Monday, December 27, 2010

My Gorgeous Swedish Mother

This weekend, Mom came over to spend time with her daughters. While she was here, we did a little photo shoot. Can you guess how old she is? Well, she's 80 and one half, as she reminded me. She looked so beautiful in this photo. She put on just a touch of eye pencil and a little lipstick. Her hair is naturally brown with some streaks of silver. While I look much more like my dad, I have to say thank you for the good genes and can only hope I look this good at her age!

One day about a year or two ago, she was in a store purchasing an item and the sales clerk told her "Too bad you aren't a senior, you could have gotten an extra discount."!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Picturing the Holidays

This month, the class I'm taking online is Picture the Holidays. Billed as 30 days of festive photography, each day we get a special prompt to photograph a feeling, an object or a technique. 

While browsing at Cost Plus World Market a few weeks ago, these wonderful glass birds caught my eye as part of a Christmas decor display. I simply had to have them!

 They are just so pretty, I find them irresistible.

My 90mm 2.8 macro lens is truly a favorite. Perfect for getting the details up close. This tiny pink feather tree just makes me feel so good all year long.

Since I could not find the right vintage style Christmas tree I wanted, I wound up placing some of the ornaments on the pink feather tree for photo purposes. 

While a bit too big for the tree, it did make a great background.

I appreciate you stopping by today and do hope you are enjoying your holidays in whichever way you celebrate! 

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

More Flea Market Finds

Oooooh, what's that sparkling? It's a rhinestone buckle that I picked up last month at the flea market. Love anything rhinestone!

Okay, I know this looks like a hodge podge of beads, ribbon and fabric but it's actually a vintage flower pin. Those darn little beads are coming so it needs a little love and attention.

One vendor had boxes of packaged vintage arts items. These little gold leaves can be a lovely accent to so many things.

How could I go to my favorite flea market and not come home with another rhinestone necklace? And isn't this just the time of year to sparkle? Well, yes, I do try to sparkle all year long but especially this time of year. I have to admit, it's been challenging to do so since I've had a cold for the last two and a half weeks. I hope I'm ready to sparkle again soon!

A roll of pink felt was hard to resist (and hey, it was only a buck). Now, if I can ever find time to use my wonderful bits and bobs to create something wonderful.

It was fun to see all of the old Christmas items to be had. I did have another flea market heartbreak though. I spotted a vintage sewing machine cabinet with a wonderful ornate carving in the wood. Unfortunately, it was already sold and the vendors sold it cheap. It was so beautiful that I then had no interest in the other one with plainer wood. You just never know since it takes so long to get through the whole market. Maybe next time I'll start at the opposite end and work backwards. Who knows what I may find!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

One Year Later, But Finally Done!

Better late than never, right? Last year, I took one of Anna Corba's workshops at Silver Bella but did not finish one of the three projects. Honestly, I have so many unfinished projects but that's another story. After being home with a cold for several days and getting tired of tv, I looked around for something to work on and this one with the unfinished cone caught my eye.

I had already painted in the inside black, adhered the sheet music and threaded the hanging ribbon last year, so all I needed to do was add the embellishments.

I made a little crepe paper rosette and trimmed it with silver glass glitter. 

Next, I added some additional ribbon on the cone and some pink tulle at the bottom.

Some shredded paper and a few flowers inside and viola, done. Now, on to the other 294 projects just waiting to be started!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Holidays Are Here Already

Yes, I know it's Thanksgiving, but I don't have any Thanksgiving pictures today. Mr. Turkey is still in the oven and the table isn't set. And since I'm home with a cold (talk about bad timing!), there will be no special table setting. But that's okay because the turkey, potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie are going to be so tasty yummy. And doesn't it all get eaten in 15 minutes anyway? Oh, but the anticipation!

Enough about the food... let's move on to Christmas. At the beginning of the November, I went to the monthly flea market at DeAnza College. One of the items on my list was vintage Christmas ornaments. I found this box for a good price which made me happy. I was looking for ornaments that were like those I had as a child and evoke special memories. I wanted the ones that were not just plain and round, but in these beautiful shapes.

I would love to find a small vintage style tree to hand them on. They are only about two and a half inches big, so they are not very big. I am imagining a white or pink tree, with branches sparsely apart. I've tried Googling it, but haven't come up with anything yet. I may just have to hang them from my faux plants!

For now, I'll enjoy my Thanksgiving Day and meal, but tomorrow, it's on to Christmas! My goal is to get some wrapping done and perhaps write some cards. So much to do, so little time but I've got my lists.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Happy, Happy

Looking forward to the flea market, choosing vegetables for meals, a little reading and thinking, snuggling with Miss Gracie, enjoying that extra hour of daylight... how about you?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Baby Caleb Gets His Photo Taken

Meet Caleb and his mom Amy. They were among the mom's and babies that volunteered for the photo shoot. Isn't he a sweet baby?

Look at those rosy cheeks. One of the things I learned is that black and white makes a nice choice for baby photos, too, as it hides the ruddiness of their baby skin. Great tip!

I just love this little expression.

Caleb's mom Amy was so sweet. Look how photogenic she is.

Here's an example of a black and white photo I mentioned. It also works great if there are colors in the background and/or clothing that clash.

Amy and Caleb

Little baby feet...

Such blue eyes!

I edited the photos using iPhoto instead of Photoshop Elements. I really, really like iPhoto. I just wish I could save the edited images in low res for the web. Instead, I have to import them into PSE to do that.

This week, I upgraded my iPhoto to the latest version in iLife '11. It has some great new features. Can't beat viewing photos on the iMac screen either.

Besides Amy and Caleb, I also photographed two more moms and babies. More coming up soon!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Most Fabulous Photography Workshop

Last weekend, I attended a photography workshop I'd been waiting to take for some time. The funny, uber talented team of Me Ra Koh and her husband Brian are professional photographers from Seattle who offer workshops throughout the country. I spent an entire weekend in Oakland with them and 20 other aspiring photographers who were ready to take their photography to the next level. And that we did!

The weekend was filled with lots of laughter as Me Ra and Brian shared their experience and knowledge with us. The first hour or so was spent introducing ourselves and learning why each of us was there. It was wonderful to hear each other's stories. I was inspired by the 20 ladies as much as Me Ra and Brian. Each one, so passionate about what photography means to them. One of the highlights of the workshop was the hands-on shooting. On Saturday, we photographed moms with their babies, and on Sunday it was families. The moms and families who volunteered to be our models were so wonderful. It was a total blast doing these shoots.

 This little guy was toddling over where Me Ra was demonstrating a family shoot.

Jillian was a sweet, tiny preemie. 

She had on an adorable little pink dress.

These kids belong to the family that my group was photographing. What a cute pair they were!

They were so great to work with - they willingly did anything we asked them as we went from spot to spot. 

I hope they had as much fun as we had that day.

The kids teased and tussled each other making natural subjects showing their personalities.

And even when we asked them be goofy, they willingly got into it.

For the baby shoot, we photographed several moms with their babies. 

All the babies were so sweet, each with their own personality. This is Keri and her sweet little Tessa.

The moms looked so beautiful, they were just glowing.

I imported the photos into iPhoto for some editing. I love how easy it is to change the contrast, exposure and saturation. 

By the end of the afternoon, little Tessa was sound asleep. I think we tired out with all of us excited to take her picture.

These are just some of the photos I took - more to come with some of the other wonderful moms and babes!