Thursday, January 26, 2012

Week 4/52 | Imperfection

This week’s word theme is Imperfection.  I love this week’s photo.  Their hair needs to be brushed.  I cut off several of Rosemary's fingers.  And, let's be honest, the kiss is a little awkward.  But, as their mama, this photo makes my heart sing. 

DSC_0759 M4H

Nikon D7000
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens
ss 1/200
ISO 320
edited in LR3 and PSE8

Friday, January 20, 2012

Week 3/52 | Inspiration

This week’s theme word is Inspiration.  This photo is an inspiration to me.  It inspires me to be outside enjoying nature with my kids as much as possible.  It inspires me to let them lead more, while I follow, just to see where they decide to go.  It inspires me to do whatever I can so that these kids maintain the bond and love they have for each other now.  And it inspires me to try to get my baby girl in the photo more -- I love having photos of these 3 together, but I love it even more when all 4 of my kids are in the same photo.


Nikon D7000
Nikon AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D lens
ss 1/800
ISO 100
edited in LR3 and PSE8

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Week 2/52 | Life

This week our theme is Life.  I love seeing life through my kids' eyes -- and to them, almost nothing is as fun or exciting as a train ride at the zoo.


Nikon D7000
Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D lens
ss 1/200
ISO 1250
edited in LR3 and PSE8

Monday, January 2, 2012

Week 1/52 | Resolutions

Our Week 1 theme is Resolutions.  Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions.  I feel like anyone should be able to make whatever life changes they want whenever in the year they wish to do so.  I feel like making New Year’s resolutions sometimes makes us put off changes that should be made now.  I try not to make New Year’s resolutions and instead to have different goals at whatever time is best to work on those goals.  I have several non-New Year’s resolutions that are on my list, and one of them is to take the 3+ years worth of photos that I've actually printed out and put them into these (and other) albums.  And I need to choose photos to print from the last 9 months and then put those into albums.  I've been putting this off for almost 2 years now. 


Nikon D7000
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G lens
ss 1/400
ISO 1000
(I should have taken my ISO and ss down.)
edited in LR3 and PSE8

Sunday, January 1, 2012

This Blog

I have some friends who have done a 365 project, where they take a photo every day for a year.  That flat out takes dedication.  I remember when I made up my own 31 project on my personal family blog in March of 2011 and making a blog post daily for just a month almost killed me – and that didn’t include taking and editing a photo to post with it!  I know that I don’t have the time to do a 365 project.  I’d heard of people who did a project 52, meaning they take and edit a photo every week, but I was scared to commit to that, too.

Then I saw this blog post by Sarah Cornish of My Four Hens Photography (a/k/a {m4h}).  I thought that her concept of a Project 52 based on weekly themes sounded pretty cool, but I had already declared that I did not do such projects and I quickly forgot about it.  Then I read this blog post on Clickin Moms about how Amii Wroblewski was going to use a 52 project to really “push her photography to a new level creatively.”  That really interested me.  Before that blog post, I had thought the purpose of these “projects” were to capture daily/weekly life – which is a great goal, but I feel like I already do that to some extent on my personal family blog.  I had not thought of it before as a way to improve photography skills in some manner.  After I read that Clickin Moms blog post, I started seeing more and more comments by photographers about how much their photography improved after taking on a 365 or 52 project. 

I’m in a Facebook group with some classmates from a Shooting 201 class I took back in October.  Some of those women started talking about how they were going to do a 365 or 52 project and how great the {m4h} Project 52 looked. . . .  First, I told them that I didn’t do those sorts of projects.  Then I watched as the messages kept coming about so many of those women who were going to participate in the {m4h} Project 52 on Flickr.  Before I really knew what I was doing, I’d signed up for the group. 

I decided to start this blog just for the 2012 {m4h} Project 52 so that I can keep all of my Project 52 photos and thoughts and ideas in one place.  I’m really looking forward to this project and can’t wait to see what the year will bring!