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practice, practice, practice…

As Kellie and I have been practicing all of the photography lessons that Rich has been giving, we tend to accumulate photos quickly and don’t typically have time to do much with them. But since we are learning so much and practicing so often, I NEED to make time to blog these photos because it’s the primary way we will be able to track our progress. I want to be able to look back on my chronological blog posts and know that I’ve come a long way. I want to be able to appreciate all of the learning by following my personal progress timeline. 

So, this first set of photos was actually from last month when Kellie and I were practicing with one of Rich’s lenses – the 50 mm 1.4. Because of the low aperture, we were able to take advantage of the super shallow depth of field and the extra stops of light! Yay! The photos below are by Kellie, and I took the liberty of processing them and wanted to post them here!   




Anyone who knows me knows that I am extremely animated, particularly with my hand gestures and facial expressions. When I see photos of my facial expressions, I honestly think that I look like a total goofball – essentially a dork. But truly, truly, that is fine with me, because it is me. I have become completely okay with photos of myself that look silly, since they truly represent who I am. Kellie thinks my goofy expressions are really cute (which I appreciate!) and she took the following series of my interactions with Alana: 





Thank you so much for the photos, Kellie! 

Back at the house, Kellie gave me my early birthday gifts, and among them, some superb Basic Grey paper and some ribbon for scrapbooking. Alana, of course, loved the ribbon. We decided that rather than keeping it away from her and maintaining a clean room, we’d just allow her to have some fun and make a mess. And in the meantime, of course, we’d practice some more photography! 

I took these while Alana played, apparently totally oblivious to all of the camera attention! 





And our December self-portrait! 


Then this weekend, after Kellie had spent two weeks at home with her family in Oregon, we reunited for an all day hangout. A small portion of our day consisted of a five-minute photoshoot in the front yard, at which time Kellie took this photo of me (super concentrated!) and some of Alana…


I loved these photos by Kellie because Alana loves to be outside, and she is obsessed with leaves right now! 




So now that I’m caught up on our photography lessons, I am going to do my best to keep it that way! Happy Monday everyone!!!

Be looking for a blog post in the next few minutes with our most recent photoshoot by the wonderful Amber Holritz!!!

  • Naomi - January 12, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    These pictures are beautiful! I especially love the colors in the background on the first few!

  • Mom Smith - January 12, 2009 - 5:33 pm

    Looks like you’re well on your way to second shooter and then I foresee you moving on to first! Great pictures and backgrounds!

  • Auntie Pix - January 12, 2009 - 5:58 pm

    Nice works ladies. Keep shootin!

  • kellie - January 12, 2009 - 7:33 pm

    Oh so fun! I love our times together and I’m so grateful to Rich for the lessons 🙂 It’s also so fun to see the pics edited since I’m too lazy to do it myself!

    I will miss you tomorrow but hopefully later in the week will work out!

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