Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pool Party



A few weeks ago my nephew celebrated his birthday at the new aquatic center. All the cousins were there and everyone had fun floating, sliding and splashing. Non-swimmers are restricted to a small margin along the edge. Unfortunately, that meant some of my shots were blurry as I was in full zoom to capture my target kid. But you can sense the overall kid happiness right?

 
 

birthday boy

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Texture Tuesday: Perfectly Imperfect

Textured with Kim Klassen's kk_0303 and kk-Luminous
It took me awhile to find a photo for this week's Texture Tuesday. I thought of maybe using some outtakes. Goodness knows I have lots of those.
 
Eventually, I opened up a folder from a few years ago. One mostly comprised of raw photos that I hadn't been able to convert because I was using Photoshop CS3 and couldn't convert them efficiently. I've since upgraded but hadn't revisited my old folders. It was a trip down memory lane. Wow, have things changed.
 
I'm not sure who took the photo above. One of the kids or Ken most likely. There was lots of background clutter and the lighting was funky but this is probably the last photo of my grandpa and I together before he passed away just a few days later.
 
The photo itself may not be perfect (nor even my processing) but the memory is a wonderful one.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Randomness: Food Wish



Here's this week random question.

Random Question:
 
What is one food you don't like that you wish you did?



I wish that I could like oatmeal. Really and truly I do. It is scientifically shown to be good for you. It's low calorie. And there are so many ways to make it. Things to add to it. Fortunately, my kids like it so I can try new recipes on them.

However, I just can't get over the texture. I don't even like it in cookies. Cooked it's even worse.


What about you? Is there a food you wish you liked? Please share in the comments below.

DIY Chicken Wire Bulletin Board

 
I recently started the process of transforming the playroom into a studio/office space. It's twice as big as the room I was using previously. I'm trying to use space more wisely and make the most of vertical space as well.
 
If you are a crafter as well, you may also find that you manage to accumulate a lot of "stuff". Items and bits that may have potential some day in the future. I gathered up some pieces and put together a nice little bulletin board.
 
Chicken wire from an outdoor project years and years ago. A thin poster frame whose glass was broken in a move. My handy dandy staple gun.
 
I stapled the chicken wire to the back of the frame and used wire cutters to clip any wire that was overhanging the edge. And that was it, a lightweight bulletin board ready for clips.
 
I used bright colored plastic-coated paperclips to attach my cards to the board but you could use other types of clips as well. It's flanked by my magnetic boards from Ikea.
 
I'm so happy to have a space to display my cards. They've been stuck in a drawer for years. I collected the set from HOW magazine. Yes, their a little offbeat but I love them.




Friday, April 11, 2014

Etsy Favorites

Are you as big a fan of Etsy as I am? Maybe some of you are on Etsy yourselves sharing your beautiful creativity?

Here are a few of my favorite things I saw this week. The links are below so you can share in the goodness. Have any favorites of your own? Please share in the comments below.

1. I can totally relate to this tee.
2. These are some of the coolest hose I've seen.
3. Too cute. This is in my favorites and is going to be on my Mother's Day wish list
4. I love, love, love this pillow!!!
5. Loving this vintage camera screenprint


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Love is In the Air

 
   

I've spent the past few years trying to find my photographic style. I've tried all different subject matter, styles, read lots of photographic articles and watched tons of YouTube videos.

I'm sure I'll continue to evolve my style as I learn new things. Learning and trying new things is one of the best things. However, here are some things that I have discovered.

  • I prefer to take photos of people. (Not landscapes, still lifes, etc)
  • Seattle's rainy winters are not a photographers best friend. (rain = frizzy hair, red noses, cold kiddos, rushed sessions)
  • I love, love, love taking photos of couples in love. (That's lot of love)

If you follow me on Facebook, you have seen a few shots of this couple. Here are some more from their session. I love when I'm able to capture the couples special interactions, when they have relaxed and are able to reflect back their true relationship.
 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Texture Tuesday: For the Love of the Beach

Textured using kk_may, kk_enlightened, kk_3003
During our trip to southern California we took a morning away from Disneyland to go to Santa Monica to play on the beach. Both of the kids enjoyed playing in the water and Anique drew her name in the sand.

In the picture above she is working on the "I" while her brother is playing in the water in the background.

I love the beach for the peaceful sound of the water, the warm sun and toasty sand under my feet.

Anique is my water baby and could play in the water and sand for endless hours if we let her. She is the same way at the pool, she'll swim and dive forever. Long after the other kids have gotten bored and gone in search of other entertainment. Ken and I find this rather amusing since as a baby she would scream all the way through bath time. It's strange how kids change as they get older.

The weather if finally starting to warm up and dry out here in the NW as well and soon we'll be able to play on our own beaches. Although the water is quite a bit cooler.