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…but I couldn’t resist taking some quick photos of the beautiful Rainier cherries I bought at the local produce stand!

I am hoping to get some reviews of some photography books that I have read up next week, so stay tuned!!!

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newport

I just returned home from a trip to Oregon.  I had never been there before, so I was excited to see the sights and take some photos.  We spent most of our time in and around Newport, OR, which is on the coast.  It was a beautiful place…I had to think more in terms of landscape photography (which I have studied very little), but I managed to get a portrait in as well.

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There are some people who don’t care for “Hallmark Holidays”…Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day…but I am not one of those people.  I’m not saying I go all out by any means, but any excuse to make others feel special?  I am there.  Over at The Pioneer Woman’s Photography section this weekend there was a contest.  The theme was “Fathers”.  I immediately knew which photo I wanted to submit.  So many people enter these contests that I never ever get my hopes up.  There are some crazy awesome photographers out there…I don’t know how she ever chooses the finalists, let alone the winners.  Anyway, I submitted the photo below.  It’s one that has been drifting around my computer and my head for a month and a half (since Easter, when it was taken).  It’s not of my own father or of my husband, but it is a photo I love of another family member and his sweet little daughter.  And while I knew that it was highly unlikely for it to be chosen as a finalist (it wasn’t, by the way), it was motivation enough to find the photo in the depths of my server, edit it, and send it to the people who would enjoy it the most: the daddy in the photo and his cute wife.  Some of my favorite people.  I hope you like it, too.

 

 

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Wow.  This was fun!  For the second week of the class I’ve been taking it was all about kids…so I had a 3 year old, a bunch of 6 year olds, a couple 8 year olds, and a 4 year old all thrown into the mix.  Of course, it happened to be a week of crazy-busy-ness as well, so I decided to try to shoot as much as I could all in one day.  So everyone but the 8 year olds came for a photoshoot one afternoon last week and then the 8 year olds came a couple days later.  These kids all know each other and have been friends for a while, so they were all very comfortable around each other.  The only exception was my 3 year old friend.  I think she was a little overwhelmed by all the bigger kids.  I did manage to get a few cute photos of her as well, though.  Enough chatting from me…how about some photos?

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Thanks to my friends who brought their kidlets by for photos!  I hope it was as fun for you all as it was for me!

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I’ve been taking a class about Babies, Toddlers and Kids…specifically, how to draw their attention to the lens of the camera, keep them engaged and get natural smiles and expressions.  It’s just a two week class, so the homework has been pretty intensive.  Last week was all about babies, so I lined up shoots with 3 different babies and tried the techniques discussed in the class.  These are my homework submissions for last week.

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This week is all about kids…I had a big shoot today with a bunch of kidlets.  It was crazy fun.  I’ll get those photos up next week.

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an interlude…

I am hoping to post a preview tomorrow of one of my favorite seniors…thanks for your patience.  But today I am going to do something that I almost NEVER do.  I am going to post a photo SOOC (straight out of camera).  I edit just about every photo that I get my hands on, so for me to have a photo that I love this much without any changes is pretty amazing.

A few weeks ago, I attended an event at the Salt Lake City Public Library.  It is an awesome building, and I have been inside during the day, but never at night.  My sister and I were coming out of the event just a little while after the main area of the library had closed.  It was dark outside and all the little shops were closed up and dark as well.  The lighting was really cool and I knew I needed to stop and catch a photo of it.  This is really my first try at architecture photography.  I tried editing it, but I actually prefer the yellow, glowy cast to it in the color version.

Of course, I did have to try it in black and white.  I am loving this version, too.

So what did I learn?  Even when an event is over, there might still be an amazing photo op right outside.

 

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rock star…

Last week I did a mentoring session and caught this photo of my little friend G.  He is just too cool! rock star

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