Saturday, January 31, 2009


YAY 100 Days!!!
I did some more Valentine pics today. This time in my bedroom and used the flash a little:

Friday, January 30, 2009


I tried to focus and practice a little today but it just wasn't happening. I want to use the kit lens at the hospital but I just don't get along with it!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Snuck in a meetup with another April06 mom today. It totally wiped me out but so very worth it!

Monday, January 26, 2009


Monster princess!

Yellow cast maybe? At least it's color :P
Saturday night before the Notre Dame/UCONN game:

Friday, January 23, 2009


So we've been putting off celebrating my birthday b/c my gift hadn't arrived yet after being rerouted when we decided to move like thieves in the night. It finally came today! And he brings this in:

They're my old clubs but it's a new bag and club cover things. I'm thrilled to have it and he was super-proud to give it. Not exactly something I can run out and use...any time in the next 6 months to a year though!


End of the evening effort tonight! I even settled for the eyelash shots since I couldn't even get eye contact:

That's the sweet conversion (again) with a mocha overlay.
An attempt at color but I just couldn't get it right:

Just for fun, I ran Coffee Shop's Powder Room on my newly pedicured feet. I was trying to go frugal and remove the polish on my toenails this morning but...well, it just wasn't feasible so I let the pros take care of it (at the nail salon in WalMart):

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I just...she just....
And today, we added sparkly red pigtail holders to the getup b/c of course she had to wear it again.

Ran OTSS Vintage Sweet action on this one. And I totally left the mess in the background to make up for the princess bed shot!

Monday, January 19, 2009



Sunday, January 18, 2009


This, my dear photography friends, was not a good day. I barely slept last night and didn't get a bit of rest today between church and kids and grocery shopping and kids and...trying to get ready for a baby. I decided I'd indulge my nesting urge a little and set up the pack 'n play with the bassinet thingy which is where we'd planning on the baby sleeping as long as she was in our room. Alas...only 3 of the 4 poles necessary for the bassinet attachment made it to Indiana. I'm not sure where the 4th might be. It's one of those things I've looked at several times, even before moving and started to think, "Now I see three...doesn't that thing need fou...." and on to the next thought I'd go. But here we are. No place for the baby to sleep.
We're all four going to my 8:30am baby appointment and we're all four going to spend at least the rest of the morning shopping for alternatives; probably for the little gal that's currently hogging the crib mattress on her floor. Baby will likely get the crib in her room while big sister scores with a princess toddler bed or something equally tacky but fun.
Here I am, in my darkest nesting moment with my gut hanging out, my messy room, dirty mirror and 3 out of 4 poles:

On the lighter side, I totally need to update my blog list! If you're another 365'er that reads but I don't have listed, please leave a comment and I'll add you tomorrow!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009


I tried monochrome on my camera today and maybe I just don't know any better but I liked it just fine! Then Catie explained how to use a soft light layer with the high pass filter run on it and I liked it a lot! I gave this a light blue overlay as well; it seems more noticeable on the web than it looks to me in PS:

I just bounced the speedlite off the wall behind me and kind of like that you can kind of see my outline like you would if she was outside looking towards the sun.

Friday, January 16, 2009


This was a day that the ol' 365 "made" me get the camera out and since I waited until the end of the day, I "had" to use the flash. It's bounced off the plastic covering over the insulation in the basement. We were trying to run them down by letting them ride their bikes down there before wrestling them into bed. This guy had to stop and make a face at me after every lap. I brightened his eyes (they were pretty beady without) just by dodging the iris/pupil area and ran the Itty Bitty Over Expose Vintagy Wow Action:

Reflector, oh reflector, where for art thou?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009


Gave some Valentine's shots a try since we got the super-great heart suckers at Target today:

but I think I'm going to print it at 11 x 14 to add to my collection of two b&w 11 x 14's:

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Ah, back on track!
This was a rough morning. I made the common mistake of putting too much on my 'to-do' list and not allowing enough flexibility for the kids' antics. The little guy woke up in a fairly demanding mood so we were on the fast track to disaster anyway. The low point was probably when he dumped out a huge trash sack full of dirty clothes (including wet towels) that we'd moved with us so they were really gross. After being warned to just leave it the heck alone, he coaxed his sister into crawling into it with him (it was a huge contractor-type bag). So not only did I have to discipline him for not listening (for the umpteenth time), I had to really come down hard on both of them about the safety issue. And yes, I quickly removed the grody bag while they were in time out! And then he turns around and totally redeems himself with dressing up with his sister and reading her a story:

Nothing interesting about the shot though!

Monday, January 12, 2009


I tried bouncing the flash off a window today. I've heard good and bad things about it & I'm not sure why I tried a window with a shade on it other than it was just convenient! It gave me a decent catchlight though so I feel like it's worth continuing to work on. I also ran an OTSS Cashmere action on it for fun:

Friday, January 9, 2009

Another orphan post...

...but I'm doing well to even be on the computer these days!
I took some pics for a friend that makes the capes & tutus for her to use on her website. Of course the full-body shots aren't my strength so they're kind of 'eh' plus I kept the focus right in the center so they're...not perfect.
Here's my favorite though. Posting b&w AND color. I forced myself to PP the color version before I converted!


and the slideshow of the rest:

Thursday, January 8, 2009

First Indiana Post!

I barely know what the date it is, let alone what number this is in my 365 so this is my orphan post with a scraggly shot I took today. This rental has amazing natural light though! These places are kind of built for retirees so I think this little 'toy area' is actually meant to be a porch...even though it's inside & right off the kitchen!
When I first started on OPS, I couldn't figure out what 'muddy' meant in reference to black & white conversions but wow, I see it now!

Thursday, January 1, 2009


Went for New Year's card shots tonight: