Day in My Life 4.05.16

I remember thinking "I don't know what to photograph today" when I realized it was April 5th. But I toted my camera around and let the day happen. I don't remember why we were all in my bedroom. That doesn't happen very often. But we were and the kids started jumping on the bed and I'm in love with the resulting pictures, most of which ended up being just Eva sitting on the bed. We also did a science experiment on erosion later in the day.

Day in My Life - 3.05.16

I have one picture from this day. I spent the day at a church near Cincinnati with our church's teens. They participated in a teen talent contest. Lots of musical entries, some preaching, Bible quizzing and sword drills, artwork and stories. We have some talented teens! It was a fun day. I took my camera and snapped some shots here and there, but mostly just enjoyed being there and supporting our youth.

Day in My Life - 2.05.16

Well, I thought January's post was late! I'm just now getting around to posting my February pictures. I can't really say why I haven't except for life. Things get busy, I was working on other stuff, or tired, or whatever. I'm taking pictures today, as it's the 5th of April and realizing how little I've picked up my cameras in the past couple months. :(  Anyway, here are my shots from February.

Day in My Life - 1.05.16

So.......I'm a little late with my pictures this month. But we've been a little busy - doctor's appointments, sick kids, surgery and everything else to keep up with. Don't worry, everyone's fine and we are starting to get back to a normal schedule. Eva ended up in most of my shots this month. Enjoy!

Day in My Life - 12.05.15

December 5th was a Saturday and a busy one for us. We started our morning with a foggy drive to Home Depot for their monthly kids' workshop. All three of ours now participate in this wonderful free event as often as we can. I highly recommend it! We spent the afternoon in Piqua with friends and happened upon a Christmas parade downtown. I had to convince the boys to go, but the candy and stuffed animals made it worth it. We tried to go to Charleston Falls in the evening, but after sitting in traffic for 30 minutes, we gave up. A visit with Santa and hot chocolate with friends made for a nice evening.

Day in my Life - new personal project

I've read many blog posts and photography articles about ideas for and the importance of pursuing personal projects as a photographer. I'd try them all if I had all the time in the world. I did try the Project 365 - taking a picture every day for a year - about three times. I made it through January this year. So, for now, I've decided a more attainable goal will be to take one day a month and photograph my life that day. I've chosen the 5th of each month because my birthday is on the 5th of May.

November was the first month of this project. It was slightly more difficult than I anticipated. Once I pick up a camera and start shooting, I kind of get lost in my head and in looking through the lens. I can't really do that when I'm the only adult with my kids all day, and I'm supposed to be teaching them school. Here are the selections from November 5, 2015.

Project 365

A Project 365 has become a pretty typical thing in the photography community. The goal is to take at least one picture a day for the whole year. I tried this in 2009 and made it until sometime in the summer, when I stopped completely. I tried again last year and probably made it 5 days. I just got a new camera and really would like to keep shooting when I can, so I'm going to try again this year. Ideally, I'll be able to work on different skills throughout the year with this project - but I do have three kids, I homeschool them, teach Sunday school and have a house I try to keep somewhat clean - so realistically I'll be lucky to remember to grab a shot each day. If you check in on this project, you'll probably mostly see pictures of my kids. If nothing else, I'll have a neat record of this year when it's all said and done.

1.1.15   Nikon D7000   ISO 400  f/4.0  1/50  Nikon 24-85 mm at 34 mm

1.1.15   Nikon D7000   ISO 400  f/4.0  1/50  Nikon 24-85 mm at 34 mm

1.2.15   Nikon D7000   ISO 1000   f/4.0   1/160   Nikon 24-85 mm at 45 mm

1.2.15   Nikon D7000   ISO 1000   f/4.0   1/160   Nikon 24-85 mm at 45 mm

1.3.15   Nikon D7000   ISO 400   f/6.3   1/60   Nikon 24-85 mm at 24 mm This was our Christmas day at home, since we were traveling on Dec. 25. This gift (a garage sale find that was supposed to be for their birthdays, but I forgot) was a fun surprise since it wasn't on their list, but I knew they would love it!

1.3.15   Nikon D7000   ISO 400   f/6.3   1/60   Nikon 24-85 mm at 24 mm

This was our Christmas day at home, since we were traveling on Dec. 25. This gift (a garage sale find that was supposed to be for their birthdays, but I forgot) was a fun surprise since it wasn't on their list, but I knew they would love it!

First Baptist Homeschool Group

I had a super fun time taking pictures of these cute kids involved in a homeschool group put together by my friend. They were all very smiley and great to work with.

I am offering short sessions done in this style through the end of October. Session fee is $25, $5 extra per additional child. Session will take place in your home or another agreed upon location. Your pictures will be uploaded to a private online gallery where you can order prints and products at special prices.

Marketing a new idea

I had the idea last summer but tossed it aside. "People won't be interested," I told myself. "I'm too busy." I had a few other lame excuses/reasons why I wasn't going to pursue the idea and left it at that.

Then at the end of may a friend asked if I would be interested in doing exactly what I had thought about last year! Of course I said yes and the next day I got to work taking sample shots and putting a plan in place.

So, what did my friend ask me to do? She has invited me to do a "back to school" picture session for her small homeschool group. And her reason for inviting me is great. School pictures provide a record of our children's growth and change from one year to the next. She realized she was missing out on that. I know my mom kept all my school pictures and it's fun to look back at them now and see my own growth and development. (I won't mention that I can also see some questionable hairstyle and clothing choices in the same pictures.)

I plan to contact several local homeschool groups to offer this to them. If any of you know any groups that would be interested, please contact me, or pass this along to them! I would also be interested in speaking to small preschools about this service.

Maternity Shoot - and what it really looks like when you're expecting twins

I was thrilled to take maternity pictures for my dear friends Denver and Andrea. They are expecting twins and I am so, so happy for them. I can't wait to meet these two special babies.

He'll be a great big brother!

He'll be a great big brother!

And....just to prove that carrying twins isn't all wonder and smiles, this is what it might feel like at the Smith house these days. :-)

And....just to prove that carrying twins isn't all wonder and smiles, this is what it might feel like at the Smith house these days. :-)