366 Macro World – Day 73

73/366 – Stylus.

My husband has a huge (in the thousands) vinyl album collection. He spins a few every weekend. With the second straight day of rain this weekend keeping us indoors, I decided to get a picture of the stylus on one of his turntables.

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366 Macro World – Day 7

7/366 – Happy Russian Christmas! Today is Christmas according to the Gregorian calendar. My mother-in-law was a daughter of Ukrainian immigrants (Ukrainian Byzantine Catholic) and taught her children about this difference of when folks celebrated Christmas. So they celebrated both ‘Normal’ Christmas and ‘Little’ or ‘Russian’ Christmas. My husband and I keep the tradition alive in our family as well and we celebrate both Christmas days. ‘Russian Santa’ leaves a few small gifts in our stockings, and the kids love that Christmas doesn’t end on December 26th.

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Seth Family April 2014

This was my second session with the Seth Family. This time we also included my client’s sister and her family, and their parents. My biggest group so far, but such fun! Here’s the review Neha wrote after her first session with me in December 2013:

We had a fantastic experience with Tracy! She took some gorgeous pictures of our family of five along with my 6 month old. Tracy was very professional. She gave us plenty of time between shots to change outfits for our baby. And was very patient even when baby was getting fussy. The best part about the whole experience was that the pictures turned out just beautiful. We are looking forward to our next shoot with Tracy!

Here is a selection of my favorite images from the latest session. Click here to see the full gallery.

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2013 Photo-a-day: April Week 3

Day 15 - Star hands

Day 15 – Star hands

This is another image I saw on the web and wanted to try. I think ideally you would use 5 different people with similar sized hands, but I did it with my husband and 2 older kids. I laid on the ground and shot straight up while they held their hands above me so I could get the blue sky in the background. It’s not a perfect star, but I love how it came out.

Day 16 - Dancing with Daddy feet

Day 16 – Dancing with Daddy feet

My daughter trying to dance standing on Daddy’s feet. What more can I say? :)

Day 17 - Sibling hands

Day 17 – Sibling hands

This is one of my favorite shots of the month so far. We did it outside to get nice light. The two older kids put their hands down first, then my husband held the baby over them and lowered his hand onto the top. I had to get to shot quickly as he almost immediately took his hand off again! A quick conversion to black and white gave it a lovely finish.

Day 18 - Mommy and me feet

Day 18 – Mommy and me feet

This is another one of those pictures that started with me trying to get something completely different. I wanted a shot of Evan’s feet sticking out in front of him, so that his feet were in focus but the rest of him was slightly blurred, so that he feet were the main focus of the picture. I discovered though that his legs aren’t long enough to give enough distance between his feet and his body to get the effect I wanted. So I’ll save that shot for one of the other kids. Instead I just started trying to get a cute shot of his feet, and I put one of mine in to show the difference in size. Result? Cute shot :)

Day 19 - Wet feet

Day 19 – Wet feet

My son’s preschool class went on a nature hike to a local creek, and I knew that would be a good opportunity to get some nice shots. They had a lot of fun wading in the shallow water, throwing stones and trying to catch something with their nets.

Day 20 - Holding hands

Day 20 – Holding hands

This is another shot from the nature hike. The kids had to hold an adult’s hand while we walked on the street, and my son chose to hold his teacher’s hand. He adores his teacher, and she was been wonderful with him this year, very patient and adapting to his needs. The original shot had their whole bodies in, and when I cropped in on their hands I lost some quality in the image. I still like it though.

Day 21 - Soccer feet

Day 21 – Soccer feet

My son again! He just started a 12 week soccer class, and he loves it! I’m not sure if he’s any good yet, but as this shot shows, at least he can kick the ball! I used my 50mm-200mm lens on full zoom to get in as close as I could on his feet from the sidelines.