Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In the Studio

My seriously awesome photography class has come to an end. I was reviewing some of the images I've captured in the last few months and recalling how much I enjoyed the class on studio photography. What fun to have a proper backdrop, diffusers, reflectors and studio lighting at multiple angles to play around with!

I won't post any of the photos I took that night as I didn't get permission from my fellow classmates to use their images but I did receive several from my turn as the evening's model. Now I know with certainty that I didn't look this good when I left the house that night, but I'm going to go ahead and pretend anyway that the photographer didn't Photoshop out the dark circles and wrinkles before sending this photo to me :)

We'll just chalk this one up to talented classmates. Thanks Joelle for making me look better than I have in ages!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Dare I Get My Hopes Up?

I've been hearing all sorts of comments about the arrival of spring for a few weeks now. However, having lived in this neck of the woods before, I'm well aware of the weather's fickleness and have been reluctant to get my hopes up. But now the snow is rapidly melting and grass is appearing and I can't help but get excited for warmer days ahead!

The very first day it warmed up slightly, the boys were asking to get their bikes out. They enjoyed a little spin around the neighborhood and we loved getting to spend more than just a few minutes outside!

Love that last photo as it really captures a moment!

I'm pretty sure the deer are looking forward to spring as well. They've been coming around looking for food in the neighbor's bird feeder spillover. As usual, we've enjoyed watching them whenever we get the chance.

We're looking forward to getting out for more walks in our local Metroparks.

Not that we haven't enjoyed (some parts of) winter. We've been sledding a few times and have built snowmen and have had lots of snowball fights!

Here's to sunny skies ahead!

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Rockefeller Greenhouse

Last weekend my photography class took another field trip, this time to the city of Cleveland's Rockefeller Greenhouse. I really enjoyed this trip as I LOVE macro photography and was finally able to get some practice with my macro lens. And with all the natural light, the orchids and other blooms really came to life. I'm really happy with the results!



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Western Reserve Historical Society

My photography class recently took a field trip to the Western Reserve Historical Society.  Founded in 1867, the WRHS is the oldest cultural institution in Cleveland and is home to a variety of artifacts and archives chronicling the history of Cleveland, Akron and Northeast Ohio more broadly.

The Society was kind enough to open several exhibits for us outside of normal operating hours so that our crew of budding photographers could set up tripods and practice our skills.

One of the highlights for me was getting to photograph the colorful, hand-carved wooden horses of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel, once located on Cleveland's lakefront. We were given access to the pavilion that houses the carousel so we could photograph it before it started operating for the day.

The rest of the morning was spent exploring the Crawford Auto Aviation Collection. I was really drawn to the classic details on the cars so I focused my energy on capturing images of antique lights and hood ornaments. I couldn't tell you the make or model of any of these cars so apologies in advance to any aficionados who might be wondering!

Indoor lighting conditions can be somewhat challenging so it was a good experience to have the camera in manual mode while trying to accommodate glare and use the light to my advantage. I feel like I'm making progress even though I don't get quite as much as time to practice as I'd like!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


The temperatures have been dropping and we're buried in snow. With cabin fever looming, Brian built the kids an igloo!

How cool is that? There should really be some sort of Dad Scouts badge for igloo building!

Sunday, February 15, 2015


Last weekend, I spent an afternoon doing a photo shoot with my niece, Sophia. I reviewed some websites on infant photography and had some ideas in mind of images I'd like to capture. Well it turns out that photographing babies is much harder than it might seem! They squirm, they get hungry, they wake up, they leak on beds, blankets and pillows, and they make all sorts of crazy faces! That said, I think we captured a little bit of two week old personality and I loved playing with light and teeny baby hats (made with love by Auntie Heather). These are my favorites.