I’ll admit it… I’ve been hiding from my blog. Once I got behind in posting, I felt hopeless in catching up. But my blog is supposed to be my creative outlet, a place where I post my latest and greatest pics, so why was I hiding from it. The short answer is simply that I got busy and a bit burnt out at the same time. Busy with work and burnt out after a 9 week long, intense photography workshop. But I kind of figure that I want to make one last post before the new year. Who know, maybe this post will kick start it for me again to make two posts before the end of the year.
This next year I am planning two photography projects, that I hope some of my friends (online and in person) will join in with me. The first project is called a Project 52. One picture a week. I am brainstorming ideas and themes. I want to in the end, put together a coffee table book for myself of the year 2011. I know some of my friends are doing a Project 52 with the theme being, “Things that they Love”. The second project is called a 4 x 12. This project is to take one family picture once a month. The 4 represents Nate, myself, Noah and Nicole and the 12 for each month of the year. The bonus with this last project is that it is an instant winner for the 2012 calendar I plan to create!
In the time that I’ve been in hiding, I didn’t let me lovely camera sit alone in on my dresser. Actually, I spent an amazing afternoon recently with 9 other local photographers that are part of the Bloom Forum that I am an active member. We gathered in Danville to share a meal and then set off with 3 gorgeous models to take a crack at photographing outdoor Senior portraits. Shooting with professional photographers was so so intimidating, but I learned a lot and really got to see how hard it is. If you want to see some of my work and the other ladies work from that day, check out this post!
Lastly, here are a few of the photos from the Natural Light Workshop that I completed in November. This workshop has given me the confidence to shoot in any sort of natural light situation. For Example
Back Lighting Mid-day Full Sun
Back Lighting Mid-day Full Sun with a reflector
My wonderful friend Dani came out to the Peninsula so that we could do a fitness inspired photo shoot. She runs her own fitness business in the East Bay, KickStart Fitness
Sun Set (Golden Hour) Back Lighting with a reflector: Just some sweet shots of Noah and Aiden!
Natural Reflectors: In this case I used the sun reflecting off the concrete during the Golden Hour. Again, a sweet pic of my little Noah.
Discovering the use of pockets of light: I love the sliding glass door in front of my kitchen table. Lots of diffuse gorgeous light.
Starburst and Sunflare: How to photograph this was tough, but I finally got it…yay! And I love the results!
Exposing for subject and sky: Nate my wonderful husband agreed to be my subject since at this point Noah and Nicole would break out in sobs if they saw me pick up my camera. They were so tired of me taking pictures for this assignment or that assignment!
Nate’s facial expression says, “Sun too bright, hurt eyes, even with cool shades on!”
Well, that is just a fraction of the pictures that I took for each assignment. It feels really good to get those posted, and now I can think about my upcoming projects!