Thursday, October 28, 2010

Confessions...

I am still trying to establish a schedule for myself.  Every week is so different I will probably never be able to consistently set a schedule, but my goal is to schedule myself into a consistent Yoga and Spinning class as well as set time with the dogs.  I need to schedule because if I don't I could, and sometimes do, work in my office for 14 hours at a time.

That being said, here comes the confession...my morning routine does revolve around one thing  -  Two hours of Morning Edition streaming from NPR and then I dash, seriously run, to turn on the TV at 10:00 for 15 minutes with my gal pals KLG and Hoda.

Whew, okay I feel better.  Most people would say these two things are at odds with each other, but it is all about balance people!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Charlotte...

The name Charlotte conjures visions of femininity for me.  I see strength, complimented by whimsy and touches of pink.  I have always loved the name first as a city, then as the beautiful friend of Miss Carrie Bradshaw, and now as the joyful little girl I had the opportunity to photograph recently.

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This Charlotte was a bit shy at first, having just woken up from a nap, but you could tell there was some spunk hiding somewhere under there.  We were able to capture her smile, her bashfulness, her playful excitement, and her beauty.

She is going to have the kind of skin that woman envy and cameras love!

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Her eyes are so telling and piercing.  Although it was rare, when they would glint up to my camera the frame would fill with life.

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Once we were done with the more traditional portraits we went exploring!  We ran through the trees to go see the autumn colors.  Her mother and I were trying to get her to play in the leaves, "crunch them with your boots," we said, "throw them into the air," we encouraged.  Charlotte got quiet though.  She gently picked up a leaf and got on her very tippy toes and tried to put it back into it's home, the tree branch.  When it fell to the ground she turned to her Mom and said, "I want to put the leaves back".

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I am always enchanted to see the world through a child's eyes and I am so glad that my lens is ever ready to capture these fleeting moments.

And I am also so very happy to RUN!

Over there....

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No, how about that way...

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As our day drew to a close Charlotte was tiered and Mom and I told her what a wonderful job she did.  We asked her what she wanted for dinner.  She replied "Chocolate"..."What kind? Cake, Cupcakes, Brownies?" we asked..."No, just regular Chocolate".  I guess I was right, Charlotte, a true feminine beauty.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Peanuts Gang...

I had the privilege of spending the morning with a very cute family this week.  The main object of my lens was the two brothers named Henry and Charlie...but their sister Lucy joined them at the end in her Halloween costume.  Their incredibly creative Mom decided to dress them all up as the Peanuts Gang for Halloween as a play on their names - Lucy and Charlie played their namesakes, while Henry played the role of the cutest Snoopy I have ever seen!  You can all look forward to photos of that as a Halloween surprise!!!

For right now I would like to share a few photos of Henry and Charlie.

Charlie was in a very contemplative mood...

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I love this photo because his pose, which he put himself in, looks so grown up, as does his expression, but the bit of drool on his chin and those cheeks just scream baby!  So precious Sir Charlie!

Charlie did so good and there are just too many great portraits to choose from!

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The lighting in this one just makes me melt!  I love the side lighting and the way it highlights the eagerness to crawl and explore that you can see in his face.

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Henry wanted to play more than have his photo taken, so we played.  We ran, we played hide and seek, we played "look at your silly sister over my shoulder"...and...we came out of the session with some portraits that show you Henry in all of his brilliant innocence.  He melted my heart with his sweet laugh and his shy glance.

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He wanted to help me clean up the leaves that I put on the bench.  I tried to have him help me add leaves instead of put them away, but he thought clean up was a better idea.  I couldn't help but agree.

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This bridge ended up being our favorite spot and I am sure glad it was.  We captured the two frames below as a result.

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Henry, thanks for warming up to me and showing me how to make friends.  I am glad I could save you from those little old ladies on the bridge and maybe next time I will let you win the race to the fountain! : )

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Oh the South...

Oh the love/hate relationship I have with the South is alive and well!  I love the south - I love the beautiful scenery, the rolling hills and abundance of streams, the loving and lovely people, the laid back attitude - I LOVE being in the South!  That is, until I try to get something done, that is when it dawns on me - this is my favorite place to vacation, but I could never do it.  Oh, and "no thank you, I'll pass on the sweet tea".  I need things yesterday sometimes, and this just does not compute on an average day in the south.

