Project 12: Dramatic Light

The November project 12 theme had us looking for dramatic while we awaited the start of the drive in movie I see Oldest illuminated by only her lifeline phone…


and the next day with her pointe shoes


Thanks for stopping by! Make your way around the circle to see other uses of dramatic light this month starting with Dawne ๐Ÿ™‚


{Project 12 August} Motion Blur

This month’s theme “motion blur”, not going to lie, is hard to accomplish! I kept putting it off since I really didn’t have many ideas on how to make this effect work. Today I bit the bullet, read a few tutorials, recruited Youngest to ride her bike back and forth a million times, for me to catch these:

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Project 12 June 2013 ~Shallow Depth of Field~

The month of June asked that we use the photographic technique known as shallow depth of field. I tend to really like this particular technique although it has been a work in progress for me to understand it ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought this month I would give you a “shallow” peek into how we’ve been spending our summer days….

at the beach…..

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…..celebrating the end of swim season with friends at the team party (while I am trying to figure out how to use a flash in manual mode, excuse my huge learning curve with the image below lol!)….


…Oldest is trying different make up styles and filming tutorials for her cousins for when they need it ;)…


…spending time at SNAKES IN THE LIBRARY! …can you see the camera shake from my shuddering? That was not even close to the biggest snakes he brought!!!!….

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…painting toenail designs and floating in the pool relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚
…and having some water wars!!

All in all a very nice start to a summer that is speeding by!

You may have noticed the conflicting processing styles on these shots {or not ;)}. I am really trying to figure out what I like best and am torn between 2 styles..I tend to lean towards rich color processing and am trying to develop my skills with this, however I often love soft hazy, dreamy looks depending on the picture and my mood, what are your thoughts?

Thanks for stopping by and seeing my shallow depth of field this month. Please follow the circle around to see how the other amazing CM photographers have implemented this technique; start with checking out how Claire has used shallow depth of field!!

Project 12 April~Shooting through Glass~

A little behind, but was able to squeeze my attempt at this theme “shooting through glass” this weekend as my students competed in the State National History Day Competition……

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The museum was beautiful and my students did a great job! I was late to the circle so I had them link around me, however you can still check out how everyone else shot through glass by starting with Claire ๐Ÿ™‚

Project 12~March: Interesting Perspectives~

The theme of interesting perspectives was challenging this month! There was lots to read up on for this and some of the things I tried (based off of the reading) didn’t exactly work out but we had fun trying it out lol ๐Ÿ™‚

The shots below are inspired by this site about forced perspectives…here I am pouring Youngest out of a water bottle..kind of ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Forced perspective was frustratingly hilarious! I also captured some things from the perspective of the pup….

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Life is good from her perspective ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! Follow the circle of talented photogs and see how Claire views Interesting Perspectives!

February Project 12~Food Photography~

The February theme for the blog circle is “Food Photography”..which I have decided is hard! I had lots of ideas this month but very little time to execute them! Oh well, I did enjoy it so I plan on spending some more time with food photography in the future ๐Ÿ™‚ I found a great pizza crust recipe so decided to make some calzones and pizza for the girls. They were a hit!

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Thanks for stopping by! Check out the food Claire captured this month and then continue around the circle of talented photographers to tempt your tastebuds ๐Ÿ™‚

Project 12 2013~Close Up Portraiture

This year I am once again participating in a year long monthly project with some very talented photographers from Clickin Moms :). The theme for January is Close Up Portraiture which I played with while the pup was on guard for squirrels and Youngest was singing her heart out rather than working on her homework ๐Ÿ™‚

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She caught me ;)!

Thanks for checking out my attempt at close up portraiture. Follow the circle round to Claire to see how things look close up in the UK!

Project 12..Month 12! The Way I view..Holidays

This post concludes the Clickin Moms monthly project revolving around different themes for 2012. It was so fun participating in the blog circle and am so proud of those of us that were able to make it through all year! So here is my final 2012 project 12 post about How I view: Holidays:

Christmas kind of snuck up on me this year for some reason so cookie baking took place on Christmas Eve day with lots of help from Oldest and Youngest. They took a break to Skype with family across the country. Christmas Eve includes family that lives in town, munching good food, and opening some gifts. Christmas Morning starts at dark thirty with the pickle ornament hunt and the rest of gift opening. It is always such a joy to watch the girls, they so enjoy both the giving and getting ๐Ÿ™‚

New Year’s Eve is very family focused for us, involving food, fireworks, and fun. We devoured some delicious and not so nutritious foods (hot wings for youngest, delicioso pulled pork– I tweaked the recipe a bit by adding a jalapeno and chipoltle in adobo sauce instead of the green awesome- for non fire breathers, and decadent desserts!)Youngest is our firework monster so despite the rain and fog out she went to blow some things was very short lived since it started to pour but she was happy! We then started to compete in our family “Minute to Win it tournament..of Doom!” These little games were way more challenging than expected ๐Ÿ˜€ but lots of fun!

Finally New Year’s Day is never complete without my husband taking a noon polar bear plunge! When we lived in the Northern part of the country this was a much crazier thing, however despite Christmas being 75 degrees, we hit a rapid plunge in temps so the 20 mph winds and 47 degree temps qualified as cold ๐Ÿ™‚ Last year Youngest did it too but it was actually cold today so she opted to be a fan instead :). We follow his annual plunge by trying out a local restaurant, this year’s choice was a winner since I can hardly wait to have the blackened mahi-mahi sandwich again lol!

Thanks for taking a moment and checking out how I viewed the holidays. Follow the blog circle to see how Dawne views the Holidays. I hope you continue to visit my blog through 2013 as I embark on some more fun projects ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy 2013!

Project 12 June: The way I view….”Fatherhood”

The Theme this month is “Fatherhood”. Father’s Day was a relaxing family trip to the pool but those shots aren’t making it for the project 12. Instead I’m leaving you with some images of my DH with his girls, “learning” (and I use that term lightly) to play chess, one of Oldest’s favorite games. He loves to be the silly guy with them and they eat it up!!!

PS. Do you notice the puppy smiling in the corner? This is what she does as SOON as she sees Daddy lay down on the sofa in the evening, she “smiles” at him to get him to take her for a walk ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks for checking to see how I view Fatherhood! Follow the circle to Dawne and see how she views fatherhood ๐Ÿ™‚

May…Project 12 The Way I view… “Motherhood”

Sometimes motherhood is the mundane…laundry, cooking, cleaning, transporting, working, breaking up arguments and dealing with eyeball rolling (lots and lots of eyeball rolling ;)) !ย Despite the mundane, the magic of seeing my children, interacting with them andย seeing them grow into the amazing people they areย always makes it worth it. They amaze me on a daily basis. The way I view “Motherhood” is it isย the most challenging but rewarding role on the planet ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course, for me, no post on motherhood would be complete without my fur baby! She is my shadow (she actually was in the shot above just too short to make the scene lol) and she is as certain as my girls that I’m her mama, which is ok by me! We love her to pieces ๐Ÿ˜€

Thanks for stopping by! Follow the circle andย visit Dawne to see how she views motherhood this month!