31 March 2012

Take Time For Play, the end!

This month's scavenger hunt (prompted by Paper Coterie) has been amazing.
I've really challenged myself to get a good variety of "every day" photos.  Through the process, I have expanded my understanding of lighting, exposure, and had time to explore lightroom more and discovered some great tutorials to help me with lightroom.


I'm not happy with every one of these photos - but I completed the challenge and here are the remaining photos:


#1, Laughter (The kids & I were laughing, not him!)

#5, Silly Self-Portrait (not so silly, I guess...)

#8, an Animal

#10, Favorite Drink (okay, I used this one for "pink" also - but it's my daughter's favorite drink: pink milk)

#12, Friends


#15, Details

#17, Music

#20, Family

#21, Party Time (maybe a bit far-fetched on this one... more like game time, but fun nevertheless)

#23, Toys

#27, Pattern

#29, Love

29 March 2012

Lightroom Learning


I thought I would share a screenshot of my work in progress. I recently watched a series of amazing tutorials from Pretty Presets that I highly recommend. Having never actually read any of the information about Lightroom, I have just learned by trial and error. Well, I must say that these tutorials are so helpful!

Most notably, I learned about the toggle switch (in the adjustment brush area) that allows you to make one brush that affects more than one area. For instance, one brush that would simultaneously increase brightness, lower clarity & lower sharpness. Before I pushed that tiny button, I was making individual brushes for each action. Talk about a waste of time!!
She also explained what the "auto mask" button actually does.

If you are newer to lightroom, or are wanting to learn how it works - I highly recommend this series of tutorials!
Happy editing!

27 March 2012

The eyes have it...

I watched this great tutorial on editing eyes in lightroom. I highly recommend it!

and for evidence, may I present:

straight out of camera:


and the edited version:


All editing was done in lightroom.

Take Time For Play, #7

I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.


Today, I found: #7, A Smile


Take Time For Play, #13

I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.


Today, I found #13, Outside

26 March 2012

Taking Time For Play, #28


I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.


Recently, I found: #28, Beauty

25 March 2012

Taking Time for Play

This month's scavenger hunt (prompted by Paper Coterie) has been amazing.
I've been challenged to get a good variety of "every day" photos and have expanded my understanding of lighting, and also had time to explore lightroom a bit more.
Still remaining to "find" this month are:

#1, Laughter
#5, Silly Self-Portrait
#7, a Smile
#8, an Animal
#10, Favorite Drink
#12, Friends
#13, Outside
#15, Details
#17, Music
#20, Family
#21, Party Time
#23, Toys
#27, Pattern
#28, Beauty
#29, Love

With one week left and 15 playful moments to find & capture on film - I'm about to get busy having fun!

Stay with me... we can do it!

eyes wide open for fun this month!

Take Time For Play, #22

I'm on a photography scavenger hunt this month! It's really fun and I enjoy the reminder to capture these little daily moments - it's been good for my soul and good for my photography!
This weekend I found (#22) some relaxation time:


Take Time To Play, #11

I'm on a photography scavenger hunt this month! It's really fun and I enjoy the reminder to capture these little daily moments - it's been good for my soul and good for my photography!
This weekend, I was given a bundle of sewing supplies including these gorgeous wooden spools of thread!

#11: Colorful!

21 March 2012

Taking Time To Play #6

I'm on a photography scavenger hunt this month! It's really fun and I enjoy the reminder to capture these little daily moments - it's been good for my soul and good for my photography!
Today I found made (with my son):

#4: Yellow! (and blue!)

19 March 2012

Take Time for Play, #19


I'm on a photography scavenger hunt this month! It's really fun and I enjoy the reminder to capture these little daily moments - it's been good for my soul and good for my photography!
This weekend I found:

#19: Funny Face!

18 March 2012

Take Time For Play, #30

I'm on a photography scavenger hunt this month! It's really fun and I enjoy the reminder to capture these little daily moments - it's been good for my soul and good for my photography!
This weekend I found:

#30: silly outfit!

15 March 2012

Taking Time For Play, #31

I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.

Here's another find this week: #31, In the Air


Taking Time For Play, #4

I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.


I found: #4 Playtime!

Taking Time For Play, #25

I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.

Yesterday's find:
#25, Teal!!


10 March 2012

Taking Time to Play #14

In case you're just joining, I am taking time to play this month! I'm on a photo-scavenger hunt with fans of the company Paper Coterie and if that weren't enough playing - the things we're searching for are also mainly about play, fun, or happiness.
It's been good for my soul as well as my photography habits as I search for the worlds that are held in the tiniest things.
Yesterday I found #14 - Candy

This is my son's Pez dispenser (with candy inside) that my daughter found and enjoyed...


9 March 2012

Taking Time For Play #16

I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.

Today's find was sunshine!
Although it's still pretty cold & we don't want to go outside if we can help it. 

Validation of my vague weather claims:
can you read where it says: "feels like 12"?


But with our huge wall of windows, the sun sneaks inside and I love it!


My playing today is pretending like it's as warm as it feels inside.

8 March 2012

Taking Time to Play #24 & 26

I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.

Today I found 2 great ones and I might even get out later with the camera again for a little afternoon play!
#24 and #26
Home & A favorite book



5 March 2012

Taking Time To Play #3

I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.

Today's find is: Games

4 March 2012

Taking Time To Play #2

I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.

Sunday's find is: polka dots


3 March 2012

Taking Time For Play #9

I'm on a scavenger hunt for fun in the month of March - sharpening my photography skills by taking photos regularly of the "little" things through this month.

Today's find is: happy

2 March 2012

Taking Time For Play #18

I'm on a photo scavenger hunt this month - on the hunt for a list of playful things in the month of march -
my first find is #18: Pink
(a glass of pink milk with her morning snack)


1 March 2012

March: Taking Time for Play

I love the products from the Paper Coterie! Although Shutterfly is my go-to company for photo products, I've bought a few from the Paper Coterie and love the creative options that they have and the quality of their products. Whereas Shutterfly can produce what I want the way I want it, the Paper Coterie inspires new ideas.
And here's one:

On their blog they've dedicated the month of March to taking time to play with a photo scavenger hunt. I've decided that this will give me ideas and help me look for the smiles and fun that are already around me. I am thankful for this timely challenge and look forward to the opportunity to open my eyes, again, to the beauty around me.

The winners get a $150 gift card to use in the store which would definitely inspire me further :)













So here I am, off into March to have fun and photograph it! Hope you'll join me...