All that understood, we had an amazing little vacation in Fayetteville, Arkansas!  I had never been to this corner of Arkansas and we were both so excited to spend some time there.  We took time to explore the University campus, including their very fun campus town, and Amanda and I went to see Bill and Hillary Clinton's first home near the campus while the boys were golfing.  It was a beautiful campus.  Their football stadium is right in the heart of the Greek district and campus.  It is open along one corner so that you can see down into it.  I can only imagine how fun it is to be on campus on Game Day!!!

One of our favorite adventures was to a bar where the shots were poured into a frozen shot glass.  It seemed only fitting to head there after a wedding - after all, pretending you are Greek and able to smash plates and yell Opa in celebration is a dream we all share!  It was fun and gave me an excuse to
 let out my inner (suppressed) collegiate.

 Jeff and Ally's wedding was absolutely breathtaking, the weather was perfect!  It took place in front of a small stone church that you could only reach by taking a one-lane wooden bridge across a creek.  Once you crossed the creek the road opened up onto a large clearing in the woods with the church tucked down into the corner.  The reception was held in a large banquet room that was transformed into a fabulous autumn affair!  

All in all it was a fun and relaxing trip.  My camera also received a vacation and was rested and ready to photograph the Krzmarzick family today!  They are such a cute family and Michelle is such a fabulous Mother - I can't wait to work with her more! : )

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Painting...

I usually do not like to overdo it in Photoshop.  In the average photo I usually like to enhance the mood of a photo, fix small imperfections, make it snappy with some sharpening and then send it out into the world.  Not to say that this isn't a process in itself, but I have not gotten into the "photo making" part of photoshop, at least for portrait photography.

I am trying something new out and hope to learn how to do it all on my own soon.  I think this would be an interesting way to enhance landscapes or maybe make personalized greeting cards.  This is painting in photoshop.

The first image will be my original image like you would usually see it, and then second image will be the painted version.

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They are not too different, but hopefully you are able to tell the difference.

I am excited to share more from this wedding.  It was the perfect day!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Nourish...


I need to remember to make time to eat during the day!  If I get out of bed, brush my teeth and hit the computer I start working and then forget to take breaks to eat!!!  Facebook break, potty break, dog walk break - yes, those are all built into my day, but not a regular time for good eats.  I seriously sit down at my computer and am immediately so enthralled with what I am doing that I do not even realize that I am hungry until my hands start to shake!

So, the benefit of this would seem to be weight-loss, right?  Wrong!  It might be if I didn't insist on making a three course meal every night (that is a different story), but alas - when you head to the fridge and decide on Mac and Cheese with Ketchup everyone loses.  

Now don't leave me hanging out here by myself on the Mac n' Cheese avec Ketchup confession!  What I really need is Grandma near by to make me a nice healthy sandwich! : ) Or, maybe I need to set myself lunch reminders in Outlook!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Interruption...


"Graffiti Week" has been interrupted to bring you something much softer...

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something much more sparkly...

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something MUCH more important!

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A baby's natural curl, a baby's soft skin, a baby's smile trumps all.  I will share more of the beautiful session with this darling angel as soon as her Mom gets to see all the photos.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Graffiti Week : Day 1

Graffiti to me has always meant spray-paint, or other quick-drying paint, on an outdoor surface either with or without permission.  Further, I identify it in two forms - 1). tagging - the ugly, easy, usually white, letters or other calling card scrolled on trains and street signs  2). street art - the colorful, thoughful, well executed art done on sides of buildings.  Most of my photos this week will center around street art.

I took my bodyguard with me to take some graffiti photos today.

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He might not look tough, but you would be shocked at how people are actually afraid of him.

I really did not need him, but he made for a few good photo opportunities.

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Every time I drive by this piece I am in awe of how the sun catches the colors, how the texture of the bricks come out about a third of the way down.  It looks weathered, but the colors are still so vivid it is hard to believe it is not fresh.

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The texture and thought that goes into each curve and each layer is always what surprises me.  Of course, tagging is thoughtless, but I hope that these photos show you how graffiti can be art.

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...and whoever put this above gets points for height.

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