Wednesday, April 16, 2014

First Photo Shoot!

I know it seems like I've been posting a lot about taking pictures with my camera....and I have. lol.  I think the thing with me is that when I'm on a roll with something I just go with it.  I'm really enjoying experimenting with my camera and software.  For me, when I'm learning something I like to immerse myself in it.  I guess you could say I definitely like to focus all my attention on whatever subject it is.  When I feel like I've figured it out or I am satisfied with what level I am with the subject than I will move on.  So far that time hasn't happened.  I really am finding, I love taking pictures.  

I think right now I'm trying to figure out my style, what I like and what subjects I like taking pictures of.  I'm also figuring out how to work with the equipment and that takes a lot of practice and "doing".  I'm definitely a "hands on" learner.

The other day I got a chance to work with my first official "models" and photo shoot.  I recruited my brother and his precious little family.  I was itching to take pictures of more children after taking a few of my friends little girl a few weeks ago.  It wasn't the perfect time of day....it was mid day. So in the photography world it was not the prime hours for the best lighting.  That would be early morning and late afternoon/early evening.

That being said, I didn't care because at this point I just needed to work with people, children, live models.......and not in passing!  I really wanted an actual photo shoot to take time with the types of shots I wanted to try out.  

The girls were on their way to a party so we didn't have hours but that was ok because I doubt they'd have the patience for that.  :)










I love the shots of them dancing and moving.  I am partial to pictures that show lots of movement in hair and accessories.





With the way the light was hitting them, these shots reminded me of fairies in the forest.





I think what I love about this picture is how natural and messy her hair is and those chubby cheeks!





I love how this picture captures her in the air.  








 Love seeing them laughing!


 This picture was done with a filter.  Don't you just get a feeling of quiet and stillness?




Another shot I really love taking are closeups of the face.  I'm sure you could tell based on all the previous pictures.






There were sooooo many pictures that I loved.  I was actually surprised at how many worked out because I really wasn't thinking there would be many. (This is only a small portion of what I shot and it was very hard to pick which ones to share.)  

The girls were great and the only time they really smiled was when their daddy did something or said something silly.  Because the sun was so bright and harsh, we moved around a lot.  I think that's why we got so many great shots.  It also helped keeping their attention.  Everything was new!

I definitely want to take more pictures with models...I find their features so interesting.  I'll have to start recruiting! lol


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Monday, April 14, 2014

What's in Bloom?

Another day at Silvermont Park and this time new things were in bloom.  That gorgeous Star Magnolia was pretty much done with it's blooms this week but there were other beautiful trees and flowers in bloom.

I think I told you in my previous Silvermont post, that the landscape designers/gardeners designed the park to be in bloom constantly, all year long.  Well let me tell you, it's really fun to go every couple of weeks to see what's new.

Here are some of the new plants in bloom.

















I'm not sure but I'm thinking these are not Lilly of the Valley's ...or at least the traditional ones.  Any ideas?



This flower was on a single stem and not very tall (maybe to my calve).  There were a bunch of them along with those white flowers above.  Anyone know the names?


Someone told me the names of these a long time ago and I forgot. Suprised? lol.  

No, I don't have a clue what this is.  It was on a sparse tree.
It's really hard not to take pictures of these gorgeous beauties.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what's in bloom two or three weeks from now.  Check back and we'll see. :)


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