Friday, December 23, 2011


Today's post in the Christmas series is presents! They've all been wrapped and are ready to go under the tree. (: I CANNOT wait to give them to everybody! I'm so excited! These pictures had incredible natural light, so they didn't really need any editing. They're SOOC. I took them manually, but I can't remember where all the settings were at. Sorry.
I always wrap with brown craft paper. I really love the old-fashioned feel of it. This year I tied jute around them, as well as gold ribbon. The ones with the ribbon are a little bit fancier, but I like the jute, too.

This year I made my own gift tags. I LOVE the way they turned out! I used a vintage keyhole that I have, traced it onto watercolor paper, and cut it out. Then I used a black Sharpie to outline the tag, fill in the keyhole itself and outlined that. After that, I put them in a shallow container of hot water with 3 teabags. The teabags dye the paper and give it this totally vintage, antique, kinda look. After they dried I covered them with Mod Podge to give it a hard, smooth, shiny finish.

You could do this with any shape or patter or idea, but I really love the keyhole.

The only problem, I must say, is that the brown craft paper DOES NOT stay together very well. Meaning that scotch tape will not hold it together. You end up using like 3 pieces just to get the ends to stay shut. I thought about using duct tape. I probably should have.

And to conclude this Christmas present post- the presents under the tree. (:

Two days til Christmas!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...

Next post in my Christmas series: Christmas tree!

I took the liberty of actually preparing for this post by taking pictures of the tree in anticipation of them going on the blog. Maybe I shouldn't be telling you this. Now you'll be expecting some elaborate pictures that are beautifully captured with spectacular lighting.

My lighting was lousy. Sorry. I did my best with what I had, but it doesn't always work the way you want it too. Thank goodness for photoshop. And a wonderful friend who lent you theirs. (:

My family and I always go and cut down a tree. Or at least we try to. This year we got to the tree farm a minute after they were supposed to be closing. We got there at 4:31. It usually takes us hours of "I like this one!" "No, what about this one!" "That one has a bald spot! No way!" to pick out a tree. So Dad jumped out of the truck and asked if we could still go and cut down our tree. The man said yes, but we had to be quick. We picked out our tree in, literally, 3 minutes. By the time we picked the tree, cut it down, got it wrapped, and loaded it in the truck it was 4:41. We picked our tree in 10 minutes flat. It was quite the accomplishment.

Did I mention my Christmas tree smells like a citrus fruit?

I'm not joking- it really does. If the internet had scratch-and-sniff I would totally be doing it right now so you could smell it.

Don't ask me what variety of tree it is. I have no idea. All I know is that it smells like a fruit.

Anyway- now onto the Christmas tree photos. Enjoy!

Last Christmas we strung cranberries to go with the popcorn strand we made 3 years ago. My boyfriend had the privilege of helping us with the cranberry one. He was thrilled. (;
This is my Dad when he was little. As you've seen in other photo posts of my Dad, he has a goatee. My cousin, who was 8 at the time, saw this and said "Wow, your dad had a beard when he was little, too!"

I did this picture with two different edits. One in black and white and one in color. I'm not sure which one I like best. Thoughts?
And in conclusion of this Christmas tree post- my Christmas tree in all it's lit up, popcorn stranded, ornamented glory. It didn't turn out so bad for picking it in 3 minutes.

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Ok, I have 3 rather lame pictures for today's post in the Christmas series. Sorry :\

They're of cookies.

Sugar cookies.

They are decorated.

Ok, I'll stop stalling.

Here ya go..

This is a snowman that, I believe, my mother decorated.
Some of the finished products. (:

A Christmas tree!Yeah, that was all. Sorry.

Next post will be better, I promise!


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Drum Roll Please....

