I had a grand idea several months ago. IΒ had some bamboo pole and some string and a patch full of weeds in the backyard that I decided to transform into a bean-covered teepee. I have next to no gardening experience or knowledge, but I tore out as many weeds as I could find and poked some peas in the ground around the little teepee.Β They grew! And sprouted flowers! And the flowers are now sugar snap peas! I hope the… Read more »

  A new month brings a new photography theme. April is all about morning light, embracing the color of it, the softness, it’s direction. So, I’ll be drinking a lot of caffeine really early this month and capturing some sweet images. Starting this month is with my favorite tree in our yard, the peach tree. The actual peaches are usually too small and bug-ridden, but the blooms are divine.   —– Some more morning light caught my littlest playing with… Read more »

My light study continues into March with a focus on Black and White. It is really fun to photograph for black and white. I get to pay close attention to how the light is helping tell the story of my photo and how the different color tones present either help or hinder as well. So, welcome to a new theme in my year of light study.

  Yep, still playing around with diffused light. I am really missing dramatic light right about now. But, I did find some shots this week that I’m especially proud to share. First off is my girl in a box, because how else does anyone watch cartoons?     Hey! I’m learning to braid hair!!! Here’s my first ever french braid on my girl, and yes, it did fall out about 30 minutes later. πŸ™‚   And now to the diffused… Read more »

It’s a new month and a new light technique. In February, I’ll be working with diffused light. This could be light tempered behind curtains, hazy or cloudy days, overcast or rainy skys and flat light. I hear that it’s great light for taking portraits because of the lack of harsh shadows. However, I’m already noticing that my style of photography usually involves some distinct shadowing to draw the viewer’s eye. So, here are my first experiments with flat light from… Read more »

At last, my last week on directional light. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut of using window light (side light generally) so I wanted to challenge myself a bit. I spent the whole week looking for top light (noon pics, anyone?), bottom light (totally unflattering on people) and finally found something fun. Here are two different types of light. First is top light – sunny day at noon at the park. You can see the lack of shadows… Read more »