2013 Photo-a-day: February Week 3

Day 46

Day 46

Five years ago this little boy came into my life to teach me about the love between a mother and son. Happy Birthday my little Edward! To get this shot I had him lay on his tummy with a big gift bag behind him. Then I cropped so the gift bag filled the frame behind him. The robot was one of his favorite presents, one he’d been asking for for weeks.

Day 47

Day 47

Edward’s first proper birthday party! We always have our birthday parties in the back yard. Edward chose to have a robot party and invited all his friends. We had 10 guests so it was a busy afternoon! They built robots out of junk and had a great time running around the yard. Daddy made the cake, which was delicious :)  I couldn’t decide on just one picture for the day, so I put the collage together in Photoshop.

Day 48

Day 48

For two years I was part of the RCIA team at my church. I’m currently taking a break because I don’t have enough time to dedicate to it with the new baby, but I stay in touch with the team. These are some of the people preparing to show their Love for Jesus by being baptized and received into the Catholic church at Easter.

Day 49

Day 49

With the theme of love this month, I knew I had to get a picture of a heart. I had the idea that I could cut a strawberry in half, and the inside would look like a heart, but I couldn’t find any the right shape. Then I tried laying the 2 halves on top of each other like this, and…perfect! The heart is the universal symbol for love, and strawberries are well-known as a food of romance and seduction.

Day 50

Day 50

My first born, my little girl. The way I looked at love changed forever the day she was born. I have the hardest time getting her to smile nicely for photos. She usually either refuses to smile at all, or does a weird thing where she bares her teeth. Today I coached her a little before we started, and told her we were doing a proper photo shoot. I spread her bed covers over the edge of the bed, then had her sit on the floor looking up at me while I stood on the bed. This was one of the first shots I took. The flash didn’t fire properly, and the image came out dark with a weird color cast. But it was one of the best images, and converting it to black and white solved all the problems and I love the result. My other favorite image is at the end of this post.

Day 51

Day 51

There are many things I ‘love.’ I could have spent the whole month taking pictures of them, but I wanted to find things that represent love rather than just my own personal likes. But reading is one of the top things I love, and when I saw an image similar to this online I had to try it. I love the way it came out.

Day 52

Day 52

My kitty cat, Kishka. She’s big and fluffy, and we all love her. Pets are so full of love for their families too. I got this shot of her licking her nose completely by chance, she did it just as I clicked.

 


Elizabeth

Elizabeth

 

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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 piñata. 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

2013 Photo-a-day: January Week 1

Happy New Year! New year, new project. 365 days, one photo a day. A different theme for each month. January is ‘Winter’. Let’s jump right in.

Day One

Day One

This was the tail end of our New Year’s party. Six out of the seven children there saw in the new year awake! It was a fun, relaxing evening. I think we got to bed around 2:00 AM! As it was so late when I took this picture, and people were getting ready to leave, I just snapped a quick shot without really worrying about posing or background. Also I seemed to lose some of the sharpness when I edited it. So yes, it could have been better, but it’s the memory that’s important, recording who was there. And at least they are all smiling!

Day Two

Day Two

Winter is cold! We’re too low for snow here, but we do get an overnight frost during the winter. I used my macro lens to get this shot of a leaf on the front lawn first thing in the morning. In my pajamas!

Day Three

Day Three

School’s out for winter break, so we hit the park with a few friends. It was colder than it looks in this picture, but the kids just don’t feel it! This is actually a composite image. I didn’t manage to get one shot with all the kids in it, so I took one of the boys from another picture and added it to this one. I think it worked well, so I’m not going to tell you which one I added! It worked because I took both pictures from the same position and in the same light.

Day Four

Day Four

What better way to warm up after being out in the cold than a mug of hot chocolate. With peppermint flavored whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate syrup! If I’d had more time I would have re-shot this on a different background. I think it’s too similar in color to the drink. But the baby was getting fussy, so this had to do. I like that the mug is made of glass, though, so you can see the drink inside.

Day Five

Day Five

I’m fighting off my second cold in a month. Winter germs. A nice background created by the underside of my comforter though.

Day Six

Day Six

Elizabeth’s snow boots. As I said before, we’re too low for snow here. But that doesn’t stop her wearing them! This is another shot which would have benefited from a better background, again if I’d had more time. I was hoping the bright light outside would blow out and give me a nice bright background, but it was a dull, dark day.

Day Seven

Day Seven

Russian Christmas! My late mother-in-law was from the Ukraine, so they always celebrated Russian (Orthodox) Christmas in my husband’s house. Now we do too. This is another composite image, but I’m not as happy with this one. The kids were on opposite sides of the room when I took the shots, and at slightly different angles to me. I did what I could in Photoshop to bring them in line with each other, and I think I just about got away with it. But I think once you know it’s a composite it’s obvious, so I’m not particularly happy with this one.

1 week down, 51 to go!