Friends

My daughter and her friend are really cute.  They spend a lot of time together, they’re in the same class, and it’s really fun to see them grow together.

They have decided they are going to be roomies in college.  And they can’t wait to make their own tomato soup.

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I ♥ Faces: Smirk

My daughters have lots of expressions, and my younger daughter is especially gifted in giving smirks or silly faces.  However, I have to say that my friend’s daughter stole the show with this one.  I remember taking photos of her and my girls under a big, shady tree with lots of beautiful light, thinking what a great day it was to capture personality!

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A Day with the Boys

Since our house is dominated by females (two little girls and two boston terriers), it’s always fun to be around boys for a change.  My friends have a couple of adorable little boys, and I loved capturing their big personalities!

Testing Out New Glass

I’d been thinking about getting a 35mm lens for a while now.  Well, I finally went ahead and did it.  I got my lens in the mail a couple of days ago and took it out on my kids’ playdate to snap off a few shots, you know, to break it in.  At first, I wasn’t sure if I loved the lens, but I think it’s growing on me.

Taryn

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Sophia

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Sophia and Kariya

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Taryn

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I ♥ Faces: We Are Family

This week’s photo challenge is to show a creative way to capture a family together, and I immediately thought of this photo.  My friend, Stephanie, asked me to take photos of her girls, and it ended up being a fun family shoot (my first time!).  They were so into it, and it made for a really fun experience for all of us.  Stephanie said “Let’s all give daddy some love!” and all three of daddy’s girls planted kisses all over him!  I love the expression on daddy’s face.  What I love about this photo is that it shows them as they are, fun and loving!

Giving Daddy Some Love

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I ♥ Faces: Best Face Photo

To say that I love “I ♥ Faces” would be a serious understatement.  I recently started participating in their photo challenges and Fix-It Fridays, and I’ve got to say, the things I’ve learned, the inspiration I get, and how much fun it is really keeps me motivated to move forward with this photography obsession I have right now.

The I ♥ Faces blog is celebrating its One-Year Birthday this week, and holy cow, are they ready to celebrate!!  The line-up of judges is a little intimidating, but I’m very excited to participate!  Happy Birthday!

This week’s challenge is to submit the “Best Face Photo” you’ve taken in December 2009 or January 2010.  My friend asked me if I’d take some photos of her boys in December, and I won’t turn away an opportunity to practice, especially for a friend.  I was worried I wasn’t going to get anything worth saving that day, but when I got back home to look at what I’d taken, I was relieved.  Sharpness is something I’ve been working very hard on lately, and while I still have a long way to go, I was thrilled with the sharp eyes, catch lights, and being able to capture the overall beauty of his face.

Best Face Photo Entry

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Favorites of 2009

Part of the reason I started this blog was to give myself an outlet for what I’ve been learning in photography.  I’m diligent about keeping a chronological catalog of the photos I take, and I’ve decided to post my favorite photos from each month of 2009.  I feel like I’ve learned quite a bit over the last year, and I hope there’s been some progress.

January:  We took a trip with the girls and my brother and his family to the Big Island and had a wonderful time.  As far as composition goes on this one, I think it’s good but not great.  I do like the curve of the palm tree, and it reminds me of the fun we had there.  This was taken with my Canon PowerShot.

January 2009

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February:  This was the first time my girls got to experience Chuck E Cheeze, and they had a blast with their friends.  My neighbor’s daughter was having so much fun on the stage, and her expression is so darned cute in this shot!  This was also taken with my Canon PowerShot.

February 2009

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March:  I started playing around with indoor natural light, and Taryn was giving me all kinds of facial expressions the day I took this photo. 

March 2009

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April:  We took a big, old family trip out to First Beach in La Push with all of my nieces.  It was a beautiful, sunny day out there, and the girls had so much fun playing in the sand. 

April 2009

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May:  There’s nothing technically special about this photo, but I just love the energy that my daughter exudes when she’s having fun.  This was also taken with my Canon PowerShot.

May 2009

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June:  June is a beautiful month for gardening here, and my chives were going bananas.  I was on my knees trying to get the right angle for this chive blossom, and I was pretty excited to see how sharp it came out.

June 2009

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July:  I went on a 3-day backpacking trip to Seven Lakes Basin with a group of friends, and I am so glad I had my tiny little Nikon Coolpix to pack along.  There’s no way I could have packed my heavy DSLR camera, but oh, there were so many times I wish I’d had that camera with me.  I was so happy I was able to capture this scene with my lightweight camera, though!

July 2009

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August:  My husband and I took a road-trip to Utah, and I had so many opportunities to take photographs at all of the national parks there.  This is the infamous Delicate Arch at Arches National Park.

August 2009

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September:  I wish I’d gotten this one a little sharper, but I had just gotten my 50mm lens the day before and was new to shooting with a prime lens.  I still love the serene look in my daughter’s face in this photo, and I’ve been practicing and practicing since then to get consistent, sharp images. 

September 2009

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October:  We took the girls to this year’s Farm Tours in Sequim, and Taryn looked right at home standing next to the barn!

October 2009

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November:  While I was watching my niece, I decided to work on indoor natural lighting again.  Her eyes are so captivating.

November 2009

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December:  More indoor natural light practice, except this time, I bumped the ISO way up.  It’s amazing what you can do when you actually make a point to fiddle with the settings in your camera!

December 2009

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