Friday, December 31, 2010

Aloha to 2010 & 2011!

Aloha from Hawaii! As the year comes to an end I was absolutely determined to capture the last sunset of 2010. It was absolutely beautiful but did not come easily! I was running in two to three inch wedges to get to a point where nothing was obstructing my shot!
I was praying that I would be able to capture this sunset and capture it I did!
I'm so proud of how I've grown as a photographer and hope that this growth continues into the new year! I brought out my gifts from Christmas today, my 24-70mm lens and my new flash! I can't wait to take photos of the fireworks tonight and all the other fun festivities that are going on at the hotel tonight! Happy new year everyone! I'd love to try to do the 52 week program this year, hopefully I will stick to it because it only requires one photo a week instead of seven! Is anyone else doing 52 photos next year?

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A Little Holiday Cheer

I'm in Palm Springs until tomorrow morning and have been here since Sunday. We didn't get a tree here so I have taken up photographing the decor at the club! They have two trees beautifully decorated and I snapped some photos of the big tree this morning before breakfast! Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tomorrow

There will be some new photos for me to share soon! I'm so sorry I haven't posted in such a long time, but after the rough three weeks of school I had this month I was completely exhausted. It has taken me some time to get back in the mood with blogging! So please excuse my LONG little absence and you will see more from me tomorrow! I promise! Thank you so much for sticking with me! Hope you are having a happy holiday season!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Seattle has been hit by a winter storm and we have received lots of snow because of it! If you might have guessed, Seattle doesn't get a lot of snow usually and this is very abnormal so we are all soaking it in! We have had the chance of one to three inches of snow since Monday and it has arrived! We might break and overnight low tonight and didn't get above freezing today. Can you say, hello ice? There hasn't been any snow today but yesterday it was snowing like crazy! We even had school yesterday too, which is very weird because usually if there is snow there is no school. I had a half day on Monday and I am very happy with my half day of school for the week! Ha! I'm so excited for the six day weekend ahead of me and here are some pictures I have taken of the winter storm! 
What do you think? Any tips for shooting in the snow?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Only Logical Thing...

Today I turn 16! I had an absolutely amazing day! It was just a great birthday! Probably one of the greatest ones I have had recently! Today I was blessed with great time with family, friends and gifts. Of course, the only logical thing to get a girl who is turning 16, since 1+6 is 7, is the Canon 7D! I am in love with this camera and cannot wait to take photos with it this weekend! I definitely think this will get me back on the photo taking train! But of course, since it's my sweet sixteen my parents didn't stop there! I got the 35mm 1.4L lens as well! I am totally and completely blessed and am so so so grateful for my parents, my life and everything that I am blessed with everyday! I'm off to finish my homework since I went to the Husky game tonight! We won and it was amazing! I had such a great day, my mom even brought 100 mini cupcakes to school to share with my friends! It was a great suprise as well! I hope everyone had a great day, I will be sure to post pictures this weekend!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Camera Bag Confusion

Hello everyone! I apologize for not posting for so long, life has been insane and I haven't had barely enough time for school, let alone posting! My birthday is coming up next week and I would LOVE a new camera bag, but I can't seem to make up my mind! I love Kelly Moore's bags and think that one of them is definitely the bag for me, I'm just not sure which one! This is where you come in! Would you please take a minute and help me decide on a bag? Thanks!
I originally loved the original bag in gray, but now I can't decide if the fuchsia would be better!
And then comes the new Posey bag in gray, it has a handle that is better for just picking up shortly and then a long strap for the long haul. I cannot make up my mind! Or do I get the Posey in a different color? Go to her website to see Moore!
HELP!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone has a fun and spooky day! This weekend has been full of Halloween cheer, just like when I was a little kid! Hopefully you will see more posts soon, I apologize for the lack of posting but school has just been crazy! Thanks for sticking in there and have a fun holiday!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Loving My Macro!

