Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dusting off the Fisheye ...

Oh how I forgot how much I LOVE this lens! It's been a while since I had real fun with photography (dang life) ... well, I put my trusty 50mm 1.4 high up on a shelf and said goodbye for a while ... I want to have fun with my Fisheye again!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I heart Faces photo challenge: Innocent Wondering

I was excited for this challenge! Ashton is always off looking at something, wondering. It always makes me wonder what going on in his little head. I can just imagine! He doesn't give me big cheeses when I ask him, or pose for me. So, I get some of my best photos of him because of his innocent curiosity and his beautiful outlook on life. With hopes one day he's verbal enough to share his world with me! =)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Simply beautiful

Amelia and our Maine Coon cat Cleopatra. Cleo for short. =)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

My little worker

 Helping me water my plants and grass today. I'm so thankful for this beautiful weather we have been having!

Before and after

So I thought I'd share another one. This took me maybe 5 mins. First I opened in Lightroom 3. I used a preset called pretty girl ... it gives it a purple..ish retro look. Then I cropped. I sent it over to CS5 added a texture, masked back most the texture off the photo, gave it a slight "S" curve, resized, and sharpened for web!

There is SOOC (resized and sharpened only)

My edit

Friday, January 14, 2011

Such a beautiful day!

It was SO nice having the warm weather return. I really hope it's here to stay. If felt wonderful wearing shorts and a tank top, running around outside with the kids, and finally picking up my camera again! =)

Monday, January 10, 2011

I heart faces photo challenge: SMILE

I really had a hard time choosing one from this series. Some of them were funny. I don't know what it was about this one I decided to go with it. After the contest I'll post the others. This was thought up by my daughter! She's great when I need creative ideas! =)

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

One of my favorite places

Valley of Fire. For those of you that visit Las Vegas this is a MUST go place. Yeah, a little out the way (45 mins from the strip), but seriously breathtaking! When I lived there I took trips to TVF all the time. Mother Nature sure created something wonderful there! 

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Letting go ....

Seems to be the title of the day. We say goodbye to Daddy for a year (less or longer). It also seems this is my biggest struggle with my son - the letting go. He'll be 8 in a few months, but he's so much like a toddler in many ways - mostly in the impulsive department (and language). He's been gaining my trust more and more by proving me wrong in certain situations .... recently. I've been allowing him to roam more without such a tight leash .... but believe me my hawk eyes are still on him at ALL the times. It's just a real hard thing for a mom that has dealt with SO much horror ... having to call the police a NUMBER of times, losing him in a dept store (he jumped out the cart and RAN .... found him chowing down hotdogs in the break room), the ups truck driving picking him up naked not knowing (little sneak), broken windows, all the fences he climbed ... all the many times I had that OMG I LOST MY KID feeling! And even worse knowing he couldn't tell you his name, who his mom was, and more than likely naked! LOL (I still can laugh over all this) Letting go and giving him some freedom can send me in panic mode, LOL! I have to do it though. I tell myself this a million times a day ....

Anyway this photo reminds me of letting him go ... but not too far, haha!

Before and after

This isn't a great before and after, but I wanted to start doing these more so you can see what I start off with and show you how I process. This was just a quick minute edit. I promise I'll get more creative =)

 Strait out the camera (SOOC) with the usual resize and sharpen -

The quick edit

I can't wait to share more before and afters with you!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Reach for the sky

This was an old photo I edited tonight. I'm glad I went back and found it, because I love it! It makes me think of all my hopes, dreams, and reaching as far as I can to get them! I also get a free feeling when I look at this photo. I think I may have to revisit more of my old photos. 

I heart faces photo challenge: Best 2010 face

I heart faces is having a "best of 2010 face" contest. I had so many to choose from, but I feel like this was my most powerful image this year. 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Just a memory: Christmas

So, our entire Sunday was spent cleaning, putting away the x-mas decor, cutting up, and burning our 15 foot tree! What. A. Mess. that tree made! We saved the trunk of the tree to burn in our fireplace. It feels so empty in my house now. It always does the day we pack Christmas away! Makes me wish Christmas was everyday. I'm going to miss the gatherings ... the food .. the pretty lights .. and of course my beautiful tree! Until next year =)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New Year

I don't like making resolutions for myself and these past few years I've set small resolutions hoping to reach them all. And I do, some. Even something like taking to time to blog everyday is hard! My goal is to blog once a day and hopefully include a photo to get me picking up my camera for myself, but it seemed last year once I missed a few days I stopped. So, this year I'm not going to be so hard on myself for a few missed days. I'll keep on and hopefully can get a year of our life documented.

Anyway here are a few of my New Year resolutions - not all just a few I'm sharing here are:

1. Read more books (I think I read 3 books last year and all were Autism related). I want to read more novels.

2. Find and be apart of something - weather it be a support group for moms with kids that have autism or a group with our church - something! Maybe I'll even get really rambunctious and start something .. =)

3. Go to church more

and since my husband is going to be deployed for all of this year ....

4. Spend more wisely, save more, and pay off debt

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year!