Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A (true) Story About a Booger and a Boy Named Seth

Once upon a time there was a boy named Seth. Seth was a boy who liked to eat boogers. He once cried hysterically because his mommy wiped his face, proclaiming through his tears, "I was going to eat that!" Now, as funny as that statement struck her, it grossed her out a bit. Well, one Monday evening in April in the year 2009, Seth's daddy wiped a booger from the face of Seth's little sister. Seth's daddy held out the booger and asked, "Seth, do you want to eat baby sister's booger?" Though his daddy was only kidding, Seth quickly gobbled up his sister's booger, smiling with delight. Now, as disturbing as it is that Seth ate someone ELSE'S booger, it's even more disturbing that Seth's daddy LET him do it!!!!

Now for the disclaimer.....To my worried and disgusted readers, it is not a regular practice in our house to allow our children to do such repulsive things. We love and cherish them dearly and take good care of them.......I promise!!!

Attached is a picture of said booger eater!

I heart faces week 16 (Reflection) ~ kids entry

This week at I heart faces the theme is reflection. Ok..I was really struggling with a good idea for this one. I could have used a mirror photo that I had already taken from a shoot of my friend's little girl, but I wanted to actually go out the week of the contest and take a picture for the theme. I had a great idea given to me by a comment from a visitor to my blog. The idea was to use a bird bath (pictured in my Easter photos post) to catch a reflection. I don't know if it was the time of day or what, but it just didn't work for me this afternoon. Anyway....I resorted to the hummingbird feeder in the yard. It wasn't what I was looking for, but I wanted to play along this week, so here it is. If you have a great reflection photo, head over to I heart faces to play along.

Our cousins "C" and little sister "K"

I took some family pictures for my hubby's cousin. His kids are so hilarious! There was no shortage of funny faces and silly smiles! Their little guy is a photographer in training. He helped decide on poses and did silly things for me to capture. His little sister was more than willing to follow his lead. Things went a little south when he had to pose with the whole family. He no longer got to call the shots, and his face told the tale! All in all things went well, and this was one of the most fun shoots I have done so far! I love to capture kids being kids!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I heart faces week 15 ~ Self Portrait ~ adults entry

I rarely ever post pictures of myself. In fact, I rarely appear in pictures. Anyway, I decided to participate in the I heart faces self portrait challenge. This is what I got of me....just me...and my camera of course. So, take a picture of yourself...you must be holding the camera...and enter it into this week's challenge at I heart faces.

I heart faces week 15 ~ Self Portrati ~ kids entry

So this week at I Heart Faces it's all about our own faces. Well, I don't appear in too many photos. I don't take too many photos of myself either, especially now since my Nikon is so huge compared to my little Sony point and shoot. Anyway, I found one from 2007 that I took of myself while holding the camera (part of the rules for the week) and my son, then 17 months old. In this photo we were at Emerald Isle, NC. I was 4 months pregnant with my little girl. I was 29 at the time this picture was taken. It isn't the highest quality because I lost the original file on my computer and had to right click and resave it from the internet. We'd love to see your face, so head over to I Heart Faces and join in the fun!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Baby "B" and Big Brother "L"

A friend of mine asked me to take some pictures of her kids ages almost 2 and almost 4 months yesterday. I searched and searched for pose ideas for photographing this age combo......you know what.....I found next to nothing!!! You know why???????? One should not try to photograph this age combo together! What a challenge! The little guy wanted nothing to do with me and baby sister wanted nothing to do with little guy. Baby "B" did great for the first part, but her smiles didn't last too long. Big Brother "L" didn't have many smiles for me at all! The kids are adorable and I got some great shots of them individually, but very little together! The lighting conditions were less than ideal for a beginner like me, but thank heaven for external flashes. If you are reading this and do not own one for your DSLR, I strongly and seriously recommend you purchase one! The bounce light effect is fantastic! I purchased mine from Amazon, but you can get them at B and H photo, buy.com, ebay, pretty much anywhere that sells camera accessories. I think mine cost around $5o.oo. It was one of the cheaper ones, but it does the job just fine for my purposes. SO, I repeat, SOOOO worth the money! These were all shot in manual mode and processed in Photoshop Elements 6. I took these photos in RAW and JPEG fine on my camera. I LOVE the RAW editor!!!!! It really makes up for my lack of technical expertise where exposure and white balance are concerned. So, without further rambling, here are several of the photos I took yesterday.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

We picture {this} Daughters Entry

Okay, first I want to apologize to my 3 followers for posting this picture AGAIN, but it's my current favorite picture of my girly. The main reason....it's the only one in which she is looking at me. So, I am entering it into the We Picture {this} contest. This month's theme is "Daughters". It truly was hard to choose a favorite because I have so many sweet pictures of her, but I'm going with this one. Shot in Manual mode with a Nikon D80 with 50 mm 1.8 lens. F/4.5 1/125 ISO 400.
You can click on the picture to enlarge. Thanks for looking!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Finally making use of the adorable kitchen set I got them for Christmas!

I found this super adorable play kitchen at Sam's Club at Christmas time. I was so excited for my kids to have it, knowing that my girl was a bit young at the time to care and my boy was, well, a boy. Anyway, this kitchen is Pottery Barn cute at a Wal-Mart price. This weekend, I broke out the kids chef hats (bought to use as photography props sometime in the future). My boy loved his hat and immediately set out to make "something to do stew". I'm pretty sure the something to do stew came from Blue's Clues. Some of these photos are edited and some are SOOC. I get a little lazy with photoshopping sometimes.

Easter Weekend Fun

After a 3 day paperwork marathon and a total of 7 hours sleep in 3 nights, I can now say that my taxes for 2008 are completed and ready to mail!! Having a self-employed hubby with mountains of receipts and invoices makes for lots of hours of math. I think it will take me months to catch up on all the sleep I have lost over the past 3 weeks. So, taxes being done, I was able to enjoy a lovely weekend filled with lovely weather for Easter. I think this was the first Easter with warm and sunny weather in several years for us. I, of course, took tons of pictures. My children, of course, did not cooperate to have a nice (translated - formal) picture together. I got several photos I love anyway though.


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