Last weekend I was lucky enough to get the Canon Macro 60mm 2.8 lens! I am loving the shots that I am getting with this lens and even went out in the light rain this week to take some photos! Here are some SOOC shots! I have been feeling like there is not enough time for school work lately and barely time for blogging! So I will be back soon but I will be back blogging and joining photography challenges soon!
What do you think?

I'm also linking this post up with Macro Monday! My first Macro Monday, hopefully many more will come in the future!

PS
If you live in the Seattle, WA area you must contact Tonhya at Tonhya Kae Photography! We had family photos taken today and she was absolutely amazing! Email her soon if you want some great family photos!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Macro Friday


I'm signing up for my first Macro Friday today and I am so excited to link up! This has been one of my favorite macro photos I have ever taken! 
What do you think?

You Asked, Now I'll Answer! Part 2

I have decided to just answer all of the rest of your questions in this post! Then I can get back to posting photographs I have taken and everyone will have the answers to your questions! I may not answer all of your questions because others have asked the same questions and I answered them either in an earlier post or when someone else asked a question. Enjoy!
Missy from The real L.A. love story. asked:
{1} What do you see yourself doing with photography?
-{1} What a great question! Someday far down the line I would love to be a family photographer but for right now I'm just happy with taking pictures for fun and for my memories!

Mama Monkey asked:
{1} What camera setting do you use the most? {2} What settings do you use for group shots?
-{1} I use Manual or P mode the most on my Canon Xsi. I love it! {2} For group shots I just make sure that I have a big aperture so everyone is in focus!

Lacie asked:
{1} When shooting people/portraits do you have a favorite shot? {2} How do you encourage your subjects to act naturally so that the shots look more candid rather than posed?
-I don't shoot a lot of people or portraits, so I don't really have a favorite shot! That is a great question for some other bloggers though! Let me know in the comments what your favorite shot is! {2} Whenever I get the chance to take photos of people, I always just try to have the camera up and present and then they start to warm up to it. But sometimes the "don't smile" and the "don't look at me" work well too!

Thank you for all your questions! I had so much fun answering them!!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

You Asked, Now I'll Answer! Part I

I reccently had an Ask Me Anything post where you could ask me anything and I would answer! I figured since I had posted it on Saturday, Thursday would have given everyone enough time to ask their questions and that I'd answer them today! Here is part one of your questions and my answers! I'm not sure how many parts I will have but I will definitely be breaking them up! Of course, if you ever have any other questions just leave a commet and I will try my hardest to go back to your blog and answer your questions!
Ashley Sisk asked:
{1} When did you first pick up a camera? {2} What do you want to be when you grow up?
-I first picked up a camera when I was much younger but I first picked up a DSLR during 7th grade. I am so lucky to go to a school that has amazing photography resources and classes for me to take. During 7th grade I took Yearbook and we took pictures for the yearbook. I fell in love with this class and taking pictures, that the summer after I got my Canon Rebel Xsi! I haven't put it down since! To answer your second question I have no clue what I want to be when I grow up! I know that someday, I'd love to have a family and then on the side be a family photographer, but who knows!

Jess asked:
{1} Do you use Actions or Presets? {2} Which ones are your favorite?
-I love, love, love actions! I have posted about them before and absolutely love them. I use Pioneer Woman's actions about 95% of the time and then a couple odd and end presets I downloaded for free. I posted about them a couple weeks ago so you can find a lot of free action downloads there! I have yet to pay for actions yet!
Mandy asked:
{1} What kind of camera do you use? {2} What are some of the best photography tips you've received? {3} What editing program do you use? {4} What is your dream camera (if you don't already have it)? {5} If you could go and take pictures anywhere in the world - where would you go?
-{1} I use a Canon Rebel Xsi. {2} Oh goodness, the best photography tips... I haven't gotten a lot of tips from people, but mostly just read a lot of photography blogs & forums. Pioneer Woman is a great resource! So is American Mum! {3} To edit my photos I use CS4 but I used to use Picnik.com before that. {4} My dream camera would be a 5D Mark II, but I am crossing my fingers for a 60D in November for my birthday! {5} Oh another tough question! I actually have no clue where I would want to go! I love anywhere, as long as the weather is good and it's clean!!

