Friday, March 27, 2009

"C" & Little Miss A

Aryn & I survived a week by ourselves, while Ryan & his buddies made their annual trip out to Vegas. Here are a couple of shots I got when we went to a nearby park...'too bad' no one else was with us to take pictures of our static-y hair after we went down the swirly slide 25 times!

This week was a little rough, though, as Aryn had a temp for 4 days & we still (as of Friday at 5 p.m.) don't know what's really wrong with her. Luckily, she's at least talking and acting about 75% of her normal self at this point. Maria, thanks again for coming to watch her! 
If you have a "C" in your name, this could be your's!  :  )

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Wee Little Baby...Mr. Izak

Here is the first maternity/newborn 'combo' I've done in my tour...And, unfortunately it wasn't a 'formal' session, as Ryan & Aryn were with me for the visit. However, I got a few good shots, just in a span of 20 minutes, maybe? He was less than a week old & that is the prime age for taking photos, as they sleep a lot. Well, this little guy was asleep for about 5 minutes and then woke up. He could really move around! (Yeah, 50mm lens for faster shutter speeds!)

I just love their little features...

Monday, March 23, 2009

More Maternity Photos!

Here are the most recent subjects in my maternity shoot adventures. I'm realizing how fun it is to take pictures of children, too. Guess it really is helpful to get out there and practice! (the last one is my favorite)

By the way - if anyone ever wants to give me some constructive criticism on my photos, I'm more than willing to listen & learn. Thanks!

This is really a wonderful family & I'm so happy to have them in our lives (and so close!). Don't they just have the most amazing eyes? Plus, I recently discovered that they make the tastiest hush puppies & smoked oysters. Yum!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Alphabetography Samples

Since this site is a hodge podge of's probably about time I include some visuals on the Alphabetography name frames I've mentioned before. For almost 4 years, I've been compiling letters & creating these unique combinations of images. Plus, it involves taking pictures, so of course, I love doing this!

These make great wedding, anniversary, Christmas & birthday gifts! If you're interested in finding out more, let me know & I'll email you my pricing sheet. Although, I've looked into some new frames & even better conservatory measures, so prices might be changing soon...stay tuned.

Here are some recent projects...

My Novel Selection

This past weekend, I got a chance to go to the 1/2 price bookstore in the area & made a few purchases. Not only did I get one of the books featured on the Real Simple No Obligation Book Club (Testimony by Anita Shreve), I picked up a couple of my all-time favorites (The Red Tent by Anita Diamant & A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith). Now I just need to make myself read them...anyone else want to read along with me?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Maternity: Taryn

Twice, the Rockey's accommodated me taking their pictures. So, an extra THANKS! goes out to them for putting up with me on more than one occasion. I forgot to mention that the Josh & Audrey session was my first digital 'shoot.' And, with the second Rockey shoot, I had just taken a class & gotten a new lens. With each experience, I'm gaining knowledge, so one day maybe I'll get it all put together!

Anyway, here are some of my favorites from their fast as Sam is & as slow as I am, I managed to get a few good ones of (parts of) him.

Maternity: Audrey

My next participants were my cousin & his wife (Josh & Audrey). They were really game for anything & it was a beautiful day, so I got lots of pictures of them. Here are some favorites:

Maternity: April

Ok, so I'm trying to hone my photography skills, as I've mentioned before. And, I've talked several people into letting me put them through the torture of me figuring out my camera while they're patiently smiling. : )

My first victim was April, back in Sept/October(?) are a few of my favorites of her (shot with Kodak T-Max 400 bw film). (which is not processed locally anymore, so it took about 1 month to get the prints back from Kodak's lab)

***Warning: Film will (should) be obsolete within the next 5 years***
(per a Murphy's Camera employee)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Art Fair

Today, I was a little nervous, excited, disappointed, then re-motivated all in the span of an hour. My friends, Lisa & Melanie (from here, not from home), had talked me into exhibiting my Alphabetography at Art in Speed Park in Sellersburg this fall. So, while talk of Tax ID #'s, building a website, figuring out shipping, how to take credit card orders, creating order forms, samples, business cards, etc, etc, completely made my head swirl, I was 90% into doing it (nervous). So, before I went to go meet with my framing friend, Heather, at IMC, I checked to see if they'd posted the 2009 dates for the show (excited). Low & behold, they had...Aug. 29 & 30th...the exact weekend of the Hubers/Cumberland wedding in Indy (disappointed, but still excited for them!). After talking to Heather, I'm still going to see if there is another show that might work for me to exhibit (remotivated!). Fingers crosssed something will work out...

On a side note: I hate not being able to breathe!

Friday, March 6, 2009

I'm not busy enough?

I love Real Simple magazine & have now signed up for their daily, the info was about their online "No Obligation Book Club." Their editor runs a blog with her thoughts on the current month's book & you can respond back. I'm thinking about joining. (Because, as you know, I have lots of time to sit down and read a book.) However, the cool thing about it, is that you don't have to keep up with her in real time - those posts are always available, you just read them when you get to those parts. I've always wanted to be in a book club (I figure I should be stimulating my brain in some way), so a non-committal/no deadline club is probably the way to go!

If you're interested in some brain stimulation, too, here's the link information:

In other news, I'm almost done editing my pictures from the Rockey maternity shoot. So, hopefully, I'll get my favorites posted soon. AND, I'm going to be doing another maternity shoot on Saturday, as well as capturing a few newborn shots. That will be a first attempt for me, so if even 2 or 3 turn out, I will view it as a success. (My, aren't my standards high?!)

Still in other news, Aryn's 18 mo appointment was this morning & they said she's a picture of health! She's back on the charts for her weight, but still 'greater than the 95th percentile'. There is still some bowleggedness/foot dragging. It keeps improving, though.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I don't think it worked

Hmmm, the link isn't showing up on my end. I'm going to try posting a picture...please bear with me while I figure this out.

5:45 - yes, that's in the A.M.!

This morning I woke up abruptly to something. The ever-so-scared-of-burglars person I am creeped out to the living room, thinking Ryan had left the TV on. Nope, no TV. I discovered the culprit was actually one of Aryn's toys. It is a little kitchen set that, when you set the skillet on the burner, makes a sizzling, egg-frying sound (and the burner is luminated - it's actually pretty cute). However, there is no way that thing had been going all night, so then I started to really freak out - thinking someone had bumped it while they were attempting to rob us! I made Ryan do a quick check of the premises & he cleared up the burglary theory. But, what made the fryer come on? A ghost? The cat? Guess we will never know. All I know is that I laid in bed, wide-eyed, for the next hour or so before I fell asleep (minutes before my alarm went off, of course). Then, I had a dream about a clump of dead flies and a pile of french fries. What's that about? Weird way to start the day...Here's the kitchen (b/c I've never posted a link to something and I want to try it out).