Photo Story Friday: Free Lensing

  • April 17, 2014 10:48 pm

The first time I tried it, I failed. I failed miserably.

Then I didn’t try again for a while.

The second time I tried it, I failed again. Miserably. Again. And I got a screaming headache.

Same with the third and the fourth and the fifth.

Then…I found focus.

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And free lensing very quickly became my new photography obsession.

Free Fence.

Ready...Set...

Blow!

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My hand still shakes a little, and I have to take deep breaths whenever I take off my lens (shooting with a lens detached is kind of scary!), but when it works, the results are so worth my jitters.

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They’re never perfect, but that’s kind of part of what I love about a free lensed image. Crazy bokeh, light leaks, and perfectly imperfect focus.

Happy photography sigh.

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Photo Story Friday: Parts

  • April 11, 2014 2:06 pm

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Yesterday didn’t start or end the way I wanted it to…but this part? This part was just about perfect.

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Photo Story Friday: Craptastic

  • April 3, 2014 10:15 pm

It’s been a pretty craptastic day. Without getting into it (and it’s nothing earth shattering, just crappy), I’m really glad it’s just about done.

So my picture has no story. Other than gosh, I’m glad the sun finally remembered where we live.

Oh sun! You DO remember where we live!!

Jumping in Golden Hour

Happy Friday (bring on the weekend, PLEASE), ya’ll!!

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Photo Story Friday: Tedious

  • March 27, 2014 9:58 pm

“What are you doing? Why are you stopping playing?”, she asked.

“Uhggggg”, she answered. “I haveta stand here for one more second. My mom hasta take a picture.”

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Big world. Big future.

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Sometimes explaining to the other kids at the park why you have to stop because the light is perfect and your mom has to take one. more. picture. can get a little tedious.

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Photo Story Friday: Leap

  • March 20, 2014 9:23 pm

Last weekend, my fabulous cousins invited me to visit them in Portland. It was lovely and low key and easy. We walked all over the city, ate amazing food (I discovered that I LOVE sushi), visited the coast and got to see one of the most adorable preschool programs I’ve ever seen.

The last day I was there, I got to shoot something a bit out of the box for me when it comes to a family session. I am SO happy that the amazing Ransoms and the good folks at Bushel and Peck Bakeshop (the main good folk being my cousin Amanda. Seriously, if you’re in Portland, GO there) were willing to take a little photography leap with me.

Honestly, I was nervous going into it. Even though I love the in-between moments I shoot of my kids and at events and wedding receptions, I’d never really shot an entire session that was this…unplanned.

I’m kind of ridiculously happy with the results (prepare for picture overload).

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And now to find a bakeshop and family this cute in my hometown to take the same kind of leap!!

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P.S. Even though I DID give them the color versions of these, I might be slightly obsessed with the black and white conversions of these shots. Slightly.

Photo Story Friday: Good Pictures

  • March 13, 2014 11:17 pm

“Dear Momy,
I love you for
ever. So today when
we go, I will give you
good picktures.
Happy Birthday!”

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They do know what I love.

Happy Friday!

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Photo Story Friday: The Grumps

  • March 7, 2014 12:05 am

Tonight, I am grumpy. So instead of going on and on about my grumpiness and how annoying it is and how grumpy I am about being grumpy, I’m giving you some lovely sunshine and Evieness. Which is far and away better than listening to me pulling my cranky pants up to my armpits.

Trust me. It is.

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Happy Friday, ya’ll!

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Photo Story Friday: Shoe Presents

  • February 28, 2014 1:49 am

When Isaac was a toddler we were living in a small apartment. We’ve always been a shoes-by-the-door kind of family but had no space, so we kept our shoes in an organizer with pockets that hung on a door in the hall. My shoes took up over half the spaces. We could fit two of Isaac’s in one pocket. Jon’s were so big they always had to be in the bottom pockets or they’d get caught and the door wouldn’t shut.

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Like most kids, Isaac took Dad’s shoes out and clomped and marched around in them for fun. He’d pretend to get bad guys and be Daddy and then leave one on the stairs and one wedged in the couch along with his Legos and broken crayons.

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About that same time, Jon started finding what he called “shoe presents”. Neither one of us ever witnessed it happening, but everyday, almost without fail, Jon would put on his shoes and find something that had been hidden in one of the toes. Sometimes it was a toy, sometimes it was a golf ball, sometimes a wad of tin foil, but it was always there.

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We never saw Isaac in the act and we never discussed it with him. And for the most part, we didn’t talk about it with each other. It was just something that was a part of our everyday, and all of us seemed to like it that way.

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One day, the presents stopped. I don’t really know when. We never talked about that either, but when I noticed it made me sort of sad. It meant my little boy was getting bigger and moving past wearing Dad’s shoes to play hero and fight bad guys.

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This week, my little boy turned 16. In some ways, he’s still such a kid. He’s still a video game freak and still laughs at fart jokes.

Sunday Afternoon.

He still wants hugs good night from his mom.

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But he’s nearly grown. He’s more than a half a foot taller than me and wears shoes almost as big as his dad’s. He’s getting letters from colleges nearly everyday. He’s job hunting.

I’m afraid if I blink, the two years I have left before graduation will be gone.

And then there will be college. And other huge milestones…all of them the grown up kind.

And then someday, not too terribly far from now, he will have his own little people who want to wear his shoes to fight bad guys.

But Jon and I will always have the shoe presents.

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Photo Story Friday: Shameful Manipulation

  • February 21, 2014 12:52 am

In our back yard, about an hour before sunset, there is a pocket of perfect light.

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It took me three years of living here to notice it.

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And now, I can’t get enough.

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On days when the sun is peeking through the winter clouds, I catch myself waiting for the kids to get home so I can come up with an excuse just to hang out in it.

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“Hey, what did you do today at school? Want to go outside and act it out? You could stand on the right of the big tree. And maybe try to be facing East?”

Oh, Golden Hour.

I know it’s a little shameful. But how do I resist that light? Can you really blame me?

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Photo Story Friday: Bokeh and Oatmeal

  • February 14, 2014 12:42 am

I am a mess. I know I said something similar last week, but this week, I am REALLY a mess. My head is pounding, I’m so congested that I can’t really hear out of my left ear, and my nose is a snot faucet (ain’t THAT a pretty picture?).

I’m fairly certain my head is full of oatmeal right now.

But. Even with oatmeal for brains, I am still drawn outside with my camera when the light hits the rain in juuuuuust the right way to make pretty bokeh.

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Happy weekend (and Valentine’s Day!!), ya’ll. My breakfast cereal brain and I are going to bed.

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