The Wishful Lamb asked:
{1} Who is your greatest inspiration? {2} What are some of your favorite photos you have taken and why? {3} Advice for new photographers?
-{1} My greatest inspiration has to be some of the other blogs I read. Their photos are amazing and when I see them I want to stop whatever I am doing and go take pictures! Some of the blogs that I am inspired by are under Inspirations by the home tab below my header! {2} Some of my favorite photos, wow! I will make sure to post some favorites throughout this series! But the reason why they are my favorites is probably the feeling I get when I see them of wow, I took that photo and it looks incredible! Or at least I think it looks incredible! Ha! {3} Some advice would be to read (or skim) your camera manual, it is the dictionary for the camera! Also, read forums, blogs and any other resource you can get your hands on to look for help! Workshops can be great too, if you find the right one for you and your skill level. But most of all, never stop taking photos. Take it with you almost everywhere, photograph everything as well! It has helped me so much as a photographer to just take more photos. Oh, and one last tip is to try shooting in manual mode! It is absolutely incredible and it is not too difficult!!
Mandy C. asked:
{1} How long have you lived in Washington? {2} What is your favorite thing to take photos of? {3} What inspires you the most?
-{1} I have lived in the greater Seattle, WA area for my entire life! I was born & raised in Seattle. I love it here! {2} I love to photograph flowers & nature but also love photographing people when I get the chance! It does pose quite the challenge being a teenager and trying to take pictures of people, but I love it when I can! {3} I answered this question from The Wishful Lamb, it was her {1} question!

I think I will be grouping my answers in fives so it is not overwhelming! Thanks for the questions and I will keep posting them throughout the week!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Ask Me Anything!

I'd be lying if I was a little pretentious about posting this but I figured I would give it a shot after seeing Ashley Sisk from Ramblings & Photos post this morning. I am doing a Q & A, so ask me anything and I will answer! Now I will still have control over which questions to answer, but if they are reasonable and not weird I will answer them to the fullest! Now please, ask away and I will post the answers sometime this week! I was thinking 25 followers would definitely be enough for a Q & A, so I hope I'm right! Ask away!

JOY

Aspire Photo Challenge
Can you guess what the theme is for Aspire's Photo Challenge? If you guessed JOY, you were right! I don't have a lot of opportunities to take pictures of people, so my joy submission this week is from this summer. If you've been reading for a while you may have seen this before! I love it and I truly think she has a lot of joy playing with little Oliver!
What do you think?

Click HERE to have me answer any questions you have!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Black & White Portrait

Aspire Photo Challenge
I'm linking up with Aspire today, with a black & white portrait challenge! I recently took a picture that I loved of my mom, which I posted earlier this week for the I Heart Faces Smirk challenge. I edited the eyes a bit with Pioneer Woman's steps and wow did it make a difference! Let me know what you think!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Life is Good

I am so happy with my life right now! Here are some great pictures from my super fun retreat yesterday! Just looking through these photos made me smile & I love how a picture can do that to me!
What made your week great this week?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Difference of Photoshop

Before:

After:

The first day of fall is tomorrow! I love fall! The leaves, coffee, weather, all of it! What is your favorite thing about fall?

Ugh. Humf. Gah. Etc.

So I have solved my photo space problem, but now my computer has decided to be full. No more space for me to save my edited photos too! Gah! Here are a few (un-edited) pictures to enjoy while I get my computer situation figured out. I hope this doesn't last too long and I can get it all figured out all soon. Then continue to edit photos and save them in a sinch. Wish me luck & please stay tuned because I have lots of posts in me, I just need to edit the pictures first!