Wednesday, February 29, 2012

52 Wednesdays :: Reflection

It's week 8 of my 52 Wednesdays project and one thing I'm loving as it goes on is how much it stretches me.  Seriously.

In the last several assignments, I've been really skeptical that I could complete the task and have something I'm proud of to show for it.  This week wasn't any different, and by 3pm today I actually hadn't even completed the assignment yet.  I even thought to myself, "Does it really matter if you don't do it this week??  I have a lot going on and no plan... what the heck.  How am I going to pull this off?"  But it does matter, to me anyway.  You see, completing a 52 week project is one of my biggest goals this year.  It's about the dedication and the integrity of seeing the commitment through to the end.  So I'm really proud of myself that I didn't talk me out of it.

You should have seen me at 4:30pm though (with very little daylight remaining), documenting every reflective object in sight.

Because part of the problem is that although I was happy I wasn't giving up this week and waiving the white flag, I didn't want my submission to be lame either.  In fact, I was certain I was going to have to apologize in this blog post for posting such a lame photo.

But yay for you, and yay for me because I'm actually really proud of my photo this week.  So here it is.  I hope you enjoy it.

Next in this photo circle of ladies is the ever sweet and equally talented Lauren Gauthier of Red Dirt Girl Photography.  You can find her post here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

52 Wednesdays :: Ruffles

Week 7.


*insert chirping crickets*

At first this week was a real challenge for me.  Eva (my daughter) and I aren't easily characterize by typical female things.  We are feminine in our appearance and mannerisms, but any sort of stereotypical femininity starts to become quite grey from there.  She's not a ruffle sort of girl.  I however, have a few tastefully ruffled items that are more architectural than frilly.  I have a soft heart for an elegantly taylored blouse--they usually pair well with red lipstick.

So this is where my saving grace came in.  I had it in mind to create a macro shot of a ruffle, where it would be less discernible.  This is very me.

It seems the group of women who join me in this weekly endeavor, aren't very ruffled either so it will be interesting to see what everyone else has come up with.  I actually saw a sneak peak of an east-coaster who created the most amazing lizard shots ever (hi Traca! love your post this week).  You'll have to keep circling through to see them. =)

Christine O'Connell, a wedding and portrait photographer of A Million Sighs Photography in Orlando, Florida is next.  See her post here:

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

52 Wednesdays :: Cold

This is week six of my 52 Wednesdays project and at this point I'm seriously proud of myself for posting every week.  I realize that I'm only 11.5% through, but I'm still happy. =)  As a crazy busy person, it's a small kind of accomplishment to stay committed to something that could easily pushed to the side for the sake of getting more than 6 hours of sleep.  But fortunately, this evening I'm proud of myself because of my progress and I'll be getting 7 hours of sleep.  It's like a dream come true!

This week our theme was "cold," which we have plenty of around these parts this time of year.  Not midwestern cold, but cold and dark and dreary nonetheless.  I did have a session this past weekend that was cold and there were pink little noses and all, but I thought of a different way to keep with the theme and put a very cheery spin on it.

With that in mind, I feel like I'm bursting at the seams waiting for spring to arrive!  Soon there will be crocus, daffodils, and blooming trees like magnolia, plum, and cherry.  Then there will be tulips and the leaves will come back and before I know it; half the year will have passed and I will be wearing skirts with sandals and the sun will warm my skin while a light breeze moves gently through my hair.  I can hardly contain myself thinking about it.  AND--there will be ice cream, gelato, and popsicles with giggles and smiles from the little Miss and me who love, love, love summer.  I'm waiting...

So here is my picture of cold... one of the most delightful kinds of cold I know. =)

Be sure to continue with the circle so that you can see the many other representations of "cold" in our group.  Next is Christine O'Connell, an Orlando Wedding Photographer.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

52 Wednesdays :: Pink

It's week five for my Project 52 group and this week our assignment was pink.

Audrey Hepburn said she believed in pink.  Around here, we don't really fall into that category, but certainly value it's projection of femininity in moderation.  For example, I'm a huge fan of truly pink blush and pink peonies; but gag me if there was ever a pink room in my house... I guess our ideas about pink are that it's a great accent color in more inconspicuous amounts.  So this week, I new I wanted my assignment to be very pink, just for the stretch.

Today I had a mini session with Miss Eva after school for Valentine's day pictures, and though I was planning to use a completely different image and a still-life even; I saw this one and knew I wanted to use it instead.  I have to say that I think this is the most feminine she's ever looked.  She hasn't seen this yet, but I think when she does she'll like it as well--even if it is far from our normal.

One of the things I'm beginning to love about this Project 52 group is seeing the vastly different interpretations each person has of the weekly assignment.  Since this is our first specific to color, I'm really looking forward to seeing everyone's posts.

Next in the circle is Laurie Schultz of Cincinnati, Ohio.  You can find her post about pink here:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

52 Wendesdays :: Emotion

It finally came, and unfortunately faster than I would have liked:  I'm pulling from past images this week to keep up with my assignment.  Luckily, the women who are doing this with me have grace for times like this!  That said, I was unable to complete the vision in my head this week, which is a bummer because it was a good one.  However, I've decided to make up for it with a lot of good. =)  Instead of posting one image, I'm posting a collection of images I've taken throughout the last year that convey our topic this week: emotion.

Next up is the lovely and  talented Karen Porter, a photographer from Austin, TX  (who likely completed the assignment too!).  You can find her here: