Thursday, August 31, 2006

A is for Apple...

Promo I'm using for my September Open House event:

The rest of the girls pics from my test shoot can be seen HERE.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Word Play - G


Geronimo - not only the name of an American Indian chief, but the name we gave a turtle that happened upon our back yard as a child and that we claimed as a pet. We set up a little swimming pool for him and everything. I must have been 8 or 9. It was a red-eared slider, which are pretty common here in Texas.

Gestation - The gestation period of an elephant can be almost two years long. Considereing how miserable I was during each of my pregancies, it's something I can't even fathom. And I have a lot of modern convieniences that elephants don't have... speaking of Elephants, Mallory informed us today that she wished she had a real elephant, and that they don't make that much of a mess - to which Kevin informed her how big an elephant's bowel movements are. Such a scientific household we have here.

Green and Growing - I heard someone say in a speech once that you're either "Green and growing, or you're brown and dying." I thought it quite profound, and it's one that has stayed with me. Here's a shot of Mallory's "green and growing" bean plants.

Grain - The sand-like or granular appearance of a photograph. You will have more grain with a photo taken at a large ISO (film speed) and it is more pronounced the larger the image. Here's an example of a photo with grain:

Saturday, August 26, 2006

I have studio lust

Random musings from me this morning. Kevin took the girls to Angleton this morning to play with their grandparents while he went in to work for a bit. Which leaves me ALONE. While I'm supposed to be cleaning the house getting ready for some clients, I just decided to take a moment to enjoy my glass of Diet Dr. Pepper in peace and quiet and type out some random things I've been pondering.

I have studio lust. It's getting BAD. I'm at the point where I have steady enough business that my living room/studio is in a constant state of disarray. I would be so nice to just have a place where I didn't have to re-set-up all my "stuff" for each new shoot. I really feel like there's a market here in Pearland as well. There's no major photography studio that I know of here. Yet, it would still be a major leap of faith. I think I'm going to start looking into the cost of leasing in some of the different shopping strips around... but again, that's a major commitment and I'm still afraid that one day people are going to wake up and decide I don't know what I'm doing and stop calling for appointments!

I took this shot this week, and I'm really pleased with it. Newborns are my absolute most favorite things to photograph. They are so very sweet! This baby was a little angel, and mom was so trusting in my ideas and let me just put him up on this shelf! The blanket he is laying on was on started by his paternal grandmother who passed away shortly before he was born. Check out his precious little froggie shoes! So so darling!

When I grow up, I want to be this photographer: I adore her work. It's totally the look that I aspire to.

And one more random photography tidbit - I'm updating the galleries on my website. It takes a while to do each one, so I'm going slowly, but I have the first four converted to the new "look" - take a peek and tell me what you think.

Oh, and I purchased some new stuff this week. Can't wait for the man in brown to come knocking at my door! I bought a new camera body, another new L series lens, and a Quantum 2x 2 battery pack for my flash/camera. All things that will be very helpful in the wedding I have coming up this next weekend. Yay!

Okay, I suppose that's all I can get by with for now. Life with three girls does take its toll on the house when you skip housework to work on pictures too many days in a row!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to!

Some pictures from Clara's 1st birthday party:

The cake ~ lovingly made by Nana.
Not so sure about the cake...
Get me outta here!!

Friday, August 18, 2006

The Happy Scientist

Mallory shows off her bean sprouts. They're growing well!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Science Anyone?

As we all know, Mallory takes after her Daddy - she loves Science, which she did NOT get from me. In fact, I'm so not a science person that I save all the science up from an entire week and each 5th day or so we have "Science Day" where we do all the week's science in one day - including the experiment. Of course, she loves Science Day, and thinks I do it that way just to have a "fun" day every now and then. Today was the first of several bean experiments. She's been looking at the beans every couple of hours since we put them in the jars, and was SO excited when one's skin started to split open. Will keep you posted on this oh-so-exciting event...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Word Play - F

First Birthday - I am having a very difficult time believing my baby is about to be ONE. Even harder to believe that next year she'll be walking about and talking up a storm as Lila is now. Clara is so much fun. She has so much personality!

Favorites: Drink - Diet Dr. Pepper * Authors - Nick Kelsh & Nicholas Sparks * Bible Verse - John 16:33 * Ice Cream Treat - Marble Slab's Cheesecake ice cream with graham crackers, cherries and caramel mixed in * Restaurant - Benihana * "Downtime" activity - Scrapbooking * Vegetable - Zucchini * Band - the Beatles * TV Program - The Amazing Race * Color - Green * Attire - comfortable jeans and an Old Navy t-shirt.

f-stop - the number representing the aperture portion of a camera setting/exposure.

Four O'Clock - the "witching" hour at my house. The one where the kids are most wound up and I'm most ready to have Daddy home!

Frozen dinners - a staple in our house lately. I actually have been cooking two fresh vegetables a night, so it's not like I'm not cooking at all... But for the main dish, I've been warming up Lean Cuisine meals for both Kevin and myself. The kids get different main dishes each night - usually some variety of chicken. It sounds horrible, but they're really not that bad. The LC Panninis that we had last night were YUM-O.