2013 Photo-a-day: February Week 1

Day 32

Day 32

This month’s theme is love, so I decided to start with a symbol of my husband’s love for me. I wanted a nice satiny background that would resemble a wedding dress, so I used my son’s baptism outfit that I had handy. I simply scrunched it up a little to give it some shape, and it worked great.

Day 33

Day 33

Many days this month I’ve been able to use events that were already planned for my photos, rather than needing to seek out and set up shots like last month. This is the first example of that. My children were invited to a birthday party, which included the customary piƱata. You can see by the look on the birthday girl’s face how much she is loving the game! You might think this was a lucky shot, but to get it I had to shoot continuously as she swung the pole, to ensure I got ‘the moment.’

Day 34

Day 34

It’s Superbowl Sunday, and the nation ground to a halt as everyone watched to see if the San Francisco 49ers or the Baltimore Ravens would win. Although we support the Pittsburgh Steelers in this house, the family still enjoyed the game.

Day 35

Day 35

My daughter made this hairband with a kit she got for Christmas. She noticed my hair was getting in my eyes (because I’m overdue for a haircut) so she gave me the hairband to wear. How could I refuse? Luckily it is pretty cute, and just happened to match my sweater. To get the shot I simply put my camera at one end of the table, set the timer, and sat at the other end. Confession time – I did airbrush out a few wrinkles in Photoshop :)

Day 36

Day 36

My daughter had to do a ‘100 project’ to celebrate the 100th day of school. We talked about what she should do at length, and she threw out all my ideas, until I suggested she take 100 photos with my camera. She jumped at that idea! And it turns out she has a good eye – she got some really good shots (see the end of the post for a picture of her final project). I love that my love of photography is spreading. She used my old D40 camera. I bumped up the white balance to give this picture a really warm feel – her hair is not actually that red.

Day 37

Day 37

These are 2 of my closest friends. We started a new bible study together last month, and try and meet weekly to discuss what we are learning. The love shared between good friends is indescribable and priceless. The fact that we are sharing our love of Jesus with other only strengthens that bond and makes it that much more special.

Day 38

Day 38

My mum has not been able to visit us for a year due to her commitment to care for her own mother back in England. She obviously misses her grandchildren very much, but her love reaches across the miles. She made this hat and cuffs set by hand (crocheted) and mailed them to us. It was a lovely surprise for Elizabeth.

Elizabeth's 100 Days of School project

Elizabeth’s 100 Days of School project

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2013 Photo-a-day: January Week 3

Day 15

Day 15

I’ve been struggling a little with the theme I set myself for this month – winter. I had a few obvious shots I wanted to get that represent winter, but some days I have to look really hard to find something that fits the theme. Other days the shots just jump right out at me. When I went in to wake my son up this morning, I spotted his little foot poking out from under the warm blankets, and I had to get a picture. This represents how hard it is to get out of bed on those cold, dark winter mornings!

Day 16

Day 16

With winter comes the new year, and with the new year comes resolutions. One of mine was to make more of an effort to find time daily for reading my bible. To that end I have started TWO new bible studies this week. One is with my MOMS group – we meet twice a month and are using the ‘My Soul Magnifies the Lord’ book. The subtitle is ‘A Scriptural Journey with Mary.’ So far it’s been really good. The other study I am doing is a daily one, which fits with my goal for the new year. It is an online study called Good Morning Girls. We are studying the first 8 chapters of Luke (one chapter a week), and use the SOAP method of study. I am LOVING it! It is quick and simple, but every day I am finding something in the verses I study that calls to me. I’m enjoying it so much I have started blogging my daily reflections.

Day 17

Day 17

My hubby got me these for Christmas. So cozy and warm!

Day 18

Day 18

I wanted to shoot something that represented winter as death. Wandering round my garden I found this poor old sunflower – perfect! I used a wide aperture to blur out the background as much as possible, and I really love how this came out. It didn’t get any comments on my Facebook page, but it’s one of my favorites of the month.

Day 19

Day 19

So, most of my pictures of the winter theme have focused on the fact that winter is cold. But in California – not so much! Once the sun is up we have some lovely warm days. This weekend the kids really wanted to get back into their sandbox. I used a fast shutter speed to capture that falling sand, and a little bit of flash since they were sitting in the shade.

Day 20

Day 20

Another one of those times when a picture just presented itself to me unexpectedly. I had to go to church to take some pictures for the RCIA group. As I walked into the chapel I came across this beautiful scene. Without hesitating I flicked on the camera and started shooting! This was a time where I absolutely had to get the shot, and worry about how it fit into the theme later! I went with the idea that the sun is so low in the winter that it was able to create the wonderful stained glass reflection on the floor. A little contrived? Maybe.

Day 21

Day 21

I shot a bare tree last week, but I had to do it again this week when I saw the fabulous shadows it was casting on the side of my house. I love how some of the shadows are sharp and others are more blurred.