Green with Envy

For at least six months, I have been wanting a camera bag that doubles as a purse. I love taking my camera with me places, but I’ve always disliked lugging around a camera bag along with my purse, or trying to stuff my personal stuff into a small compartment on the camera bag. I fell in love with a Jo Totes bag, but couldn’t afford it, until my birthday when I got some cash from John’s family! Finally!

I ordered my Rose bag in Moss and waited anxiously for the package to arrive. It did not disappoint!

The box arrived on a Saturday morning, so it was waiting on my front step when I got up, the box announcing there was a special delivery inside!

After carefully opening the box, I found my bag lovingly wrapped in another protective bag, declaring the goodness that awaited inside!

I finally had my first glimpse and my new tote (sidenote…I messed up the color on this image…the color in the next two photos is much more accurate)

And here it is, in all its glory!

And of course, we can’t forget the inside fabric! The bag game with 5 separate dividers – I tried to figure out how to use them all, but didn’t need more than 3, but it’s great knowing I have them if I do end up needing them someday when I have more gear.

So, there it is! I’ve used it once so far – but only to my parents’ house. It will be getting lots of use the rest of this month at several birthday parties and photo shoots, so be on the lookout for it to pop up in the future!

P.S. I wasn’t paid or otherwise compensated for this post. I’m just super excited about my new camera bag!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Live Every Moment: Vibrant Colors

It’s been forever since I joined a photo challenge, but now that we’re a bit more settled with the house and everything, I want to get back into it again. Not only is it fun, but it forces me to use my camera more – which I need sometimes!

We’ll kick off my return to photo challenges with this gorgeous rose from our backyard for the LEM Photo Challenge.

To see more vibrant colors, check out other entries by clicking the button below.

New Beginnings

I know, I know, I’ve been MIA for almost a month now. Life’s been crazy (when isn’t it?) and blogging just wasn’t something that was a major priority for me in the midst of all that was happening.

But, I should be back for good now (at least once a week!), so for starters, I thought I’d let you all know what I’ve been up to!

Many of you know that my husband and I were house hunting most of February and early March. We had an offer accepted and opened escrow on the home on March 9. Just 21 days later, March 29, we became the owners of THIS home in Ontario (about 40 minutes from where we currently live) and I was able to check off #45 on my 101 in 1001 list!

I’m sure you’ll be reading more about all of our fun adventures of being homeowners, especially in the coming weeks as we do some work to the house (we’re currently in the process of removing the AWFUL popcorn “acoustic” ceilings throughout the ENTIRE house that I’m sure were a great selling point back when the house was built!).

Some rather shocking and sad new arrived just as we closed on the house – I was being laid off. I had a little bit of notice and began the job search right away, but still haven’t found what God has for me next. Prayers for guidance, trust and peace are much appreciated, if you’re a praying type of person.

The lay off has, however, given me some time to work on a project I’ve been wanting to launch for a few months now…my own photography business!

It’s been a lot of fun building a buzz around the new business and I actually have my very first shoot TOMORROW morning! I’ve always toyed with the idea of owning my own business, especially in photography, but felt like I just didn’t have the time or good enough equipment or enough talent to be successful. But, here I am! I know it will be a lot of work, especially the first couple years, but I know it’s something I will love doing and I AM good at! (If you want to check out the site and my work, just click on the logo above or find me on Facebook.)

So, that’s what’s kept me so busy the past few weeks – and all the new things that are ahead for me and my hubby (who has been super supportive, especially of the business endeavor – he’s sort of my advertising manager)! I’ve got lots more to catch you up on, so stay tuned! You’ll be seeing a lot more of me!

Shadows, Color and a Super Cute Baby

It’s been a very long time since I’ve participated in photo challenges. In fact, I don’t think I’ve done any in 2011 (or very few anyway).

I already had these photos taken a day or two before the themes were announced, so I figured, I may as well join up this week and share some of my more “artistic” photography!

This one is for Perceptive Perspective’s theme of “Window Light.” I’m not sure if this is what she meant by it, but I have actually been meaning to take this photo for a while and finally did last week! My sister’s cats love to sit in the front window, between the curtain and window, in the mornings, creating some really awesome light/shadow shots!

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Next is a photo, I’ll be honest, that I’m not entirely thrilled with. I’m not sure if I screwed up the editing on it or what, but some of the colors look like they’re glowing (anyone want to help me figure out why, I’d really love to learn!). It’s for Faith’s Simplicity theme of “Colorful” (at least it fits well, right?).

This last one is my favorite one, by far! It’s one of the cute babies from our Bible study (there’s 5 of them now…hopefully more on the way soon!). I used one of the black and white actions from Mandy over at a sorta fairytale and I think this is my new favorite action to get awesome black and white images. I love high contrast images, and this particular action does it so well! I think I also used PW’s eye pop action (I’m to lazy to look up what it’s actually called). I’m linking up with Live Every Moment’s black and white theme.

