Happy New Year 2010

Holy smokes, can you believe 2009 is already gone? It flew by.
I'm really looking forward to the new year though and hope you are too!
I've decided to share a few lists with you, because they're time appropriate & I like lists.

I hate New Years "resolutions", so lets call it my New Years I hope to, I need to, I want to, I should do list: get back to being super organized again, get into a regular exercise schedule again, complete my photography book, stress less, make a terrarium, finish the new/old motorcycle & ride, suck it up and legally change my last name already, get rid of stuff & have a yard sale, make a wedding album for my parents, "graduate" from square dance class, get a new website completed, stress less, try to save some money, go on an awesome anniversary trip, & stress less (yes, I've mentioned this one multiple times already). What's on your list?

My Top 10 Posts in 2009: (I posted 234 individual posts in 2009, and wanted to give a little list of my favorite ones for my new readers). Here they are, in no specific order-

1- Shauna set 2- full of sweetness & hearts. My 3rd set in my new series "Less Pin-up more Pin-down" and around the time I decided to make the series into a book.

2- Maternity 2: Hot Mama- a few maternity boudoir shots from a session. I loved these, other people loved these, the parents to-be loved these, & Offbeat Mama loved these.

3- Shadow Play- I wanted to do some unconventional child photography that felt part Hitchcock & film noir while still being fun and playful. And this little girl it totally my BFF.

4- Keeping it Clean- useful info. for you & your camera equipment.

5- The Art of Pancake Throwing- it really does take practice, it really does make a mess, it really is fun.

6- Outtakes 4- I enjoy seeing the process of other artists & I enjoy funny outtakes, so I assume other people like to see it to. An interesting behind the scenes post of what it took to get "the shot".

7- Display your special day- I worked really hard at all of the little details for my wedding, and had friends & family working hard too. Instead of throwing it all out or sticking it in a box, why not display it in a fun way?

8- Memento Mori- A tough topic and an honest look at my personal situation with photography & death.

9- Belize 3- interesting buildings, exotic location, rain drops on windows & palm trees on street sides. Oh yeah, and this was one of my favorite days on our honeymoon.

10- Lauren- fun photo shoot & another one from the "Less Pin-up More Pin-down" series. I especially love the ones where she's super animated.

*And lastly, I am offering a New Years special!! 15% off any photo shoot in January! I have very limited availability, so contact me asap if interested.

And whatever comes after lastly... I hope you have a wonderful, happy, & safe New Years holiday and best wishes to you in 2010!


"Hilarious Outtakes" Photo Challenge- I Heart Faces

My favorite outtake from baby Macs shoot
This baby was about two weeks old and making all kinds of crazy faces. A really fun & interesting photo shoot indeed. Head on over to I Heart Faces for more outtake photo submissions


Ugly sweaters

On Saturday I attended an "Ugly Christmas Sweater" party & wanted to share a few shots of the terribly awesome sweaters that were worn.
The hosts


Christmas in the Square

A few shots from around Marietta Square
decorated headstones 
signs in the square
and snowflake lights on light posts

Holiday schedule

I will continue to post stuff over the holidays on the blog, but postings will most likely be a little lighter than normal. Do check in f you have time. We will be in North Carolina but I will be posting from there!

I will have the Etsy shop closed from Tues. 12/22-Jan. 1st. Only one more day is available for purchase and overnight shipping option before Christmas.

Also from now until probably mid January, I'm going to try and lighten my posting amount as well. I don't know if I can do it, because I love posting stuff, but I need to try... we will be moving the week after Christmas and will have tons of other things that I should be doing instead.


Pin-hole test

This week I was given the opportunity to borrow a colleagues homemade pin-up cap, so I took some test shots. I also borrowed this set of cats to shoot for the test.
When shooting with a pin-hole cap, you don't use a lens
The cap- front & back. On the front of the cap is a drilled hole in the plastic cap, with a filter attached to the front. There's a piece of metal with a tiny pin hole in it taped to the back of a camera body cap. 
This is what I got with the cap straight on the body 
Then I added a fisheye adapter to the end of the cap, and this is what I got. I wasn't expecting this result with the fisheye adapter. I was expecting a much wider area of view, but instead it looks like you're looking through a doors peep hole. 


Rock City- Enchanted Garden of Lights

So the whole point of last weekends trip to Chattanooga was to see Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights. Here is the last, and very festive set of photos from the trip. Enjoy...
elf miles are much shorter than people miles

That's Rocky
We loved the gnome hats
I love the barns & birdhouses

Don't laugh at the hat... it was freezing out!
Gingerbread decorating, click image to enlarge 

Santa likes to laugh
Katrina eats a giant glowing candy cane

riding in a no horse open sleigh

this way, that way, click to enlarge

frozen edges of the waterfall
Only one more week until Christmas!! Are you ready? I sure am!


New poll

There's a new poll over there to the top right of the page (under the Welcome photo).... I want to know what you think of my posting frequency, so just give the answer you're feeling a little click and let me know.


Katrina & Woody see Tennessee

Our companions this past weekend on our trip to Chattanooga... 
Katrina & Woody