Saturday, December 21, 2013

Count Down to Christmas - 4 Days - No Puppy!

Lesson 1: Take group shots early in the shoot.
Lesson 2: Don't mess with naptime.
Lesson 3: Make the most out of each picture...sometimes adding a caption can help. 

Special thanks to Caleb and Diane for letting me post oh so many photos of their wonderful family.  I promise there are some captures with smiles coming up soon.  ;)   Love to you both!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Colors of Soho


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Toes!

It's often the little things in life that make life wonderful.  This is one of those little things.  ;)


Square crop and a little texture from Pixel Dust Photo Art:

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Distance

Pierhead Building



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - The Look

What my mother calls "the Look" is what makes this my sister's favorite picture of my niece. More pictures from this photo shoot can be found here.

No You Can't Eat That

Monday, November 11, 2013

First Photos of the Season!

It’s been such a long time since there was a real post – you’ll have to forgive me for being out of practice.

November is the beginning of a beautifully busy time!  First, we have fall pictures, the Thanksgiving pictures, and we have the soon to be Christmas card pictures.  Next will come Christmas pictures (taken on Christmas), New Year’s Eve pictures, Easter pictures…and so on and so on.   That doesn’t even begin to cover the birthday pictures, the maternity pictures, the couple pictures, and the just because pictures.  I'm getting giddy just thinking about it all.
With that in mind I present to you the first of the season’s photo sessions…which features a little one (my niece) you may find familiar as she does appear here often.

As is most often the case, the photo shoot was at familiar ground for my niece - her home.  Because there was too little light coming through the windows alone, we took the pictures on the steps just inside the back doorway. 
Wooden Cutouts
This worked out well because the little one had already claimed this area as a play spot of her own.  There she could play with the wooden carvings her great-grandfather made back when her mom was a still kid.
Flowers 2
Flowers 3

Admittedly, after a while, even with Grandma playing…the flower lost its allure and the little one began to notice that there was an outside just beyond the door.
Flowers 4

No You Can't Eat That
So…outside we went...

Just the Little One 3

Just the Little One 2

Just the Little One

Hey!  Who gave her the cat toy?

Cat Toy 1
Cat Toy 2

Cat Toy 3

Look who Mommy's captured!
Playing with Mommy 1
Playing with Mommy 2
Playing with Mommy 3
Lesson 1: When someone wants photos taken where there is too little light…speak up and suggest ways to bring in some light – it’ll be worth it.
Lesson 2: Shooting in manual mode will give you so much more control then shooting in auto.  That being said, make sure you pay attention to light changes.  This is especially true when going from indoors to outdoors or vice versa.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Playing w/ Lights

Playing with Lights

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wordless (almost) Wednesday - Out of Focus

Getting more practice trying to focus manually...I think I might start a collection of the things I accidently focus on.  Such as...

Out of Focus

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Wordless (Almost) Wednesday - Month of Instagram

Anyone else addicted to Instagram?  What do your month's pictures look like?  Want to find me on here.  This week feel free to add your own Instagram link in the comment section below!

Sept-Oct Instagram - Wolvespup

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Kiddo

Kiddo Profile

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Sleepy Content

Sleepy Content

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Wordless (Almost) Wednesday - Wagon Works

Berks County's Heritage Center...

Berks County Heritage Center - Gruber Wagon Works
Pictures taken with my Samsung

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Black & White


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wordless (Almost) Wednesday - Chores with a Pal

Noticed these two while walking to the park with my sister and niece.  Not sure if it's safe...but the pup sure looked happy.

Chores with a Pal

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wordless (Almost) Wednesday - Sophie

Adorable Sophie + Cell Phone + Photoshop =



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Photo Art Friday - Water!

Yipeee!  Do you know what today is?  It's Photo Art Friday

Since PDPA Photo Art Friday moved to the first Friday of the month, I've only participated once.  This is mostly because I seem to loose track of the days with an amazing amount of ease.  Example: Recently someone asked me how my summer which I replied, "I don't know I'll tell you at the end of August"

So...this week's Challenge?   Water.

For my niece's second birthday (beginning of August - which I did remember) my mother (her grandmother) decided to buy her a water table.  So I figure for this challenge we'll lean toward the literal sense of the word water. 

[Note: Had "Toes" not been featured for a recent WW I probably would have used that picture instead]

pdpa Water Challenge Photo

For this challenge I used:
  • Pdpa Turquoise Splash Texture
  • a picture of my niece

  • pdpa Water Challenge How To

    Photo Art FridayOverall I'm not too sure what I think.  More often than not, I prefer to be more subtle with the textures.  That being could have turned out worse. 

    Feel free to offer your ideas, tips, and suggestions. 

    If you would like to check out the Photo Art Friday Showcase or take a look at some of the neat (and sometimes free) textures and backgrounds there are over at Pixel DustPhoto Art just click the button to the left. 

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013

    Wordless Wednesday - Beyond just a BackYard

    I wish I had brought more than just my cell phone with me...


    Wednesday, August 28, 2013

    Wordless Wednesday - Toes

    I'm thinking there should be text with this picture...any ideas?


    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    Wordless (Kinda) Wednesday - A Few More Steps

    I'm going to be wordless one of these days.  ;)  A few more of this little one's discovery can be found here.

    A Few Steps More

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Explorations of a Toddler

    Watching the reactions of children can be great fun. 

    For example, I love how this look...
    Grandma's Backyard 1

    after a few moments of hesitant exploration and a bit of encouragement from Mommy...

    Grandma's Backyard 2

    Can turn into this...
    Grandma's Backyard 4
    Let's face it...when you're a toddler every step can lead to a new discovery!

    Today's lesson: Pay attention to where you are standing and how it lines up those you are taking pictures of...otherwise you can end up with a toddler where Mommy's leg should be.  ;)  

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

    Grandma's House

    Spent the better half of last week hanging out with family.  Found out one of the coolest things about being an aunt is rediscovering home and what it means to be at Grandma's house:

    Just one lesson today: Remove store tags before you let toddlers play.  ;)

    Wednesday, August 7, 2013

    Wordless Wednesday - Playing with Water

    Playing with Water

    Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    Wordless Wednesday - Walking with Hubby

    Haven’t gotten to my To Do List yet…but have been on a few walks with my hubby after work. 

    quick Stop
    Somebody didn’t want to be featured in a photo….so consider this a compromise - and yes it was taken with my phone.  ;)

    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Wordless Wednesday - To Do List

    I may be a bit behind on my photo editing...a couple months behind.  To combat this I've come up with a Edit To Do List:

    Balloon Festival (June)

    Begin to Lift Off

    Cougar (June)


    Summer BBQs (May)

    Another Log

    Max (May)


    Moving Photos (April)
    Toes in Socks
    If all goes right you'll see a few of these photos (and the rest of the ones that belong with them) in upcoming weekend posts.  ;)  In the meantime....share some of the photos you've edited  (or your to-do-list) in the linky below. 

    Sunday, July 21, 2013

    Trip to the Airport

    Last week I went with my mother to drop my grandmother off at the airport.  Being it was only two days after I got my first Android phone...many pictures were taken to document our "adventure".

    We found parking in the Economy Lot...
    Grandma to Airport III

    Took the courtesy shuttle from the lot to the airport...
    Grandma to Airport IV

    Argued over who was going to cover parking (both Grandma and Mom were determined to be the ones to pay)....
    Grandma to Airport II

    And took a last minute photo to remember the day...
    Grandma to Airport
    So, it wasn't much of an adventure...but it was an excuse to hang out with family for a bit and test out the new camera on the phone.  So far I'm digging it and wondering why it took me so long to make the upgrade.