I must say, it actually feels great to be doing this again! I have learned so much on the editing end that I feel like my images have improved a lot over the past few months! I’m excited to use these challenges to continue learning more!

Photo Challenges 1.7.11

I haven’t entered in any photo challenges in a rather long time – December was just a crazy month (I even tried to make it not crazy, which was unsuccessful)!

So, here are a couple of photos I’ve taken over the past week…which just happen to fit some of the challenges this week, as well!

This one is for Simplicity’s White on White theme.  I must say that I am loving shooting in RAW.  I feel like even if my exposure in camera is awful and my white balance is way off, I can have a decent shot at actually fixing it (though I admit I still have a lot to learn about white balance…it’s one of those thing that didn’t exist on film cameras, which is what I learned on when I was in high school!).

This is Mikayla. She’s the adorable almost 11-month-old daughter of one of my college roommates.  Since realizing we live just 5 minutes away from each other, we’ve baby-sat Mikayla twice and she’s been so much fun! She’s probably one of the most laid-back, easy-going babies I have ever met!  I’m not totally thrilled with this photo since I had to use the flash (there just wasn’t enough light inside), and shot it on full-auto, which meant no RAW image (BOOO!!!).  At least her cute adorableness makes up for the poor technical qualities of the image!  I’m entering it in a new-to-me challenge at Live Every Moment.  The theme this week is anything!

Scavenger Hunt Sunday 12.12.10

The weekly scavenger hunted hosted by Ashley has been one of the most consistent photo challenges I’ve participated in and is definitely one I am going to continue. I like having 5 things over the course of the week and it’s fun to go through my photos at the end of the week to see how I can make the photos I’ve taken fit the categories (though I admit I sometimes fudge a little and take some photos from a few days before that week…shhh, don’t tell!).

So, here are my finds for this week!

1: Holiday Colors

2: Winter/Holiday Icon

3: Tree

I’m also entering this in the Happy Monday photo challenge of “Bokeh” this week.

4: Quiet(This is the hallway of the school at the church where I work. It’s usually full of students!)

5: Favorite Color (Lime Green)It’s a self-portrait that I actually like! It may be over-edited, but I actually like the way it looks!)

So, that’s it for this week!  For more Scavenger Hunt photos, check out Ramblings and Photos!

 

The Past Two Weeks

I never intended to be away from my blog for two weeks. Time just flew by as I spent some time evaluating what I want this blog to be and how blogging will fit into my life. It was actually kind of nice to not have to worry about sorting and editing photos, writing a blog post, uploading photos, linking to memes, etc. I was able to enjoy the craziness that December has been so far!

You see, for the past two weeks, almost every night, my hubby and I have had somewhere to be in the evening. Wednesdays are our small group Bible study. We started taking Early Childhood Education classes that meet for 3 hours once a week (but we’re taking two classes, so that’s two nights a week). We’ve had a Christmas party, a trip to Disneyland, and of course, church (in the new building!).

Oh, and don’t forget Christmas shopping (DONE! Just waiting on one more thing in the mail and I have 2 or 3 little things to make) and Christmas decorating (DONE!) and Christmas cards (not quite done…hopefully early this week!).

So, what I’ve pretty much decided while being away, is that I’m probably only going to be participating in 1 or 2 photo challenges a week. I didn’t like what my blog has become – post after post of photos that I took just to fulfill an “assignment.” I felt like my creativity was being compromised because I was always looking for something to fit into a particular theme. Photography wasn’t fun anymore. It became one more thing to check off my list. I still love taking photos (though I’m glad my 365 photo challenge is only 20 days from its conclusion), but I want to work more on photographing things because I see something, not because it will fit into a particular category. I’m not saying doing what I’ve been doing is wrong for anyone else, it’s just not right for me.

I want to share my life…all the fun and exciting things that have happened and will happen, as well as the mundane and normal…and my journey on my 101 in 1001 and Mission: Lose Lotsa Weight challenges. Our little family of two also likely has some big changes coming in 2011 and I want this blog to be a place to share and celebrate those changes (for those of you wondering, we’re planning to purchase our first home and are hoping to grow our family, too).

As for the photo challenge I started, Lens Art…it’s on hiatus indefinitely. I would love to continue the challenge, but I just don’t have the time or energy for it right now. I thank all of you who did participate and I loved seeing your photographic artwork!

So, with all that said, I do have a long list of blog posts to catch up on…mostly 101 in 1001 related, but there’s a lot that’s happened in the past month and a half or so that I haven’t posted here yet. I hope to see you all around still, even if it’s just to read about boring ol’ me.