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Play Time...

The girls and I are enjoying the casualness of holiday break mornings. They have made full use of PJ time and have enjoyed playing with their new Christmas gifts. I have done a lot of reading and have stayed busy working on studio promotion materials. Cartoons have been watched. Coffee has been drank. It's been lovely.

This morning I decided to do some reading on the ins and outs of good flash photography. I hate using a flash. Partially because I much prefer the shadows and highlights created by natural light, where as I feel like flash shots often seem "flat". Partially because I have not taken the time to really learn how to work with my flash to maintain a feeling of depth while appropriately filling in light when needed. My standard shoot wide open in natural light approach doesn't always serve me well...and if I'm going to start shooting portraiture I'm not always going to have perfect light available. So I best learn how to use my flash to help get the …

Not until 7:00...

As we tucked our girls all into bedon Christmas Eve, we reminded them...there's no need to get up early because we are not going downstairs until at least 7:00.

So Lexi woke up at 5:45.

To her credit she quietly came into our room to check the time, then returned to her bed with a flash light to read...until the flashlight died 10 minutes into her quiet distraction. Brea magically awoke totally on her own accord right after Lexi stopped reading (still not sold on that version of the story) and we ended up with two little wiggly snugglers in our bed at 6:00.

Just to be evil we made then wait until 7 before either Scott or I crawled out from under the warm covers to start the morning's adventure. (Oh the many joys of being the parents.) We made them brush their teeth. Then they had to brush and pony their hair. And then only after I ventured down for the camera could they make the decent themselves.


Waiting at the top of the stairs...


...patiently...


...less patiently.


I love that firs…

Thank Goodness for Knitting...

This is apparently how much knitting I can accomplish while watching Christmas Vacation...


(I'm not a very fast knitter.)

It's the start of a handwarmer for my MIL. She had requested some last fall and with my lace scarf, sweater, and my Mom's socks and moebius, they never made it on the needles. Now that I have the knitting done on my first crack at a shawl (which I'm now SLOWLY binding off with the required sewn bind off) my row counter has been freed up for a new project. These are a cross between my good ol' standard self designed handwarmer pattern and the Brainbridge Mitts pattern over at Spicy Jellybean Knits blog. The cuff is a twisted rib with a broken rib body. I wasn't sure at first how I felt about the twisted rib, but it's growing on me as the twist of knitting through the back loop makes the knit ribs very dense and raised over the looser purl columns. With any luck I may be able to knock these out over the long holiday weekend and send my MIL b…

Little Elves...

Winter break begins today...which means both of my little elves are home with me for the next 10 days or so.



It makes my heart happy to have them near.


peace

Addicted in Less Than 24 Hours...

Another shoot with my new lens...more fun play learning PS Actions. Scott is already planning an intervention. What can I say...Me+my camera+digital play time=LOVE.

First, Brea at breakfast yesterday SOOC...


Notice the lovely snot trail and speck of frosted mini wheat. Nice.

Last night I decided to play with the new skin fix technique to get rid of the snot and then applied a few simple actions to sharpen.


But then, as I was randomly poking around the web, I found The Coffee Shop Blog written by a mom who, well read her bio and you'll see why maybe I'm just a little drawn to her blog. Here's the same picture of Brea, snot trail left in tact, with a few of the Coffee Shop's actions applied.

First there's Coffee with Cream...


(I actually had to go back and do a bit of masking so that the sunny side of Brea's head wasn't totally blown out.)

Then we go B&W with a little Irish Breakfast...


(I chose not to add the optional softening action.)

Here's Raspberry Tea..…

Everyone Else is Doing it...

I don't know if you know this about me or not...but I can be a little bit stubborn. I've been thinking a lot lately that stubbornness can lean one in two directions...that of being brave to pursue one's dreams OR that of just being stupidly stubborn. I think this is a story about the later, that I'm hoping to shift towards the earlier.

I've been doing a lot of learning and researching online for the past several weeks on the photography front. One of the areas which I feel I need to greatly improve as I prepare to put my photography services out into the world for hire is how I process my images once I pull them off my camera's memory card. I personally feel that the most important skill set I can develop are the skills that help me to capture images that need only minimal processing to go from good to WOW. If the composition, use of lighting, or focus are bad there's no point in wasting time trying to make a bad picture look just OK. Those are all skills th…

A Photography Playground...

As promised, a few more shots from last weekend's wedding trip. I don't know if it's weddings, or churches, or groups of people, or what, but I can't help but dragging my camera along to occasions such as this...
















Many thanks to the wedding photographer, Dan, for taking time to sit with me for a bit at the reception and talk shop...and let me play with his 50mm/1.4 lens. (I may or may not have the cheaper 50mm/1.8 lens headed my way as I type this for this year's holiday photos.) I'm inching closer and closer to my dream of launching J. Mavin Photography in the coming months!


peace

A VERY White Wedding...

We took a little trip this weekend.

A trip to Scott and I's first home, Wayne, America. (AKA Wayne, Nebraska...home of Wayne State College, Wayne Chicken Days, and the Roses.)

The occasion? The wedding of Marisa and Brian. Marisa was a cheery little 2nd grader back in the fall of '93 when her family, the Roses, first invited us into their home for a Friday night dinner (the first of MANY) as part of the Host a Student Program through WSC where Scott and I went to college. She is now a lovely woman, all grown up and married! It doesn't seem possible that so much time has passed since that first dinner...yet I can't remember time before the Roses were part of our family. (Kinda like it's hard to remember what life was like before I met Scott...or before we became parents.)

You know how it's the unexpected things that happen during a wedding that end up being the special memories that you hold on for years to come. WELL, let me tell you, Marisa and Brian's weddin…