Thursday, April 30, 2009

This is what I have my eye on

I am READY... SO READY for the upgrade! I sold my Olympus E-500 camera today and two of my lenses. I still have my Olympus E-1 for sale and my macro lens (and lots of accessories) but other then that I am ready to go!

I can't imagine my life without Olympus but I can dream of all the possibilities I am going to have with my new Nikon. I am currently raising funds for my new baby and still have a ways to go... but I can dream for now! I have two lenses also that I have my eye on but I think I will wait on those and purchase them later.

Here is the future addition to my family! Can't wait to meet you :D

Monday, April 27, 2009

Week 16 - Photo Challenge (Kids Category)

I'm so addicted to these contests now! I love ALL THE ENTRIES! Everyone does such a great job and the creativitiy is outstanding!

Here is my entry in the I ♥ Faces contest this week. To see more fabulous entries visit here and don't forget to leave comments for people! This week's theme was reflections. I didn't have much to choose from on this category (Boohoo) but I found a few up for consideration.

I think I will enter this one for the kids entry... Why? Because it's unique! This slide was found at a park in Myrtle Point Oregon. I swear it was 2 stories tall, dangerous, and slick... but my boys loved it!

This will be my entry in the kids contest...

This is my entry for the adult entry. This picture is of my older sister Jenny. She was doing some finishing touches before the wedding.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Week 15 - Photo Challenge (Adults Category)

This will be my first entry in the I ♥ Faces adult contest. To see more great entries click here.

I forgot I had this picture of myself that I took almost 3 years ago. There is a great story behind this photo... and yes I am going to share it with Add Imageyou (lucky you!)

My father is a self taught photographer and when I would visit him he would take these incredible pictures of me. I thought at times... wow maybe I'm not that ugly in real life (:D. I always deleted pictures of me when I took them or someone else did because I always looked so horrible in them.

Me knowing nothing about photography at that point came to a conclusion that it wasn't the person behind the camera that knew what they were doing it was the extremely expensive camera that could take a nice photo. So of course I decided to buy a nice camera. My first camera I purchased was a Olympus Evolt 300. I found a great deal on it on Amazon and bought it. When I got the camera a week later I dragged all the kids to the park for a photography adventure. I soon realized that my "amazing" camera that I thought I bought was no better then the cheap point and shoot fuji I had already owned. Well I take that back... the camera was better.... but I wasn't.

While we were taking pictures at the park on the way home (It was extremely hot that day) we got into the car and gulped down lots of water. I took my camera and decided to take some pictures of me (hoping they would be "photography perfect!) So I was in my driver seat taking pictures of me. They just weren't very good. So I got this bright idea I would BLAST the air conditioner and get a picture of me with my hair blowing in the wind...

So with my camera was up on the steering wheel, the air conditioner blowing around the hair, and me pretending to be some model looking away into outerspace, this was the ONLY one out of dozens of pictures that managed to survive all these years. I have a tendency to go back at all my thousands of photos and deleting the ones I don't like. So I figured maybe there was a reason it was still around...

Week 15 - Photo Challenge (Kids Category)

This will be my second entry in the I ♥ Faces contest. To see more entries by others entered click here.

This week was a GREAT LESSON for me to learn! I saw the self-portrait contest and read it needed to be of a face and assumed it meant of your kids only. I read it had to be taken in your hand without a tripod... etc and I was like... I have plenty of those! After I posted a picture of my son I went back to look at other entries and was wondering why people were posting pictures of themselves with their kids.

After re-reading what I didn't really read in the first place (just glanced) I realized that this was a lesson learned. I wonder how many people looked at my entry wondering what I was thinking! :D

I don't normally take pictures of myself. If I do they get deleted because I think they are terrible pictures of me! (I am my biggest critic). This picture is of me and my niece. She is like my second daughter. She is six weeks older then my daughter and they are each others best friends. She comes over to play 3 times a week and we have so much fun. Everyone thinks that my daughter and her are twins. She brings so much joy to our household and we enjoy every moment with her.

Monday, April 20, 2009

What are little boys made of?

What are little boys made of?

"Snaps and snails, and puppy-dogs' tails;

And that's what little boys are made of."

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Birthday Messes!

In this picture I took an ice-cream cone and pink frosting to make it look like ice-cream! It was a mess but it sure was fun! She got mad when I took her frosting cone away from her!

Nothing is more exciting then your child's 1st birthday! Make it personal by adding a little special touch to their birthday cards!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Precious little girls

My name is NO NO but grandma calls me precious. - Author Unknown
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009


There is something about black and white portraits that I just love! I think it is amazing (Well if it is done right) how black and white can bring out the eyes in a way that is just so incredible and so beautiful!



Monday, April 13, 2009

Week 14 at I ♥ Faces!

This will be my first entry in the I ♥ Faces Photo Contest (! I just love all the entries that people post! They are so refreshing and creative! This website is so amazing and gives amateur photographers a chance to see what others around them struggle with in photography and also to give everyone ideas!

This one was taken last year of my daughter right before Easter. It was the impossible shot for me to take. Trying to make a 4 1/2 month old sit uncomfortably in an akward ceramic teacup without crying or falling over took about a dozen shots! My husband stood to the left of her in case she fell over while my four year old held reflectors to the right of her (well at least he tried)and then there was me trying to get my daughters attention by yelling loudly so she would look at the camera! I am so lucky my husband has so much patience with me and my photography!

This was taken in our backyard for her Easter Pictures. We gave it to all the grandma's and grandpas! I just love her facial expression... and the tulip... well I can't even believe she held on to it!

She is my little angel... and I can't wait to enter more pictures of her in these contests!

Sunday, April 12, 2009


H A P P Y E A S T E R !

All we need to do is add a little easter dye and it would be the most perfect little easter egg!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Storyboards to share a story

This was an unforgettable moment for me shooting photography! In this photoshoot the little boy fell in the pond at Ann Morrison Park!

Feeding the ducks bread- $5.00

Taking pictures of kids outide- $150.00

Watching a boy fall in the lake with lots of funny faces- PRICELESS!
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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Baby Feet Are Oh So Sweet!

Baby Feet
Submitted by: CroppinCarmen
Author: CroppinCarmen

My sweet, adorable babies' feet

Why are baby feet so neat?

They're precious and new and oh so sweet,

My little ones' dear little feet.

And now I make this print of your little toes...

So in years from now we all will know

How precious and tiny one day you two were

And how proud we are that we can see

Those little feet grow to be the best they could be!

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