use my iphone to capture and edit unique perspectives on our lives this year
Frustrated with the lack of great personal photos from 2013, I am setting out on a photography challenge this year. Not quite a project 365 (where you must take a picture every day) but I’ll aim for about that many great shots in the end. I’m not averse to having two good shots from one day or none from another. Hopefully I’ll be motivated to pick up my “real” camera this year and get back into the groove of taking and editing my own pictures instead of just my clients’ pictures. For now, here are some of the first from my iphonography 2014 challenge.
new year’s eve aftermath
and so it begins…four kids in tennis
she finally gets her gymnastics lessons
school’s morning mist
18 mile ride
wonderful weather for the outdoors
cuddling on the swing with my baby
daddy’s favorite moment
i spy four woodards…do you?
Happy shooting in 2014!
It took me several months (plus the years I’d been thinking about doing it) but I redid my dining room wall! I was mostly inspired by the silhouette walls I’d seen popping up on Pinterest, which I thought would be cool to do for all of our kiddos. I wasn’t sure that the bright colored frames and black would look right, but I think that when I get around to making new curtains (I already have the fabric in coordinating colors) it will look just right.
Speaking of Pinterest, I did another Bible Verse canvas like the one I was inspired to do for this tutorial. But of course I left the stickers on too long and the paint dried before I peeled them off, leaving me with this very weathered and torn up verse instead. Oh well. I don’t have time to worry about that. But there’s your warning: don’t let the spray paint dry completely before pulling of the letters! Another Pinterest inspired piece…the frame with wire and pictures. My cousin Becky brought this frame to Christmas Eve for the gift exchange a while ago, and it had a back on it and was painted grayish blue. Very cute but I wanted to repurpose so I bought some wire and mini clothespins, nailed the wire into the back of the frame and painted the clothespins and frame to match and voila! The 2″x3″ pictures look so cute in here! I figure I’ll change them with the season. (Ha! Yeah right! You will visit me in three years and the same pictures will be here!)
My favorite part is the silhouettes. I LOVE them! I got the cute frames at Ikea and spray painted them all black. (They are white at Ikea.) I love that I can tell right away each of my kids’ silhouettes. Baby Billy Goat’s is the hardest because he’s grown so much since he was a 10 month old living here! But I still love them all! And I thought the family at the beach shot from a few months ago when we had a chance to take Midge with us to beach night was a cute family silhouette idea, too.
Oh, and the Scrabble letters!! They are from JoAnn’s and I love them. Greg and I like Scrabble and they add a little unexpected touch. The word “rejoice” above our old family portrait is just stuck up with Quake Hold so I can change the word when I want. I also plan to buy a cross for each member of the family as they get older and decide to get baptized. All in all, I love it! Can’t wait to see it with curtains! But I’m guessing that will be a while. I had a whole list of projects I was going to do during A’s three hours at kindergarten, but Midge has stolen those away by returning to us, and I couldn’t be happier.
I’m taking a photography course online right now that is supposed to move me towards more comfort with manual mode on my camera. I am confident at my photo shoots using aperture priority mode, and have used manual mode when absolutely necessary, but it isn’t my forte. This past week I have been taking way more pictures than usual, attempting to master manual. First off, our faux daughter Sara’s sister got married! The boys have always called her Feather…a toddler mistake by Tyler that stuck. What a beautiful day for her wintery outdoor wedding!
This cat. She was such a gift from God. I would never have bought a cat, or even adopted one, if she hadn’t taken up residence in our backyard four years ago. It seems that she shows up at just the right moments, like an angel sleeping in the shafts of sunlight, reminding me that life doesn’t have to be as stressful as I make it out to be.
I thought I might try for a photography project 365 again, and of course, I didn’t take any pictures on day seven. This is typical for me. I don’t mind. I never put much pressure on myself to do every single day. But I’m enjoying the process so far. Working with the exposure triangle here…a little noise from a high ISO in exchange for a capture of this low-light moment with my sweet niece. Isn’t she getting old?
realized it’s hard to read the caption. It says, “We deep, deep in foress.'” Two year olds say the funniest things. I am really, really going to miss that. (For the record, we were not deep, deep in the forest. We were at a Christmas tree farm ten minutes from our house!)
Things We Love:
64. The way the Incredibles on their scooters pointed in funny ways in the Pixar parade
65. watching the boys watch The World of Color