Monday, May 30, 2011

Sweet, Sweet Zara

It's People's Choice at I Heart Faces, as well as Sweet Shot Tuesday, and I sure shot a lot of sweet faces this past weekend at Me Ra Koh's Confidence Workshop! I am bursting with inspiration, confidence, and lots of dreams after 2 solid days and look forward to sharing more with all of you soon. In the meantime, here is one of my favorite shots.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Building my Photography Confidence

I can't believe in 3 short days I will be meeting MeRa Koh and attending her Confidence Photography Workshop in Chicago! I did a whole lot of begging to get my husband on board but I know he'll be happy in the end because I'll be so much more confident as a photographer and a woman. If you are not familiar with MeRa, I encourage you to visit her blog. She is a regular on the Nate Berkus show and she's also had her work featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. [Sidebar - sniff, sniff - I will miss watching her show everyday, I literally grew up watching the show]. I will be attending the workshop with 25 uber talented women and I look forward to learning so much from them too.

If you are looking for a great photography book on taking pictures of babies, you'll definitely want to purchase MeRa's best selling book, Your Baby in Pictures. I really love the book and I think it's a great book for any new parents even if they are using a point and shoot. And yes, I am going to be that nerd that gets my copy autographed!

I'll share much much more when I get back on Monday! In the meantime, keep snapping away.

Monday, May 16, 2011

I Heart Faces - Flowers

This week I thought I would try out a new photo challenge through I Heart Faces and it turns out that this week the challenge is "flowers" - my favorite! Who doesn't love a beautiful picture of flowers?! This picture was captured at the Conservatory at the Lincoln Park Zoo and I just love it. Let's see if she is a winner. It's also SOOC - do I get bonus points for that?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday [05-15-2011]

Running a little behind with getting my post up and ready so let's hop right to it this week.
Here we go on another scavenger hunt.

Bring me Flowers
or dandelions if you are a 4 year old that doesn't know the difference.
Here's my niece giving my mom some "flowers" from the yard.

Visual Contrast

with Brooke is something I treasure dearly.
BTW - the reflection from the "bean" is making my thighs appear larger than they really are - honestly!

What beautiful shots of Buckingham Fountain after dark. And if you don't have a tripod with you don't worry, grab a garbage can nearby, it does wonders!

Before and After - well let's save that one for another hunt shall we?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday [5-8-2011]

This past week I went on a photo excursion to Chicago with my dear friend Brooke from My [Boys]terous Life and we had an absolute blast! We went to so many places that I lost track but I have my 966 pictures to remind me of all of the wonderful places we went to that day. Ouchy.....I also had an aching body to remind me off all of the walking, squatting, and running around that we did. I was WIPED out to say the least but the pictures I captured were truly worth it.

or Straight Out of Camera for you non-photo type.
Easy peasy....that's how I like to roll. Photoshop is evil, yup I said it out loud.
This was my favorite capture of the day and I think it's just perfect.
This was taken at the conservatory at the zoo and despite the very warm temps it was totally worth it.

Took a million pictures for this and here are my 2 favorite. Sorry I couldn't pick just one.
 The city of Chicago did a beautiful job of making the area around Millennium Park so beautiful.

Isn't it Ironic
that my husband spent his birthday on Saturday at a play house for my niece's 2nd birthday?!
He's a kid at heart which is one of the things I love about him.

Something I definitely haven't been lately but the animals at the zoo sure were.
My ape buddy just sat there chewing away on those sticks all morning. This is how I plan on spending my Sunday morning this week, sitting around doing nothing but munching on some good food.
 I couldn't forget about him, this is the definition of lazy, don't you think?
BTW, their horns are made of hair not bone. Good to know right?

Smells like Spring
at Millennium Park when you have beautiful tulips and trees blooming all around you.
Isn't this just breathtaking?! I took a lot of pictures here and I'm sure you'll see more soon.

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