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Sunday, August 10

Expecting Baby {V} - August's 10 on 10

On Saturday, I photographed my first maternity session.  I had so much fun and even got the opportunity to test a few ideas out.  I can't wait to meet precious baby V in a month or so; I'm actually hoping I'll have the opportunity to capture her birth for mom and dad.

Here are a couple of examples of the fun shots and perspectives I was trying out.  I'm really liking the overhead perspective.

It was a gorgeous evening, the temperature was perfect and the sunset was wonderful!

This picture cracks me up!  "Grammy" wanted this shot because Baby V likes to kick mom in the rib and mom is constantly doing this.  Well, we set it up, I fired off a few shots and then Baby actually does kick mom in the ribs making it one of the best shots of the evening!

Looking forward to meeting you little miss!

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Thursday, July 10

A Walk through ForMar - July's 10 on 10

I recently rented a 6D to shoot a wedding.  I fell in love with the camera very quickly.  The camera was a dream to work with and felt very natural in my hand.  But before shooting the wedding I took the camera out for a test run to quickly adept myself to the ins and outs of the camera.

Instagram photo of my rental!

As we headed down the trail, we came across this cute little creature.  I didn't have much time to think and only got to snap this one image before the bunny quickly scampered off into the tall grass.

I was drawn to all the dew droplets on this magnificent specimen.  A great way to test the macro lens that I had placed on the 6D.

Then we came across this beautiful damsel fly.  The blue is so stunning against that green grass!

Next I took some practice macro shots!  Some beautiful berries!

This nifty little ladybug!!  How cool is it that his colors are reversed!  

Now this macro shot I am completely in love with it!
1,000% in L.O.V.E!!!

The remains of morning dew on the ground!

A giant dandelion, look at that intricate patterning on the seeds!

This tree is my absolute favorite.  The hollowed out center and yet it stands tall and secure.  It makes for a wonderful background.

This next image was shot with my 75-300mm lens.  The heron flew out and surprised me.  It's not necessarily the greatest photo but it is my best heron shot to date.

But before you go, I'll leave you with this fun image from my recent wedding shoot.  I'm off to finish editing these and hope to be blogging about this day soon!

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Tuesday, June 10

Mini-Getaway to Balloons Over Bavaria - June's 10 on 10

Over the Memorial Day holiday, we treated our boys to a bit of fun.  We had not been to the Bavarian Inn Lodge since before they put in the new water slides.  My boys enjoyed the one slide very much as well as playing in the smaller pool on the first day we were there.

After some fun in the water, we headed over to watch the Balloons Over Bavaria hot air balloon launch. My youngest is obsessed with the hot air balloons and can even tell you which balloons are not in the same number position as they were last year on the little program that they hand out.  Let's just say here we are two weeks later and I still have hot air balloons "flying" around my house.

I love when the balloons fly directly overhead!

A couple hours after the evening launch the balloons return and set up for an evening glow and the observers of the event are invited to join the balloons out on the field and mingle with the pilots and even get their signatures (another favorite of my boys!)  I love to see the contrast of the lit up balloons upon the dark sky!

After the glow, we headed back to the lodge for some late night video games.  

Okay, so it was more like 15 on the 10th, but who was really counting anyway?

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Saturday, May 10

ShutterFest 2014 - May's 10 on 10

On April 22 and 23, I attended the ShutterFest Conference hosted by Sal and Taylor Cincotta.  I was among approximately 500 other photographers in attendance.  The networking and learning opportunities were so great!  I can hardly wait the eleven months until next year's conference.

I had the opportunity to learn from so many great instructors but there just were not enough hours in the day!  Lori Nordstrom, Vanessa Joy, Blair Phillips, Roberto Valenzuela, and, of course, Sal Cincotta were the instuctors that I had the pleasure of gleaning information from their presentations and expertise.  I'm in the process of making changes and will be rolling out the updates over the next few weeks and months.

The following images were taken the second day of the conference.  A group of us were up for a sunrise shoot down by the Arch.  It was so much fun and I had the opportunity to play with off camera flash as well as natural light where I am more comfortable.

Later in the day, during the lunch hour, I had the opportunity to borrow, test, and play with a higher end lens from Lens Pro to Go.  The  is a bit beast especially compared to my simple  which I absolutely love!  However it shoots beautifully and hope to someday add it to my camera bag!

For the final session at the conference, I chose the natural light photography with Vanessa Joy.  So off we trekked back down to the Arch.  I was completely exhausted but it was so worth it.

On the walk back to the hotel, I just couldn't resist these beautiful blossoms especially with the gorgeous lights in the background.

Before letting you go, I feel the need to share with you two bonus shots from my first day at the conference, the view from my hotel room and my official badge!  I'm also on Instagram now and will be sharing there from time to time.

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