Fall Decor

October 7, 2015

I'm the type of person who loves to change up our home decor to fit each season.  I love the way Halloween time begs for silly decor, which is so much fun to have around the house - a whimsical reminder not to take life too seriously, to just have fun and enjoy it.


October 6, 2015

Matte Flowers (And Some Thoughts On Editing)

October 2, 2015

We're in the midst of back-to-back-to-back rain storms (not to mention anxiously waiting to see how we will be impacted by Hurricane Joaquin).  I took advantage of a (small) break in the weather to carry some flowers outside and snap a photo on our back porch.  One thing I'm really loving about increasing my knowledge of photo editing (something I still have a lot to learn about) is the flexibility in bringing a feel to a photo that cannot be captured in the frame itself.  For this photo, I could have just as easily turned up the shadows, increased the vibrancy, and gave it a very bright and Summery feel.  But instead, I opted for a matte effect - desaturating the oranges, tuning down the contrast, and otherwise tinkering around to flatten the image a bit.  I think this better conveys the gloomy and overcast feel of our weather (something that can't been seen in the actual image).  This is something that just a few months ago, I wouldn't have even been able to consider, as I absolutely hated editing (or thought I did anyway) and most of my photos were straight off the camera.  Surprisingly, I find that I now crave editing the same way I crave good books.  Slowly but surely it has been incorporated as an integral part of the zen of photography for me.  In always striving to improve, in always practicing and practicing, in always working to learn and grow - I feel like I'm able to continue doing more and more with this hobby (dare I say, skill?) that I love so much.  While I've always enjoyed pictures because of the memories they preserve, I'm learning new ways to incorporate more feelings into those photos, and that's something I hope to continue growing and growing.

After School Snack

October 1, 2015

September Recap

September 30, 2015

I can't believe it's the end of September - time has been passing so quickly these last few months!  September was all about simplifying.  I read the life-changing magic of tidying up and promptly immersed myself (and the whole family) in the "KonMari" Method.  I know it sounds a bit silly but the title is apt:  this really is changing our lives!  I won't bore you with the details, but if you want to change the way you view your stuff and find the inspiration to ruthlessly get rid of things that don't spark joy in your life, this is the book for you.  Most of my spare time has been dedicated to discarding and organizing over the past month, but it's definitely been worth the investment.  With less stuff to be concerned with, we have more time to invest in making good memories and living quality experiences.

Speaking of which, we had a much-needed get-away to the Great Wolf Lodge this month.  It was nice to have this little respite from the real world, and it reminded David and I that we need to make more time for getting out of the house with the family, even if it's just a short trip up the road.  Also this month:  football, football, and more football.  Not only are we at practice with Noah three times a week and off to games every Saturday morning, but we're also loving the start of the NFL season.  David and I don't have a huge amount of hobbies in common, so when we do share one (such as our love for the San Francisco 49ers), it makes for a really extra special treat.

Not a whole lot of photography going on this month, as I've been so busy and focusing on other priorities, but we did get in some fun themed photoshoots:  BatgirlSpidermanPhoenix, and Thor.  This light cosplay was a lot of fun, but I definitely prefer "everyday" and natural photography, when there isn't a specific pose or idea in my head, but I'm just capturing real life as it naturally unfolds before my lens.  I upgraded my phone to the S6 this month and I'm so impressed with the camera quality!  I've always wanted to do a Project 365 and with such a good, handy phone camera - I'm thinking of taking it on!  Autumn is in full swing - the absolute most gorgeous time of year - and I have a feeling I'll be making up for lost time with my photo-taking in the coming weeks.

October will see more discarding and more sparking joy in our home (and lives!), the start of the holiday season (let's not forget about soup season!), Fall foliage, family pictures (maybe?), fluffy blankets and good books, family adventures, and an ever-growing love for this season of life.