Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Getting Started

I get asked all of the time what made me want to be a photographer. I don’t have one of the “I’ve taken pictures since I was 5” stories. And sometimes I’m not even sure what initially attracted me to photography. I did use the little film cameras growing up, but not because I liked trying to be artistic, it was just because I wanted to remember things.  When my sister had a DSLR, I picked it up a played with it. I  can specifically remember taking a tilted picture of a bowl full of peanuts and being in LOVE with that photo. It was super clear (great quality), extremely creative (the camera was tilted), and some of the peanuts were in focus and the rest were blurry (f/3.5).  And that pop up flash…it made those peanuts SHINE.

I laugh at myself now, but maybe that was the start. When that camera was no longer around for my use, I eventually bought my own. My first DSLF was a Nikon D40. I was in love. My friends and sisters were my models, and I was so proud of my awesome pictures. I put them on facebook and loved the awesome feedback I got.

There was a lady in my church (Mrs. Swint) who was a fantastic photographer. She photographed many families in the church (including mine) as a gift to people. She blessed so many people with her photography. I was SO honored when she offered to let me come a long on shoots with her. And I know that is where the love for photography kicked in.  I learn by DOING. She could not have given me a better opportunity to learn. I went along to family sessions, studio sessions, and, my first wedding!

I’ll never forget the first time she told me, “you’re taking the first 20 minutes.” WHAT??? I can’t be the one telling them what to do! It was an awesome experience. She critiqued my work and encouraged me.

I loved being able to tag along because I got awesome candid shots. I loved the real parts of the shoot. The kids playing while the parents had their portraits done. The parents looking like crazy people behind the camera trying to make the kids smile.

That’s how I got started, and that’s why I love it now. I love the life that I get to grab and hold still for memories. 

Many many thanks to everyone who modeled for me, and for those who hired me. If it weren't for you all, I'd probably still be trying to get the best angels of the bowls with peanuts. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Snow Days!

A little over two weeks ago we had snow in Atlanta that kept us home for 3 days. We had just come back from our trip to California and I needed to work! More vacation days made me feel lazy and well, if you don’t go to work, you don’t get paid. I was grumpy and couldn’t wait to get back into things. I didn’t even take pictures (with my SLR anyway) because I wasn’t in the mood.

This Monday night Lindsey and I were just getting back from Colorado and heard the bad weather was coming in again. Tuesday and Wednesday work was definitely canceled.  Of course, I’m feeling the need to go to work, but this time around I was/am excited.

Some things I’ve found myself doing while I’m snowed in:

1.     Cook/Bake.
I really like baking and cooking, I just feel like there’s never extra time to do it. Between Tuesday and Wednesday I made the following: smoothies, granola, chex mix, coffee cake, and brownies. Yes, I’ve probably gained 10 pounds since Monday night. 

2.     Procrastinate
Usually I’m rushing to get computer work done in between jobs or before bed. I’m realizing that I procrastinate when I know I have all day. But yesterday I tried to buckle down and got most of my tax work done.

3.     Make Crafts
I love valentines day, and I wanted to make a bunch of valentines and crafts, but wasn’t sure if I’d actually get it done. Thanks to snow days, it happened. Woohoo!

4.     Clean Dishes.
I’ve actually enjoyed doing dishes the past few days. It’s strange since I hate hate hate cleaning dishes. But hey, I’ll take it.

5.     Let my room become a wreck.
Unpacking is another one of my least favorite things to do. Add that to the normal mess and my room is looking pretty awful. I just kept thinking “that’s something I can do if the power goes out.” It hasn’t gone out yet…guess I should clean it.

6.     Play in the snow.
Linz and I went sledding on a cookie sheet and made a snowman. A pitiful snowman, but a snowman. 

7.     Watch Movies.
It’s fun to watch movies guilt free and not think about the fact that you should probably go to bed since you have to be up early.

And then today the boys came over for some snowball fun. 

(Photo credits to Sherilyn for these.)

So there ya have it. Its been fun. What do you when you’re stuck at home?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Sister Trip to Cali!

I love going places and I love coming home. I like getting in my car to head home, and I like boarding flights back to Atlanta. There were two times though, that I haven't wanted to come home. Once was on my way home from Austria. We were in the Frankfurt airport in Germany about to board our plane back to the US, and we passed a gate where the passengers were headed to Vienna. I wanted to go back. The second time was last month when we left San Diego. 

Four of us sisters went on our first trip to California and we loved it. Quite possibly the most fun I've ever had on a trip. We ate good food, hiked around cool places, biked for miles, shopped in cute stores, drove around in our convertible rental, talked, laughed, and just had a grand time. 

Take a look at the pictures…and see if you can understand why I didn't want to leave. ;)