Next post in my Christmas series will be cookies! Bear with me, though, there aren't very many pictures for this post.. cookies are hard to photograph. You end up eating your subject. :\

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Welcome to the first post of a series of Christmas posts! The first matter of business- LIGHTS!!
I love Christmas lights, and Christmas light photography is always so much fun. You can do so many creative things with them. And some not so creative things. Or you can try to do creative things and epically fail.. like this one-
The whole 'shaped bokeh' thing is really cool. I've seen some awesome examples of it, however, I have yet to master the art of shaped bokeh. I've got the idea, but not the technique, I guess. Here's the lens hood I made for it-

It's cute, isn't it? Well, it didn't work that well.

I took these with my Nikon D3000, completely manually. I was rather proud of myself for that. I can't tell you what each pictures settings were, but they were an 5.4f, 400 ISO, and somewhere between 1/6 and 1/13 shutter speed. Anyway, onto some better examples of Christmas light bokeh, and a few ornaments. (:

Here is one example of just bokeh. Nothing fancy, just plain old bokeh out of Christmas tree lights, on a small tree. It's kind of cool just by itself, but I like having it focus on something else.

I love how you can see the lights reflected in the snowglobe. It's like double bokeh. (:

Isn't he adorable??
I love this one because you can see the whole antler reflected in the snowglobe. (:

Can you tell I love snowmen? (:
And just because I love my deer, and am a bit of a redneck...

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Series

I know, I haven't posted in close to a month. But I'm here to say that I'm getting ready to start a Christmas series of photos! Get ready for lights, presents, cookies, and decorations. (:


Thursday, November 24, 2011


Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. (: This year we went to my grandparent's house for Thanksgiving with my Dad's sister and her family. Here are a few of my favorites from the day. (:


Friday, November 18, 2011

More Star Trail Photography

So here I am, once again posting a star trail photo. This one is by far my favorite. I still need to figure out how to get rid of the purple corners. Maybe if there was less light around it would help. Same settings as last time, but I cannot remember for the life of me how long it exposed. Possibly somewhere between 10 and 25 minutes.

Monday, November 14, 2011

C&D Couple Shoot

This past Saturday I did a just for fun couple shoot of my boyfriend's sister and her boyfriend. They're adorable. (:


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Star Trail Photos!

So tonight I finally got around to doing some star trail (long exposure) photos. As far as the quality, they're not that great, and they're nothing compared to the ones I shared when I introduced this shoot. But, all that aside.. I'm so excited because.. IT WORKED!!! I'm definitely going to keep practicing and do some more of these, but doing these long exposures sucks all the juice right out of your camera battery, so I could only do 3 exposures, and only 2 of them are worth posting. These are completely SOOC. I used my camera's remote on the Timed exposure in my Manual settings. I let them expose for about 5 minutes each (it should have been WAY longer, but I was too excited to let it expose any more (: ). ISO 100, f10, and... I think that was it. I don't know what's up with the purple in the corners. Any ideas? The first one is without a flash, and the second one is with the flash on.

Georgia O'Keeffe

For my photo class at PFA I had to research an artist, so I chose Georgia O'Keeffe.

As I was researching I stumbled across this painting that I fell in love with. It's called "Summer Days" and is, in fact, by Georgia O'Keeffe. I immediately saved this to my hard-drive and printed out. I had to have it for my wall, even if it was just a lousy inkjet print. I love the subject of the photo- the buck skull. When I think of Summer, this painting is not it, but I guess if you lived in New Mexico or Arizona it would be. I love the colors and the contrast of the cool background with the warm horizon and flowers. I just love everything about this. Someday I will have a real print of this. Framed. In my house. Somewhere.


Saturday, November 5, 2011

November 4th

Yesterday was a day filled with photography, of all different things. I've got pictures from scenery to shotgun shells. Also had a shoot with my boyfriend. His sister took all the pictures, and edited plenty of her own, but I edited a few, myself. (: Here are some of the highlights from the day:PS- I haven't forgotten about the star trail photos. I'm actually getting ready to go out and experiment with it right now! Photos to come...
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