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On Saturday, Randy and I participated in the Kelby Worldwide Photowalk up in Philadelphia. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the high 50s and sunny skies and we were excited to explore an area we had never been too. We walked along Market Street and Walnut Street [great shopping--if we'd been there shopping!] and along the banks of the Schuylkill. I kept wanting trains or boats to go by though so I could get more movement in my shots.
I didn't get as many good shots as I'd hoped but we still enjoyed the day. Hoping to be getting out an doing this more. Over the last 18 months or so it's been spotty at best that we've had time to just go out and shoot!
Join me today at The Motherhood for a chat about gathering your family memories and Project 365.
What: A live, all-text Talk on The Motherhood, called Collecting Family Memories in the Digital Age. You
dust off your camera for family vacations – but have you ever thought
about getting it out to capture a regular family dinner night?
Talk with Michele McGraw of Scraps of My Geek Life,
along with a great group of co-hosts, about starting your own “Project
365,” taking a photo each day and creating a digital scrapbook of
everyday family memories throughout the years.
When: Wednesday, September 5, at 1 p.m. ET. We will chat for 30 minutes!
I'm starting to take Kelly's senior portraits and I'm not a professional. I've never taken anyone's senior portraits before. But I've been an avid photographer for years and even worked as a party and wedding photographer in college... so I do have some professional experience.
I've been scouring the web for ideas and searching for locations around town but, so far, ended up with the best success over at my cousin's farm and the corn fields at Annie's Playground. This was only the first time out though. Thinking we have to head over to the ocean for a few shots. A favorite stream for a few more and then into the studio. And the next time we will bring a hair brush and even a reflector too!
If anyone has any tips, helpful hints, actions they love for portraits etc. I'm listening and would love to hear what you suggest! The school requires a head shot in a drape. Not my ideal but it's required so I'm thinking I'll have to order this. We did shots like this for the sorority but not high school! Do you have a favorite drape [that doesn't cost a fortune] for your senior portraits?
It's that time! Getting Ready to make Christmas Cards! And that means trips to the park in hopes of that perfect shot. This weekend, after I convinced Kelly to put on the red sweater [for striking photos ;)] she convinced me to drive down to our old neighborhood and pick up the boyfriend and head to a park down there. She needs to get drive hours in and I needed to get out so it all worked out. I think I might even have gotten *the* shot. And then I got a few bonus pictures with the boyfriend too.
Still deciding what exactly I plan to do for my cards this year, but have you seen the new Christmas cards coming to DesignerDigitals from Janet Long? And there are more coming! Love them!
It's hard to believe but Dixie turned ONE... back in January!
I know, I know... I'm not keeping up with the blog but I am doing my best to keep taking pictures and posting when I can!
I acted as the trainer for these pictures and Randy was behind the lens. Randy posted some of his pictures to flickr and got a notice that one of Dixie celebrating her big day was on dogbreedstore.com!
I got the dog-only birthday biscuits at a specialty dog store. When I saw them I *knew* that Dixie needed them for her birthday!
Today and heck, for that matter, all this week it's rainy and dreary so I'm especially drawn to my cruise pictures. Going thru and remembering warm days of relaxing and exploring. Good days with someone cleaning up after us and cooking for us. I could get used to that life! ;)
Then I came across this picture. I took a number of self-portraits on this trip. Not something I've done much of before but Ali Edwards inspired my to look for reflections. I signed up for her scrapbook on the road class and although I haven't even found the time to get thru the full class, just the first lesson got me going. I've been thinking and rethinking how to capture this trip and seeing side projects in-between with these self potraits.
This week has me busy creating [guess it's good it's raining] to get ready for our 2nd Quarter sale at DesignerDigitals. The first release of products is on Thursday and then a second release on Saturday morning. And Saturday we are in the chat room all day with chats from 8am-11:30pm EST. Hope to see you there!
As I've gotten older, the value of family has become so much stronger. Family is the root of our existence. It connects us and keeps us grounded. It is the link to our past and the foundation for our future.
This past weekend my cousin Jamie was married in an absolutely beautiful service at a church that I remember going to Latin masses with my grandparents at. Randy and I made the trip up to Long Island with my parents that had flown in for the weekend. The road trip up was filled with stories from my Dad [he's the biggest storyteller you'll ever meet!] and lots of time with extended family and sharing of more stories. It made me think more about how important scrapbooking is to tell this story. And although I've been mostly a random scrapper, chronological books need to be done to tell the story of the evolution of our family and all the people we've connected with along the way.
My Dad has been writing a book of his stories and I look forward to that treasure and hope to connect it with my scrapbooks someday because it is about not only the words but the pictures too. But for now I treasure my time with family and the photos I've taken to keep the memories intact.