Sunday, May 15, 2016

I Was Born By A River

 Almost two years ago, my Canon 60D drowned in a puddle of plant water.  It had leaked through little cracks in a handmade bowl my sister in law had made me.   I had saved and saved for that camera.  It was the camera that I shot my first weddings with.  It was my learning camera.  It taught me so many things about being a photographer, but it had all come to a complete halt just because I watered my stupid plant.

Truth be told, that simple error sent me on a downward spiral, causing me to question my life's ambitions.  I know that sounds overly dramatic, but with the loss of my laptop a bit earlier and now my faithful photo taker, it was true.  What I didn't know at the time was that it was the start of a new season in my life...I'll write more about that later.

At that place and time, I had become a creative photographer without a camera.  Actually, that wasn't entirely true...I had an 8 year old Rebel XT, a Pentax K1000, and an iPhone 4, but after spreading my wings a bit with the 60D, I felt like all were lost.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Once Upon A Time

Well it's Thursday and my 1st week of focusing on story is winding up.  I don't think I've been working on it very intensely.  In fact, I haven't picked up my camera since Monday.  Instead, I thought it would be a good idea to paint my kitchen cupboards.  I have chosen a bright unexpected color to encourage me to photograph in my home more often.  The week isn't over yet and my I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the concept. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Story Week

If I was to assess where I am as a photographer today I would say that one of my biggest weaknesses would be that I am way too critical and picky of my own images.  I have no problem finding wonderful things in other's work, but when it comes to my own I have a certain standard (whatever that means).  I catch myself trying to be very in control of my image making and I forget to just let things happen.

  Since I'm working on story in my images this week, I went back to look at some images that I took over the last month to see what I missed the first time around due to my pickiness.  Here's what I pulled from my files to add to my library of images.  I'll tell you what I like about them...

 I love the way my daughter's hair is blowing.  There were ducks in that pond and the kids were trying to take photos of them with my cell phone.

My boys are usually always in some type of dress up.  My house is never fully picked up and dinner is often very casual.  We most always sit down as a family and it's a lot of work.  I usually don't take too many photos in my house because it's small and feels cluttered and is a rental.  I like that this image captures my son's zoned out expression.  He's probably sword fighting or chasing dragons.

No matter how many times I move this stool out of my kitchen, it alway finds it's way back.  We keep the yummy treats up high and in the back of the cupboards to make it harder for everyone to get...including myself :).

This was not the look I asked him to give me as I stood in the rain trying to pose him, but captures the little guy very well. LOL.

Tip One for Story:  Lighten up!  Don't be so picky with your images that you forget about the moment that's actually happening.  Don't throw away the average photos of your average life for the quest of the perfect image.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Capturing My Daily Life

I recently came across some old video footage from when we lived in Egypt and it inspired me to spend some time shooting my everyday life.  As I walk through this journey called being a photographer, I would like to focus at the moment on the theme of story.  This new focus has also inspired me to turn my failed 365 photo a day blog into more of a journal of my experience.  I promise you I will sound silly and foolish at times, there will be spelling and grammar mistakes, and I will post more images of my kids than my own mother would care to see.  I will shoot with film and digital and I will be doing this as a self expression project.  I also promise to be as creative as I can.  If you should wander upon this project called my life, my hope would be to entertain you, inspire you, and to hopefully encourage you to capture your own unique journey.  Let me know if I do :).  Here's day one:

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

No Sew Repurposed Camera Roller Bag

No Sew Repurposed Camera Roller Bag:

$5.50-Used roller bag size 22 x 14 x 9
$11.00-2 yards ½ foam
$5.00-2 yards 72 inch felt
$2.00- 2 yards velcro strips

My Total cost:  $23.50
Time:  1 hour

Other supplies:
glue gun and glue
Rotary cutter and board or really sharp pinking scissors

1.  Measure and cut foam bottom (Photo A)
2.  wrap foam piece in felt and hot glue closed inward envelope folding the ends (Photo B)
3.  Measure and cute side piece (should be one long piece the entire inward length of the case (Photo C)
4.  wrap side in felt and hot glue closed
5.  insert your two pieces and then measure the shelf pieces wrap and fold in felt, but DON’T envelope fold these ends, instead hot glue the ends sticking out. (Photo D).   Make sure you glue all the way to the end, don’t worry about how they look, you will trim them after (you will be attaching velcro to these ends first).
6.  Measure and cut division pieces and glue the same way you did the shelf pieces. (Photo E.)
7.  Measure and cut the scratchy part of the velcro to the ends of each will want to make sure that the seem of the piece is facing down and that you apply the velcro to the same side of the piece
8.  After all pieces are finished, trim the ends with the rotary cutter or pinking shears to make the ends look finished.  (Photo F.)

And you’re done (Photo G&H)!

Photo I is the leftovers I have.  I may end up sewing the pieces, but I wanted to see how the hot glue holds up first.