Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Playing With Collages

So often I have a difficult time making a decision which pictures to add to a post.  I hate to leave out any because I treasure every little one.

In an attempt to add pictures in a creative way, I finally discovered ipiccy.com.  I had some fun with it but certainly look forward to using it in the future but with a whole lot more speed!


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Monday, April 15, 2013

Playing With Light

A few short months ago I put aside my trusty point-and-shoot Nikon, only to take up a Nikon SLR.  Hands-down one of the best things I have ever done. 

I have been having so much fun challenging myself to take pictures all the time. No matter how bad the lighting is or how messy my children’s hair is. Trust me, Peyton has been blessed with so much hair and more often then not is quite the mess:) 

To help me on the path to taking good pictures, I joined a group of ladies called "Mom’s With A Camera”.  This certainly has been the best resource for me in learning to take decent pictures and not get too frustrated with my lack of no-how with an SLR.   I am always learning and only a couple weeks with my new camera in hand, I  left ‘auto mode’ and took the leap all the way to ‘manual mode’.

The first series that we learned was what was called, ‘Playing With Light’.  And through this I practiced taking pictures of catch-lights, back-lights, soft lights and hard lights. One of the most fun I had practicing taking pictures in these situations was with my two little angels as the slept obliviously to me snapping a multitude of pictures of them as they dreamed good things.  I even managed to get a great picture of Cayden as he drooled in his sleep:)  So much fun!

I don’t have any ambitions to become a professional photographer, but I do love taking pictures I am proud of.

Watching an episode of Franklin on my ipone.

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Peyton gathered all her baby shoes to sleep with her.

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Cayden caught sleeping with his new headlamp from Nana

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

A Spring Sunday

Today was a Peyton and mommy day.  Something uncommon but very welcome. 

It started with goodbyes to Jeremy and Cayden as we headed out to church this morning.  Jeremy and Cayden had their own day that didn’t include us either.

After church we had some lunch and enjoyed some shoe shopping.  Spring was in the air and it was finally time for me to purchase some cute and sassy shoes, rather than rely on my tried and true pair of flip flops.  Peyton enjoyed the shoe shopping far more than me.  She traded her own sandals in for a multitude of ladies heels.  I couldn’t believe how well she was able to prance around in those things!  I don’t even dare walk around in them for fear of breaking my neck.  I finally made my pick and then had to pickup and put away the many pairs of shoes Peyton had left from one end of the shoe section to the other, to the joy of the other ladies shopping for shoes who enjoyed her giggles and glee.

It was then time for a nap.  And I would be lying if I didn’t admit to taking a bit of time for one myself.  Such a nice treat.  I finally dragged myself out my sweet dreams and loaded up the trunk of the car with snacks, drinks, stroller, camera, soccer cleats and soccer ball.  It was time to get ourselves out into the glorious sun.

We had such a wonderful time walking, swinging, sliding and kicking for the next while.   Between playing some soccer on my own and running back to push Peyton on the swing ‘higher’ for quite a while I finally ran out of energy and took out the camera and played around with taking some pictures. It was the perfect lighting to capture the moment we were having together.  She even got caught up in the camera moment and grabbed my iphone to take pictures of me:)