My hobby: Still life

My hobby: Still life

Still life is my hobby… my creative outlet. Does anyone else have that need? Even though I love photographing my kids and other people sometimes (well often!) I love working with still objects and get to explore light, shadow, and color. Plus I enjoy getting to bake and gardening. While I love baking I don’t often make time to make pretty foods.   So having a goal of photographing pretty food gives me more of a reason to do it! Plus my kids like to eat…. can I get an amen! ...
Video {Auto focus vs. manual focus}

Video {Auto focus vs. manual focus}

How auto focus works Ok. I will admit when I got my Sony a9 I feel in love with the facial tracking. With my Canon Mark III I was shooting with manual focus and while it was ok… it was a pain. But one thing I really dislike about the auto focal tracking in video, especially with wide open apertures, is the seeking. The camera locks on pretty well..ok… more then pretty well, but there are times when something comes in front of the subject or the camera wants to focus behind the...
Let your creative spirit out

Let your creative spirit out

  In the winter time it can be a very uncreative time for me.  So this year I decided as I was waiting for spring to bloom I would play with still life. I would find items in my home and just figure out cool, weird, interesting ways to photograph them. I used natural light in a small corner of my office. It is amazing when you keep pushing yourself to think differently about the object in front of you what you can see.  It was my most fun winter project to date. My top still life tips 1....
Make time

Make time

Make time to take pictures when family is visiting. My daddy was here at our house for the fist time in 12 years. We typically go and visit them when we go to Georgia. But we haven’t been home in two years. It was amazing having him here for a few days.  I made plans with my kids to take pictures with grandpa as a Christmas gift. We made an album for him. I can’t wait for him to get it!!!! My dad is a pretty funny guy. He is the owner of Eagle Ridge Buildings in North GA…so...
Makers gonna make!!

Makers gonna make!!

When we redesigned our studio Kim and I had the idea that this could be a place where we encouraged creativity. It’s a big room, not just for us to take pictures when we have sessions, but a place we can come together and make things. I’m a dreamer and I see so much possibility for community and fellowship while learning or practicing a new skill. I see generations  of women coming together and learning from each other. Sometimes I gotta quit dreaming, and start doing, so...
Deck the Halls {from the lodge}

Deck the Halls {from the lodge}

Decorating for the holidays one of my favorite things. It doesn’t matter how old I get I love pulling out the ornaments and reliving the memories of all of our holiday treasures. We decorate the Sunday after Thanksgiving in our house. We used to wait until after my son’s birthday (Dec. 8th!) but he started to beg to “do the tree!” so we do it now before his birthday…December birthdays are tough!   We have to check the lights. Every year I swear they work when...

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