Girl sleeps on couch with cat. Photo by VSD Photography

Favorites from February

I looked back through the pictures I took in February and pulled out a couple of my favorites. I’m trying to be more intentional about capturing life. Funny that a photographer has to remind herself to get her camera out to capture her family. Click on any picture to see them larger.

The picture above that looks like the girl is falling – she’s not! She was doing a spin jump turn-thing and I happened to stop the motion with a fast shutter speed. I love it!

Did you capture some images in February that you love ?

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Feb’s Photo Challenge

For someone who has gotten used to having mostly a zoom lens on my camera for the past four years, shooting with a prime lens, and forcing my feet to do the zooming, was challenging at first. Using a zoom lens makes it easy to adjust your optical distance to the subject. A prime lens forces you to think more about the composition.

I did several shoots this month using my Canon 50mm 1.8 on my 7d mark ii. That’s like an 80mm or 85mm on a full-frame. The first shoot was with a Philly photographer who was visiting Miami. We went to Wynwood Walls and used my younger daughter as a model.

Side note: I’m still using a really small resolution size for the photos because this blog’s storage is almost full!

Girl at Wynwood Walls in Miami. Photo by Not So SAHMGirl at Wynwood Walls in Miami. Photo by Not So SAHMGirl at Wynwood Walls in Miami. Photo by Not So SAHMGirl at Wynwood Walls in Miami. Photo by Not So SAHMGirl at Wynwood Walls in Miami. Photo by Not So SAHM

I also had Jes model for me.

I also got to do a lifestyle session with two young kids. It was such a fun session! This was more challenging, being inside and having to account for furniture and small spaces.

For March the challenge is going to be to use one aperture for a whole shoot!

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It’s written on her face

This one wears her emotions on her sleeve, so to speak. Take a look at her face, her body, her demeanor, and you’ll know exactly how she’s feeling. I know God will use her passionate personality for amazing things, but right now we’re just getting her to understand how to respond properly to her angry and frustrated emotions. She has a very sweet heart, though, which is the perfect complement to the thin skin.

Girl makes funny pose sitting on a park bench. Photo by Not So SAHM

It’s written on her face – ProjectEdit365 – 18 Jan

It’s great when a quick edit will work for a photo. Head over to the blog I made specifically for this project: Project Edit 365 to see the quick edits that I made and the original photo. Thanks!

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2017 Calendar – Done!

The photo website, Shutterfly, had an offer recently (ends today, 21 Nov – get there before midnight!), for a free 2017 calendar. I chose to make the “easel calendar”, which is a set of 5×7 cards that sit in a small wooden stand.

I love the easel method of displaying photos. I’ve ordered many square photos from Artifact Uprising and had my dad make wooden easel stands for them. Here’s what they look like:

Artifact Uprising prints in wooden easels my dad made. Not So SAHM

So here is what my calendar 5x7s are going to look like, and you can imagine them sitting in a wooden easel. I can’t wait to get them!

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My theme for the calendar is famous places around the world (that I’ve visited, obviously).

January: El Capitan in Yosemite, California
February: The cherry blossom trees in Washington, D.C.
March: The Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica
April: Garden of the Gods and Pike’s Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado
May: Perrine Bridge and the Snake River in Twin Falls, Idaho*
June: Amboise, France
July: Cloud Gate at Millennium Park in Chicago, IL
August: Beach on the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii
September: Thingvellir, Iceland
October: Traben-Trarbach along the Mosel, Germany
November: Central Park, New York City
December: Avenue of the Giants, northern California

*It’s a stretch to say it’s a famous place, but it’s the 4th highest arch bridge in North America – and I’ve seen three of the top four!

Happy 2017!

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6 months of ProjectEdit365

I started ProjectEdit365 in February, so today marks six months that I have been editing a picture a day! The time has flown. I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of the project:

  • choosing the pictures
  • editing each one
  • posting the edits (on several different platforms)
  • printing out some of the pics

It doesn’t take up much time each day so I haven’t felt overwhelmed by the project (yet). There are some months. . . actually I think it’s every month, that I get to the last couple of days and wonder if I’m going to be able to find enough pictures to edit. Sometimes I gravitate to the already-pretty pictures and have to remind myself that this project is to learn how to edit better.

Do you want to participate? Here are the guidelines I’ve created and have been following:

  • I am only using pictures from the month in which we are in – from any year. So, with August coming up, I’m only going to use pictures that I’ve taken in Augusts of years past (and this year if I take any).
  • I am using Lightroom to edit, but that’s only because it’s what I’ve got. I have Photoshop Elements, but it’s not fast for me and I would love to get more proficient with Lightroom and then move on to learn how to use Photoshop (including Elements).
  • Sometimes I try to think outside the box and edit in a way that I wouldn’t initially think of. . . but much of the time I have an idea in my head already of what I want to try.
  • I tag each post with #ProjectEdit365

Here’s my work so far:


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Light Painting – Orb

This pic is actually from tonight. My photography group practiced with light painting. It was so much fun! This was tutorial I read before going out tonight: Chris Bray Photography

An orb created by light painting photography NotSoSAHM

Light Painting – ProjectEdit365 – 07 May

The original was still cool but I thought the contrast and clarity needed enhancing. I upped the saturation just a bit in the sky.

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