Silhouette

He’s probably the sweetest member of our family. He’s been with us for only five months less than Ash has (almost 10 years!). They’ve grown up together and because of that, he doesn’t mind being around little kids. Adults on the other hand. . . We’ve been feeding him for ten years and he’s still not 100% sure he can trust us.

He wasn’t a lap cat for the first 8 years of his life, but lately he enjoys crawling into my lap to take about a 30 minute nap. Thankfully that’s the extent of it, because my legs are asleep by the time he’s leaping out! He’s not a small cat — 14 pounds!

A cat licks its paw behind a sheer curtain. Photo by Not So SAHM

Silhouette – ProjectEdit365 – 25 Jan

Do you know what the pieces of wood are called that hold the panes of glass together? And that my cat has his paw parallel to? Head over to Project Edit 365 to see if you know the answer and to see how I edited the original photo. Thanks!

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Baking Time

I mentioned that Daddy is so good with spending time with his girls. He’s even good in the kitchen. And there’s always goodies to taste afterwards.

I love lifestyle photography. You don’t have to have a large living space to make lifestyle photography work. This kitchen was a tiny galley kitchen. Fortunately it had this pass-through window. I stood in the dining room and shot through.

This photo blends the best of both worlds: daddy dates and lifestyle photography.

Dad helps his two girls bake in the kitchen. Not So SAHM

Baking Time – ProjectEdit365 – 09 Jan

The original was a little dark and not so sharp. Click over to Project Edit 365 to see how I edited the original. Thanks!

 

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Time for a Christmas Story

Their bond is so special to me.

I pray that it’s as special to them when they grow up.

Older sister reads a Christmas story to younger sister. Not so SAHM

Time for a Christmas Story – ProjectEdit365 – 06 Dec

I was practicing shooting at non-normal angles and I’m so glad I got this one. The focus isn’t so great, but the sentiment and action are priceless. I sharpened it and reduced the noise to help out a little. I turned it monochromatic to reduce the distraction. I thought about cropping in to get rid of the wooden chair on the right and the socks? above the book, but I like having the little bit of negative space around their heads. I increased the contrast and clarity, which can darken things, so I lightened the shadows. I adjusted the tone curve just a bit to slightly matte the image. Here’s the original:

06dec

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Washing away

After her first Nutcracker recital, she came home and washed the night’s makeup off her face. An 8-year old standing in the bathroom, but I’m sure if I had looked in the mirror I would have seen a teenager. Washing away the years.

A young girl looks in the bathroom mirror as she washes her face. Not so SAHM

Washing away – ProjectEdit365 – 21 Nov

The original had a lot going on around the edges. I cropped to get rid of that and turned it black and white to keep the focus on Ash. I increased the contrast but decreased the clarity. I used a graduated filter to lower the exposure just slightly on the mirror part of the picture. I used an adjustment brush on her hair to increase the clarity on it. I sharpened the whole picture and, as almost always, added a vignette. Here’s the original:

21nov

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Learning to Read

As a homeschooler, I say this with all the love in the world — it’s a blessing and a curse to be the one to teach your child to read. Maybe it’s only control freaks that have issues. I thought I would poke my eyes out with pencils before we got the hang of reading.

But you know what? She learned. And she’s reading up a storm now. Here she was, learning about initial sounds.

Girl plays a phonics game on the computer. Not So SAHM

Learning to Read – ProjectEdit365 – 01 Nov

There’s so much going on the pic, I made it black and white to take away some of the distraction. I love the busyness though because it almost all relates to her. The babydoll, the bike. I increased the contrast and clarity, lightened the exposure and highlights. Here’s the original:

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Excuse me, Sir

We visited the FDR Memorial in Washington, D.C. and decided that the exhibits would be better as interactive ones. These men are waiting in a soup line during the Great Depression. I’m guessing Ash is going ask if she can cut in line.

Girl stands in the back of statues waiting in a soup kitchen line at the FDR Memorial in Washington DC. Not So SAHM

Excuse me, Sir – ProjectEdit365 – 24 Oct

I decided to crop a little to tighten the subject. Turning it black and white took care of the distracting color of her jacket and purse. I also gave it a little grain to make it look a little aged. Here’s the original:

24oct

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