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Monday, November 7, 2011

Tropical Bliss

Sooo sorry I haven't written in almost a month! =O How on earth did THAT happen? Oh yeah, I've been busy, huh? Filling out and sending in college applications, teaching photography (yeah, ME!) more and more each week, keeping up with school so I can graduate next spring, cooking meals at least once a week, and trying to have a bit of a social life to boot. 

Anyway, I'm really loving this photo. =) It's so peaceful and warm, which is really wonderful right now when it's been rainy and cold.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Pretty Ballerina Girl

New Puppy and Portraits

Our new puppy! We got her last month, her name is Bindi Sue. :D She is absolutely ADORABLE! She's a yellow lab. Her eyes are so expressive and she is a pretty mellow little girl. :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Light in a Dark World

You should be that light-- happiness and light and life shining in a dark, hardened world. After all, if you know the Light of the World-- shouldn't you imitate Him and give His light and hope to others?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Goodbye, My Love...

This week I got this idea to take photos of a sad letter in which someone says goodbye to their lost love. I wanted a letter with dried roses.
How did I do?

I like the last one best. ;) What's your favorite? How do these photos make you feel?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

In the Park (and my front yard...)

So I wanted to show you some of my more recent photos... I took these in the park and in my yard yesterday morning. Click on any photo to see it up closer!

Hope you enjoyed these! Which one's your favorite?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Southwestern Coffee House Shoot

Contrasting Colors
So, this week in photography class we had to take photos of anything we wanted, but we had to have three shots: (1) a shot demonstrating contrasting colors, (2) a shot in Black and White, and (3) a shot demonstrating supporting elements.
I've been wanting to photograph coffee for a while now. I am pretty happy with how these turned out.

For my first shot, I wanted to take a photo of the yellow coffee cup against the navy blue background (orange and blue are contrasting colors, so yellow and blue creates a very pleasing combination). The thing was, I wanted the coffee cup steaming and hot so it would look inviting. Now, anyone who has tried to photograph steam will know that it is EXTREMELY difficult to work with! After looking up what to do online, I grabbed my lamp and set to work. I got a washcloth really wet, and then put in in the microwave until it was HOT. Then I stuck it behind the coffee cup so it looked like the coffee was steaming. Only one thing to go-- the lighting. Steam has to be backlit, so I had to take the shade off my lamp and put it behind the  blanket so it was illuminating the steam but not glaring on the cup or blanket. This shot was a CHALLENGE. But I think it was well worth it. :) And I know how to work with steam now.

B&W Photo

My next photo had to be in B&W. This is not the best photo I have ever taken, but it was really hard because I couldn't get the right lighting on it. B&W photos have to have really dramatic lighting to be effective, and a lamp just isn't going to create the contrast needed for a shot like this. That said, I do like the composition and elements.
Supporting Elements

And, last but certainly not least--- MY FAVORITE! There's something about this photo that's very inviting and warm. It makes me want to sit down and sip a cup of coffee... :)

Thanks for looking! I'd love to know which one was your favorite! :)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Winter Portraits and My Dog

So my goal in photography this week was to use the lighting and weather to get the feel of a warm winter day. We don't have seasons here in Ecuador, so it's hard to make seasonal photos. So I dressed up me and my little sister in hats and scarves (actually, we were so cold we put them on and THEN I got the idea for the shoot) and we went outside. The following are a few of my results. (None of these are the ones I turned in.) Oh, and there are a few of my dog Abby, too.