to tell. I got this super cute card template from a fellow ILP, have I mentioned how much I love ILP??? If you want to learn about photography, join! I've learned so much from reading other people's posts and critiques.

This was our picture 3 years go, look how Rhead is holding the baby! You'd think she was a football or something! And the picture just reminds me of this weird phenomenum that Rhead is shorter than me when we are both sitting even though standing, he is about 5 inches taller than me! It's fun to look at old photos right?? Sometimes I wish I had Sean a little later, so I would have all his baby pictures on digital... scary to think, I had Sean before digital camera was cheap! I'm not gonna go there today I think....

As always, blog love appreciated! Untill next time...

December 7, 2008

Trimming The Tree

Don't you just love this time of the year?? My mother in law has scented candles burning, which she must because we have this fake tree up. It's a little hard to adjust for Rhead and I but the kids don't mind one little bit. They had fun putting up all the ornaments, singing Christmas songs, drinking hot cocoa, and eating gingerbread.

Then when all was quiet, I took my camera, prop it up on a box on a stand, turned off all the lights except for the ones on the tree. I had my aperture to 22 and shutter speed at 1 second and took this shot. Doesn't it just make you want to snuggle up with your family?? LOVE IT!!! I want to try it again with my kids later when all the boxes get put away and tripod out. We'll see how it goes...

December 6, 2008

Miss E - 3 Months Shoot

Miss E had her 3rd session with me yesterday, BY HERSELF!! It was tough trying to take her picture and keep her happy without her mom's help, on top of my 4 year old "trying to help!"

I did get some good ones though, but the post processing needs work. When I got to the school lab yesterday to use their programs, it was closed already! So I'm hoping to go back next week to get better results. You'll just have to bear with me with the 3 below :) Just see how cute she is, not how bad the processing is.

As always, blog love welcome!

Until next time...