Monday, August 30, 2010

A Bee & A Flower

Day 242

My room is in need of a cleaning!
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Day 241

A weekend full of baking!
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Day 240

Delicious Macrina baked goods make for a delicious day!
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Spa Food

While at the Golden Door in Escondido, California, we had lots of yummy, healthy food! Here are some of the pictures I took of it! So yummy!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Updates to Come!

You might have realized that I haven't been posting this week after a whole lot of posting... This is because I have been out of town! These past four days I have spent in California at the Golden Door! It was an amazing place that is beautiful inside and out. Plus the people working there and that were there were some of the kindest and sweetest people I have ever met in my life and are truly inspiring. Pictures to come soon!

Day 238

Delicious Trophy cupcakes! We would NOT have gotten these at the spa!
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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 237

The beautiful Golden Door that welcomes you and says farewell!
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Day 236

The lounge where it was nice and cool! This was also where snack-time was!!
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Monday, August 23, 2010

Day 235

Fabulous fresh, clean food!
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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Day 234

I'm off at the spa today! Seriously!
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Petra!

On Thursday I went down to our friend Jill's house! It was another fun day at Jill & Sean's! My mom was in mediation all day (7am to 10pm) so I mostly spent my day at home re-doing the blog and updating my 365 posts! Once the clouds finally cleared that morning, I walked down the street to there house! Heidi & her daughter Petra were there, along with Jill's sister, Miriam & her daughter, along with a friend. We had a yummy pizza dinner outside and I snapped some pictures of Petra! She was a bit camera shy so it was a lot of action shots, but it was a lot of fun! I edited these pictures with some actions and am really glad with the end results! What do you think?

Day 233

Got my textbooks today, I'm not ready to go back!
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Actions! Actions!

This post will be about actions, if you hadn't guessed already! I'm a big, huge fan of actions, they transform my photography and most of them are free! I have yet to spend money on actions, even though I dream of doing so!! I recently found a link for a page where someone had put together a page of links where you can go to them and find free actions!! I could not wait to share this with everyone, so here it is! Link for free actions!

I have a question for everyone and anyone who reads this blog too! I was curious how you only apply an action to a certain part of the picture? For example, how do you only sharpen the face or apply the action to everything except the face of the person? Help! Any advice at all would be very appreciated!!

If anybody else has any questions about actions, I was thinking we could post about it in the comments! If you have learned anything about Photoshop too, post it in the comments! Hopefully I will learn a lot from you all and you can answer my question!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Day 232

My favorite photography buddy!
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Fix-it Friday #67

It has been too long since I participated in a fix-it Friday, but I figured this week I would give it a shot!
Original:
My edit:
What do you think? Please let me know in the comments!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Lilies

Our garden is blooming of beautiful lilies, even though they are late in the season due to the cold spring we had, they are absolutely gorgeous! We have been giving them to friends and I even brought some to the local office where I volunteer. Today was a bit cloudy, so I went and photographed some of the flowers!
What do you think? Suggestions? Improvements? Any actions that I should find that you think would look good on them? Thanks!

Day 231

I had such a great afternoon today and loved photographying cute Petra! If only she wasn't so shy of the camera!
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A Little Late & Finding Inspiration

This week I Heart Faces the photo challenge was "Got To Wear Shades." I always find myself scrambling to find a picture once it is too late to enter. I don't usually get my act together in time to submit it by Tuesday, so instead I just look around for options for the fun of it!
I'm not sure if this picture would actually work as an entry, since technically there is no exact face shot, but I think it would have worked! Let me know what you think!
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Recently I have been having a hard time picking up my camera to go and photograph things. I've been taking pictures of the sunsets, but I'm loosing my inspiration and it is going fast. I have a lot of the same things to photograph day after day and I'm a little done taking pictures of the roses in our garden! How do you find more inspiration for your photos? Also, I would love to take more pictures of more people, how do you get pictures of more people when your sibling and parents are sick of the camera? Humf. Help!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A New Look... A New Name?

I'm updating the look on this blog! Will be posting lots of pictures soon!! Also considering a name change as well, so please stick around for the new blog to come with hopefully more involvement in I Heart Faces and sharing my growth as a photographer with everyone!
While the re-do's are in place, I'm hoping to work on my photography more this coming fall. What tutorials have you used for Photoshop? Any actions I should know about? Any actions that you have purchased that you couldn't live without? Right now I am just using free actions, but would love ANY photography suggestions what so ever! Thank you so much!

PS
Any new name suggestions would be great too! Or do you like the name?

Day 230

I love where I live! God is beautiful!
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Day 228

Absolutely beautiful. A great example of God's beauty!
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day 227

I made plum muffins and blueberry muffins today! Delicious!
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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 226

Shopping, baking and eating, it was a great day!
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How I Did It

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After:
What I Did:
I used Pioneer Woman's Actions! Soft & Faded, Colorized, Boost and Vintage!

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What I Did:
I once again used Pioneer Woman's Actions! Colorized, Fresh & Colorful, Warmer and Seventies!

A Fun Afternoon at the Pool

Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 225

Oliver misses his mom so badly when she leaves!
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day 224

I volunteered more at the MS Society today, phone calls are nerve wrecking!
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Flowers from Michigan

Day 222

I LOVE where I live!
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Monday, August 9, 2010

Day 221

I made Challah bread today! So good, fun and delicious!
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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Day 220

Gerdi came over today and made tacos, I love her so much!
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Friday, August 6, 2010

Day 218

Who knew how fun apple slices with caramel could be! I can always count on my brother to have some fun with food!
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