It’s finally starting to click.

I’ll admit it, I’m completely and totally OBSESSED with photography.  My evening down time has been filled with reading photography books, watching tutorials on, and stalking photo blogs to find tips and cool pics.   Even with all this studying I have been struggling to understand aperture.  I mean, really if it’s bigger, it’s smaller, but you have more focus and if it;s small it’s big with less focus.  I know, it’s completely confusing.  The exciting thing for me?  I’m finally getting it!  I mean really getting it!!!  I know I have tons more to learn, but I actually understand what aperture is and how it affects the exposure.  I still need to practice with it and figure out how to create the shots I want, but I’m getting it!

I have been very blessed by moms in town letting me photograph their kids.  I have kept myself busy with shoots and editing and learning everything that goes along with both of those.  I have figured out how to get some great shots of one or two kids.  Now I must progress into family shots.  Any takers for modeling and letting me learn that craft?  I would love to practice posing, focusing, and making people happy with some gorgeous photos.  Anyway, here’s some fun shots of my kids I’ve gotten lately and practiced some new editing techniques on.


I did a fun photo shoot of child #1 in her dress up box.  I learned how to pull out the colors I wanted in Photoshop’s Camera Raw.  I LOVE this photo.


My kids learned the joy of puddle jumping.  I love the slight movement you can see in this one.


No better friend than your doll!


A handsome boy with his trike.  The early morning sun was perfect for this shot.


One of my all time favorites.  Daddy got photo-bombed.


Photo Friday on a Saturday

I realize I haven’t posted in a week or two.  I have several posts in my head, they just haven’t quite made it to the computer screen.  Mostly because I am OBSESSED with my new camera!  That’s right, I finally was able to purchase the camera I have been saving up for for months!!!  In fact, I was able to purchase a better camera for a few reasons.  1) I was saving for a package option with the Nikon D5200.  After some research I realized I didn’t need all the extras that were added to the package.  2) The Nikon D7100 came out in the midst of my saving spree causing the price of the D7000 to drop a little.  3) My awesome sister-in-law (who is an AMAZING photographer) sent me to a site called  Many fantastic reviews and tips are shared by Ken Rockwell, a long time photographer.  On the site he mentioned that Adorama had refurbished Nikon D7000’s for a really great price.

I was excited because I thought eventually I would upgrade to the D7000.  God has blessed me even sooner than I imagined.  I did much more research before I actually purchased.  I had to figure out warranties, lenses, and what all I actually needed to buy.  Adorama has an awesome customer service department on hand to chat and help figure out these questions.  So, after days and days and days of obsessive researching, I decided on a refurbished Nikon D7000 with a Nikkor 35mm lens (I already own a 18mm-55mm zoom lens) and a 2 year warranty for the camera for under what I was going to spend on the D5200!!!!

After one long week of waiting for it to arrive, my camera and I have finally started to get to know one another.  I have a subscription to that has been teaching me about my camera, photography in general, and Photoshop.  The more I learn the more I realize I have so much to learn.  This is why I haven’t been blogging.  Most of my free time (when the kids are sleeping) is spent studying and playing with my new camera.  I will try and remedy that…but be ready for lots and lots of photos.

Here are some of the first batch on the new camera with the little bit of editing I’ve learned so far:


(Our David on a train caboose)


(Evalyn on the same caboose…she doesn’t stand still very long.)


(Both babies sat still long enough for this shot.)