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April 10, 2015

I’m still plugging away at my photography class from A Beautiful Mess. While I haven’t had much time due to moving, I have managed to sneak in a few assignments here and there. Here are some of my favorite shots from recent weeks. And no, Sylvia wasn’t supposed to be in the first shot, she just decided she was really interested in my photography 😉

Sylvia helping with “What’s in Your Purse”
What’s in Your Purse
Guilty Pleasure
Silhouette 1
Silhouette 2
Piece of Me

With a trip to Ireland coming up this fall, I really want to hone in on my photography. I can’t find my photos from my time abroad (my old computer crashed and I think they ended up on my mom’s hard drive, so I should go look for them) so it’s really important that on this trip, I get some really quality images that truly capture not only our adventure, but the country, the towns and the people. Definitely not a small task!

If you see things in my photos where you think I could improve, please let me know! I’m still working on getting to know my camera more intimately and while I have a pretty good knowledge of working in manual, I still have a long way to go.



March 4, 2015

The last photo assignment that I had was for outtakes, which I renamed candids. A girl’s weekend in Duluth proved the perfect photo opportunities (plus some really good beer). I didn’t take too many photos as I wanted to enjoy time with my ladies, but here are a few I think fit the “candid” theme, and their personalities!

I’m so glad I got to spend time with these gals this weekend. At one point, we were laughing so hard all four of us were crying. And yes, we were in public and there were people around. But laughter that pure can’t be controlled, nor should it, as it’s a rare thing.

I’m already looking forward to the next weekend we get to spend together. And yes, it also revolves around beer. What can I say, we’re connoisseurs!



February 4, 2015

I’ve talked about accountability here before (see my Best Laid Plans post) and I decided I was going to do even more to be accountable for hobbies in my life.

 There are many things I enjoy doing: gardening, yoga, reading, pottery, crafting, the list is extensive. One thing I’m still very much working on is making time not only to do these things, but to improve them. Photography is one of my hobbies and I’ve always wanted to get better at it.

Thankfully, this blog is a great gateway for me to explore photography. And, thankfully, there are TONS of resources online to help in my endeavor. From unending Pinterest boards to Google searches, sometimes it gets a bit overwhelming.

That’s why I’m glad I came across a photography course from A Beautiful Mess. I know I refer to their blog a lot, but seriously, it’s a fantastic resource for learning and inspiration! They recently released a 52 week photography course. It sounds intimidating, but it’s great because you get to do the course at your own pace.

Each week has its own theme. The goal of the entire course is to make you stop and think about your subject, to capture the mundane moments of daily life and then to create small photo albums that celebrate your world.

Week 1, for instance, is Good Morning Good Night. The aim was to capture a piece of your morning or evening. Here is the photo I ended up selecting:

I’ve taken to ending my days with a cup of chamomile tea (I am absolutely in love with the little dried flowers!). Not my best photo, by far, but it’s a learning curve. One thing I’ve been working on is using natural light in pictures. That’s kind of hard to do in the evenings, but I tried. Also, the lighting in my house at the moment is a mixture of florescent, LED and who knows what which doesn’t help. I’m trying not making excuses, I’m using this to learn.

At any rate, I’m looking forward to taking more pictures and then to printing them and making mini-scrapbooks of my work. With everything being digital, it’s easy to upload pictures to Facebook or whatever and just leave them. And while I love Shutterfly and Artisan State, I’m incredibly excited to scrapbook hard copies of my photos!

I won’t be sharing all of my 52 photos (or maybe I will, who knows) but I do know that next week’s theme is Guilty Pleasure and I’ve already got some great ideas. You can look forward to some chips and guac pics next week 😉