Tuesday, November 29, 2011

thanksgiving tradition

Of course our main tradition at Thanksgiving is to eat turkey and pumpkin pie and to think about the many things we are grateful for. But every Thanksgiving weekend we go to a state park with family. Last year's photos are here and I must say the pics of all the cousins are much better last year. I'm going to blame that on the rain that was coming down for over half of our visit this year. The playtime (and photography time) was cut short.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

project 365: week 47

1. my notebook
2. photo shoot with friend's family
3. basketball time
4. the delicious turkey
5. shopping at the mall
6. maisy is not fond of her christmas suit
7. making pumpkin pie

Thursday, November 24, 2011

this or that thursday

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating here in the states. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family!

We have a busy weekend with family planned so I may not be able to visit all of you this week. Hopefully, I'll have lots of opportunities for photography!

Now it's time to see what you're sharing this week. Here are the rules:

  • submit the url of your blog post, not your home page
  • link up a photo that was taken by you
  • include a link back to my blog in your post (you can use the button or a text link if you prefer)
  • visit a few other blogs and leave some comment love 

Okay, now let's see what you've been shooting!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

autumn horses

It's good when you happen to have your camera next to you on the front seat of the car. You never know what you may come across while out and about. I tried to stop and get out the first time I passed them, but they were shy and ran away. So the next time I stopped in the middle of the road... I'm glad nothing was behind me... and I took these through the window with my 50mm.


I had to be quick. In another moment they were back in their pasture which is on the other side of this backdrop of fall colors.

I haven't played with textures in a while so I added the phoebe and pourvous textures to this one. And then I desaturated a bit and added a slight edge burn.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

project 365: week 46

1. it's getting dark way too early
2. coffee
3. candy waiting for mason in his locker on his first game day
4. pink hibiscus
5. pretty earrings from mishel designs
6. my morning walk
7. our anniversary

Thursday, November 17, 2011

this or that thursday

I actually do have a little of this and that today...

a stump with a background of pretty fall colors~

a pink hibiscus~

and a happy anniversary photo of Gary and me!

I cannot even believe that's it's going to be Thanksgiving in only one week. I will post a linky next week for those of you who still want to share, but I know a lot of you will be busy with family and eating and being thankful that day!

Now it's time to link up this week! There are just a few rules.

  • submit the url of your blog post, not your home page
  • link up a photo that was taken by you
  • include a link back to my blog in your post (you can use the button or a text link if you prefer)
  • visit a few other blogs and leave some comment love 
Okay, let's see what you've been shooting!

Monday, November 14, 2011

all about project life

I have exciting news today! A few weeks ago I was asked to be on the new Project Life Creative Team. I believe in Project Life so I was thrilled to accept!

For the past two years, I have documented my family's life and the beauty around us with my camera on an almost daily basis. I am thankful that around the same time I became interested in photography, I discovered Becky Higgins' website and her scrapbooking system, Project Life. I had been trying to get back into scrapbooking after a long absence. But I was so overwhelmed.... I spent my time browsing galleries of layouts and shopping for supplies. And then I would end up staring at my own blank pages wondering what to do.

With Project Life, it's easy to create beautiful layouts that tell the story of you and your family.

Why do I love Project Life so much? It's just so easy to put together and the results are a beautiful scrapbook full of memories. All you do is add your photos along with the title cards and journaling cards to the photo page pockets. Add your journaling and the cute stickers and that's it! New this year are a variety of different size page protectors and photo pocket pages so you can get creative with adding memorabilia and extra photos or you can keep it simple. It's up to you!

How do I use Project Life? Mine is a photo a day album with each layout documenting a week of my family's life. I don't stress if I miss taking a photo one day. I just borrow a photo from another day. 

There are many different options for putting together Project Life. It doesn't have to be a photo a day if that's not your thing. You can summarize each month of the year with one or more layouts. You can make a book that focuses on a child. You can make a book that is theme based with layouts that document birthdays, vacations and holidays and other big events throughout the year. For lots of ideas and inspiration, check out the idea page at beckyhiggins.com.

I am always so happy to see one of my boys pick up an album and flip through it to relive a little of our family's history. And it's not just the big events. It's also full of the little details of our days that may otherwise be forgotten.

I am excited to begin another year of Project Life in 2012! Since I just upgraded my iPhone to the 4S which has a much better camera than my old 3G, I'm going to be using it a lot more for my daily photos. I'm loving instagram too so that will also play a part.  Throughout this next year, I will be sharing some of my Project Life layouts along with ideas and tips for putting it all together with you.

If you want to meet the other Project Life Creative Team members, head on over to Becky's blog today to read the big announcement! And you'll definitely want to check out the other team members' blogs. The creativity with their Project Life layouts is amazing.

Jennifer Woodbury
Liz Tamanaha
Marcy Penner
MaryAnn Perry
Michelle Wooderson
Monica McNeill

I hope you will join us in making your own Project Life album this year! Feel free to leave any questions you have about Project Life in the comments. Or email me any time (click on the envelope icon at the top of my sidebar). I'm always happy to help with Project Life!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

project 365: week 45

1. yummy donuts
2. my boys going to school
3. little bee
4. watching the LSU game
5. gourds for my table
6. iphone with pretty blue case
7. my lovely niece, josie

*Click here to read more about Project Life and the big announcement this week!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

this or that thursday

It's been a busy week with little time for taking photos so I was glad I had my camera with me when I took Mason for an orthodontist checkup. These little bees were buzzing around the mexican heather outside the office so while he was inside, I was trying to capture one of these guys. I took a lot of bad, blurry pics. I should have been using a faster shutter speed. I was shooting in aperture priority mode and I didn't notice that my shutter speed was ranging between 1/60 and 1/100. The former was way too slow for moving bees and the latter was cutting it close. I lucked out and captured these two in a moment when they were sort of still. Next time I want to get closer... I'll probably end up getting stung eventually, but if I get a good shot, it'll be worth it!

It's time for you guys to link up again! Here are the rules.
  • submit the url of your blog post, not your home page
  • link up a photo that was taken by you
  • include a link back to my blog in your post (you can use the button or a text link if you prefer)
  • visit a few other blogs and leave some comment love 
Okay, now let's see what you've been shooting!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

the big game

We had a great time watching LSU football Saturday night with some of our favorite people. I love going to my brother in law's house for games because we get to watch tv outside. It's so much fun!

And there was a campfire...

Here's another try at the photo I posted yesterday of Mason and his friend by the fire. I think it looks better brightened up a bit.

We were glued to the tv for the game. It was a close one, but LSU came out on top in overtime.

Whether you are an LSU fan or not, you have to admit we have one really cute cheerleader!

If you are wondering about these photos, I took them all with my 50mm 1.4. I had to keep my iso at 2000 and my aperture wide open to be able to take the shots in low light without a flash.